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Nothern Circuit 8 Days Safari

Day 01: Fairview Hotel – Bed and Breakfast

It is ‘touch down’ at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Representatives of Zoar Tours, your hosts in Kenya eagerly await your arrival. Welcome to Nairobi, a city experiencing a Renaissance in art and culture. Our airport representative meets you at the airport and whisks you to Fairview Hotel. Following an evening arrival, we settle happily into the city's Fairview Hotel.

The Fairview is that rare bird in Africa a comfortable hotel that hasn’t decked itself out in feathers of up market gloss and tasteless luxury. The hotel’s leafy acres and scattered buildings are laid out on Nairobi Hill, a world away from the overheated bustle. All this, plus a classy brasserie and wine bar and some of the best sushi in the city. The balance of the day is to relax and enjoy the surroundings. A safari briefing answers questions and creates excitement.

This safari offers a unique opportunity to combine a wilderness adventure covering a wide range of landscapes; it offers the excitement and glamour of the African bush together with a romantic, and self indulgent itinerary. The lodges and camps chosen are flawless, with very pleasant staff and superb accommodation. Marvel at the vivid array of wildlife and rich diverse landscapes and experience the friendliness and in-depth knowledge of our Drivers and Guides. A sound rest tonight prepares us for tomorrow's adventures.



Day 02: Preferred Camp or Lodge – Full Board

After breakfast, drive further north towards the highlands. Driving north we pass Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest mountain at 17,000 feet (5,199 metres). The massive size of this mountain and its gleaming and eroded snow-covered multiple peaks means that Mount Kenya dominates the surrounding countryside and even affects the local climate. The terrain makes a dramatic descent from the lush central highlands to the low semi-arid plains of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. This afternoon you'll have a game drive to view unusual species rarely seen outside of this region. Grevy’s zebra with its distinctive narrow striped, Reticulated giraffe with its geometric pattern, the shy long-necked Gerenuk which stands erect on its hind legs to feed on the tender leaves of the high tree branches, and the Blue-necked Somali ostrich, among a variety of others.

The land of rocky soil and scrubland, Bird enthusiasts will be rewarded with a wealth of species attracted to the palm tree-lined permanent waters of the river. We cross the Equator into the northern hemisphere on our way to Samburu Game Reserve in a semi-desert area of Kenya. Samburu is located on the Ewaso Nyiro River. In this dry land the forested riverbanks are excellent areas to see wildlife, as all animals congregate here to drink, especially at dusk and early in the morning. We'll eagerly search for leopards lounging high on tree limbs. There will be time to relax by the pool in between game drives. At the end of the day, you'll savor the quiet activity of the river. Finding Comfort & Refuge in Adventure

Day 03: Preferred Camp or Lodge – Full Board

Your schedule for today includes an early morning and late afternoon game drives. Travelling through the landscape which is rugged and dramatic - against a backdrop of volcanic mountains, gaunt hills and withered scrub tree punctuate the sparse and dry terrain with clusters of the incredibly hardy desert rose providing the occasional flash of vivid color. Photographers will appreciate the dramatic backdrop of Ololokwe Mountain Ololokwe Table Mountain forms a dramatic backdrop to our game viewing today. The Ewaso Nyiro River, lifeline of the area, runs along the southern boundary dividing Samburu from Buffalo Springs Reserve.

Crocodile and hippo share the river with the many small herds of elephant which bathe and frolic in the muddy brown waters during the heat of the day before returning later to browse on the lush vegetation of the riverine forest. Buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and plains game may also be seen but a special feature of this Reserve. Over 50 species of large mammals including reticulated giraffe, grevys zebra, Beisa Oryx, Somali ostrich, hippo, crocodiles, gerenuk, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. Large flocks of helmeted and vulturine guinea fowls are a common attraction.

Day 04: Preferred Camp or Lodge – Full Board

We depart after an early breakfast through the scenic landscape of the arid north with views of picturesque hills. We arrive and camp at Kalacha, a small Gabbra settlement on the edge of the Chalbi Desert. The Gabbra are an Eastern Cushite people related to the Somali-Rendille in their historical origins in the southern Ethiopian highlands about AD 1000. The men wear traditional shorts and a blanket-cloak and the women wear a wrap-around and head cloth. They are pastoralists, particularly attached to their camels. The Gabbra are generally thought to be very good looking people, the men wearing traditional shorts and a blanket-cloak and the women wearing a wrap-around and a head cloth. Their traditions have a close relationship to those of the Israelite people as recorded in Genesis and Exodus. Relationships and family ties are very strong. Finding Comfort & Refuge in Adventure

Day 05: Preferred Camp or Lodge – Full Board

We depart early crossing the Chalbi Desert to Lake Turkana which is the largest desert lake in the world and extends for 288 kilometers up to the Ethiopian / Kenyan border. It is surrounded by volcanic rock and desert. We arrive at our semi - permanent beach village where we have our traditional Turkana Huts; making it a perfect place to relax, protected from the scorching sun and heat characteristic of the climate of this remote area. Lake Turkana is the largest desert lake in the world with an area of 7,560 km2. It is the northern-most of Kenya's Rift Valley lakes surrounded by Turkana District in the west and Marsabit District in the east. The lake is fed by the Omo River in Ethiopia and has no outlet resulting in high fluctuations in water level determined by the river and rainfall in Ethiopia. The Turkana people call themselves ŋiTurkana (The Turkana). The name means the people of Turkan. They are mainly semi-nomadic pastoralists. The Turkana are noted for raising camels and weaving baskets.

Day 06: Preferred Camp or Lodge – Full Board

The day is spent relaxing and you may visit the local lodge to swim or hire a boat to visit the surrounding area (at an extra cost). Turkana, formerly L. Rudolf is now named after one of the tribes who live on its shores and it is in this area that Richard Leakey uncovered the three million year old fossils of 'Homo Erectus.' This pre historic site is now known as the "Cradle of Mankind". The Lake is also known as the "Jade Sea" because of its remarkable blue – green colour. This is as a result of algae particles, which shift with changes of the wind and light, so that the water surface shifts from blue to grey to fabulous jade.

The lake is home to the largest population of Nile crocodiles in the world. If the weather permits we take a short sunset boat ride to the surrounding areas. On-shore and off-shore winds can be extremely strong as the lake warms and cools more slowly than the land. Sudden, violent storms are frequent. Three rivers (the Omo, Turkwel and Kerio) flow into the lake, but lacking outflow its only water loss is by evaporation. Lake volume and dimensions are variable. Finding Comfort & Refuge in Adventure

Day 07: Preferred Camp or Lodge – Full Board

Today, depart after breakfast via the Horr Valley situated between Mount Nyiro and Ol Doinye Mara viewing the breath taking scenery as we continue to climb on torturous, rocky hills to Maralal. Near Maralal is one of the most breath taking scenes in all of Kenya – the Losiolo escarpment, an endless stretch as land drops down to the Suguta valley. Maralal is the unofficial capital of the Samburu people and has a distinctly frontier feel about it, like something out of a 'wild west' movie. It boasts a colourful Samburu market and a game sanctuary that lies just outside of town. Maralal is also home of the Maralal International Camel Derby that happens once a year between July and October and attracts riders and spectators from the four corners of the world

Day 08: Depart

Heading south again via Laikipia Plains and Nyahururu we may stop at the Thomson falls named Thomson's Falls is a 74 m (243 ft) scenic waterfall on the Ewaso Ng'iro river, which drains from the Aberdare Mountain Range. It is situated two miles from the townNyahururu in central Kenya, at 2,360 m (7,750 ft) elevation. We drive back into Nairobi by mid afternoon in time for lunch at Carnivore restaurant. The Carnivore is considered ‘Africa's Greatest Eating Experience.

A variety of meats including a selection of exotic meat is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table on traditional Maasai swords (skewers). Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding. After lunch transfer to the airport for your International flight home your Safari ends here.




 
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