9 days (not including air travel)

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For the adventure traveller with a love for wildlife photography, Kenya’s Samburu, Aberdares, the Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara are the places to be. These holiday destinations guarantee you the most stunning views of animals and birds as well as unique landscapes. Wildlife is abundant and easy to spot. But it’s the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara that will hold you captive in the wilderness. In the July-September period, over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelopes come to the Mara from across the Serengeti. It’s a wonderful time to be in the Mara.

Day 1: Nairobi-Samburu

Drive north for 6 hours to Samburu Game Reserve. Lunch and afternoon game drive.

Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Samburu

Full day of game drives in the Samburu Game Reserve which lies in the semi-arid northern part of Kenya. The Uaso Nyiro river that flows through the reserve is the lifeline of this dry bush country. Some endemic animals found here are found nowhere else on our tour circuit. These are commonly referred to as the Samburu Special Five – Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, Reticulated giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx. Along the river, marked by Doum palms, we may find lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, crocodile etc.  Samburu is the home of Kamuniak, the famous lioness that adopted a baby Oryx some years back.

Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Aberdares ‘Tree’ Lodge

Breakfast and then check out and drive towards Mount Kenya as you enjoy good views of the majestic mountain. Then on to the Aberdare mountain ranges for lunch followed by transfer to the Ark Lodge inside the Aberdare National Park. In the evening you will watch elephants and other animals as they congregate at the waterhole.

Accommodation: The Ark Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Lake Naivasha/Lake Oloiden

Depart at 0900 Hrs for a three hour drive to Lake Naivasha for lunch. In the afternoon we tour Lake Oloiden in the southern part of Lake Naivasha. Unlike Lake Naivasha whose waters are fresh, Lake Oloiden is salty and home to approximately several families of Hippos and both the lesser and the greater flamingos are in plenty here. A boat trip in this lake offers a good opportunity to see some of the numerous water birds and other creatures that thrive in this salty water habitat. Lake Oloiden was formerly part of Lake Naivasha but it is now separated from its south west shore by a stretch of an elevated land and the two lakes are about 200 metres apart.

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Masai Mara

Leave after breakfast for a 5-6 hour drive to the Masai Mara. We drive through the Great Rift Valley’s floors and western escarpments, created over the centuries due to the natural shifting of the earth’s tectonic plates. We will head to the Masai Mara National Reserve and will arrive in time for lunch. After an early afternoon at leisure, we proceed to the reserve for our much-anticipated date with the gem of African wilderness.

Accommodation: Mara Simba Lodge or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Masai Mara

Full day of game drives in the eastern areas of the Masai Mara, with time to explore more of Maasai Mara’s scenery and to catch a glimpse the “The Big Five” animals of Kenya: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhino. In addition to these, Maasai Mara teems with other fascinating wild animal species: giraffes, zebras, hippos, baboons, wildebeests, warthogs, gazelles, crocodiles and numerous bird species.

Accommodation: Mara Simba Lodge or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 7 & 8 Masai Mara

Two more days of game drives in the central and north-eastern areas. We will shift accommodation and stay at Ashnil Mara Camp

Accommodation: Ashnil Mara Camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9: Nairobi

Morning game drive and departure after early lunch for transfer to Nairobi.

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