If you have been dreaming of an African Wildlife safari holiday then the annual wildlife safari would be the most recommended trip to take as it covers most wildlife parks and game reserve while aiming at Maximum Wildlife Views. As you go on your own personal migration across Kenya, each step of the way is an opportunity for extraordinary game viewing under expert guidance, usually by Masaai or Samburu rangers. Please note that this tour can also be recommended during the Annual Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya on the months of July to October, Can as well be good for Wildlife Photographers.
This 11-day African journey is ideal for travelers who want to get off the beaten path and see a special part of African accessible to a privileged few…
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Your safari vacation begins with a warm welcome by our representatives upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. You will be transferred to Ole Sereni Hotel for your overnight stay. Ole Sereni Hotel offers the ideal location from which to start your safari adventure as it is the only city hotel situated within a game park. With the stunning greens and golds of Nairobi National Park’s landscape punctuated by giraffe, zebra, antelope and buffalo lounging near their waterhole, the views alone make Ole Sereni one of a kind.
After breakfast at our hotel, a safari briefing will follow on the adventures ahead. Later depart by road driving across the equator from the Southern to the Northern Hemisphere, and onwards to the semi-arid region of the Samburu Game Reserve where the Elephant Bedroom is your home. You will be forgiven for thinking you have packed up all your creature comforts and gone back into the past, so remote and unspoilt is this spectacular location..
The name Samburu is of Maasai origin, a ‘samburr’ is a traditional leather bag the Masai use for carrying honey and milk. This region is characterized by vast, open landscapes, dried riverbeds (depending on the season of the year) and its red volcanic soil. The area is home to the Samburu tribe, who are ‘cousins’ to the Maasai people with their own distinct cultural traditions. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch, followed by some leisure hours for a siesta or swim before you depart for an afternoon game viewing drive, and return back to the lodge before sunset.
Spend the next two days in the Samburu Game Reserve searching for the Samburu five and observing the vast unspoiled scenery during morning and afternoon game drives. The park is plentiful with crocodiles that bask on muddy riverbanks and velvet monkeys that frolic in the late afternoon sun.
Samburu is renowned for its rare species of fauna known as the ‘Samburu five’. These five particular animals are usually only found north of the equator – the long necked gerenuk, the reticulated giraffe which is characterized by its liver-colored geometric patches defined by narrow white lines, the Grevy’s zebra which is smaller than the common zebra and looks more like a horse, the Beisa Oryx with black horizontal stripe running across its lower flank and the Somali ostrich males which have blue-grey necks and thighs.
After breakfast at the Lodge, you will depart by road to Asilia’s Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, situated in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Arrive in time for lunch followed by some leisure hours for a siesta/ swim. Later in the afternoon you will proceed on an afternoon game viewing across the vast savannah grasslands, a terrain favored by elephants. Visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, the only one of its kind in Kenya.
The sanctuary is home to orphaned chimpanzees from the Jane Goodall Institute in Burundi. It’s one of only for private game reserves in Kenya. This 24,000 acres reserve situated within 90,000 acres of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy enjoys magnificent views across the plains to the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya, and has abundance of wildlife and tropical vegetation. You will have a chance to view an amazing variety of wildlife such as Rhinos, eland, baboon, elephant and various species of birds. Return to the camp before sunset.
After an early breakfast in camp, head to the lounge area where you will be met by your expert guide and head out into the bush on foot for a morning guided walk in the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy. There is no better way to experience the wilderness of East Africa up close and personal than on foot with the sun rising in the background. The morning walk will last for around 3-4 hours (temperature dependent), offering the chance to the Big Five.
A picnic lunch will be served before your journey back to camp for a well-deserved rest. Once you are relaxed and refreshed you will enjoy dinner at the camp and head to the campfire where whiskies are poured and safari tales are told late into the night
Breakfast will be served at the Camp followed by check out. Our destination today will be at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge therefore we depart after breakfast and We arrive in time for lunch at our lodge by the lake, in afternoon we take a sunset boat ride at the lake as well as enjoy a nature walk at Crescent Island is an excellent way to see wild animals while on foot. The Island is a private game sanctuary, which is home to zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, Vervet monkeys, hares, genet cats, waterbuck and giraffe. Or you may wish to lounge by the pool admiring the view of zebras, Giraffes and waterbuck just outside the fence
Today our safari will take us to the jewel of Kenya’s parks, the world famous Masai Mara Game (Wildlife) Reserve. This is Kenya’s number one park and is always on every tourist’s “Must see list”. Full of life with various types of animals and birds, Masai Mara crown’s the climax of every safari in Kenya. Its rolling grasslands and acacia savannah have time and again been captured on film with the movie “Out Of Africa” being the most famous. Masai Mara is home to the “Big Five” (Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and Rhino) and over 400 bird species. Your home for the following three nights will be at one of the excellent Rekero Camp.
Overlooking the Talek River in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, Rekero camp sits next to a main crossing point used by the wildebeest on their epic annual journey. You can watch the herd make this perilous crossing without even leaving the camp. Enjoy this and other wildlife sightings from the comfort of your riverside tent or from one of the two communal decks.
Breakfast at the camp and go for your half day game drive at Masai Mara reserve then come back for lunch afternoon at leisure as you enjoy a swim in the pool under the African sun or just sit back and relax later in the afternoon visit the Masai Village. The Maasai are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.
They are among the best known local populations due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress. The Maasai speak the “Maa language”, a member of the Nilo-Saharan family that is related to Dinka and Nuer. Interact with them as you learn more about their traditions.
Our full day in the Masai Mara Game Reserve will be spared for the search of the big cats of the Masai Mara and the spectacular view of the famous migration. During game viewing remember to keep a sharp lookout, you may witness a dramatic hunt; a solitary leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree or a herd of elephants protecting their young from predators.
The Mara is one of the richest wildlife spectacular scenery for the annual migration, the Masai Mara wildebeest migration is no considered to be one of the wonders of the world, especially as they cross the Mara River. The reserve is also regarded as the most spectacular wildlife viewing area in Kenya with over 95 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. Game viewing is never dull in the Mara and patience is rewarded with unique sightings, such as a pride of lion stalking prey. All meals will be served at the camp.
After breakfast in Camp, check out and make your way to the lounge tent for your transfer to Mara Ol Seki Airstrip. You will then catch your SafariLink flight ETD 11h00 ETA 12h15 to Nairobi Wilson where you’ll be transferred to the airport or a Nairobi hotel bringing to an end what we believe will be a Magical safari experience