9 Days/8 Nights -Best of Kenya Wildlife Camping Adventure Safari

Highlights: This is a budget camping adventure which starts from Nairobi and ends in Nairobi. You will be able to visit the 7Th wonders of the World – Maasai Mara from Nairobi then proceed to Nakuru National Park and then to Samburu National Park. You will stay in tents or Guest houses at the various campsites within the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Nakuru National Park and Amboseli and Tsavo west National Parks.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara

On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, or if you are staying in a Nairobi City Hotel, our tour manager will meet you and brief you on your safari, and thereafter depart for the Maasai Mara Game Reserve with stops at the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley and Narok town for lunch and refueling. Arrive in time for a late afternoon / early evening game drive enroute to a campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Maasai Mara

Early breakfast then proceed for a full day of game viewing in the reserve.

The day will be taken up tracking game with your guide though there will be a break for a picnic lunch at the hippo pool. The abundance and variety of game in this reserve is nothing short of amazing. Practically every mammal can be seen in the Mara with a few exceptions. Various antelopes, scavengers like hyena and vulture are common. The reserve contains all the cats that are; lion, cheetah and leopard; sighting leopard needs luck more than just being there but lions are abundant and there are excellent chances for spotting cheetah. The hippo pool is a popular spot to watch out for hippos; with luck, you may catch crocodile basking on the rocks. Elephants, buffalo, the Maasai giraffe, wildebeest and the common zebra abound.

Return to the campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Maasai Mara

After breakfast proceed on another game-viewing session. After lunch you will have the option to go for a game drive or at extra cost, visit a nearby Maasai village to see their nomadic lifestyle.

The Maasai Mara, now The New 7the wonder of the world and 4th preferred tourist destination in the world is a home to wildlife in such abundance and variety that it is difficult to imagine. The most spectacular event of the natural world takes place here; The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture while being followed on their heels by the predators of the
savanna; lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.

It hosts over 450 species of animals which include lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.

Day 4: Maasai Mara – Nakuru

Maasai Mara Balloon (Optional)
Early morning game drive – if you still want to go for more

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Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon provided at an 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.

After breakfast, depart the Mara region for Nakuru. The drive offers panoramic views of Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha from afar; this means that you will see them from the main highway. Arrive at Nakuru in time for dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Day 5: Lake Nakuru / Amboseli via Nairobi

Wake up to an early morning game viewing drive in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Flamingos and other water birds that thrive in a salt-water environment can be seen. With luck you may track the white rhino and the Rothschild’s giraffe which both have endangered species status. The park is 188 km and is home to cats (both lion and leopard), various antelopes, and grazers like warthog and the waterbuck and Cape buffalo that breed near the shoreline.

Lake Nakuru is a soda lake on the floor of the Rift valley. It is famous due to its being a home to about 1.5 million flamingo’s and the over 450 species of birds found here. The sight of the millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink. The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species – particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. It is a home to Lions, waterbucks, buffalos, baboons and pelicans.
After breakfast, drive to Amboseli via Nairobi arriving in time for lunch in one of the restaurants in Nairobi. Continue to Amboseli via Kenya/Tanzania border (Namanga) arriving in Amboseli in the late afternoon.
An evening game viewing drive.

Dinner and overnight at a campsite.

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Day 6 & 7: Amboseli

After breakfast, proceed on a game drive in this park, which lies in a dried-up lakebed. There are swamps and springs fed by underground rivers from the melting snows of Mount Kilimanjaro, which give permanent water to the wildlife. The animals seen here include lion, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, plains game and the rare Taita weaver and the gerenuk. The animals are mainly found around the Ol Kenya swamp. If the weather is clear and there is no low cloud cover, you may see the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, which forms a beautiful backdrop to the park. The observation hill offers a view of the entire park and beyond.

Amboseli National Park has the combination of scenery, people and animals is what makes the Amboseli national park of fascinating. Beautifully situated at the foot of the towering Kilimanjaro, it Is the home of the brightly painted Maasai tribe, here you can see lions , cheetahs, spotted hyenas and wild dogs as well as gnus , Kaffir buffaloes , Burch ell’s zebras and herds of elephants . All these animals come to drink at water holes consisting of small lakes or muddy ponds kept filled up by water from the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. The northern lake Amboseli contains water only after rain.
An afternoon game drive will follow after lunch. Dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Day 8: Amboseli – Tsavo West

After breakfast, depart Amboseli for Tsavo West National Park, lunch enroute.

