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A 9 DAYS SAFARI THROUGH MASAI MARA - LAKE NAKURU - LAKE NAIVASHA - AMBOSELI - TSAVO EAST - COAST

Day 1 - Nairobi to Masai Mara Game Reserve
Start your safari immediately after arrival in Nairobi or from your hotel. Our driver guide will meet you and the safari starts with a visit to the Masai Mara. You will pass the Great Rift Valley viewpoint - arrive at the Mara around lunchtime. Lunch at the camp . Game viewing in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Mara Ashnil camp or Mara Safari Club.

Day 2 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the camp. Relax the rest of the morning and enjoy the view onto the Mara river or take a swim in the pool. Lunch at the camp and go for another game-drive in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Mara Ashnil camp or Mara Safari Club.

Day 3 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Full day of game viewing with a packed lunch in the reserve. Dinner and overnight at Mara Ashnil or Mara Safari Club.

Day 4 - Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru National Park to arrive in time for lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge or Flamingo hill tented camp. Game viewing in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru lodge or FLamingo tented hill camp.

Day 5 - Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha
Wake up for an early morning game drive in Lake Nakuru followed by breakfast at the lodge or camp. Proceed to Lake Naivasha to arrive at Naivasha Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. Boat ride in the afternoon- chance to see lots of hippos. Dinner and overnight at Naivasha Sopa or Elsamere Lodge.

Day 6 - Lake Naivasha to Amboseli National Park
After breakfast you will drive towards Amboseli to arrive at Amboseli Ol Tukai Lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge.

Day 7 - Amboseli National Park
Early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Relax the rest of the morning and enjoy the view onto the Kilimanjaro and wildlife passing by. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon game-drive. Dinner and overnight at Ol Tukai lodge.

Day 8 - Amboseli National Park to Tsavo East National Park
After breakfast you will proceed to Tsavo East National Park, game drive as you exit the park. Enter Tsavo East at Voi and drive to the Aruba Ashnill Lodge, close to the Aruba Dam. Lunch at lodge and Game drive in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Aruba Ashnil lodge.

Day 9 - Tsavo East National Park
Early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Start the drive to the Coast - arrival early afternoon.

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Ashnil Camp (Mara)  [photo: Ashnil Hotels Ltd]

Ashnil Camp (Mara)  [photo: Ashnil Hotels Ltd]

Ashnil Camp (Mara)  [photo: Ashnil Hotels Ltd]

Baboon Cliff
View of Lake Nakuru from the Baboon Cliff lookout  [photo: Patty Chang]

Sunset at Lake Nakuru  [photo: Laura Weinkam]

Lake Nakuru
A lion on a tree, in Lake Nakuru National Park  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Giraffes at Crescent Island (Lake Naivasha)  [photo: Mait]

Crescent Island (Lake Naivasha)  [photo: Laura Weinkam]

Enkongu Narok Swamp (Amboseli)
An elephant is entering the Swamp.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Enkongu Narok Swamp (Amboseli)
One of the many swamps that originates from the snowmelt and rains on Kilimanjaro.

Buffalos in Amboseli
A group of buffalos on the Amboseli wetland. African Buffalo (or Cape Buffalo) is absolutely the most dangerous of the big five. An adult male might weights 600-750 kilos. Despite this vegetarian and somewhat pastoral appearance they are fearsome animals, killing more people than lions or crocodiles ever do.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Finch Hattons Camp  [photo: Patty Chang]

Keekorok Lodge
Keekorok Lodge was the first lodge built in the Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve (1962). it's in the direct path of the Mara's wildebeest migration. There is always plenty of activity around the waterhole but during the migration, the lodge is surrounded by the swarming mass of animals.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Kilaguni Lodge
Zebras at the watering hole at Kilaguni Lodge  [photo: Graham Dean]

Kilimanjaro
One of the most amazing aspects of the Kilimanjaro (5.890 meters) is the accessibility of its peak to climbers with no mountain climbing equipment. It takes more or less five days to reach the top and return.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Kilimanjaro from above
The snow top of the Kilimanjaro (5.890 meters) as seen from the air.

Kilimanjaro
With its 5.890 meters, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain that regular tourists can climb, although it remains a considerable feat of human endurance. The breathable oxygen at the top is less than half the amount than is common at sea level, and climbers cover at least eighty kilometres on nothing but their own feet.  [photo: Laura Weinkam]

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Longonot crater
Longonot mountain is actually an extinct crater in the Rift Valley, it is the highest of all Rift Valley volcanoes (2772 m). Longonot National Park is a fairly new park, created in the 1983 to preserve the interesting biodiversity around the crater area and the Naivasha basin. [photo: Brian Mc Morrow]

Lugards Falls
A crocodile is waiting for a prey to come in Lugards Falls. Despite of the name the 'falls' are in fact a series of rapids on the Galana River.  [photo: Graham Dean]

