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Jambo! Welcome to Kenya. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport and assisted with check-in at your hotel. Sleep well.
Day 2 Thu Nairobi (BD)
You can sleep a bit late this morning and have a leisurely breakfast. Shortly after lunchtime, drive out to the suburbs of Karen to visit the former home of author, Karen von Blixen. The movie, "Out of Africa" brought Blixen's most famous novel to life and this afternoon you can wander through her home and imagine what life must have been like in Kenya in the early 1900's. Then continue to the Giraffe Center for a fun and educational encounter with the exquisite Rothschild giraffes. When the center was founded in 1979, only 120 of the Rothschild giraffe remained in Kenya - and they were on the verge of losing their "home" to a subdivision of property. Through careful breeding and reintroduction to the parks, there are about 300 Rothschild giraffes in Kenya today. In fact, you might see them again when you visit Lake Nakuru, one of the four parks in Kenya chosen to have a relocated herd. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Fri Nairobi-Masai Mara (BLD)
The Masai Mara is arguably Kenya's most famous game park. As you leave the city behind and drive past the escarpment and into the Masai Mara, you will quickly see why a trip to the Masai Mara is a must on any Kenya journey. After settling into your lodge, an afternoon game drive awaits. The Masai Mara is home to the Big Five - who were so named not because of their size, but rather their value in the days of the big hunters. Lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo are all found on the plains of the Masai Mara. The keen eyes of your driver-guide will constantly scan the plains in search of these animals and much more.
Mara Sopa Lodge
Day 4 Sat Masai Mara (BLD)
Morning and afternoon game drives are on tap today. In addition to the Big Five, the plains of the Mara might reveal scores of antelopes like the Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, impalas, elands and Coke's hartebeests. Large herds of zebra and wildebeest also dot the plains. If you are a bird-watcher, the Mara offers more than 470 species of birds. Many of the birds are migrant birds and more than 60 species are raptors. Watch for vultures, marabou storks, hornbills, crowned cranes and the dainty lilac-breasted roller, the national bird of Kenya.
Mara Sopa Lodge
Day 5 Sun Masai Mara-Lake Nakuru (BLD)
Bid farewell to the Masai Mara today as your drive takes you to into the Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru is one of the soda lakes in the Rift Valley and it is probably most well known for the stunning photos of hundreds of thousands - perhaps even millions - of pink flamingoes gathered on its shores and in its waters. Lake Nakuru National Park was created around Lake Nakuru and is now one of the best places to see both black rhinos and white rhinos. And, you can also see the Rothschild giraff, if you are lucky. The lake and park attract other birdlife such as the fish eagle, goliath heron the hamerkop and the verreaux eagle. Watch for all of this and more on your afternoon game drive.
Day 6 Mon Lake Nakuru-Nairobi-Depart (BD)
Our journey comes to an end this morning as we drive back to Nairobi, arriving around midday. You can relax and catch up on the news in our partner's Club Lounge until leaving for a farewell dinner. Tonight you'll be treated to a variety of meats, all carved at your table (vegetarian choices are available as well). Then, it's off to the airport for your departure flight.
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It was fantastic! No guide book or photo could prepare us for actually being there.
H, Waterford, CT