A safari to see the best game parks in Kenya and also the world famous bird sanctuaries of the Great Rift Valley Lakes before taking you down to the Coast to enjoy at leisure the beautiful sunny beaches of Mombasa, Malindi or Lamu. Samburu National reserve is becoming one of Kenya's most admired stops after the Mara. Sights of the peculiarly branched doum palms and taut thorn trees give an unusual look to the region. Likewise, the permanent water supply acts like a lure for the abundant species found here, some endemic to the North of Kenya. This trip brings you to Lake Baringo - Kenya's bird watching centre with over 1200 different species native to the country and more than 450 sighted here. Further onwards, the small park of Lake Nakuru provides sightings of Rothschild’s giraffes, endangered white and black rhinos, leopards and abundant bird species.
The Mara reserve is 1510 sq km of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodland following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal; it is typical savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife. Amboseli is situated on the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro very close to the Tanzanian border. Despite its small size (392 sq km), this fragile ecosystem supports a wide range of mammals (well over 50 of the larger species) and birds (over 400 species). On clear days the looming Mt. Kilimanjaro offers great photo opportunities.
Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya (at 22,000 sq km), and is comprised of Tsavo East and West. Due to the abundant vegetation cover, more effort is required to spot the wildlife, but the fantastic landscape and comparatively few visitors compensates for this.
Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu:
Depart Nairobi in the morning heading north via the shoulder of Africa's second largest mountain, Mt Kenya to the Samburu Game Reserve. Accommodation in our semi-permanent campsite is beautifully set under a canopy of trees or we may pitch tents o n the edge of Uaso Nyiro River (meaning Brown in Samburu). Cold showers are available which are amazingly refreshing in the hot, dusty climates.
Day 2: Samburu
Day spent game viewing in the park appreciating the diverse landscape and variety of animal species.
Samburu is part of a lava plain that includes a diverse landscape of thorn scrub, red dirt, dried river beds, broken volcanic rock, steep hills and rocky outcroppings. The region is home to the uncommon Grevy’s zebra with huge fury ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy Oryx. Elephant and crocodile are guaranteed sightings, excellent bird watching with numerous varieties of weaverbirds and the martial eagle. Leopard sighting is also a special feature here.
Day 3; Samburu – Baringo
Depart in the early morning across the scenic Lerochi Plateau (with lunch enroute) towards Lake Baringo. Arriving this fresh water lake in the late afternoon, we enjoy an evening boat ride in search of hippo, crocodile, fish eagle and a variety of other birds.
Day 4: Lake Baringo – Lake Nakuru
A 30km drive south to the spectacular Lake Bogoria with hot springs and geysers being the main attractions. The lake has been called ‘the new home of the flamingo’ with a nomad population of up to two million birds. Lunch and then proceed for an afternoon game drive at the Lake Nakuru National Park.
Day 5: Masai Mara
Heading further south towards Narok, we proceed towards our permanent campsite on the Talek River. Here we have stand-up tents with beds or small wood cabins for those after a touch more comfort. If all are occupied, we pitch tents.
Day 6: Masai Mara
The day is spent exploring the Mara magic. Wherever you go in the Mara you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in great numbers. It is common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal, or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but are still reasonably common.
Day 7: Nairobi
We break camp and drive to Narok where Masai souvenirs can be bought, thereafter proceeding towards Nairobi. Overnight in the comforts of a hotel.
Day 8 – Amboseli
Depart Nairobi in the morning and drive via Namanga on the Tanzania border to reach Amboseli early in the afternoon. We view game as we proceed towards the campsite for dinner and overnight. This small park (at 392 sq km) is the second most popular park in Kenya after Masai Mara, mainly due to the spectacular backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro on the southern boundary.
Day 9 – Amboseli
Day spent exploring this park. The waters from melted snow drain down the mountain under lava flows and surface on the Amboseli plains, creating a green belt of swampland amidst dusty plains. Here elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, wildebeest, hyena, jackal, warthogs, zebra and the Masai giraffe are likely to be seen.
Day 10 - Tsavo West
We leave soon after breakfast for Tsavo West National Park. Visit the Chyulu Hills and the Mzima Springs, which are favorite haunts of both the hippo and crocodile that can be seen from an underwater observation chamber if time permits. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day 11 - Tsavo West
Day spent exploring the park including the nature trails. In Tsavo West birds are very common - look out for the white-bellied go-away bird, red-beaked hornbills and bateleur Eagles. There are also large populations of elephants, zebras and leopards. Look out for dung beetles rolling huge balls of elephant dung along the tracks.
Day 12 – Tsavo East
Early in the morning we drive to Tsavo East. This park was famed for its large herds of elephant covered in red dust and fine scenery. We visit the scenic Lugards Falls, Mudanda Rocks (attracts elephants in the drier season) and Aruba Dam as we view game if time permits.
Day 13 – Mombasa
Early morning game drive. Soon after breakfast we proceed to Mombasa arriving there in good time for clients to find their way to their hotels and the tour ends.
Prices on request
Minimum 4 people
Safari prices include
- Accommodations in comfortable walk-in Tents, camping beds, and mattresses
- Separate showers and toilets
- Meals as indicated, B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner
- Transport in a Customized Safari Van with Guaranteed window seat
- Access to photographic roof hatch in the Safari Van for photography and better viewing
- Services of an Experienced English speaking Driver-guide
- Game drives and sightseeing as per the itinerary
Park entrance fees
Safari prices exclude
Personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, and room service; gratuities to your safari escort, camp staff, driver-guide and personal insurance coverage
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