WELCOME for an adventure in beautiful Kenya !
First trip : from October 2nd to October 15/16th 2021
Second trip : from October 16th to October 29/30th 2021
The Pearl of Africa, land of Savanah, lakes, mountains, valleys... Kenya is an amazing place to be discovered.
This tour, led by Danilo & Barbara van Woerden, is limited to 20 participants.
Part of the group will be French speaking, the other part English speaking. This will not be a problem as we will be travelling in 4x4 Landcruisers (with open roof, each participant will have a window seat). Your chauffeur-guide will be English speaking.
Note : each vehicle is equiped for 8 passengers + driver-guide. We aim on only 4 to 5 passengers per vehicle.
Check out the itinerary below: we have set it up with excellent hotels and sufficient time to appreciate the hotels and the parks. Landscapes change as we travel, never a dull moment, only awe and enchantment!
Barbara and Danilo have been leading tours evers since 1985 all over the world and also in Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, etc.) but this time, Kenya will be an amazing new adventure for all of us, a authentic country with a most welcoming people and of course, nature at its best.
We do look forward to welcoming you "on board". We are convinced that sharing the tour with some French speaking folks (who often also speak English) will be a very enriching experience for all.
For you how will come from Canada or the US, we will let you book your own flights to Nairobi. If you wish to add a few days on the beach, book your return flight out of Mombasa and aim on a few days in one of Kenya's beautiful beach resorts.
Please dont hesitate to email us if you have any questions.
Danilo & Barbara van Woerden
Tél. +41 24 423 00 10
Saturday October 2nd /// October 16th - 2021
Arrive in NAIROBI
Participants out of Geneva: take-off with KLM flight KL1924 at 6 :20 to Amsterdam, arriving at 7 :20. Continuation KLM flight KL565 at 09 :00 to Nairobi, arriving at 22 :05.
Participants joining us from Canada : arrive in Nairobi according to your own flight schedule.
You will be met in the airport (altitude: 1’800m./5’900ft) by your driver-guide and transferred to the hotel. (no meals included today).
Night in the Sarova Panafric Hotel
Sunday October 3rd /// October 17th
NAIROBI – ABERDARE (190km)
We leave the hotel at 08 :00am. and drive to the Aberdare National Park. Lunch is taken around 1 :30pm in the Aberdare Country Club. We then drive some 20 minutes to our amazing lodge situated in the middle of the park. From the various balconies of the lodge we can view the game coming to the waterhole : rhinos, elephants, buffalos, lions, hyenas, bushbucks, waterbucks and many other species. The afternoon is free for relaxation and time to watch the wildlife.
2 nights in: The Ark Lodge (altitude : 2’286m./7500ft)
Monday octobre 4th /// October 18th
ABERDARE National Park (2 x 70km)
With a picinic-lunch, we discover this mountainous, green natural reserve, which is a natural habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, baboons, colobus monkeys, buffalos, wild hogs, warthogs, and over 250 bird species. We will also visit the biggest waterfalls of Kenya, the Karuru Falls which fall in 3 steps, a total of 273 meters, the Chania Waterfalls and the Queen’s Caves.
2nd night in The Ark Lodge.
Tuesday October 5th /// October 19th
ABERDARE – SAMBURU National Reserve (200km)
We leave the hotel and 9am going north, we will see Mount Kenya in a distance, all the way up to Samburu National Reserve. This is an arid and semi-desert area on the Ewaso Ngiro river. The park is a 165km2, the temperature is around 31°C (88°F) all year long. The main livelihood of the Samburu people are dromedaries and goats, they speak the same language as the Masai tribes. Lunch at about 1pm and time to relax. 4pm afternoon safari.
2 nights in the Samburu Sarova Shaba Game Lodge (alt. 1’230m./4035ft)
Wednesday October 6th /// October 20th
SAMBURU National Reserve
Departure at 8am for the Samburu Game Reserve, with an abundance of rare animals such as the Grevy zebra, the Somali ostrich, the reticulated giraffe, the Waller gazelle, the vulturine Guineafowl, the oryx, and the big predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs. We will also see many impalas, hippos, waterbucks, zebras, buffaloes and the cape eland. There are 365 bird species, i.e. the kingfisher, the bee-eater, the African-marabout stork, the marshal eagle, the pygmy falcon, the Egyptian geese, savannah bateleur, etc. We return to the hotel for lunch. African siesta time and additional safari at 4pm
2nd night in Samburu Sarova Shaba Game Lodge.
Thursday October 7th /// October 21st
SAMBURU – OL PEJETA SWEETWATERS (160 km)
Depart at 9am, direction the Ol Pejeta Reserve and the Serena SweetwatersTented Camp. Beautiful lodge with permanent comfortable tents (private shower & toilet) and animals that roam freely around the place. The animals come anytime of the day to drink at the waterhole. Lunch and relax. New safari in the reserve at 4pm where we may find black rhinos, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, cheetahs, lions, leopards, zebras, oryx, marabous, etc. We will also visit the Morani Center, a shelter for endangered species such as chimpanzees.
