9 Nights 10 Days across Kenya
Highlights: Nairobi – Amboseli – Mt. Kenya – Samburu – Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara – Nairobi/ Serengeti
Trip starts: Nairobi, Kenya
Trip ends: Nairobi, Kenya/ Tanzania
Safari Options: We may customize any of our itineraries to suit you. You are at liberty to reduce or add a number of nights, change a hotel (upgrade/downgrade), add local flights, change a given routing, proceed to Tanzania etc. Please contact our expert consultants for your preferred trip plan.
A photographer’s dream, the Kenya Discovery is the perfect tour for those adventurers who want awe-inspiring game drives, unparalleled wildlife and enchanting landscapes at an excellent price. Accompanied by private guide explore the misty mountains of Mount Kenya, the second highest snow topped mountain on the continent. Experience Samburu – Kenya’s hot arid desert. See the crocodile-filled Uaso Nyiro River, miles of lion-stalked grasslands and elephant-studded bush. Travel through the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park – home to thousands of pink flamingos, monkeys, baboons and famed rhino sanctuary, the legendary savannah of the Masai Mara and the land of giants Amboseli National Park, 260 km (160 mi) south of Nairobi, on the Kenya and Tanzania border. The most famous for its spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. A system of swamps makes this low-rainfall area one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world.
Featuring five very different game experiences, thousands of animals and incredible family adventure, this cost effective private guided safari should be carefully considered by those who want the classic ‘out of Africa’ experience…
Day 01: NAIROBI/ AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will complete the customs and immigrations formalities then met and assisted by OUR Representative. A short Safari brief then commence drive to Amboseli National Park nestled on the slopes of Africa’s highest snow-capped mountain Mt Kilimanjaro via Namanga the Kenya –Tanzania boarder, arrive in time for lunch. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. On a clear day, you’ll also have spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Enjoy an afternoon game drive with your private guide giving you the chance to view and photograph the big 5 which include the Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant till dusk. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge / similar. Meal plan (FB)
Day 02: Amboseli National Park
This day you will spend a full day in the park with morning and afternoon game drives. Lunch and dinner included. Amboseli National Park is 260 km (160 mi) south of Nairobi, on the Kenya and Tanzania border. It is most famous for its spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. A system of swamps makes this low-rainfall area one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world. The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation. Noted in particular for its large elephant herds, Amboseli is the third most visited game area in Kenya after Masai Mara and Nakuru. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge/ similar. Meal plan (FB).
Day 03: Amboseli/ Mount Kenya Region:
Breakfast then depart via Nairobi to Mount Kenya National Park. Mount Kenya (5,199 m) is Kenya’s highest mountain, a national icon, a climbers’ Mecca, the nation’s namesake, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and a wildlife stronghold. One of the world’s highest National Parks, it is also an extinct volcano some three and a half million years old and the sacred home of Ngai, God of the Kikuyu people. The misty northern heights of Mount Kenya are now in your reach, thanks to the newly-paved highway from Nairobi. Recognized as one of the only two snow capped peaks in Africa, and the second highest mountain on the continent.
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya, and the second highest in Africa (after Mount Kilimanjaro). The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 m – 17,058 ft), Nelion (5,188 m – 17,022 ft) and Lenana (4,985 m – 16,355 ft). It is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator, around 150 km (95 miles) north-northeast of Nairobi. The area around the mountain is protected in the Mount Kenya National Park, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountain is best seen at dawn, when the days early light silhouettes its impressive summit high over the surrounding plains. Meals and overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge/ similar Meal plan FB
Day 04: Mount Kenya/ Samburu
Your guide will drive you down the cool slopes of Mt. Kenya, across the plain of Laikipia, to your finally destination, the sandy desert region of Samburu. This scenic commute will take approximately 2 to 3 hours. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). Another species unique to the Samburu region is the Gerenuk. With luck, you’ll see some while on your game drive. It’s amazing to watch them stand on their hind legs to eat! The Gerenuk also known as the Waller’s Gazelle is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry bushy shrub and steppe in East Africa. The word Gerenuk comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked”, and leads to another common name, the Giraffe-necked Antelope. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price).
The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River (Brown river in the local language) in Kenya; on the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve in Northern Kenya. It is 165 km² in size and 350 kilometers from Nairobi. Samburu is distinctive for its arid plains and herds of animals drawn to the river and water holes. Photographers love this park for its stark lighting and contrasts. In the arid North of Kenya, water means life. The river draws wildlife in great numbers to its banks, providing high quality game viewing. Meals and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge/ similar Meal plan FB.
DAY 05: SAMBURU
Early this morning you’ll meet up with your guide for your game drive. One of the amazing things about Samburu is that you’ll most likely see species that are unique to this region. The Grévy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi), also known as the Imperial Zebra, is the largest species of zebra. It is found in the Samburu area as well as parts of Ethiopia. Compared to other zebras, it is taller, has larger ears, and its stripes are narrower. Grévy’s Zebra is considered endangered, partly due to hunting for its skin, which fetches a high price on the world market. It also suffers habitat destruction, human disturbances at water holes and competition with domestic grazing animals. There are estimated to be 17 000 Grévy’s Zebra still living in the wild. With luck, you’ll see some today!
Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). Another species unique to the Samburu region is the Gerenuk. With luck, you’ll see some while on your game drive. It’s amazing to watch them stand on their hind legs to eat! The Gerenuk also known as the Waller’s Gazelle is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry bushy shrub and steppe in East Africa. The word Gerenuk comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked”, and leads to another common name, the Giraffe-necked Antelope. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge/ similar. Meal plan FB.
