MKCKTL 015: 15 Days Samburu,
Aberdare, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Amboseli, Ngorongoro, Serengeti &
Arrival – Nairobi
On arrival at Nairobi Airport, meet and greet service. Transfer to
Nairobi Safari Club for the night on bed and breakfast.
Nairobi - Samburu
Depart Nairobi in the morning for Samburu National reserve crossing
the Equator and driving through changing terrain to the rugged
semi-desert region in the northern Kenya. Though harsh, it is
blessed with species rarely found elsewhere. Arrive in time for
lunch at lodge. Afternoon game drive to search for the stars of
Samburu. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Lodge / Samburu Serena
- Samburu Game Reserve is situated in
the hot and arid fringes of Kenya's vast Northern Frontier District.
The area is home to the Samburu tribe, pastoral relatives of the
Masai. The landscape is rugged and dramatic - against a backdrop of
volcanic mountains, gaunt hills and withered scrub tree punctuate
the sparse and dry terrain with clusters of the incredibly hardy
desert rose providing the ocassional flash of vivid colour. The
Ewaso Nyiro river, lifeline of the area, runs along the southern
boundary dividing Samburu from Buffalo Springs Reserve. Crocodile
and hippo share the river with the many small herds of elephant
which bathe and frolic in the muddy brown waters during the heat of
the day before returning later to browse on the lush vegetation of
the riverine forest. Buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and plains game
may also be seen but a special feature of this Reserve are the
various species of game unique to these northern parks - Beisa oryx,
the long necked gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe and the
blue shanked Somali ostrich.
Samburu Game Reserve
Full day in Samburu with game drives. Search for the rare liver red
reticulated giraffe, Grevy's Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Blue flanked Somali
Ostrich, Vulturine Guinea Fowl and long-necked Gerenuk. See braving
lions on the grass, Cheetah, Leopards among plenty of other plains
game. (Optional visit to a local Samburu village). All meals and
overnight at Samburu Lodge / Samburu Serena lodge, B,L,D.
Breakfast at a lodge and drive to the shoulders of Mt. Kenya
arriving at the Outspan Golf & Country Club for lunch. After lunch
transfer by lodge vehicle to the Treetops Lodge where from the lodge
balcony you view game that often visit the floodlit waterhole and
saltlick--e.g. elephants, rhino, buffalo and giant forest hog.
Dinner and overnight at Treetops Lodge, B,L,D.
The Aberdare National
Park was created in 1950 to protect the forested slopes and moors of
the Aberdare Mountains. The park has elephant, lion, rhino, black
leopard and the beautiful but elusive bongo antelope, and is often
part of a bigger safari itinerary that takes in the Masai Mara,
Samburu National Reserve and Amboseli National Park.
The lodges are one of the main attractions of the Aberdares. Both
Treetops and The Ark are built above the ground beside floodlit
waterholes with salt licks. Visitors must book in advance and cannot
make their own way to the lodges in private vehicles. Instead
check-in is at the Aberdare Country club for The Ark and the Outspan
Hotel for Treetops, from where guests are bussed to their respective
Treetops is one of Kenya's most famous hotels - this is where
British Princess Elizabeth was informed that she had become Queen in
1952 on news of her father's death. The Ark, however, offers better
game viewing, especially at night. Nocturnal game viewing is taken
so seriously round these parts that there is a bell in each room
which sounds if an unusual animal turns up at the waterhole.
Elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and bushbuck are regular visitors.
The hotel is reached via a gangway which takes you to the level of
the forest top.
- Game viewing is very rewarding:
lion. leopard, baboon, Black and White Colobus and Sykes monkeys are
abundant. Rare sightings have also been made of the Golden Cat. Bird
viewing is incredible with over 250 species recorded, including
Jackson's Francolin, sparrow hawk, African goshawk, eagles, sunbirds
Lake Nakuru National Park
Depart Treetops lodge for breakfast at Outspan Golf & Country Club
and depart for Lake Nakuru via Thompson falls arriving in time for
lunch, afternoon game drive at the Pink lake referred so for it's
thousands of pink flamingos and other bird-life-it's a Bird watchers
paradise. It has a surprisingly number of animals; all the "big
five" except the elephant can be seen here. Dinner and overnight at
Lake Nakuru Lodge / Sarova Lion Hill, B,L,D.
Lake Nakuru, a small (it
varies from 5 to 30 square kilometers) shallow alkaline lake on the
edge of the town of Nakuru lies about 160 kilometers north of
Nairobi. It can therefore be visited in a day tour from the capital
or more likely as part of a circuit taking in the Masai Mara or Lake
Baringo and east to Samburu. The lake is world famous as the
location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth - myriads of
fuschia pink flamingoes whose numbers are legion, often more than a
million maybe two. They feed on the abundant algae, which thrives in
the warm waters. There are over 400 resident species on the lake and
in the surrounding park. Thousands of both little grebes and white
winged black terns are frequently seen as are stilts, avocets,
ducks, and in the European winter the migrant waders.
You will also see
warthog, waterbuck and large numbers of impala; slightly shyer
residents include buffalo, Rothschild giraffe, eland, the occasional
leopard and both black and white rhino. A herd of hippo have their
territory in the northern part of the lake.
After breakfast depart for mainsail Mara via Narok Town arriving
Maasai Mara in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive in search of the
high concentration of animals to include big five and other plain’s
game. Dinner and overnight at a lodge, Mara Simba Lodge or Keekorok
Lodge or Mara Serena Lodge, B,L,D.
With its rolling
grasslands and wide-open savannah, the Masai Mara is the kind of
unfettered, sprawling wilderness you will have discovered in
Hollywood films set in Africa. Kenya's finest reserve, the Masai
Mara pulses with raw energy as an array of animals go about their
At certain times of the year the famous Mara throbs to the beat of
hundreds of thousands of hooves as the Great Wildebeest Migration
takes place. The reserve is unfenced and borders the Serengeti
National Park. The two countries share the vast Serengeti plains,
with the wildlife free to roam between Kenya and Tanzania in search
Between July and October millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles
cross into the Masai Mara from the Serengeti where they gather to
graze and relax on the Mara's plains, which - at about one third of
the size of the enormous Serengeti National Park, is more manageable
from a game viewing point of view. The Masai Mara's open grasslands
teem with wildlife in every direction. (Click here to read a guide
to the migration and to find out when to go to the Masai Mara.)
The Masai Mara Reserve is rich in Africa's biggest attractions -
predators are abundant (lion sightings are incredibly common), and
the Big Five are encountered around every corner. The Mara is a
permanent water source for the area's wild inhabitants and so even
when the very last wildebeest has tardily set off for the southern
Serengeti, massive resident herds remain, offering visitors
everything they could want to see on an African safari. A Masai Mara
safari provides a year-round safari experience.
The accommodation in the Masai Mara is as varied and rich as the
wildlife experience that awaits you. From large lodges to exclusive
tented camps, your stay will be made that much more special by the
people that welcome you here.
Try a Masai Mara safari tour to experience the best of the Mara.
There's the focused Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara safari or, if time is
on your side, the Northern Kenya and Masai Mara Fly-In Safari will
provide you with a more in-depth experience.
Full day in Maasai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives.
Dinner and overnight at Mara Simba Lodge or Keekorok Lodge or Mara
Serena Lodge, B,L,D.
- Visit to a local Maasai village for a cultural tour/learn local
traditions: US$ 25 per person
- Hot air balloon ride: US$ 395 per person
Amboseli National park
After breakfast depart Maasai Mara for Amboseli stopping in Nairobi
for lunch. Afternoon proceed to Amboseli arriving early evening.
Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge, B,L,D.
- Amboseli is a top destination for a
Kenya Safari. Indeed, one of the classic images of East Africa, let
alone Kenya, is that of a herd of elephants strolling across the
plains with the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro in the background.
It is to catch this sight on memory - and on film - that people
flood to Amboseli National Park.
While Kilimanjaro is actually across the border in Tanzania,
Amboseli has a perfect view of this world's tallest freestanding
mountain, rising an impressive 5 kilometers above the plains. The
best time to view the majestic mountain is at dawn and sunset, when
the clouds lift and the light is both clear and soft.
Amboseli is about 200km from Nairobi on fairly good roads, and the
usual route is via Namanga on the A104. The last 70km from Namanga
is a bit bumpy so be prepared. Air Kenya also offers daily flights
to the reserve.
It's also a park that combines well with Tsavo National Park to the
east, or Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and Arusha National Parks.
