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9-Day Kenya Mid-range Safari

This tour covers Masai mara, which is a superb plains scenery, unmatched safari activities and diverse wildlife, Lake Nakuru national park, and Naivasha, birdwatchers paradise, Amboseli derived from the fact that it is towered over by the snow-capped bulk of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tsavo East and West national parks, offers some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world with the longest lava flow make for an adventure unlike any other.

Arrival

  • You'll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1: Nairobi / Masai mara

Your driver guide will meet you at your hotel or residence in the morning for briefing and drive to Maasai mara via Narok town then enter the Maasai mara road and drive across the plains to the camp for lunch. The meals are buffet, enjoyed either in the dining or under the shade of indigenous trees. The culinary affair is indeed one to delight the senses, have a few minutes relaxing and enjoying the surrounding before you depart for an afternoon game drive. Maasai mara is named after the traditional inhabitants (Maasai) and the Mara River. At s some point during your stay in Mara; you will be driven by the river which is a great place to spot wildlife. Park rules allows for off road driving which means that guests can venture into plains with hundreds and thousands of animals, enjoy your first game drive until dawn where you return back to the camp or for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodation:
Enkorok Tented camp 
  • Mid-range tented camp Just outside Masai Mara NR
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2 & 3 : Masai mara

Breakfast at the camp, proceed on full day game viewing in Maasai mara. Africa has a long history of capturing the imagination of travelers, a continent of dramatic contrasts that gives you an unforgettable and remarkable experience whether it’s in an amazement of watching thousands of wild beasts struggling across a rushing river that is littered with crocodiles waiting for their prey, makes the world’s premier wildlife spectacle. The afternoon is spent on a game drive in search of the black manned lions which the park is famous. Lion making a kill can be witnessed in the late afternoon or a leopard in a tree enjoying the meal he has dragged up to avoid disturbance and detection. This reserve has hilly savanna, rolling grasslands, gallery forest on the Mara River and its tributaries. The ‘big five’ are positively represented here. The large predators are the lion, leopard and cheetah. The smaller predators are the hyena and jackal. Masai Mara National Reserve is considered Kenya’s best park and one of Africa’s highest wildlife density regions for predators. The reserve covers 583 square miles (1510 square kilometers) of outstanding wilderness in southwest Kenya. The location, wildlife, activities and comfortable moderate climate puts Mara at the top of the list when the public reserve was first established; accommodate Maasai cattle grazing on their ancestral lands. Although the decrease in land area may be considered a letdown for wildlife conservation and protection at its infancy, the animals and habitats of the reserve found new allies to ensure their survival for generations to come. Many private conservancies have been introduced to protect the land that surrounds the reserve, thereby providing more area for wildlife. The lands not only protect habitats for resident species, but also preserve a critical part of the route used by wildebeests and zebras. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodation:
Enkorok Tented camp 
  • Mid-range tented camp Just outside Masai Mara NR
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Masai Mara / Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru national park, There is a ‘look out’ from where one can view this natural wonder. Here the road descends into the Great Rift Valley. On the descent one is surprised to see just off the road, a panaromic view of Lake Elementaita. It should be mentioned here that this road from Nairobi to Nakuru was the first overland road to be surfaced with tarmac in Kenya. Arrive at your hotel / tented camp or Lodge for lunch followed by afternoon game viewing. This park was famous only as a bird sanctuary especially the lesser and greater flamingos. However, now it is home to the white rhino and Rothschild giraffe, besides the herbivores like buck and antelope. Leopard can also be seen in this park. The vegetation is of the drier type. The flat-topped acacia and the candelabra cactus are a feature of the landscape. The park has three famous viewpoints from where you can get a picturesque aerial view Lake Nakuru landscape i.e. Lion Hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa Hills. The park's most sought-after and elusive predators – the leopard. Although demanding to locate, these spotted carnivores are most often found lounging in the trees of the acacia forests that are set back from the shores of the lake. Your game drives take you into the woodlands where you may catch sight of the colobus and vervet monkeys. Enjoy watching these primates, but be careful not to stand under them as they are known to be quite messy eaters, a habit that helps propagate the forest trees and vegetation. Return to the camp / Hotel or lodge for Dinner and Overnight.

Main Destination:
Lake Nakuru National Park
Accommodation:
Lanet Matfam Resort
  • Mid-range Hotel just outside  Lake Nakuru NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Lake Nakuru / Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, drive to the Lake Naivasha to arrive for lunch and afternoon optional activities. The lake is almost 13kms across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of 5 meters. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleeps the day out in the shallows. The region surrounding the Lake is well worth exploring. The park is home to a profusion of plains game and bird life. Walking is permitted, making it ideal for hiking, biking, and rock climbing..

Optional Tours and Excursions in and around Lake Naivasha  includes

(a)1 hour boat ride : US$ 20 per person 

Take a 1 hour boat ride to see the Hippos and different species of birds amongst other wild game.  Lake Naivasha gives you access to the unique Crescent Island Wildlife Sanctuary. There is also possibility to access it by road passing through the "Horse Riding Complex" A wide variety of wildlife, birdlife and flora lives quite freely out there and as there are no predators to be found, quite happily as well.

