Kenya Sunbird Nairobi, Lake Elementaita, Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara 9 Days
Day 1 : Nairobi - Lake Naivasha
Met by African Ark Safaris representative and later transferred to Nairobi Safari Club Hotel where you will check-in and later we proceed to Nairobi National Park, an ornithological paradise starter within the city environs. Afternoon guided visit to National Museum Bird Gallery,Followed by a short bird walk at Nairobi National Museum Botanic Garden. Here we anticipate to see species like the Variable Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird and the Collard Sunbird, African Goshawk, Palm swift, Baglafetch Weaver, among others. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight stay will be at Nairobi Safari Club Hotel or similar one. (BLD)
Day 2 : Nairobi - Lake Elementaita
Morning departure to Lake Elementaita arriving in the mid morning bird walk to try and identify available species like the Feral lovebird, Avocet, Klaas' cuckoo, Glossy ibis, Black heron, Red billed Teal, Black tailed godwit among others before time for lunch at Lake Elementaita Lodge. An afternoon bird walk around the lodge environs before time for Dinner and overnight at Lake Elementaita Lodge (BLD).
Day 3: Lake Elementaita - Lake Naivasha
After breakfast we depart from Elementaita for a scenic drive through the Great North road to Lake Naivasha arriving by mid-morning for bird walk before time for lunch at Lake Naivasha Lodge. Lake Naivasha being close to Lake Nakuru and 65 miles from Nairobi, is freshwater Lake Naivasha. It was declared a bird sanctuary in 1967 and also supports pastoral industries of wine and flowers. During our full day field trip to Lake Naivasha, we study the birds of the region such as herons, fish eagles, ospreys, black crakes, and lily-trotters. Dominated by the shadow of Mt. Longonot, few lakes in the world have a more commanding or spectacular setting than Naivasha. We also have an excursion to the Elsa mere Center. Activities include reliving the experience of Joy Adamson and Elsa while viewing "Born Free." Lake Naivasha being on the Rift floor is home to an incredible variety of species. Over 450 species have been recorded here. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge.
Day 4: Lake Naivasha - Hell's Gate National Park
After breakfast, a morning bird walk with the aim of viewing birds on the shores of the Lake with a few hours of relaxation before lunch. Afternoon visit to Hell's Gate National Park, which is a breeding ground for vultures in Kenya e.g. Lammergeyer vultures we also anticipate for species like Imperial eagle, Schalow's wheatear, Chin spot batis. Dinner & overnight tonight will be served at Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge (BLD).
Day 5: Hell's Gate National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru National Park known as "The pink heart of Kenya" because of the millions of Flamingoes that cover the lake with pink shine. The Great Rift Valley is geologic phenomena, which divides Kenya neatly down the length of the country essentially separating east from west. Today's Rift Valley is characterized by uninhabitable desert and fertile farmland, flat arid plains, steep escarpments and 07 lakes in Kenya. Proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park and immediately embark on a game drive that takes you around the shores of the lake, made famous by its thousands of flamingos that form a pink hue across its shores. Lake Nakuru National Park is also a Rhino sanctuary and contains plenty of other plains game. Afternoon game / bird viewing Dinner and overnight stay will be at Luxurious Flamingo Hill Camp
Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park
Today we will spend the whole day bird watching at the park and if lucky enough we have the chance to see the shy cat "the Leopard" mostly seen in this park before returning for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon we have some time to relax before embarking on our late afternoon game drive to try and capture what was not seen during the day before the dusk engulf us. Dinner and Overnight stay will be at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge.
Day 7: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara
Soon after breakfast, drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley the longest Rift in the crust of the Earth to Masai Mara Game Reserve the unspoiled Savannah. Masai Mara is actually the northern portion of the Great Plains ecosystem in the neighboring Tanzania called Serengeti. It is a home to the "big five" lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephant as well cheetah, zebra, giraffe and vast herds of plain antelope and numerous and other wildlife. Our accommodation for the nights will be at one of the excellent lodge Mara Sopa Lodge. Sopa is a Masai word meaning welcome and indeed this is a tradition which has be well adopted by the lodge to all guest. Set in the Oloolaimutia valley the lodge blends in the perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape. After lunch and some time to relax and perhaps take a dip in the pool, you will depart with your driver guide for an afternoon game drive in search of the big five. As sun starts to edge dip into the horizon it will be perfect time to photograph the beautiful Mara rolling plains. Don't forget this is the right time to spot the shy leopard. Dinner & overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).
Day 8: Masai Mara
An early morning birding cum game drive after breakfast will be our perfect start of another unforgettable and memorable birding days in Africa. With picnic lunch en-route you spend your day in Mara Plains trying to identify and record the over 450 species record in this reserve. All meals and Overnight tonight will be served at, Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).
Day 9: Masai Mara - Nairobi - Fly
After breakfast, we drive back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at Pampa Grill Restaurant where you can enjoy some good food, Check-in to a day room at Nairobi hotel. Farewell dinner Later early in the evening, will be hosted by our company at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant considered "Africa's greatest eating experience" (if you love barbecue it doesn't get better than this), and home to the "Simba Saloon" one of the cities most popular night clubs. Thereafter you will be transferred to the airport in time for your International departure flight.
The above cost includes :
Transport with exclusive use of the equipped safari vehicle.
Pick up and drop off on arrival and departure.
Accommodation as per the itinerary with all the meals except for dinner in Nairobi
Experienced Birder / Bird Guide equiped with binoculars, telescope and sound recording gear.
Parks, reserve and conservation areas entry fee
Drinking water available from van's cool box
Checklist of the birds of Kenya and other pre tour information
The above cost excludes :
Medical and travel insurance
Any extra meals
Beverages both soft and hard drinks
Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, gift among others
Visa, Airport Tax