10 Days Kenya Circuit Safari (Mara, Naivasha, Samburu, Mt Kenya)
Enjoy this holiday with beautiful portrayals of nature’s magnificence, witnessing the beauty of both wildlife and scenic nature. Masai Mara is flooded with Kenya’s richest concentration of wildlife, owing to the conservation efforts of the grassland and the Mara river.
Tanzanian migrator’s like lions, cheetahs, the Gazelles, wildebeest and zebras migrate back and forth depending on availability of grass. Predators and preys bound unto one another inhabit this Savannah land of Mara. Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Hippo and the dangerous Crocodiles can also be spotted to amuse your curiosity. Freshen up your mind with the calming flow of Mara river. This trip reveals to you the surprising secrets of nomadic life.
Lake Naivasha’s peaceful lush-green vegetation washes away the dull monotony of work life, while the trekking and biking in Hells Gate National Park gives you fun activity to look forward to. From the most elegant and refined safari of Lake Nakuru, flooded with delicate pink tinge of breath-taking flamingos; this trip is a perfect blend of scenic and vivacious nature. Masai Mara and Serengeti host the real African treasure of big five creatures while and end with memorable sight of Amboseli’s elephant herds with Kilimanjaro’s scenic snow-capped background. Morning and afternoon game drives will lead you to some of Africa’s largest lion prides, herds of zebra, antelopes, buffaloes, wildebeest, giraffes, cheetahs, Our nature walk to Mt. Kenya forest gives you a lifetime experience that you will never forget; Mau Mau caves provide a home to vibrant cultures while game drive to Samburu National park and Olpajeta conservancy caps your visit.
Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara
Pick up from your Nairobi hotel in the morning drive to Masai Mara through the Great African Rift Valley, stop over at the view point and gaze at the valley over the cliff. Drive through Maimahio and Narok the Masai Mara Town. You will arrive Mara in time for lunch. Check in to your Lodge/Campsite and have lunch. Afternoon game drive through the park in search of the Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Buffalo and other members of the Big five plus other animals. Dinner and overnight at your Lodge/Campsite
Day 2: Masai Mara Full day Game Drive
An early morning balloon flight to the park with a jungle breakfast will leave you surprised and begging for more.
Spend the day looking for the big five and all the classic in between, like giraffe, Zebra, wild-beast antelopes gazelle, cheetah hyena, jackals and wild dogs. There are numerous birds as well like the secretary bird and ostrich. Picnic lunch by the river Mara with hippos and crocodiles. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite.
Day 3: Masai Mara-Lake Naivasha/ Hells Gate
Check out and travel on the floor of the rift valley to Naivasha. Arrive in time for lunch, check in to your room. Afternoon boat ride in Lake Naivasha is a beautiful option or spend the the afternoon to relax and unwind. You can also take a guided nature walk or decide to go shopping in town. Dinner and breakfast at your Lodge/Hotel
Day 4: Hells Gate – Lake Nakuru
After an early breakfast, carry your picnic lunch and check out for Hells Gate National Park. Hells Gate National Park is home to unique tourist attractions such as the steep, rugged cliffs, deep concealed gorges that give you impressive views, wildlife viewing, rapter nesting in the cliffs, hot springs the Merryn carnelli raptor hide, the Olkaria geothermal station, tourist circuit, nature trails and health spa. Activities in Hells Gate National park include, rock climbing, bird watching, cycling, walking or trekking between the gorges and geysers.
After Lunch, leave Naivasha and drive west through lake Elementaita and arrive lake Nakuru for afternoon and evening game drive to see the wonders of nature co-existing in a limited space fed and nourished by the alkaline waters of lake Nakuru in full sun. Lake Nakuru houses Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary and one of the largest concentrations of black rhinoceros in the world, a large population of white rhino. The park features the picturesque Malaika Waterfalls. Also of interest is an area of 188 km around the lake fenced off as a sanctuary to protect Rothschild giraffes. Among predators are lion, leopard and large pythons hiding in the dense woodlands which may occasionally be seen crossing roads or dangling from trees. Others game include Thomson’s and Grant gazelle, the long- eared leaf-nosed bat, colobus monkey, rock hyrax, hippo, and waterbuck; Impala, striped hyena, bat-eared fox, wildcat, reedbuck and golden cat. Supper and overnight stay at lake Lodge/Hotel
Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Samburu National Park
After breakfast, leave for Samburu, driving northwards in the great Rift valley to arrive at Nanyuki in time for lunch and then start the descent to Samburu. Arrive at your campsite and get an evening game drive to see some of the rearrest animals in the world. Watch the beautiful sun setting to the west.