The park is one of the smaller game parks in Kenya, but it offers
you the best opportunity of seeing the critically endangered black
rhino, along with a spectacular range of wildlife. The area's low
and well-munched vegetation also ensures that animals are easy to
spot. Lions can easily be found and can occasionally be watched
stalking their prey. Buffalo, cheetah, gazelle, hyena, jackal,
wildebeest, zebra, and baboon are just some of the animals that can
be encountered at Amboseli.
Amboseli National park.
Full day in Amboseli with morning and afternoon game drives. All
meals and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge, B,L,D.
After breakfast leave for Namanga border from where you will undergo
immigration and customs clearance. Proceed to Arusha arriving for
lunch at Arusha Hotel. Afternoon depart to the incredible Ngorongoro
Crater arriving early evening. Dinner and overnight stay at
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
- Ngorongoro Crater is an extinct
volcano that collapsed around 25 million years ago thus forming a
vast super bowl where the largest permanent concentration of African
game is on display. The views from the top of the crater wall are
absolutely breathtaking which are forested but four wheel drive
vehicles will take you down into this primeval paradise of woodland,
lake, river, swamp and plain that shelters around 20,000 animals.
Large grazing animals such as wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle and zebra
that depends on the open grasslands in the crater. Attracting
predators, the black-maned lion, the leopard and hyena. The elephant
found are the lone males. The Fever Tree forests shelter monkeys,
bushbuck and waterbuck and the few black rhino that have taken
refuge here. A soda lake attracts water birds, including flamingoes
and is a favourite place for predators to make their kill. Wildly
beautiful as it is, it is not surprising that Ngorongoro Crater has
been called a Garden of Eden.
After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch boxes for a full day
crater tour and game drives. Returning to the lodge in the evening
for dinner and overnight, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or Ngorongoro Sopa
Serengeti National Park
Depart Ngorongoro after breakfast via Olduvai Gorge to Serengeti
arriving in the afternoon, enroute game drive to the lodge. Dinner
and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge or Serengeti Sopa Lodge,
- Tanzania's oldest and most popular
national park, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when
some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000
zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for
fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti
offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great
herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and
thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s
The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest
park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain
grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the
Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the
southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal
species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more
elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to
the beautiful serval cat.
But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama
lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s
isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have
been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the
outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland,
to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.
As enduring as the game-viewing is the liberating sense of space
that characterises the Serengeti Plains, stretching across sunburnt
savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth.
Yet, after the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed
into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. And there are
also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig
trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust.
Serengeti National park
Full day in Serengeti with morning and afternoon game drive. All
meals and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge or Serengeti Sopa
Lake Manyara National park
Early Morning game drive, Breakfast and depart for Lake Manyara
arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and
overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
- Lake Manyara National Park is one of
the smallest but most ecologically diverse game reserves in
Tanzania. Two thirds of its 330km2 are made up of the water of Lake
Manyara, but the remaining third contains an astonishing range of
The grassy floodplain that surrounds the lake becomes dense acacia
woodland, which in turn gives way to the rocky base of the Tanzanian
escarpment. There is also a section of groundwater forest near the
gate. Each habitat offers its own range of game viewing options.
The lions in Manyara are famous for climbing trees - unique behavior
for their species. You'll need to be a little lucky to see them
though, so don't be disappointed if they elude you. The great
diversity of habitats at Lake Manyara National Park also makes it a
superb birding destination. More than 380 species have been
recorded, and the lake is especially known for waterfowl and
Arusha – Nairobi - Departure
After breakfast at Lake Manyara, drive to Arusha arriving for lunch
and last minute souvenir shopping. At 2pm, take a road transfer to
Nairobi Airport arriving at approximately 1900hours where you will
connect with your flight back home. End of tour services, B,L.
Tour Price: US$ 4900 per person sharing. Single room supplement: US$
During April 1 - May 31: US$ 4450 per person sharing.
Tour price includes:
-Guarantee price/guarantee safari on confirmation
-All ground transport on safari in a comfortable safari van in Kenya
and a 4x4WD land cruiser in Tanzania
equipped for game
viewing, photography and touring
-Full board accommodation on safari
- -Bed and breakfast accommodation in
plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
-Accommodation in double/twin/triple room.
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
-All game drives as detailed in the itinerary
-Bottled water whilst on safari
-Start and end in Arusha.
-Olduvai Gorge entrance fees
Tour price excludes:
of a personal nature
-Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary