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Africa Wildlife Safaris, Kenya Maasai Mara Tours, Tented Adventures in Kenya

NAS 128S - 14 Days - Best of Kenya Wildlife Safari
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This is a budget camping adventure which starts from Nairobi and ends in Nairobi or Mombasa. 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, Mount Kenya, Amboseli, Tsavo East and Tsavo west National Parks. 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. (Maasai Mara - Naivasha - Nakuru - Bogoria -Baringo - Samburu - Mount Kenya - Amboseli - Tsavo West - Tsavo East - Nairobi Or Mombasa)

Impala in the Mara

Itinerary

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 Nairobi for Masai Mara Game Reserve, picnic lunch en-route. On arrival proceed to the campsite .After a short rest proceed for a game drive in search of black maned lions, elephants, leopards, cheetah, buffalos and other plains game. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Culture in Maasai MaraDay 2: Maasai Mara
Early breakfast followed by a full day of game drive within the reserve.

The Maasai Mara, now The New 7the 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 vultures.

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.

Return to the campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Maasai Mara
Morning game viewing in the Mara with an option nature walk or visit to a nearby Maasai village in between the meal breaks. (Maasai village visit available at extra cost). Dinner and overnight at campsite.

Day 4: Maasai Mara - Naivasha
Maasai Mara Balloon
0630 hrs- early morning game drive - if you still want to go for more

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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.

Naivasha Sopa LodgeAfter breakfast, depart for Lake Naivasha. After lunch, visit Hells Gate National Park and the geothermal power plant.

Lake Naivasha is home to a rich and varied bird and marine population. You can find over 450 species of birds and several types of fishes in the lake. Among major birds in Lake Naivasha include Cormorants, Warbler, spectacled Weaver, Fish Eagles, Kingfishers, Black Herons, Grey-backed Fiscal, Babbler, Water Pelicans and Yellow-collared Lovebirds. You can also find a wide variety of wildlife here, which includes Giraffes, Buffalos, Hippos, and the rare Colobus Monkeys

Proceed to Fisherman's camp for dinner and overnight.

Lake NakuruDay 5: Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru
Depart after breakfast and drive to the home of millions of flamingos and the home of the white rhino and about 350 different species of birds. It is known as: ORNITHOLOGICAL PARADISE.

Lake Nakuru is a soda lake on the floor of the Rift valley. It is famous due to its being a home to about 1.5 million flamingo's and the over 450 species of birds found here. The sight of the millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink. The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species - particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. It is a home to Lions, waterbucks, buffalos, baboons and pelicans.

Dinner and Overnight at a Campsite.

Day 6: Lake Bogoria -Lake Baringo
After breakfast, drive to Lake Bogoria where the hot water springs abound and plenty of medicinal springs. After lunch, visit Lake Baringo. At an extra cost, have one hour boat ride which enables you to see hippos at a close range. Dinner and overnight at a Campsite

Day 7: Nakuru - Samburu
After breakfast, depart for Samburu via the Thompson falls. Lunch en-route, arriving late afternoon.

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: Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudu and gerenuk. The The Ewaso Nyiro River, the boundary with the neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve, is where the elephants, 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 colourful semi-nomadic Samburu tribesmen.

Dinner and overnight at a campsite.

ElephantDay 8: Samburu
After breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive. Return to a camp for lunch. At 04.00 pm. You will be taken for another game drive till dusk. Dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Day 9: Samburu - Mount Kenya
After breakfast, depart 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 tented camp.

Lions in the ParkDay 10: 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 Flame tree or Carnivore. Continue to Amboseli via Kenya/Tanzania border (Namanga) arriving in Amboseli late in the afternoon. An evening game viewing drive will be done if time allows.

Amboseli National Park has the combination of scenery, people and animals is what makes the Amboseli national park of fascinating. Beautifully situated at the foot of the towering Kilimanjaro, it Is the home of the brightly painted Maasai tribe, here you can see lions , cheetahs, spotted hyenas and wild dogs as well as gnus , Kaffir buffaloes , Burch ells zebras and herds of elephants . All these animals come to drink at water holes consisting of small lakes or muddy ponds kept filled up by water from the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. The northern lake Amboseli contains water only after rain.

Dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Day 11: Amboseli
Early morning game drives before breakfast. After breakfast have a whole day game viewing.

Optional: Maasai Village visit Nature walk OR Swimming in one of the lodges pools (all at extra cost).

Return to campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Amboseli - Tsavo West
After breakfast, drive via Chyullu hills to Tsavo West National Park, arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon game viewing drive and a visit to Mzima Springs; (The source of drinking water for Mombasa).

Tsavo East and Tsavo West, both national parks are managed separately but together they form the largest reserve in East Africa. The northern part of Tsavo east may not however be visited by tourists. Nevertheless the Tsavo national park founded in 1947 is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Kenya. In spite of its arid countryside and savannah vegetation about 60species of mammals and 400 different species of birds are to be found here. The Tsavo is particularly famous because of its dramatic scenery and the Red Elephants which owe their colors to the dust prevalent in this area as well as lions and cheetahs. There are many antelopes (Oryx, kudus, giants gazelles and giraffe) Burchells zebras, Masai giraffes baboons and vervet monkeys of the birds the most impressive is the Maasai ostrich. Where there is water such as at Mzima springs, crocodiles and hippos can also be seen.

Return for dinner and overnight at a campsite.

Day 13: Tsavo West - Tsavo East
After breakfast, drive to Tsavo East National Park which is renowned for its large numbers of Elephants and the famous Man Eating Lions (during the building of the Kenya / Uganda Railway in 1890). Lunch on arrival. Game viewing drive follows after lunch till dusk. Dinner and Overnight at a campsite.

Day 14: Tsavo East - Nairobi or Mombasa
After breakfast and your final game drive, return to Nairobi or proceed to Mombasa for further vacation at the coast.

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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 in the various parks accompanied 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$ 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