Visits: Kenya, Tanzania
The most perfect wildlife safari customized to enable you to experience Kenya's natural beauty, amazing landscapes, spectacular scenery and widest variety of wildlife including all the "Big 5". And getting close to these amazing creatures in their true natural habitats is definitely a "lifetime experience." Finally few days in the "Spice Island" of Zanzibar for a much deserved beach escape to enjoy uninterrupted sunshine, indulge in barefoot luxury in the azure, crystal clear and warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Depart Nairobi in customized 4x4 safari vehicle and head to OL Pejeta Private Wildlife Conservancy arriving for lunch at Serena Sweetwater's Tented Lodge. Serena Sweetwater's is tucked inside landscaped grounds and offers a holiday experience unlike any other. The camp is a sheltered oasis clustered around a water hole where wild animals come to drink and offers a charming blend of under canvas ambiance. OL Pejeta is situated between the foothills of Mount Kenya and The Aberdares and is the only wildlife protected area that’s home to very high numbers of endangered wildlife species. Sweetwater's is located within this sprawling conservancy and framed by picturesque views of Mount Kenya. Enjoy afternoon game drive that will include a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a charming haven established by the Jane Goodall Institute to provide sanctuary to orphaned chimpanzees and the specially protected and fenced refuge of Black Rhino. Other than all the "Big 5" more than a thousand different mammals and bird species roam the wilds of OL Pejeta.
Early morning game drive in OL Pejeta Private Wildlife Conservancy to view more wildlife found in this magnificent conservancy and enjoy spectacular views of the legendary Mount Kenya. After breakfast drive to Aberdare Country Club arriving for lunch. This captivating club is set in Aberdare Highlands and tucked away on the slopes of Mweiga Hill next to Aberdare National Park. Thereafter you will be transferred to The Ark Forest Lodge for overnight game viewing. The Ark is set on an ancient elephant migratory route between The Aberdares and Mount Kenya and is strategically located right in front of a natural floodlit watering hole and salt lick which attracts a host of awesome wildlife. Resembling and named after Noah’s Ark, it comprises of three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide a superb location for wildlife to be seen. The forest provides habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs and bushbucks. Rare sightings include those of the Giant Forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, African wild cat and the blue duiker.
After breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru which is a soda lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley and encompassed by the majestic Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru is renowned for its incredibly large flocks of flamingo which literally turn the lake pink and is said to be the 'greatest bird spectacle in the world' with numbers reaching into hundreds of thousands. On the way you'll stop at the viewpoint for stunning views of the Great Rift Valley with its lakes and volcanic terrain which is a very spectacular sight. Enjoy lunch at The Cliff, a luxurious camp perched at the top of 100 metre high rock facing the Lake Nakuru. Each tent is built on solid foundations at the edge of the cliff and faces the lake allowing guests 180 degree views of this panoramic paradise and yet maintaining total privacy. Lake Nakuru has recently earned international reputation as an important haven for endangered wildlife species particularly the Rothschild giraffe and the Black and White rhino. Tree-climbing lions, zebra, gazelles, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons are all residents here.
As the sun goes down and before dinner, take time to visit the gym and enjoy a soothing massage in the spa or just relax by the infinity pool with a cold drink.
Breakfast and enjoy gorgeous views of the Great Rift Valley as you head off to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the most outstanding wildlife sanctuary in Kenya arriving for lunch at Tipilikwani Camp. Tipilikwani is uniquely situated on the banks of the Talek River one of the tributaries of Mara River overlooking the mottled plains of the Maasai Mara, where vast herds of wildlife co-exist with the colourful Maasai people. From Tipilikwani, Maasai Mara is just across the river and home to the highest density of wildlife in the world, all the "Big 5" and is home to the seventh wonder of the world, The Great Wildebeest Migration. After lunch its time for afternoon game drive in the Mara which is a magnificent landscape of open plains bisected by the Mara River and its tributaries and punctuated by marshes and forests. This world famous reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland and is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant and it's for this reason visitors here hardly misses to see all the "Big 5" (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino).
Whole day game drive in Maasai Mara with picnic lunch. Maasai Mara is the most famous safari destination in Kenya where over 450 species of animals have been recorded. Here you will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. Visit Mara River where thousands of wildebeest and zebra are attacked by crocodiles as they attempt to cross this mighty river during the annual "Great Migration" between Tanzania and Kenya. The migration is today one of the natural world’s most astonishing phenomena. Each year nearly two million wildebeest and accompanying large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant's gazelle, Thompson's gazelle, eland and impala trek from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara and back again in search of fresh grazing. Following on their heels are the predators of the savannah, lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. The migration involves over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November. Viewing these vast herds on the move is always unforgettable sight. This experience is rated as one of the most spectacular natural events.
Breakfast and enjoy whole morning game drive in Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Maasai Mara is a magnificent landscape of open plains bisected by the Mara River and its tributaries and punctuated by marshes and forests. Located in South West of Kenya, Maasai Mara is world famous for its 580 square miles of land where over 95 kinds of mammals and 570 types of bird live and renowned for its huge population of lions. The reserve is home to all the “Big 5” and supports the highest density of wildlife to be seen anywhere. Later drive back to Nairobi arriving on time to board your scheduled flight to the "Spice Island” of Zanzibar departing from Wilson Airport at 1400hrs. You will be met at Zanzibar Airport and transferred to Next Paradise Boutique Resort, North-east coast of Zanzibar Island. This small elegant hide out is beautifully set in Pwani Mchangani only 45 minutes drive from Stone Town and 30 minutes from Nungwi and Kendwa (the beaches of north).
Next Paradise Boutique Resort sits on one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches of Zanzibar facing directly the Indian Ocean and protected by the coral reef which is about one kilometre away. The constant sea breeze at Next Paradise keeps the sky clear and free from clouds and rooms here are expressly designed to guarantee maximum privacy and comfort. All the rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated with hand carved solid wood furniture and precious oriental textiles and all are equipped with air-conditioning and face either the ocean or the swimming pool. Next Paradise is perfect place to organize excursions in Zanzibar, spice tours, Prison Island and Cheetah's Rock. This charming small hotel in Zanzibar is well known for its sober elegance, excellent cuisine and especially for its intimate and quiet atmosphere.
Today, enjoy some underwater activities that include scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins. The Island of Zanzibar boasts of the best and most beautiful underwater topography. The depths of the Indian Ocean hide some of the most unique sea creatures. Here you will find incredible coral reefs and more than 450 species of fish and other marine life. Even though you are able to snorkel almost anywhere around the island, the recommended snorkeling and diving sites are around the famous Mnemba Atoll which is a marine conservation area.
Continue on with your beach escape and relaxation and enjoy spectacular views of the Indian Ocean stretching as far as your eyes can see and framed by swaying coconut palms and bougainvillea. Next Paradise is nothing but a private, intimate getaway beach retreat designed in elegant laid back beach style. Here, you can always swim in the clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean throughout the day regardless of the tides.
Continue to enjoy uninterrupted sunshine and indulge in barefoot luxury in the azure, crystal clear and warm waters of the Indian Ocean as the Chef here tries to amaze you with his Mediterranean dishes with a touch of Swahili cuisine. Fresh juices made from the local tropical fruit and top quality patisserie will make your holiday even more sweeter. This evening, take a dhow cruise to view the glorious Zanzibar sunset. On a traditional wooden dhow with the wind in your sail and a glass of wine in your hand, cruise along watching the setting sun cast gold and amber hues on the northern coast of Zanzibar. What a wonderful experience to complete your African trip in super style?
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