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6-Day Amboseli, Lake Naivasha and Mara – Mid-Range

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A 6-day amazing safari where you see the best of Kenya. Amboseli is the best park in all of Africa with stunning views of the Kilimanjaro and Lake Naivasha. It’s a unique place where you can do a boat ride among the hippos. Mara is one of the best parks in the world where you can spit the Big 5 and witness the Great Migration between July and October.

Day 1: Nairobi/Amboseli

We’ll get an early morning start and drive to Amboseli National Park. Check-in at the accommodation and have lunch. In the afternoon we go on a game drive. Amboseli National Park is situated due south of Nairobi – most of the park consists of a dry, ancient lake bed and fragile grassland with patches of acacia woodland, while in the southern area there is a number of small, rocky, volcanic hills. Around the swamps Ol Kenya, Ol Tukai, and Enkongo Narok, the vegetation is lush with yellow-barked acacias and phoenix palms.

Location: Amboseli National Park

Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp

Mid-range: Tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drinking Water and fruits throughout

Day 2; Amboseli national park

Rising early for good views of Mount Kilimanjaro before clouds build up over the summit with packed lunch provided, an optional visit to a Masai village can be planned after breakfast. A visit reveals the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience. Despite its changing habitat, Amboseli National Park is possibly the best wildlife area in the whole of Africa to experience elephants at close range. Less harassed by poachers, elephants feeding and bathing in the swamps will form the highlights of any safari.

Location: Amboseli National Park

Accommodation:

Luxury: Kibo Safari Camp

Mid-range: Tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drinking Water and fruits throughout

Day 3: Amboseli/Lake Naivasha

An early morning drive to Lake Naivasha, it is the highest and the most beautiful of the Rif Valley lakes. At 1910m (6200f), the water is fresh and the lake is fringed with dense clumps of papyrus (ancient Egyptian once used this to make paper). Kingfishers use the papyrus as a perch, herons hide in it while searching for food.

Naivasha is yet another area popular for bird watching (over 400species have been recorded). It is also a favorite weekend retreat for Nairobi residents, who come here to sail, water ski, and fish. There are no crocodiles in the lake as the water is too cold for them, due to altitude but there are a number of hippos. Along the lakeshore, vineyards produce grapes for the country’s fledg

ling wine industry.

Location: Lake Naivasha (Lake)

Accommodation:

Luxury: Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort

Mid-range: Hotel located in or near Lake Naivasha

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drinking Water and fruits throughout

Day 4: Lake Naivasha/Mara

Depart early morning to Maasai Mara National Reserve. Arrive in time for lunch then have an afternoon game drive. Mara holds on as one of the few places left on earth where wildlife still lives comparatively undisturbed, in the numbers that once roamed the plains and forests of Africa. As the northern tip of the vast Serengeti ecosystem, the Mara hosts the spectacular seasonal migration of many thousands of Wildebeest, Zebras, and attendant predators.

Location: Masai Mara National Reserve

Accommodation:

Luxury: Ilkeliani Camp

Mid-range: Tented bush camp located just outside Masai Mara NR

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drinking Water and fruits throughout

Day 5: Maasai Mara

After breakfast, we have a full-day game drive, with packed lunch provided. The reserve is well known for its black-manned lion, as well as its abundant resident wildlife, and it’s one of the few places where it’s possible to see the Big Five during a morning’s game drive.

Many of the cheetahs are so tame they seek shelter from the hot sun under one’s vehicle and several even climb onto the roof to get a better view of prospective prey. For the bird enthusiast, almost 500 species have been recorded: among these 16 species of eagle, plus many hawks and falcons, 6 species of vultures, 8 species of storks 4 of bustard (including the Kori bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird), and 9 species of sunbirds.

Location: Masai Mara National Reserve

Accommodation:

Luxury: Ilkeliani Camp

Mid-range: Tented bush camp located just outside Masai Mara NR

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drinking Water and fruits throughout

Day 6: Mara/Nairobi

Morning game drive in Mara and afternoon transfer to Nairobi arriving at about 5 pm. Lunch en-route.

Location: Nairobi (City)

Accommodation:

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Meals & Drinks:

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drinking Water and fruits throughout

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    Departure & Return Location

    John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

    Departure Time

    3 Hours Before Flight Time

    Price Includes

    • Air fares
    • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
    • Tour Guide
    • Entrance Fees
    • All transportation in destination location

    Price Excludes

    • Guide Service Fee
    • Driver Service Fee
    • Any Private Expenses
    • Room Service Fees

    Complementaries

    • Umbrella
    • Sunscreen
    • T-Shirt
    • Entrance Fees
    What to Expect

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    Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

    We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

    Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

    Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

    Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

    Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

    Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

    An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

    Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

    It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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