Embarking on a wildlife safari in Kenya is the ultimate way to witness the beauty, grace, and ferocity of cheetahs. Unlike their feline counterparts – tigers, lions, and leopards, cheetahs pose the least danger, allowing visitors to observe them up close without risking their safety.
Known as the fastest land animal, the cheetah’s slim, elegant form is a sight to behold in the vast open grasslands of Kenya. They are the greyhounds of the wild, their long legs and deep chests enabling them to reach speeds over 100km/hr in short bursts. Their prey typically includes small to medium-sized antelopes like gazelles and impalas. Sightings of cheetahs on safari are sporadic and local, limited to regions where the habitat and predator pressures are most favorable, making each encounter a truly special experience.
Met on arrival and transfer to the Eka Hotel where refreshments will be served and a safari briefing conducted. Thereafter, drive north through the rich farming areas arriving at the Ark Lodge arriving in time for lunch (180 kms, approximately 3hrs drive). Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure enjoying excellent views of animals visiting the waterhole from the observation platforms of the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Ark Lodge or similar (Meals included: Lunch and Dinner).
Drive north across the equator to the Samburu National Reserve (190 km – approximately 4 hours). You will arrive in time for lunch at Ashnil Samburu Camp. Late afternoon game drive in the reserve. Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp or similar (Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Morning and late afternoon game drives in this open savannah which is traversed by the Ewaso Nyiro River. The river is populated by hippos and crocodiles, whilst the park is home to a host of animals including several species which are rarely seen in numbers elsewhere, including Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffes and long- necked gerenuks. Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp or similar. (Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
After breakfast, drive to Aberdare Country Club arriving in time for lunch (205 km – approximately 4 hours). Afternoon game drive in Solio Conservancy which is internationally recognized as one of the most successful rhino breeding reserves in Africa. Overnight: Aberdare Country Club (Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
After breakfast, descend into the Great Rift Valley and continue to Lake Naivasha (240 km – approximately 4 hours). You will arrive in time for lunch at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure at the hotel or proceed on any of the available optional excursions (to book and pay locally). Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar (Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Optional boat trip on Lake Naivasha (payable locally). Drive to the Maasai Mara National Reserve (320 km – approximately 6 hours). Arrive in time for lunch at Ashnil Mara followed by an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp or similar (Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Alternatively, take an early morning balloon flight over the Mara followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra, supplement cost to apply). After lunch, relax before a late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp or similar (Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
Return to Nairobi by road (325km – approximately 6 hours), or fly from the Mara to Nairobi: morning flight (prices on request). Refreshments will be served at the Eka Hotel before the final transfer to the airport for your outbound international flight or you can proceed with your own chosen extension (Meals included: Breakfast)