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12 Days Kenya Camping Safari

Overview

This 12 days Kenya safari takes you to the best wildlife game parks in Kenya, Amboseli, Sweetwaters in Mt Kenya, Samburu, Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara and Lake Naivasha.

 

 

Attractions

Amboseli National Park

The Amboseli National Park is renowned for its huge elephant herds. Actually, the park is one the best places in Africa to get really close to free-raging elephants according to most elephants viewing enthusiasts. You will also see buffalo, black rhino, zebra, wildebeest and other plain animals. It’s an adventure identifying the over 40 types of raptors in the park and over 400 bird species such as the hannerkops, crakes, kingfishers and pelicans.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta boasts an astounding variety of animals including non-indigenous chimpanzees and the Big Five.The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plans will guarantee you an unforgettable safari experience.

Samburu National Reserve

This hot and arid wilderness is home to plenty of animals including the big five i.e lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. Samburu National Reserve is also home to the endangered Grevy's Zebra and also gerenuks - all rare to find elsewhere. The park is also a haven for birth watchers as it boasts close to 400 bird species. It is connected, by way of a bridge, to the Buffalo Springs National Park.

Lake Baringo National Reserve

Lake Baringo in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley is a dramatically situated freshwater lake approximately 22 km long by 11 kms wide. Evidence of its violent volcanic origins is all around, and especially in the extraordinary stepped basalt cliffs to the West of the lake. It lies at an altitude of 1100 meters and is surrounded by mountains rising to almost 3000 meters above the ambient ground level in places.

Beyond the northern end of the Lake rises the dormant volcano, Karosi, 1449 meters high. The Lake is home to hippos and crocodiles as well as an abundance of colourful birds and small reptiles. Giraffe and other grazers are also present to the north of the lake.

Lake Bogoria National Park

The Lake Bogoria National Reserve covers 107 km sq and is easily reached from either Nakuru or Lake Baringo. The reserve is most famous for its flamingo population, its strange and quite stunning scenery and the presence of the rare Greater Kudu. It is better to visit the Lake either in the early morning or late evening, as it is fiercely hot at midday and so staying in the area is probably the best option.

Lake Nakuru National Park

The park lies in Central Kenya, 140km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara is known as one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves, situated in southwest Kenya and is part of the northern section of the Serengeti National Park. Famous for the abundance of the big cats, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Maasai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is one of Kenya's most stunning Rift Valley freshwater lakes. It is surrounded by feathery papyrus, marshy lagoons and grassy shores. Much of Lake Naivasha is surrounded by forests of the yellow-barked Acacia tree, full of birds and black and white colobus monkeys.

The Acacias were once called 'yellow fever trees' after explorers who camped under them caught malaria. You can take a boat on the lake to see the hippos, pelicans and fish eagles at close quarters and also to get to Crescent Island - a protected reserve where you can walk amongst zebra, antelope and giraffe that come to the water's edge to drink. There are no predators, so this is one of the few places in Kenya offering the opportunity to walk amongst the animals. 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Depart Nairobi for Amboseli National Park. You will arrive at Kibo Safari Tented Camp before lunch. You check into the lodge and then settle for lunch. An afternoon and evening game drive will follow till sunset when you will return to the camp for dinner and to rest for the night.

Day 2: Amboseli National Park

Full day at the Amboseli National Park with morning and afternoon game drives. You'll have an option to visit Maasai villages to learn their culture and dance. The Masai dancers charge a fee and you'll pay this directly if you opt to go there. You will have meals at the camp.

Day 3: Amboseli National Park – Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast you will depart for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy located in Mt Kenya region. On arrival you will have lunch at the Sweetwaters Tented Camp. You can do day and night game drives around the private conservancy, which is home for the members of the "Big Five" (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard).

The conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park and is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya. At the forefront of the Kenyan conservancy programme, the conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species.

Day 4: Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast, depart for Samburu National Reserve arriving your lodge/camp in time for lunch. An afternoon and evening game drive will follow till sunset when you will return to the camp for dinner and to rest for the night.

Day 5: Samburu National Reserve

You will have a full day in the Samburu National Reserve, where there will be morning and afternoon/evening game drives with an optional visit to a local Samburu village to learn the culture of the Samburu community at an extra cost. All meals will be at the lodge.

Day 6: Samburu National Reserve - Lake Baringo

After breakfast you shall depart for Lake Baringo, arriving at Lake Baringo Club in time for lunch. After lunch, you can rest in the hotel or take a boat ride and cross to Baringo islands for a short walk in the forest (boat can be booked at the lodge and price not included below). You can see hippos in the lake from the boat. You will have dinner in the evening at the camp.

Day 7: Lake Baringo-Lake Bogoria National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Bogoria, where you will arrive at the Lake Bogoria Country Club in time for lunch. Your campsite will be by the lake.

Day 8: Lake Bogoria National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast, proceed to Lake Nakuru. Lunch at camp.  Afternoon game drives in the park. Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are approx 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. Also, many species of game can be found in the park including the introduced Rothschild's giraffe, black and white rhino, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon and many species of plains game. Dinner and overnight at your camp.

Day 9: Lake Nakuru National Park – Maasai Mara National Reserve

You will have breakfast and then depart for the Maasai Mara National Reserve via the magnificent scenery of the Great Rift Valley. On arrival you will have lunch at your camp and then embark on afternoon game drives around the park. Dinner and overnight at your camp.

Day 10: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Full spent exploring the stunning Masai Mara scenery and in search of the 'The Big Five' - Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos and Rhinos. Besides these 'Big 5' there are many other wild animals and every single one is incredible to watch. They include the Giraffes, Zebras, Hippos, Baboons, Wildebeests, Warthog, Antelopes, Gazelles and different Bird species. Optional evening visit to a Masai Village to learn the dance and culture of the Masai tribe at an extra cost.

Dinner and overnight at your camp.

Day 11: Maasai Mara - Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, depart for the nearby Lake Naivasha. Naivasha is one of the gems in a necklace of Rift Valley lakes, has a variety of bird life and hippo colonies. You will have lunch at your camp in Naivasha.

Day 12: Lake Naivasha – Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport)

After breakfast, depart for Nairobi, you will transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch your international flight home.

Includes:

  • Transport based on a safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Park entry fee
  • Accommodation and all meals as per the itinerary
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • Game drives as per the Itinerary
  • Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
  • Government taxes
  • Flying doctor service

Excludes:

  • Tips to driver guides and porter.
  • Extras at the lodges - tips, drinks, telephone, laundry etc
  • Items of personal expenses
  • International flight

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