12 DAYS MARA, Nakuru, SAMBURU, AMBOSELI, & TSAVO

12 days Kenya Wildlife safaris, Kenya camping Tours- Holidays and safaris, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Samburu, Mout Kenya, Amboseli, Tsavo West, Tsavo East and back to Nairobi where thesafari started.

Day 1: Nairobi / Masai Mara

After breakfast we will pick you up from your Nairobi Hotel. Thereafter depart for the Maasai 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. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge/Mara Sopa Lodge/Mara Simba Lodge/Keekorok Lodge/Mara Fig Tree Camp / or Campsite

Day 2: Masai 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 of 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 that just being there but lions are abundant and there are excellent chances for spotting cheetah. The hippo pool is a popular sport to watch out for hippos; with luck you may catch crocodile basking on the rocks. Elephants, buffalo, the Maasai giraffe, wildbeest and the common zebra abound. Dinner and Overnight at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge/Mara Sopa Lodge/Mara Simba Lodge/Keekorok Lodge/Mara Fig Tree Camp / or Campsite

Day 3: Masai Mara.

After breakfast proceed to 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 lodge or campsite in the mid-evening where you will retire for the night after dinner. Dinner and Overnight at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge/Mara Sopa Lodge/Mara Simba Lodge/Keekorok Lodge/Mara Fig Tree Camp / or Campsite

Day 4: Masai Mara / Lake Nakuru

After breakfast depart the Mara region for Nakuru. The driver offers panoramic views of Mt. Longonot and Lake Naivasha from a far; this means that you will see them from the main highway. Arrive Nakuru in time for dinner and overnight at a lodge / campsite. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge/Lake Nakuru Lodge/Merica Hotel

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 188km and is home to cats (both lion and leopard) various antelopes, grazers like warthog and the waterbuck and Cape buffalo that breed near the shoreline. After the game run, 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 Mt. Kenya arrive Samburu in the evening, which a game drive enroute. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Samburu Serena Safari Lodge/Samburu Game Lodge/Samburu Sopa Lodge or campsite

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, gravy’s zebra, the Beisa Oryx, gerenuk and blue-shanked Somali Ostrich. Samburu is dry most of the year but is watered by Ewasonyiro River, which rises in the Aberdares and drains in the Lorian Swamp North of Shaba National Reserve. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Samburu Serena Safari Lodge/Samburu Game Lodge/Samburu Sopa Lodge or campsite

Day 7: Samburu / Mount Kenya

After breakfast, leave Samburu for Mount Kenya (Nanyuki) arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, visit the Mau caves (where Kenyan freedom fighters could hide from the British Troops during the struggle for independence. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Sweet waters tented camp/Arms Hotel/Mount Kenya Country Club or campsite

Day 8: Mount Kenya / Amboseli

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 late afternoon. An evening game viewing drive. Dinner and Overnight at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge/Oltukai lodge/Amboseli Lodge or campsite.

Day 9: Amboseli

After breakfast, proceed on a game drive in this park, which lies in a dried up lakebed. There are swamps and springs fed by underground rivers from the melting snows of Mt. Kilimanjaro, which give permanent water to the wildlife. The animals seen here include 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 low cloud cover, you may see the peak of Mt. 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. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge/Oltukai lodge/Amboseli Lodge or 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 volcanic origin. The Mzima Springs which contain 20 million tones 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 hippos, crocodiles 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. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, Ngulia Lodge, Severin Safari Camp or 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 of Tsavo East National Park, lunch enroute. Here, only the section south of the Galana 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 and the crocodile point below the Lugard falls. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Voi Safari Lodge, Ngutuni Lodge, Sataoi Camp or 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 followed by a transfer to JKI airport to fly back home.