9 Days/8 Nights Sopa Lodges Safari
9 days Kenya safari to Samburu, Naivasha, Mara and Amboseli with full accommodation in Sopa Lodges. Enjoy great sceneries, animals and birds photography.
Day Location Supplier Meal Plan Activity
1 Samburu Samburu Sopa Lodge LD Trsf, P
2 Samburu Samburu Sopa Lodge BLD EP
3 Lake Naivasha Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge BLD Leisure
4 Maasai Mara Mara Sopa Lodge BLD P
5 Maasai Mara Mara Sopa Lodge BLD EP
6 Nairobi Sarova Panafric Hotel B Leisure
7 Amboseli Amboseli Sopa Lodge BLD P
8 Amboseli Amboseli Sopa Lodge BLD EP
9 Depart B Trsf
BB-Bed and breakfast, BLD- Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, Trsf- Transfer, E-Early morning game drive, A-Morning game drive, P-Afternoon game drive
Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our airport representative who provides itinerary briefing. Later depart Nairobi for Samburu National Reserve. Drive north to Samburu on the south bank of the Uaso Nyiro River, downriver from Archer’s Post. North of the Equator some of the animals and vegetation are a little different from those commonly found south. Elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and cheetah and the usual buck and antelopes are common to both north and south of the equator. This is also a home for the Grevy’s zebra, the reticulated giraffe and the Somali ostrich. There is also the long neck gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, and hunting dog. Crocodiles in the river can be seen from the lodge/tented camp. The vegetation is usually dry grass with a few swampy patches. There is some forest cover along the Uaso Nyiro River and an abundance of doum palms.
Overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge (LD)
Day 2: Samburu National Reserve
Another day in this harshly beautiful terrain where wildlife abound especially near the river which is their only source of drinking water. The Uaso Nyiro River flows gently through the dry landscape sustaining life in this harsh land. Shaba National Reserve is where the famous conservationist George Adamson did his research on lions. Lunch and an afternoon of leisure at the pool.
Overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge (BLD)
Day 3: Samburu– Lake Naivasha
After breakfast, depar for Lake Naivasha arriving for lunch at the lodge. Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake. It is on the floor of the East African Rift Valley. Birdlife is particularly abundant (over 450 species). It is a breeding ground for cormorants all year round. You might see pelicans and spoonbills perched on the dead trees. There are two species of fish breeding in this fresh water lake, black bass and tilapia. The Tilapias are ‘mouth breeders’. Crescent Island in the Lake is part of the rim of a submerged volcano whose crater forms the deepest part of the Lake. The rest of the afternoon will be spent at leisure. There are optional activities such as boat ride or crescent Island tour can be booked and paid for locally.
Overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (BLD)
Day 4: Lake Naivasha – Maasai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, proceed to Masai Mara National Reserve which is arrived in time for lunch at the camp. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive in this park which is famous for huge black -manned lions. This reserve has a hilly savanna rolling grasslands, gallery forest on the Mara River and its tributaries. The smaller predators are the hyena and jackal. The large herbivores are the elephant, rhino, Burchell’s zebra,hippo,buffalo and giraffe, The smaller herbivores are antelopes and bucks. The Maasai ostritch, the world’s largest bird is found in the park.
Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD)
Day 5: Maasai Mara National Reserve
A full day early morning and afternoon game viewing and exploration in this part of the Northern Serengeti Ecosystem where the great wildebeest migration takes place. Months before the actual migration the herds ‘assemble’ in Serengeti in readiness for the crossing into the Masai Mara. The plain is literally covered with these animals. Grunts and other animal sounds are heard, and territorial fights are common place. The migration now declared the Seventh Wonder of the World takes place from end of June to beginning October.
Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD)
Day 6: Maasai Mara -Nairobi
After breakfast, you will return to Nairobi via the Mau Escarpment. Having just crossed the Rift valley and passed Mt. Longonot it would be interesting to view the crater from a different angle, via the tip. Arrive Nairobi in time for lunch at a local restaurant (on own). Later drop off at the hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure at the hotel. Dinner will be on own.
Overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel (B)
Day 7: Nairobi -Amboseli National Park
After breakfast, depart the city of Nairobi for Amboseli. You will drive across the Athi Plains where the Maasai once roamed fearlessly mingling with the game animals, zebra giraffe, antelope and lion, grazing their livestock. Clumps of acacia grow along the Athi River and Giraffe may sometimes be seen at a distance feeding on the upper branches. Lunch is at your lodge. An afternoon game drive will introduce you to the beauty of this Park which lies in the shadow of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Return to your lodge at sunset to watch a spectacular African sunset.
Overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge (BLD)
Day 8: Amboseli National Park
Full day early morning and afternoon game viewing in the area of Lake Amboseli, which is a wide salt pan, consisting of permanent swamps which will further introduce you to the Park. This area has much game, large and small. Elephant, rhino, buffalo, Burchell’s zebra, eland, Masai giraffe and small species of the antelope family, the common water buck, klipspringer, Grant’s gazelle, impala, topi, and the diminutive duiker among others.
Overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge (BLD)
Day 9: Depart
Early morning departure to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch (lunch on own). This will be followed by a transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight. (B)
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Nett Cost in US Dollars
|Per Person Twin or Double Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
|Peak||01.07.2017 – 31.10.2017||2325||395|
|High||01.11.2017 – 15.12.2017||2210||365|
|Peak||16.12.2017 – 01.01.2018||2325||395|
|Child 3 – 12 years sharing a room with 2 adults pays 50% of the adult rate
Christmas Supplement – USD 55.00 per person per night on 24, 25, 26, 30 Dec to 01 Jan
*A maximum of 3 singles per group will be charged a single room rate. Any additional singles will be charged at double room rate
The above rates are on seat-in-coach basis and are valid for a minimum of 2 pax per departure
(The above rates are based on current government taxes and park entrance fees. Any changes to these will be passed on)
- Met & greet service by our local representatives at the airport and the Airport transfers
- Accommodation in standard rooms as described (or similar)
- Meals as described by B (Buffet Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)
- 1-litre bottled mineral water per person per day whilst on safari
- Transportation by specially equipped non-air-conditioned 7-seater safari minivans with pop-up roofs
- Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
- Game drives, sightseeing and excursions as described in the itinerary, inclusive of applicable entrance fees
- Applicable local and government taxes on accommodation and transportation
- Temporary membership to Emergency Medical Evacuation Service whilst on safari
- International or domestic airfare, airport taxes and security related fees unless mentioned above
- Meals not described in the itinerary above
- Tips and gratuities to driver/guide; hotel/camp and restaurant staff; room service etc
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature i.e., telephone/internet usage, laundry, bottled water and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages etc.
- Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above