7 Nights 8 Days Kenya Big Five Experience

Kenya Safari Itinerary

 

Day 1:Aug 23rd 2018.  SECTOR: ARRIVE IN nairobi 23km. Approx time: 30mins.

ACCOMMODATION: NAIROBI SAFARI PARK HOTEL

Met by a representative of Campo East Africa Safaris at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, on your arrival in Nairobi, transfer to the Safari Park Hotel.

Nairobi, Kenya’s Capital is a well-planned modern city of over two million inhabitants.  It is justly described as a garden city as its broad avenues are lined with flowering plants and shrubs. Situated at an altitude of 1600 metres, it enjoys hot sunny days and cool evenings. Places of interest to the visitor include the Municipal Market, the ornate Jamia Mosque and the National Museum with its adjacent Snake Park and Aviary.  There are several art galleries exhibiting work by local artists, displays of tribal dancing, two theatres, and variety of good restaurants and wealth of fascinating curio shops. Dinner at safari park hotel.

Day 2: Aug 24th 2018: SECTOR: NAIROBI – MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE.

Approx.244kms time: 5hrs 30 MIN

ACCOMMODATION: MARA AZURE

This morning, we retrace our way down the Great Rift Valley, and head south. After crossing the floor of the Great Rift Vally, we drive towards Narok, the principal town in the Maasai Mara area, and approach the Loita Plains, where it is possible to observe the circular manyattas (Maasai villages) before finally arriving at the great Serengeti plains, in whose northern part we find the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Situated in Maasai territory, this park gets its name from the Mara River. In contrast with most of the rivers in the African savannah, the river has a permanent flow of water throughout the year, attracting a great variety of wildlife.

This guarantee of water, especially during the dry season, hosts great numbers of herbivores: zebras, wildebeest, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles, hartebeest, topis, buffalos, elephants etc, converting the park into the one region in the world with the highest concentration of wildlife. Obviously, such a huge supply of “meat” attracts a host of predators. We could see lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals.

The possibilities of capturing these animals – on camera, and being a witness to the developments of life in the savannah, are very high. However, the Mara is not a zoo. We cannot say for sure that we will see each and every animal. The experience gives us a feeling of tracking and searching for animals, which is exciting in itself. Afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3: Aug 25th 2018: SECTOR: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE.

ACCOMMODATION: MARA SIMBA LODGE

On the day of your balloon flight, you will be picked from your camp at around 5AM to drive you to the launch site and arrive at the launch site by 6AM, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you watch the balloons being prepared for take-off. You will then meet your pilot, who will give you a safety briefing as well as explain what you can expect during your flight.

You will then be loaded into your balloon basket for take-off just before sunrise, at about 6:30AM. The flight will last approximately one hour, depending on wind conditions, and the balloon will land between 7:30 and 7:45AM. You can learn more about what you will see here.

During the first hours of the morning, the savannah is filled with a special animation. This is when the larger predators hunt for their food, before the temperature becomes too hot for any excessive physical activity. This is the time we have the highest chances of watching a hunt in action (also likely in the early evening). The colours of the landscape are also more accentuated, and help us to take great photographs,

Upon landing, you can observe the complete deflation of the balloon envelope. Our vehicles will then transport you a short distance to breakfast.

Our breakfast is set up on the picturesque savannah plains of the Mara, typically under the shade of a single acacia tree. You will sit down to a full bush breakfast in the Kenyan style, complete with eggs-to-order, fresh juices, waiters in traditional Swahili attire, and, of course, champagne.

Lunch at the lodge, a visit to maasai village included followed by game drive at 1600hrs, dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 4: Aug 26th 2018: SECTOR: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

ACCOMMODATION: MARA SIMBA LODGE

During the first hours of the morning, the savannah is filled with a special animation. This is when the larger predators hunt for their food, before the temperature becomes too hot for any excessive physical activity. This is the time we have the highest chances of watching a hunt in action (also likely in the early evening). The colours of the landscape are also more accentuated, and help us to take great photographs, we depart with safari enroute to the mara triangle where will have lunch at the mara serena lodge, relax and at 1600hrs we depart for afternoon game viewing in this famous mara, dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Aug 27th 2018: SECTOR: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE – LAKE NAIVASHA.

Approx.240kms time: 4hrs 30 MIN

ACCOMMODATION: ENASHIPAI LODGE

After breakfast, depart for Lake Naivasha arriving in good time for lunch, dinner and overnight at Enashipae lodge.

