Depart USA, overnight transatlantic flight.
Arrive in Europe early in the morning. This evening, leave on your overnight flight to Nairobi.
This morning arrive in Nairobi, the capital City of Kenya, referred to as the Green City in the Sun. You are met by your Falcon Safari Representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the morning is free. Your adventure starts this afternoon with a visit to the home of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa. Then it’s on to Giraffe Manor where you will have the opportunity to feed the gentle giants.
The Stanley Hotel (Breakfast): http://www.sarovahotels.com
Nairobi – Amboseli
Morning drive to Amboseli National Park at the foot of the snow–capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Famous for its large population of elephants, the park has a wide variety of wild animals. Apart from game viewing you can visit the Masai people in their traditional homes – the Manyatta.
Amboseli Serena Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner):
Morning and evening game viewing alongside Africa’s highest mountain. Kili provides a great backdrop for herds of elephant, giraffe, gazelle and prides of marauding lions. Between game drives, park yourself at the lodge pool which overlooks a mid-day watering hole popular with elephants, storks and ibis.
Amboseli Serena Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner): http://www.serenahotels.com/serenaamboseli
Amboseli – The Ark Tree Lodge
After breakfast, journey via Nairobi to Aberdares National Park. Lunch is served at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. Try different types of game meat. You are transferred to an exciting Tree Lodge, elevated from the ground and overlooking flood-lit water holes. All night long animals trudge, dart and scamper to the life-giving water. You may sign up to be awakened for elephant, rhino, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog or the occasional sighting of the elusive bongo. Or just sleep in and hear the tales over breakfast.
The Ark Tree Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner):
The Ark Tree Lodge – Samburu
Have you ever had one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and the other in the Southern? On the way to Samburu National Reserve cross the equator, take a photo and see demonstrations. Samburu is semi-desert, bush country home to rare species, such as Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and giant pythons. You’ll also see the unusual, gangly gerenuk (swala twiga in Swahili). When you see it you’ll know why an antelope (swala) is named for a giraffe (twiga).
Samburu Serena Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner):
Samburu’s arid landscape is refreshed by the Ewaso Nyiro River. The Serena Lodge is situated on the riverbank. The lush compound was inspired by the architecture of the indigenous Samburu tribe and blends into the verdant environment by making full use of native materials. Watch the sun rise on the first of today’s two game drives. There will also be time to visit a Samburu village or join an optional nature walk.
Samburu Serena Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner): http://www.serenahotels.com/serenasamburu
Samburu – Masai Mara
Board a flight across the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Reserve is part of the northern Serengeti ecosystem. The Mara is the setting for the great migration of millions of wildebeest, accompanied by zebras, antelopes, and very interested lions and other predators. Upon landing you are met and transferred to your lodge. This afternoon, enjoy a game drive in this premier reserve.
Serena Mara Lodge http://www.serenahotels.com/serenamara
The concentration of game in Masai Mara during the migration is startling. This is one place where it is common to see the Big Five — elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo. Additionally, look for hyena, topi, eland, impala, gazelles, jackal and, perhaps, a gazing cheetah perched atop a red termite mound. Black-faced vervet monkeys are everywhere. Another integral part of the ecosystem is the Masai tribe. Masai herdsmen have occupied the area since the 17th century, living in harmony with the wildlife as pastoralists, not hunters. These proud warrior people are guardians of the park as they preserve their nomadic way of life.
Serena Mara Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) http://www.serenahotels.com/serenamara
Masai Mara — Nairobi
After breakfast, wish Masai Mara kwa heri yaku onana (“goodbye, hope to see you again” in Swahili). Drive to Nairobi where a day room at The Stanley Hotel awaits you. Relax in the hotel until your transfer this evening to the airport or visit the National Museum and Snake Park. Overnight flight to Europe.