6-Day Kenya Classic Safari
(Samburu / Naivasha / Maasai Mara)
Samburu is home to a third of Kenya’s giraffe species – the rare Reticulated Giraffe (only found in the Northern parks). This is also where you see the blue-legged Somali Ostrich, Grevy zebras, the long-necked Gerenuk gazelle and the straight-horned Beisa Oryx antelope. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place, the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture.
Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu National Park
After breakfast we drive north of Nairobi passing through the Equator and the majestic Mount Kenya en-route to the open savannah of Samburu Game Reserve. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge. After lunch you will have some time to relax before you go for an evening game drive. Come back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
The highlights of Samburu game reserve is the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colorful heritage.
The reserves have numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife which includes leopard, hippo, elephant, lion, grevy zebra and crocodile in the Ewaso Nyiro River. Over 365 species of birds have been identified in the reserve.
Day 2: Samburu National Park – Full day game drives
Today you will spend the full day spent exploring the park. An optional cultural visit to the Samburu Village at USD 30 per person is available later in the day.
Samburu is home to a third of Kenya’s giraffe species – the rare Reticulated Giraffe (only found in the Northern parks). This is also where you see the blue-legged Somali Ostrich, Grevy zebras, the long-necked Gerenuk gazelle and the straight-horned Beisa Oryx antelope.
Day 3: Samburu – Lake Naivasha
Rise early for a game drive and then return for breakfast and check out. Depart for Naivasha, stopping for picnic lunch en-route. On the way you will stop for views of the beautiful Thomson Falls. Arrive in Lake Naivasha late in the afternoon. Enjoy boat ride at Lake Naivasha where you can spot hippos as well as a variety of birds common to this area. Proceed to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Lake Naivasha is one of the freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley. The lake has a dense population of hippos and birds. Other attractions include a visit to the Hell’s Gate National Park to explore gorges, climb rocks, view wildlife, and enjoy a nature walks; Ol Karia Geothermal Spa which has a naturally heated water and is a great recreation spot and Crescent Island which is about 15 minutes by boat away from the shores of Lake Naivasha and is one of the few places where you can enjoy a nature walk alongside wild animals among many other activities.
Mara National Reserve
Day 4: Lake Naivasha – Maasai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, depart Lake Naivasha for the Maasai Mara arriving in time for lunch at your camp. Relax in the camp after lunch till 1600hrs for a late afternoon game drive returning before dusk for dinner and your overnight stay.
The Maasai Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to comprehend – indeed, over 450 species of animals have been recorded here! You will easily spot lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.
It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place: the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna – lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.
Day 5: Maasai Mara – Full day game drives
Enjoy a full day game viewing with picnic lunch on the Mara River over-looking the Hippo Pools and the savannah.
In addition to the game drive offerings you can also decide to take an optional hot air balloon ride (US$450 per person); or visit a local Maasai village (US$30 per person). Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Maasai warriors are famously known as the proud nomadic tribe whose legendary prowess in battle and single-handed acts of bravery in fights with the wild animals are known across the world. A visit reveals the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience.
Day 6: Maasai Mara – Nairobi
You will wake up today for an early breakfast. After breakfast you will head for the morning game drive till mid-morning, return to the camp where you will pick up your luggage and leave for Nairobi. You will arrive in the evening and transferred to your hotel or the airport.
End of tour
1-2: Sentrim Samburu
4-5: Ol Moran Tented Camp
6: End of tour