2 nights in the Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp (altitude : 1’810m./5940ft)
Small swimming pool.
Friday October 8th /// October 22nd
OL PEJETA SWEETWATERS Reserve
Depart at 7:30am to discover the natural beauty of this amazing park with it’s many wild animals… Lunch and time to relax, watch the animals come to the waterhole, etc. New safari at 4pm., new discoveries!
2nd night in Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp.
Saturday October 9th /// October 23rd
OL PEJETA SWEETWATERS – LAC NAKURU (220 km)
Departure at 7:30am for the Grand Rift Valley and the magnificent Nakuru National Park. The great ecological diversity of this area makes it the habitat of numerous bird and animal species. Lunch and siesta in our lodge. Depart again at 4pm to discover this exceptional area which holds some 450 species of flamingos and other aquatic birds, 56 species of mammals including the white rhinoceros, elands, giraffes, lions, hyenas, dik-diks (the smallest antelope), monkeys, etc.
2 nights in Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge. (altitude : 1’750m./5740ft)
Beautiful big swimming pool.
Sunday October 10th /// October 24th
LAC NAKURU – LAC BOGORIA – LAC NAKURU (2 x 100km)
First option: depart at 7:30am with picnic lunch for Lake Bogoria, a salt-lake situated in the heart of this volcanic area. It is home to one of the biggest colonies of pink flamingos in the world. If the water is not too high, we can see geysers and thousands of flamingos as well as kudus, crocodiles and hippos. This natural reserve is part of UNESCO.
Second option: enjoy the hotel, the pool, and an excursion closer to the hotel in the Lake Nakuru area.
2nd night in Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge.
Monday October 11th /// October 25th
LAC NAKURU – MASAI MARA (200 km)
Departure at 8am for the Masai Mara National Park, a wild savannah along the Tanzanian border. Lunch and siesta in the hotel. At 4pm, safari in this fascinating reserve. On the grassy plains, we hope to see lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, hippos, wildebeests, etc. Our beautiful hotel inside the park has a gorgeous swimming-pool. We will sleep in very comfortable permanent tents (with toilet & private shower).
2 nights in Sarova Mara Game Lodge. (altitude : 2’104m./7906ft)
Tuesday October 12th /// October 26th
MASAI MARA National Game Reserve
Departure at 7:30am for an entire day-safari (with picnic) in the Masai Mara all the way to the Tanzania border and the Mara river. This is the river that millions of wildebeests cross every year during their migration (considered one of the 8 natural wonders of the world). In the park we will find elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, serval cats, caracal cats, jackals, spotted hyenas, Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, impalas, waterbucks, steenboks, hartebeest, elands, zebras, wildebeests, masai giraffes, warthog, vervet monkeys and of course crocodiles, ostriches and crowned storks, serpentary birds, secretarybirds, etc.
2nd night in Sarova Mara Game Lodge
Wednesday October 13th /// October 27th
MASAI MARA – LAC NAIVASHA (230 km)
Depart at 8am to the beautiful Naivasha Lake region. This lake covers 139 km2 and is surrounded by a marsh which attracts some 400 species of birds, hippos, etc. Lunch at the hotel followed by a free afternoon to rest and enjoy this amazing place where giraffes, zebras stole past your room and the hippos come out at night to graze.
2 nights in Naivasha Sopa Lodge (altitude : 2’375m./7790ft)
Beautiful swimming pool.
Thursday October 14th /// October 28th
Departure at 8am for the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. Here we will have a short climb to the crater rim and to observe the beautiful crater lake. We keep on walking through the magnificent vegetation where we can see many birds, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes and other animals. Return to the hotel for lunch, and a free afternoon. Swim, rest and enjoy the animals and the gardens.
2nd night in Naivasha Sopa Lodge.
Friday October 15th /// October 29th
LAC NAIVASHA – NAIROBI (100 km)
Depart at 9:30 for our last day in Kenya : we begin with a walk through Crescent Island Game Sanctuary where the animals were brought in for the “Out of Africa” movie : zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, impalas, etc. Followed by a boat safari on the Naivasha Lake to see the hippos close-up and observe the abundant bird-life. Late lunch in Naivasha (Elsamere Gardens Restaurant). After which we drive to Nairobi International Airport. (no meal included tonight).
Check-in and flight back home. (or continuation according to your individual flight reservation.
Swiss folks depart KLM KL566 to Amsterdam, take-off at 23:55
Saturday October 16th /// October 30th
NAIROBI - AMSTERDAM – GENÈVE
Arrival in Amsterdam at 7:25am and continuation at 9:40 to Geneva.
Arrival in Geneva at 11:10am.