Northern Kenya

BAS026: 9 Nights

10 Days Nairobi – Mount Kenya – Aberdares – Meru National Park – Samburu – Nyeri – Nairobi.

Package Cost: ($000) per person sharing

Northern Kenya is Spectacular at any time of the year. Wet weather comes twice a year- the long rains in April and May and the short rains in October. And the best season for climbing Mt. Kenya is from December through March, when the cloudless skies allow you to catch the most spectacular view of the peaks. Throughout the year evenings are chilly, so make sure you bring along warm clothing.
(The view of Mt. Kenya makes this one of the most pleasant routes).

Day 1:   Nairobi - Mount Kenya

We leave Nairobi after breakfast at around 08.30hrs and drive for about 3hrs to Mt. Kenya National Park, in time for lunch and overnight stay at the Mountain lodge. Enjoy the view as you take afternoon tea on the terrace, or stroll through the lovely gardens. The lodge comes alive at night, when buffaloes, rhinos, and waterbucks visit the watering hole.

Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge (l,d)

Day 2 & 3:   Mount Kenya

We spend the next two days hiking around the snowy peaks.

Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge (b,l,d)

Day 4: Mount Kenya - Aberdare National Park

We head to Nyeri town stopping for lunch at the Outspan Golf & Country Club before heading to Aberdare National Park, for overnight stay at the Ark Hotel.

Overnight: The Ark Hotel (b,l,d)

Day 5:   Aberdare - Meru National Park

We trek through the rain Forest after breakfast, keeping a sharp eye out for elephants, then depart northwards, after lunch, to Meru National Park, overnight at the luxurious Elsa's Kopje.

Overnight: Elsa’s Kopje Lodge (d)

Day 6:   Meru National Park

Early morning, after breakfast, we explore the swamps in the northern parts of the reserve, home to more than 4,000 buffaloes. Relax in the evening.

Overnight: Elsa’s Kopje Lodge (b,l,d)

Day 7:   Meru National Park - Samburu Game Reserve

After breakfast, again we head north to Samburu National reserve and neighbouring Buffalo Springs National reserve. Lions and cheetahs can sometimes be spotted, and the elusive leopard makes a frequent appearance at the Game lodges. After lunch we visit the nearby Shaba National Reserve.

Overnight: Joy’s Camp (b,l,d)

Day 8: Samburu - Nyeri

After early breakfast -06.30hrs- we head back to Nyeri for overnight stay at the Outspan Golf & country club. On our way, we stop over at the Lewa Downs -Rhino Sanctuary near Isiolo town. The Downs is a 45,000-acre private ranch. The fenced reserve is home to more than 60 rhinos; about half of them are endangered black rhinos. There are other rare animals as well, including Grevy's Zebra and the lovely Sitatunga, an antelope with wide hooves adapted for swimming. You will also spot the more than 250 elephants that lumber through the reserve.

Overnight: Outspan Golf & Country Club (b,d)

Day 9: Nyeri - Nairobi

After breakfast, we depart at 09.00hrs, head to Nairobi, and check-in the Hotel. No activities the rest of the evening as you wait to depart to the Airport the following day. This will depend on your flight details. Can a take Taxi to the Airport. Please inquire from the Reception about the charges (Airport transfer).

Meal plan: (b)

STOP OVERS –NORTHERN KENYA

In our northern itinerary, we will stop in various towns, within the itinerary, to fill our supplies before heading out into wilderness.

Nyeri Town –we stop here on our way to the Aberdare National Park. It is known as the principle town of the Kikuyu, Kenya's largest tribe. At the base of Aberdares, The bustling community is the commercial centre for this farming region. Nearby you will see many shambas growing coffee and other crops.

Robert Baden-Powell, who distinguished himself in the Boer War, the youngest general in the British Army and founder of the Boy Scouts, lived in this town in the last years of his life. He died in 1941 and his grave is near St. Peter's Church.                                                         

Meru Town –This is a gateway for Meru National Park. A good reason to stop here is Meru National Museum, a little museum that provides an excellent introduction to the lives of the Meru people. The display here includes a typical Meru house and an explanation about Miraa, the locally grown stimulant that is highly prized in Somalia.                                                               

Isiolo Town – When we head to or from Shaba, Samburu or Buffalo springs, or Lewa Downs. Is a town known to be the end of the road from Nairobi. Beyond this small town the roads are much more difficult to navigate, poor and dangerous roads.

Northen Kenya National Parks and Game Reserves:
Aberdare National Park
Mt. Kenya National Park
Ol Doinyo Sabuk National Park
Meru National Park
Marsabit Game Reserve
Samburu Buffalo Springs-Shaba Game Reserves

Cost Includes:

Pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Full-board accommodation whilst on safari and meal plan as described, b=breakfast, l=lunch and d=dinner.

Transport based in a Minivan with pop up roof for game viewing (Includes: Safari vehicle, Driver Allowance, Fuel cost, Park Fee for driver and Vehicle.)

Park entrance fee at the as per the itinerary.

1 Complimentary bottle of drinking mineral water daily while on safari.

Service of an English speaking driver guide

Game drive as per the Itinerary

Welcome Safari kit

Excludes:

Accommodation costs between arrival/departure and the start and end points of the itinerary.

Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s)

Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.

Christmas, New Year and Easter supplement (see Hotel Tariff)

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