Kenya Highlights Safari - 7 days

SAFARI OVERVIEW

Day 01: Nairobi
Day 02: Samburu
Day 03: Samburu
Day04: Lake Nakuru
Day 05: Masai Mara
Day 06: Masai Mara
Day 07: Nairobi

Day 01: Nairobi

Sarova Panafric hotel NairobiArrival at JKIA international airport. You will be met by Essenia Safari representative for a short safari briefing and introduction to Kenya. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay and breakfast.

Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Accommodation: Sarova Panafric Hotel

Day 02: Nairobi - Samburu

Early breakfast at the hotel. Depart Nairobi heading north through the lush Kikuyu farmlands with coffee, wheat and horticulture farms among other plantations. Pass the Equator and the cool central highlands and descend to the wildlife rich northern savannah woodlands. Arrive at Samburu National Reserve in time for lunch and afternoon game drive.

Samburu National Reserve is one of the lesser-known national parks, but is nevertheless teeming with life. Situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, there is plenty to attract wildlife from the surrounding savannah plains. The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (also referred to as Samburu Special Five).

Meal Plan: Full Board

Accommodation: Samburu Game Lodge

Day 03: Samburu

Impala SamburuSpend the full day in Samburu with morning and afternoon game viewing drive included. During the hot day you can choose to visit the local communities living adjacent to this game reserve or relax by the swimming pool.

Meal Plan: Full Board

Accommodation: Samburu Game Lodge

Day 04: Samburu – Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, depart from Samburu driving into the central highlands. You will pass by the Thompson falls and drive down the scenic rift valley escarpment before finally checking into the Lake Nakuru National Park in time for lunch and your afternoon game drive.

The Lake Nakuru ecosystem comprises of the Saline Lake, surrounded by mainly savannah grasslands and acacia forest. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) among other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem also provides for different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.

Meal Plan: Full Board

Accommodation: Flamingo Hill Camp

Day 05: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara

Maasai OstrichEarly breakfast and depart your camp heading for the Masai Mara National Reserve. You will drive into Masai land passing through the Kedong and Suswa plains making a stop over at the Masai town of Narok. Continue towards the Masai Mara arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive.

This is probably one of Kenya’s most visited game reserve with an extra ordinary density of animals including the Big five and many other varieties of plains game. The Mara River cuts through the Mara Serengeti ecosystem giving life to the two game reserves finally pouring out into the Lake Victoria.

Impressive and most notable is the wildebeest, zebra and gazelle instinct led migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya. This journey is coupled by numerous obstacles which makes it even more magnificent.

Meal Plan: Full Board

Accommodation: Keekorok Lodge Masai Mara

Masai Mara SafariDay 06: Masai Mara

Depending on the wildlife migration patterns and the weather, you could either opt for Morning and evening game drives or alternatively venture out for a full day.

Other optional activities on this day would be an early morning balloon safari over the Masai Mara plains or a visit to the nearby traditional Masai communities.

Meal Plan: Full Board

Accommodation: Keekorok Lodge Masai Mara

Day 07: Masai Mara - Nairobi

Breakfast and leave the Masai Mara. Enjoy extra game viewing in and out of the park as you drive through the Loita plains and the floor of the Great Rift Valley arriving in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi early afternoon.

END OF KENYA HIGHLIGHTS SAFARI

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