Tour 1

Kenya in December

Dec 16-20

Book Your Seat

To reserve your seat on this tour please call Ravi Hebballi on +91 9845076686
You need to pay 25% of the tour amount immediately (either in USD or INR as per the conversion rate on date)
Balance amount to be paid 45 days before the tour.

Itinerary

The tour begins on the 16th December at 7.30 am from Nairobi and ends in Nairobi on the 20th December. You are required to reach Nairobi on your own. Once you land in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi you will process visa on arrival. After immigration you can pick up local currency and local SIM card to be connected with your loved ones. Then our vehicle will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to Hotel Sarova Panafric for the night stay. You are free to spend the evening at your will and assemble the next morning at the lobby at 7.00 am for breakfast and checkout. Night dinner is not part of the package.

Day 1: (16th Dec 2014)

 

At 7.00 am, after breakfast, we assemble at the lobby of Sarova Panafric, where you will be met by our driver guide for a short briefing and then we drive towards Rift Valley. On the way we stop at a departmental store where you purchase aerated drinks, alcohol, biscuits, etc , for the next five days. We will have a stop at the Rift Valley View Point, which occurred due to a Volcanic Eruption, take quick photos, then proceed to Narok where you will see plantation of Wheat and Barley. While driving from Nairobi to Mara, since our accommodation, Keekorok lodge is located in the heart of Mara, we will drive almost an hour or so in the park and we will have good chances of spotting animals. We reach our lodge in time for lunch. After lunch and a short leisure, we proceed for an evening game drive with a hope of spotting some Cats (Lions, Leopard, Cheetah) and if we are lucky, maybe Serval cats probably with some action. Other animals that we could look forward to seeing are herd of elephants and other herbivores. We will also have opportunity to spot a lot of bird species and we return to the lodge as the sun sets. Dinner and overnight at Mara Keekorok Lodge.

We stay at Keekorok Lodge, one of the most popular ones in the Mara. Keekorok is in the middle of the Mara and has amazing wildlife just around the lodge. Keekorok is also famous for the Hippo Pool which is located on the property.

Some reviews about Keekorok Lodge, please read here Reviews Keekorok Lodge Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 2: (17th Dec 2014)

 

The Second day at the Masai Mara. After Morning Breakfast at 6.30 am, we will depart for a full day Game Drive with Picnic Lunch Boxes. We will explore The Masai Mara National Reserve, visit the Mara River which nearly borders Kenya & Tanzania. Here we have a chance of seeing Crocodiles and we will have an opportunity to have our Lunch under a tree in the plain Savannah surrounded by Zebras & Gazelles. After Lunch, we look around stopping to photograph interesting wildlife and landscapes along the way. Our objective on the game drives will be to capture the Big Five – Cape Buffalo, Lion, Elephant, Leopard, and the Rhino. We will also look for the cheetah, not part of the Big Five, but one of the much sought after key species of the Mara. If we are lucky, we could also sight the Serval Cat. Other than these beauties, we will also get to see and photograph Antelopes like the Eland, Thompson’s, Kopi, and Grant’s gazelle, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, etc. There are lots of birds too to be seen and photographed in the Mara such as the Ostrich, Secretary bird, Vulturine Guinea Fowl, Crested Guineafowl, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Jacanas, Thick Knees, Plowers, Sandpipers, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Hoopoes, Rollers, Barbets, Fly catchers, Starlings, Bare-faced Go-away bird, etc. After this exciting day long game drive, we return to the lodge as the sun sets. Dinner with a camp fire and the Masai tribe entertaining with their traditional dancing. Overnight at Mara Keekorok Lodge.

NOTE: At 10.00 am, you will have an opportunity to visit a Masai Village. This is the ONLY Tribe out of the total 42 tribes in Kenya that still practices the culture, and the Masai are known to be the Best Jumpers in the World. After the visit, you will return to the Lodge for Lunch. In the Afternoon the sun is not too hot and you will have an advantage too to go for the Last Game Drive in the Masai Mara before you return to the Lodge as the sun sets. Dinner with a camp fire and the Masai tribe entertaining with their traditional dancing. Overnight at Mara Keekorok Lodge.

Masai Village visit is an “EXTRA ACTIVITY” and the Clients will pay directly to the Chief of the Village as per their Rules and regulations. Those of you who do not wish to go to the Masai Village can explore the lodge and its environs and get to photograph the animals and birds around the lodge. Or you can hang around the Hippo pool at the lodge and spend time with the hippos.

Day 3: (18th Dec 2014)

 

At 7.00 am, after an early morning breakfast we proceed to Lake Nakuru Park arriving in time for lunch. After lunch we go on the evening game drive. In this park chance of seeing white rhinos, lions, zebras and flamingos in the salt water lake. Lake Nakuru is famous for ‘tree climbing lions’ and also if we are lucky we could spot some leopards. Babboons are also in plenty and sometimes are more than willing to pose for your cameras! Dinner and Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge Nakuru.

Read about Sarova Hill Lion Lodge, Nakuru here.

Day 4: (19th Dec 2014)

 

At 8.00 am, after breakfast, we will depart to Lake Naivasha, on the way at your right side we will see Lake Elementaita, which is a salt water Lake, proceed and arrive in Naivasha for lunch. After lunch, we will have a Boat ride within the Lake to see family of Hippopotamus and a vast variety of birds, before returning to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Read about Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Naivasha here here.

Day 5: (20th Dec 2014)

 

After an early morning breakfast, we depart Lake Naivasha to reach Nairobi. On arrival at Nairobi, we drive to Jomo Kenyatta airport to be dropped off to catch your flight back. This is the conclusion of the tour.

Cost

Contact Dr. Ravi Hebballi – 9845076686
Email: magicarpetbangalore@gmail.com

Inclusions

  1. Accommodation: One night stay in Sarova Panafric in Nairobi, two nights at the Mara Keekorok Lodge at Masai Mara, one night in Sarova Lion Hill lodge at Nakuru and one night in Lake Naivasha Sofa lodge at Naivasha.
  2. Meals as indicated in the Itinerary.
  3. Transport in a chauffeur driven Safari Mini Van with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & Photography.
  4. Services of English speaking Professional Driver-guide.
  5. Parks entrance Fees as indicated in the Itinerary.
  6. All Government taxes and levies.
  7. Complimentary mineral water in the safari vehicle.
  8. All meet and greet services.

Exclusions

  1. Airfare to travel to Nairobi​
  2. Kenya Visa USD 50
  3. All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
  4. Tips and gratuities in Hotels, Lodges, Camp staff and Driver-guide(s) tipping.
  5. Bush Dinner USD 50 extra at Masai Mara
  6. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  7. Laundry services.
  8. Extra Activities not included in the Itinerary.
  9. Any other item(s) not included in our Itinerary.

Kenya in December