Samburu’s little desert safari surprises you with worldwide wonders like Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, Elephants, Lions, and Cheetahs, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Bateleur, Palm-nut Vulture and long-necked gerenuk will craft your delightful holiday while splendid Mount Ol Olokwe spills stunning colors in it. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day 6: All Day Game Drive Samburu National Reserve
After breakfast, spend your day doing game drive. The Samburu National Reserve is a game reserve on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in Kenya. On the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The park is 165 km2 in size and is situated 350 kilometers from Nairobi. It ranges in altitude from 800 to 1230m above sea level geographically. In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng’iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests. It provides water, without which the game in this arid region could not survive. The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the best-selling book and award-winning movie Born Free. The Elephant Watch Camp lies within the park. It is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves. You have an option to visit the Samburu village to experiance the rich culture of the samburu people.
Lunch/Supper and overnight at the Lodge/Campsite.
Day 7: Samburu – Mount Kenya
Check out after breakfast and have a game drive en-route to Mt Kenya. Arrive Nanyuki and have an early lunch, check in to your hotel and relax for an hour and head to the base of Mount Kenya. In the company of a local tour guide, scale up the rough terrain at the base to reach the Maumau caves.
The Maumau caves at the foothills of Mt Kenya open out to a beautiful waterfall and pass-through rocks on Burguret River. Once shielded by a dense forest cover, these caves near Nanyuki are well known for their historical significance. The Mau mau caves is a historic site that was once used as a hide out by the Kenyan Freedom Fighters during the Maumau uprising of the year 1952-1960. The caves are located in Nanyuki in Laikipia County deep in the Mount Kenya Forest Reserve.
The British forces bombed the caves in 1959 after the location was obtained by the Land and Freedom Army and many lives were lost during the bombardment. Some of their remains can still be seen among’st the rubble. In 2003, the Maumau Caves were gazetted by the National Museums of Kenya and declared a national monument. Now a tranquil environment, it offers a complimentary setting as a tourist and historic site. Maumau Caves is Open Daily from 9:00 a.m
Lodge at the Lodge/Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Mount Kenya
Depart Mount Kenya and drive south through the highland and plateau through Nairobi. Lunch en-route on your journey to Amboseli National Park, the best spot in Africa to view free-ranging elephants. The population of these noble giants is so dense that you are guaranteed to see them traveling as family groups to their familiar watering holes. Amboseli is also known to have the best views of Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa. Plus, you’ll have good opportunities to see lion, buffalo, impala, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest, all in this special park. Perhaps this is why Amboseli is the second most popular park in Kenya, following only the Masai Mara. Relax and enjoy this idyllic African scene as we wind our way to Amboseli Park. Within 5-6 hours we will arrive and start the adventure with our first game drive. With Mt. Kilimanjaro as our background, you’ll see the herds of protected elephants, many sporting immense ivory tusks. Arrive Amboseli in the Amboseli National Park Later in the afternoon. Evening game drive and dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day 9: Full Day Game Drive Amboseli
We’ll set out for wildlife viewing and game drive after Breakfast, Because the vegetation here can get sparse during the dry months, the park offers wonderful opportunities for spotting animals. The birdlife is also abundant in Amboseli, especially around the swamp and marshlands of the park. You’ll find raptors and also water birds like pelican, crane and kingfisher. For even more wildlife viewing, we’ll take a ride up to Observation Hill. This vantage point will give us an overall vista of the entire park. Check out the swamps below where the elephants gather daily. You can also walk about the hill as it’s one of the few places in the park you can explore on foot. Another unique feature here is the indigenous Masai people who live within the park’s borders. If you’d like you can take an optional visit with the Masai to meet them and learn about their culture and lifestyle.
Day 10: Amboseli National Park– Transfer to Nairobi
An early morning game drive to catch up and have a last glimpse of more surprises in this amazing wilderness.
Depart Amboseli National park after breakfast to arrive Nairobi lunch en-route. Thereafter, be dropped at your hotel of choice or continue to the airport for your flight back home. Safari ends at around 3 pm.