Places of Interest: Amboseli National Park, Tsavo National Parks, Maasai Mara
What you are likely to see: Large elephant herds, various plains game, Mt. Kilimanjaro, big five, different bird species, e.t.c.
Scheduled activities: Game viewing drives, birding, photography, e.t.c.
Optional activities: Hot air balloon safari, cultural visits to Maasai village, guided nature walks, cocktails and sundowners, e.t.c
Mode of transport: Private safari minivan with open roof
Accommodation: Tented camps and lodges
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
Meet and greet at your preferred location in Nairobi by Niche Africa Holidays representatives. Thereafter receive a short briefing about your safari which gives you a clear idea on the places you are going to visit as well as the accommodation arrangements. After the briefing, you will be transferred to your Vehicle for departure to Amboseli taking about 4 hours’ drive and arriving at the foothills of the majestic Kilimanjaro in time for check in and lunch at the camp. After lunch you will proceed to the park for afternoon game drives which give you an opportunity to spot the big herds of free ranging elephants as well as other plains game such as wild dogs, the elusive leopard, lion and buffalo. In the evening, you will be transferred back to the camp for check in, rest, dinner and overnight.
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.
Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Kibo Safari Camp
Day 2: Amboseli National Park – Tsavo West National Park
Enjoy an early morning pre breakfast game drive which will be spent exploring this ecosystem which mainly consists of savannah grassland spread across the Kenya-Tanzania border. You will also visit 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. After breakfast you will depart from the park and be driven to Tsavo West where you will enjoy 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.
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.
Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Rhino Valley Lodge
Day 3: Tsavo West National Park – Tsavo East National Park
Enjoy an early morning pre breakfast game drive for an opportunity to spot the early predators as they start off the day. After breakfast, you will depart from Tsavo West and be driven to Tsavo East arriving for check in and lunch at the camp. The camp is set in the board, thickly forested banks of Voi River offering you spectacular sceneries and concentration of diverse wildlife. After lunch, you will explore Tsavo East which is known for its large elephant herds and numerous plains game. Also visit Lugard’s Falls, Mudanda Rock among other attractions found within the park.
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, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Hirola. Other activities available include camping, trekking and bird watching.
Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Ndololo Safari Camp
Day 4: Tsavo East National Park – Nairobi
After breakfast you will depart from the camp and enjoy final game drives as you exit the park and be driven back to Nairobi. You will stop for lunch en route and arrive in Nairobi in the late afternoon. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in and rest from the long drive. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Lunch en route to Nairobi
Bed and breakfast at Sarova Panafric Hotel
Day 5: Nairobi – Maasai Mara
After breakfast you will check out of your hotel and depart Nairobi and drive down the escarpment via the floor of the Great Rift Valley arriving in time for check in and lunch at the camp situated inside the Maasai Mara Reserve. After lunch, embark on an afternoon game drive within the extensive Mara Reserve in the company of your experienced tour driver / guide. The Maasai Mara is also home to the colorfully decorated Maasai tribesmen. You may occasionally see them crossing the park as they go about their daily activities completely unbothered by the wild animals which roam in the bushes. In the evening, be transferred back to the camp for rest, dinner and overnight. In the night you can hear a chorus of different animal sounds as they communicate with each other in the darkness – more than a reason to visit
Maasai Mara: This Park 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.
Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Sarova Mara Game Camp
Day 6: Maasai Mara
You will spend the day viewing wildlife and relaxing in the wilderness. On clear days, the Maasai Mara offers fantastic orange tinted sunsets and you will definitely want to capture this moment while sipping on a sundowner back at the camp. The Mara reserve is 1510 sq. km of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodland following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers. Wherever you go in the Mara you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Maasai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests and wildebeest. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in great numbers. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal, or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but are still reasonably common.
Balloon trips are an entirely outstanding way of seeing the savannah plains and the wildlife after which you come back down for a beautiful champagne breakfast. These trips can be arranged on request.
Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Sarova Mara Game Camp
Day 7: Maasai Mara – Nairobi – Departure
After Morning breakfast depart for morning game drives within Maasai Mara Reserve for a chance to spot more wildlife species. After that, check out and depart back to Nairobi, upon arrival you will be taken for farewell lunch at famous Carnivore Restaurant before being transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your outbound international flight to your next destination.
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Package cost: kindly inquire by E-mail (cost depends on the number of people travelling and the season of travel)
- All park entrance fees and conservation fees
- Accommodation and meals at selected hotels and camps
- Flying doctors emergency evacuation insurance
- Bed and breakfast in Nairobi
- Airport transfers
- Services of a professional English-speaking tour driver/guide
- Transport in a private safari minivan with open roof for better game viewing and photography
- Applicable government taxes
- Optional activities like visit to Maasai village, guided nature walks, e.t.c
- Extras at the camps and hotels i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- Hot air balloon safari above the spectacular Mara with bush breakfast
- International or local flight fees and departure taxes
- Personal travel insurance including loss or damage of luggage
- Any other item not included in itinerary