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9 Days Cheetah Kenya Safari

Overview

This safari covers a wide area and showcasing the very best of Kenya including Samburu, the Rift Valley and the world-famous Maasai Mara. Mileages are quite long and road conditions can be poor on occasion, but you’ll get to see much more of this diverse country and the wildlife viewing is unforgettable.

Itinerary (summary)

 Activities, Hotel & Meals
Day 1

Nairobi

  • On arrival, transfer to your comfortable hotel to relax ahead of your safari adventure
  • Dinner and overnight at Southern Sun Mayfair or similiar
Day 2

Nairobi - Samburu National Park

  • Drive to Samburu with lunch en route at the Trout Tree Restaurant
  • Have an afternoon game drive to get to your accommodation – the Samburu Sopa Lodge.
  • Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge on full board basis
Day 3
Samburu National Park
  • Morning and afternoon game drives
Day 4

Lake Nakuru - Amboseli National Park

  • Drive to Amboseli National Park
  • Take lunch from the lodge in Lake Nakuru, alternatively, you can also stop for lunch in a restaurant in Nairobi
  • Arrival in Amboseli in time for an afternoon game drive
  • Dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp
Day 5

Aberdares - Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha

  • Drive via Thomson’s Falls to Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Lunch and a game drive at the park
  • Continue on to Lake Naivasha for the night and the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Day 6

Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara Game Reserve

  • Set off for the Maasai Mara – home to the Big Five
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp
Day 7

Masai Mara Game Reserve

  • Morning and afternoon game drives at Masai Mara
  • Baloon ride over the Mara
  • Dinner and overnight at Voi Wildlife Lodge on full board basis
Day 8

Masai Mara - Nairobi

  • Depart the park for the drive down to Nairobi or fly to Mombasa
  • (End of tour)

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival, transfer to your comfortable hotel to relax ahead of your safari adventure.

Dinner and overnight at Southern Sun Mayfair or similar.

Day 2: Nairobi - Samburu National Park

Drive to Samburu with lunch en route at the Trout Tree Restaurant – a unique dining venue set inside and around a giant fig tree. When you reach Samburu’s arid landscape, you’ll have an afternoon game drive to get to your accommodation – the Samburu Sopa Lodge, which perches on a hill inside the reserve with far-reaching views and rooms housed in traditional Samburu cottages. Tonight there’ll be a welcome dinner for you and your group. Approx. journey time: 6 hours.

Return to the lodge for breakfast, then spend the rest of the morning relaxing and enjoying the facilities at the safari lodge. After lunch, you will have adequate time for a siesta, followed later by an evening game drive in the national reserve.

Meals and accommodation at Samburu Sopa Lodge.

Day 3: Samburu National Park

Head out with your group into the Samburu reserve on morning and afternoon game drives. Lesser visited than its more southerly neighbours, this relatively small reserve’s arid landscape is home to ‘dry country’ animals rarely found outside the park. Its ‘special five’ are the long-necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe.

Early afternoon at leisure, then proceed for a safari drive inside the national park from around 4PM till sunset.

Meals and accommodation at Samburu Sopa Lodge.

Day 4: Samburu - Aberdares National Park

Drive south to the Aberdare Mountain Ranges. The Aberdare National Park was created in 1950 to protect the forested slopes of the ancient Aberdare Range, with wildlife ranging from elephant and lion to the black and white Colobus monkey and beautiful but lesser-sighted bongo – a horned antelope with distinctive white stripes. Once you reach Aberdare you’ll check in at the Aberdare Country Club in order to transfer to its unique sister property, The Ark, which will be your viewing perch for the night. In the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark’s design is based on Noah’s Ark. It overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, attracting wildlife day and night. Four viewing decks with balconies allow up-close wildlife viewing without even leaving your accommodation. There’s also a ground-level photo hide and an on-call viewing service to ensure that you don’t miss a thing. Rooms are known as ‘cabins’, set over three ‘decks’. Approx. journey time: 3 hours.

Dinner and overnight at The Ark Lodge.

