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The term 'Big Five' refers to five of Africa's greatest wild animals: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Althought many travellers regard a visit to Kenya as incomplete without having spotted, and perhaps photographed, the Big Five, it's better to keep in mind that the whole wildlife is roaming free and there is no guarantee to see them all.

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DAY 1, NAIROBI to MAASAI MARA - Pick-up from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airport and drive towards the Maasai Mara Game Reserve (celeste route on the map). On the way to the lodge, visit a Maasai village and enjoy the jump dance. Lunch at Mara Sopa Lodge. Game-drive in the afternoon: there are chances to meet some of the big five. Dinner & Overnight Mara Sopa Lodge.

DAY 2, MAASAI MARA - Game-drives according to clients wishes and agreement with driver: the historical Keekorok Lodge, the Kenya-Tanzania border, and the Mara river where hippos and crocodiles are likely to be seen. Lunch at the lodge or picnic lunch. Dinner & Overnight Mara Sopa Lodge.

DAY 3, MAASAI MARA to LAKE NAKURU - Early moring game-drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast, drive towards Lake Nakuru (red route on the map). Lunch at Flamingo Hill tented Camp. Game-drive in the afternoon: flamingos and pelicans are likely to be seen. Dinner & Overnight Flamingo Hill tented Camp.

DAY 4, LAKE NAKURU to SAMBURU - Early moring game-drive - there are chances to meet some of the big five - followed by breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast, drive toward Samburu via Nyahuru (green route on the map), with picnic lunch. On the way, visit to Thomson Falls. In the afternoon, arrive at Samburu passing through the Archer's Gate. Dinner & Overnight Samburu Game Lodge.

DAY 5, SAMBURU - Early morning game-drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast relax at the lodge. Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon game-drive according to clients wishes and agreement with driver: you can cross the Uaso river and reach the Intake Springs. Along the way, some of the big five are likely to be seen. Dinner & Overnight Samburu Game Lodge.

DAY 6, SAMBURU to ABERDARES - Early morning game-drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast departure from Samburu and drive towards the Aberdares (yellow route on the map). Lunch at Outspan Hotel in Nyeri. After lunch transfer to Treetops (this will be done by Treetops vehicles as no other vehicles are allowed into the Salient of the Aberdares). Afternoon game-viewing from the lodge. Dinner & Overnight Treetops.

DAY 7, ABERDARES to AMBOSELI - At 7 am you will be driven from the lodge back to Outspan hotel in Nyeri where breakfast will be served. After breakfast drive towards Amboseli National Park (blue route on the map). Picnic lunch on the way. Arrive at Amboseli in the afternoon. Game-drive late afternoon: enjoy the sunset with a lot af animals roaming free. Dinner & Overnight Ol Tukai Lodge.

DAY 8 - Early morning game-drive - Amboseli is one of the best place in Kenya to watch elephants - followed by breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast relax at the pool and enjoy the view on the plains and Kilimanjaro. Lunch at the lodge. Game-drive in the afternoon, according to clients wishes and agreement with driver, you can reach the Observation Hill from where you can have a extremely wide-look to the plains and the Enkongu Narok Swamp. Elephants and buffalos are likely to be seen. Dinner & Overnight Ol Tukai Lodge.

DAY 9, AMBSOSELI to NAIROBI - Early morning game-drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Vacate the rooms after breakfast and relax at the pool. Lunch at the lodge and drive back to Nairobi. Arrive in Nairobi late afternoon and transfer to the airport.

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Masai Mara Sopa Lodge
Located on the furthermost eastern corner of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, near the Ololamutiek Gate, the Mara Sopa is set in a hillside landscape of the Oloolamuita Valley 230 km South West of Nairobi. Masai Mara Sopa Lodge totally blends in perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape; the Maasai people, a shrine of wildlife, bird life, and natural flora to be found in the fabled Masai Mara National Reserve.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Masai Mara Sopa Lodge
After dinner, tourists are used to gather by the fire. In Maasai language, sopa means welcome. It takes approx 5 hours to reach the Mara region by car from Nairobi (45 minutes by air). The lodge itself is hut-styled, having the interior design of the public areas and rooms inspired by the Maasai culture and art.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Oloolaimutia (Ololamutiek gate)
There are six gates into the Masai Mara reserve: Oloololo and Musiara in the north, Talek gate, Sekenani and Ololamutiek on the eastbound. Sand River Gate takes you into Tanzania on the western border of the Mara river. Entrance fee is US$30 per person per day. You do not have to pay for the day you are leaving, only those days which you are spending the night in the reserve.

Masai Jump Dance
Amongst the many traditions kept by Masai tribes the best known is the warrior jumping dance, where young Masai morani (morani stands for young warrior) leap into the air from a standing position, in order to demonstrate their strength and agility. Until recent times, in order to earn the right to have a wife, a Masai moran was required to have killed a lion. Officially this practice is deprecated although there are some evidences that it continues in some remote regions.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Masai Kudu Horn
The kudu horn is a means to communicate amongst the villages. The kudu itself (Koodoo) is a sort of antelope which roams from South Africa to Ethiopia. Its bull may stand over five feet high and may be colored from a reddish gray to light blue. The kudu sense of smell, hearing and its keen sight, make it a difficult animal to capture.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Sekenani primary school
Built in 1987, the Sekenani Primary School provides a free education to approximately 450 students from 5 to 14 years old. There are three terms per year, running in January to March, May to July and September to November. Some teachers are provided by the government, some others by the student's parents.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Ballooning over Masai Mara
Preparing for take-off  [photo: Neil Fancourt]

Ballooning over Masai Mara
Hot-airing the balloon  [photo: Neil Fancourt]

Ballooning over Masai Mara
Just landed  [photo: Neil Fancourt]

Keekorok Lodge
Keekorok Lodge was the first lodge built in the Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve (1962). it's in the direct path of the Mara's wildebeest migration. There is always plenty of activity around the waterhole but during the migration, the lodge is surrounded by the swarming mass of animals.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Baboon Cliff
View of Lake Nakuru from the Baboon Cliff lookout  [photo: Patty Chang]

Sunset at Lake Nakuru  [photo: Laura Weinkam]

Lake Nakuru
A lion on a tree, in Lake Nakuru National Park  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Lake Nakuru National Park Main Gate
Lake Nakuru National Park is the only park in Kenya that is completely fenced since it is located at only 4 km from Nakuru, the fourth largest town of Kenya  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Game-driving through the Lake Nakuru National Park, large sized pythons can often be seen as they're crossing the roads or dangling from trees.

Flamingo Hill tented Camp
The twenty-five tents of the camp are all furnished with the understated luxury required by the modern traveler. Decorated with natural woods, wrought iron and crisp cottons each tent has been meticulously planned to maximise comfort.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Thomson falls
Thomson's Falls originate where the Ewaso River plummets 75 metres into a boulder-strewn gorge discovered in 1880 by the explorer Joseph Thomson. [...]  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya - actually, an extint volcano - is the highest top in Kenya (5.200 meters) and the second highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro (Tanzania). Its northern flanks across the Equator. The national park was established in 1949 and was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997.

Students are going home from school at Isiolo. Isiolo is where the tarmac road turns to dirty. Heading north, you enter Kenya's north-eastern area of desert scrub and mountains; home to the Boran, Samburu, Rendille, Boran and Turkana people.

