The Great lakes safari
Duration: 7 Days
Destinations: Aberdare National Park, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru, KIsumu and Maasai Mara
Price: $2,280 per person
Day 1: Nairobi / Aberdare
Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met your driver guide and depart towards the Aberdare National park crossing various Rift Valley panoramic scenery, tea and coffee plantations. Arrival in time for lunch, lunch and relax at the Aberdare Country Club. Afternoon game drive to admire the big population of black rhinos, a big number of small blue lakes and waterfalls. Dinner and overnight will be at Aberdare country clu
Day 2: Aberdare / Lake Bogoria / Lake Nakuru
Early breakfast and depart with packed lunch towards Lake Bogoria, a saline, alkaline lake that lies in a volcanic region in a half-graben basin south of Lake Baringo and home at times to one of the world’s largest populations of lesser flamingos. Local features include the Kesubo Swamp to the north and the Siracho Escarpment to the east, both within the National Reserve. The lake is also famous for geysers and hot springs along the bank. In four locations around the lake can be observed at least 10 geysers, which erupt up to 5 m high. In the late afternoon, procede to Lake Nakuru lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Lake Nakuru / Kisumu
After breakfast enjoy your game drive to view the flamingoes and other birds that feed in the alkaline water. Other game found in this park are black and White Rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, Rothschild’s Giraffe, White and Black Colobus monkey, eland, steinbok, impala, Chandlers Reedbuck, dik dik, whilst rock hyrax, klipspringer, hippo and clawless otter. In the afternoon you will drive towards Kisumu where you will have a boat ride on sundowner. Dinner and overnight at The Great lakes hotel.
Day 4: Kisumu / Masai Mara
Early wake-up, watch the sun rise, have your breakfast and drive along the way towards the Masai Mara National reserve to arrive in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the most famous park of Kenya with the biggest animal concentration; the Big five and the rare black maned lion among others. Sunset in the middle of the savannah before getting back for dinner and overnight stay at Keekorok lodge.
Day 5 & 6: Masai Mara
2 days dedicated in game drives and the possibility of a Balloon Tour, a unique experience in Masai Mara. Lunch picnic or in your lodge. Enjoy your game drive till sun set dinner and overnight stay at the Keekorok lodge.
Day 7: Masai Mara-Nairobi/Serengeti
After breakfast drive back to Nairobi for departure or continue towards Serengeti national park in Tanzania.
Price includes the following:
- All meals and accommodations during the entire safari
- Very high quality 4 x 4 safari vehicle
- A highly experienced English speaking safari guides
- Unlimited mineral water during the entire safari
- All park fees for all the national parks
- Unlimited game drives
- AMREF flying doctors rescue cover
- drinks at the lodges and any other things not mentioned above.
Qn1: How many holidaymakers in one group?
- Apart from yourself and the people you decide to travel within your tour, there will be no one else. With the fact that our vehicles take a maximum of 7 travellers, more vehicles will be used in case of any added travellers in a group.
Qn2: What is the minimum age permitted?
- If you have kids of less than 4 years old, you may need to wait a bit before bringing them to the safari.
- Also, We strongly recommend children of 4-12 are with parents/guardians and the responsibility for each child should remain with you as a parent in the course of the safari
Qn3: Where will I stay during the night?
- You’ll have your accommodation in safari lodges and permanent tented camps inside the parks. The rooms are with en-suite bathrooms.
Qn4: How will I travel?
- On your safari, you’ll use our comfortable and safe 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers which have a lot of leg space and pop up roof for ideal wildlife viewing.
- Again our vehicles are fully equipped with first aid kits, fridges, binoculars and bean bags for camera support. With well-maintained and fitted HF long-range radios, the communication is made easy in safari.
- We appreciate that on the last day of your safari you might be a bit tired, on this regard light aircraft will take you back to where safari started. *For luxury safari*
Qn5: Where Should I get my meal? And what kind of meal is provided?
- We will provide you with meals as well as mineral water during the safari. However, we would kindly ask you to settle soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on your own. Our safari guide who will drive you in a safari will take you to the beverages shops if it’s your things.
- On safari, all meals are usually taken at your lodge or camp, and standards range from adequate to excellent.
- The good thing is, most lodges offer the option of a packed breakfast and/or lunch box, which are variable in standard, but does allow you to eat on the trot rather than having to base game viewing hours around meal times.
- I would advise you to specify in advance if you are vegetarian or have other specific dietary requirements and we will do our very best to cater for them.
Qn6: what should I pack?
- While upon booking we will provide you with a detailed packing list that will be helpful for you to decide what to bring,
- Shorts and a T-shirt, long trousers and warmer clothing will be required, I would advise women not to wear too short clothes (above their knees, too tight clothes or clothes that will not cover part of their bodies) as well as avoiding clothes with too bright colours (especially blue) as they can attract some insects.
- Binoculars and a good field guide, possibly a pair of sunglasses, cash, credit cards, passport and other necessary documents are important, not to mention other useful items including a torch, compact alarm clock and strong insects repellent.
Qn7: Any luggage restrictions in safari?
- Well, to make your safari as comfortable as possible, luggage is restricted with a maximum size of 25 cm x 30 cm x 62 cm (10″ x 12″ x 24″). I would highly recommend the luggage be packed in bag or rucksack which cannot exceed 15kg including hand luggage. Do not bring suitcases in safari.
- Flights won’t take heavy luggage too kind. The luggage limit for most local flight is 15 kg ($ 3 per extra kilo will be charged) and 25 kg for the international flights.
Qn8: Should I take some cash with me?
- Absolutely, extras like soft and alcoholic beverages, souvenirs snacks and tips should be settled with your cash.
- The most important thing I must remind you is to ensure that your USD bills must be printed not before 2004. It is unfortunate that earlier than 2004 printed bills won’t be accepted.
- You can use your credit card (visa and master card only) to make payments in some places but a 4%-5% fee will be charged while paying by credit card (most small hotels, shops and restaurants accept cash only but the big ones accept credit cards). You can also use your credit cards to get money from the ATMs (located in all the big towns), but they will only give you local currency.
Qn8: You mentioned about tips, how much should I give?
- Well, Tanzania has also a tipping tradition and tipping is usually given at the end of service. While we strongly advise that you do tipping (especially to the safari guides who play the most important role into the success of the entire tour), tipping is not mandatory and you should only give if you’re happy with the service you have received.
- Tipping guideline for your safari guide is $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 15 to $ 20 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag
Qn9: I am Curious to Know Visa Requirements
- Great, a valid visa is necessary.
- Depending on your nationality, you can get your visa ahead of time or buy it at the airport upon arrival.
- Some nationalities require their visa bought ahead of time so I would recommend you contact your respective embassy to get the latest visa regulations
Qn10: Are there any things I need to Know about Vaccinations for Tanzania Safaris?
- Absolutely, while you can read them herein details, (We can put a link for our post on vaccinations) the main concern is malaria. I strongly recommend that you take prophylactic drugs.
- If you are from a yellow fever endemic country or have stayed there for more than 6 hours, you will need to get a yellow fever vaccine.
- We will provide you with detailed travel tips that will also have more information on vaccinations including yellow fever countries list.
Qn11: I am afraid I won’t find proper ablution facilities at the campsites
I would like to ask that you cast that fear aside. There are fairly standard ablution facilities on all campsites so this should never worry you.