Day 5: Aberdares - Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha

Have breakfast before driving via Thomson’s Falls – a scenic waterfall on the Uaso Narok River – to Lake Nakuru National Park for lunch and a game drive. The park is a haven for bird lovers, with over 400 species of bird, and provides habitat for lion, leopard and Rothschild giraffe. It also offers fantastic chances of spotting herds of white rhino. Continue on to Lake Naivasha for the night at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, which has resident monkeys, giraffe and hippo inhabiting its 150-acre grasslands. Approx. journey time: 3 hours.

All meals and accommodation at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.

Day 6: Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara

After breakfast, set off for the Maasai Mara – home to the Big Five, big cats, and a whole host of other wildlife amongst its rolling plains and open savannah. Arrive for lunch at your lodge, then head out on an afternoon game drive before returning for dinner. With splendid views across the Mara plains, Sarova Mara Game Camp offers the classic safari experience with the comfort of a hotel-style residence. The camp has 73 premium canvas tents with canopied beds, and facilities here include a pool with poolside bar, a wellness tent for massages and a buffet-style restaurant. In the evenings, relax around the roaring camp fire with your fellow guests. Approx. journey time: 5 hours.

Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp.

Day 7: Masai Mara Game Reserve

This may be the last day of your safari, but it could be the most thrilling as today there’s the opportunity to take a hot-air balloon safari to gain a whole new perspective of the Maasai Mara. This is our most highly recommended optional experience in Kenya. Wake early and watch as the balloon is prepared, then take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises; the bright pink-orange haze visible for miles across the vast savannah and the wildlife roaming below you. This will be followed by an impressive Champagne breakfast that will be set up for your group wherever you land. Then head out on morning and afternoon game drives into the heart of this wildlife-rich reserve – a fitting end to an exciting safari.

Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp.

Day 8: Masai Mara - Nairobi

If you’re travelling on to Kenya’s coast, you’ll fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa in the afternoon. Otherwise, leave the Mara after breakfast, arriving in Nairobi in time for lunch. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. You’ll then be taken to a central hotel for the afternoon where you might like to pre-book a day room before your return flight to your country arriving the following day.

(End of tour).

Included in tour:

  • Accommodation as per the above safari description
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary above
  • All transfers and transport, park fees, hotel accommodation
  • Game viewing activities as stated in the above tour/safari description
  • Service of an English speaking driver guide

Not included in tour:

  • Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • International flight
  • Visa entry into Kenya or Tanzania
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratitudes to safari staff

Accommodation for this Safari

  • The Ark Lodge

    The Ark Lodge

    Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, the Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of awesome wildlife.

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  • Samburu Sopa Lodge

    Samburu Sopa Lodge

    Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panaromic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond.

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  • Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

    Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

    Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge is not only home to our resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on our expansive lawns.

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  • Sarova Mara Game Camp

    Sarova Mara Game Camp

    Sarova Mara Game Camp is located within in the heart of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, surrounded by 2 streams the camp also features a exotic trees, a large fish pond and an Maasai village adjoining the camp.

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Enquirie about this safari

Destinations

Aberdares National Park

Aberdares, Kenya

Stunning view of Mt. Kenya from Aberdares National Park

Aberdare National Park is one of the major national parks in Kenya that offer exceptional hiking terrains and stunning views, the park is located between Mount Kenya to the north and the Great Rift Valley.

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Samburu Game Reserve

Samburu, Kenya

Reticulated Giraffe at Samburu National Reserve

The reserve is rich in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx. The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard and Cheetah are an important attraction (Kamunyak the Miracle Lioness that adapted the baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve).

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Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Flamingoes at Lake Nakuru National Park

The Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the top tourist destinations in Africa, famed for the Flamingos that flock to its shores to feed on the Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis that live in its alkaline waters. It is a very important breeding ground and stop over for many species of birds, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

A hippo on Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a picturesque fresh water lake surrounded by hills that are home to wildlife. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows.

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Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara, Kenya

The wildebeest migration at the Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve is considered a “must see” for any visitor traveling on safari in Kenya. It is on the “to do” list of most Kenyan visitors because the park is graced by a wide variety of unique and exquisite wild life and birds.Masai Mara is the best place to see all of the “Big Five” animals (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo) together. The famous wildebeest migration also takes place at the Mara.

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