You will visit the Shaitani Lava flows as the area where the park lies is of volcanic origin. The Mzima Springs which contain 20 million tonnes of crystal – clear water from the underground streams of the nearby Chyullu Hills are an additional attraction; various aspects of marine life including hippos, crocodile and fish can be seen from the specially constructed underground glass tank. The animal species seen at Tsavo are hippo, crocodiles, elephant, gazelle, zebra, giraffe, various birds, buffalo, and kudu in a thick acacia setting.

Tsavo East and Tsavo West, both national parks are managed separately but together they form the largest reserve in East Africa. The northern part of Tsavo east may not however be visited by tourists. Nevertheless the Tsavo national park founded in 1947 is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Kenya. In spite of its arid countryside and savannah vegetation about 60species of mammals and 400 different species of birds are to be found here. The Tsavo is particularly famous because of its dramatic scenery and the “Red Elephants” which owe their colors to the dust prevalent in this area as well as lions and cheetahs. There are many antelopes (Oryx, kudus, giants gazelles and giraffe) Burchell’s zebras, Maasai giraffes baboons and vervet monkeys of the birds the most impressive is the Maasai ostrich. Where
there is water such as at Mzima springs, crocodiles and hippos can also be seen.

Dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Day 9: Tsavo West – Nairobi

After breakfast, your final game viewing drive will follow during which you may see plains game; zebra, antelope, lesser kudu, ostrich and large herds of elephant. Lunch will be taken enroute. Arrive in Nairobi in the evening ready for your departure flight.

Package Includes:
• All game parks or national parks entrance fees
• All game drives in the various parks accompanied by our professional English-speaking driver cum guide
• transport by comfortable safari vehicles with hatch-roofs for Game viewing and photography all campsite fees
• All camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
• accommodation in the campsite
• Three sumptuous meals per day whilst on safari, prepared and served by our cook

Package Excludes:
• Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara – US$ per person extra (Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking.)
• Tips to driver guide, cook and porter.
• Extras at the lodges – tips, drinks, telephone, laundry.
• Items of personal expenses

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12 Days / 11 Nights Best of Kenya Game Viewing Private Safari

Trip Highlights

Amboseli National Park: This Park is also known as Kilimanjaro’s Royal Court.  The ecosystem mainly consists of savannah grassland spread across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Activities available in this park include game viewing, camping, viewing Mt. Kilimanjaro, bird watching and photography. Attraction sites within the park include the big five, the observation hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants, the swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose as well as the contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle.

Tsavo West National Park:  The park consists of savannah ecosystem comprising of open grasslands, scrublands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges. Major wildlife found in the park include elephant, rhino, Hippos, lions, cheetah, wild dogs, giraffe, zebra, crocodile, mongoose, hyrax, dik dik, lesser kudu leopards, Buffalos, nocturnal porcupine as well as diverse plant and bird species including the threatened corncrake and near threatened Basra Reed Warbler. Major attractions within the park include recent Volcanoes; lava flows and caves with potential for geological studies; cave exploration and hiking the magical Mzima Springs; underwater hippo and fish watching.

Tsavo East National Park: Tsavo East National Park offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. The park is guarded by the limitless lava reaches of Yatta plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya. Major attractions within the park include dust-red elephants wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River; the beautiful Aruba dam located on the north bank of the seasonal Voi River, visited by thousands of animals and a great game viewing destination; Mudanda Rock, which is a whale –backed Rock tower located above a natural dam, and which acts as a draw to thousands of Elephants; Lugards Falls, named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature bizarrely eroded rocks through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile –infested pools. The park is also home to rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and pods of hippo, crocodile, and waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Hirola. Other activities available include camping, trekking and bird watching.

