6-Days Samburu, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara Adventures
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.
The dusty, stunning plains of Naivasha make a tour of the Great Rift Valley priceless. Dozens of attractions dot this magnificent gorge and include Lake Naivasha, one of the freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley to see the lake’s dense population of hippos and birds on a boat. Hell’s Gate National Park, there is a lot to see and do in this park. Explore gorges, climb rocks, view wildlife, enjoy a nature walk and have a picnic in the park’s plains. Hell’s Gate is one of the best rock climbing destinations in Kenya. Wildlife to see in this park includes zebras, buffalos, gazelles, and hartebeests. Ol Karia Geothermal Spa has naturally heated water and is a great recreation spot. Crescent Island is about 15 minutes by boat away from the shores of Lake Naivasha. It is one of the few places where you can enjoy a nature walk alongside wild animals. Animals to see here include wildebeests and giraffes. Among many other attractions.
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 – Samburu National Reserve
After your breakfast, we drive north of Nairobi passing through the Equator and the majestic Mount Kenya en route to the open savannah of Samburu Game Reserve. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge. After lunch, you will have some time to relax before you go for an evening game drive. Come back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. All meals and overnight at Samburu Simba Lodge
Day 2: Samburu National Reserve
Today you will spend the full day spent exploring the park. An optional cultural visit to the Samburu Village at USD 30 per person is available later in the day.
All Meals and overnight at Samburu Simba Lodge
Day 3: Samburu Game Reserve – Lake Naivasha
Rise early for a game drive and then return for breakfast and check out. Depart for Naivasha, stopping for picnic lunch en-route. On the way you can stop for views of the beautiful Thomson Falls. Arrive in Lake Naivasha late afternoon. After lunch you will enjoy an hour-long boat ride on Lake Naivasha (or Lake Olodian) where you can spot hippos as well as a variety of birds common to this area. Proceed to Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara National Reserve
After breakfast, depart Lake Naivasha for the Maasai Mara arriving in time for lunch at your camp. Relax in the camp after lunch till 1600hrs for a late afternoon game drive returning before dusk for dinner and your overnight stay at Mara Leisure Camp.
Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve
Enjoy a full day game viewing with picnic lunch on the Mara River over-looking the Hippo Pools and the savannah. 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). Return to the Mara Leisure Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve – Nairobi
You will wake up today for an early breakfast. After breakfast you will head for the morning game drive till mid-morning, return to the camp where you will pick up your luggage and leave for Nairobi. You will arrive in the evening and transferred to your hotel or the airport
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