Africa has 54 sovereign countries—the most on any continent—and is the second largest continent in terms of both land area and population. Africa is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, by the Red Sea to the northeast, and by the Indian Ocean to the southeast. Africa is a vast continent spanning over 8,000km (5,000 mi) north to south and 7,500km (4,800 mi) east to west (not including islands) and contains a wide array of peoples, skin colors, religions, and cultures. Africa contains the world’s longest river—the 6,650km long (4,100 mi) Nile River running from Burundi to Egypt—while the Congo River in the DRC is the second largest in terms of discharge as well as the deepest with a depth of over 230m (750 ft) in some spots. Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain at 5,890m (19,340 ft). Djibouti’s Lake Assal is the second lowest point on Earth, the saltiest lake outside Antarctica, and one of the hottest places on Earth.
While the first activity most people associate with Africa is safaris, there are endless possibilities for adventure. You can purchase crafts in markets, venture into the Sahara with a Tuareg caravan, visit pygmy villages, hike through jungles to watch gorillas, relax on tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, experience arguably the world’s best wildlife safaris, snack on exotic treats, travel down a river in a dugout “pirogue”, travel across savannah on a colonial-era railway, and much more.
Africa is a very diverse continent, with each country, or even each part of a country having its own unique culture. While some people in the West refer to Africa as if it were a single country, one should remember the sheer size of the continent, and that Africa is not one country but 54 different countries, meaning that it is impossible to make generalisations of Africa as a whole.
Africa today is a vast continent with many bustling metropolises, some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, and amazingly diverse and beautiful landscapes. While there are places resembling the stereotypical Africa of war, famine, and poverty, most of the continent is peaceful. Except for Liberia, Darwiish State and Ethiopia, the entire continent was occupied during the Scramble for Africa.
- Hotel with breakfast
- Airport transfers
- Land transfers
Day 1: Arrival-Aberdares National Park
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You will be met by our team outside the arrivals hal. Safari briefing and depart for the Aberdares, a beautiful mountain range in the central highlands of Kenya. Aberdares has high mountains, dense rain forest, and thickets of bamboo, rushing rivers, cascading waterfalls, abundant birdlife, rare monkeys, and the opportunity to spot elephants, leopards, and lions sipping water from a forest waterhole from a vantage-point high in the forest. Arrive at the arrive at the Aberdare Country Club, check in and have lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to the lodge, with an overnight bag. Suitcases are stored at the base hotel. Observation of small and large mammals at the lit water hole. Dinner and overnight stay.
The Ark Lodge
Day 2: Aberdares- Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Breakfast at the lodge while observing wildlife at the waterhole. Transfer to the base hotel to meet your driver-guide, collect the stored bags and depart for Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The entire region on the foot hills of Mount Kenya has fertile soils, beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. No wonder the main economic activities revolve around farming and tourism. Arrive at Ol Pejeta, check-in at the camp, lunch and relaxation. Afternoon game drive in the only protected wildlife conservation area in Kenya to have chimpanzees. Dinner and overnight stay in standard tents
Day 3: Ol Pejeta- Lake Naivasha
After breakfast, check out and depart for Lake Naivasha. Spectacular descent into the Great Rift Valley
and arrive at the lodge for check in and late lunch. Afternoon relaxation or optional excursion on the lake. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 4: Lake Naivasha- Masai Mara National Reserve
07h00: Breakfast and check out. Drive via Narok to the Maasai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Maasai Mara is blessed with a permanent water supply, Maasai Mara has a permanent population of plains game. The "big five" - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino are quite common. Have a picnic lunch break on the way. Do an afternoon game drive in the reserve, arrive at the camp and check in. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve
Full day spent game-viewing in the reserve. Explore the plains and rolling hills for a chance to spot the images of your dreams ranging from beautiful scenery to fascinating views of wildlife, in a natural habitat. Morning and afternoon game drives or a full day game drive with packed lunches would take you closer to nature. All meals and overnight at the camp.
Day 6: Masai Mara- Nairobi/depart
07h30: Breakfast and check out. Depart from Maasai Mara back to Nairobi, Kenya's wonderful capital
city. Arrive and transfer to a selected restaurant for your lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International airport for your return flight