Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park, the second most popular animal park after Maasai Mara, is 260km (160 miles) from Nairobi, on the border with the neighboring country of Tanzania. Its magnificent situation at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro combined with its excellent opportunities to view Kenya’s animals, make it one of the most-visited safari parks in Kenya. Amboseli is renowned for its large herds of free-ranging African elephants. There are over 900 African elephants in Amboseli, as well as huge herds of wildebeests and many other animals including giraffes, African lions, monkeys, zebras, hyenas and antelope. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people.
The Ark Lodge
The Ark Lodge is nestled deep in the forests of Aberdares National Park on the path of an ancient elephant migratory route between the Aberdares Mountains and Mount Kenya and is strategically located right in front of a watering hole and salt lick. The forest is home to many wildlife species that include elephant, rhino, warthog, bush pig and giant forest hog, waterbuck, duiker, bongo, and reedbuck.
Samburu game reserve
The highlights of Samburu game reserve is the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colorful heritage.
The reserves have numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife which includes leopard, hippo, elephant, lion, grevy zebra and crocodile in the Ewaso Nyiro River. Over 365 species of birds have been identified in the reserve.
Samburu is also home to the third of Kenya’s giraffe species – the rare Reticulated Giraffe (only found in the Northern parks). This is also where you see the blue-legged Somali Ostrich, the long-necked Gerenuk gazelle and the straight-horned Beisa Oryx antelope.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru is a shallow alkaline lake in the Rift Valley renowned for its spectacular flamingo population. The lake is famed as one of the world’s greatest ornithological spectacles. Lake Nakuru National Park is home to zebras, gazelles, Rothschild giraffe, impala, black and white rhino sanctuary and other large mammals.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
The Maasai Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to comprehend – indeed, over 450 species of animals have been recorded here! You will easily spot lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.
It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place: the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna – lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.
In addition to the game drive offerings, you also have the option of arranging a hot air balloon safari and a visit to Maasai village.
Maasai warriors are famously known as the proud nomadic tribe whose legendary prowess in battle and single-handed acts of bravery in fights with the wild animals are known across the world. A visit reveals the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience.
Day 1: Nairobi to Amboseli
Early morning pick-up from your hotel and depart for Amboseli National Park. While you drive to Amboseli and weather permitting you shall get a view of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro with its snowcapped peaks. This is the also the home the re-known Maasai community and here you will have an opportunity to learn more on the Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle. All meals and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge.
Day 2: Amboseli to Aberdares National Park
Depart Amboseli in the morning and drive back towards Nairobi and head to the Aberdares ranges.You will be arriving at Aberdares Country Club hotel for a hot lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to The Ark Lodge for dinner and overnight game viewing. The Ark Lodge
Day 3: Aberdares National Park to Samburu
After breakfast head north across the equator to Samburu National Reserve arriving at the Lodge in time lunch.Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sentrim Lodge.
Day 4: Samburu – Full day game drive
Full day in Samburu, with an early morning and late afternoon game drive. Samburu is a beautiful and game abundant park, home to rarely found species such as the Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s zebra, blue-necked Somali ostrich and reticulated giraffe. Optional activities include a visit to a local Samburu village, camel riding and guided nature and bird. All meals and overnight at Samburu Sentrim Lodge.
Day 5: Samburu to Lake Nakuru
Depart Samburu Lodge in the morning and drive to the floor of the Rift Valley – to Lake Nakuru National Park making a brief stop at Nyahururu Thomson Falls.
Arrive at your camp/lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Flamingo Hills Tented Camp.
Day 6: Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara
Depart Lake Nakuru after breakfast and drive further along the floor of the Rift Valley to Maasai Mara Game Reserve arriving at your camp in time for lunch.
Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Sekenani Camp.
Day 7: Maasai Mara
Spend the day in Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary where you will have the best opportunity of spotting the Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. You can also decide to take an optional hot air balloon ride (US$450 per person); you will also have the option of visiting a local Maasai village (US$30 per person). All meals and overnight at Sekenani Camp.
Day 8: Maasai Mara/Nairobi
Check-out after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi arriving approx. 13:00 hrs. You can have lunch at the Famous Carnivore Restaurant or any local restaurant at an extra cost. Later transferred to the airport to check-in for your onward flight home.
Price in USD per person:
Tour Cost includes:
- Ground transport whilst on safari in a comfortable 8 seater minivan equipped for game viewing & photography
- Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
- All accommodation
- Game drives
- Park Entrance Fees
- Bottled water whilst on safari
Tour Cost excludes:
- Accommodation on the first day & last day
- Tips, Laundry, Beverages/Drinks
- International flights
- Items of a personal nature
- Optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.