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15- days Kenya & Madagascar

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This 15-day combination trip of Kenya & Madagascar combines some of the most epic landscapes of Eastern Africa with incredible wildlife spotting; from majestic lions that roam the plains of the famous Masai Mara, to the playful endemic lemurs that inhabit the forth largest island in the world 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru
  • Ranomafana & Isalo NP
  • Big 5 & lemurs!
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Day 1: Welcome to Kenya!

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta international airport you will be met by a representative from Matoke Tours who will pick you up and drive you to your accommodation in Karen, a peaceful suburb to Nairobi, named after one of its former residents, the author Karen Blixen. 

Hotel Rudi is close to several tourist attractions like Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Centre, the Elephant Orphanage at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Karen Blixen Museum and the Bomas of Kenya. Depending on your time of arrival you can visit these sites today. All activities today are at your own expense. 

Journey Time             30 minutes
Accommodation Hotel Rudi    
Meal Plan No meals included today
 
 

Day 2: Game Drive in Lake Nakuru National Park

Your Matoke Tours guide will pick you up at the hotel today at 8 am. That's the safari cycle, early to bed and early to rise, to make the most out of your day!

Today's destination is Lake Nakuru National Park. The drive is spectacular with scenic stops along the way at Thomson Falls and the Rift Valley view point.

On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. You will enjoy the ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for game drives, bird watching and hiking. 

 

At the lodge you can enjoy lunch and some relaxation before you head out on an afternoon safari when the temperatures are slightly cooler and the light at its most beautiful. Be on the lookout for lions, buffalos, antelopes, warthogs and other wildlife. 

Journey Time             4-5 hours
Accommodation Flamingo Hills Tented Camp
Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Note
: Lake Nakuru is well-known for the abundance of flamingos who come to the lake to mate and feed. In later years however, the number of lesser flamingos around the lake have decreased. This is due to water levels rising and the increase of fresh water in the lake. With the lake being less alkaline, the main food group of the flamingo, the spirulina algea, cannot survive which has led to the flamingos moving on to other lakes like Lake Magadi or Lake Natron and Lake Manyara in Tanzania in search of food. There is still plenty of other wildlife that you are sure to enjoy in this national park. 

Day 3: To the Masai Mara

After an early breakfast you will head to the world-renowned Masai Mara Game ReserveLocated in southwestern Kenya, on the border with Tanzania, the Masai Mara is a land of breathtaking views, endless plains and an excellent year-round concentration of wildlife. In the months of July-October it is also home to over two million Wildebeest making their yearly trek north from the Serengeti in Tanzania.

 

 

 

The next three nights you will spend at the sublime Amani Mara Camp. Strategically located in a remote area of the Masai Mara, this beautiful lodge promises spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes and possibilities of spotting diverse wildlife, from herds of wildebeest and zebra to majestic lions and elegant cheetahs. 

After lunch you will have the opportunity to explore your new surroundings on foot. Led by a professional and highly knowledgeable guide, your nature walk will teach you the intricate workings of the micro ecosystems of the bush, from exotic flora to the region's plentiful birdlife.  

Journey Time 6 hours
Accommodation       Amani Mara Camp
Meal Plan              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
 

Day 4 & 5: Full Day Game Drives in Masai Mara

Sunrise is a great time for wildlife spotting as animals tend to be the most active during the “golden hours”, when the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the savannah. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day, so the early morning is the best time to observe the thrill of the chase, or at least the aftermath of a hunt.

For your safari adventure over the next two days you can decide if you want to take a packed lunch for a full day game drive or come back to the camp for a hot lunch before returning to the bush in the afternoon. 

Journey Time depending on game drive
Accommodation Amani Mara Camp
Meal Plan              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Want to go on a Hot Air Balloon Safari? 

A hot air balloon safari launches in the early morning, just in time for sunrise. For about one hour you will be floating peacefully above the ground, with a bird’s eye view of the African bush below. The capacity for this activity is limited making this a very special and exclusive experience. Please note that this activity is weather dependent and may need to be rescheduled due to poor weather.

