11 Days , Best of Kenya Wilderness Private Safari,

(Mt Kenya National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Aberdares National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Amboseli National Park)

Trip Highlights: This is an exciting 10 days best of Kenya wilderness private safari which takes you to some of the best wildlife attractions in Kenya as highlighted above. You will be able to enjoy the best of game viewing, bird watching, and any other appealing activity that may excite you in the various tented camps and lodge that you will spend the nights in on a full board basis.  You will travel with our best tour guide/driver in a private safari minivan.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi – Mt. Kenya National Park

Upon your arrival at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our Tour Manager and tour driver/guide who will brief you about your safari. After the briefing, you will be transferred to your vehicle for departure to Mt. Kenya National Park via Naro Moru. Upon arrival, you will check in to your lodge and have lunch. Afterwards, you will depart for a guided walk and game viewing within the park till evening.

The National Park around Mt Kenya is very different from all others. For one thing, the protected area only starts at a height of 3,300meters above sea level and because of the rough mountain country is unsuitable for a motor safari. Although many animals live here (e.g. Elephants, Buffaloes) you do not see many of them except at the water hole by the “mountain lodge” where particularly at night many animals can be observed. The unique vegetation and fantastic scenery attract mountaineers and botanists who can plunge through mountain forests draped with lianas, bamboo and fields of giant heather before coming to the Alpine moorland, bizarre volcanic formations and finally, the eternal ice and glaziers of the summit region.

Lunch, dinner and overnight stay at Serena Mountain Lodge

Day 2: Mt. Kenya National Park – Samburu National Reserve

After morning breakfast, you will depart to Samburu National Reserve. You will continue driving to the North through rolling agricultural land and stop over for a photographic session at the equator. You will then cross the equator and approach the rugged semi-desert countryside in Samburu. You will arrive in time for check in and lunch at the Ashnil tented camp before departing for an afternoon game drive till evening. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Samburu National Reserve is a wildlife haven. Here you will spot Africa’s big cats-lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya Park; gravy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudus and gerenuk. The Ewaso Nyiro River, which is the boundary with the neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve, is where the elephant buffalo and other animal species gather for a drink. You will find the scenic semiarid landscape quite dramatic. The reserve is located within the lands of the colorful semi-nomadic Samburu tribesmen.

Tented Camp: Samburu Ashnil Tented Camp or similar

Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

DSC09350Day 3: Samburu National Reserve

You will spend the day viewing wildlife such as the mighty elephant, lion, and the northern specialties such as the Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, Somali Ostrich and Gravy’s Zebras. You may also see the crocodile getting some sun on the sandbank or snapping their jaws during their feed. You will enjoy a picnic lunch and later on in the evening, you will be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

In addition to Kamunyak, the renowned lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves, the Samburu National Park boasts of some several species of animals which are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life. All three big cats, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard can be found here, as well as Elephants, Buffalos and Hippos. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of birds which include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Batleur, Guinea fowl and Vultures. The Ewaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of the Nile crocodile.

Tented Camp: Samburu Ashnil Tented Camp or similar

Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 4: Samburu National Reserve – Aberdares National Park

After breakfast, you will check out and depart to Aberdares National Park to arrive in time for check in at the Treetop Lodge where Queen Elizabeth descended as Queen of Great Britain. You will have lunch before departing for afternoon Game viewing drive till evening. At night in the lodge’s bacon you will have opportunity to take photography of wild animals as they drink and lick salt on the nearby waterhole.

The Aberdare National Park is an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley.  It has diverse moorlands filled with deep ravines cutting through the forested eastern and western slopes, with many clear streams and waterfalls.  It is also an important water catchment area, providing water to the Tana and Athi River.  The Park is surrounded by an indigenous forest which houses the famous Kimathi Hideout/Mau Mau caves, which were used as a hide out for Mau Mau fighters.  The park is also home to most large mammals such as the black rhinos, leopards, serval, different reptiles, a wide variety of insects and endemic bird species. 

