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09 Days Fishing 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: Sangare Tented Camp – Full Board

After breakfast, drive north to Sangare ranch at the base of Mt Kenya. Arrive for lunch at Sangare camp. Sangare Tented Camp has spectacular views of Mount Kenya. Sangare Tented Camp is situated in the Aberdares most exquisite settings that overlook a magnificent fresh water lake against the backdrop of Sangare hill. The spectacular views across the vast savannah make Sangare one of the richest private wildlife sanctuaries. The terrain hosts elephants, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, leopards, warthogs amongst many others. Afternoon fly fishing at the river Take your gear and let’s see how good you are in catching the famous ‘Rainbow trout’. Imagine the live BBQ tantalizing feast afterwards. All Sangare Tented Camp tents have a private romantic verandah with a cozy lounge overlooking the stunning natural lake, ‘Sangare’. Every Sangare Tented Camp tent has a modern en suite bathroom with flush toilet and shower. When opened, each tent is specially designed to give you the most breathtaking view of the early morning sunrise against the lake.

Day 03: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 04: 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 05: 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 06: 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 07: 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 08: 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 09: 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

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