NAHMB 002, 12, Days Budget Camping Kenya

TOUR CODE: NAHMB 002 12 Days Budget Camping in Kenya Tour Code:NAH003

Trip Highlights: This is a budget camping adventure which starts from Nairobi and ends in Nairobi. You will be able to visit the 7Th wonders of the World Maasai Mara from Nairobi then proceed to Nakuru National Park and then to Samburu National Park. You will stay in tents or Guest houses at the various campsites within the Maasai Mara National Reserve , Nakuru National Park and Samburu National Park.

Day 1: Nairobi - Maasai Mara
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, or if you are staying in a Nairobi City Hotel, our tour manager will meet you and brief you on your safari, and thereafter depart for the Masai Mara Game Reserve with stops at the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley and Narok town for lunch and refueling. Arrive in time for a late afternoon / early evening game drive enroute to a campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Maasai Mara
Early breakfast then proceed for a full day of game viewing in the reserve. The day will be taken up tracking game with your guide though there will be a break for a picnic lunch at the hippo pool.

The abundance and variety of game in this reserve is nothing short of amazing. Practically every mammal can be seen in the Mara with a few exceptions. Various antelopes, scavengers like hyena and vulture are common. The reserve contains all the cats that are; lion, cheetah and leopard; sighting leopard needs luck more than just being there but lions are abundant and there are excellent chances for spotting cheetah. The hippo pool is a popular spot to watch out for hippos; with luck, you may catch crocodile basking on the rocks. Elephants, buffalo, the Maasai giraffe, wildebeest and the common zebra abound.

Return to the campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Masai Mara
After breakfast proceed on another game-viewing session. After lunch you will have the option to go for a game drive or at extra cost, visit a nearby Maasai village to see their nomadic lifestyle. Both activities will end at the campsite in the mid evening where you will retire for the night after dinner.

Day 4: Masai Mara -Nakuru

Maasai Mara Balloon (Optional)
0630 hrs- early morning game drive - if you still want to go for more

Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon provided at an extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild! If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience.


After breakfast, depart the Mara region for Nakuru. The drive offers panoramic views of Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha from afar; this means that you will see them from the main highway. Arrive at Nakuru in time for dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Day 5: Lake Nakuru / Samburu
Wake up to an early morning game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Flamingos and other water birds that thrive in a salt-water environment can be seen. With luck you may track the white rhino and the Rothschild’s giraffe which both have endangered species status. The park is 188 km and is home to cats (both lion and leopard), various antelopes, and grazers like warthog and the waterbuck and Cape buffalo that breed near the shoreline. After the game drive, depart Nakuru for Samburu via the Thompson falls, which are named after Joseph Thompson, one of the first European explorers who walked from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the 1880’s. Lunch will be at Nanyuki, which is at the foothills of Mount Kenya.

Arrive at Samburu in the evening, with a game drive enroute to the campsite where you will retire for the night after dinner.

Day 6: Samburu
Morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu with a lunch and leisure break in the mid afternoon.

The reserve is home to rare drought resistant animals that are peculiar to the semi-arid region north of the equator. These include the reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra, the Beisa Oryx, gerenuk and the blue-shanked Somali ostrich. Samburu is dry most of the year but is watered by the Ewaso Nyiro River, which rises in the Aberdare’s and drains in the Lorian swamp north of Shaba National Reserve.

All meals and overnight at a campsite.

Day 7: Samburu - Mount Kenya

After breakfast, leave Samburu for Mount Kenya (Nanyuki) arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, visit the Mau Mau caves (where Kenyan Freedom Fighters could hide from the British Troops during the struggle for Independence).

Mount Kenya National Park: 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. For another, 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.

Dinner and overnight at a budget hotel / lodge.

Day 8: Mount Kenya - Amboseli via Nairobi
After breakfast, drive south via the biggest open-air market in East and Central Africa (Karatina). Proceed to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch in one of the restaurants. Continue to Amboseli via Kenya/Tanzania border (Namanga) arriving in Amboseli in the late afternoon. An evening game viewing drive.

Dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Day 9: Amboseli
After breakfast, proceed on a game drive in this park, which lies in a dried-up lakebed. Mount Kilimanjaro, which give permanent water to the wildlife.

The animals seen here include There are swamps and springs fed by underground rivers from the melting snows of lion, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, plains game and the rare Taita weaver and the gerenuk. The animals are mainly found around the Ol Kenya swamp. If the weather is clear and there is no low cloud cover, you may see the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, which forms a beautiful backdrop to the park. The observation hill offers a view of the entire park and beyond.

An afternoon game drive will follow after lunch. Dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Day 10: Amboseli - Tsavo West
After breakfast, depart Amboseli for Tsavo West National Park, lunch enroute.

You will visit the Shaitani Lava flows as the area where the park lies is of volcanic origin. The Mzima Springs which contain 20 million tonnes of crystal - clear water from the underground streams of the nearby Chyullu Hills are an additional attraction; various aspects of marine life including hippos, crocodile and fish can be seen from the specially constructed underground glass tank. The animal species seen at Tsavo are hippo, crocodiles, elephant, gazelle, zebra, giraffe, various birds, buffalo, and kudu in a thick acacia setting.

Dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Day 11: Tsavo West - Tsavo East
A morning game drive will follow after breakfast and probably view the rock hyrax, squirrels and mongooses as the park contains a large population of these. Depart for Tsavo East National Park, lunch enroute at Voi safari lodge.

Here, only the section south of the Gallana River is open to the public for game drives; the rest of the park serves as a wilderness for the animals to retreat into. Here the dried up Aruba dam can be seen plus crocodiles at the crocodile view point below the Lugard falls.

Dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Day 12: Tsavo East - Nairobi
After breakfast, your final game drive will follow during which you may see plains game; zebra, antelope, lesser kudu, ostrich and large herds of elephant. Lunch will be taken enroute. Arrive in Nairobi in the evening for your departure flight.

Prices and Costs
Package Cost Shall Be Provided According To Group Numbers and Period of Travel

Package Includes:

  • all game parks or national parks entrance fees
  • all game drives by our professional English-speaking driver cum guide
  • transport by comfortable safari vehicles with hatch-roofs
  • all campsite fees
  • all camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • accommodation in the campsite
  • three sumptuous meals per day whilst on safari, prepared and served by our cook

    Package Excludes:
  • Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara US$ 450 per person extra
  • (Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking.)
  • Tips to driver guide, cook and porter.
  • Extras at the lodges,tips, drinks, telephone, laundry etc
  • Items of personal expenses

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