Kenya Safari Itineraries
3 DAYS MASAI MARA
DAY 01: NAIROBI - MASAI MARA
08:30 hours. Depart from your hotel and drive through the beautiful landscape of the Kikuyu farmlands before descending to the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. On the way, you pass the extinct volcanoes of Longonot and Suswa, finally on to Narok for a picnic lunch. After lunch, continue across the Loita Plains past occupied and abandoned Manyattas [the nomadic Masai villages] plastered with cow dung. On arrival in the Masai Mara, continue immediately with a game drive. Dinner and overnight at the campsite. [Approx 5 hours drive]
DAY 02: MASAI MARA
A full day is spent game viewing across the rich, tree-studded grassland and rolling hills. The famous Masai Mara is renowned for its great herds of plains game, black-maned lion, leopard, cheetah & elephants. All meals enjoyed at the campsite.
DAY 03: MASAI MARA- NAIROBI
After an early-morning game drive, return to the campsite for breakfast and depart for Nairobi (enjoying a picnic lunch enroute) to arrive by 4 p.m.
The Campsite: Basic accommodation: Walk–in-tents with beds & mattresses, open dining area & kitchen, shared flush toilets with hot/cold showers. The animals come very close to the campsite. Lodges located close to the campsite offer Balloon safari’s, refreshments and swimming, all at an additional cost.
6 DAYS GREAT RIFT VALLEY LAKES & MASAI MARA
DAY 01: NAIROBI - LAKE BARINGO
Depart Nairobi [08:30 hrs] and later descend to the floor of the Great Rift Valley, for Lake Baringo [lunch enroute] arriving in the afternoon. Lake Baringo is a fresh water lake which supports a great variety of birds as well as hippos and crocodiles. [An evening boat ride] Indeed the lake is reputed to be the bird-watching center of Kenya. Overnight at Mrs. Robert’s Campsite.
DAY 02: LAKE BARINGO - LAKE NAKURU
Early in the morning we head south via Lake Bogoria, which is a shallow soda lake with beautiful scenery and also home to a significant number of flamingos and other species of birds. The highlight however, is the boiling hot springs and geyser, which also contribute to the beauty of the lake. After lunch we proceed to Lake Nakuru – another shallow soda lake that is described as an Ornithologist’s paradise and one of the world’s most magnificent sights. Here one has an opportunity to see up to a million flamingos besides tens of thousands of others birds. Lake Nakuru is a rhino sanctuary and also harbors lions, warthog, waterbuck, buffalo, hippo and many other animals. Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse or hostel located inside the park.
DAY 03: LAKE NAKURU – MASAI MARA
We head further south to Narok, camping in our semi-permanent camp located near Sekenani Gate at the edge of the park. Walk-in-tents with beds & mattresses, hot & cold showers are available at the basic campsite and meals are served in the dining mess.
DAY 04 & 05: MASAI MARA
From our base camp, we explore the Mara region which is packed with elephants, zebras, rhinos and other kinds of game throughout the year, with the spectacular wildebeest migration from Serengeti occurring mainly in July and August. Dinner & overnight at the campsite.
DAY 06: MASAI MARA - NAIROBI
Morning game drive & return to the campsite for breakfast, thereafter proceed on to Nairobi via Narok where Masai souvenirs can be bought - Picnic lunch enroute.
Kenya National Parks and Game reserves
MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
This reserve is Kenya’s most famous and most popular game sanctuary. The park adjoins the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. This land of undulating hills and rolling grasslands supports a huge animal population. During the months of July to September, millions of wildebeest and zebra migrate into the Mara from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The black-maned lion forms the pinnacle of the Mara foodchain. Cheetahs, elephants, Cape buffalo, giraffe, gazelle, antelope and many other plains game are also to be found here.
Accommodation: Game lodges, Luxury tented camps, public and privately owned campsites.
LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
160 km from Nairobi. Lake Nakuru is a shallow, alkaline soda lake in the Central Rift Valley, bordered to the west by one wall of the rift valley and to the east by a salt-dome hill. Occupying almost one-third of the Park's area, the lake has no outlet and assumes its unusual blue-green colour from the algae which thrive in the extremely high levels of alkalinity. These algae, in turn, form the principal food source for the many waterfowl, especially flamingoes: in fact the lake is better know as "The lake of a million flamingoes". Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge & Lion Hill Lodge. Also available, a hostel & a guesthouse, Makaria Falls campsite, all located inside the park.
About 100km North of Nakuru, is this beautiful tranquil fresh water lake host to rare 300 bird’s species seen nowhere else in Africa. Boat trips on the lakes are popular to view the hippo, crocodile and bird life. Also a visit to the Njemps tribal villages or watch them fishing from their frills papyrus boats is fun.
Accommodation: Lodges & public campsite.
LAKE BOGORIA N. PARK
Lying between Baringo and Nakuru, is this soda lake, a favorite nesting site for the flamingos and where hot sulphur springs abounds. There is also a small herd of greater kudu.
Accommodation: Lodge & public campsite
A very picturesque fresh water lake. There is good fishing, boat trips or a visit to the crescent island. Nearby is the dramatic Hells Gate gorge reserve overshadowed by the mysterious Longonot. Hells Gate is ideal for nature walks of between 1 to 5 hours, amongst the wildlife.
Accommodation: Lodges & privately owned campsites
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
This national park covers 1260sq kilometers and lies on the border of Kenya and Tanzania, situated right at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro at 5895m. Elephants abound in the forests and swamps feeding on the lush grasses. Cheetah, giraffe, impala, leopard and zebra wonder on the open plains. It is definitely a photographer’s paradise!
Accommodation: Luxury lodges & tented camp, public campsites
TSAVO NATIONAL PARK EAST & WEST
Tsavo National Park [over 20,000 sq. km] is the largest game sanctuary in the world comprising of Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Chyulu Hills & the world’s largest lava flow. It is located half way between Mombasa and Nairobi. An outstanding feature is the huge population of “red elephants”, which derive their red colorings from the rich red earth of the park. Other wildlife to be seen include, buffalo, rhino, lion, hippo, leopard, crocodile, kudu, gerenuk, zebra and many more plains game. The park has over  species of birds].
In Tsavo West are the Mzima Springs where hippos and crocodiles can be viewed from underwater hides. Further south adjoining the park is the Taita Hills sanctuary.
Accommodations: Game lodges & public camp sites, self-catering bandas.
SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
The highlight of this Reserve is the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers and forest. The local people have a very rich and colorful cultural heritage and continue to live pastoral lives as they have done for hundreds of years. Wildlife includes leopard, hippo, elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, bongo and crocodile in the Uaso Nyiro River.
Accommodations: Several Game Lodges & a public campsite located inside the park.