Lake Naivasha is surrounded by stands of papyrus and is a bird-watchers paradise. Waterbirds exists in great variety and abundance and over 400 birds have been recorded on the lake. Fish eagles and ospreys, herons and egrets, lily-trotters, red-knobbed coots and black crakes can be found within the area of this beautiful lake, which also supports around 500 resident hippos and introduced sport fish including the Nile perch, the North American red swamp crayfish and various aquatic plants.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS: possible from Naivasha include visits to Hell’s Gate National Park, have a boat ride on Lake Naivasha and visit the Crescent Island, a curious peninsula /archipelago, depending on the lakes’ water level, which is filled with different species of herd animals and one is able to freely walk around the island. Also a visit to Elsamere, former home of Joy Adamson and a little further past Elsamere, the emerald green Crater Lake. This is one of the best places in the area to see Black and White Colobus monkeys and there is also fantastic swimming.

Boat excursion is included.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Enashipai lodge.

Day 6: Aug 28th 2018: SECTOR: LAKE NAIVASHA – LAKE BARINGO

Appox: 353km. approx time: 6hrs.  ACCOMMODATION: ISLAND CAMP LAKE BARINGO

We will drive through the heart of the Great Rift Valley to the north. Crossing the Equator, a brief stop-over gives us the opportunity of visiting the we proceed in a north westerly direction to Lake Bogoria. Arriving in time for lunch at Baringo. Game drive at 1500hrs to Bogoria back Baringo island camp.

Lake Bogoria is situated in one of the most beautiful geological paradises in the world.

Shrouded by clouds of steam from the natural hot water springs, in 2002 the lake was declared a Ramsar site, meaning that it is a protected wetland area, while Lake Bogoria National Reserve has been a protected National Reserve since 1973. Local features include the Kesubo Swamp to the north and the Siracho Escarpment to the east – both within the National Reserve.

This small and shallow lake is famous for its pink flamingo population, breeding along the shoreline and feeding off the lake, which gives them their characteristic pink pigmentation. However, it also gains fame for the mammals living in perfect harmony with the aquatic environment: kudus, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons, buffalos, giraffes, jackals and felines such as lions and leopards.

The lake is also famous for its natural geysers and hot springs, which are situated along the bank of the lake and within the lake. Some of the geysers erupt to a height of 5metres, and the water bursting through the lake can be searing hot, lunch, dinner and overnight at the Island Camp Lake Baringo.

Day7: Aug 29th 2018: SECTOR: LAKE BARINGO – OLPAJETA CONSERVANCY

Appox: 70km. approx time: 1hrs.

ACCOMMODATION: SERENA SWEETWATERS TENTED CAMP

After breakfast depart for Ol Pejeta Conservancy, this is a 90,000-acre private fenced conservancy situated between the Aberdare Mountains and Mount Kenya. As part of the southern Laikipia wilderness, you have the opportunity to see members of the Big 5 – lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and both the endangered black and white rhino, as well as the threatened Jackson’s hartebeests and grevy’s zebras. The conservancy is home to the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and you can also observe both the northern and southern endangered white rhinos. Another attraction in this conservancy’s wildlife is the chimpanzee sanctuary, the only one in Kenya endorsed by the Jane Goodall Institute. Lunch and dinner at the camp.

Day 8: Aug 30th 2018: SECTOR: SWEETWATERS – Mount Kenya NATIONAL PARK

Appox: 256km. Approx time: 4hrs.

ACCOMMODATION: MOUNT KENYA SAFARI CLUB

After breakfast we proceed to Mount Kenya National Park for the next one night. Celebrating Kenya’s iconic landmark, Mount Kenya offers a distinct highlands safari in central Kenya to the discerning campoeastafrica guest. Whether you are traveling alone, with a special someone, with a group or your family, the park is fascinating, majestic and glorious. Within the frontiers is a stunning variety of ecosystems that begin at the lower foothills and extend to the peak at 5199 meters. At the base are semi-arid plains that gradually transition to mountain forests, moorlands and glacier fields. Mount Kenya is internationally recognized as an exceptional example of an equatorial mountain. Beyond the global environmental value of Mount Kenya, the extinct volcano is the national icon of Kenya, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a supremely protected escape for forest and lowlands wildlife and a much-desired feat for climbers who are enticed by the extreme terrain of vertical rocks and glacier summits. Flora diversity is unimaginable and sure to be a noteworthy aspect of your forest tour.  Lunch and dinner at Mt. Kenya safari club. Arrive Nairobi in time for your flight to Mombasa.

INCLUDES.

  • Accommodation on full board
  • All airport transfers
  • Transport in (04) 4X4 tour converted land cruisers
  • All park entrance fees
  • Lunches
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Boat ride at Lake Naivasha
  • Return flight to Mombasa
  • A visit to Masai village

EXCLUDES.

  • Drinks
  • Tipping
  • Visa to Kenya

OPTIONAL:

-Hot air balloon at maasai mara US$420

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