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14 Day Fishing Safari to Kenya

01: Fairview Hotel – Bed & 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: Naru Moru River 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. Arrive in time for lunch at Naru Moru River lodge. If it’s nature you’re after then Naro Moru River Lodge provides it, standing above a gorge through which flows the Naro Moru River , home to brown and rainbow trout that guarantee any fly fisherman fun and excitement. Set in lavish rolling gardens, the lodge features numerous ancient trees and flowering shrubs all clearly labeled for the avid naturalist and tree lover. Naro Moru River Lodge is an austere cabin residence just south of the equator, in the heart of a small market town about 150 kilometers (93 mi) north-northeast of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. This breathtaking mountain lodge is a quiet locale to have fun, be with family and friends, with easy access to Mt Kenya’s peaks for climbing, hiking or trekking, biking, and bird watching.

Day 03: Mount Kenya Safari Club – Full Board

After breakfast, depart for fishing around the river and later transfer to Mount Kenya Safari Club for lunch. Afternoon will also be spent at fishing. The slopes of Mount Kenya have plenty of streams that are well stocked with Trout. The fishing is challenging and lets the fisherman explore some beautiful forested valleys. With magnificent views of majestic Mount Kenya, the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club Resort's 120 luxuriously appointed hotel rooms, set in over 100 acres of landscaped gardens, offer a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is the ideal base for a truly superb holiday in Nanyuki, Kenya. With some of the country's finest attractions on the doorstep, visitors to the resort can enjoy an enormous range of excursions and activities without spending hours and even days traveling between each.

Day 04: Samburu Game 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. You arrive in time for lunch at your lodge in the Samburu Game Lodge. 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.

Day 05: Samburu Game 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. All meals and overnight at Samburu Game Lodge.

Day 06: Aberdare Fishing Lodge – Full Board

After breakfast, you will have a short game drive. Proceed to Nyeri and then transfer to Aberdare. You will have a care taker for cooking and any other needs. Afternoon fishing at the cold Guru-Karuru, and Chania River. Overnight at Aberdare Fishing lodge. Set in the central moorlands of the southern Aberdares amidst spectacular waterfalls, moorland scenery, and colorful flora. The best fishing areas are generally found above the 2,000m level. It generally goes that the higher the altitude the smaller the fish. Trout fishing in the Aberdare National Park is very popular, especially high up on the mist-covered moors. Rivers found here are relatively small, as are the fish. They are however wild trout and fight extremely well. The Chania River is especially good for brown trout. A short rod is an advantage as casting is difficult. A ranger is a good idea as we are in a National Park. Coupled with superb views of enormous cascading waterfalls and beautiful scenery these rivers allow the fisherman to enjoy what Kenya really has to offer. Sirimon, Burguret, Kizita, Rupingazi, Naro Moru, Liki, Nanyuki and Thego. These rivers are all located on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Running through a variety of vegetation from afro-alpine moorland to dense tropical forest the scenery is beautiful. The rivers are narrow with crystal clear water making your approach of vital importance as the fish will spot you immediately and dart away. Although rarely stocked, the rivers have plenty of small fish offering the fisherman a fun day of fishing. Casting is difficult and access to the rivers in certain areas is impossible.

Day 07: Aberdare Fishing Lodge – Full Board

Day spent on fishing. Overnight at Aberdare Fishing lodge. Aberdare National Park offers some of the finest trout fishing in Kenya. Dubbed ‘Scotland with lions’ its clear tumbling streams with mossy overhangs and shady bends, run through peaks which are often shrouded in mist, moors and banks of tussock grass. The brown and rainbow trout found in these streams are not indigenous to Kenya and trace their origins back to Lock Leven in Scotland, from where they were first imported into Kenya in 1905 by Lt Colonel Ewart Grogan. Grogan arranged a consignment of Loch Leven Ova, Brown and Rainbow, to be shipped to Mombasa. The Ova were then sent by train to Nairobi where they were packed in ice and loaded onto ox wagons to make the journey to Nyeri. From there the Ova were hauled up to the heights of the mountains and introduced into the Gura River. Subsequently a number of trout hatcheries were established by the Kenya Fisheries Department and Ova were imported from countries as far a field as Australia and England. Today the waters of the Aberdares, Mt Kenya and Cherangani Hills are restocked with fingerlings. The three main rivers for fishing in the Park are the Amboni, the Chania and the Gura rivers.

Day 08: Baringo Country Club – Full Board

After breakfast, depart and drive to Nyeri where you will rejoin your safari driver. Proceed via Nyahururu to the Lake Baringo arriving for lunch. Afternoon boat trip to Ol Kokwe Island for afternoon fishing. Overnight at Lake Baringo Country Club. Ol Kokwe Island is the largest of the Lake Baringo islands, measuring about 5 kms in length and anything from 1 km to 100 metres across. Lake Baringo Country Club offers an early morning cruise as the sun comes up across to the Lake Baringo shores to see hippo wallowing in the shallows. Waterfowl mingle with the basking crocodiles amidst the ringing sound of tree frogs. The trip back includes the spectacle of fish eagles feeding. An optional extra can include ending your Lake Shore Cruise with a Champagne Breakfast, (where you will be served breakfast on a secluded Island Beach). The staff will cater to your every need while you sip your cold sparkling wine and enjoy the beauty of the early morning. Lake Baringo Club is a neat, compact hotel on the lakeshore. The architecture has a Spanish air about it and the garden and grounds are unmistakably African, but laid out with English flair.

