Capture all things big at the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve including the big cats, big 5 and the great migration. Relax in the charming Rusinga Island and be wowed by the breathtaking views, quiet beach and unique bird species.
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Pick up from your hotel in Nairobi at 8.00am by our driver /guide. We will have a short drive to Nakuru National park for game drives. Lake Nakuru is a shallow strongly alkaline lake 62 kms in extent. It is set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland next to Nakuru town. Lake Nakuru National Park is home to thousands of Flamingos that color the lake pink and provides sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, White Rhino, Lion, and Leopard among other wildlife as well as a wide range of bird species. We will have Lunch at Sarova Lion Hill, afterwards we will continue with the game drives, and then proceed to Sunbird Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Today we leave the Rift Valley floor and drive to the Maasai Mara for lunch at the Mara Crossing Camp. After a short rest we embark on our first evening game drive in the vast game reserve, which was recently classified as the latest “Wonder of the World”. The Mara is an extension of the Serengeti in Tanzania. All the “Big Five” are found here. With some luck we may already see some of them today.
We can opt to spend the day on a full day game drive with packed lunch or have an early morning and evening game drive with lunch at the lodge. Whatever we choose, our driver will advise us the evening before to ensure the trip exceeds our expectations. The wealth of wildlife at the Maasai Mara is unrivalled in Africa, particularly during the migration of wildebeests from July to October. Maasai mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that wander its plains and the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-coloured topi, Coke’s hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck and red duiker. The Reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. There are over 550 resident and migratory species of birds. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Mara Crossing Camp.
After an early breakfast at 6.30 am, we leave the Mara through Ololo gate with packed lunch to Homabay and further on to Rusinga Peninsula where we check in in the afternoon. Rusinga is a place of infinite beauty to calm the mind and rejuvenate the body. Rusinga's grounds and exotic trees are haven for a myriad of bird species – many of which are unique in this small corner of Kenya. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Rusinga Island Lodge.
On this day we can have optional activities such as fishing, bird watching, biking and hikes or visit the local community. The friendly Luo community fish along the shores of the lake in their colorful canoes and sailing dhows. Guests are welcomed with open arms at their villages where the night’s catch is set out to dry in the sun and larger fish are smoked. You can visit the villages through a short walk or whilst exploring the lake by boat. It is also possible to visit local schools and community projects. All meals will be served at the Lodge.
We have our breakfast and wait for the ferry to take us on a 1 hour ride to Bondo a divison of Kisumu County. We stop for lunch in Kisumu town and finally proceed to the Kakamega Forest reserve, the last indeginous forest in Kenya which was part of the rainforest in Congo. We arrive in the late afternoon and check in at Rondo Retreat Resort, for dinner and overnight stay.
Today we spend the day at the Kakamega Forest Reserve exploring the 7kms of trails. A team of knowledgeable ranger guides escort us through the forest and answer our questions. The morning hike takes us to Buyango Hill, the highest point in the forest from where we can see the impressive canopy of the indigenous trees in the forest reserve. We return to Resort for lunch and undertake another hike in the afternoon in the reserve. Kakamega Forest is the only remnant in Kenya of the unique Guineo-Congolian forest ecosystem. The reserve offers unique wildlife and scenic beauty. It is ideal for bird and butterfly watchers. The reserve also supports more than 350 species of trees and 7 primate species including the endangered DeBrazza monkey, black and white colobus monkey and vervet monkey. Dinner and overnight stay will once again be at the Rondo Retreat.
After breakfast we drive to Lake Baringo with lunch on the way. The drive takes us through the scenic Kerio Valley and we arrive in the late afternoon at Kampi ya Samaki. We are welcomed by the pastoralist fishermen–the Njemps and take a short boat ride to the camp through the muddy waters of Lake Baringo we may see hippos and crocodiles. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at the Island Camp.
After breakfast we do a more extensive boat ride on Lake Baringo where we watch Fish Eagles catch their prey and fisherman harvest fish in their banana leave boats. Later, we drive to Lake Bogoria. Bogoria Park is home to flamingoes, pelicans and plains game on the lake shores. After lunch at the Bogoria Spa we visit the Hot Springs on our game drives. The Hot Springs are evidence of the still active volcanic activities in the Rift Valley. In the evening we drive back to the Island Camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Today we drive back to Nairobi with an optional lunch on the way and depending on our international flight transfer to the airport in time for our international flight.