The additional cost for this optional activity is USD 490 per person.

Day 6: Boat Safari on Lake Naivasha

Before departing the Masai Mara today you will be invited by the lodge to plant a tree. The nature around the lodge used to be dry and desert like. With sustainable practices and dedication to nature this family-owned lodge has managed to grow a whole forest, eventually bringing water and wildlife back to the area. Planting your own tree is a nice way to give back to the land that has given you a piece of itself over the past couple of days. 

 

After breakfast your journey continues east toward Lake Naivasha. The lake is home to a wide variety of wildlife including a sizeable population of hippos and being a freshwater lake, it also has a healthy fish population including Black bass, Tilapia and Crayfish which attract a variety of fish-eating birds such as Long-tailed and Great Cormorants, Fish Eagles, Pelicans, and various types of Kingfishers. You will get the chance to explore the lake and its inhabitants today on a boat safari.

 

 

 

 

Tonight you will spend the night in the beautiful Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to the resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a nightly stop for hippos who come up to graze on the nice property lawns. 

Journey Time 5 hours
Accommodation             Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Optional accommodation for the history buffs! 

Elsamere Lodge is located on the shores of Lake Naivasha and is the former home of Joy and George Adamson, who settled in Kenya in the late 1930's. Joy later founded the Elsa Conservation Trust, whose work in wildlife education and conservation projects has had a significant impact in the region. The lodge contains a museum housing the Adamson's collection of books, paintings, and memorabilia from the movie "Born Free" based on Joy's international bestselling book about Elsa the Lioness. The museum gives a fascinating insight to the lives of the pioneering couple who brought wildlife in Africa to a worldwide audience.

This lodge is a bit off the beaten track and quite unique. Should you want to stay here during your visit to Lake Naivasha, instead of Naivasha Sopa Lodge, please let your Travel Consultant know at the time of booking.

 
 

Day 7: Return to Nairobi & Flight to Madagascar

Enjoy your last African sunrise today and the tranquillity of nature all around you. After breakfast your guide will take you to Nairobi and drop you off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in good time for your flight to Madagascar. 

On arrival at the airport in the capital, Antananarivo, a representative from Susie’s Place will pick you up and take you to this cosy family-run Bed & Breakfast in a quiet suburb of the city. You will have the time to relax for the rest of the day and take in your new surroundings. 

Journey time:  3 hours 
Accommodation: Susie's Place
Meal Plan:  Breakfast

Day 8: Travel to Antsirabe

In the morning you will meet your guide for the journey and set off south to the colorful town of Antsirabe. On the way you will see the scenery changing to farm lands where primarily rice is grown by the local people.

In Antsirabe you will see more of the Malagasy way of life. You can enjoy a ride through the town on a pousse-pousse. The pousse-pousse (meaning “push push”) are the local bikes in Antsirabe. You can also enjoy a drink on one of the local terraces. You will spend the night in Antsirabe town where there are plenty of good restaurants in town where you can sample the local cuisine.
 

Journey time:  4 hours 
Accommodation: Couleur Cafe
Meal Plan:  Breakfast
 
 

Day 9: Ranomafana National Park

After breakfast you will travel to Ranomafana National Park. This park is without a doubt the most popular national park in Madagascar.

In the afternoon you can enjoy the nearby hot springs or go to the spa to recover after a long drive. In the evening you can stretch your legs a bit on a night walk along the park to spot some nocturnal animals like the mouse lemur, several different chameleons, geckos and the treefrog. 
 

Journey time:  6 hours 
Accommodation: Centrest Hotel
Meal Plan:  Breakfast

Day 10: Explore Ranomafana National Park

Ranomafana National Park became a national park after the discovery of a new lemur species called the Golden Bamboo Lemur, which is critically endangered today. The rainforest is home to some very unique flora and fauna; including 12 different species of lemurs and 118 bird species, of which 30 are endemic to Ranomafana National Park. 

The name Ranomafana, means “warm water” in the local Malagasy language. It has been thus named due to several hot springs located in the park. 

