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KENYA HORIZONS (SIMBA)

Itinerary

Kenya Horizons is one of the most popular safaris in Kenya, where lodges are stylish, guides are knowledgeable and scenery extraordinary. From gerenuk browsing vertically in the Samburu, to the resident hippos of the Mara River, this is an exhilarating safari.

Day 1    Nairobi
Upon arrival in Nairobi, clients will be met and transferred to the Panafric Hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Panafric Hotel in a superior room on a bed and breakfast basis.

Panafric Hotel- Nairobi
Situated in a residential area with easy access into the city and on one side, overlooking the flower gardens of Central Park, the Panafric Hotel offers simple comfortable accommodation for a relaxing holiday makers or business travellers. It is ideally situated for visitors to the area and has a welcoming atmosphere with friendly and hospitable service. The hotel has modern facilities as well as simple yet comfortable guest rooms. The bar is always friendly and attracts many Nairobi residents. The hotel also has a variety of facilities and services that are sure to meet the needs of both business and leisure travellers. The hotel has panoramic views of Nairobi City.  

Day 2    Nairobi - Samburu Game Reserve
Leave Nairobi after breakfast to Samburu.  Heading north, you'll pass near Thika and continue north through some breathtaking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and fields of tea and coffee. After Nanyuki town, you'll continue north, eventually reaching a dusty outpost known as Isiolo, the last major stop on the journey into the remote northern frontier district. From here it's a fairly short hop to Samburu.  In the afternoon there will be a game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.
Overnight at Samburu Simba Lodge on a full board basis.

Samburu Simba Lodge
Samburu Simba lodge is overlooking the Buffalo springs and the Uaso Nyiro River. From your room you have a fantastic view over the stunning plains, where elephants are grazing. Nearby rare game – reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa orynx and long-necked gerunuk can be seen. Samburu Simba Lodge is the groups’ new gem. We offer an exceptional up-close and personal African experience. Let our chef over whelm you with a mouth watering meal during a romantic bush dinner (extra cost). There are seven villas of ten rooms each – six on the ground floor and four on the first floor of which two rooms are interconnected. The lodge also has 2 swimming pools with a pool side bar.

Day 3    Samburu Game Reserve
Early morning game drive is followed by breakfast, and time to relax by the lodge pool or the terrace overlooking the river. After lunch there will be another game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.
Overnight at Samburu Simba Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 4    Samburu Game Reserve – Aberdares
Leave after breakfast and drive south and into the forests of the Aberdare Mountain range arriving at Outspan for lunch and then afternoon transfer to Treetops. This is a tree lodge set in a forest glade with a waterhole that attracts all sorts of wildlife during the day and night. The waterhole is floodlit and there is an underground viewing platform.
Overnight at Treetops on a full board basis.

Treetops - the Aberdares
Treetops is Kenya’s original tree lodge, legendary for its historical royal connection, for the animals it attracts and for the sheer joy of exploring a tree house visited by rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, bushbuck, waterbuck and many other species. Guests generally depart the Outspan after lunch for the ten-mile drive to Treetops. Here, guests are met by a ranger who advises guests on common sense rules of behaviour necessary for safety and good animal viewing. The lodge rises dramatically out of the ground on stilts and overlooks a water hole and salt lick. It has four decks and a rooftop-viewing platform. Solely dedicated to game viewing, the accommodation is compact and cosy. At 6,450 feet above sea level it is chilly at night at all times of the year, especially from June to September. During these months, you will need sweaters and hats for comfort and warmth. The bedrooms are small, neat and cosy, like cabins on board a ship. Dinner is served at refectory tables with bench seating which is intimate, relaxed and very friendly.

Day 5    Aberdares - Lake Nakuru

An early morning start takes you north as you head for Nyahururu, still known to many as Thomson's Falls for its 237 cascade. Now travel in a southerly direction to your next destination, the spectacular Lake Nakuru. This is often coloured a shimmering flamingo pink, from the beautiful birds lining its shores.   You will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Following lunch there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.
Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge on a full board basis.

Lake Nakuru Lodge
Lake Nakuru Lodge is situated in the heart of one of Kenya's most densely populated wetland National Parks, (Ramsar site) only two leisurely hours' drive from Nairobi, through beautiful forested uplands and passing a series of lakes. On the outskirts of the bustling market town of Nakuru lies a truly remarkable national park which has achieved international fame. Both black and white rhino are being given a new lease of life in this 188 sq km, fully-fenced park - and they are carefully protected. The present rhino population is over 50 and continuing to multiply. The Rothschild giraffe is another rarity and the park has its fair share of buffalo, leopard, zebra, eland, waterbuck and lion. Lake Nakuru Lodge is in the south-east ecological niche of the park, with commanding views of the lake and the flamingos for which it is justly famous. Lush gardens surround the lodge and cottages. There is a good programme of activities and evening entertainment.

Day 6    Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Game Reserve
After an early morning breakfast, drive to Narok town via Mai-Mahiu with a brief a rest stop and proceed on to Mara arriving in time for lunch at Mara Simba Lodge. After lunch, depart for an afternoon game drive returning back to the lodge as the sun sets.
Overnight at Mara Simba Lodge on a full board basis.
Mara Simba Lodge
Mara Simba extends for almost one kilometre along the beautiful Talek River and is surrounded by lush landscaped gardens filled with indigenous plants and trees. These alone attract many colourful birds and butterflies through out the year. The lodge overlooks a dramatic bend in the river and is designed to complement its natural setting, providing an emphasis on exclusivity and comfort, with a decor that incorporates ethnic design elements from local tribes. The 84 guest rooms are arranged in clusters of 6 and are fitted out in natural wood tones and stone. Guest rooms have en suite showers, tiled bathrooms with natural granite floors. Each room is spacious, opens onto its own private veranda with uninterrupted views across the river and can easily accommodate an extra bed. The restaurant and bar offer first-class cuisine and the staff are very relaxed and friendly. After game drives, there’s a large swimming pool to enjoy and a floodlit area by the river, to enjoy viewing nocturnal species drinking after dark.

Day 7     Masai Mara Game Reserve
Early morning and afternoon game drives.
Overnight at Mara Simba Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 8    Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi
After breakfast you’ll depart the Masai Mara and head across acres of rolling wheat and barley farms to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. From here cross the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley whilst keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle before heading up the rift escarpment. You’ll arrive into Kenya’s bustling capital in the early afternoon.  Once in the city, clients will be dropped off at the drop off point in the city centre or the airport for your ongoing travel arrangements.

Child Rates (children under the age of 5 years not allowed at Treetops)
One child aged 5-11 years sharing with 2 adults pays 55% of safari cost

Cost Includes
Meet and greet services
All transport and game drives on road safaris will be in a safari minibus (with seven window seats) with an English speaking driver-guide on shared basis
Meals and accommodation as specified
All park fees and government taxes
½ litre bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives


Cost Excludes
Visas and international flights
International Airport taxes (clients pay direct)
Driver-guide gratuities
Drinks, dining rooms tips, porterage
Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance
Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature


Additional remarks
Cancellation policy as per agent’s agreement or as per our printed Price Guide if no fixed contract is in place. Please request any further information on this if required.
We may have to re-route the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability or clients preferences.
Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.

Passenger Information
Passengers should bring only soft sided bags on safaris.


 
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