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Kisumu & Kakamega Eco tour

Day 01, Fairview Hotel – Bed and Breakfast

Upon arrival in Nairobi, proceed through Immigration and Customs. After exiting the Customs & immigrations Hall, Please look out for a Zoar Tours & Safari’s driver/guide holding a Zoar Tours Banner with your name on it. Our Guide will assist you with your luggage and you’ll be transferred to Fairview Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 02, Flamingo Hill Camp - Full Board

After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park to arrive in time for Lunch at Flamingo Hill Camp. Afternoon game-viewing drive is inside the park. Lake Nakuru National Park surrounds 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. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 03, Kakamega Camp Site - Full Board

After an early breakfast at 6.30am, we board the vehicle and drive towards the western part of the country through the town of Kitale, enjoying a picnic lunch en-route. We will arrive at Kakamega forest at 2.00 pm - 3.00pm. Kakamega is a virgin tropical rainforest. It is home to a huge variety of birds (more than 300 species recorded). Casqued hornbills and Ross’s touracos and Great Blue touracos are all found here. It is the only place apart from Mt Elgon where the rare De Brazza’s monkey can be observed. Other monkey species found here are the Blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, the black and white Colobus, butterfly monkey and the blue monkey. At 4.00pm we will go for a guided evening walk. At 6.00pm you will have returned to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 04, Kakamega Camp Site - Full Board

Breakfast will be at 6.30am. You will then enjoy a morning walk in the rainforest accompanied by the ranger/guide, returning to camp at 10.00am. After lunch you have the opportunity to relax or check out the many other walks in the rainforest. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight the campsite.

Day 05, Kisumu Hotel - Full Board

Breakfast will be at 7.00am. You still have time for another morning walk in the forest with the ranger/guide until 10.00am, or just relax at the campsite. We will then depart for Kisumu Arriving at noon, we start exploring the city. Kisumu is an important port on the shore of Lake Victoria, the third biggest freshwater lake in the world. The group will have time to walk along the shore and sample local food, such as Nyama Choma (roasted meat), Kuku Choma (roasted chicken), and Fish Choma (roasted fish). This area is home to the second largest tribe in the country, the Luo. Overnight at Kisumu Hotel.

Day 06, Kendu Bay Home Stay – Full Board

Breakfast will be at 7.30 am. Depart the hotel at 9.00am and head deep into the more traditional side of Kenya. You will visit the legendary Stone (“kit mikaye”). This big rock, sacred to the locals has a unique shape. The locals believe the stone to be a blessing to them, as it is said to be able to cure many diseases. Mothers who have problems breastfeeding are regular worshippers. After about 2 hours at this landmark, we return to Kisumu for lunch. In the afternoon, we drive to the southern part of Lake Victoria and visit the picturesque village of Kendu bay. Overnight at Kendu bay Home stay.

Day 07, Kendu Bay Home Stay – Full Board

Breakfast will be at 8.00am, followed by a 9.00am departure to Pala village. Here you will visit the local school and homestead. This is your chance to experience the ‘real life’ side of Africa. Feel free to wander amongst the villagers and take in the surrounding rural scenes. Try and strike up a conversation with the locals and enjoy their hospitality. Overnight and dinner at a genuine African homestead. Enjoy a home-made meal and see first hand how the Luo tribesmen live.

Day 07, Kericho Tea Hotel – Full Board

Breakfast at 8.00am. We then pack our bags and will be driven to Kisii, the land of great coffee and tea farming. Kisii is the center of the region known as the Gusii Highlands, home of the Gusii people. The Gusii people number approx. 1.2 million and are a Bantu-speaking people. Lunch will be at Kisii Hotel. You will arrive in Kisii early afternoon, and then Visit the Tabaka Soap stone Industry then continue to Kericho. This town takes its name from the Maasai chief Ole Kericho, who was killed by the Gusii people in the 18th century. Kericho is the tea capital of western Kenya.

Kenya is the world's 3rd largest tea exporter (after India and Sri lanka), while tea accounts for 20- 30% of the country’s export income. The town is surrounded by acres of rolling green tea plantations. The bushes are picked on a rotational basis and each bush is picked every 14 days, usually by the same workers and recently the use of tea picking machines was introduced. Good hand tea pickers can collect up to 80kg of leaves a day. A great optional activity here is the tea plantation walk where you are guided around a plantation and given information on all facets of tea growing and picking. The people in this area are predominantly of the Kalenjin tribe. Overnight at the Kericho Tea Hotel.

Day 08, Mara Sopa Lodge – Full Board

Breakfast then drive into the homelands of the Masai Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch at Mara Sopa lodge. 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 09, 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. Endless procession and awesome river crossing of animals on the move - making the event truly one of the natural wonders of the world.

Day 10, Farewell Lunch

Breakfast and then depart for Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at the famous 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.

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