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7 Days – Samburu / Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara

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Day 1: Nairobi to Samburu Game Reserve

Pick up from your Nairobi hotel or from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and head north via the shoulder of Africa’s second largest mountain, Mount Kenya, making our way to the Samburu Game Reserve. Arrive at your lodge, have lunch and embark on your first wildlife adventure – an exciting afternoon game drive in Samburu.

Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge overlooking the bushveld inside Samburu National Reserve.

Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

Day two is full day game viewing in Samburu National Reserve, exploring its open grasslands and diverse landscapes in search of the variety of wildlife like elephants, lions, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, Grevy’s zebra, ostriches, generuk antelopes, leopards and oryx.

There are many bird species to grace your bird watching experience such as weaver birds and the martial eagle. The Samburu area is also home to interesting people with a rich heritage, making for a colourful cultural experience.

After a rewarding day of game viewing in the vast Samburu Reserve, return to your lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening under the stars.

Day 3: Samburu to Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, head out to Lake Nakuru as you game view on our way out of Samburu Park. You will travel south through Kenya to Lake Nakuru National Park, stopping for lunch en route. Arriving at Lake Nakuru Park you will take a scenic afternoon game drive in the compact wildlife area.

The Lake Nakuru National Park has retained its reputation as an ornithologist’s delight, with more than 400 species of bird found here. Bird species include the Great White Pelican, African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Stork, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, and Long-crested Eagle.

The Park surrounds the lake and was first gazetted to protect the rich bird life found here, later becoming a national park to provide sanctuary for endangered species such as the rhino. There are about 25 white and black rhinos, one of the largest concentrations in the country. Predators are also residents of this park while Rothschild’s giraffes have been translocated into the park for safety This small park (180 sq km) is also home to warthogs, baboons, waterbuck, buffaloes, reedbucks, zebras and the occasional leopard.

Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge or camp.

Day 4: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara 

Depart from the lodge/camp after breakfast and proceed towards the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Drive through beautiful savannah grasslands and plains of the Great Rift Valley making your way to your next overnight accommodation, in a private conservancy near Masai Mara. Arriving at our luxury tented camp on the banks of a river, settle in for a peaceful night under starry African skies.

Day 5: Masai Mara Game Reserve

You will spend the next two days embarking on exhilarating game viewing drives in Masai Mara.

On clear days, the Maasai Mara offers fantastic orange-tinged sunsets worth capturing on camera. The Mara reserve covers 1510km² of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodlands, following the meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal as an iconic savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife.

An optional hot-air balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost.

You can also opt to visit the Masai Village at an extra cost of $20 per person.

After the action-packed day of wildlife sightings on the scenic plains of Africa, return to your lodge/camp for dinner and overnight stay, listening to the sounds of nature.

Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve 

Spend another full day exploring the spectacular Maasai Mara Park. Wherever you go in the Mara Reserve you will see an abundance of wildlife, such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat-eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos. It is common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal, or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but are still reasonably common.

The ultimate wildlife action here is, without doubt, the annual wildebeest exodus in July and August when millions of these grass-eaters move north from the Serengeti in search of greener grass before turning south again in October. The Great Migration is one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles on earth!

Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge/camp.

Day 7: Masai Mara to Nairobi

Enjoy an early morning game drive in Masai Mara Game Reserve before having breakfast at the lodge/camp  and embark on the journey back to Nairobi.

Drop off at your Nairobi hotel or the Airport.

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