Grand Kenya Safari.

Day 01: Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International. Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by an Eco Adventures Representative and transferred to your hotel. Check-in and enjoy your day at leisure. Optional excursions to the Giraffe Centre, Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum, Kazuri Beads, National Museum and Craft Shopping are available on request.
Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation Options: 5 Star Nairobi.

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Day 02: Sweetwaters Game Reserve

Meet your driver-guide for road transfer to Nanyuki and Sweetwaters Game Reserve. Sweetwaters Camp lies in the heart of 24,000-acre Sweetwaters Game Reserve, with magnificent views across the plains to the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya. Luxury tents overlook the waterhole, floodlit by night, providing excellent and secluded rarely seen game viewing.This game sanctuary is the closest reserve to Nairobi (2.5 hours drive) home to all the big five game, and has the highest ratio of game-to-area of any park or reserve in Kenya.

Game drives at Sweetwaters are indeed a pleasure. Game viewing may also take the form of game walks accompanied by a resident Naturalist, and game rides on horseback. Camel riding, night game drives and “bush” lunches or dinners are a delight. The Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Morani the tame black rhino, and the Visitor’s Information Center are most informative and entertaining and should all be visited while in the Game Reserve. Chimpanzees at the Sweetwaters Sanctuary

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Activities include a half-day game drives and night game drives in the reserve. Additional activities (extra cost) are camel riding, horse riding and nature walks.
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp

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Day 03: Lewa Downs Private Reserve

After morning activity and breakfast, you will transfer to Lewa Safari Camp, your home for the next two nights. Lewa Safari Camp is set on the 45,000 acre privately owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Lewa Downs. Situated against the dramatic backdrop of the snow-covered massif of Mt Kenya and with the magnificent Northern Frontier District stretching out to the North, Lewa is an outstanding tourist destination, offering spectacular scenery, superb game viewing and exciting activities for the discerning traveler.

The conservancy, formerly a working cattle ranch and otherwise known as Lewa Downs, has been in the Craig family since 1924. Three generations of the family continue to be involved in daily operations on Lewa. With wildlife densities as high as anywhere in Africa, it is possible to see all of Africa’s Big Five on Lewa, and the conservancy provides a refuge for several endangered species.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Lewa Downs Safari Camp.

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Day 04: Lewa Downs Private Reserve

Activities at Lewa Safari Camp include day and night game drives in search of rhino and other wildlife, guided walks, and visits to pre-historic sites. Cultural excursions to visit the II'Nguesi, Ndorobo and Samburu peoples; horseback riding and camel riding are available at an extra cost. Time at Lewa Downs is a unique combination of hospitality, spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Lewa Downs Safari Camp

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Day 05: Maasai Mara National Park

After breakfast drive to the airstrip for the scheduled flight to the Maasai Mara. You will be met at the Ol Kiombo Airstrip and transferred the short distance to the Mara Intrepids Camp, your base for the next three nights. Sheltered in a shady indigenous forest on a broad sweep of the Talek River, Mara Intrepids is a delightful, homely camp set in one of Kenya’s prime wildlife-viewing areas. With its 30 tents arranged in small clusters along the riverbanks, Mara Intrepids has the feel of a small, intimate camp, with its bar and dining areas nestled under groves of acacia and fig trees.

The tents themselves are a picture of old-world elegance, with large four-poster beds, fine mahogany furniture, and modern en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and electricity. The camp’s amiable staff will pamper to your every need, while the very knowledgeable guides offer game drives and walking safaris to order. Mara Intrepids also boasts its exciting Adventurers’ Club – a club specifically for children between the ages of 4-12.
Accompanied by highly trained naturalists and cultural specialists, children are treated to an enlightening series of walks, talks, games and activities, designed to help them better understand their wild surroundings. A dedicated team of Kenyan naturalists and teachers with a long experience of hosting children’s safaris runs the Adventurers’ Club. After checking in, there’s time to freshen up before taking lunch. This afternoon take your first game drive in the Maasai Mara in search of its famous inhabitants.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mara Intrepids Camp.

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Day 06: Maasai Mara National Park

You have the whole day to enjoy the sights and sounds of Maasai Mara on your early morning and late afternoon game viewing drives. The jewel in Africa’s crown, Maasai Mara is host to the most spectacular array of wildlife. Her 320 square kilometers of open savannah, woodlands and tree-lined rivers creates an eco-system that supports huge numbers of bird and mammal species. The western border of the park is the spectacular Siria Escarpment, and together with the acacia dotted plains, creates scenery of stunning beauty.

Lion are found in abundance throughout the park, as are elephant, giraffe, a variety of gazelle species and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly seen and, if lucky, you may also find rhino. Game viewing is never dull in the Mara, and patience is often rewarded with unique sightings: a pride of lion stalking their prey; a solitary leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree; male wildebeest sparring to attract females into their harem; or even a herd of elephant protecting their young from opportunistic predators.
The annual wildebeest migration traditionally is present in the Mara from July-September and at this time nature’s dramas unfold before your very eyes at every turn. As well as wildlife, the Maasai Mara is also home to many members of the colorful Maasai tribe who may be seen around the borders of the park – Moran’s (warriors) loping across the plains, young boys herding goats, or elders grouped under a tree discussing matters of the day.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mara Intrepids Camp.

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Day 07: Maasai Mara National Park

You have another full day to enjoy the splendors of the Maasai Mara. There will also be the option to take a balloon safari (at an extra cost) or visit a local Maasai Village.
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp

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Balloon Safari

As the balloon is inflated against the first rays of sunrise your pilot will go through safety procedures. It’s then time to climb aboard. Once aloft, the balloon floats gently over the plains, giving a bird’s eye view of the game below as the sun creeps slowly over the horizon. Spread beneath you is a panorama of Africa – elephants looking improbably small; giraffe browsing amongst the treetops; antelope grazing; a pair of lionesses stalking a herd of wildebeest; an eagle guarding his eerie; and cheetah glancing up as the shadow of the huge balloon crosses their paths.

After around one hour the balloon lands and nearby breakfast is already being prepared. The smells of bacon, sausages and eggs drift on the breeze as you begin breakfast with platefuls of exotic Kenyan fruits and homemade pastries and, of course, glasses of bubbly to toast your flight in a tradition initiated by the Montgolfier brothers. The afternoon is available for a game viewing drive and/or other activity in the Mara whether or not you take the optional adventure.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp

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08: Maasai Mara - Nairobi – Depart.

Enjoy an optional early morning game drive and breakfast before your transfer to Maasai Mara Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Wilson Airport. On arrival you will be transferred to Norfolk Hotel where you can relax in your dayroom. Enjoy lunch and dinner (meals at your own expense) before your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your homebound departure flight.
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Norfolk Hotel (dayrooms)

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