DAY ONE: Your Arrival in Nairobi
This day when you arrive at the Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta international airport, a representative from tours and holidays africa will be waiting for you at the arrival terminal holding a board with your name on it. He will then transfer you to the hotel where he will assist you to check in. He will brief you on the entire safari itinerary and also allow you to ask any questions. This will take a short time so the he can leave you to enjoy the hotel’s amenities or just relax after a long flight. If your flight arrives in the morning hours and you are not tired, we can arrange for short excursions to the Giraffe Centre where you can feed the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, David Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage, the Kazuri Beads Factory or the National Museum –All at an extra charge. Lunch and dinner are not included at the city hotel, this gives you the flexibility to choose to eat at the various food outlets within the hotel e.g. room service, pool bar, restaurant or coffee shop or choose to patronize the many restaurants within the city centre. Overnight at a Nairobi Hotel.
DAY TWO: Nairobi to Samburu Game Reserve
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Your professional driver guide will be waiting for you at the reception. Our safe, clean and comfortable custom Safari Mini Van vehicle already prepped up. 08h00: This morning you are departing via the Great North Road to Samburu Game Reserve. On this 350 Kms journey, you will pass through the central Kenya Highlands with its lush green farmlands and high density population. The weather turns to cold as you progress further approaching Kenya’s highest Mountain Mt Kenya, 5,200 Meters high. Shortly after, an amazing transformation occurs when you suddenly descend from the high altitude area to the Arid dry lowlands with intermittent scrublands of Northern Kenya. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Safari Lodge or Tented Camp. After lunch relax a few hours then at 16h00 when it’s slightly cool depart to the park to look for animals in the game reserve. 45 Hours drive on good road, distance 350 Kms. Dinner and overnight at the Camp or Lodge(Full Board Basis)
DAY THREE: Samburu Game Reserve
06h30: this morning you will leave for the morning wildlife safari drives for more interaction with the wildlife. Early mornings are cool, serene and peaceful. This is when the wild animals are still active before the heat of the day sends them to hiding. These are the cats Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, while the herbivores too like Elephant, Buffalo, and Oryx also take advantage of this to graze. You will return back for breakfast and spend the rest of the morning at leisure to enjoy the lodge’s facilities like the swimming pool or extra activities like nature walks. You and also sit and enjoy the views of the wild from your room balcony. Lunch at the lodge then at 16h00 return to the park for more wildlife experience. Samburu Game Reserve is world renowned for rare species of game, the giraffe necked gazelle (gerenuk), gravy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, and the Beisa Oryx. It also boast the highest Elephant Population in Kenya. The scenery is unrivalled –numerous hills, valleys and scrublands stretching to the horizon. This reserve offers the best chance of seeing the Elusive Leopard along the riverine forest. Watch out for the beautiful Africa sunset with the orange sun setting behind the numerous hills. Return back to the lodge or Camp, wash off the dust and sit and enjoy the sumptuous buffet dinner in the open restaurant and thereafter a traditional dance group performance. Dinner and overnight at the Camp or a Lodge (Full Board Basis)
DAY FOUR: Samburu Game Reserve to Ol Pejeta Ranch
Breakfast at the lodge. Around 08h30 you will depart back to Nanyuki town and proceed to the private Ol Pejeta Ranch wildlife Sanctuary arriving in time for lunch at a camp or a Lodge. This expansive private Ol Pejeta sanctuary sits on the lee ward side of Mt Kenya offering splendid views of the Mountain. It offers exclusive game viewing experience coupled with a visit to the Chimpanzee sanctuary –the only of its kind in East Africa and a Tame Rhino. Night game drives for the thrill seekers are available at an extra charge. A sheltered oasis, with the tents clustered around the water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private wildlife Conservancy, The Camp or Lodge will offer a charming blend of undercanvas ambiance and safari luxury, during the day different species of wildlife stream in for a drink which allows you to enjoy game viewing from the comfort of your tentor a camp. Many clients on a Tembea kenya safari do enjoy this private sanctuary for its exclusivity After lunch you can either rest a bit or choose to proceed to the sanctuary for the afternoon wildlife viewing drives. Dinner and Overnight at camp or a Lodge (Full Board Basis)
DAY FIVE: Ol pejeta to Lake Nakuru National Park
This morning have breakfast then depart for the Lake Nakuru National park via Thompson’s falls. Arrive for lunch at the Lake Nakuru National Park and check in at the lodge/camp After a brief rest, depart on the afternoon wildlife safari drives in the park – famous for the great masses of both greater and lesser Flamingos, the white and black rhinos grazing side by side, herds of buffaloes and a huge population of Impala and warthog. Your chances of seeing the elusive Leopard are much higher here compared only to Samburu Game Reserve. The park is also a Unesco World Heritage site as well as a Ramsar site. Dinner and overnight at a Camp or Lodge(Full Board Basis)
DAY SIX: Lake Nakuru National Park to Masai Mara Game Reserve
This day you will have early breakfast Then at 07h30 you will depart on a 45 hour drive along the floor of the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara game reserve –Kenya’s all time Jewel of the parks. Indeed it’s the highlight of any professionally planned Kenya Safari Tour because of the high density of wildlife and its beautiful African Savannah landscape dominated by open plains. Arrive at the lodge and check in before proceeding for hot lunch. Take a short rest after lunch then at about 16h00 you will proceed to the park for wildlife Safaris viewing and later in the evening as the sun sets down over the Africa savannah landscape return back the lodge or Tented Camp. 45 Hours’ drive smooth tarmac road and sections of rough earth road, distance 300 Kms Dinner and overnight at a Camp or Lodge (Full Board Basis)
DAY SEVEN: Full Day in Masai Mara Game Reserve
This day you have 2 options, (1) you can choose to go on the usual 3 hours each morning and afternoon game viewing drives or (2) choose to go on the Half Day or Full day wildlife viewing drives with picnic lunch boxes. Option 2 is highly advisable during the Great Wildebeest Migration where you get a much better chance of seeing the famous river crossing. This is Kenya’s prime park and never disappoints in terms of wildlife experience. Sporting a pride of Lion is highly likely. While the Cheetah might be well camouflaged in the tall grass, our well trained Safari driver guides are well tuned to their tricks and will soon spot one for you. Elephants and thousands of other nonmigratory animals abound throughout the year. Over 550 hundred species of birds have been recorded here both local and migrants. The most popular months are from midJuly to late October during the migration of the wildebeest. This is the annual mass movement of over 1.5 million wildebeest accompanied by Zebra and Impalas from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania in search of pasture. Hundreds of hooves pounding the open plains accompanied by a cacophony of grunts create a spectacle to behold. Spend the nights in a relaxing room in either of the lodges below listening to the orchestra of rasping Cicadas, croaking Tree Frogs and the intermittent call of the nightjars and owls not to mention the mandatory lion roar. No need to mention the monkeys –they are quite good at announcing their presence! Dinner and overnight at a Camp or a Lodge(Full Board Basis)
DAY EIGHT: Maasai Mara Game Reserve to Nairobi onto departure
Early morning game viewing drive retuning to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast you will depart on a leisurely drive to Nairobi arriving late afternoon and we transfer you to the Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta international airport where you will connect your departure flight home