This morning, you depart by road through the scenic Athi Plains and into the bush country of Amboseli nestled in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. You arrive in time for lunch and check – in at Ol Tukai Lodge. The lodge offers a panoramic landscape sky and wildlife with the massive majesty of snowcapped Kili in the distance. The lodge is camouflaged in a forest of fever trees and palms.
Amboseli is a big game country, elephants, antelope, zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, and giraffe. Two game drives are planned today; both will introduce you to the intense beauty and drama that fills each day. Predators stalk the herds grazing animals recreating the age-old drama of life and death under the African sun in a setting so lushly beautiful for photography.
You will depart early from Amboseli after breakfast and drive north with a brief stop for lunch at Blue post Hotel in Thika. You will then proceed north, drive through lush tea, coffee, and pineapple plantation to the Aberdare Country Club for check in and then transfer to the Ark Forest Lodge for overnight.
Situated in the foothills of the Aberdare Mountain Range, the Ark has three level balconies that overlook a salt lick and a waterhole where you will enjoy the very finest high altitude game viewing and close photo opportunities. Dinner and overnight will be at the Ark Forest Lodge.
After breakfast at the Ark, you will be transferred to the Aberdare Country Club and join your driver. You drive north through the quaint town of Isiolo. Here in Samburu / Shaba National Reserve, you will see wildlife not found in the southern hemisphere such as Somali ostrich, Grevy zebra, the reticulated giraffe, and the gerenuk.
You will check in and lunch at Sarova Shaba Lodge. An afternoon game drive has been planned. You will spend the night along the banks of the beautiful Uaso – Nyiro River at the luxurious Sarova Shaba Lodge.
Further explorations of this fascinating reserve await you, a full day game drive is planned today as you travel and take pictures of the world’s most spectacular and exciting terrain. This was also the home, for instance, of Elsa the Lioness of “Born free fame”.
Your destination today is the exotic Sweetwater’s Tented Camp in the secluded heart of Ol Pejeta. In Ranch and Rhino reserve, these magnificent beasts are given sanctuary from those who would take their lives to sell their horns.
Here too, Jane Godall Institute operates a remarkable Chimpanzee sanctuary where you meet primates face to face. Your tents at Sweetwater’s will remind you of this bygone era. The tents overlook one of the busiest waterholes, with elephants, giraffes and a plethora of plain game visiting.
Lake Nakuru is your destination today, with its jewel of a National park, well known for hundreds of thousands of flamingoes, a leopard sighting is likely here. This is a photographers’ paradise. Lake Nakuru National park is also a rhino’s sanctuary both black and white. It is also a refuge for the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Dinner and overnight will be at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge.
Your final day! After breakfast and check out of Lake Nakuru , you drive to Nairobi town. You can have a little tour of the town and shopping before transferring to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flights home. Tired but exalted on day 8 of this mighty photographic safari!