An extension of the 5 Nights Flying Safari option that will see you stop over in the Great Rift Valley midway between the Samburu and Masai Mara reserves, where you can enjoy a round of golf and explore the landscapes of this geological wonder. Overnight at: Norfolk, Samburu Intrepids, Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort and Mara Intrepids.
The Intrepid Safari provides the ultimate ecological, cultural and family experience in Kenya. All of the hotels and lodges featured are extremely child-friendly with excellent facilities. Trained naturalists throughout the safari will constantly entertain the children. No other trip provides such an array of day-to-day activities to satisfy every member of a mixed group, be they an inquisitive young child, an energetic parent or a grandparent wanting a little more relaxation.
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Day 1 Nairobi
Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to the Norfolk Hotel (or a similar hotel) for a day of relaxation (on a bed and breakfast basis).
Day 2 Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve
This morning you will transfer to Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Buffalo Springs Airstrip in Samburu. You will be met by our camp vehicle and taken to the lodge arriving mid morning. After lunch you will embark on your first game drive of your safari, returning to the camp in the late afternoon.
Overnight at Samburu Intrepids Camp on a full board basis.
Perched on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the heart of Samburu National reserve, Samburu Intrepids enjoys a unique perspective of one of Africa’s most celebrated wildernesses. The camp’s location deep inside the reserve guarantees close encounters with the region’s shier wildlife, including elephant, lion, leopard, and Samburu’s famous ‘unique five’ – the rare reticulated giraffe, long-necked gerenuk antelope, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, and majestic Beisa Oryx. This luxurious tented lodge offers 27 modern tents with a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks. The spacious tents boast the very latest in luxury camping, with soft four-poster beds, handsome mahogany closets and writing desks, and en suite bathrooms with steaming hot showers. The bathrooms also offer twin washbasins, flush toilets, and sockets for shavers and battery charging. Because of the warm climate, Samburu Intrepids’ public areas are all palm-thatched and open to the elements, raised on stilts to catch the cooling breeze blowing off the river. The main dining room has a seating capacity of 60, and opens onto an outdoor dining terrace, where buffet breakfasts and lunches are served overlooking the river.
Day 3 Samburu National Reserve
Morning and afternoon activities in Samburu National Reserve.
Overnights at the Samburu Intrepids on a full board basis.
Day 4 Samburu – Nairobi – Lake Naivasha
Morning activities and transfer to the airstrip with a picnic lunch for your scheduled flight to Nairobi. On arrival connect to the scheduled flight to Naivasha. You will be transferred to the lodge followed by an afternoon boat trip to Lake Naivasha.
The Great Rift Valley Lodge
A short drive from the well-maintained Pan African Highway is the Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort. Its location midway between the Samburu and Maasai Mara Reserves makes the lodge the perfect stopover between the country’s top safari destinations – and an ideal alternative to a night in a city hotel. The Great Rift Valley Lodge sits at about 7,000 feet above sea level, from which elevation it enjoys magnificent views to the west and east. The vistas stretch from the shimmering waters of Lake Naivasha ,to the jagged volcanic crater of Mount Longonot and, beyond, the sloping shoulders of the Aberdare Mountains – Kenya’s most important watershed. The Great Rift Valley Lodge offers 21 twin and 9 double rooms, all with private balconies overlooking the spectacular valley floor with large four-poster beds, handmade wooden furniture, African prints, and modern en suite bathrooms. The social ‘heart’ of the Rift Valley Lodge is the clubhouse building, which offers fine dining and beautiful views from its panoramic restaurant and broad balconies. Range of activities include golfing, boat trips to Lake Naivasha, excursions to the Eburru escarpment on horseback, trekking at Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha, day trips to Lake Nakuru National Park, birding and nature walks within the lodge.
Day 5 Lake Naivasha
This morning depart for a morning game drive to Lake Nakuru National Park and return back to the lodge for lunch and the remaining of the afternoon will be spent at your leisure to enjoy all the local activities offered.
Overnight at Great Rift Valley Lodge on a full board basis.
