9 Days/8nights Amboseli-aberdare–samburu-lake Nakuru–masai Mara Road
9 Days/8nights Amboseli-aberdare–samburu-lake Nakuru–masai Mara Road
Samburu National Reserve
The most popular park in northern Kenya, Samburu’s dominant feature is the Ewaso Ngiro River, which slices through the otherwise bone-dry country. The river acts as a magnet for thirsty animals, and large numbers of elephants, Grevy’s zebras, giraffes and lions gather along the riverbanks.
The world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserveis a huge expanse of tawny, sunburnt grasslands pocked with acacia trees and river woodlands, and heaving with animals great and small. Impressive at any time of year, it’s at its best between July and October when a million migrating wildebeest and tens of thousands of topis, zebras and other animals pour into the reserve from Tanzania in search of fresh grass. It is, arguably, the most spectacular wildlife show on the planet and the one thing that no visitor to Kenya should consider missing.
Lake Nakuru is among Kenya’s finest national parks. Flanked by rocky escarpments, pockets of acacia forest and at least one waterfall, the park is gorgeous year-round and is home to both black and white rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos and endangered Rothschild’s giraffes. Rising water levels in 2014 forced the park’s famous flamingos to flee (although a small number had returned at the time of research), and the lake is now hauntingly surrounded by drowned trees.
Boasting a large number of elephants as well as black rhinos, Aberdare National Park lures those who want more than just a safari. With dense forests, 300m-high waterfalls and amazing hikes, this park is as much about the flora as it is the fauna. While trekking, keep an eye open for bush pigs, rare black leopards and buffaloes.
Amboseli belongs in the elite of Kenya’s national parks, and it’s easy to see why. Its signature attraction is the sight of hundreds of big-tusked elephants set against the backdrop of Africa’s best views of Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m). Africa’s highest peak broods over the southern boundary of the park, and while cloud cover can render the mountain’s massive bulk invisible for much of the day, you’ll be rewarded with stunning vistas when the weather clears, usually at dawn and/or dusk. Apart from guaranteed elephant sightings, you’ll also see wildebeest and zebras, and you’ve a reasonable chance of spotting lions, cheetahs and hyenas. The park is also home to over 370 bird species, and it has an excellent array of lodges and an agreeably mild, dry climate.
Day 1: Nairobi –Amboseli National Park
Depart from Nairobi in the morning and drive through the scenic Athi Plains and into the bush country of Amboseli National Park, home to the legendary Masai tribesmen and famous for huge herds of Elephant. At Amboseli, you will see the breath-taking views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Arriving in Amboseli for lunch and check in the camp/lodge, following a delicious lunch we set off for a spectacular game drive until evening. Return to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Full Day Exploring Amboseli National Park
Rise up early for good views of Mount Kilimanjaro before clouds build up over the summit and we set off for another extensive game drive after breakfast. Amboseli is an excellent place to view a multitude of wildlife, including everything from Wildebeest, Giraffes, and Baboons. Optional visit to a Masai village is planned after breakfast. Masai warriors are famously known as the proud nomadic tribe whose legendary prowess in battle and single-handed acts of bravery in fights with the wild animals are known across the world. A visit reveals the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience. Return to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Amboseli National Park - Aberdare National Park
Depart Amboseli after breakfast on road and stop for lunch at Nairobi after breakfast and drive to the lower slopes of Mt. Kenya/Aberdare Ranges arriving at your lodge/camp in time for lunch. Aberdare National Park is renowned for its game viewing of wild animals such as Lion, Baboons, Black and white monkeys, Leopards among others. Relax the afternoon away as you watch game from the balconies or take an optional guided nature walk. Overnight floodlit game viewing – Mountain Lodge or the Ark Limited or treetops Tree Hotel. All this lodges boast of having the highest record of animal visits and sightings in the area. Dinner at the lodge/camp and overnight stay.
Day 4: Aberdare National Park – Samburu National Reserve
Depart Aberdare or Mt. Kenya National Park in the Morning by road to Samburu Game Reserve located at the North rugged Semi desert region, arriving in time for lunch. Samburu Game Reserve is a wild and little visited region, well known for spectacular scenery and wildlife not found in the south:
Reticulated Giraffe, the rare Grevy’s Zebra with its large furry ears, the gerenuk Antelope standing on its hind legs to feed and Somali Ostriches with their distinctive blue legs. After lunch have a siesta before an afternoon game drive. Return to your lodge/camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Full Day Exploring Samburu National Reserve
This day is spent game viewing in the Samburu Game reserve.Samburu is famous for where the conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the lioness, made famous in the best-selling books and award winning movie Born Free. The Samburu National Reserve is also home to Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves. The park neighbors the home of the Samburu tribe of Kenya, a tribe known for its remote cultural, pastoral, nomadic way of life. Due to its remote distance and the fact that it was inaccessible for years, the park has retained a naturally serene and quiet feeling.
The park is also a bird haven. In the middle of the park the EwasoNg’iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests which provide water to this arid region. We enjoy the hostelry at the tented camp. All meals will be served at the lodge/camp. Return to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Samburu – Lake Nakuru National Park
After an early breakfast at your lodge, depart Samburu National Reserve for Nakuru, arriving in time for lunch and check in at your lodge/camp. Have a siesta before we go for an afternoon game drive to see one of the largest ornithological spots, flamingos, and a variety of wildlife not forgetting the famous white Rhino and black rhino found in this park. Return to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: Lake Nakuru National Park– Masai Mara National Reserve
After an early breakfast at your lodge, Depart Lake Nakuru for Masai Mara Game Reserve, jewel of Kenya’s Game Park, arriving just in time for lunch. This enormous Reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains famously known for its spectacular great wildebeest migration and is a true home of the big five-Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Cape Buffalo. After lunch, have a siesta before embarking on a game drive. Return for dinner and overnight at the lodge/camp Lodge.
Day 8: Full Day Exploring Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, leave for a full day’s game drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve with a picnic lunch by Mara River with views of hippos and crocodiles. Our morning and afternoon game drives take us in search of Africa’s Big Five and the plethora of other wildlife inhabiting this vast Kenyan game reserve.
On clear days, the Masai Mara offers fantastic orange tinged sunsets well-worth capturing on camera. The vast Masai Mara offers abundance of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, hippos and bird species. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal or surveying the wild plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but reasonably common. Return to lodge/camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Nairobi
Early breakfast before we proceed for an early morning game drive. After the game drive, we depart by road to Nairobi.
Safari Cost will Include
- Transport by customized safari minivan
- Services of a professional driver guide
- Accommodation in choice accommodation bases
- Park entrance fees
- All meals on safari
- Pick up and drop off at respective hotels
Safari Cost will not Include
- Items and services of a personal nature
- Tips & gratuities
- Bottled Drinks