5 Days Kenya Budget Camping Safari
This is a Kenya camping safari to Samburu/Great Rift Valley Lakes. A safari to the North via the high shoulder of Mt. Kenya to the Game Reserve of Samburu, followed by the world famous Bird sanctuaries of the Great Rift Valley Lakes of Baringo, Bogoria and Nakuru.
Samburu Game 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 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 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.
Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu Game Reserve
You will depart Nairobi in the morning through rich agricultural farmland on the slopes of Mount Kenya towards the mainly dry scrub land and open Savannah of the Samburu Game Reserve. You may either stop on the way at Nanyuki for lunch or have your lunch at your destination in the Samburu Game Reserve.
Either way your are expected to have arrived in Samburu by the late afternoon and in the evening embark on a game drive around the park and at sunset returning to you camp site for dinner and to rest for the night.
Day 2: Samburu Game Reserve
You will have full day on game drives around the Samburu Game Reserve. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the camp site.
Day 3: Samburu Game Reserve – Lake Baringo
You will have an early breakfast and then leave Samburu in the early morning, and make a scenic drive towards Lake Baringo across the Lerochi Plateau while descending to the floor of the Great Rift Valley, arriving at Lake Baringo in the evening.
Day 4: Lake Baringo – Lake Nakuru National Park
Early in the morning we head south via Lake Bogoria which is shallow soda lake with a beautiful scenery and also home to a sizeable number of flamingoes and other species of birds. The highlight, however, is the boiling hot springs and geysers – hot enough to boil an egg – which also contributes to the beauty of the Lake. Don’t Fall!
After lunch, we proceed to Lake Nakuru in the South – another shallow soda lake which has been described as “an ornithological paradise and one of the world’s most magnificent sights. Here one has an opportunity to see up to two million flamingos besides tens of thousands of other birds. Lake Nakuru is a rhino sanctuary and harbors lions, warthogs, waterbucks, buffaloes, hippos and many other animals.
Dinner and overnight at a semi-permanent Camp.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park - Nairobi
After breakfast, you will proceed to Nairobi where you are expected to arrive in the late afternoon.
- 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
- 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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