Maasai Mara offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile and is crossed by the rivers Mara and Talek full of crocodiles and hippo and which carry water the whole year around. The banks of the rivers are covered in thick forest which gradually makes way for bush and grassland the abundance of water and excellent availability of food are reasons why the Maasai Mara which in fact is a condition of the Tanzanian Serengeti National park has the greatest population of wild animals in the whole of Africa.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Meet and greet at your residence within Nairobi or at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by “Victoria Safaris Representatives” in the morning. After the briefing, depart to Amboseli arriving at the foothill of the majestic Kilimanjaro in time for lunch at the tented camp. After lunch, depart for afternoon game drives before returning to the tented camp to relax as you wait for dinner to be served.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp
Day 2 & 3: Amboseli National Park

Spend 2 full days within this reserve viewing wildlife, birds and enjoying the natural ecosystem that exists within this park as you view and photograph the scenic landscape which characterizes this park. Cultural visits to Maasai villages can also be organized.
All meals and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp

DSC03351Day 4: Amboseli National Park – Tsavo West National Park

After breakfast check out of the tented camp and depart to Tsavo West arriving during the late morning hours at the lodge. You will then carry packed picnic lunch and depart for game drives within Tsavo West giving you a chance to spot the red skinned elephants, Mzima Springs, Shetani Lava Flows and also enjoy birding. In the evening be transferred back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Ngulia Safari Lodge

Day 5: Tsavo West National Park

Spend the day enjoying morning and afternoon game drives within the extensive park especially looking out for wildlife and bird life as well as different types of ecosystems found within the park. You will have an opportunity to spot large herds of elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards and other plains game. Other attractions found within this park include Shetani Lava Flows, Mzima Springs as well as a crocodile and hippo observation point.

All meals and overnight at Ngulia Safari Lodge

Day 6: Tsavo West National Park – Tsavo East National Park

After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and depart to Tsavo East which is a neighboring park with Tsavo West, and well known for the Man-eaters of Tsavo. Tsavo East is also rich in Hippo, giant crocodiles and varied species of birds. Have lunch at the lodge upon arrival and spend the rest of the day game viewing. Also visit Aruba Dam, Mudanda rock, Lugard’s Falls and the crocodile view point located within the park.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Voi Safari Lodge

Day 7: Tsavo East National Park

You will spend the day exploring the extensive park especially looking out for wildlife and bird life as well as different types of ecosystems found within the park.

All meals and overnight at Voi Safari Lodge

Day 8: Tsavo East National Park – Nairobi

Enjoy early morning pre breakfast game drives for a chance to spot the early predators as they start off the day. This is also the best time to enjoy birding and photograph the rising sun. Tsavo is also one of the scenic parks in Kenya.  After breakfast you will check out of the lodge and depart to Nairobi with lunch en route. Upon arrival at Nairobi you will spend the rest of the day at leisure at your hotel.

Dinner and overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel
Day 9: Nairobi – Maasai Mara

After breakfast, be met at the hotel lobby for transfer to the Mara Reserve driving through the Great Rift Valley for scenic views of the escarpment. You may also stop over at the view point for fantastic photographs. You will arrive in the Mara in time for lunch at your tented camp. After lunch, proceed with afternoon game viewing within the park.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Ol Moran Camp
Day 10 & 11: Maasai Mara

Spend 2 full days within the exciting park which is home to the big five, birds, migration of wildebeest and the colorful Maasai tribesmen. Optional activities include cultural visits to Maasai villages, hot balloon flight, night game drives, nature trails, bird walks or bush meals.

All meals and overnight at Ol Moran Camp

Day 12: Maasai Mara – Nairobi

After breakfast enjoy final game drives as you exit the park and depart to Nairobi, stopping for lunch en route. Upon arrival you will be transferred back to your residence within the city or to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch your outbound flight to your next destination.

Inclusions:

Ø  All park entrance fees and game drives

Ø  Full board accommodation in tented camps and lodges as specified

Ø  Accommodation in Nairobi on half board basis (dinner, bed and breakfast)

Ø  Services of a professional English-speaking tour driver/guide

Ø  Flying doctors evacuation insurance

Ø  Transport in a private safari minivan with pop up roof for game viewing and photography

Ø  Applicable government taxes

Exclusions:

Ø  Optional activities like extra excursions, cultural visits, balloon safaris, walking safaris, e.t.c

Ø  Extras at the tented camps / lodges / hotel i.e. beverages and drinks, telephone, laundry etc.

Ø  International or local flight fees and departure taxes

Ø  Tipping

Ø  Personal travel insurance including loss or damage of luggage

Ø  Any other item not included in itinerary