6 Days/ 5 Nights Amboseli – Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara Safari
Rise early to enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel this morning we depart by road to Amboseli National Park famous for its breath-taking views of Kilimanjaro.
The Park also shelters more than 420 species of birds. Enormous Elephant population and other big game are attracted to the area by underground springs fed from the melting snows of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Lunch is served at the lodge, before departing for a planned afternoon game drive. Return to the lodge and enjoy a scrumptious dinner.
Overnight at Sopa Lodge
Rising early for good views of Mount Kilimanjaro before clouds build up over the summit, we set off for a 'Spice' game drive. Amboseli is an excellent place to view a multitude of wildlife, including everything from Wildebeest to Giraffes to Baboons.
A visit to a Masai village is planned after breakfast. Midday finds us at our lodge for lunch and afternoon rest, followed by another 'Spice' game drive. Amboseli is home to the legendary Masai tribesmen.
Masai warriors are famous and are proud nomadic tribe whose legendary prowess in battle and single-handed acts of bravery in fights with the wild animals are known across the world.
Overnight at Sopa Lodge
Depart Amboseli for Lake Naivasha stopping for lunch in Nairobi. Afternoon proceed to Lake Naivasha arriving in time for an afternoon optional boat ride. Alternatively, a nature walk at Crescent Island is an excellent way to see wild animals while on foot.
The Island is a private game sanctuary, which is home to zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, Vervet monkeys, hares, genet cats, waterbuck and giraffe.
Overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Depart Lake Naivasha for Masai Mara Game Reserve-jewel of Kenya's Game Park. This enormous Reserve actually part of the vast Serengeti plains is famously known for its spectacular great wildebeest migration and is a true home of the big five-Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Cape Buffalo.
Upon arrival, lunch will follow. After lunch, explore the reserve on a late evening 'Spice' game drive. In the evening, we relax around the camp/ Lodge fire before an excellent dinner.
Overnight at Mara Sarova Camp
The Masai Mara is one of the greatest wildernesses of the world. Morning and afternoon 'Spice' game drives are planned. Large mammals are varied, abundant and easy to see.
Residents among the Parks mammals are; Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Impala, Zebra, Topi, both the Thomson's and Grant's Gazelles. The best Hot Air Balloon rides are available on this day at an additional cost.
Overnight at Mara Sarova Camp
Begin today with a complete English breakfast at your lodge, followed by ‘Spice’ game drive en-route to Nairobi. The balance of the day is at leisure for last minute assisted shopping and sightseeing
Facilities : 24-Hour Front Desk, Baby Sitting, Conference Facilities, Swimming Pool, Sauna & Spa, Lobby, Laundry Services, Disabled Facilities
Set in 200 acres of private land, and with a rustic charm all of its own, the lodge nestles in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at almost six thousand metres, is Africa’s highest and most famous snowcapped mountain. It was this region of Kenya that, in the 1930’s, inspired Ernest Hemingway’s unforgettable stories ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’ and ‘The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber’ which were turned into more than successful feature films in the late 1940’s due to their renowned actors. All forms of wildlife still abound in this wilderness which continues all the way to the Amboseli National Park, an easy twenty minute drive away from the lodge.
While the park conserves over six hundred breeding species of birds as well a host of rare and wonderful wildlife, this is also home to the Maasai people, perhaps the world’s most renowned African tribe.
Facilities : Baby Sitting, 24-Hour Front Desk, Bar/Lounge, Conference Facilities, Disabled Facilities, Laundry Services, Lobby, Parking, Restaurant, Sauna & Spa, Swimming Pool
Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort 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.
With Sopa’s traditional and conscientious care for the environment, we carefully positioned all the buildings on our property so we did not have to fell any of the many trees there. As a result of this, we had to come up with a radically innovative and artistic design for the main public area building which now snakes its way between the trees with long and graceful curves.
It is also why you might well ask just why our two swimming pools with a children’s section and a pool complex with its bar, snack kitchen, pizzeria and health spa; our tennis court; our two conference halls with their four differently sized meeting areas, and our stables are so widely set apart.
Facilities : 24-Hour Front Desk, Baby Sitting, Sauna & Spa, Swimming Pool, Restaurant, Parking, Lobby, Laundry Services, Disabled Facilities, Conference Facilities, Concierge, Bar/Lounge
Nothing quite captures the true spirit of East Africa like a safari in Kenya’s richest game reserve, the Maasai Mara. Sarova Mara Game Camp offers front seats to nature’s most breathtaking show - the wildebeest migration. The endless plains of East Africa are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle where, from the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne coloured hills of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass.
Sarova Mara Game Camp is well positioned to enjoy this unique phenomenon. The rolling plains around the Camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras during the migration months, and the Camp is situated right in the center of their migration path. A wildlife safari puts you right in the middle of all this action. Get a first-hand account of this epic phenomenon and live to tell the tale. A safari also helps you acquaint yourself with the landscapes of this beautiful African setting.
Sarova Mara Game Camp is also the ideal choice for those seeking a richer experience of the Maasai Mara that goes much beyond just game drives. By virtue of its location and layout, the Camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, mini golf, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture at the adjoining Maasai village.
Catherine N Kimani