12 Days Safari & Beach Holiday
Lamu is one of Kenya's oldest towns on an island that is part of the Lamu Archipelago, off the Indian Ocean coast. Formed in the fourteenth century by Arab traders, Lamu Town's ancient culture is drawn from many sources. Its long exotic tale can be read in every step down the narrow streets, in the rich carvings of the heavy wooden doors, and in the markets where life continues unchanged since it's formation!
Arrive -Nairobi Holiday Inn (FB)
Day 1. Arrive this morning or in the evening in the city of Nairobi and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Mt. Kenya Serena Mountain Lodge (FB)
Day 2.Morning transfer to the base hotel for breakfast. Check out and drive to Serena Mountain lodge perched deep into the rain forest. Located at 2,134 meters above sea Level, on the lower slopes of the mountain, the lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for Optimum game-sightings. The open-air viewing-deck looks down on to its own water hole and salt-lick, which attracts numerous herds of elephant and buffalo. There is also a tunnel leading to a photo-hide, which offers spectacular viewing and photographic opportunities just meters away from the wildlife at the water hole. Dinner and
Sweetwater’s G/Re Sweetwater’s Tented Camp (FB)
Day3. Depart after breakfast to Sweetwater’s game reserve on the western slopes of Mt. Kenya which extends to the northern arid region of Kenya. The privately owned 22000 acre Sweetwater’s game reserve and chimpanzee sanctuary has an abundance of wildlife and tropical vegetation and enjoys magnificent of Mt. Kenya peaks, Aberdares and the scenic northern frontier region of Kenya.
Lake Naivasha Naivasha Country Club (FB)
Day 4. Depart to Lake Naivasha driving via Thomson Falls down the Subukia Rift Valley escarpment to the floor. Proceed to check in time for lunch. Elsamere Conservation Centre is a haven for lovers of nature, set in Acacia forest on the banks of Lake Naivasha the lush green forest and the distant blue rages provide a stunning backdrop to the changing colors of the lake. It is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature. After lunch extensive exploration boat rides are an ideal time to spot the many species of waterfowl and brilliantly colored kingfishers as well as walking excursions on the nearby Crescent Island which has some wildlife. Evening at leisure admiring Joy Adamson's painting and artifacts which still decorate the house to-date.
Masai Mara G/Re Keekorok Lodge (FB)
Day 5.Depart to Masai Mara G/Re after breakfast, this is where you will enjoy the herd of animals and the amazing way they co-exist amongst each other. Get here by lunch time, after you refresh, have lunch relax as you wait to start the afternoon game drive. Get a closer look of the animal on the plains, with their endless vistas and enormous herds of grazing animals, look for the predators hidden in bushes or long grass i.e. lion, Cheetah and Leopard. There are hippos in the rivers and exotic birds
Masai Mara G/Re Keekorok Lodge (FB)
Day6. Optional early morning balloon safari and bush breakfast. Have full day game drive and cultural immersion in this great game reserve declared a “world wonder” by UNESCO due to the great wildebeest migration spectacle in the Mara-Serengeti eco-system
Nairobi New Lamu Palace Hotel (HB)
Day 7. Depart to Nairobi after morning game drives. Arrive Nairobi in time for lunch,
Lamu New Lamu Palace Hotel (HB)
Day 8-11. The perfect complement to the Safari experience! With its long stretches of romantic beaches protected by its encircling dazzling-hued coral reef. Lamu is a town, an island and an archipelago. If you visit, you should try to visit all three. The archipelago is a chain of seven islands and a multitude of islets, separated from the mainland at its narrowest part by a channel just a few meters wide. Dense mangrove forests fringe the mainland and the inland sides of the islands, while the seaward sides are protected by reefs and lined with dunes.
Throughout the archipelago, there are numerous historical sites; visible and tangible evidence of ten centuries of a colorful and often rich cultural past. The beach on Lamu Island is 12 kilometers of empty sands backing on to an ocean unprotected by a reef, and therefore livelier and more powerful than you find elsewhere in Kenya. But no one comes to Lamu only for the beach.
The town is now well known, a delightful anachronism carrying on its daily life as it has done for centuries so that the visitor has a science fiction experience of being transported back through time. Settlement dates back to the 14th century and by the 19th century.
Day 12. Check out after mid-morning transfer to the airstrip for a flight to Nairobi where you will connect with your international flight.