12 Days Kenya Wildlife Safari and Mauritius Beach
Route in Kenya: Nairobi - Aberdare - Ol Pejeta - Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara - Nakuru.
Route in Mauritius: Port Louis
Day 1: Arrival Nairobi Kenya – overnight
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International airport, you are met by Hallmark Travel Planners representative. You transfer to Nairobi Serena Hotel for overnight. Booked on Bed and breakfast mealplan.
Day 2: Drive from Nairobi to Aberdares National park
Breakfast at your hotel in Nairobi. After breakfast, depart driving to Aberdares National Park. You expect to arrive in time for lunch. After lunch, transfer to the main treehotel inside the park.
The 766 sq. km of the Aberdare area are rich in wildlife. The Salient stretching out towards the nearby town of Nyeri, was once an elephant migration route, not used any more today. These great animals remain within the park together with buffalo, a wide variety of antelope, giant forest hog, the elusive bongo, rhino, lions and hyenas. Tacazze and Malachite Sunbird, Mountain Buzzard and African Goshawk are found in this
area where the bird-life is abundant and varied. Enjoy overnight game viewing from the comfort you’re your room at The Ark.
Day 3: Drive from Aberdares to Ol Pejeta
Breakfast at the treehotel or base hotel. After breakfast, join up with your guide and drive to Ol Pejeta conservancy. You will get to the ranch in time for lunch at the Sweetwaters Tented camp.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre private wildlife conservancy. It is situated on the equator, between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya.
The conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals, including the “Big Five” (the endangered black and white rhino , leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion), Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee. The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters Tented camp or similar.
Day 4: Drive Ol Pejeta to Lake Nakuru
Early morning game drive in Ol Pejeta Ranch followed by breakfast. After breakfast, leave the camp and drive towards the rift valley to arrive in time for lunch at Lake Nakuru National park.
Lake Nakuru National park is one of the finest ornithological sights in the world, famous haunt of thousand of flamingoes which feed on the algae in the 40 cm deep lake.
Superb example of conservation at work in the wild, Lake Nakuru is now, with the assistance of the World Wildlife Foundation, providing sanctuary for Rothschild Giraffe, Black and White Rhino and Leopard who live in perfect harmony in this aquatic landscape.
After lunch relax at the lodge till 1630 hours. You then go on game drive till sunset.
Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or similar.
Day 5: Drive from Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara
Early morning game drive in Lake Nakuru National park before breakfast. After breakfast, depart for the famous Maasai Mara Game reserve. You arrive in time for lunch at the Mara. Check in at the lodge. After lunch, relax till time for the late afternoon game drive that goes until sunset.
The Maasai Mara Game reserve is Kenya’s leading game reserve. It is situated in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, with an area of 1,812 sq. km, limited to the East by the Talek river and Loita plains and lies on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. The Mara is the northern extension to the renowned Serengeti plain.
All this richness is secondary to the Mara main attraction: the annual migration, which takes place between July and September. Over a million wildebeest, more than two hundred thousand zebra with their attendant predators cross the Mara River and spread across the plains in a seemingly endless procession. Dinner and overnight at Mara Simba Lodge or similar.
Day 6: Day in Maasai Mara
0630 hours early morning game drive followed by breakfast at your lodge. Further game drive in the Mara with picnic lunch if you wish. Dinner and overnight at Mara Simba Lodge or similar.
Day 7: Drive to Nairobi- Overnight
Early morning game drive will be followed by breakfast before you depart and return back to Nairobi. You arrive in the early afternoon and drive to Carnivore Restaurant for dinner.
Day 8 : Flight from Nairobi to Mauritius
Transfer to the airport for flight to Mauritius. On arrival at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport, pick up by Hallmark Travel Planners representative and transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the dinner at your hotel. Overnight.
Day 9 : Day in Mauritius – Tour of Ile Aux Cerfs Island
After breakfast at the hotel, you leave for the East Coast of the island. A short trip by boat will bring you to Ile aux Cerfs, this is an islet situated just a few hundred meters away from the mainland. Floating in the most extraordinary emerald lagoon, île aux Cerfs awaits all sun seekers. Its golden beaches and translucent lagoons appeal to the most exacting hedonists and amateurs of water sports and will make you oblivious of tomorrow. A fully equipped boat-house and kilometers of smooth bed of golden sand will help make your journey a memorable one. Enjoy exotic cocktails and taste delicious cuisine in one of the two thatched roof restaurants. Lunch, drinks and water sports are on your own account on this excursion. Later return to the mainland and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight
Day 10: Day in Mauritius
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, depart for another exciting excursion to central and south west of Mauritius. You stop to tour the Trou Aux Cerfs at Curepipe. This is a crater of an extinct volcano. Proceed on to the Grand Basin, one of the 2 natural lakes in Mauritius. Later return to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Day in Mauritius
On your fourth day in Mauritius, you wake up to a samptous breakfast at your hotel before leaving to visit the Pamplemousses Gardens, also known as the Royal Botanical Gardens. Here you will see an exhibition of indigenous and exotic plant. Spend the afternoon relaxing over a drink or enjoy the beach and water sports at Grand Baie. Return in the evening to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Depart Mauritius
This is your last day in Mauritius. After breakfast, and depending on your out-bound flights, pack up your baggage. The day is free till departure. You will be transfer to the airport to board your flight home.
End of services
The Package of Tour Services Will Include:
- Arrival & departure transfers to and from international Airport at the destination.
- Bed & breakfast accommodation on the first day where applicable.
- Use of customized safari vehicle with Pop up roof for game viewing & photography
- All entry fees where applicable in the parks, reserves and sanctuary
- Full board meal plan while on Safari – breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Qualified local English - Speaking driver guide (French, Spanish & German on request)
- Game drives as per the program
- All government taxes applicable
- On arrival meet & assist at the Airport by Airport representative
- Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Mauritius.
- Accommodation based on half board meal plan.
- Tours in the Mauritius as per the Itinerary.
- Transfer Services between the Islands.
- Any applicable taxes
- Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara - can be booked separately
- Extras at the lodges –tips, drinks, telephone, laundry or any other personal expenses
- Flight into/out of Africa and between the countries - Check out Great Prices for Flights into Africa Here
- Entry Visas