Day 09: Baringo Country Club – Full Board

Day will be spent at the shores of Lake Baringo with fishing. Lake Baringo is a fresh water lake situated some five hours drive to the north of Naivasha. Being a freshwater lake, Lake Baringo has populations of hippopotamus and crocodiles as well as an abundant and impressive bird life. The Lake is shallow with a mean depth of about 5.6 m and with the increasing magnitude of siltation; perhaps it could be much shallower. The two main rivers that flow into the lake are EI Molo and OI Arabel. Other rivers flowing into the lake are Endao,Perkera and Makutan no river flows out of the lake but it’s thought to be losing a lot of water through seepage at the northern end and these enables it to maintain some freshness. The fishery is based on six fish species namely; Oreochromis niloticus, Barbus gregorii, Barbus lineomaculatus, Clarias mossambicus, Labeo cylindricus and the recently introduced Protopterus aethiopicus. Labeo cylindricus is the only species that is not commercially exploited. Fishing is passive mainly by gillnetting and hand line.

Day 10: Malewa River Lodge – Full Board

After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, Few words can accurately describe the awe-inspiring vision of a seemingly endless pink blanket of feathers lying at your feet. This is the astonishing beauty that greets you at Lake Nakuru National Park. Afternoon game-viewing drive is inside the park. Enjoy a game drive through the park and a visit to the Lake, set on a plateau on the Rift valley, overlooking one of the World’s greatest ornithological spectacles, Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline lake famous for the millions of flamingoes who flock here year round. Besides the rich and varied bird life this is a popular place to encounter leopard. Waterbuck are usually sighted along the lake shore, and this is the home of the Rothschild’s giraffe. Baboon, impala, buffalo, monkeys, warthog, Reedbuck and eland are also resident. However, the main attractions are the rhino. Picnic sites in the park include Makalia Falls, Enjoro River Mouth near the main gate, Baharini, Acacia, Baboon Cliff, Out of Africa, Lion Hill Summit. The park is a designated rhino sanctuary and it is one of the best places in Kenya to observe them. Afternoon drive to Naivasha. Time permitting have game drive at the Malewa conservancy or fishing at Malewa River. Overnight at Malewa River lodge.

Day 11: Malewa River Lodge – Full Board

Day spent at Malewa conservancy with rage of activities. Fishing, nature walks, biking, game drives and bush breakfast and lunch if weather permitting. You can visit the Crescent Island. Crescent Island Game Sanctuary is a peninsula or island on the eastern side of Lake Naivasha. The terrain is flat, making it easy for walkers of all abilities to enjoy themselves. There is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, waterbucks, elands, wildebeests, zebras and impalas. It is also a heaven for birds with +200 species recorded. The lake has a lot of hippos, which you can easily spot from the island. Enjoy a short boat trip from the mainland out into Lake Naivasha gives you access to the unique Crescent Island Wildlife Sanctuary. Crescent Island is one of the few places in Africa where people can wander on foot among herds of grazing mammals since there are no predators on the island

Day 12: Mara Sopa Lodge – Full Board

Morning will be fishing at Malewa River. Lunch and afternoon drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. Afternoon, enjoy a game viewing drive in this world renown reserve. Maasai Mara is a magnificent landscape of open plains bisected by the Mara River and its tributaries, and punctuated by marshes and forests. Certainly the most frequented game reserve in Kenya, this 650 sq kilometer reserve supports the highest density of game to be seen anywhere. During the seasonal migrations, Maasai Mara is home to up to a million wildebeest and an equally impressive number of zebras that move into the area from neighboring Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania. The reserve is home to all the “big five” and it is also possible to observe; baboon, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal and cheetah. The rivers abound with hippos and crocodiles. Maasai Mara topography creates a unique bio-diverse area, providing guests with the opportunity to venture into the savannah covered with hundreds or even thousands of animals of many different species.

Day 13: Mara Sopa Lodge – Full Board

Enjoy the entire day in the Maasai Mara with early morning game drive, optional balloon safari at an extra cost and an afternoon game drive. The Mara is also noted for its abundance of lions - particularly the superb black manned males. You'll see lots of elephants here often in large herds, as well as - if you're lucky - leopard, cheetah and rhino. All of the Big Five are residents. You're sure to see the African buffalo. Get the cameras ready, stock up on film and enjoy yourselves! All Meals and overnight is at Mara Sopa Lodge. The Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s most precious wildlife sanctuary. This is big game country and long famed as one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of game. Plains game is found here in staggering numbers, which in turn supports a tremendous predator population. Optional Activities: Balloon Safari, Bush Breakfast/Dinner, Visit to the Maasai Village. These vast grasslands are rich with herds of zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and topis. With huge grazing herds, voracious attendant predators, including Africa’s largest population of lions, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, rhino and bountiful birdlife, the Mara is the staging ground for the annual wildebeest great migration. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers, which traverse this reserve. The hippos keep you company and only say “Kwaheri” after you have had enough.

Day 14: Farewell Lunch & Departure

After breakfast, say 'Kwaheri' - a Swahili word for bye to Masai Mara and leisurely drive back to Nairobi arriving 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 Fishing Safari ends here.


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