DAY 06: SAMBURU / LAKE NAKURU
After breakfast depart for Thompson’s Falls named after Joseph Thompson who was the first European to walk from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the early 1880’s. A short stop over then proceed drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, famed for being home to thousands of lesser and greater flamingoes. This park also provides sanctuary of Rothschild giraffe, black and white rhino and the elusive leopard. Arrive in time for lunch, after refreshing up and a short rest have an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge in the evening.
Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously lines the shore. Other birds also flourish in the area, as do warthogs, baboons, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Hippos and other large mammals. Black and White rhinos have also been introduced.
Lake Nakuru National Park was created in 1968 to protect the huge flocks of over a million the lesser flamingo that breed and nest at the edge of Lake Nakuru, giving it the characteristic pink rim. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Sarova Lake Nakuru Lodge/ similar. Meal plan: F/B
Nakuru is the provincial capital of Kenya’s Rift Valley province, and is the fourth largest urban centre in the country. Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes and provides the visitors with one of Kenya’s best known images, thousands of flamingos joined into a massive flock. A pulsing pink swathe of life that carpets the water, the flamingos are a breathtaking sight. The lake forms part of the Lake Nakuru National Park which has good game viewing for a day safari.
DAY 07: NAKURU/ MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
As Simba proudly surveys his kingdom in his majestic glory, Ndovu leisurely chews on succulent tree branches, his family close by. Not too far ahead, Nyati and his comrades graze on the lush Mara plains as the lonesome and often ill-tempered Kifaru stomps along in solitude. And finally, the elusive Chui… lounging above the ground on a lofty tree branch, on the lookout for his next meal. Together, they make the Big 5. Known as such not for their size, but for the difficultly they presented hunters who tried to capture them. And this is their home. The Masai Mara – Kenya’s finest game reserve – gentle rolling grasslands teeming with a plethora of animals and bird life. See Thomson and Grant Gazelles, Topi, Eland, Zebra, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Hippo, Wildebeest, Warthog, Crocodile, Ostrich, Vultures among others, and over 450 bird species, with over 50 birds of prey. One thing is for sure… at the Masai Mara, you will experience nature in all its wild wonder!
Breakfast then commence drive to Masai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game and recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World brought about by the crossing of river Mara by the thousands and thousands of wildebeest, a site to behold. Arrive in the late evening. Enjoy lunch and afternoon game drive till dusk. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge/ similar. Meal plan (FB)
DAY 08 and DAY 09: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Masai Mara is named after the traditional inhabitants (Maasai) and the Mara River. At some point during your stay in the Mara, you’ll drive by the river which is a great place to spot wildlife. This area is a photographer’s delight where with any luck you’ll be able to take amazing pictures of the hippos and elephants in the water. Full day at the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives in search of the ‘big 5’. Masai Mara is at the northern most extension of the Serengeti Plains and one of the richest wildlife game reserves. Its home to the splendid black –manned lion, the elusive leopard, stately giraffe, vast bulk of elephants, rhino, thundering herds of zebra, migrating wildebeest and numerous other plains game. The small size funnels animals into a tight space, and park rules allow for off-road driving which means that guests can venture into plains covered with hundreds or even thousands of animals. Take an optional hot air balloon ride over the plains, with the opportunity for amazing pictures of the animal herds below. Thereafter return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge/ similar. Meal plan FB
Masai Mara offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers, full of crocodiles and hippos. The abundance of water and excellent availability of food are the reasons why the Masai Mara, which in fact is a continuation of the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park, has the greatest population of wild animals in the whole of Africa. There is a particularly dramatic “spectacle” from July to November, the annual migration of huge herds of Gnus and zebras. Predators such as Hyenas, Jackals, Leopards and Lions of course, closely follow these herds. Gigantic herds of over 200 buffaloes can also be observed. Plenty of food is available for elephants, giraffes, and the many species of antelopes. Soak in the abundance of untamed wilderness, fresh and natural scenery, filled with exotic wildlife during our expertly guided game drives, enjoyed in open vehicles. For those interested in a more intimate encounter, we conduct a safe and exciting walking safari where you have the chance to come face to face with nature’s beauty both in flora and fauna…
OPTIONAL: (A visit to the Masai villages and hot air balloon taking off in the beautiful early morning, you drift above the browsing game and have tremendous opportunities for unusual photographs. What could be more uplifting than an early morning safari in a hot air balloon flying over the vast plains of Africa? Witness an African sunrise as a plethora of wildlife roam the land beneath you. At the end of the flight you land on the plains, in the midst of this enchanting savannah a champagne breakfast is laid out with the mouth watering aroma of sausages, eggs, and bacon, sizzling over a charcoal fire. Drive in a leisurely fashion with game viewing on your way back to your camp).
Day 10: MASAI MARA/ DEPART (5hrs drive)
After breakfast at your lodge you commence drive back to Nairobi, arrive late afternoon and drop off at the airport. This safari can be combined with Taita hills/ Tsavo/ Aberdares/ Sweetwaters/ Solio/ Lewa/ Meru/ Lake Naivasha/ Lake Baringo/ Northern Tanzania Tsavo etc…. please contact our expert consultants for your preferred tailor made safari
NAIROBI is the least expensive arrival city for flights with a full range of hotels and local attractions. Dubbed the “Safari Capital of the World” cool, clear and cosmopolitan Nairobi is the natural departure point for most safari itineraries. A city of contrasts, it is simultaneously the largest, the youngest, the most modern, the highest (1700m) and the fastest growing city in East Africa. High-altitude Nairobi enjoys a pleasant tropical climate all year round. There are ATMs and banks to stock up on cash, great restaurants, and malls where you can purchase any forgotten items. Depart from Nairobi international airport – end of itinerary.