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Best Kenya Lodge Safari

Best Kenya Lodge Safari

Overview

Explore the best Kenya lodge safari crafted for the venturesome tourist who loves thrilling game viewing experience right in the heart of the wilderness. For a span of eight days you will tour Samburu, Sweetwaters, Aberdare, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara. We organize daily departures from Nairobi with a minimum of two pax and a maximum of six pax in the group. We also craft private safaris on request for families, friends or colleagues.

Kenya Lodge Accommodation

We have selected the best accommodation for your stay combined with  comfort, elegance, high-end amenities and ambiance topped with serene locations right in the heart of the wilderness. 

Cuisine ranges from a la carte menu, five course meals or buffet. As you unwind you can enjoy assorted wines, hard drinks, local and international beer brands. We also cater for special diets [Vegetarian/Vegan meals] on request.

Transport Logistics

Transport and game drives are facilitated by 4×4 safari vehicles that are customized for the ultimate safariing experience. The vans/jeeps are accessorized with pop up roofs ideal for game viewing, hifi radio communication gadgets and comfortable seats. 

Kenya Lodge Safariing

While on the best Kenya lodge safari you will enjoy the services of our experienced driver guides who have enormous knowledge on wildlife as well as different sceneries you will be visiting.

The thrill of touring various wildlife gems is an adventure that should be on every tourist’s bucket list. Our classic luxury tour gives you the opportunity to experience first hand the diversity in terms of culture as you socialize with the locals as well as epic game viewing encounters in these premium parks & reserves.

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Eight Days Samburu / Sweetwaters / Aberdare / Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara Luxury Lodge Safari. [Itinerary]

Day One: Nairobi – Samburu

A representative from Kenya epic safaris will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will hand you over to your assigned driver guide to facilitate the best Kenya lodge safari. You will be driven to Samburu game reserve by your driver guide who will keep you entertained and informed on different sceneries as you journey to your destination arriving in time for a hot delicious lunch.

You will be ushered to your respective rooms by the lodge concierge. Enjoy your afternoon utilizing the lodge facilities; spas, saunas, the pool or take a walk on the well manicured lawns as you socialize; later head out for the evening game drive. Game to view includes the Big five, antelopes, gazelles, baisa oryx, grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and abundant bird life. Dinner and overnight at Elephant bedroom camp.

Day Two: Samburu

On this day you will have a morning and evening game drives. A visit to the Ewaso Ngiro river is most rewarding because it’s the only source of water that sustains the wildlife in this reserve. Wild animals converge at the river to quench their thirst.

Samburu people and their culture is another attraction and on request the driver guide can take you to the samburu village to experience their culture. All meals and overnight at Elephant bedroom camp.

Day Three: Samburu – Sweetwaters

Have an early breakfast then depart; en route game drive as you exit samburu game reserve; proceed to sweetwaters arriving in time for lunch. After check in; relax at the lodge enjoying the facilities. Afterwards proceed with the evening game drive that includes a visit of the chimpanzee sanctuary and the only one of its kind in Kenya.

The endangered Black Rhinos are also found here and easily accessible. The Conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. You are also bound to encounter the big five on your afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters game lodge.

Day Four: Sweetwaters – Aberdare

Depart after breakfast; game drive enroute as you exit the park. You will be driven to the aberdare national arriving aberdare country club in time for hot lunch. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the Ark lodge.

The Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts wildlife. Resembling and named after Noah’s Ark, The Ark comprises three decks with balconies and lounges providing an awesome spot for wildlife viewing. You can place a wake up call in case of a sighting of a rare species sported at night. Dinner and overnight at the Ark lodge.

Day Five: Aberdare – Lake Nakuru

Tea or coffee will be served as you view game in the morning. You will be transferred to the base hotel where a full breakfast will be served. Depart thereafter and proceed to lake Nakuru arriving in time for lunch. After check in; relax at the lodge enjoying the facilities;later head out for the evening game drive.

Lake Nakuru is often referred to as a bird’s paradise because of the millions of pink flamingos found here.The lake’s view from the baboon cliff depicts a pink color due to the feather coloring of the flamingos hence the name “Pink Lake”. The park hosts 450 million different bird species both migratory and terrestrial. The park is a world heritage site and recognized as a wetland of international importance. Lake Nakuru has over 50 mammal species and also serves as Black and white rhino sanctuary.

The park is home to the highest population of black rhino in Kenya along with white rhinos introduced from south Africa. There are no elephants at Lake Nakuru simply because of the size of the park, elephants require a large area with lots of vegetation to feed on. Dinner and overnight at the Sarova lion hill lodge.