(b) 2-3 hours walking safari on Crescent Island Sanctuary: USD 50 Per Person

Crescent Island Game Sanctuary is a peninsula or island on the eastern side of Lake Naivasha. Crescent Island was created in 1988, when Lake Naivasha level dropped sufficiently to allow Crescent Island to become part of the mainland. On the eastern end of the island sailing is possible at a private boating club. The terrain is flat, making it easy for walkers of all abilities to enjoy themselves. There is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, waterbucks, elands, wildebeests, zebras and impalas. It is also a heaven for birds with +200 species recorded. The lake has a lot of hippos, which you can easily spot from the island. Among the resident birds are fish eagles, ospreys, lily-trotters, black crakes and a variety of herons. Hippos also live in the lake. A number of mammals can be seen grazing in the surrounding lake environs, such as zebra, impala, buffalo, giraffe, Kongoni and, at night, hippos. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

(c)  Walking /biking safari at Hells gate national park: Price from US$ 50 per person Including entry fees, guide fee and bike Hire 

Hell's Gate National Park, characterized by diverse topography and geological scenery. The park is home to a profusion of plains game and bird-life. Walking is permitted, making it ideal for hiking, biking, and rock climbing.  The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleeps the day out in the shallows. 

Main Destination:
Lake Naivasha
Accommodation:
Naivasha West beach camp 
  • Mid-range tented camp Just outside Masai Mara NR
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Lake Naivasha / Amboseli

Early morning breakfast, drive south passing through the Athi Plains where formerly the Burchells zebra, the Masai giraffe and smaller herbivores roamed about freely. With human encroachment the wildlife is confined to game parks. There is an advantage to this because one has to drive inside a park to be rewarded with the sight of many different species of animals.
Arrive for lunch and afternoon game viewing in the park at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft). In the late afternoon one is likely to see a lion or cheetah make a kill. Ideal photography opportunities with Mount Kilimanjaro highest mountain in Africa providing a beautiful back drop. Proceeds to the area of Lake Amboseli, which is a wide salt pan, consisting of permanent swamps. This area has much game, large and small, high concentration of Elephant, rhino, buffalo, Burchell’s zebra, eland, Masai giraffe and small species of the antelope family. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
Amboseli National Park
Accommodation:
AA Lodge Amboseli 
  • Mid-range tented camp Just outside Amboseli NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Amboseli / Tsavo West national park

After breakfast, drive further to tsavo west national park to arrive at your camp for lunch and afternoon game drive. Tsavo West National Park covers 7,065 km² but the terrain is much more varied than that of Tsavo East. It ranges from 200-1000m in altitude. The northern sector is bush land with scattered native baobab trees.The railway runs along the border separating Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park. In 1898, as many as 135 railway workers were attacked and killed by man-eating lions. The pair of male, maneless lions that, unusually, hunted humans rather than livestock, evaded traps and capture for many months. The man-eaters were eventually shot dead by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson, but the legend lives on. A stop-over is made at Mzima Springs, the source of most of Mombasa’s fresh water; you can walk down to an underwater observation chamber where it is literally possible to watch hippo or crocodile swim along the floor of this crystal clear spring. When driving along the red-earth tracks, keep eyes open for the movement and signs of African wildlife, the more you look the more you will see, don’t forget to enjoy the excitement of the trip as you point out the wildlife, it will be amazing to see the wildlife living in close proximity to the other, see the huge animals, keep the eyes open for the giraffes – they are surprisingly well camouflaged as they nibble the tops of trees, look under the shady trees to find lions sleeping after a hunt out, and watch out as gazelles and cheetahs stroll across the road just in front of you. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
Tsavo West National Park
Accommodation:
Ngulia Safari Lodge 
  • Mid-range lodge located inside Tsavo West NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Tsavo West / Tsavo East national park

After breakfast, drive to Tsavo East national park, to arrive at the lodge for Lunch and afternoon game drive. When driving along the red-earth tracks, keep eyes open for the movement and signs of African wildlife, the more you look the more you will see , don’t forget to enjoy the excitement of the trip as you point out the wildlife , it will be amazing to see the wildlife living in close proximity to the other , see the huge animals , keep the eyes open for the giraffes –they are surprisingly well camouflaged as they nibble the tops of trees, look under the shady trees to find lions sleeping  after a hunt out , and watch out as gazelles and cheetahs stroll across the road just in front of you.

The safari extends to Chyulus hills, volcanic mountain range with a mix of volcanic cones and barren lava flows, of which the most interesting in Shetani, meaning "Devil" in Swahili. Game includes: buffalo, zebra, giraffe, oryx, lion, leopard and many species of birds and plants. Tsavo East boasts of bushy grassland and open plains alternate with savannah and semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands The Yatta plateau is the world's largest lava flow. The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. The park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species. Return to the camp for dinner & overnight.

Main Destination:
Tsavo East National Park
Accommodation: Voi Safari Lodge 
  • Mid-range Lodge Located inside Tsavo East NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9: Tsavo East np / Nairobi or Mombasa Via SGR 

After breakfast, early morning game drive in Tsavo before you depart to Nairobi arriving late in the afternoon. an option to proceed on a beach holiday can also be organized on request. Driver to drop you at the place of your choice or transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Main Destination:
Nairobi Airport
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).
Price Per Person Sharing2pax4pax
High Season: January-March $1635 $1300
Low Season: April-May $1615 $1280
Mid-Season: June-June $1615 $1280
Peak Season: July-October $1785 $1450
Shoulder Season: November- 20.December $1635 $1300
Festive Season: 23.December -02.January $1910 $1575

Included

  • All Park Entry fees (For non-residents) unless labelled as optional tour or activity
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Services of a  professional English speaking driver/guide
  • All ground transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All government Taxes/VAT
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)

Excluded

  • International or Local flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bath towels
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Package Price: $1,300.00

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