Day 6 Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, you drive to the Naivasha Ebony Curio Emporium, the largest of its kind in the world, where one can watch expert craftsmen working. This is where some of the country’s best work can be purchased at factory prices. Return back to the lodge for lunch before being transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Olkiombo Airstrip in the Masai Mara National Reserve. You will be picked by an open-sided 4×4 vehicle which affords you your first game drive en route to the lodge!
Overnight at Mara Intrepids Camp on a full board basis.
Sitting above a sweeping bend in the Talek River at the confluence of the Maasai Mara’s four game-viewing areas, Mara Intrepids enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the Maasai Mara ecosystem. The camp is a short drive from the Mara River, where more than a million wildebeest and zebra make their perilous migration crossing every July and August. For the remainder of the year, the camp offers some of the world’s finest game viewing, with large local populations of elephants, rhinos, buffalos, and many species of antelopes. The riverine woods are home to some of the famous cats in the Big Cat Diaries, including leopards, cheetah and lions.
30 newly refurbished luxury tents are widely spread across a large riverside site to ensure guests the optimum privacy and peace. Each tent is furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris, with large four-poster beds and handsome reproduction furniture offset by modern en suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush toilets and all modern amenities. Each tent sits on a shady platform, with sweeping views over the riverbanks where a wide variety of animals come to drink. Mara Intrepids is divided into four distinct areas, each with its own open-air dining area and ‘mess tent’ where private meals and functions can be arranged. Dinner is usually served in a large dining room under a traditional makuti thatch roof, while breakfast and lunch are hosted on a breezy terrace beside the riverfront swimming pool. The main bar overlooks a suspension bridge, where our most exquisite residents make an appearance most evenings. Beside the bar is a fully equipped conference room, where our Maasai naturalists deliver evening slide shows on the local culture and wildlife – and where corporate groups can indulge in a spot of ‘bush business’.
Day 7 Masai Mara
Morning and afternoon bush activities in the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Overnight at the Mara Intrepids Camp on a full board basis.
Day 8 Masai Mara – Nairobi
After a morning activity and lunch, there is a flight back to Nairobi, on arrival in Nairobi, transfer to Jomo Kenyatta airport for your onward connecting flight.
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Option: Kipungani Explorer extension
This morning we bid farewell to the friendly camp staff and fly to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport on the scheduled service, where you be transferred for the flight to Lamu. Departure is at 1315 hrs for the approximately two-hour flight to Manda Bay Airstrip. On arrival, the friendly Kipungani staff will meet you for your transfer by speed boat. Perched on the edge of Kipungani Bay, where the protected mangroves of Kipungani Creek meet the end of a deserted 12-kilometre beach on the southwestern tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani is the ultimate dream destination for those seeking a true desert-island holiday. With only 14 luxurious chalets you can be assured of personal attention, excellent food and, above all, a relaxing stay.
Spend the day relaxing at Kipungani or enjoy the many activities and amenities available including:
Fly back to Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon and transfer to Jomo Kenya International airport for your home bound flight.
• Snorkelling and diving on local coral reefs
• Swimming with dolphins (if you’re lucky!)
• Creek and ocean sailing on an Arab dhow
• Kayaking and windsurfing in the channels
• Deep sea fishing on big game fishing boat
Notes, terms and conditions
The package includes:
• Nairobi airport transfers.
• Bed and breakfast accommodation in Nairobi.
• 2 nights full board accommodation at Samburu Intrepids
• 2 nights full board accommodation at The Great Rift Valley Lodge
• 2 nights full board accommodation at Mara Intrepids
• Naturalists to look after the children
• Use of air travel to reduce time spent on the grounds to maximize on your holiday time! Flights included are: Nairobi/Samburu/Maasai Mara/Wilson.
• Game drives in open-sided 4×4 vehicles with an English-speaking driver-guide
• All meals, (except in Nairobi) and bush meals while on safari
• A few of the children’s activities include: interaction with Maasai from children to village elders, making campfires, throwing spears, basic Kiswahili lessons, tracking and spoor-casting, traditional dancing and much more.
• All accommodations in this itinerary have a swimming pool
All international flights, taxes, visas, travel and personal accident insurance, gratuities and all expenses of personal natures, such as porterage, beverages, laundry, telephone calls etc. NB: Flying doctor services are optional.
Balloon safari in Maasai Mara,cultural visit to a Samburu Village or Maasai village.
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