Larsens Camp Samburu [photo: Wilderness Lodges Kenya]

Samburu Game Lodge
The Samburu Game Lodge is surrounded by a pristine riverine forest on the western bank of the Uaso River. It's 857 meters above sea level. Large herds of elephants are seen along the rivers banks which are much favoured by crocodiles.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Samburu Game Lodge Cultural Village
The guests of the lodge are given the opportunity to take a tour of the Cultural Village. They are introduced to all aspects of Samburu culture. A spoken journey through Samburu traditions including dances for both women and moran, and Naapo evening meeting for men. The different costumes worn by both girls and women are also explained.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Archer's gate (east gate) at Samburu
The three game reserves of Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba all cluster in one largest area of more than 800 square kilometers. Nevertheless, most of the game viewing is concentrated in the narrow strips along the river banks in Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Elephants are refreshing at Uaso river
Uaso stands for brown water (river) in the local Samburu tribe's language. Huge herds of elephants are likely to be seen drinking and cooling off along the banks.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Uaso river
The Samburu area is very dry with a lot of scrub and some acacia trees, except along the banks of the quiet Uaso Nyiro river where there's a narrow stripe of doum palms which contain and shelter a lot of wildlife. The Uaso flows through three great northern reserves, Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Crocodile at Uaso river
Crocodiles are typical inhabitants of Uaso river. They are able to survive through dry spells by burying themselves in the mud. During the hottest hours of the day they're used to keep their mouths wide open to cool themselves down. Since their digestive system can handle rotting meat from old carcasses, they are very effective at waste disposal (unlike many other carnivores which require fresh meat).  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Outspan Treetop at Nyeri
The Outspan hotel just outside Nyeri serves as staging point for the more famous Treetops just 17 kilometers away from the town  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Treetops, Aberdares National Park
In 1928, a couple of English settlers - Mr Sherbrooke Walker and his wife Bettie - started the Treetops. They began opening a small four-bedroom hotel in Nyeri calling it Outspan and shortly afterwards they began to build the Treetops as the result of Bettie?s memories: the tree house built in the garden by her brothers. It overlooked a large waterhole where, day and night, the animals emerged from the bush to drink.

Buffalos at Treetops
Some buffalos on the way to the waterhole at the Treetops Hotel in the Aberdares National Park  [photo: Graham Dean]

A child from Namanga
Namanga is a small town located across the Tanzania and Kenya border and overlooked by the Oi-Doinyo Orok, or Black Mountain, which is sacred to the Maasai. The town is a mixture of various tribes however the outer limits of the town have a large Maasai population.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Namanga handicrafts
Namanga's economy is largely dependent on tourism since travelers visiting Amboseli National Park pass though the town on their way to and from Nairobi. The town is perfect as a rest or for restocking supplies. During their stops, tourists are often approached by Maasai women selling beaded jewelry and other Maasai handicrafts.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Chimpanzee Sanctuary
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee was originally estabilished in 1993 in order to receive and shelter a group of three orphaned chimps .In 1995, nine older chimpanzees arrived, followed - at the beginning of 1996 - by a younger cub of ten. The Sweetwaters sanctuary is holding now fourty chimps and the annual cost for taking care of each of them approximates to 6.000 dollars.  [photo: Nick Fraser]

Giraffes at Crescent Island (Lake Naivasha)  [photo: Mait]

Crescent Island (Lake Naivasha)  [photo: Laura Weinkam]

Enkongu Narok Swamp (Amboseli)
An elephant is entering the Swamp.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Enkongu Narok Swamp (Amboseli)
One of the many swamps that originates from the snowmelt and rains on Kilimanjaro.

Buffalos in Amboseli
A group of buffalos on the Amboseli wetland. African Buffalo (or Cape Buffalo) is absolutely the most dangerous of the big five. An adult male might weights 600-750 kilos. Despite this vegetarian and somewhat pastoral appearance they are fearsome animals, killing more people than lions or crocodiles ever do.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Norfolk Hotel Nairobi

One of the most amazing aspects of the Kilimanjaro (5.890 meters) is the accessibility of its peak to climbers with no mountain climbing equipment. It takes more or less five days to reach the top and return.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Kilimanjaro from above
The snow top of the Kilimanjaro (5.890 meters) as seen from the air.