There are 5 different tracks in the national park that you can explore with a professional guide. The walks start early morning and the length and difficulty of the trail can be adjusted to your fitness level. 

Look out for the Milne Edward Sifaka today, a lemur species characterized by a black body with a light-colored “saddle” on the lower parts of its back. Besides seeing lemurs you may also spot several different chameleons and geckos.  

Journey time:  6 hours 
Accommodation: Centrest Hotel
Meal Plan:  Breakfast
 
 

Day 11: Visit Anja Community Reserve & Travel to Isalo National Park

Today you will continue your journey southwest along the famous RN7 to a little gem of a park called, Anja Community Reserve. The Reserve has stunning scenery, loads of lemurs and has been run by the local community since 1992. 

At 74 acres, the reserve is small compared to other parks in Madagascar. However, it is a very important space in terms of conservation and education and the most visited community-managed forest and ecotourist site in Madagascar. The focus of your visit will be on the many active ring-tailed lemurs jumping around. There are about 300 of them living in the reserve and watching them play and jump between trees is an enjoyable experience. 

After your walk you will carry on to Isalo National Park. 

Journey time:  6 hours 
Accommodation: Isalo Ranch
Meal Plan:  Breakfast

Day 12: Explore Isalo National Park

Today you will explore the Grand Canyon of Madagascar, Isalo National Park. The landscapes of this park are a glorious blend of deep canyons, green oases, sandstone formations and plains. Here the history of earth is close to you and you will get a chance to explore this beautiful area on foot today. Don’t forget to bring your swimming costume so that you can take a cooling dip into one of the natural pools. Lunch is included in the program today. 

Journey time:  -
Accommodation: Isalo Ranch
Meal Plan:  Breakfast & Lunch
 
 

Day 13: Zombitse National Park & Travel to Tulear

Today you will continue on the RN7 to the west coast. You will stop about halfway between Isalo National Park and Tulear at Zombitse National Park. This park is unique in that it is the transition zone between the dry forest of the south and west and the humid forest of eastern Madagascar. The flora is especially rich within this protected area with Baobabs and several orchids common in this area. 

On a walk in this park you will have a chance to see different lemur species like the dancing Verraux Sifaka, brown lemurs and the ring-tailed lemurs, as well as several different bird species. You also have high chances to see chameleons, snakes and the beautiful Coquerel's Coua bird. The surface is flat and dry, so heavy walking shoes are not needed here.

After your walk you will continue on to Tulear, a coastal town overlooking the Canal de Mozambique. Your beach hotel is located about 30 minutes south of Tulear. This Malagasy-Swiss eco lodge is situated directly on the beach, in the midst of diverse vegetation. Here you can relax in the afternoon with your feet in the sand. 

Journey time:  4 hrs
Accommodation: Famata Lodge
Meal Plan:  Breakfast 

Day 14: Domestic flight to Antananarivo

Your accommodation will provide transportation to the airport today for your domestic flight back to Antananarivo. You will stay at the same cozy guesthouse as at the beginning of the trip. In the evening you will have the possibility to try one of the good restaurants in the neighbourhood. 
 

Journey time:  3 hours 
Accommodation: Susie's Place
Meal Plan:  Breakfast
 
 

Day 15: Departure

Today is your last morning in Madagascar. A day room at Susie’s Place is included in the package so that you can have a relaxing morning, explore the city if you wish and then freshen up before heading to the airport for your international flight. The hotel will arrange for your airport transfer. Any activities in the capital today are at your own expense. 
 

Journey time:  15 minutes
Accommodation: No accommodation
Meal Plan:  Breakfast

This is the end of your trip to Kenya with Matoke Tours!

Did we hit all the items on your travel bucket list? 

If not, don’t worry. We specialize in tailor-made tours and can customize this program to create your dream trip. Get in touch with your personal Travel Consultant to create your personalized program.

Don't want the fun to end?

Why not combine this tour with a beach holiday in Madagascar? We take care of everything from flights to transfers and accommodation so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday. Explore our other destinations or speak with your personal Travel Consultant for some expert advice on suitable combinations.

 

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