(Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Bogoria National Park, Tsavo East and West National Park)
Trip Highlights: This is a 7 days adventurous wildlife viewing road adventure into some of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya. This trip will start in Nairobi City taking you through to the Great Rift Valley and into the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, which is now home to millions of wildebeest that migrated from the Serengeti; Lake Bogoria National Park which is another habitat for beautiful pink flamingos; and Aberdare National Park which is famous for its majestic moorlands, peaks and falls. During your safari, you will be able to see plenty of wildlife varying from Kenya’s big five; the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and the leopard among a host of other different animal species found in the plains. You will travel privately in a comfortable safari minibus with your driver/guide. You will have the option of choosing between tented camp accommodation and lodge accommodation, depending on your preference. However, while at the Aberdares, it is advisable to spend the night in a lodge for a better experience, as you can be able to view animals all night long from your balcony by the floodlit waterhole.
Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Early in the morning, you will be met by the Tour Manager and Tour Guide/Driver at your place of choice or at your residence (if residing within Nairobi). You will then be briefed about your safari and then escorted to your vehicle for departure to the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve through the Great Rift Valley. It takes about 5 hours by road so you will arrive in time for lunch at your lodge/camp. After lunch, enjoy your first game viewing drive till evening.
The Maasai Mara Game Reserve, now the New 7th wonder of the world and 4th most preferred tourist destination in the world is a home to wildlife in such abundance ad variety that it is difficult to imagine The annual migration of the wildebeest and the zebras starts from the Serengeti as they search for water and pasture while at the same time being followed on their heels by the predators of the savannah; Lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena, and vultures. It hosts over 450 species of animals which includes lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.
Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge/Mara Sidai Camp or Similar
Day 2 & 3: Maasai Mara Game Reserve (2 Full days)
Two full days will be spent game viewing across the rich tree stubbed grasslands and rolling hills. Packed lunch is highly recommended to avoid disruption of game viewing. The Maasai Mara is renowned for its great herds of plain game, black manned lion, leopard and cheetah and every type of wildlife in Kenya. In the evenings you will be transferred to your lodge/camp for dinner and overnight stay.
The wildebeests are the most dominant inhabitants of the Maasai Mara. Their numbers are estimated in the millions. The great migration starts in July each year when well over one million wildebeest along with large numbers of Thompson’s gazelles, zebra and other herbivores migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to fresh pastures in the north and then back south again in October.
All meals and overnight stay at Mara Sopa Lodge/Mara Sidai Camp or similar
Day 4: Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Lake Bogoria National Park
After breakfast, check out of your camp and immediately depart from the Mara Reserve and drive to Lake Bogoria National Park for a memorable bird watching and game viewing experience. You will stop over for lunch at Nakuru Town and arrive at Lake Bogoria in the late afternoon.
Lake Bogoria is not often visited by tourists and yet it has stunning scenery. Bogoria is a soda lake hence does not have any outlet. Intense evaporation has led to high levels of salt and minerals. Beautiful and captivating hot springs and baths provide a natural spa for visitors in as much as they are dangerous. The lake has an absence of fish due to high salt levels but its waters contain the blue-green algae which tend to attract thousands of flamingoes seasonally and turn the shores pink. Bushy grasslands surround the lake and visitors can spot a variety of animals here including the buffalo, zebra, impala, greater kudu, leopard, gazelle, caracals, klipspringers and dik dik.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Bogoria Hotel/Acacia Campsite
Day 5: Lake Bogoria National Park (Full Day)
You will spend the day exploring the beauty of the park and looking out for wild animals and bird life within this ecosystem as well as visit the hotsprings. You will have the option of taking a packed lunch or having lunch at your camp/lodge. In the evening you will return to your camp/lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
The Lake Bogoria Reserve boasts an ecosystem that allows human beings, wild animals and domestic animals to co-exist peacefully. It is home to the endangered umbrella tree, which is one of the few trees whose branches meet at right angles. Hence it is used to make racks for hanging coats and traditionally used to hang beehives.
Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Bogoria Hotel/Acacia Campsite
Day 6: Lake Bogoria National Park – Aberdare National Park
After early breakfast, you will check out of your lodge/camp and proceed to the Aberdares via Nyahururu. You will have a lunch stopover at the beautiful Thompson’s Falls for a picnic lunch and a breathtaking view of the surrounding scenery. You will then proceed to the Aberdares arriving in the afternoon in time for check in to your lodge. Afterwards depart for a game viewing drive till evening. As you have dinner at the balcony of your lodge, you will have a beautiful view of animals as they come to drink from the floodlit water hole.
The Aberdare National Park is an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley. It has diverse moorlands filled with deep ravines cutting through the forested eastern and western slopes, with many clear streams and waterfalls. It is also an important water catchment area, providing water to the Tana and Athi River. The Park is surrounded by an indigenous forest which houses the famous Kimathi Hideout/Mau Mau caves, which were used as a hide out for Mau Mau fighters. The park is also home to most large mammals such as the endangered black rhinos, blue Colobus Monkeys, lions, warthogs, giant forest hogs, buffalos, bushbucks, leopards, serval, different reptiles, a wide variety of insects and over 250 recorded bird species. It is a haven for walkers and lovers of solitude, as well as mountain climbers and hikers.
Dinner and overnight stay at Treetops Lodge or similar
Day 7: Aberdare National Park – Nairobi
After your breakfast depart for a walk to explore the vast ecosystem within the park looking out for wild game, birds, icy rivers, waterfalls, rainforests and cool mountain streams. Return to your lodge for lunch then afterwards check out in the afternoon and depart for Nairobi City. Arrive in Nairobi town in the evening and be dropped off at your place of choice or at your residence (if residing within Nairobi).
End of Safari
Cost of Safari:
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-Accommodation and meals during your safari
- Pick up and drop off at your place of residence/preferred pick up point
-Transport in a comfortable safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
-Services of an English/Swahili speaking tour driver/guide
-Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees
-All Government taxes and levies
-All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc.
-Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide.
-Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks