Masai Mara | Lake Nakuru | Samburu Wildlife Tour
The best of Kenya Safari to the most famous National Parks and reserves.
Day 1- Morning Arrival, Nairobi city and environs Tours
Arrive at Nairobi after your international flight. Abana safaris representative will meet you at the airport and assist you with freight. Board your van and depart for a city tour of Nairobi. You will get to visit places like the Nairobi Provincial Commissioners offices, the Faculty of Engineering Department of our biggest Campus, the Nairobi University, and Norfolk Hotel. Historically, the Norfolk was “The Place” for starting safaris as way back in 1904, the Kenya Conservatoire of Music and the National Theater, book shops and publishers, Former American Embassy which is now a memorial place, the Railway Station, the Railway Museum and the Kenya Railways Headquarters. You will also drive directly to Nairobi hill viewpoint from where you have a panoramic view of the city. You will proceed to “Gods corner”, significant for the number of different churches situated in this area.
After here, visit The David Sheldrick National Wildlife Trust. This is an orphan-elephant rescue organization, devoted to conserving East Africa’s wildlife and habitats. Founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick in honor of her late husband and famous Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Sheldrick, the trust is one of the most successful elephant and rhino rescue programs in the world. After having your delicious packed lunch, continue forward with your itinerary to the giraffe Centre. This Centre protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, combines serious conservation with enjoyable activities. You can observe, hand-feed or even kiss one of the giraffes from a raised wooden structure, which is quite an experience. You may also spot warthogs snuffling about in the mud, and there’s an interesting self-guided forest walk through the adjacent Gogo River Bird Sanctuary. Board your van and continue to Karen Blixen Museum. If you loved the movie Out of Africa, you’ll love this place. This museum is the farmhouse where author Karen Blixen lived between 1914 and 1931. She left after a series of personal tragedies, but the lovely colonial house has been preserved as a museum. The museum is set in expansive gardens, and is an interesting place to wander around. After the tour have a sumptuous dinner at the carnivore restaurant, renowned worldwide for serving the most range of meats even game meat such as Ostrich and Crocodile cuts. Return to you hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Nairobi to Samburu / Shaba / Buffalo Springs Game Reserves
Have your daily breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart Nairobi for Samburu County. head north via the shoulder of Africa’s second largest mountain, Mount Kenya, making your way to the Samburu Game Reserve. You will arrivejust in time for lunch. After lunch, you will check in to your camp rest and freshen-up for a while as you get ready to explore the wilderness of Samburu. Proceed for an evening game drive. Animals expected to be seen here include the elephants, lions, leopards and the Samburu Big Five. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day 3: Samburu / Shaba / Buffalo Springs Game Reserves
This day is spent viewing game in Samburu Reserve, exploring its open grasslands and diverse landscapes in search of the variety of wildlife found here.You will have a pre-breakfast game drive, have breakfast at the lodge and then start your full day game drive with packed lunch. Samburu hosts beautiful forests, springs and rivers, offering stunning scenery. The game park is part of a lava plain that includes varied habitats, from thorn scrub, red dirt and dried river beds, to broken volcanic rock, steep hills and rocky outcrops. This region is home to Samburu Special Five. The uncommon Gravy’s zebra with huge fury ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs, the Reticulated giraffe and the shy Beisa Oryx. Elephant and crocodiles are guaranteed sightings. The reserve is also excellent for bird watching, with over 365 species, including varieties of weaverbirds and the martial eagle. Leopard sightings are also a special feature here. The Samburu area is also home to interesting Samburupeople with a rich heritage just like their cousins Maasai’s. This gives one a colorful cultural experience. Dinner and overnightwill be at the lodge.
Day 4: Samburu –Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast you will say your good bye as you depart your way out of Samburu National Reserve. Drive all the way to Lake Nakuru National park with lunch enroute. Check in your hotel, have dinner and rest. Lake Nakuru is famous for its greater and lesser flamingos. These birds make the lake shores appear pink out of their concentration. Other wildlife includes Black and White Rhino, Leopards, Rothschild’s Giraffe and many more. Occasionally you are able to spot a lion. You will also proceed to the baboon cliff where you will have a panoramic view of the whole park from an aerial view. Overnight – Nakuru
Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Reserve- Masai Mara
Early breakfast in your hotel followed by check out. Have a game drive in Lake Nakuru National park and afterwards, proceed forth with your journey to Masai Mara.Masai Mara is considered to be the jewel and highlight of any Kenyan safari. You’ll be enchanted by the diversity of animals, and topography. In late spring, the grazers mainly wildebeest, cross the river bordering Tanzania with Kenya and travel north to the Maasai Mara for the green grasses. Of course, the predators follow. Here there are sightings of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hyena, warthog, wildebeest, and zebra, just to name but a few. On arrival at the lodge you will check-in and have lunch. Afternoon game viewing drives through the park in search of animals and return to Lodge for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve
You will have an early morning game drive, this being the best time to see animals as they roam the plains feeding before the heat of the day sends them to the shades, return to the lodge for a late buffet breakfast. The rest of the morning will be spent at leisure with lunch till late afternoon where you will embark on another game viewing drive. The Mara is the ancestral home of the ancient warrior people – the Maasai. Fiercely proud and self- reliant, traditionally pastoral nomads, who have clung to their ancient way of life; living in harmony with their environment and the wildlife, together with their cattle, with whom they share a strong, almost mystical bond. An optional visit to a Maasai Manyata is an interesting opportunity for you to learn their lifestyles. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve- Coffee Tasting – Nairobi
Early Morning breakfast at the lodge and check out. This day you will bid Mara “Kwaheri” or good-bye and proceed to Nairobi via Limuru / Kiambu for some tea / Coffee plantation visit and tasting. with a brief stop at the Masai Town of Narok. You will arrive in Nairobi in the late afternoon. Spend the afternoon shopping for curios and souvenirs or at leisure. You will have Dinner at Tamarind Restaurant. Later our representative will transfer you to the Airport for your evening flight back home. This will mark the end of your adventurous Kenya safari tour.