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Ol Pejeta Wildlife Sanctuary is special. Nowhere else in Kenya can you see chimpanzees in their native habitat. This reserve also harbors the largest number of black rhinos in East Africa in specially protected game corridors. But you’ll also find all the Big Five here – at least six prides of lions populate the sanctuary, with healthy numbers of leopards and cheetahs as well.
From the central highlands of Kenya, we’ll journey through the Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha for several unusual safaris. We’ll sail across the lake looking for hippos, pelicans, kingfishers and more. Nearby Crescent Island Game Sanctuary gives us an opportunity to stretch our legs on a guided walking safari viewing small game
Your driver/guide will pick you up from your Nairobi area hotel, Nairobi airport or Nairobi area residence and we’ll head out in our private 4 x 4 Jeep for Ol Pejeta Sanctuary.
We’ll be traveling north through the highlands of central Kenya, passing farmland and plantations.
n route, we’ll take a break, stopping at Katarina, the largest open-air market in East Africa.
We should arrive at Ol Pejeta Sanctuary in the afternoon with time for game drives and exploration. We’ll visit the unique Sweetwater’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary where rescued and orphaned chimps are nursed back to health.
Ol Pejeta also features a protected zone for over 100 black rhinos and there’s also plenty of big cats in this sanctuary. We will use our time well in this special reserve.
We’ll spend the evening at your choice of Ol Pejeta/Mt. Kenya safari lodge or tented camp.
There’s so much wildlife in Ol Pejeta – we’ll take an early morning game drive to see who we can spot before departing this lovely preserve.
We’re now headed through the Rift Valley on a scenic drive to Lake Naivasha. Along the way, we’ll stop at 74 m (243 ft) Thompson’s Falls to admire its dramatic cascades.
Continuing, we’ll arrive at Lake Naivasha in time for an afternoon boat safari across the lake. This is an easy, relaxing ride, sailing past hippos and exotic birdlife dotting the lake and its shores.
Nearby, we may spot antelope, zebra, buffalo, eland, and impala perhaps grazing on the shore.
We should also have time for a guided walking safari to nearby Crescent Island Game Sanctuary. It’s a quick walk to this small park where we’ll spot impala, gazelle, and other grazers close-by.
We’ll spend the night at the Lake Naivasha safari lodge or tented camp of your choice.
After breakfast depart for world-famous Masai Mara Reserve.
(Optional activity in Naivasha: visit to Hell’s Gate National Park at an extra cost).
Our drive will take us past the dramatic rises and gorges of the Great Rift Valley, passing through Masai country.
The Masai Mara impresses visitors with its vast spaces but also with its amazing displays of wildlife, said to contain the greatest density of lions in the world.
We’ll arrive at the great park with plenty of time for an afternoon game drive. Over its rolling green hills and golden savannahs, we’ll be looking for the big cats, elephant, giraffe, ostrich, warthog, plus buffalo and more.
We’ll spend the next two nights at the Masai Mara at your safari lodge or tented camp.
We’re at the greatest wildlife park in the world so let’s get up early to enjoy it! We’ll see the light breaking over the reserve, with fresh tracks of wildlife impressed on the morning dew.
The sun’s rays breaking through the park’s many iconic acacia trees signal new beginnings and great possibilities.
This is a day of unlimited game drives and fulfilling exploration. Sightings of lion are common on these plains, and we will track the mighty creatures.
The park is also known as the place where the greatest movement of animals on the planet occurs – the Great Migration. If you are here during the migrating season (July – October) you’ll be witness to thousands and perhaps tens of thousands of gazelles, wildebeest, and zebra pouring into the park over the Mara River.
We’ll enjoy lunch by the river and if in season, watch the torrent of wildlife flood into the park. Also, nearby, we’ll look for hippos and crocodiles in their river habitat.
Rounding out your first-hand experience here, we offer several optional activities: Visit the local Maasai tribe at their village. See their lifestyle and culture up close and take in their colorful ceremonies.
For the ultimate safari, hop aboard a hot air balloon for a pre-dawn ride over the park. You’ll see the sun light up the savannah while the park comes alive below. This is an inspiring and unforgettable moment you’ll be talking about for years. Just ask your driver/guide to make the arrangements.
Our final night at the Masai Mara will be at the safari lodge or tented camp of your choice.
Let’s make our final safari morning special with an early game drive to see who we can add to our list.
We’ll breakfast at our accommodation and then enjoy another game drive as we exit the park.
We’re on our way back to Nairobi and should arrive afternoon.
We will bring you to your Nairobi hotel, residence, or the airport.