12 Days Tsavo West, Amboseli, Aberdare, Samburu, Sweetwaters, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara – Kenya Safari
Day 1: Nairobi – Tsavo West
After breakfast, depart by road, to the legendary land of the ‘Man-Eaters’ – Tsavo National Park. The 21,000 sq km park is one of the largest in the whole world. Due to its enormous size, the park was divided into two parts Tsavo East and Tsavo West, for easy administration and management. This wilderness is home too over 1000 plant species, 400 bird species and more than 60 major mammal species such as lions, huge herds of buffalo, the solitary and ill-tempered Rhino and at least 7000 elephants.
The park is the location of Africa’s most famous adventure story – Man eaters of Tsavo, in which two lions where responsible for eating over 500 workers who where building the Uganda railway also known as the Lunatic Line – by it’s opponents in the British Parliament in 1898. The story was made famous in the 1996 movie – The Ghost and the Darkness. Enjoy your lunch at your lodge. An afternoon game drives reveals many resident animals of Tsavo. Overnight at Kilaguni Serena Lodge or Ngulia Lodge or Finch Hattons Camp.
Day 2: Tsavo West National Park
Two game drives are scheduled for this day. The extensive diverse habitats offer ideal area to search for pride of lions, buffaloes, cheetahs, giraffe, zebras, hippos and wildebeests. Mzima Spring, underground water seepage from Chyulu Hills is a good place to watch the hippos. There is also a wealth and diversity of birds’ species. Overnight at Kilaguni Serena Lodge or Ngulia Lodge or Finch Hattons Camp.
Day 3: Tsavo West – Amboseli
After breakfast, we drive to Amboseli National Park. The Park is famous for the big herds of elephants and view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. After lunch is served you’ll have time to relax or enjoy the sun heated swimming pool before leaving for another game drive this afternoon. We will be back in good time for a warm shower or a cocktail before dinner is served. Overnight at Amboseli Serena or Amboseli Oltukai Lodge or Amboseli Sopa Lodge.
Day 4: Amboseli National Park
Two game drives are scheduled for this day. The open flat plains are ideal places to search for pride of lions, buffaloes, cheetahs, zebras, and wildebeests. The swamps are good places to catch the elephants as they bath in the mud. There is a wealth and diversity of bird’s species. Also, discover the African Culture by visiting a local Maasai Village. Overnight at Amboseli Serena or Amboseli Oltukai Lodge or Amboseli Sopa Lodge.
Day 5: Amboseli – Aberdare (Tree Lodge)
After an early breakfast we head for Nairobi ‘The city under the sun’ for lunch. Heading further north, we drive through coffee plantations to Serena Mountain Forest Lodge or the Ark Tree Lodge. The Lodge, which comes alive at night with the various sounds of animals, is one of the exotic ‘Tree Hotels’. All of the en-suite rooms have balconies from which you can look beyond the trees to observe the endless parade of wildlife. You can watch these animals from the safety of your room or from a specially built viewing bunker connected to the lodge by a tunnel, which affords you an amazing up-close view of the animals as they visit waterhole’s and salt lick. Overnight at the Serena Mountain Lodge or the Ark or Treetops.
Day 6: Aberdare (Tree Lodge) – Samburu
This morning we travel by road to Kenya’s northern frontier. Wild and rugged, Samburu is fiercely beautiful with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Uaso Nyiro River. It is also one of Kenya’s most protected areas and home to species only found north of the equator, from the reticulated giraffe to Grevy’s zebras and Beisa Oryxes. We also enjoy Larsens Tented Camp or Samburu Intrepids Camp, our luxurious hostelry set beneath a canopy of acacia trees along the banks of the river. Overnight at Larsens Tented Camp or Samburu Intrepids Camp or Samburu Serena.
Day 7: Samburu Game Reserve
Dawn breaks in golden bands as we start our day in the bush by scanning the river from our tents veranda with a cup of steaming coffee in hand. Before the dew is off the grass, we’re off in pursuit of the elephants, lions, leopards, and cheetahs that thrive in the reserves grasslands and acacia woodlands. And so the day is spent in alternating pursuits of exploration in the bush and relaxation in our cozy camp. Overnight at Larsens Tented Camp or Samburu Intrepids Camp or Samburu Serena.
Day 8: Samburu – Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary
After breakfast, we travel overland to the Sweetwaters game reserve and chimpanzee sanctuary. This 70,000-acre private preserve has views of the peaks of Mount Kenya and offers game drives into countryside many travelers never see. We check into our tented camp or Lodge where we stay for the next two nights.
We have lunch in camp. Sweetwaters land, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and its sumptuous ranch were once the private domain of famed multi-millionaire, Adnan Kashoggi. This afternoon game drive takes us to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a charming haven established by the Jane Goodall Institute to provide sanctuary to orphaned chimps, and the specially protected and fenced refuge of black rhino with its stunning forty specimens!
In fact Sweetwaters boasts excellent game viewing with the highest ratio of game to area of any park or reserve in Kenya. Moreover, the camp has its own private waterhole and salt lick. So we’ll be guaranteed unprecedented close encounters. Whether its day or night game drives, camel trekking, lion tracking, al fresco dining or relaxing by pool, Sweetwaters is bound to delight. Overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp or Porini Camp or Ol Pejeta Camp.
Day 9: Sweetwaters – Lake Nakuru
Today we travel to the exotic Lake Nakuru National Park located in the Great Rift Valley. After lunch an exciting game run is planned for the afternoon. The game in this park is plentiful and the magnificent bird watching will make a devotee out of even the most reluctant. The Park is a home to stunning flocks of lesser and Greater Flamingos, which literally turn the lakeshores in to a magnificent pink stretch. The bird life here is world renown and over 400 birds species exist here, White Pelicans, Plovers, Egrets and Marabou Stork. It is also one of the very few places in Africa to see the white Rhino and rare Rothschild Giraffe. Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge or Sarova Lion hill Lodge.
Day 10: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara
This morning we drive through the dramatic Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This enormous reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains famously known for its spectacular great wildebeest’s migration and is home of the Big Five: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino. Lunch at our Lodge and relax before departing for the afternoon game run. The Mara Game Reserve-one of the greatest wildernesses of the world. Large mammals are varied, and easy to see. Residents among the Park’s are: Maasai Giraffe, Buffalo, Eland and thousand of plain game including Impala, Zebra, Topi, both Thomson’s and grants Gazelles.
Day 11: Masai Mara Game Reserve
The search for great predators and perhaps even cubs continues today during extensive game runs. On the plains are enormous herds of grazing animals plus the elusive cheetah and leopard hiding amidst acacia boughs. During our stay we also have an optional opportunity to visit a village of the Maasai people to witness 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. Overnight at Sarova Tented Camp or Siana Tented Camp or Mara Simba Lodge.
Day 12: Masai Mara – Nairobi
Morning game drive to savour the beauty of the park, return to lodge for breakfast. After, depart for Nairobi arriving in the afternoon.
Cost will be provide on request and may go down depending on number of participants and safari lodges/tented camp you will choose to use.
Tour Price Includes:
- Ground transport whilst on safari in a comfortable safari van equipped for game viewing, photography and touring
- Full board accommodation whilst on safari
- Accommodation in double/triple room
- All park entrance fees
- Service of a Professional Safari driver/guide
- Game viewing drives as detailed in the itinerary
- Bottled water whilst on safari
- Safari starts and end in your Hotel unless specified otherwise
Tour Cost Excludes:
Tips, Laundry, Beverages/Drinks, International flights, Visas, Items of a personal nature, Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary