Rift Valley and Kenya Highlands Camping Adventure - 7 Days
This is a budget camping adventure which starts from Nairobi and ends in Nairobi. You will be able to visit the 7Th wonders of the World – Maasai Mara from Nairobi then proceed to Nakuru National Park and then to Samburu National Park. You will stay in tents or Guest houses at the various campsites within the Maasai Mara National Reserve , Nakuru National Park and Samburu National Park.
The Maasai Mara, now The New 7the wonder of the world and 4th preferred tourist destination in the world is a home to wildlife in such abundance and variety that it is difficult to imagine. The most spectacular event of the natural world takes place here; The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture while being followed on their heels by the predators of the savanna; lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.
Accommodation in The Maasai Mara
It hosts over 450 species of animals which include lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.
Lake Nakuru is a soda lake on the floor of the Rift valley. It is famous due to its being a home to about 1.5 million flamingo's and the over 450 species of birds found here. The sight of the millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink. The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species - particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. It is a home to Lions, waterbucks, buffalos, baboons and pelicans.
Samburu National Reserve is a wildlife haven. Here you will spot Africa’s big cats - lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya park: Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudu and gerenuk. The The Ewaso Nyiro River, the boundary with the neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve, is where the elephants, buffalo and other animal species gather for a drink. You will find the scenic semiarid landscape quite dramatic. The reserve is located within the lands of the colourful semi-nomadic Samburu tribesmen.
Day 1: Nairobi - Masai Mara
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, or if you are staying in a Nairobi City Hotel, our tour manager will meet you and brief you on your safari, and thereafter depart for Masai Mara Game Reserve via the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley, lunch enroute. Arrive in time for an evening game drive in this pristine, unequalled ‘big game reserve’. Dinner and overnight at campsite.
Day 2: Masai Mara
This will be a day of tracking game with your guide, after an early breakfast.
The Mara's landscape is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills, which enables the reserve to attract sufficient rainfall to maintain and support a large population of herbivores, together with the predators that follow. Elephant, lion, buffalo can be seen with relative ease though luck is a necessary factor for spotting rhino and leopard that complete the big five as the two animals are very timid and sparsely numbered. Plains game like wildebeest, zebra and Maasai giraffe abound as well as hippos and a wide variety of antelopes including impala, dik dik, hartebeest, Grant’s gazelle and Thompson’s gazelle among others.
We will cater for a picnic lunch at the hippo pool. In the evening, return to the campsite for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3: Masai Mara
After breakfast, another day of tracking game with your guide till dawn.
Maasai Mara National Reserve borders Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and is the annual seasonal scene of the migration of close to 800,000 zebra and wildebeest that occurs between the two parks. In the afternoon there is a choice between a game drive and a nature walk escorted by our armed Maasai guides. At extra cost, you may visit a local Maasai village to see their nomadic lifestyle; the Maasai are famous for their bravery, as they have co-existed with the animals over the years.
All meals and overnight at the campsite.
Day 4: Maasai Mara - Nakuru
Maasai Mara Balloon ( Optional)
0630 hrs- early morning game drive - if you still want to go for more
Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon provided at an extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild! If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience.
After breakfast, leave Masai Mara for Nakuru with a stop for lunch enroute, with scenic views of Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot, which are in the Great Rift from afar on the main highway. Dinner and overnight at campsite
Day 5: Lake Nakuru - Samburu
After breakfast, a morning game viewing drive will follow in Lake Nakuru National Park, the abode of various water birds that breed in the lake's salty water including flamingos, white pelicans and marabou stork; white rhino may be seen as well as the rare Rothschild’s giraffe, cape buffalo and other plains game in this park that is 188 square kilometres.
Depart for Samburu Game Reserve for dinner and overnight at the campsite; 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 and game drive at Nyahururu - enroute.
Day 6: Samburu
Morning and afternoon game viewing drives in Samburu with a lunch and leisure break at the campsite in mid afternoon.
Samburu is north of the equator and contains rare, drought resistant animal species, which go for long periods of time without water. These include the reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra, the blue-shanked Somali ostrich, the gerenuk or giraffe gazelle and the beisa oryx. In the late afternoon (at an extra cost), go for optional activities like having a nature walk, visiting Samburu villages to see the nomadic lifestyle or swimming in the nearby lodges.
Dinner and overnight at campsite.
Day 7: Samburu - Nairobi
After breakfast, depart Samburu for Nairobi, lunch enroute, with scenic views of Mount Kenya’s peak if the weather permits. Very pleasant countryside with tea and coffee plantations will be by-passed enroute to Nairobi. Arrive in the evening.
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Please request for the safari cost by filling in your details after clicking on the Reservations Button below. The price depends on season of travel, class of accommodation and the size of the group. Children are offered Special Rates based on their ages.
- all game parks or national parks entrance fees
- all game drives in the various parks accompanied by our professional English-speaking driver cum guide
- transport by comfortable safari vehicles with hatch-roofs
- all campsite fees
- all camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
- accommodation in the campsite
- three sumptuous meals per day whilst on safari, prepared and served by our cook
- Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara – US$ 385 per person extra
(Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking.)
- Tips to driver guide, cook and porter.
- Extras at the lodges – tips, drinks, telephone, laundry etc
- Items of personal expenses