Lodge: Treetop Lodge or similar

Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 5: Aberdares National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast, you will check out and depart to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in time for lunch at the Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill. After lunch you will enjoy afternoon game viewing which gives you a chance to spot numerous flamingo and other birds, as well as other plains game. In the evening, transfer back your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Dubbed ‘the greatest bird spectacle on earth due to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, Lake Nakuru is also an ornithologist’s paradise and also a sanctuary for both black and white rhino. Its pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters also yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo images in Africa. The park offers an incredible 450 different species of water, fish-eating, terrestrial and migratory birds including the pelican, fish eagle, secretary bird, heron, egret, hammer kop and grebe. Established as Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary, the park now hosts one of the largest black rhino concentrations in the country while substantial numbers of white rhino have also been introduced.

Lodge: Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill or similar

Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park – Maasai Mara Game Reserve 

After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and depart to the Maasai Mara crossing Loita Plains and arriving in Mara in time for lunch at the tented camp. After lunch depart for afternoon game drive. You will have an opportunity to spot the big five, wildebeest migration, plains game and numerous bird life. Optional activities include guided nature walks, bush lunch/dinner/breakfast, bird walks, and evening sundowner.

In the Maasai Mara it is possible to enjoy a hot air balloon ride at an extra cost.  These balloons take off at dawn to avoid the heat which develops as the day progresses.  They drift high over grazing herds which cannot be accessed by vehicles. After approximately an hour’s flight, a gentle landing is followed by a champagne-style bush breakfast on the landing site, where pilots and passengers toast yet another memorable experience.

Tented camp: Ol Moran Tented Camp or similar

Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 7– 9: Maasai Mara National Reserve (3Full Days)

Spend full day in Maasai Mara with early in the morning before sunrise optional at extra cost depart for a hot air balloon safari above the spectacular Mara wilderness.

Hot Air Balloon Safari (US$ 450 per person)

The hot air balloon safari takes off at dawn to avoid the heat which develops as the day progresses.  They drift high over grazing herds which cannot be accessed by vehicles. After approximately an hour’s flight, a gentle landing is followed by a champagne-style bush breakfast on the landing site, where pilots and passengers toast yet another memorable experience.

Tented camp: Ol Moran Tented Camp or similar

Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 10: Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

After breakfast check out of your camp and depart the Reserve for Amboseli National Park via Nairobi with a lunch stop over at the famous Carnivore restaurant and arrive at Amboseli in the evening. Check in to your Camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Amboseli is famous for its huge elephant herds. Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro sits in the upper slopes of Amboseli national park. Mt Kilimanjaro’s snow white peaks lie across the border of Tanzania. Seeing Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds in the early hours of the morning is quite an experience. For an enthusiastic photographer, taking pictures arising against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain is quite a thrill. Apart from the elephants, buffalos, black rhino and other plain animals are in plenty.

Dinner and overnight at Kibo camp or similar

Day 11: Amboseli National Park – Nairobi – Departure

Enjoy pre-breakfast game viewing drive in the plains of Amboseli National Park and after breakfast till mid morning where you will depart to Nairobi. Upon arrive you will be taken on a farewell lunch courtesy of us in famous carnivore restaurant. In the evening you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to board your schedule international flight to your next destination.

End of Safari!

Package cost solo person: kindly inquire by E-mail (cost depends on the number of people travelling and the season of travel)

Package Includes:

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

– Park entry fees and game drives within the park

– Full board accommodation in tented camps and lodges as stipulated in the itinerary

– Service of an experienced English-speaking driver guide

– Applicable government taxes

– Festive supplements

 Package Excludes:

– Cultural visit to Maasai villages

– Hot air balloon safari in Maasai Mara

– Tips to driver/guides

– International and local flight fees and departure taxes

– Extras at the tented camps lodge – tips, drinks, telephone, etc

– Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

– Laundry services

– Personal travel insurance

– Any other item not included in our itinerary

 

 

 

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7 Days and 6 Nights, Best of Kenya Wildlife Viewing and Tented Camp Safari.

