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Aberdare Safari: Mount Kenya & Central Highlands: game viewing away from the crowds

<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1731" src="https://www.teipetalsafaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Aberdare-National-Park-1.jpg" alt="" width="1200" height="609" /> It might be small in size but Kenya's Aberdare National Park provides a vastly different experience to the country's more famous savannah reserves. Created to protect the Aberdare Mountains of the Central Highlands, it comprises two ecosystems unusual to Kenya: a moorland plateau and a swathe of dense rainforest. The result is that visitors on an Aberdare safari can expect not only unique and spectacular landscapes but will also enjoy good game viewing particularly in the Salient, the eastern forested section. <img class="alignnone wp-image-1732" src="https://www.teipetalsafaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Aberdare-National-Park-2.jpg" alt="" width="388" height="242" /> Although harder to find than on the open plains of the Masai Mara, lion elephant, rhino and buffalo are present in the park as are rare antelope species including the much sought-after bongo - an elusive antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Other forest species such as black and white colobus monkey, giant forest hog, golden cat and leopard are seen regularly along with around 250 bird species. The park's top accommodation is set in the game-rich Salient - where the mountain range slopes off to the east. We'd recommend staying at either the well-known Tree-Tops Lodge or Solio Lodge - both overlook a salt lick and floodlit waterhole to deliver the park's best from-your-chair game viewing. If you want, you can even be alerted at night in the event of a special sighting. <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1734" src="https://www.teipetalsafaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Aberdare-National-Park-3-1.jpg" alt="" width="1600" height="800" /> Generally viewed as a year-round destination, Aberdare's mountainous setting means that mist and rain may occur at any time. The best time to visit Aberdare for a safari is during the drier months of January and February and between June and September; heavy rain can be expected between March and May.

Where to see some of the world’s great animal migrations

<p><!-- wp:paragraph --></p> <article id="post-1314"> <strong>If you want to see:</strong> Wildebeest <img src="https://www.teipetalsafaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Migration.jpg" alt="" width="512" height="321" />   <strong>Go to:</strong> <p>We make sure you have your safari booked and planned out very well in and around Maasai Mara national reserve and the best time to be in Kenya for a remarkable experience; it is the month of JULY – OCTOBER. This is the best time to see this incredible movement of animals. Although it is not guaranteed that the wildebeest get to Maasai Mara, it has yet to let us down. Also, December to February are great times as it is dryer and good for the Big Cats. SAFARIS: We customize the best safaris for you to suit your budget. ACCOMMODATION: We give you the best places to stay in and around the Maasai Mara and the conservancies surrounding it. The conservancies surrounding the Maasai Mara have restricted number of vehicles allowing a more private game viewing of wildlife.</p> <p>Distance from Nairobi, It's about 270 km from the capital Nairobi City and takes about 4-5 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight. We recommend a Number of Days Due the amount to be seen in the reserve we feel a THREE to FOUR day safari is suitable for just the Maasai Mara. If you are interested in photography the longer you stay the more chance of getting that ultimate photo.</p> <p><strong><img src="https://www.teipetalsafaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Maasai-Mara.jpg" alt="" width="991" height="800" /> </strong></p> <p><strong>About Masai Mara</strong></p> <p>Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa's Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa's most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world's top safari big game viewing eco-system. The Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. Add the conservancies and the area is at least twice the size. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and over 570 recorded species of birds. This is the World Cup of Wildlife, and together with the Serengeti National Park there is no better place to witness the best wildlife viewing in the world!</p> <p><strong>Departure Time</strong></p> <p>3 Hours Before Flight Time</p> <p><strong>Price Includes</strong></p> <ul> <li>2 Nights Hotel Accomodation</li> <li>Tour Guide</li> <li>All road transport on a minivan with a pop up roof for maximum animal viewing with a professional English speaking driver/guide. (based on 6 pax in a van)</li> <li>All transportation in destination location</li> <li>Full board accommodation during safari.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Price Excludes</strong></p> <ul> <li>Park entrance fees of Kes 2,400 (residents) & $180 (non-residents) per adult. Children above 3yrs pay half the adult rate. Payable directly at the park entrance.</li> <li>Expenses of a personal nature e.g. laundry, drinks telephone calls, mineral water, tips, porter age etc.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Complementaries</strong></p> <ul> <li>Umbrella</li> <li>Sunscreen</li> <li>T-Shirt</li> <li>Personalized Assistance</li> </ul> <p><strong>Itinerary</strong></p> <p><strong>Day 1: MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE</strong></p> <p>Pick up from your home @06:30am and leave leisurely and drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley (You will have a brief stopover at the Great Rift Valley for the stunning views). Continue past the Maasai town of Narok to the legendary Maasai Mara National Reserve by lunch time at Lodge/Camp. For most safari participants, this is the jewel and highlight of the safari expedition. You will be enchanted by the diversity of animals that roam the Mara plains. The breathtaking topography of the region, comprising of endless expansive escarpments and plateaus will be interesting. The park is home to the largest populations of predators including the big cats. Witnessing them making a' kill' is phenomenal. Enjoy an afternoon game drive returning to your camp for <strong>dinner and overnight at Mara Lodge/Camp.</strong></p> <p><strong>Day 2: MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE</strong></p> <p>Full days in the Mara with game drives, an early morning game drive and a late afternoon game drive - each of approx. 3 hrs.), all meals and overnight as above. (Optional on this day is a visit to a Masai Village (Manyatta) in between the two game drives, or an early morning hot air balloon flight accompanied by a bush breakfast at an extra cost). <strong>All meals and overnight at Mara Lodge/Camp.</strong></p> <p><strong>Day 3: DEPARTURE TO NAIROBI</strong></p> <p><img src="https://www.teipetalsafaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Migration-2.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="420" /></p> <p>Another early morning game viewing drive at Mara then back to the lodge for breakfast and check out. Depart after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi. You will have a stopover along the way for a chance to buy souvenirs. (Kindly note that; lunch on this day is NOT included in the cost but can be arranged on request). <strong>Transfer to your hotel/ area of residence</strong></p> <em>erengeti migration in action.</em> </article> <p><!-- /wp:paragraph --></p>
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