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A 10 DAYS SAFARI THROUGH SAMBURU - SWEETWATERS - NAKURU - MASAI MARA

Day 1 - Nairobi to Samburu National Park
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 Samburu National Reserve. Drive via the Aberdares and Mount Kenya area to Samburu, arrival in time at Samburu Ashnil Camp or Sopa Lodge. Afternoon game-drive - Dinner & Overnight Samburu Ashnil Camp or Sopa Lodge.

Day 2 - Samburu National Park
Early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the camp/lodge. Relax the rest of the morning and enjoy the view from lodge/camp - lunch and afternoon game-drive. Dinner and overnight Samburu Ashnil Camp or Sopa Lodge.

Day 3 - Samburu National Park to Sweet Waters Sanctuary
After breakfast drive towards the Mount Kenya region to arrive at Sweet Waters Sanctuary end morning - lunch at Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters tented camp.

Day 4 - Sweet Waters Sanctuary
Early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the camp. Mid morning visit to the chimpanzee sanctuary and information centre . Lunch at the camp and game drive. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp.

Day 5 - Sweet Waters to Lake Nakuru National Park
Departure from Sweetwaters, today you continue your safari and drive towards Lake Nakuru National Park. Arrive at Lake Nakuru lodge or Flamingo Hill Tented camp in time for lunch. Game drive in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru lodge or Flamingo hill tented camp.

Day 6 - Lake Nakuru National park
Wake up for an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Spend the rest of the day with game drives. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru lodge or Flamingo hill tented camp.

Day 7 - Masai Mara National Park
After breakfast you will depart for the Masai Mara game reserve. This is a long drive, your will arrive in time for a late lunch at Mara Ashnil Camp or Mara Safari club. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mara Ashnil camp or Mara Safari club.

Day 8 - 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 9 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Same program as previous day or a full day of game viewing with a packed lunch in the park. Dinner and overnight at Mara Ashnil or Mara Safari Club.

Day 10 - Masai Mara to Nairobi
Departure from the Masai Mara - drive back towards Nairobi , depending on your flight details or extension program we can plan to visit a teafarm enroute with tour and lovely home-made lunch. Drop off at the Nairobi airport or extension program.

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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]

Chimpanzee Sanctuary
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee was originally estabilished in 1993 in order to receive and shelter a group of three orphaned chimps .In 1995, nine older chimpanzees arrived, followed - at the beginning of 1996 - by a younger cub of ten. The Sweetwaters sanctuary is holding now fourty chimps and the annual cost for taking care of each of them approximates to 6.000 dollars.  [photo: Nick Fraser]

Outspan Treetop at Nyeri
The Outspan hotel just outside Nyeri serves as staging point for the more famous Treetops just 17 kilometers away from the town  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Treetops, Aberdares National Park
In 1928, a couple of English settlers - Mr Sherbrooke Walker and his wife Bettie - started the Treetops. They began opening a small four-bedroom hotel in Nyeri calling it Outspan and shortly afterwards they began to build the Treetops as the result of Bettie?s memories: the tree house built in the garden by her brothers. It overlooked a large waterhole where, day and night, the animals emerged from the bush to drink.

Buffalos at Treetops
Some buffalos on the way to the waterhole at the Treetops Hotel in the Aberdares National Park  [photo: Graham Dean]

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]

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Larsens Camp Samburu [photo: Wilderness Lodges Kenya]

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]

Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya - actually, an extint volcano - is the highest top in Kenya (5.200 meters) and the second highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro (Tanzania). Its northern flanks across the Equator. The national park was established in 1949 and was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997.

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]

Samburu Game Lodge
The Samburu Game Lodge is surrounded by a pristine riverine forest on the western bank of the Uaso River. It's 857 meters above sea level. Large herds of elephants are seen along the rivers banks which are much favoured by crocodiles.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Samburu Game Lodge Cultural Village
The guests of the lodge are given the opportunity to take a tour of the Cultural Village. They are introduced to all aspects of Samburu culture. A spoken journey through Samburu traditions including dances for both women and moran, and Naapo evening meeting for men. The different costumes worn by both girls and women are also explained.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Archer's gate (east gate) at Samburu
The three game reserves of Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba all cluster in one largest area of more than 800 square kilometers. Nevertheless, most of the game viewing is concentrated in the narrow strips along the river banks in Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves.  [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]

Sweetwaters Tented Camp
The Sweetwaters Tented Camp is located within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Area. The camp is 25 kilometers west from Nanyuki, in Laikipia District. Sweetwaters is one of only four private game reserves in Kenya and features privileged seclusion and private game viewing. Thanks to its private status it also allows such unforgettable pleasures as night game drives and guided bush walks.  [photo: Sinthrex]

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ever since 1974, Morani, a tame black rhino, lives in its own sanctuary within Ol Pejeta Conservancy, located few kilometers away from the Sweetwaters Tented Camp. The young rhino was brought to the ranch after some poachers killed its mother. [...]  [photo: Patty Chang]

Sweetwaters
A giraffe at the waterhole at Sweetwaters Tented Camp  [photo: Chris D Oakley]

Thomson falls
Thomson's Falls originate where the Ewaso River plummets 75 metres into a boulder-strewn gorge discovered in 1880 by the explorer Joseph Thomson. [...]  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Elephants are refreshing at Uaso river
Uaso stands for brown water (river) in the local Samburu tribe's language. Huge herds of elephants are likely to be seen drinking and cooling off along the banks.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Uaso river
The Samburu area is very dry with a lot of scrub and some acacia trees, except along the banks of the quiet Uaso Nyiro river where there's a narrow stripe of doum palms which contain and shelter a lot of wildlife. The Uaso flows through three great northern reserves, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Crocodile at Uaso river
Crocodiles are typical inhabitants of Uaso river. They are able to survive through dry spells by burying themselves in the mud. During the hottest hours of the day they're used to keep their mouths wide open to cool themselves down. Since their digestive system can handle rotting meat from old carcasses, they are very effective at waste disposal (unlike many other carnivores which require fresh meat).  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]
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