Trip Highlights: : This is an exciting and fascinating 4 days wilderness safari which will take you to visit Samburu and Shaba National Reserves, home to the rare and unusual reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Gravy’s zebra and Beisa Oryx. These reserves are only separated by road and hold great beauty despite the unique dry weather condition. The Ewaso Nyiro River is the boundary with the neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve, and is where the elephant, buffalo, and other animal species gather for a drink. During your safari, you will have an opportunity to spot a wide variety of wildlife including the northern specialties as well as other species of animals found in the plains. You will travel with our tour guide/driver in a private safari minivan and spend the nights in a lodge.

 Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) – Samburu National Reserve

 As soon as you arrive at the airport, you will be met by the Tour Manager who will brief you about your safari and escort you to your vehicle for departure to Samburu National Reserve. You will drive through rolling agricultural land and cross the equator as you approach the semi-desert countryside in Samburu. You will arrive in time for check in and lunch at your lodge before departing for an afternoon game drive within the park. In the evening you will be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Samburu National Park is a wildlife haven. Here you will spot Africa’s big cats-lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya Park; gravy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudus and gerenuk. The park boasts of some several species of animals which are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life. All three big cats, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard can be found here, as well as Elephants, Buffalos and Hippos. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of birds which include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Guinea fowl and Vultures. The Ewaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of the Nile crocodile.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner

Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast, at around 8.00 am, you will depart with a specially packed picnic lunch and spend the day game viewing around the reserve such as the elephant, lion, and the northern specialties such as the Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx and Gravy’s Zebra. You may also see crocodiles getting some sun on the sandbank or snapping their jaws during their feed. In the evening, you will be transferred back to your camp for dinner and overnight.

In addition to Kamunyak, the renowned lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves, the Samburu National Park boasts of some several species of animals which are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life. All three big cats, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard can be found here, as well as Elephants, Buffalos and Hippos. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of birds which include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Guinea fowl and Vultures. The Ewaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of the Nile crocodile.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner

Copy of HPIM1670Day 3: Samburu National Reserve – Shaba National Reserve

Depart from your lodge with packed picnic lunch to view the various game found in the park. After  lunch, you will be taken to Shaba National Reserve for more game viewing till evening when you will be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Shaba National Reserve forms a trio of unusual and attractive game sanctuaries very different from others in Kenya. The reserve has a particular place in the history of Kenya game conservation for it was in this reserve that the authoress, Joy Adamson died. It was in this tranquil wilderness that she released her first hand-raised leopards. The reserve gets its name from Mt. Shaba, a volcanic mountain that became extinct around 5,000 years ago. The mountain lies on the border of the reserve. Animals commonly encountered in this reserve are the elephant, lion, cheetah, gravy’s zebra, giraffe, gerenuk, buffalo, Oryx, Grant’s gazelle, Dik-dik and waterbuck. The river forest also attracts a wide variety of birds. The reserve also takes its name from a massive cone of volcanic rocks which dominate the region. The northern boundary is marked by the wide, sauntering motion of the Ewaso Nyiro river on its way to Chanler’s Falls and beyond to its final destination at the Lorian Swamp.

Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Shaba National Reserve – Nairobi

Enjoy early morning game viewing within the Samburu Reserve to get a chance to spot the early predators as they start off their day. Afterwards return to your lodge for breakfast then check out and depart the reserve with a packed picnic lunch to eat on the way back to Nairobi. You will reach Nairobi in the evening at which time you will be transferred back to your residence within Nairobi.

End of safari

Cost: Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Cost Includes:

– Accommodation and all meals (including packed picnic lunches) as stipulated in the itinerary

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

– Transfers from airport on your arrival and on your departure day

– Services of an English speaking tour driver/guide

– Game viewing drives as per the itinerary

– Driver’s and chef’s allowance and park entry fee for vehicle and driver

– All park entry fees and conservancy fees where applicable

– All Government taxes and levies

-Flying doctors rescue service

Cost excludes:

– All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc

– Tips and gratuities to hotel or camp staff and driver/guide

– Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

– Laundry services

– Personal Travel Insurance

– Any other item not included in our itinerary

7 Days and 6 Nights, Best of Kenya Wildlife Viewing and Tented Camp Safari.

Trip Highlights: : This is an exciting and fascinating 4 days wilderness safari which will take you to visit Samburu and Shaba National Reserves, home to the rare and unusual reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Gravy’s zebra and Beisa Oryx. These reserves are only separated by road and hold great beauty despite the unique dry weather condition. The Ewaso Nyiro River is the boundary with the neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve, and is where the elephant, buffalo, and other animal species gather for a drink. During your safari, you will have an opportunity to spot a wide variety of wildlife including the northern specialties as well as other species of animals found in the plains. You will travel with our tour guide/driver in a private safari minivan and spend the nights in a lodge.

 Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) – Samburu National Reserve

As soon as you arrive at the airport, you will be met by the Tour Manager who will brief you about your safari and escort you to your vehicle for departure to Samburu National Reserve. You will drive through rolling agricultural land and cross the equator as you approach the semi-desert countryside in Samburu. You will arrive in time for check in and lunch at your lodge before departing for an afternoon game drive within the park. In the evening you will be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Samburu National Park is a wildlife haven. Here you will spot Africa’s big cats-lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya Park; gravy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudus and gerenuk. The park boasts of some several species of animals which are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life. All three big cats, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard can be found here, as well as Elephants, Buffalos and Hippos. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of birds which include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Guinea fowl and Vultures. The Ewaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of the Nile crocodile.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner

DSC09399Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast, you will depart with a specially packed picnic lunch and spend the day game viewing around the reserve such as the elephant, lion, and the northern specialties such as the Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx and Gravy’s Zebra. You may also see crocodiles getting some sun on the sandbank or snapping their jaws during their feed. In the evening, you will be transferred back to your camp for dinner and overnight.

In addition to Kamunyak, the renowned lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves, the Samburu National Park boasts of some several species of animals which are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life. All three big cats, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard can be found here, as well as Elephants, Buffalos and Hippos. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of birds which include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Guinea fowl and Vultures. The Ewaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of the Nile crocodile.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve – Shaba National Reserve

Depart from your lodge with packed picnic lunch to view the various game found in the park. After  lunch, you will be taken to Shaba National Reserve for more game viewing till evening when you will be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Shaba National Reserve forms a trio of unusual and attractive game sanctuaries very different from others in Kenya. The reserve has a particular place in the history of Kenya game conservation for it was in this reserve that the authoress, Joy Adamson died. It was in this tranquil wilderness that she released her first hand-raised leopards. The reserve gets its name from Mt. Shaba, a volcanic mountain that became extinct around 5,000 years ago. The mountain lies on the border of the reserve. Animals commonly encountered in this reserve are the elephant, lion, cheetah, gravy’s zebra, giraffe, gerenuk, buffalo, Oryx, Grant’s gazelle, Dik-dik and waterbuck. The river forest also attracts a wide variety of birds. The reserve also takes its name from a massive cone of volcanic rocks which dominate the region. The northern boundary is marked by the wide, sauntering motion of the Ewaso Nyiro river on its way to Chanler’s Falls and beyond to its final destination at the Lorian Swamp.

Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner

Day 4: Shaba National Reserve – Nairobi

Enjoy early morning game viewing within the Samburu Reserve to get a chance to spot the early predators as they start off their day. Afterwards return to your lodge for breakfast then check out and depart the reserve with a packed picnic lunch to eat on the way back to Nairobi. You will reach Nairobi in the evening at which time you will be transferred back to your residence within Nairobi.

End of safari

Cost: Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Cost Includes:

– Accommodation and all meals (including packed picnic lunches) as stipulated in the itinerary

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

– Transfers from airport on your arrival and on your departure day

– Services of an English speaking tour driver/guide

– Game viewing drives as per the itinerary

– Driver’s and chef’s allowance and park entry fee for vehicle and driver

– All park entry fees and conservancy fees where applicable

– All Government taxes and levies

-Flying doctors rescue service

Cost excludes:

– All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc

– Tips and gratuities to hotel or camp staff and driver/guide

– Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

– Laundry services

– Personal Travel Insurance

– Any other item not included in our itinerary