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8 DAYS LUXURY SAFARIS

Day 1: Nairobi

While you are in the care of Royal Private Safaris, your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all our clients are covered by “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment.  This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer to and from the airport.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Nairobi

 

Day 2: Nairobi – Samburu

This morning you’ll meet up with your guide and head off to Samburu National park. The drive from the urban center of Nairobi, through the fertile highlands, the semi-arid frontier of Kenya is breath-taking and a great way to see the countryside. The drive will be about  5 to 6 hours, arriving in time for lunch.

Your skilled guide will take you on an afternoon game-viewing drive through the sandy Samburu desert region.

Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge

 

Day 3: Samburu

Early this morning you’ll meet up with your guide for your game drive. One of the amazing things about Samburu is that you’ll most likely see species that are unique to this region. The Grévy’s zebra (Equus grevyi), also known as the imperial zebra, is the largest species of zebra. It is found in the Samburu area as well as parts of Ethiopia. Compared to other zebras, it is taller, has larger ears, and its stripes are narrower. Grévy’s zebra is considered endangered, partly due to hunting for its skin, which fetches a high price on the world market. It also suffers habitat destruction, human disturbances at water holes and competition with domestic grazing animals. There are estimated to be 17.000 Grévy’s zebra still living in the wild. With luck, you’ll see some today!

Another species unique to the Samburu region is the gerenuk. With luck, you’ll see some while on your game drive. It’s amazing to watch them stand on their hind legs to eat! The gerenuk (also known as Waller’s gazelle) is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry bushy shrub and steppe in East Africa. The word gerenuk comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked”, and leads to its other common name, the giraffe-necked antelope.

 

Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge

 

Day 4: Samburu – Laikipia

This morning you will leave Samburu and drive to Laikipia. Along the way you will see amazing scenery as you drive through rural Kenya, spot Samburu villages and more as you drive. This drive takes about 2 hours.

You will have the option of visiting the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary today. The sanctuary is the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species can be seen.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. Here the animals are carefully nursed back to health and integrated into families. The chimpanzees live in two large groups separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River. Watch them romp and play, visit the local shop, or even sponsor a chimp!

Visitors to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy have free access to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, which is open daily from 9:00am to 10:30am and 3pm to 4:30pm.

 

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Serena

 

Day 5: Laikipia – Naivasha

Your guide will drive you from Laikipia to Lake Naivasha, through the rift valley. This drive will take about 5 hours.

Activities include Crescent Island boat tour, hiking and day trip excursions to Mt Longonot and Hell’s Gate, or simply walk along the lakeshore and relax at your lodge.

Accommodation: Sopa Lodge

 

Day 6: Naivasha – Masai Mara

Your guide will drive you from Naivasha to Masai Mara. This drive will take about 5 to 6 hours.  Stop for refreshments and souvenir shopping at roadside stands along the way or head straight to the park. Enjoy game viewing as you enter Masai Mara and drive to your Lodge.

Head out this afternoon, accompanied by an experience tracker-guide, on an exciting game viewing adventure.  Search some of the area`s wildlife hot-spots determined by your guide, as they`ve learned and now understand the games daily routines through tracking.  Some wildlife is more difficult than others to spot, for instance the Leopard.  These spotted cats blends almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot up in their favorite hangout, the trees.  Your guide will take you to nearby watering holes, where on a hot day, you`ll spot many bird and wildlife species, including the elusive Leopard.

Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge

 

Day 7: Masai Mara

The famed Masai Mara Game Reserve was named after the indigenous inhabitants of this land, the Maasai, and the provider of life to the area, the Mara River.  Game viewing is almost guaranteed at some point along the Mara River, and your experienced tracker-guide will know all the best spots to go to maximize this chance to see some of the many bird and wildlife species here.  Have your camera handy, as some amazing photo opportunities will present themselves from elephants on the riverbanks to hippos in shallow water. Lunch either at the Lodge or at the Picnic site.

On today’s afternoon game drive, the choice is up to you: search for the Big 5 or expand your horizons to discover something different. Masai Mara not only has a rich mix of animals – it also has an incredible array of bird life with almost 450 different species.

Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge

 

Day 8: Masai Mara – Nairobi

Transfer between Mara Park and Nairobi by road. Includes stops at souvenir shops and refreshment stands. One hour of road is badly potholed.

The opportunity to explore the local markets and shops presents itself today as so you can interact with the local vendors in search for the perfect handicraft or souvenir for yourself or your loved ones.

If you like, we can make reservations for dinner at a local restaurant as well. Please let us know in advance and if you are vegetarian.

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer to and from the airport.

Accommodation: Depart

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·         What’s Included:

  • Guaranteed departure – Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, Fees where indicated as per the itinerary – Local and international traveler assistance during your tour – Specialized and personalized services

·         What’s not Included:

  • Tips – Laundry – Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages unless explicitly noted – Optional activities/extras – Visas (unless noted) – Vacation insurance

·         Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 30 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitution.
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in your home country with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation