4-Day Swara Safari – Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara
Day 1: Nairobi/ Lake Nakuru
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, met by a CATS Africa representative. After a short briefing on your safari depart with the professional driver/guide down the Great Rift Valley floor to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in time for lunch at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. The park houses Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary and one of the largest concentrations of black rhinoceros in the world a large population of white rhino. Also of interest is an area fenced off as a sanctuary to protect Rothschild giraffes. Among predators are lion, leopard and large pythons hiding in the dense woodlands which may occasionally be seen crossing roads or dangling from trees. Other game includes Thomson’s and Grant gazelle, the long- eared leaf-nosed bat, colobus monkey, rock hyrax, hippo, and waterbuck; Impala, striped hyena, bat-eared fox, wildcat, reedbuck and golden cat. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge (full board).
Day 2: Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara
This morning you travel to Masai Mara Game Reserve, so named to mean the “spotted plains” in the Maa language. The Mara is magnificent, home to Kenya’s richest concentration of wildlife, and regarded by many travelers as an essential stop on any tour of Africa. Golden grassland plains pocked with acacia, wildebeests, zebras, lions, and jackals bound by together by the cycle of life and death. Check-in at the lodge on arrival followed by lunch. Later depart for an evening game viewing drive to enjoy the diverse flora and fauna. Return for dinner and overnight at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge (full board).
Day 3: Masai Mara
Spend the day on morning and evening game viewing drives (or a full day game drive with picnic lunches). This is home not only to the big five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino & buffalo) but also hosts the world renowned wildebeest migration from the Serengeti plains. This happens every year beginning late June to October/early November. Among other animals to be seen include; wildebeest, zebra, impala, topi, giraffe, Thomson’s gazelle, leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetah, jackal and bat-eared foxes. Black rhino are a little shy and hard to spot but are often seen at a distance. Optional activities available at an extra cost include; hot air balloon safari, visit to local schools and villages, nature/bird walks. All meals and overnight at a Masai Mara Sopa Lodge (full board).
Day 4: Masai Mara / Nairobi / Depart
Breakfast is served at the camp and later check-out. Depart with a game viewing drive en route to Nairobi stopping at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint for an aerial view of the beautiful escarpment. Arrive in Nairobi in time for lunch (on own account) and later transferred to JKIA for your outbound flight.