Places to visit: Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli and Tsavo
This safari takes you to the most famous reserve in Kenya. This safari takes you to four of Kenya’s game sanctuaries – with a different experience at each. You start off with Masai Mara, Kenya’s most famous and finest game sanctuary. The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here.
Then to Lake Nakuru national Park. After Lake Nakuru then proceed to Amboseli, which sits on the lower slopes of mighty Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest. The animal pictures arising against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain will thrill the photography enthusiast. You end up at Tsavo West, where you see elephants, crocodiles, vervet monkeys, antelope, baboons, giraffes, hippos and lions. The park is a marvel in terms of geo-physical character and plant diversity.
Day 1: NAIROBI – MASAI MARA
0700 hrs- Drive to via the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Masai Mara in time for lunch. Along the way we will have a distant view of Mt. Longonot, Mt. Margaret and the pyrethrum plantations. 1530 hrs- go for an afternoon game drive till dusk.
Maasai Mara Game Reserve is Africa’s greatest wildlife and the world’s most famous safari destination, located in Kenya. The Mara is famous for the Great Wildebeest migration – 8th wonder of the world – , roaming lions and of course the hospitable Maasai people. The 1,510 sq km reserve has a habitat ranging from riverine forests to grasslands doted with acacia tree famed for being leopard resting points. The Mara is part of the ecosystem that includes the equally famous Serengeti of Tanzania. The wildlife variety is truly overwhelming: Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, black rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, fox, jackals, impalla and hippopotami in addition to the abundant bird species.
The 8th wonder of the world occurs annually in the Mara – the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, Thomson Gazelles and zebra from the Tanzanian Serengeti in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the Savannah – lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.
If photography is your prime interest then an extension of your safari will mostly reward your quest for the perfect wildlife shot. So captivating is the natural beauty of the savanna, scrubs, tree and cloud shadows not forgetting the Mara River and a myriad of seasonal rivelets some hosting the Nile crocodiles and the hippopotami. If you are lucky you can spot an endangered black rhino. The famous Maasai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve in the surrounding local ranches. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Luxury Camp
Day 2: MASAI MARA
0630 hrs – early morning game drive in the Mara. Return to the lodge for breakfast. You spend the rest of the morning at leisure. After lunch at the lodge you proceed at 1600 hrs for an afternoon game drive till dusk.
Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon provided at extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild! If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Luxury Camp
Day 3: MASAI MARA – LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. At 1530 hrs proceed for an afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park.
Lake Nakuru National Park is situated in the Rift Valley region of Kenya and comprises of the blue-green Lake Nakuru, bushy grasslands and yellow acacia woodlands, the Great Rift Valley Escarpments hills and ridges. The park’s swamps and marshes are home to water birds including the famed pink flamingo and around 450 terrestrial bird species. The buffalo, white rhino, zebra, giraffe, hyena and over 56 mammal species are in abundance. Your stay is in world class lodges such as the spectacular Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or Lake Nakuru lodge. Alternatively you have the option of pitching in special campsites namely Reedbuck, Nyuki, Nyati, Rhino, Soysambu, Chui and Naishi. Public Campsites at Bacpakers and Makalia equally provide additional camping options. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
Day 4: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK / AMBOSELI
0700 hrs – After breakfast, check out and drive to Amboseli National park. En-route you will have lunch in Nairobi the flame tree restaurant. Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge.
Day 5: AMBOSELI
0630 hrs – early morning game drive in the Amboseli National Park. Return to the lodge for breakfast. You spend the rest of the morning at leisure. After lunch at the lodge, proceed at 1600 hrs for an afternoon game drive till dusk.
Amboseli sits on the lower slopes of mighty Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest – whose peak lies across the border in Tanzania. The safari guarantees a vantage experience inside one of Africa’s vast ecosystem spreading across the Kenya-Tanzania border alongside the great Rift Valley. The local Maasai and their renown hospitality are a must meet together with the conspicuous swamps, some of them protected, that easily make this park one of the best wildlife viewing experiences in the world.
The animal pictures arising against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain will thrill the photography enthusiast. Amboseli National Park is renowned for its huge elephant herds. Actually, the park is one the best places in Africa to get really close to free-raging elephants according to most elephants viewing enthusiasts. You will also see buffalo, black rhino, zebra, wildebeest and other plain animals. It’s an adventure identifying the over 40 types of raptors in the park and over 400 bird species such as the hannerkops, crakes, kingfishers and pelicans. This is not just a walk in the park but a discovery through the park! Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge
Day 6: AMBOSELI / TSAVO WEST
After breakfast, depart via the Sheitani lava flow for Tsavo West National Park to arrive in time for lunch. At 1600 hrs, you proceed for an afternoon game drive within the park until dusk.
Tsavo West National Park is a world renown wildlife viewing spot. Here you lay eyes – and lenses – on the almost extinct basra reed warbler, corncrake, buffalos, leopards, cheetah, lions, hippos, rhino and elephant, crocodiles, vervet monkeys, antelope, baboons and giraffes. This park is also a birdwatcher’s paradise and the range of flora is truly captivating: vast acacia dot the woodland and grassland connected to the scrubland through riverine vegetation. Rocky ridges in the park are a major geo-physical attraction added together to the Mzima Springs, the source of Mombasa’s water.
These springs are recharged daily with hundreds of millions of litres of crystal clear water by underground streams emanating from Chyulu Hills. At Mzima, you will view all sorts of animals gathering for a drink particularly in the dry season. You will be able to spot the crocodiles and the hippo. Dinner and overnight at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Day 7: TSAVO WEST / NAIROBI
0630 hrs – early morning game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast. 0930 hrs- check out and commence drive to Nairobi with game drive en route. You arrive in Nairobi in the late afternoon. Transfer to airport for home bound flight
– Transport based on a safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
– Park entry fee
– Accommodation and all meals in Masai Mara, Amboseli & Tsavo West
– Lunch in Nairobi on Day 3
– Service of an English-speaking driver guide
– Game drives as per the Itinerary
– Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
– Government taxes
Not included services:
– Hot air Balloon flight in Masai Mara – US$ 550 per person extra (Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking.)
– Extras at the lodges – tips, drinks, telephone, laundry or any other personal expenses
**PLEASE NOTE: The tour can be upgraded to a higher standard accommodation at an extra cost. It can also be cheaper if less expensive (but still good quality) accommodation is used. The final cost of the tour depends on your budget and preference.