14 Days / 13 Nights Wildlife Viewing Private Safari by Road and Flight

Trip Highlights: This is an exciting 14 days Wildlife Viewing Private Safari by Road and Flight into some of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya. This trip will start at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport upon your arrival, taking you through to Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, and through the panoramic Rift Valley; the only earth feature observable from space, into Maasai Mara Game Reserve, scene of the greatest spectacle of the animal kingdom and the annual migration of thousands of wildebeest. After coming from the Maasai Mara, you will venture into Amboseli National Park by flying, Tsavo west and finally Tsavo East National Park. You will be able to see plenty of wildlife varying from Kenya’s big five; the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and the leopard amongst a host of other different animal species. You will travel in a private safari minivan and stay in hotels, lodges, and tented camps on full board while on this safari.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi

Upon your arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our Tour Manager who will brief you on your Safari and escort you to your vehicle for transfer to The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi for rest and overnight stay.

Dinner and overnight at Norfolk Hotel or Similar

Day 2: Nairobi – Aberdare National Park

After breakfast in your hotel, we check out and depart to Aberdare National Park arriving in time for lunch in The Ark Lodge. After lunch, explore the rugged terrain within the park which is filled with natural beauty such as deep ravines that cut through forested slopes, clear streams and waterfalls, unusual vegetation.

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. 

Dinner and Overnight Stay will be at The Ark lodge or Similar

Copy of HPIM1422Day 3: Aberdare National Park

Spend the full day in this Park enjoying the Major attractions found in Aberdare National Park which includes the famous Lesatima Peak, Kinangop Peak, waterfalls, walks in the moorlands, twin hills, elephant hills and Table Mountains. The second largest population of black rhinos lives in this park.

Aberdare National Park was created to protect the forests of the Aberdare Mountains.  It has gained its reputation from the rare species of animals found within its locale such as black rhino, bongo antelopes, giant forest hogs, and the very rare black leopards.  However, game viewing is a bit difficult in the Aberdare due to the dense canopy of the rainforest that provides excellent cover for wildlife.

Dinner and Overnight Stay will be at The Ark lodge or Similar

Day 4: Aberdare National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park

You will enjoy an early morning pre-breakfast game drive within the Aberdare before having breakfast and departing to Lake Nakuru National Park for a memorable game viewing and bird watching experience. You will arrive in good time for lunch at the Lodge. After the game drive, you will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes. It lies to the south of Nakuru, in central Kenya and is protected by a small Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts a vast quantity of flamingos that famously lines the shore. Other birds also flourish in the area, as do warthogs, baboons and other large mammals. Black and White rhinos have also been introduced.

Dinner and overnight will be at Lake Nakuru Sarova lion Lodge or similar

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park – Maasai Mara Game Reserve

An early morning pre-breakfast Game drive within the park will be followed by breakfast. After breakfast, check out of the lodge and depart for Maasai Mara Game Reserve via Narok arriving in time for check in and lunch at the camp.  After lunch, you will proceed with an afternoon Game drive till evening when you return to the Ol Moran Tented Camp for rest and dinner.

The Maasai Mara, now The New 7th 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 vulture. 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.

Dinner and overnight will be at Ol Moran Tented Camp or similar

Day 6-8:  Maasai Mara Game Reserve (3 Full days)

Spend three days within Maasai Mara viewing wildlife across this game studded reserve. You will also look out for the big five and other plains game. Enjoy picnic lunches to avoid disrupting game viewing. You will also have the option of taking a pre-breakfast balloon flight safari, at an extra cost, which will give you an unforgettable experience as you view animals very early in the morning from a birds’ eye view.

The wildebeests are the most dominant inhabitants of the Maasai Mara. Their numbers are estimated in millions. The great migration starts in July each year when well over one million wildebeest along with large numbers of Thompson’s gazelles, zebra and other herbivores migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to fresh pastures in the north and then back south again in October.

Optional Balloon Flight

You can opt to carry out your game viewing activity on an adventurous and unforgettable balloon flight over the spectacular Mara at an extra cost. This package includes a bush breakfast in the wild.

