NAIROBI – SAMBURU G.R 320 KMS 4-5 HRS DRIVE
You begin your magical holiday as you board your flight to Kenya THE HEART OF AFRICAN SAFARI on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will clear with the customs as Heritage of African Jungles representative will be waiting to meet you after briefing, , drive further north to Samburu on the south bank of the Uaso Nyiro River, downriver from Archer’s Post. North of the Equator some of the animals and vegetation are a little different from those commonly found south. Elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and cheetah and the usual buck and antelopes are common to both north and south of the equator.
SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
Another day in this harshly beautiful terrain where wildlife abound especially near the river which is their only source of drinking water. TheUaso Nyiro River flows gently through the dry landscape sustaining life in this harsh land. Shaba National Reserve is where the famous conservationist George Adamson did his research on lions. In the Afternoon you will set out on another game drive and return to the lodge or camp for dinner.
SAMBURU – LAKE NAKURU 350KMS 4-5 HRS DRIVE
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru national park, this park was famous only as a bird sanctuary especially the lesser and greater flamingos. However, now it is home to the white rhino and Rothschild giraffe, besides the herbivores like buck and antelope. Leopard can also be seen in this park. The vegetation is of the drier type. The flat-topped acacia and the candelabra cactus are a feature of the landscape. Lake Nakuru is reached in time for lunch at the hotel.
LAKE NAKURU –MAASAI MARA 250KMS 3-4 HRS DRIVE
After breakfast, drive south- west to Maasai mara game reserve, however after about 60kms the tour arrives at the Mau escarpment, There is a ‘look out’ from where one can view this natural wonder of the Great Rift Valley, then climbing the western wall entering Hemmingway’s country “Serengeti plains, arriving in time for lunch at the lodge or camp. The meals are buffet, enjoyed either in the dining or under the shade of indigenous trees. The culinary affair is indeed one to delight the senses.
FULL DAY MAASAI MARA
Optional activity: Rise early with tea or coffee brought to your tent. A hot air balloon taking off in the beautiful early morning, you drift above the browsing game and have tremendous opportunities for unusual photographs. What could be more uplifting than an early morning safari in a hot air balloon flying over vast plains of Africa? Witness an African Sunrise s a plethora of wildlife roams the land beneath you. At the end of the flight you land on the plains in the midst of this enchanting Savanah champagne, breakfast is laid out with the aroma of sausages, eggs and bacon sizzling over charcoal fire. Drive leisurely fashion with game viewing on your way back to your camp or lodge.
FULL DAY MAASAI MARA
After breakfast, yet another full day game viewing inMaasai mara in search of the ‘big five’ which are positively represented here.The large predators are the lion, leopard and cheetah. The smaller predators are the hyena and jackal. The large herbivores are the elephant, rhino,Burchell’s zebra, hippo, buffalo and giraffe.
The smaller herbivores are the antelope and bucks. The Maasai ostrich, the world’s largest bird is found in the park. Soak in the abundance of untamed wilderness, fresh and natural scenery, filled with exotic wildlife during our expertly guided game drives enjoyed in open vehicles. For those interested in a more intimate encounter, we contact a safe and exciting walking safari where you will have a chance to come face to face with nature’s beauty both in Flaura and Fauna.
Hot air balloon safari
Maasai village visit
MAASAI MARA – LAKE NAIVASHA 185KMS 2-3HRS DRIVE
After breakfast, drive south to Lake Naivasha to arrive in for lunch, Afternoon proceeds on your adventure to various attractive features and places in Lake Naivasha. Covered by ashes from the Longonot eruption which occurred 100 years ago, the Park is famous for its geothermal station, Lower Gorge and spectacular sceneries (cliffs, volcanoes, gorges, geothermal steam). Hell’s Gate National Park is characterized by diverse topography and geological scenery. Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. The lake is almost 13kms across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five meters.
LAKE NAIVASHA – AMBOSELI 330KMS 4-5 HRS DRIVE
After breakfast, drive south past Nairobi, passing through the Athi Plains where formerly the Burchells zebra, the Masai giraffe and smaller herbivores roamed about freely. With human encroachment the wildlife is confined to game parks. There is an advantage to this because one has to drive inside a park to be rewarded with the sight of many different species of animals.
AMBOSELI – NAIROBI
Early morning pre breakfast game drive in Amboseli when Mt. Kilimanjaro usually appears from its mantle of clouds, return to the lodge for breakfast, and proceed to the area of Lake Amboseli, which is a wide salt pan, consisting of permanent swamps. Return to the camp or lodge for full breakfast , check out and drive back to Nairobi arriving late in the afternoon.
Nairobi – Kigali – Ruhengeri
Transfer to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airport , board flight to Kigali .international airport . Your private driver-guide and 4×4 vehicle will meet you at the airport and drive you to Musanze at the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes, a journey of around 2 1/2 hours. Here you can relax for the rest of the day or explore the surrounding area with your guide.
Volcanoes National Park – Ruhengeri
Gorilla tracking day! Set off early this morning for a briefing at the park HQ before you start the trek through the bamboo zone and into the forest. The trek will take anything between 2 and 5 hours to reach the gorillas and you then have one precious hour to spend watching these fascinating primates before trekking back to the trailhead. Spend the time taking photos, learning about the gorillas` behaviour from the guide and watching them interact.
Volcanoes National Park – Ruhengeri
A different day in the forest – set off this morning to track one of the troops of golden monkeys. They live in troops of approximately 80 members on the lower slopes of the forest, making it an easier trek. They are wonderfully lively and entertaining to watch, leaping through the bamboo above your head! There will be time this afternoon to either relax or explore the area with your guide.
Ruhengeri – Kigali – Airport
Return to Kigali and do a city tour, including the Gisozi genocide memorial museum. You will fly back home this afternoon.