Under Canvas wildlife viewing in Kenya by road 12 Days 11 Nights
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Last updated: 01/22/2010
This is an exciting 12 days Wildlife Viewing and bird watching safari to some of the best reserves in Kenya. The safari starts in Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and ends at the same airport, where you will be dropped off after your safari. You will visit Tsavo East and West National Parks, which is one of the largest National Parks in the world; Amboseli National Park, famous for its large elephant herds; Mt Kenya National park, famous for having the highest mountain in Kenya; Lake Nakuru National park, which is Kenya's most captivating flamingo and rhino sanctuary; Lake Naivasha, the highest of the Rift Valley lakes and which offers you an unforgettable bird watching experience; then finally the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, which is also the 7th wonder of the world and Africa's greatest wildlife reserve. During your safari, you are likely to see a large variety of wildlife species ranging from the big five, giraffes, zebras, different species of reptiles and other wild animals found in the plains. During your safari, you will travel with our tour guide/driver in a comfortable safari minibus and stay in tented camps.
Arrival - Nairobi - Tsavo East National Park
Upon your arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be warmly received by our Tour Manager who will brief you on your Safari and escort you to your safari vehicle for departure to the Tsavo East National Park, arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon game viewing drive till evening.
The Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks form one of the largest National Parks in the world and covers a massive 4% of Kenya's total land. Tsavo West is the most famous of the two and is painted on a sprawling canvas of endless skies, hills, liquid lava flows, rivers, sparkling oases and a cloud shadowed African savannah. The magic Mzima Springs is fed by over 250 million litres of fresh water gushing from the lava flows of the Chyulu Hills. It provides a continuous supply of water to Mombasa town. The park is famous for the numerous prides of maneless lions that patrol the plains and predate on the herbivore herds. It offers some of the most magnificent fame viewing in the world with vast herds of dust-red elephant, hippo, giant crocodile and a wide variety of bird life.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at Lake Jipe Bandas or KWS Bandas
Tsavo East National Park - Tsavo West National Park
Spend the day enjoying regular game viewing drives within the extensive park especially looking out for wildlife and bird life as well as different types of ecosystems found within the park. You will be able to see large herds of elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards and other plain animal species.
Shetani lava flows got its name from molten lava that spewed from the earth 200 years ago. The fiery fury was thought by the local people to be the work of the devil, hence the name 'Shetani', which means 'Devil' in Swahili. The glorious Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary also has a growing population of the endangered black rhino which was a victim of poaching in the early 1960s. Lake Jipe also offers a memorable experience as it is abundant with aquatic life. Boat rides are a sure way to blow your mind away as you sail through the clear waters watching different species of fish and aquatic animals enjoy the suns rays penetrating through the water. Bird watching is also a major activity in the park.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at Lake Jipe Bandas or KWS Bandas
Tsavo West National Park - Amboseli National Park
After an early breakfast, depart Tsavo West for Amboseli National Park, arriving in time for an early lunch. After lunch, depart for a game viewing drive till evening.
Amboseli is renowned for its huge elephant herds, which may range up to one thousand. Few visitors go home without seeing a herd of them right beneath Mount Kilimanjaro, which is Africa's highest Mountain. It sits on the upper slopes of Amboseli National park. Mt. Kilimanjaro snow white peak lies across the border in Tanzania. Seeing the Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds in the early hours of the morning is quite an experience. For the enthusiastic photographer, animal pictures arising against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain is quite a thrill. Apart from the Elephants, Amboseli is a home to; buffalos, black rhinos, zebras, wildebeest and other plain animals.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at KWS Bandas or similar
Amboseli National Park (Full day)
You will spend the day enjoying regular game viewing drives exploring the vast lands, looking out for numerous attractions such as lava flows, caves, the famous and beautiful Mzima Springs as well as the fantastic view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The Amboseli is also home to numerous species of birds, reptiles and insects.
Large concentrations of wildlife occur at the Amboseli National Park in the dry season, making it a popular tourist destination. The park proudly contains five main wildlife habitats which include: open plains, acacia woodland, thorn bushlands, extensive swamps and marsh. A temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, lies within the basin. The climate is normally hot and dry as the park lies within the rain shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. There are more than 400 recorded species of birds as well as reptiles such as python, black mamba, monitor lizards and chameleons.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at KWS Bandas or similar
Amboseli National Park - Nairobi
Enjoy an early pre-breakfast game viewing drive so that you can get to see the early predators. After breakfast, depart the park for Mt. Kenya National Park with a stop over at Nairobi for lunch and overnight stay.
