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Thorn Tree Safari

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This popular safari offers a wonderful combination of mountains, lakes and plains. The safari is named after the flat-topped thorn trees where, traditionally, travellers would post messages for each other. The safari starts in Aberdare National Park where spot the wildlife at one of Kenya’s most famous game viewing lodges, Treetops. Travel on to Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley which is home to hundreds of bird species. Finally the safari travels to the plains of the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve where you stay at the Mara Simba Lodge. This lodge overlooks the Talek River and is well located for seeing the incredible wildlife of the Masai Mara. The Thorn Tree Safari reveals Kenya's contrasting landscapes and amazing wildlife, all in one holiday.

Thorn Tree Safari Highlights

  • Aberdare National Park
  • Treetops Mountain Lodge
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Masai Mara Game Reserve

Day 1 Monday or Friday - Fly to Nairobi

Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.

Day 2 Tuesday or Saturday - Aberdare National Park

On arrival transfer to the Somak Safari Lounge, where you can freshen up before departing for lunch at the Outspan Hotel (180 km). Transfer to Treetops, where game can be viewed from the many balconies overlooking the waterhole. (Please limit your luggage to an overnight bag, the remainder can be stored at the Outspan Hotel. Bathroom facilities are shared). (l,d)

  • Overnight Treetops Lodge

Day 3 Wednesday or Sunday - Lake Nakuru-Lake Naivasha

Drive 180 km to Lake Nakuru collecting luggage en route and enjoy a game drive in the nationa park. In the afternoon continue 80km to Lake Naivasha. (b,l,d)

  • Overnight Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge

Day 4 Thursday or Monday - Masai Mara

Drive 250 km through the Great Rift Valley to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in this stunning wilderness area. (b,l,d)

  • Overnight Mara Simba Lodge

Day 5 Friday or Tuesday - Masai Mara

Take an early morning balloon flight* over the Mara followed by a 'bubbly' bush breakfast (optional extra), or an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. A second game drive will take place in the late afternoon. (b,l,d)

  • Overnight Mara Simba Lodge

Day 6 Saturday or Wednesday - Kenya Holiday Extension or Fly Home

Return to Nairobi (300 km), then proceed with your chosen beach holiday extension or return to Heathrow. (b)

Please Note: Children aged 7 and below are not permitted on this safari.
*The Masai Mara balloon flight is an additional optional excursion.

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