12 days Disccover Kenya beach Safari (Mara, Nakuru, naivasha, amboseli, tsavo, mombasa)
This 12 day tour covers Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli, Tsavo and Mombasa.
Masi Mara is world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephant, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and other antelope, to and from the Serengeti every year known as the Great Migration. Lake Nakuru is flooded with delicate pink tinge of breath-taking flamingoes, where’s Lake Naivasha’s peaceful lush-green vegetation washes away the dull monotony of work life. The snows of Mount Kilimanjaro, white and crystalline, form a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya’s most spectacular displays of wildlife – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of plains’ game, creating Kenya’s most sought after photographer’s parades. Tsavo West National Park is one of Kenya’s larger national parks covering 30 per cent of Kenya’s park area, and contains a diversity of habitats, wildlife and a mountainous scenic landscape, whereas Tsavo East is known for its cruel “Man-Eaters of Tsavo” story and secondly, for being a major battle field in WWI where British and German troops battled for territory. Thirdly, Tsavo East is still one of the last remaining wilderness of biodiversity strongholds on Earth and it’s worth a visit.
You will be picked up from the airport or any other hotel in Nairobi. Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged on client’s request at an extra cost.
Day 1 Nairobi Maasai Mara National Reserve
Drive from Nairobi to the Great Rift valley through a stop over at view point. Descend from the Escarpment through Maimahio and Narok. You have reached Masaitown and can enjoy the colorful attire and the culture of these normadic tribe. Lunch at Narok town. At the Maasai Mara check in into the lodge or Campsite. Have an introductory game drive game drive and dinner and overnight at the lodge or campsite.
Day 2 Masai Mara Full day game drive.
Today, you have an option to enjoy a balloon ride early morning.
After breakfast, have full day game drive to look for the big five and explore the numerous surprises in this game reserve. Enjoy your picnic lunch and continue the afternoon game drive. Visit the Maasai village (optional)
Dinner and overnight at the lodge or campsite.
Day 3. Masai Mara Lake Naivasha
After early breakfast, depart Mara drive north west on the floor of the rift valley heading to Naivasha, arriving in time for early lunch. Check into your hotel room and then head out to Lake Naivasha. Have a boat ride to Crescent Island & enjoy fresh air and experiance the wild on land, in the water and in the air. Return to your hotel room for dinner and and overnight.
Day 4: Hells Gate – Lake Nakuru
Hells gate National Park is home to various 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 ang gysers.
After Lunch, leave Naivasha and drive west through lake Elementaita and arrive lake nakuru for a morning game drive to see the wonders of nature co-existing in a limited space fed and naurished 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 overght stay at lake Nakuru Lodge.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Samburu National Park
Leave early for Samburu, driving nothwards 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 to get an evening game drive to see some of the rearest 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, whole day 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.
Supper and overnight at the campsite.
Day 7: Samburu – Mount Kenya
Check out after breakfast and have a game drive enroute 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 cafes.
The Mau Mau 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 Mau Mau 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 amongst the rubble. In 2003, the Mau Mau 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. Mau Mau Caves is Open Daily from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m
Lodge at the budget Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Mount Kenya
Depart Mount Kenya and drive south through the highland and plateau through Nairobi. Lunch enroute. on our 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 3 – 4 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, crake 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 Maasai people who live within the park’s borders. If you’d like you can take an optional visit with the Maasai to meet them and learn about their culture and
Day 10 Amboseli -Tsavo West National Park
Leave Amboseli and drive south West to Tsavo. On this afternoon game drive, see the rhino sanctuary, rhino valley, ngulia hills and mzima springs. The rocky landscape, the greenery and the swampy marshes and watering holes here support vast number of animals.
Day 11. Whole Day Tsavo West National Park
Wake up and carry your binoculars getting around in the park and take your best shots to show people at home that your safari was worth it. See the best of what West Tsavo offers, the Rhino sanctuary, lions, cheetah, hyenas hunting the many grass eating animals, landscapes, watering holes, rocky formations, hills and valleys.
Day 12. Tsavo East National Park -Mombasa.
Drive to Tsavo East National Park. Spend this morning in this amazing wilderness and get the thrill of a lifetime and the feel that no other place could give.
Transfer to Mombasa.This trip takes you to your beach hotel in Mombasa.