Lunch and overnight stay at Sandton Palace or similar
Nairobi - Mt. Kenya National Park
After breakfast you will depart Nairobi City for Mount Kenya National Park. You will arrive in time for lunch then set out to explore the pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of Mount Kenya. You will be able to view some of the rare and endangered species of animals and some species of endemic plants. These are of great beauty and are the major attractive features of the region. On a very clear day, mountain climbers on top of Mount Kenya are able to see Mount Kilimanjaro to the south, Mount Elgon to the west, Marissa Mountain to the north and the Indian Ocean to the east.
At 5,199m high, Mount Kenya is Africa's second highest mountain. It offers superb and scenic breathtaking beauty. To the Kikuyu tribe, it is the home of the Supreme Being (Ngai) which means "God".
Dinner and overnight stay will be at Bantu camp or similar
Mount Kenya National Park - Lake Nakuru
After an early breakfast you will depart Mount Kenya for Lake Nakuru with a brief stop over at Nyahururu Falls, where you will have a picnic lunch. Continue to Lake Nakuru and on arrival depart for a bird viewing and game viewing drive around the park especially looking out for the beautiful pink flamingoes, buffalo, giraffes, warthogs, different species of gazelles, Colubus monkeys and baboons.
Millions of fuchsia pink flamingoes dominate Lake Nakuru National Park, as well as the fish eating pelicans and many other species of birds. The lake is renowned as the most extraordinary bird spectacle in the world. Thousands of both little grebes and white winged black terns are frequently seen as well as avocets, ducks, stilts and the migrant waders. However visitors to the Lake Nakuru may also catch a glimpse of Thomson gazelles, impala, waterbucks, giraffes, buffaloes or even black rhino. Lake Nakuru National Park is a park that consists of various habitats such as the dying out euphorbia forest or the yellow barked habitat.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar
Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha
After breakfast, you will have a chance to enjoy an early morning game viewing drive within the Lake Nakuru region enjoying nature and numerous biodiversity and birdlife found in this region. Afterwards, depart for Lake Naivasha with a packed Lunch being served en-route. You will arrive at Lake Naivasha in the afternoon.
Lake Naivasha is the highest of all the Rift Valley Lakes at 1880 m above sea level. This area is a birdwatcher's paradise with over 450 species of recorded birds in the area. A small islet on the lake is home to a number of wildlife. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as walking, cycling, or a boat ride safari as they view wildlife and birds from the tranquil lake. A private ranch (Kongoni Game Sanctuary) is located in the area which is a home to lions, leopards, cheetah and some translocated Gravy's zebras.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at Crayfish Camp or similar
Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, depart for Maasai Mara via Narok, arriving in time for check in and lunch at your tented camp. After lunch, relax for a while then proceed for a game viewing drive at 4.00pm till evening.
The Maasai Mara, now the 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 from the Serengeti in search of water and pasture while 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 Big Time Camp or similar
Maasai Mara (2 days)
You will spend these wonderful days within the extensive Mara taking regular game viewing drives as you explore the vast lands, especially looking out for the big five, as well as a variety of other wildlife species. During your visit to the Maasai Mara, visitors may opt to enjoy a spectacular and unforgettable hot air balloon flight at an extra cost.
In November 2006 the Maasai Mara was named as the New 7th wonder of the world because of what experts termed as "the uniqueness of the area and the preservation it provides to so many species living in harmony". It is understandable because this annual migration is the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth. The Mara reserve is quite a place to be, as it offers an out of the ordinary adventure, from the crafty hyenas, which may be heard laughing at night, to the variety of wildlife species in this diverse fauna. There is also an abundance of crocodiles and hippos in the Mara River. The banks of the rivers are covered in thick forest which gradually makes way for bush and grassland thus the excellent availability of food for the diverse wildlife.
All meals and overnight stay at Big Time Camp or similar
Maasai Mara - Nairobi - Departure
After an early breakfast at your camp, you will depart the Maasai Mara and return to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. After lunch, be dropped off at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international flight to your next destination.
End of safari
- Inclusions -
- All park entrance fees - Full board accommodation while on this safari - Service of an English speaking driver/guide - Transport based on a safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing - Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver - Game drives as per the Itinerary - Government taxes
- Exclusions -
- Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara - US$ 450 per person extra (Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking.) - Extras at the lodges and camps i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc. - International flight fees - Personal Insurance - Departure tax - Tips to porters and drivers
- Extras -
- Optional Balloon Flight
You can opt to carry your game viewing activity to another level aboard an adventurous balloon flight over the spectacular Mara at an extra cost. This package includes a champagne drink in the wild. This experience gives you a bird's eye view of wildlife as well as enables you to take photographs at a different height.
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