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

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