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Anya’s Best of Kenya Spectacular

Anya’s Best of Kenya Spectacular

15 Days

Kenya Spectacular – 1 night Nairobi | 1 night Aberdare | 2 nights Samburu | 2 nights Ol Pejeta | 1 night Lake Naivasha | 3 nights Masai Mara | 4 nights Mombasa

Overview

My wife and I recently returned from 2 weeks of exceptional experiences in Kenya. Our itinerary was developed and arranged by Anya Visser of Pembury Tours. Her insights and attention to detail provided us with experiences we would have missed if we arranged the trip on our own. In addition, during our trip Anya was always available to make changes to  our trip whenever necessary. We visited numerous places in Kenya and the setting and service at each of these locations was superb. Most importantly, the people we met along the way were friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend a visit to Kenya with Anya Visser’s assistance.

 

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you are met by our representative who will assist you through customs to our arrival lounge. At our arrivals lounge, you will meet by our representative and transferred by road to your hotel for your one night stay. Upon arrival at your hotel, you are taken to your room and you settle in for your one night stay. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.

Transfer Time: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Hotel in Nairobi – approx. 30 minutes

This morning, you enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you are met by your guide. Your guide will brief you on the next few days and you set off to the Aberdare region. You arrive at the base hotel in the Aberdare National Park, The Ontspan Hotel. Upon arrival at this hotel, you are met by a hotel member and enjoy lunch before you pack an overnight bag, leaving your luggage at the storage facility at the hotel.

Once your overnight bag is packed, you are transferred by road to your Tree Hotel in the heart of the Aberdare National Park. You have time to settle into your room and game viewing is done from the lodge terrace. Alternatively, you may decide to go on a game drive in the National Park (Additional Cost & should be pre-booked)

Transfer Time: Hotel in Nairobi to Aberdare National Park – approx. 3 hours

You enjoy breakfast overlooking the waterhole at the Treetops Lodge before you are transferred by road to the Ontspan Hotel to collect your luggage. Once you have collected your luggage, you depart the Aberdare National Park and drive along Kenya’s rugged North Eastern region towards the Samburu National Reserve.

Arriving at your tented lodge in the Samburu National Reserve around noon, you have time to settle in and enjoy lunch before departing on your afternoon game drive in the National Reserve. You return to your lodge in the early evening and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.

Transfer Time: Aberdare National Park to Samburu National Reserve – approx. 5 hours

Samburu National Reserve is situated at the south-eastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by the Ewaso Nyiro River, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.

Palm groves and riverine forests, in the midst of arid and semi-arid ecosystems, create the magnificent landscape of the Samburu National Reserve. This vast expanse of remote pristine wilderness is inhabited by iconic wildlife and a tranquil ambiance blankets this wildlife haven. Located in the North of Laikipia, one of the less-visited regions in Kenya, this reserve promises an authentic wilderness experience.

Home to the rare northern special five species (Grevy zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx) this craggy, rugged region provides a romantic, awe-inspiring safari experience. Captivating Samburu elephant herds saunter over this game rich reserve and big cats prowl through thick acacia forest.

You enjoy breakfast at your tented camp before you are met by your driver and transferred through the central highlands to your tented camp in the Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary on the Nanyuki, Ol Pejeta Conservancy. You arrive at your tented camp in time for lunch and there is time to settle in to your tented suite. In the mid-afternoon, you are taken on a game drive through the Sweetwater’s Game Sanctuary, Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Transfer Time: Samburu National Reserve to Ol Pejeta Conservancy – approx. 3 hours

The privately owned 22,000 acre Sweetwaters game reserve and chimpanzee sanctuary has an abundance of wildlife and tropical vegetation and enjoys magnificent views across the bush to the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya. It boasts all of the “Big 5” game – Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo. Only 2.5 hours or 250 kilometres north of Nairobi on a good highway, the reserve is easily accessible and has the highest density of wildlife per square kilometre in the area. There are many advantages to visiting this private reserve.

As it is a private reserve, guests can enjoy special activities such as night game drives, game walks and horseback game viewing rides. The reserve boasts abundant wildlife – over 400 species of birds, lion, elephant, rhino and cheetah to name just a few. The night game drives allow sightings of the elusive leopard and other nocturnal species. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993. Lonrho Africa, the Jane Goodall Institute and Kenya Wildlife Services established a facility to receive and provide sanctuary and housing to an original group of three chimps orphaned at a young age by the bush-meat trade. The aim of the chimpanzee sanctuary project was to set up a colony where chimps could be introduced, rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions.

