Treetops/Nakuru/Naivasha/Mara (5 days)
TKS 04: 5 day Treetops / Nakuru Lake / Naivasha / Maasai Mara
Day 1 Treetops
Early morning pick up from hotel at 0830hrs, you drive north out of Nairobi, past business complexes, and in to the open country where you will see coffee and sisal growing. Pass by Thika (home of Elspeth Huxley of Flames Trees of Thika fame) and the Agricultural Research Institute on into rolling Kikuyu agricultural country.Drive through Nyeri, where lunch is taken at the Outspan Hotel.This beautiful hotel was the last home of Lord Baden Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and there is an attractive small museum in his memory.After lunch join the transport which departs for Treetops, leaving your large bags in safe storage at the Outspan and taking only your overnight bags.NB: Warm clothing is advisable as nights tend to be chilly.An armed escort will tell you the history of Treetops as he guides you into the tree lodge.
Treetops overlooks floodlit water holes visited regularly by buffalo, elephant, wart hog, bush pig, a variety of antelope and occasionally lion and other large animals. The evening is spent on the open air verandah or in the public areas, watching the animals and birds as they come to drink.Dinner is served in the paneled dining room
Day 2 Lake
Tea and coffee are served on the open verandah in the early morning and you then return to Outspan for a full breakfast on the verandah, with possible views of Mt. Kenya. Then leave to drive around the Aberdare range of mountains (named after a past President of the National Geographic Society) and drop down into the Great Rift Valley. You arrive at Lake Nakuru Lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon you game drive in the scenic Lake Nakuru National Park. This Park was originally set up as an ornithological retreat in 1961. The lake itself is seasonally host to millions of flamingo and birds of many other species. Water buck, wart hog, impala and giraffe graze near the waters, there are several pride of lion within the park and leopard are fairly frequent. This was one of the first rhino sanctuaries in East Africa and the success of the venture is obvious by the number of rhino seen in the vicinity of the lake.
Dinner and overnight at the Lake Nakuru Lodge/similar
Day 3 Lake Naivasha
Leaving after a leisurely breakfast, you drive a short way along the floor of the Great Rift Valley to reach Lake Naivasha holiday Inn Lodge in the mid morning. A chance to explore the beautiful grounds running down to the edge of the lake and maybe enjoy a swim before lunch. After lunch a boat trip on the lake to view the hippo and enjoy the magnificent birdlife. A leisurely evening with dinner in the pleasant dining room.
Day 4 Maasai Mara
Leaving after an early breakfast you drive along the Rift Valley and turn left to climb up the western wall of the escarpment. Continue on across the Loita Plains where grazing animals often concentrate, and on to enter the Maasai Mara itself. You arrive at Mara Simba Lodge or similar which is your base for two nights in time for lunch and a chance to relax before your evening game drive.
The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is the home of the largest concentrations of animals in Kenya, and is the northern extension of the famous Tanzania Serengeti National Park. It is in this area that the annual migration of wildebeeste, accompanied by the predators, takes place (normally between June and September). Resident wildebeeste always dot the plains.Huge prides of lions live in the Mara; cheetahs are often found on the plains.
There are large herds of elephant and buffalo (but sadly few rhino remain). Impala, zebra, giraffe, the unusual topi, and many other antelope graze across the famous grassy plains. The birdlife in the Mara is fantastic. Return to Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Maasai Mara
An early morning game drive, followed by breakfast and then time to relax.
NOTE: The early morning calm of the Mara has made possible the operation of BALLOON flights, available as an optional extra if not included in your programme, from the leading properties of the Reserve. Please enquire and book early to avoid disappointment.
After lunch an afternoon game drive, and during one of these game drives you are sure to visit the hippo pools and enjoy the sight of these huge animals lazing and snorting in the cool waters of the Ewaso Nyiro river. Overnight at Mara Simba Lodge where you may have a chance of watching interesting videos of animal activities and enjoying a dancing display by the colourful Maasai.
Day 6 Nairobi