Lugards Falls
Sheldrick's causeway is the only crossing of the Galana river to the remote, northern section of Tsavo East National Park, it was built in the '50's by legendary David Sheldrick, the first warden of the reserve.  [photo: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust]

Man Eaters Camp
In the last few years of the 19th century two opportunistic male lions found the labourers working on the railway bridge over the Tsavo River, easy pickings. It is estimated that in a 10 month period over a 100 workers were snatched and devoured. The engineer in charge of the building project was Colonel Patterson and his book ?The Man Eaters of Tsavo? describes his trials and tribulations in bringing the culprits to book. He claims to have found their den, a small cave in a [...]  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Masai Mara Sopa Lodge
Located on the furthermost eastern corner of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, near the Ololamutiek Gate, the Mara Sopa is set in a hillside landscape of the Oloolamuita Valley 230 km South West of Nairobi. Masai Mara Sopa Lodge totally blends in perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape; the Maasai people, a shrine of wildlife, bird life, and natural flora to be found in the fabled Masai Mara National Reserve.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Masai Mara Sopa Lodge
After dinner, tourists are used to gather by the fire. In Maasai language, sopa means welcome. It takes approx 5 hours to reach the Mara region by car from Nairobi (45 minutes by air). The lodge itself is hut-styled, having the interior design of the public areas and rooms inspired by the Maasai culture and art.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Elephant at Mudanda Rock (Tsavo East)  [photo: Laura Weinkam]

Mzima Springs (Tsavo)
At Mzima Springs there are actually two large pools, connected by a stream of rapids and shaded by stands of raffia palms. The upper pool is long-shaped, favoured by the hippos, while the large-shaped one is preferred by the crocodiles.  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Lake Nakuru National Park Main Gate
Lake Nakuru National Park is the only park in Kenya that is completely fenced since it is located at only 4 km from Nakuru, the fourth largest town of Kenya  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Python
Game-driving through the Lake Nakuru National Park, large sized pythons can often be seen as they're crossing the roads or dangling from trees.

Flamingo Hill tented Camp
The twenty-five tents of the camp are all furnished with the understated luxury required by the modern traveler. Decorated with natural woods, wrought iron and crisp cottons each tent has been meticulously planned to maximise comfort.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

A child from Namanga
Namanga is a small town located across the Tanzania and Kenya border and overlooked by the Oi-Doinyo Orok, or Black Mountain, which is sacred to the Maasai. The town is a mixture of various tribes however the outer limits of the town have a large Maasai population.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Namanga handicrafts
Namanga's economy is largely dependent on tourism since travelers visiting Amboseli National Park pass though the town on their way to and from Nairobi. The town is perfect as a rest or for restocking supplies. During their stops, tourists are often approached by Maasai women selling beaded jewelry and other Maasai handicrafts.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Ngulia mountains
View on the Ngulia mountains from the road to Ngulia Safari Camp  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Giraffes at Tsavo West  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Hornbill
The omnivorous hornbill feeds on fruit and small animals. Some species are severely threatened with extinction. [...]  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Ol Tukai Lodge
At the lodge you may find 80 chalet-style rooms; some of them viewing the wetlands, others facing the Kilimanjaro. To accomodate physically challenged guests, two rooms have been specifically designed according to EU standards.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Masai Jump Dance
Amongst the many traditions kept by Masai tribes the best known is the warrior jumping dance, where young Masai morani (morani stands for young warrior) leap into the air from a standing position, in order to demonstrate their strength and agility. Until recent times, in order to earn the right to have a wife, a Masai moran was required to have killed a lion. Officially this practice is deprecated although there are some evidences that it continues in some remote regions.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Masai Kudu Horn
The kudu horn is a means to communicate amongst the villages. The kudu itself (Koodoo) is a sort of antelope which roams from South Africa to Ethiopia. Its bull may stand over five feet high and may be colored from a reddish gray to light blue. The kudu sense of smell, hearing and its keen sight, make it a difficult animal to capture.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Sekenani primary school
Built in 1987, the Sekenani Primary School provides a free education to approximately 450 students from 5 to 14 years old. There are three terms per year, running in January to March, May to July and September to November. Some teachers are provided by the government, some others by the student's parents.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Serena Lodge (Amboseli)  [photo: Wendy Watling]

Severin Safari Camp  [photo: Patty Chang]

Severin Safari Camp
The swimming pool at the Severin Safari Camp.  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Severin Safari Camp  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Sopa Lodge Amboseli

Tsavo East
A young hyena in Tsavo  [photo: Laura Weinkam]

Tsavo West
The red elephants of Tsavo; due to the reddish terrain, everything in Tsavo turns red  [photo: Laura Weinkam]

Tsavo West
A Lilac-breasted Roller takes flight  [photo: Graham Dean]

Tsavo West
A Red-billed Hornbill  [photo: Graham Dean]

Voi Safari Lodge  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Voi Safari Lodge
Herd of elephants at the waterhole from the Voi Safari Lodge terrace.  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Voi Safari Lodge  [photo: Kenya Hotels Ltd]
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