This morning, you enjoy breakfast before the departing the Conservancy with your driver and make your way south to Lake Naivasha on the Great Rift Valley. You arrive at your new lodge in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the hotel grounds with its resident giraffe and waterbuck.

Spanning an area of 13,900ha with a surrounding swamp, this freshwater lake north of Nairobi is home to wallowing hippo pods, a plethora of birdlife, and other game. Lake Naivasha can be found sprawled across the highest elevation point of the Kenyan Rift Valley. This area is well-known for its superb hiking and nature trails, day and night game drives, cycling, and camping. Its proximity to Nairobi makes it an easy add-on to your Kenyan itinerary, either for a day trip or a few overnight stops at the various lodges and camps in the vicinity.

Transfer Time: Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Lake Naivasha – approx. 4 hours

After breakfast at your resort, you depart the Great Rift Valley and make your through the Rift Valley and ascend its western rim into the Masai land. Red-clad with spear, Masai warriors tend their herds of cattle among the wildlife, admirably unmoved by the presence of large predators.

You enter the Masai Mara National Reserve and make your way to your tented camp in the heart of the reserve for your 3 night stay. You met by a lodge member upon arrival and settle into your tented suite before you enjoy lunch. After lunch, you depart on your first afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara National Park!

You return to your lodge and enjoy dinner before retiring to your tented suite.

Transfer Time: Lake Nanyuki to Masai Mara National Reserve – approx. 5 hours

The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya covers an area of 1 510 square km. This vast protected landscape is one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa, and is Kenya’s flagship conservation area. It has fenceless borders with a number of private conservancies, as well as with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, forming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The lack of fences allows one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth to make place unfettered – the great migration.

The Masai Mara was named for the Maasai people who inhabit the area, and for the Mara River, which flows through this great reserve. In addition to the abundant wildlife in the reserve, no Masai Mara safari would be complete without a cultural experience with the Maasai people.

Game viewing in the Masai Mara is excellent all year around thanks to the diverse population of resident game, including the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – plus popular species like zebra, giraffe, hyena, eland and gazelle. The Mara’s big cats are even the stars of a popular wildlife TV series.

The calving season also happens in the Mara between December and January. Known as the green season, it’s a time when surface water is plentiful and wildebeest, zebra and antelope give birth to their calves, foals and fawns. With so much easy prey around, it is also a good time for predators to raise their cubs and pups, making for wonderful photographic opportunities.

After you enjoy breakfast at your tented camp, you are met by your driver and transferred by road to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Upon arrival at the International Airport, you catch your direct flight to the coastal town of Mombasa. You arrive at Moi International Airport, Mombasa and you are met by our representative who will brief you on the area and transfer you by road to your resort along the North Coast. You arrive at your resort in the late afternoon and the rest of the evening is at leisure.

Transfer Time: Masai Mara National Reserve to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – approx. 6 hours

Flight Time: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Moi International Airport – approx. 50 minutes

Transfer Time: Moi International Airport to your resort – approx. 40 minutes

Mombasa is located on the Eastern coastline of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean which has made it a popular destination for its beaches. Mombasa offers diverse marine life, world-class hotels and a friendly atmosphere.

Mombasa is steeped in history. Kenya’s largest port and second most populous city, it was first mentioned by name by the 12th century Arab geographer Al Idrisi, who described it as a prosperous trade emporium selling spices, gold and ivory to ships from Arabia and Asia. Today, the bustling island-bound city centre is overlooked by the imposing Portuguese-built Fort Jesus, and its languid older quarters possess an organic layout and historical feel rare in more modern cities.

Mombasa is connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries. The town overlooks a wide harbor, where commercial shipping mingles with traditional sailing dhows. The true heart of Mombasa is found in the exotic old town, among the narrow winding streets and Arab architecture. The air here is always heavy with the scent of spices.

After breakfast, your Kenyan Adventure has come to an end. You are transferred by road to Moi International Airport. Here, you connect with your flight home.

We Bid You Farewell!

Transfer Time: Your resort to Moi International Airport – approx. 40 minutes

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Cost Per Person Sharing

When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: $6350

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