12 Days Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru, Samburu, Mt. Kenya, Amboseli, Tsavo West & East
Kenya is a land filled with the richness of Africa. From the remote Shaba Reserve where Survivor three was filmed amongst the Lion and Elephant to the Masai Mara’s migrating herds of wildebeest, guests will enjoy a well rounded, invigorating safari experience. This is balanced with periods of quiet contemplation where only the sound of a distant Lion’s roar breaks the night air. Exciting days and relaxing nights at comfortable, quality accommodations make this a great value African experience.
DAY 1: NAIROBI / MASAI MARA
09.00 hrs: Leave Nairobi for Masai Mara game Reserve picnic lunch en-route. Game drive in search of black-manned Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Cheetah, Buffaloes and other plains game en-route. Dinner and overnight at the Camp/Lodge.
DAY 2: MASAI MARA
06.30 hrs: After breakfast proceed for a full day game drive to Kenya’s most favored game reserve with miles of magnificent wilderness. Masai Mara is the Africa of the imagination with endless reaches of acacia-dotted grasslands studded with hazy hills big herds of zebra and wildebeest, to the many prides of the mighty Lion that rest and laze in the shade and prolific bird life all this crowned by Masai people who live within the reserve and uphold their cultural values and customs. Dinner and vernight at the Camp/Lodge.
DAY 3: MASAI MARA
Full day at the Mara with a with a game drive from Sunrise and sundowner greatest moments for game viewing in these mystic plains, a time where the soft red hues of the sun will give your photographs the clarity of the actual African savannah. Morning game viewing with a long drive to the Mara River where you will be able to view Hippos and Crocodiles. After lunch take an afternoon drive in the Masai Hills with optional activities for a dawn nature walk safari to experience the awakening of Africa in Masai land. Dinner and overnight at the Camp/Lodge.
DAY 4: MASAI MARA/NAKURU
After breakfast depart for Nakuru arriving in good time to enter Lake Nakuru park a shallow alkaline lake in the Rift Valley, renowned for its spectacular flamingo population. Although Lake Nakuru is primarily a bird sanctuary, there are a considerable number of animals to be encountered, such as the Bohor Reedbuck, Bushbuck, and the rare Rothschild giraffe the White and black Rhino. Dinner and overnight at the Camp/Lodge.
DAY 5: NAKURU/SAMBURU
Drive north to Samburu where the climate is drier and the land is semi-desert. Spend the next two days exploring the samburu Game Reserve. Keep your camera and binoculars ready, as the wildlife is plentiful. See the thin-striped Grevy’s Zebra, reticulated Giraffe, blue-necked Somali ostrich and Beisa Oryx, all species only found north of the equator. The long-necked Gerenuk, a graceful antelope, spends most of its time here in a bi-pedal stance seeking succulent leaves. Later, relax at your Camp/Lodge on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River deep in the reserve.
DAY 6: SAMBURU
Full day spent in Samburu with early morning and afternoon game viewing in Samburu Game Reserve, which covers 40 square miles (104 square kilometers).Ololokwe Table Mountain forms a dramatic backdrop to our game viewing .Samburu is also home to the third of Kenya’s giraffe species – the Reticulated Giraffe. This is also our best chance to see the blue-legged
Somali Ostrich, the long-necked Gerenuk gazelle and the straight-horned Beisa Oryx antelope. Dinner and overnight at the Camp/Lodge.
DAY 7: SAMBURU / MOUNT KENYA
08.00 hrs: After breakfast depart for the Treetops arriving at the Outspan hotel in time for lunch. Throughout the day and night, forest animals visit the waterhole and saltlick, ensuring you plenty to see and photograph. The visits from the elephants and crocodiles below the decks make nights here most memorable. After lunch you will be picked by the hotel vehicle and
transferred to the Treetops. At night you will be able to watch game from the hotel verandah which overlooks a floodlit waterhole. Dinner and overnight at the Treetops.
DAY 8: MOUNT KENYA / AMBOSELI
After breakfast, drive from Treetops via Nairobi south to Amboseli National Park, right on the border with Tanzania. This park affords everyone’s classic image of East Africa – herds of great animals moving across the dusty plains with the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro rising straight up in the background. Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain at 19,340
feet (5,895 metre). Although it is situated inside Tanzania, the best views of the mountain are from Amboseli on the Kenyan side of the border. Afternoon is spent game viewing in the majestic Amboseli. Dinner and overnight at the Camp/Lodge.
DAY 9: AMBOSELI
Full day spent in Amboseli National Park, famous for its wild game and spectacular backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here you will have the chance to see the Big Five while enjoying the comforts of your game drive. The day is comprised of two game drives, one in the morning and one in the early evening. Your driver’s keen eyes will come in handy while exploring the countryside. Dinner and overnight at Camp/Lodge.
DAY 10: AMBOSELI / TSAVO WEST
From the flat plains and swamps of Amboseli travel east to Tsavo West National Park. Outside the park gates are the Shetani Lava Flows, “frozen” rivers of molten black rock twisted in bizarre shapes. At just over 7,800 square miles (20,000 sq Km), Tsavo is Kenya’s largest national park. The park is home to a huge variety of animals and birds, especially around the
watering holes in this otherwise dry area. During the fall these watering holes are a stopover for hundreds of thousands of birds on their annual migration south. The Mzima Springs is the source of the fresh water pools much favored by Hippos and Crocodiles. There is even a glass wall for viewing the pools from under the water line. Wildlife which can be spotted in this area includes Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Hyenas, Jackals, Giraffes, Zebras, Buffalos, Baboons and several species of antelope. Dinner and overnight at the Camp/Lodge.
DAY 11: TSAVO WEST / TSAVO EAST
From Tsavo drive south to the Taita Hills Game Sanctuary, a private game reserve of 42,000 acres (17,000 hectares) of rolling savannah accented by dramatic rocky outcrops and small plateaus. This is a favorite area for Lions. The watering holes attract large herds of Elephants. Dinner and overnight at the Camp/Lodge.
DAY 12: TSAVO EAST / NAIROBI
Morning game drive and later depart with picnic lunch enroute back to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon.