Samburu - Mombasa
You shall be picked from Jomo Kenyatta Airport Nairobi and driven to your hotel. In the evening, introductory remarks and brief information on cultures, customs and practices of differnt communities found in kenya to be done.
In Nairobi we visit the Karen Blixen Museum, and after that the Giraffe Center. It is not the open savanna, but you can get very close to the animals and even may feed them.
We are heading north to Samburu National Park where we arrive in our Lodge at noon. After lunch we have our first Game Drive.
The Samburu National Reserve is 165 km² in size and is situated 350 kilometers from Nairobi. In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng'iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests. It provides water, without which the game in this arid region could not survive. The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the best-selling book and award-winning movie Born Free. The Samburu National Reserve is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves.
You will see a wide variety of animal and bird species (over 350 species)common to Kenya's northern plains in abundance here, which include: gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, oryx and reticulated giraffe. All three big cats, the lion, cheetah, African leopard ,elephant, Cape buffalo , hippopotamus. Others include olive baboon, warthogs, Grant's gazelle, Kirk's dik-dik, impala,,waterbuck and black rhinoceros. The Ewaso Ng'iro river contains large numbers of Nile crocodile.The birds include grey-headed kingfisher, sunbirds, bee-eaters, Marabou stork, tawny eagle, Verreaux's eagle, bateleur, vulturine guineafowl, yellow-necked spurfowl, lilac-breasted roller, secretary bird, superb starling, northern red-billed hornbill, yellow-billed hornbill, and various vultures including the palm-nut vulture.
We leave for Reteti Elephant Sanctuary very early in the morning. This is an orphanage for baby elephants who have lost their mothers. They are the only business partners who are not flexbile with time they expect to recieve visitors. For this reason we have to be there on time if we want to watch baby elephants having their breakfast. Some of us may have an opportunity to feed them. The baby elephants like playing in a little pond of muddy waters afterwards.Thereafter, we return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation before getting out for another evening drive in the park.
We continue on our journey to the Olpajeta Conservancy. This is a private owned sanctuary. Here live the last two Northern White Rhinos. Unfortunately both are female. However, according to a press release of August 2019, scientists are planing to perform artificial insemination with frozen sperms that were harvested from the last living bull.
The breeding program ensures that this rare rhinos will not be extinct from the surface of the earth.
The Nyahururu-Nyeri Road will take us to Nakuru, situated on the shores of a rift valley lake with same name. We have lunch on the way in Nyahururu near the T-waterfalls.
Whilst we drive to our lodge which is situated on a hilltop with beautiful view over the lake we already can see many wild animals like some oft he 65 Rhinos, Rothschild Giraffes or Zebras.
After a morning drive around Lake Nakuru we continue to Lake Naivasha. After arrivel in the lakeshore lodge we take a boat ride to Crescent Island. This Island is a privately owned Wildlife Sanctuary. Here we shall walk around amongst wild animals like zebras, gnus and giraffes who allow you to get as close as about 10 meters.
We cycle to Hells Gate National Park, which is located in the Great East African Rift Valley. Whizzing of dozens of steam jets as proofs that magma is near the earths surface and that earth has tremendous fissures. Inside the Park is a picturesque canyon with hot springs oozing out from the side flowing down to form a stream at the floor. Since Hells Gate has non-threatening herbiverious animals only , it is one of the parks in Kenya where biking is allowed. We therefore, recommend that you bring along comfortable outfit for biking. A bicycle will be provided to enable you to ride among wildlife and to live to our today‘s motto „bicycle safari with zebras and giraffes“
Our car will be following behind to provide food,drinks and a ride to the fatigued. For those not interested in the biking, we recomend an alternative guided hike through the canyon system.
Please NOTE this hike will be dependant on the season and prevailing weather conditions.
After return to our lodge you can enjoy another spectacle when the Hypos are coming out of the lake to graze right on the edge of the lodges park.
We drive back to Nairobi where we have an opportunity to shop for souvenirs in the nearby Maasai Market shops.
We travel first class to Mombasa via SRG, which is a modern railroad built by the Chinese.... We plan to leave with the 8.00 am train in order to enjoy the nice sceneries along the way from Nairobi to Mombasa.
Mombasa has quite something to offer for the tourist: like Fort Jesus (UNESCO cultural heritage) well known for slave trade in former times, coastal landforms and much more.
A ride along the picturesque coast to Malindi combined with a boat trip in the Malindi-Ocean-National parkto the coral reefs with colourful fishes is refreshing. On the way we visit the Gedi ruins.
This day is availably to you for relaxing, shopping and/ or swimming in the Indian Ocean or a graceful walk along the White Sandy Beach.
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