This trip has been designed to provide a great insight into three great wild areas of Kenya; Samburu National Park, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara.
With a maximum of six guests in a pop up roof 4x4 safari vehicle accommpanied by a KPSGA accredited, this trip is an ideal way to explore some of the highlights that Kenya has to offer and to encounter some of its stunning flora and fauna.
This trip has been tailormade to give those wanting to travel with likeminded individuals an alternative to a large group experience. This safari will suit anybody who wants to travel in a small intimate group and who wants to maximise their time out exploring the sights and sounds of these amazing wildlife areas.
7 Nights - Nairobi - Samburu - Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara - Nairobi
Small group guided trip | Regular Departures throughout 2015
Upon arrival at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your accommodation.
Day 1 - Nairobi
Southern Sun Mayfair
Situated in a popular shopping and residential suburb close to the city centre, the Southern Sun Nairobi is only 20km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and offers a full range of services and facilities. All of the 171 guest rooms have colour TV, radio, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom.
Day 2 – Nairobi - Samburu
After breakfast you will leave Nairobi and head north to Samburu National Reserve with your experienced safari guide. You will stop enroute to enjoy a picnic lunch, before arriving at your accommodation.
The Samburu National reserve has as its backdrop the great table mountain Ololokwe. Vegetation is limited to a narrow stretch of doum palms tamarind and some woodland bordering the Ewaso Ng'iro River. Away from this is hot dusty scrubland and acacia woodland. Termite mounds and weaver bird nests are common Samburu sights. Some mammals are well adapted to this desolate landscape and are rarely seen in less harsh climes. The rare Grevy's zebra, Beisa Oryx and reticulated giraffe are among these. Crocodile and hippo dwell in the river. The long necked gerenuk or 'giraffe necked antelope' as it's also known, can often be seen on its hind legs seeking food from desiccated bushes. Leopards are rarely seen, birdlife however proliferates with large flocks of guinea fowl drinking from the riverbanks in the afternoon. One downpour can turn the normally brown baked land green overnight. A daily highlight of the area's dry season is the visits to watering holes called 'Sarara Singing Wells' by Samburu warriors. The warriors descend into the holes which can be up to 10m deep. They then pass water hand to hand up to the waiting cattle while chanting their traditional Samburu songs.
After settling into camp, you have time to relax before departing on an afternoon / early evening game drive. Your guide will find the perfect spot to stop for sundowners and you can spend a leisurely time watching the sun as it disappears and night falls.
Elephant Bedroom Camp
Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs sits this small and exclusive camp of 12 luxury tents - all furnished in rustic African style while offering all the comforts expected of a luxury Camp (hot & cold running water, electricity and herbal products).
The lounge and dining area offer vibrant safari colours with original oil paintings, soft intimate lighting designed to relax guests returning from an exciting game drive.
Huge herds of elephant, prides of lion or the solitary leopard amongst other game are regular visitors around the camp providing excellent game viewing in spectacular scenic background of rugged rolling hills.
Day 3 - Samburu
You will have an early start this morning as you make your way out into Samburu to further explore. Keep a good look out for elephants and big cats as well as the unusual animals for which Samburu is noted such as the endangered Grevy’s Zebra and the Reticulated Giraffe.
You will return to camp for breakfast, before having some free time to relax and unwind. After a sumptuous lunch you will head back out into the reserve for another game drive, before returning to camp for your evening meal.
Elephant Bedroom Camp (as Day 2)
Day 4 - Samburu – Lake Nakuru
After breakfast you will set off towards the stunning scenery of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley to the Lake Nakuru National Park. You will arrive at your accommodation and have time to settle in before enjoying a well-deserved lunch.
Lake Nakuru National Park was set up in 1960 to protect the flamingos and other birds in the plains and hills surrounding the lake. Its accessibility and close proximity to Nairobi (only 140 km to the South East) makes it one of the most frequented National Parks - popular with Kenyans and foreign tourists alike. The best viewing point of this spectacle is from Baboon Cliffs on the western shore of the lake. Although the flamingos feed in Lake Nakuru this is not their breeding ground. Their favourite site for breeding is at Lake Natron over the border in Tanzania. At one time about 2 million flamingos came to Lake Nakuru, although numbers have diminished in recent years due, in some part, to intensive crop production methods which have reduced the ability of the soil to absorb water. Many flamingos now migrate to other lakes such as nearby Lake Elementaita.
In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to experience the flora and fauna of Nakuru up close with an escorted nature walk. Your guide will be able to provide you with a fantastic insight into the tracks, trails and spoor that you will find along the way. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for some of those species that can often get overlooked from the comfort of a safari vehicle.
Mbweha Safari Camp
Tucked away in the spectacular vastness of The Great Rift Valley on a private 6400 acre Congreve Conservancy, Mbweha Camp is nestled up against the southern border of Lake Nakuru National Park with beautiful views of the Eburu and Mau Ranges. Ten cottages built of lava stone and thatched makuti roof add glamour and style to its contemporary African ambience. Every cottage is surrounded by Candelabra Euphobia, yellow barked Acacia and other indigenous trees that provide a relaxed atmosphere as you listen to the African night sounds of a lion roar or the laughter of the hyena in the distance.
Day 5 – Lake Nakuru
You will have an early breakfast this morning, before heading out to spend the day in Lake Nakuru National Park. Armed with picnic lunches you have the full day to explore the park.
Mbweha Safari Camp (as Day 4)
Day 6 – Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara
After breakfast you will leave Lake Nakuru and begin to make your way to the famous Masai Mara. You will arrive at camp in time for lunch.
Possibly the most famous of the reserves and arguably the greatest wildlife destination in Africa the Masai Mara has become synonymous with the safari. Nature doesn't recognize borders and the 650 square miles of the Masai Mara Reserve effectively continue the northern sweep of neighboring Tanzania's Serengeti plains, thus forming one huge ecosystem.
The Mara lands are famous for the annual Wildebeest migration which occurs from June to October when the Mara becomes host to an almost unimaginable half a million wildebeest seeking the grasses raised by the spring rains of April and May. Having exhausted the grazing in the northern Serengeti the wildebeest head north en masse. This is an awesome sight in the true meaning of the word which, when coupled with the sound of thousands upon thousands of hooves pounding the earth, makes it an unforgettable spectacle. The Wildebeest are not the only tenants of the land. The Mara is also the home to among others, zebra, elephants, and to the big cats; cheetahs, lions and leopards. Hyena, jackal, buffalo, eland, Topi, impala, gazelle, warthog add to this huge diversity of wildlife.
After lunch you will head out into the Mara for your first glimpse of the Mara flora and fauna.
Tipilikwani Mara Camp
Overlooking the vastness of the Masai Mara plains from the banks of River Talek you will find an exclusive, intimate yet vibrant Camp of 20 luxuriously appointed riverfront tents. The camp exudes warm and rich colours of Africa. Fine food, personalized service and traditional African hospitality complement its beautiful location.
Day 7 – Masai Mara
Today you have a morning game drive, before returning to camp for lunch. After spending some time relaxing, you will then head back out for an afternoon game drive.
Tipilikwani Mara Camp (as Day 6)
Day 8 – Masai Mara - Nairobi
After breakfast you will leave the Mara and make your way back towards Nairobi. You will arrive into Nairobi in the early afternoon and be dropped at the airport for your onwards journey.
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