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Best Value Cultural and Bush Safari - 11 DAYS

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DAY 1: NAIROBI
Met on arrival at the airport and transferred to the Kiambethu Tea Farm. A visit to the farm makes a memorable experience where you have a guided walk to the tea plantations. You will also be taken through the process of growing and making tea and will have the chance to drink the Tea and enjoy delicious lunch.
Afternoon depart to Riuki Cultural Centre where upon arrival, you will be given a brief lecture on Gikuyu rural life and invited to taste the Gikuyu brew commonly known as Muratina and Gikuyu porridge. Traditional dancers will entertain you with dances and songs, while being served with a delicious African Barbeque complete with Gikuyu traditional meat, Agikuyu mash, salads, fruits and more traditional wine. In the evening return to Nairobi for overnight at the hotel.
Intercontinental hotel or similar.
Distance Nairobi to Kiambethu Tea Farm-approx 30kms
Driving time-approx 40mins

Kiambethu Tea Farm Traditional Houses at the Riuki Cultural Centre

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DAY 2: NAIROBI
Pick up at the hotel and drive to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which was born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness. Today the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. It opens from 1100hrs to 1200hrs. After the visit drive to the carnivore restaurant for lunch commonly known as “Beast of a feast “. A variety of meat is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding.

Afternoon depart to the Bomas of Kenya, It is a must visit to all visitors. Bomas of Kenya lets you see the wonderful diversity of cultures that make up the fascinating country namely Kenya. At Bomas different aspects of Kenyan culture are displayed including living styles, crafts, music and dancing.

Later in the afternoon drive to the Giraffe centre also known as African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya limited (AFEW (K) LTD). It was founded in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie-Melvile and his wife the late Betty Leslie Melvile with a vision of creating an educational institution in conjunction with rescuing the endangered Rothschild giraffes resulted in the present day Giraffe Centre that has become a World famous Nature Education Centre. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Intercontinental hotel or similar.

African Fund for Endangered  Wildlife Kenya limited David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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DAY 3: NAIVASHA
Depart for Hells gate National Park enjoying spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley on the way, with dormant volcano Longonot at centre stage. At Hells gate the visitors can walk and climb in the deep gorges located in the park. The Gorge is a wonderful place to visit, for those with an interest in geological formations such as Soaring red cliffs, volcanic landforms and grasslands with game.

Early afternoon, Drive to the nearby Lake Naivasha for lunch. Have a rest at the club before embarking for a visit to the Crescent Island with a boat.
All meals and overnight at Lake Naivasha Country Club or similar.
Distance Nairobi to Naivasha-approx 99kms
Driving time-approx 2hrs

Lake Naivasha

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DAY 4: MAASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
After breakfast depart to the most popular reserve in Kenya, Maasai Mara National Reserve. The reserve is known for its great concentration of game including “the big five” among other wildlife such as the giraffes, zebras, antelopes, hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River. The park is also known for its breathtaking array of bird species. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the reserve.
All meals and overnight at Keekorok Lodge/ Mara Leisure or similar.
Distance Naivasha to Maasai Mara-approx 250kms
Driving time –approx 4 hrs

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DAY 5: MAASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Enjoy an early morning game drive which gives greater chances of spotting more wildlife, especially the cats. The Mara is the northern extension of the Serengeti and its rolling plains are home to hundreds of plains game together with predators that feed on them. Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. Rest of the morning is at leisure enjoying the lodge facilities. After lunch, embark for an afternoon game drive in the reserve with a visit to the Maasai Village.
All meals and overnight at Keekorok lodge/ Mara Leisure or similar.

Maasai A lion in the Maasai Mara Reserve

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DAY 6: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Depart to Lake Nakuru Park arriving in time for lunch at the lodge. The Reserve is famous for the thousands of flamingo that inhabit the shores of the lake. But perhaps most importantly, this Reserve was established as a rhino sanctuary, The Sanctuary was started with an aim of conserving the rare black and white rhinos, which are endangered species due to poaching. Lake Nakuru Park is Kenyans first and largest rhino sanctuary for both black and white rhino. There are also a number of other wild game and variety of bird species. After lunch leave for an afternoon game drive with a visit to one of the viewing points situated inside the park that provides vintage views of the lake and the surrounding.
All meals and overnight at Lake Nakuru lodge or similar.
Distance Maasai Mara to Nakuru-approx 290kms
Driving time –approx 5 hrs

Rhinos in Lake Nakuru Park Rhoths Child Giraffe in Lake Nakuru Park

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DAY 7: ABERDARES
Breakfast and drive past Thompson falls to have a glimpse of the falls before proceeding to the Aberdares ranges. Drive through the cool Kenyan highlands to arrive at the Aberdare Country Club which is the base hotel for your tree hotel – The Ark. Lunch at Aberdare Country Club and later transfer to the Ark, which is located in the Aberdare National Park with small overnight bags as most of the luggage is left at the base hotel. The Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of awesome wildlife. Modeled after Noah's Ark, The Ark has four viewing decks with balconies and lounges to provide superb game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. The animals come to you!
Overnight at the Ark/Mountain Lodge or similar.
Distance Nakuru to Aberdares-approx
Driving time –approx 3hrs

Aberdares

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DAY 8: SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
Drive to one of the unique reserve in Kenya, The Samburu National Reserve is a rugged and semi-desert park situated within the Rift Valley county of Kenya. The game reserve is renowned for its rare species of animals (the special five) unique to the park, namely: the long necked gerenuk, Masaai Ostrich, Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe and Beisa oryx. Other Kenyan wildlife present in the park includes cheetahs and lions, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos. Bird life is as plentiful as wildlife at Samburu National Reserve, which boasts over 350 different species of birds including vultures, kingfishers, marabous, bateleurs, guinea fowl, Somali ostriches and others.

Upon arrival check in and enjoy a delicious lunch followed by an afternoon game drive to have a look at the magnificent scenery and game rarely seen in other parks and reserves in Kenya.
All meals and overnight at Samburu Game Lodge/ Samburu Simba or similar.
Distance Aberdares to Samburu-approx 225kms
Driving time –approx 3 1⁄2 hrs

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DAY 9: SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
Embark on an early morning game drive with greater chances of spotting more game before returning to your lodge for a hearty breakfast. Rest of the morning at leisure and utilize the lodge facilities. After a delicious meal for lunch, leave for an afternoon game drive in the reserve followed by a visit to the local Samburu villages where you get a chance to interact with the colorful Samburu people in their traditional setting and experience their culture. This is a good opportunity to purchase traditional Samburu souvenirs, art and collectibles.
All meals and overnight at Samburu Game Lodge/ Samburu Simba or similar.

SAMBURU GAME RESERVE

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DAY 10: NAIROBI
Enjoy breakfast and head back to Nairobi. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for rest. Overnight at Intercontinental Hotel or similar
Distance Samburu to Nairobi-approx 380kms
Driving time-approx 5 1⁄2hrs

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DAY 11: DEPART
Breakfast and transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International airport for your international flight.

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