Day Six: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara

Wake up bright and early; breakfast will be served followed by a short morning game drive as you exit the park. Travel to Masai Mara arriving in time for lunch. Upon arrival You will be ushered to your respective rooms. Spend the afternoon at leisure utilizing the facilities. Options include a spa, sauna, massage, swim or take a walk on the well manicured lawns as you socialize.

Embark on an action filled game drive as you explore the most famous wildlife reserve. The world renowned Masai Mara is famed for the millions of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras that cross the Mara river forming the wildebeest migration spectacle. Dinner and overnight at the Mara Sarova Lodge.

Day Seven: Masai Mara

Spend the day game viewing at this gem of a reserve full of wildlife. You can opt for the morning and evening game or a full day game drive. After breakfast head out in search of game.

Masai Mara has an exceptional population of big cats, herds of elephants, zebras, resident wildebeest, antelopes and gazelles can be encountered among others, and bird life is also plentiful. Masai Mara game reserve offers a very high chance of spotting all the big five. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation.

The evening game drive is worthwhile because it includes a visit to the Mara river where you will find crocodiles lazing around. One has the option to visit the Masai village or go for an early balloon ride at an extra cost. Enjoy spectacular game encounters as the African sun sets, giving you a perfect setting to take amazing photos and selfies. Dinner and overnight at the Mara Sarova lodge.

Day Eight: Masai Mara – Nairobi

Pre breakfast game drive; depart the lodge by 6:30 A.M and this will give you the opportunity to view the African sunrise and you will also get the chance to spot any game species you might have missed on your previous game drives.

Return to the lodge where your full breakfast will be served. Bid farewell to the staff and friends. Depart the reserve and you will be driven back to Nairobi; lunch en route arriving in the afternoon. Drop off at a hotel or the airport where the best Kenya lodge safari ends.

End of services.

  • Transport in a customized safari van/jeep with a pop up roof ideal for game viewing .
  • All park entrance fees.
  • Accommodation on a full board basis subject to availability.
  • Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide.
  • Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
  • All government taxes.
  • International airfares.
  • All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
  • Tips.
  • Visas.
  • Travel Insurance.

Best Kenya Luxury Accommodation

Samburu game reserve has several lodges to choose from, some of them are built near the Ewaso Nyiro river giving superb views of game which frequents the river banks to drink water. Amenities include swimming pools, spas, saunas, conference centre, WiFi, Satellite TV and gift shops.

The lodges include Samburu Game Lodge, Larsens Tented Camp, Samburu Sopa Lodge, Elephant Bedroom, Ashnil Samburu Camp, Samburu Intrepids, Saruni Samburu, Sasaab Lodge and Samburu Simba Lodge.

Sweetwater Conservancy has two lodges owned and managed by Serene Group of hotels. The Sweetwater game lodge and Olpajeta house are the only lodges in this sanctuary. Amenities in the lodges include swimming pools, spas, saunas, conference centre,  WiFi, satellite TV and gift shops.

Aberdare national park  has two tree lodges; the ark tree lodge and Tree tops tree lodge. They are serviced by base hotels namely the Aberdare country club and outspan respectively.

Both properties attract wildlife by floodlit waterholes and salt lick visible from the balconies of the tree lodges. You will find a gift shop and a well stocked library with books on flora and fauna. All other amenities can be accessed at the base hotels.

Lake Nakuru has several lodges and a tented camp due to its size. Accommodation is offered on a full board basis. Amenities include swimming pools, spas, saunas, conference centre, WiFi, Satellite TV and gift shops.

The lodges/tented camp  include Sarova lion hill lodge, Lake Nakuru lodge, Lake Nakuru Sopa lodge & Flamingo hill tented camp.

Masai Mara game reserve offers an array of accommodation which are characterized by high end, mid range, budget lodges & tented camps built in different styles and spread out within and around the reserve. 

All these facilities are rated and priced according to the amenities they offer and where they are located. Amenities include swimming pools, spas, saunas, conference centre, WiFi, Satellite TV and gift shops.

The Lodges include Mara Sarova Lodge, Mara Serena Lodge, Mara Sopa Lodge, Mara Simba Lodge, Keekorok Lodge, Mara Intrepids, Governors Camp, Little Governors Camp, Bateleur Camp, Kichwa Tembo, Mpata Safari Club, Elephant Pepper, Tipilikwani, Leisure Camp And Fig Tree Camp just to mention a few.

Know Your Parks & Reserves

Samburu game reserve is the most popular wildlife gem of the northern frontier. The Reserve occupies an area of 165 km2. The driving distance from Nairobi is 350 km. The reserve lies on the northern bank of Uaso Nyiro River, which flows from the Kenyan highlands to Lorian swamp, the river serves as the only source of water that sustains wildlife.