With its 5.890 meters, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain that regular tourists can climb, although it remains a considerable feat of human endurance. The breathable oxygen at the top is less than half the amount than is common at sea level, and climbers cover at least eighty kilometres on nothing but their own feet.  [photo: Laura Weinkam]

Longonot crater
Longonot mountain is actually an extinct crater in the Rift Valley, it is the highest of all Rift Valley volcanoes (2772 m). Longonot National Park is a fairly new park, created in the 1983 to preserve the interesting biodiversity around the crater area and the Naivasha basin. [photo: Brian Mc Morrow]

Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Ol Tukai Lodge
At the lodge you may find 80 chalet-style rooms; some of them viewing the wetlands, others facing the Kilimanjaro. To accomodate physically challenged guests, two rooms have been specifically designed according to EU standards.  [photo: Paolo Cecchellero]

Serena Lodge (Amboseli)  [photo: Wendy Watling]

Serena Mountain Lodge
An elephant is drinking at the well near the waterhole in front of the Serena Mountain Lodge  [photo: HawBone]

Serena Mountain Lodge
The waterhole  [photo: HawBone]

Sopa Lodge Amboseli

Sweetwaters Tented Camp
The Sweetwaters Tented Camp is located within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Area. The camp is 25 kilometers west from Nanyuki, in Laikipia District. Sweetwaters is one of only four private game reserves in Kenya and features privileged seclusion and private game viewing. Thanks to its private status it also allows such unforgettable pleasures as night game drives and guided bush walks.  [photo: Sinthrex]

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ever since 1974, Morani, a tame black rhino, lives in its own sanctuary within Ol Pejeta Conservancy, located few kilometers away from the Sweetwaters Tented Camp. The young rhino was brought to the ranch after some poachers killed its mother. [...]  [photo: Patty Chang]

A giraffe at the waterhole at Sweetwaters Tented Camp  [photo: Chris D Oakley]

Finch Hattons Camp  [photo: Patty Chang]

Kilaguni Lodge
Zebras at the watering hole at Kilaguni Lodge  [photo: Graham Dean]

Lugards Falls
A crocodile is waiting for a prey to come in Lugards Falls. Despite of the name the 'falls' are in fact a series of rapids on the Galana River.  [photo: Graham Dean]

Lugards Falls
Sheldrick's causeway is the only crossing of the Galana river to the remote, northern section of Tsavo East National Park, it was built in the '50's by legendary David Sheldrick, the first warden of the reserve.  [photo: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust]

Man Eaters Camp
In the last few years of the 19th century two opportunistic male lions found the labourers working on the railway bridge over the Tsavo River, easy pickings. It is estimated that in a 10 month period over a 100 workers were snatched and devoured. The engineer in charge of the building project was Colonel Patterson and his book ?The Man Eaters of Tsavo? describes his trials and tribulations in bringing the culprits to book. He claims to have found their den, a small cave in a [...]  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Elephant at Mudanda Rock (Tsavo East)  [photo: Laura Weinkam]

Mzima Springs (Tsavo)
At Mzima Springs there are actually two large pools, connected by a stream of rapids and shaded by stands of raffia palms. The upper pool is long-shaped, favoured by the hippos, while the large-shaped one is preferred by the crocodiles.  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Ngulia mountains
View on the Ngulia mountains from the road to Ngulia Safari Camp  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Giraffes at Tsavo West  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

The omnivorous hornbill feeds on fruit and small animals. Some species are severely threatened with extinction. [...]  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Severin Safari Camp  [photo: Patty Chang]

Severin Safari Camp
The swimming pool at the Severin Safari Camp.  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Severin Safari Camp  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Tsavo West
The red elephants of Tsavo; due to the reddish terrain, everything in Tsavo turns red  [photo: Laura Weinkam]

Tsavo West
A Lilac-breasted Roller takes flight  [photo: Graham Dean]

Tsavo West
A Red-billed Hornbill  [photo: Graham Dean]

Voi Safari Lodge  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Voi Safari Lodge
Herd of elephants at the waterhole from the Voi Safari Lodge terrace.  [photo: Yvonne Matiba]

Voi Safari Lodge  [photo: Kenya Hotels Ltd]
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