Dinner and overnight will be at Ol Moran Tented Camp or similar

Day 9:  Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Amboseli National Park

After breakfast you will spend the morning viewing wildlife within the park, giving you an opportunity to explore parts of the park that you never explored before.  You will carry a packed picnic lunch to eat during your game drives and later on at 1.00pm you will be transferred to the airstrip to board the 2.00pm flight to Amboseli.  You will land at Amboseli Airstrip at 3.00pm and be immediately taken for a game drive en route to the camp for check in, rest and dinner.

Amboseli is famous for its huge elephant herds. Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. 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 will be at Kibo safari tented camp or similar

Day 10 & 11: Amboseli National Park (2 Full days)

You will enjoy an early morning pre breakfast game viewing drive and thereafter return to your camp for breakfast for these two days in Amboseli. You will spend the days exploring the park, looking out for the elephants and other wildlife species in the ecosystem within the park. Every evening return to your camp for dinner and overnight stay.

The park takes its name from the seasonal Lake Amboseli, which in dry weather resembles a massive salt pan.  For years, the Maasai shared the park with wild animals and were so pre-occupied with their own herds of cattle and seldom bothered the game. Families of warthog trot off through the dust while hyena and jackal vie with the flocks of vultures over stinking carcasses left by the occasional lion or cheetah.

All meals and overnight stay will be at the Kibo safari tented camp or similar

Day 12: Amboseli National Park – Tsavo West National Park

Enjoy an early morning pre breakfast game drive for a chance to explore its vast lands which are home to elephants, black rhino, and buffalo and other animals.  For an enthusiastic photographer, taking pictures against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain is quite a thrill. After breakfast, carry packed lunch and depart to Tsavo West for a chance to view wildlife and enjoy birding during the afternoon game drives.

Shetani lava flows found in Tsavo West National Park got its name from molten lava that spewed from the earth 200 years ago.  The fiery fury was thought by the local people to be the work of the devil, hence the name ‘Shetani’, which means ‘Devil’ in Swahili.  The glorious Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary also has a growing population of the endangered black rhino which was a victim of poaching in the early 1960s.  Lake Jipe also offers a memorable experience as it is abundant with aquatic life.  Boat rides are a sure way to blow your mind away as you sail through the clear waters watching different species of fish and aquatic animals enjoy the sun’s rays penetrating through the water.  Bird watching is also a major activity in the park.

Lodge: Ngulia Safari Lodge or similar
Meal plan: Picnic lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

DSC09399Day 13: Tsavo West National Park – Tsavo East National Park

Enjoy early morning pre breakfast game drive for a chance to spot the early risers as they start off the day. After breakfast, check out of the lodge and depart to Tsavo east national park, arrive in time for check in and lunch in Ashnil Aruba lodge. Spend the afternoon enjoying 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 be able to see large herds of elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards and other plains game.

Tsavo East National Park is one of the planet’s last biodiversity strongholds.  The park features bushy grasslands, open plains, semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands.  It offers a vast untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by the azure and emerald meanderings of the Galana River, guarded by the limitless lava reaches of the Yatta Plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya.  The park offers some of the most magnificent game drives in the world, vast herds of dust-red elephants, fat pods of hippo, giant crocodile and a variety of bird life set against a backdrop of endless bush.

Lodge: Ashnil Aruba Lodge or similar
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 14: Tsavo East National Park – Nairobi – Departure

An early pre breakfast game viewing drive will be followed by breakfast.  After breakfast, you will be checked out from your lodge and depart for Nairobi, arriving in time for a farewell lunch at famous carnivore restaurant.  You will in evening transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your international departure flight to your next destination.

End of safari

Cost :Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Cost Includes:

-Accommodation and meals in hotel, lodges and tented camps as stipulated in the itinerary
-Transport in a private safari minivan
– Local flight from Maasai Mara to Amboseli
-Services of an English speaking tour driver/guide
-Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as per itinerary
-All Government taxes and levies

Cost excludes:

-Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara – US$ 450 per person extra (Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking)
-All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc.
-Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, tented camps staff and driver/guide
-Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
-Any international flight and departure taxes
-Laundry services
-Any other item not included in our itinerary