11 Days Masai Mara-Lake Nakuru-Amboseli-Tsavo West-Tsavo East-Mombasa
Day One: Arrival – Masai Mara Game Reserve
Morning arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our driver guide at the arrival lounge thereafter, depart and drive leisurely to Masai Mara Game Reserve arriving by mid day with a game drive en route to your lodge for lunch. After lunch, depart for your afternoon game drive in the reserve until sunset, when you will return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day Two: Masai Mara Game Reserve
After early breakfast, pick up packed lunches and depart for a full day of game viewing in the reserve until sun set when you retire to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
The Mara, as it’s popularly referred to, is Kenya’s most frequented wildlife viewing area. Situated about 180 kms from Nairobi the name means “Spotted Plain” in the language of the Maasai, the colorful and interesting tribe which inhabits the surrounding areas. The Maasai have been living in harmony with nature and wildlife for centuries and it is mostly due to their beliefs and traditions that the area is still rich in wildlife. Whilst staying in the Maasai Mara, it’s possible to visit an authentic manyatta or village for insights into the culture and lifestyle of the Maasai. During the seasonal migrations, the Mara is home to up to half a million wildebeest and an equally impressive number of zebra who move into the area from neighbouring Tanzania. These large numbers of animals give rise to a proportionate number of predators, especially the big cats. Lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena roam the vast grassy plains on the lookout for their next meal. It may be an unsuspecting impala or gazelle or even something small like a warthog or African hare. Whatever the players, the spectacle of nature unfolding is always awesome. Here it’s also possible to observe; elephant, giraffe, baboon, African buffalo, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal and sometimes the rare rhino. The rivers abound with hippos and crocodiles.
Day Three: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park
After early breakfast, rejoin your driver guide and proceed for an early morning game drive in the reserve which affords a greater opportunity to see plenty of wildlife and big cats hunting. Thereafter, proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in the park with game viewing en route to your lodge for check in and a little relaxation before lunch. In the afternoon, rejoin your driver guide for game viewing in the reserve until sunset when you retire to your lodge for Dinner and overnight.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park surrounds Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline lake famous for the thousands of lesser flamingoes who flock here year round. The park is about a four hour drive from Nairobi and is a favourite with visitors. Besides the rich and varied bird life this is a popular place to encounter leopard. Waterbuck are usually sighted along the lake shore, two species are resident here, and this is the home of the Rothschild’s giraffe. Baboon, impala, buffalo, monkeys, warthog, impala, Reedbuck and eland are also resident. However, the main attractions are the rhino. The park had been designated a rhino sanctuary and is entirely fenced. Both black and white rhinoceros are thriving here and this is one of the best places in Kenya to observe them.
Day Four: Lake Nakuru National Park - Amboseli National Park
Early breakfast at the lodge, pick up picnic lunches and depart for your early morning game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. After your morning game drive, drive leisurely to Amboseli Game Reserve arriving in the afternoon with game viewing until sunset, when you proceed to your lodge for a little relaxation before dinner and overnight.
Day Five: Amboseli National Park
Early morning wake up call with tea / coffee and accompaniments served before departing for your early morning game drive in Amboseli National Park, returning back to the lodge for your full breakfast. Your mid morning is at leisure relaxing by the pool. After lunch, you will depart for your afternoon game viewing in the reserve until sunset when you retire back to the lodge for dinner and overnight
Amboseli Game Reserve
Amboseli Game Reserve is situated near the border of Kenya and Tanzania in the south east region of Kenya about 250 kms from Nairobi. Magnificent views of snow-capped Kilimanjaro greet visitors from anywhere in the park. The best time to see it, however, is early morning or just around sunset as it’s more than likely it will be cloaked in clouds during the day. Africa’s highest mountain erupted millions of years ago spewing volcanic rock across the plains. The park takes it’s name from the Masai word meaning “salty dust”. Year round springs which filter down from the snows and glaciers of the mountain provide an excellent source of water for the numerous species of wildlife in the park as well as habitat for water fowl. The largest elephants in Africa live here and on some mornings over 600 have been counted in the swamps where the bird life is also colourful and prolific. There are resident zebra and wildebeest as well as Thompson’s gazelle, warthog, giraffe, vervet monkeys, baboon and black-backed jackal. It's possible to arrange a visit to a nearby manyatta or Maasai village and see how these fascinating and proud people conduct their daily lives.
