Day 1 Nairobi – Rift Valley
Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International Airport off your international flight. Transfer by road through the scenically beautiful Great Rift Valley down to Loldia House, nestling on the shores of Lake Naivasha. A two hour drive from Nairobi. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the lawn overlooking Mt Longonot. Afternoon at leisure on the farm, with the option of a late afternoon horse ride or evening walk with Loldia’s resident naturalist or a boat ride on Lake Naivasha, witnessing the prolific variety of bird-life on the lake and the lake shore. Dinner and overnight at Loldia House.
Day 2 Rift Valley
Early breakfast before departing to Lake Nakuru National Park. Morning game drive around Lake Nakuru, famous for its abundance of flamingos and large variety of water birds. Lake Nakuru is also one of Kenya’s Rhino Sanctuaries and large numbers of Rhinos are regularly seen, along with good sightings of Leopard. A full sit down lunch is served under the Acacia trees overlooking the lake. Returning to Loldia in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Loldia House.
Day 3 Rift Valley to the Masai Mara
A late breakfast served on the lawns of Loldia House before departing by road to Nairobi in time for the mid-afternoon Air Kenya flight to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. (flight is around 1 hour) Upon arrival, there will be a game drive en route to camp. Pre dinner drinks around the camp fire, a four course candlelit dinner in the dining tent and overnight at Governors’ Ilmoran Camp.Dinner and overnight at Ilmoran Camp.
Day 4 Masai Mara
Early morning game drive at dawn, returning to the Camp for a full hunters breakfast, served in the shade of the camps indigenous riverine forest. There are no set times at Governors’ Camps, and Governors’ Ilmoran Camp is no exception. After breakfast there is the opportunity to take a game drive along the banks of the Mara river, to witness importance of this great river to the Mara’s ecosystem. Return to Ilmoran Camp for a delicious al fresco lunch. At 3:30pm, depart for the afternoon game drive.
The Mara is widely considered to offer the best game viewing in Africa, and the evening game drive is duly rewarding for its famous Big Cats, wildlife and birds. Returning to camp before sundown. Memorable evenings around the camp fire and fine dining. Dinner and overnight at Ilmoran Camp.
Day 5 Masai Mara
Early morning Walking Safari in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. You will track game, unsure what waits round the next corner, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hyena, zebra or even lion. You will catch the scents and sounds of the wild Africa. And at the end of it all waits a sumptuous bush barbecue breakfast complete with champagne. Your drive back to the camp again is a game drive through the Masai Mara, returning to the camp for lunch. A 3:30pm game drive returning to camp before sundown.
Dinner and overnight at Ilmoran Camp.
Optional Extra’s available in addition to the 3 daily game drives and Walking Safaris are: Balloon safaris, sundowners and bush dinners.
For the adventure of a lifetime we offer the unique experience of a Balloon Safari over the plains, forest and river of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, famous for its abundance of wildlife throughout the year. Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, Hippos, Crocodiles and prolific numbers of plains game are regularly seen, as are the countless species of Birds both in flight and atop their lofty perches in the trees. The annual migration of the Wildebeest from July to October is a sight that, viewed from the vantage point of a Balloon is never to be forgotten.
Departure is from Little Governors’ Camp, which has a perfect natural launch site and offers easy access for the take off shortly before sunrise. The flight lasts about an hour, with ample opportunities for photography and video filming from this unusual and often exciting perspective. After landing there is a traditional champagne toast, followed by a breakfast cooked on the Balloon burners in the middle of the rolling plains of the Masai Mara. It is another tradition with us that each passenger is presented with a certificate signed by the pilot to commemorate the flight. The Balloon Safari ends with a leisurely game drive which often allows you to return to the animals seen from the air before our vehicles return you to your camp.
Day 6 Masai Mara to Lake Victoria
Morning game drive with a bush breakfast by the banks of the river, and an afternoon game drive.Early morning transfer to Musiara Airstrip for private charter to Mfangano Airstrip (30 minute Flight). Arrive at Mfangano Airstrip and take a boat trip to Mfangano Island Camp in time for breakfast. Spend the day fishing on the Lake – with a chance to catch the giant Nile Perch, bird-watching, boat rides or trips to the local friendly villages. Lunch and dinner and overnight at Mfangano Island Camp.
Mfangano is situated on the unspoilt island in Lake Victoria. This lake has romantic associations as the source of the River Nile, ever since explorers such as Speke and Burton came to the area at the end of the last century. The camp occupies an entire secluded bay on the western shores of the island and buildings are attractively built of clay and thatch in the local Luo tribe style. The rooms are spacious, well decorated and each has a great view of the lake. The camp is surrounded with indigenous plants and flowers. In the early morning, fleets of multi-coloured fishing boats sail gracefully past the bay and in the evening, there are spectacular sunsets.
The way of life of the lakeside villagers has not changed for centuries and visiting the villages is a fascinating experience. Keen anglers will find the fishing excellent, the bird life is unsurpassed and seeing the families of otters is absolutely magical. The ambience is that of a traditional Luo village yet there are no compromises to comfort.
Day 7 Lake Victoria
Spend the day fishing on the lake, go bird watching on the island, or just take a boat ride to the local friendly villages, or spend your time relaxing in the beautiful surroundings of Mfangano Island Camp. Overnight at the camp. Overnight at Mfangano Island Camp.
Day 8 Lake Victoria – Masai Mara – Nairobi
Following breakfast a morning activity and an early lunch, you’ll be transferred by boat to Mfangano Airstrip for the return flight to the Mara to connect with the late afternoon Air Kenya scheduled flight back to Nairobi. This arrives into Wilson Airport around 5.00pm. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the international airport or a Nairobi hotel.
The price includes:
Transport in 7 – 9 seater Tour Van with pop up roof for ease in photography.
Tour bus fitted with Hi-Fi radio.
Tour guide who is knowledgeable and conversant with the flora and fauna of Kenya.
Accommodation in lodge of your choice
Transfer to the airport and back.
All park entrance fees
All Government taxes and levies
3 Meals a Day Vegeterain and Non-Vegetarian
One Litre Mineral water a day while on safari
The price does not include:
2.Personal expenses such as telephone calls, email, laundry, beverages
3.Meals not indicated in the itinerary, Porterage and wait staff gratuity.
4.Optional activities such as bush walks, night game drives and extensions.