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Trekking Safari to Kenya - 10 Days

Day 01: The Boma 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 Boma Hotel. Following an evening arrival, we settle happily into the city's Boma Hotel. The Boma is designed to be a haven from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi and an ideal place for people from all over the world to come together. Not just an indulgence but a necessity in today’s world with its hustle & bustle, Zoezi Spa offers an atmosphere of releasing the pressures of life while leaving you rejuvenated & uplifted.

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: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge – Full Board

After breakfast, we leave for Lake Naivasha. The Valley floor in Kenya is studded with volcanoes and seven lakes. These lakes fluctuate greatly in size according to the quality of the rains during the monsoons each year, sometimes drying up altogether. Driving south along the Great Rift Valley we come to Lake Naivasha to check in at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Even though this lake is on the floor of the Valley, it is still situated at about 6,200 feet (1,890 metres) above sea level. Naivasha presents a mystery - even though the lake has no apparent outflows, its waters are fresh. The other lakes of the Valley also have only way of losing water, by evaporation, but they are very alkaline. Because it is one of the largest sources of fresh water in Kenya, Lake Naivasha attracts a huge variety of birds in large numbers. It is a bird-watchers' paradise.

In the afternoon you will 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. Return to Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 03: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge – Full Board

We wake up for breakfast with the sun giving a wonderful effect over the Lake. An early morning here should not be missed by anyone with an eye for birds since the lake boasts a wide variety of water birds. After breakfast we do a short transfer to the gate of the park. This is a unique park where walking is done in the middle of wildlife. Giraffes, zebras, warthogs and many types of gazelles are found here. The first part of this walk is done in typical flat African savannah in a volcanic area with huge rock boundaries.

There are acacia trees all over and this is where to look for the giraffe as they mainly feed on them. A picnic lunch provided by the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge will be at the Rangers post. The last part of the walk is done in the Hell's Gate Gorge by descending into a steep canyon with running water from geysers and wild vegetation. The climax of the day is in walking in the Side Gorge where the rocks have split to leave only a walking path. We climb back to the rangers post for transfer back to the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge through the geo-thermal plant of OlKaria.

Day 04: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge – Full Board

After breakfast Proceed down the escarpment, which is the eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley, onto the floor of this great gorge and head toward Mount Longonot, just south of Lake Naivasha? You start the hike from the main gate of the National Park, hiking vertically up the dormant volcano, rising over 630 metres to the rim of the crater at 2776 metres above sea level. The walk is very steep and craggy in parts and a trek encircling the rim and back to the gate is around nine kilometers. This day trek is a good warm up to experience the conditions of a mountain trek and test your stamina for a longer trek, like Mount Kenya or Mount Kilimanjaro. It is also a great day out for anyone who doesn't have the time for anything longer than a day trek, but would still like a challenging hike at altitude. But best of all, from the rim, there are spectacular views into the crater as well as the surrounding landscape taking in Lake Naivasha, open plains, towns and small villages.

The crater floor is carpeted by a forest of trees which is home to all sorts of wildlife including zebra, giraffe, buffalo and hartebeest. Mount Longonot is a dormant strata volcano (a tall conical volcano built up from many layers of hardened lava) which is believed to have last erupted during the 1860s. The name Mount Longonot is derived from the Maasai word 'oloongonot' which means 'a mountain of many spurs or steep ridges'. Mount Longonot National Park is only 52 square km, and most of it covered by the mountain. We then drive back to Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 05: Mara Sopa Lodge – Full Board

Breakfast at Lake Naivasha Sopa then depart through to Narok, drive past the extinct Volcano of Mt Longonot and Suswa into the homelands of the Masai Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch at Mara Sopa Lodge. Located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, Masai Mara Sopa Lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. All the buildings follow the design of traditional African round houses with conical roofs, and these stretch along the line of the hills with the impressively large public area buildings and the swimming pool at their centre. 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 06: 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 07: Mara Sopa Lodge – Full Board

We continue to explore this miraculous area on our morning and afternoon game drives. This open grassland is home to almost every species of East African wildlife including lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras. This is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. The vast, open grasslands of the Serengeti-Mara are home to over 3 million large mammals. These include over 1.4 million wildebeest, which migrate in an enormous, straggling herd each year between the southern parts of the Serengeti to the northern part and back again. With them move other herbivores such as gazelles and zebra, also looking for the best grass.

Along the way they provide food for big predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. Here we learn about and see firsthand the intricate web of dependency that binds the different species together. Each animal has adapted to its own niche and to the other animals that surround it. Here we see Nature at its most subtle and, sometimes, most cruel as each animal struggles to survive and reproduce. On our morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara we have a very good chance of seeing all the major Plains animals including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, hyena, cheetah, jackal, warthog and many species of antelope. All Meals and overnight is at Mara Sopa Lodge.

Day 08: Lake Elmentaita Lodge – Full Board

After breakfast we transfer to Lake Elementaita, which we reach by lunch time. A free afternoon is spent in Lake Elmentaita Lodge. They say nature has a way of revitalizing and bringing out the best in people. Those who have experienced the tranquility and surroundings at Lake Elementaita Lodge will undoubtedly agree. Set on 100acres, the Lake Elementaita Lodge resides among vast landscaped gardens with breathtaking views of the lake. The lodge still maintains the features and atmosphere of the early colonial home, Kekopey Ranch, originally built by an early settler, Lord Galbraith Cole, in 1916.Enjoy, a nature walk to the lake, with over 500 species of birds, within the area, it is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Horse ridding, Swimming, Balloon safaris, are also organized by the guest relations officer.

Day 09: Lake Elmentaita Lodge – Full Board

Begin a walk on the shores of Lake Elementaita exploring and filming. Lake Elementaita was discovered by Lord Burden Cole and Lord Dalamare where they found a nice place to settle and began farming. It’s famous for flamingos, pelicans, fish eagles, storks, Ibis, king fisher’s and horny bills among others. It covers an area of 52 km2 and it’s an alkaline lake with soda ash which is food to lesser and greater flamingos. Lake Elementaita has an altitude of 1,875 metres above sea level. Visit the white settlers’ farms for histories about the colonial period and proceed with the nature walk with our specialist naturalist. This lake may not have the big name of Lake Nakuru but its scenic beauty is unmatched. We walk up to the shores of the alkaline lake.

From there we proceed up to the hot springs and into the Kokopey Hills surrounding the lake. We walk mainly in open savannah land and occasionally we will stop for a chat with a Masai herdsman. The gentle sloping hills give a good panorama .The walk should be for 3 hrs after which we go back to the Lodge in time for lunch. After noon is spent in the lodge. All meals and overnight at Lake Elmentaita Lodge.

Day 10: Farewell Lunch & Departure Transfer

After breakfast, say 'Kwaheri' - a Swahili word for bye to Lake Elmentaita 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 Safari ends here.

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