Day Six: Amboseli Game Reserve – Tsavo West National Park
Enjoy your early morning breakfast, rejoin your driver guide and depart for your morning game drive which usually gives a greater opportunity to view wildlife. After game viewing in Amboseli National Park, proceed to Tsavo West National Park arriving in the afternoon with game viewing en route to your lodge for lunch. Afternoon game viewing will follow thereafter, return to your lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Tsavo National Park
Tsavo, (East & West combined) is situated about 300 kms from Nairobi and covers an area of 20,812 sq. kms. It’s one of the world’s largest wildlife sanctuaries, larger than some countries. Its size accounts for about 40 per cent of the total area of Kenya’s national parks, although a vast amount of this is not readily accessible to visitors, but left as a complete wilderness. Known for its range of habitat and bio-diversity, bushy grasslands and open plains give way to woodlands and semi-arid acacia scrub. Although very dry and subject to occasional drought, there are many features of interest including the world’s largest lava flow - The Yatta Plateau, Galana River, Luggard Falls and Mzima Springs. The landscape is often dotted with fascinating Baobab trees as well as doum palms and there are vistas of nearby mountain ranges such as Ngulia and The Chyulus The spectacular scenery combined with wildlife viewing and unsurpassed birding (some 500 recorded species) make this a good choice for safari-goers. The plains of Tsavo West border those of Tanzania and wildlife is abundant with plentiful elephant, buffalo, lion (some of the descendants of the famous “Man Eaters”), leopard, kudu, Gerenuk, hartebeest, rhino, zebra, giraffe and antelope.
Day Seven: Tsavo West National Park – Tsavo East National Park
Early wake up call with tea / coffee and accompaniments served, depart for your early morning game viewing, returning back to your lodge for full breakfast. After breakfast, check out and depart for Tsavo East National Park arriving with game viewing en route to your lodge for lunch. Afternoon game viewing in the park returning back to the lodge for dinner and overnight
Day Eight: Tsavo East – Mombasa
Early wake up call with tea / coffee and accompaniments served, depart for your early morning game viewing, returning back to your lodge for full breakfast. After breakfast, check out, pick up packed lunches and depart driving leisurely to Mombasa’s South Coast arriving in the afternoon and afford enough time to relax in your room. Dinner and overnight at your Mombasa South coast beach resort.
Day Nine and Ten
Two full days of relaxation by the beach, or the hotels swimming pool enjoying all the available hotel facilities. All meals and overnight will be at your Mombasa South coast beach resort.
The Kenyan Coast
Miles and miles of white, palm-fringed beaches lapped by the warm waters of the turquoise Indian Ocean await the visitor to Kenya’s coastal region. There are private island resorts, bustling harbors, night life, water sports, ancient ruins, nature reserves, handi craft outlets and much more.
The cost is divided into two regions, north and south with the town of Mombasa being the delineation point. Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest town and its only major port, is built on an island. There is record of the town’s existence as far back as 2,000 years and it was once a major centre for spice, ivory and slave trade. The Portuguese Fort Jesus stands as a reminder of the struggle between the colonising forces of Europe and Arabia. When the British arrived, Mombasa became the originating point of the railroad to Uganda. With it’s strong Muslim influence and rich Swahili culture, the coast is an interesting contrast to the wildlife areas. There are numerous small hotels and larger resorts stretching northward along the coast. A ferry takes visitors to the south coast and the border with Tanzania where the best fishing areas are. Nearby the town of Mombasa is the Kamba village, where it’s possible to watch local carvers craft sculptures of all sorts and sizes from the rare ebony wood.
Off shore along the entire coast are major coral reefs and several areas have been designated as Marine Parks. Snorkeling, diving and glass bottom boats afford a look at the wondrous underwater gardens, abundant with colourful tropical fish. Arab dhows under sail take visitors to nearby reefs and islands on day excursions. Several companies offer cruises to swim with the dolphins. Water sports such as jet-skiing, wind surfing, water skiing and deep sea fishing are popular. Most resorts have tennis and squash courts and there are several golf courses in the area. There are bird and wildlife sanctuaries including one for the rare Colobus monkey near Diani. On the north coast lies the ruined city of Gede, perhaps one of Kenya’s most significant archeological sites and the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, home to several endemic species.
Your morning is at leisure until the afternoon when depending on your home bound flight departure time, you will be transferred to the Moi International Airport for your schedule flight to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to connect to your home bound flight!
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