Samburu game reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the lioness, made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie “Born Free”. 

Samburu’s topography is composed of river Uaso Nyiro, scattered acacia, riverine forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation. 

There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several species are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life.

All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos, Olive baboon, gerenuk, warthogs, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s dik-dik, impala, waterbuck, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and over 350 bird species.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute. The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa.

Over the last decade Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary has been compelled to keep accepting chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations bringing the total number of chimpanzees in the Sanctuary to 41.

At Sweetwaters Sanctuary chimpanzees are being carefully nursed back to health so they can enjoy the rest of their days in the safety of a vast natural enclosure. The chimpanzees live in two large groups separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River.

As an integral part of the Laikipia/Samburu ecosystem, Ol Pejeta is also home to the “Big Five” and carries one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa and home to 87 black rhinos after the single largest rhino translocation ever undertaken in East Africa on February 3, 2007. 

The black rhinos were moved from the adjacent Solio Rhino Sanctuary – which held a surplus of 30 rhinos. This crucial translocation has helped ensure that maximum breeding rates are achieved and adequate food resources maintained. During the translocation, the experienced team equipped each rhino with a transmitter, placed in the horn. Since the release of the animals, these transmitters have allowed complete monitoring of the animals, ensuring their well-being and safety.

The Aberdare National park was established in 1950, it covers an area of 766 square kilometers and is 100 km north of Nairobi. The park has five entry points depending on where you are coming from, the entry points are Kiandongoro gate, queens gate, east gate, treetops gate, ark gate. The park entry fee is paid using a smart card which can be loaded at the main entry point. 

The Aberdare Mountains are part of the central highlands of Kenya, from north-south between Nairobi and Thomson’s falls. The mountain slopes especially on the eastern and western slopes are covered with thick forest giving way to bamboo zones on the higher levels.

Deep ravines cut through the forested inclines through which hidden streams flow and waterfalls cascade down hundreds of open moorlands, broken by lichens covered rocky outcrops, hills and crags, thickets of giant heath and tussock grass. 

Wildlife easily observed include lions, leopards, elephants, giant forest hogs, bushbucks, mountain reedbucks, waterbucks, buffalos, sunis, side-striped jackals, elands, duikers olive baboons, black and white Colobus monkeys and sykes monkeys. Rare sightings include those of the golden cats and the bongo – an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest.

Lake Nakuru is one of the alkaline lakes of the Great Rift Valley. The lake is also known as “Pink Lake” or Africa Bird’s Paradise. It  is ideally located in central Kenya within Lake Nakuru National park. The park occupies an area of 188 km2 while the lake occupies an area of 62 km2. 

The lake is famous for the millions of flamingos that flock the lake although flamingos are unpredictable birds and are not always to be found in such vast numbers. From  the baboon cliff the lake looks pink in color due to the flamingos. The topography at Lake Nakuru consists of grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, acacia woodlands and a forest made up of euphorbia trees. 

There are two species of flamingos namely lesser flamingo and greater flamingos, they feed on algae, which flourishes due to the warm alkaline waters of the lake. Apart from flamingos other bird species include ducks, pelicans, cormorants, plovers, vultures, eagles, and buzzards. 

Lake Nakuru has over 50 mammal species which include hippos, reed bucks, water bucks, rothschild giraffes, baboons, black and white colobus monkey, hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, lions, gazelles and impalas among others.

The world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve is the best game-viewing reserve in Kenya. It has been voted two years consecutively as the best game reserve in Africa by the world travel awards. This reserve offers you the best chance to view the big five. 

The “Big Five” (lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos) may be spotted here, and more than a million wildebeests and zebras migrate annually to Masai Mara from the parched Serengeti plains of neighboring Tanzania (The Great Migration). Large numbers of ungulates are also easily visible; they include the wildebeest , thomson gazelles, grant gazelles, buffalo’s, rhinos, impalas, topis, elands, zebras, giraffes and duikers.

They camp at the river bank for weeks just waiting for one of them to have the courage to jump into the river and cross over and they all follow suit. The river is infested with crocodiles where many wildebeest perish and also big cats place themselves strategically so that they can pounce on young and weak wildebeest and make a kill. 

The common predators include the lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals and foxes. Masai mara has over 450 identified species. Some common birds include the common ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, hornbills, storks, eagles and vultures.

The masai mara game reserve is owned and run by the county government of Narok which is the richest county council in Kenya due to the revenue collected as park entrance fee. Part of the masai mara which is called the mara triangle is contracted out and privately run. Park fees are paid by the number of nights one spends in the mara conservancy.

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