14 Days (13 nights) unforgettable safari living: it is not hard to imagine.
Experience one week photographic safari in National parks full of wildlife where you can not miss the big five namely, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino; be at the fabulous Great Rift Valley lakes; watch exotic bird-life and come face-to-face with over 2 million flamingos; see incredible landscapes and mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro and majestic Mt. Kenya; enjoy the Real Sun Under the Equator; meet the beautiful Samburu and Masai people; and relax for 6 days at the Kenyan coast sunbathing at the soft white sands in Mombasa (including PADI Scuba Diving Course) or just dream in the heavenly Lamu Island forgetting the rest of the world.
MAASAI MARA - LAKE NAIVASHA -LAKE NAKURU - LAKE BOGORIA - LAKE BARINGO - SAMBURU - MT.KENYA - AMBOSELI - TSAVO WEST - TSAVO EAST - NAIROBI
2 Nights Maasai Mara, 1 night Lake Nakuru, 1 night Lake Bogoria/Lake Baringo, 2 nights Samburu, 1 night Mt.kenya, 1 night Amboseli/Tsavo West, 5 nights beach safari including local excursions and PADI scuba diving course/Lamu Island.
Maasai Mara is the richest game park in Kenya. Set up very naturally between two streams. This reserve is essentially the northern extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti National park.
On your way to Maasai Mara you will cross the Loita Plains. You will see red-clad Maasai warriors tend their multi-colored herds amongst plains game. You will arrive Maasai Mara game reserve in time for lunch and later you will have an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge/campsite.
The following day after breakfast you will have viewing inside the Park. Search for wild game black manned lion (for which Mara is famous) cheetah, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and leopard. Grant's gazelle are quite common, hyenas are plentiful, and even the rare rhino might come out of the thicket for you. Extend your drive to the hippo point where schools of hippo submerge on the approach of vehicles only to surface seconds later to shot and gamble their displeasure as the crocodiles sunbathe on the river banks mouths agape.
After an afternoon meal you will have an optional visit to the maasai villages for an insight to their culture if you so wish.
Meals and overnight at Mara Lodge/Mara luxury Tented Camps. After breakfast you will have a game drive and later you will have your picnic lunch at the hippo pool where by luck you might see crocodiles basking. Towards the day's end, return to the lodge /camp.
After an early morning game drive return to your lodge/camp for your breakfast and depart Maasai Mara for Nakuru via Naivasha. Drive west past Mount Longonot and via Narok to Lake Naivasha Arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon is free for a boat ride or a tour to the Crescent Island which should not be missed. It is one of the few places in all of Africa where you can wander on foot among herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelles and giraffes. The Lake is a birds’ paradise and has a large number of hippos, or visit the Hell’s Gate National park and the geothermal power plant as you depart from Lake Naivasha to Lake Nakuru.
Lake Nakuru lies in the Rift-Valley, it is one of a chain of 8 lakes, which stretch the length of Kenya from Tanzania to Ethiopia. You will depart to Lake Nakuru National Park via Thompson falls arriving in time for lunch. You will have lunch at the park and later will have an extensive tour which will take you to this famous Pink Lake, referred so for its thousands of pink flamingos and other bird life - it’s a bird watchers' paradise. You will have a chance to visit a unique sanctuary catering for a sizeable number of the endangered rhinoceros and the Rothschild giraffe, Waterbucks as well as the predators such as the lion and leopard are common at the park. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru lodge/campsite. The following morning after breakfast you will have a game viewing at the Pink Lake as you depart for Lake Bogoria.
You will drive north of Lake Nakuru to Lake Bogoria. Lake Bogoria is a saline water shallow located at the northern region of the Kenyan Rift, south of Baringo. You will arrive Lake Bogoria in time for lunch, after your lunch you will be able to explore on foot the hot springs and geysers which spout and steam. Because of the temperatures and the slippery ground you need to be cautious and don’t be tempted to put your hands into the water if you are at all fond of your skin. Depart for Lake Baringo.
Baringo is a fresh water lake, which hosts a variety of fish absent in the alkaline lakes. This Lake attracts a broad range of waterbirds. Here you will have a bird watching walks and boat ride trips with the help of a ornithologist. You can also experience a range of activities such as fishing, water sports (ski, wind-surfing), camel rides. You will also visit the Njemps village, where you can get a sip of the local handcrafts and dances. Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge.
After breakfast depart to Samburu Game Reserve. You will cross the equator where you will have an 'Equator ceremony' as you continue to Kenya's semi-arid area, the Samburu National Reserve. Lunch enroute.
You arrive at Samburu early in the evening for a game drive in the reserve. Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge. You will have early morning game drives at the park after breakfast. Here you will be able to view the Reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the long neck gerenuk antelope. Other animals to be found include, lion, leopard, elephant, and cheetah amongst others. All meals at the campsite/lodge. Early morning game drive which is ideal for spotting the rare lioness that is famous for its unusual ability to adopt various antelopes. Afterwards you will return to the lodge/ camp for breakfast and depart for Mt.Kenya.
You will drive for Nanyuki at the base of Mt.Kenya arriving in time for lunch. You will enjoy a walking safari to the Mau Mau caves used by freedom fighters as hiding places during the struggle for Independence. Monkeys and birds will be seen during this tour. Return for dinner and overnight at the campsite. Early in the morning depart for Amboseli after breakfast.
Amboseli national park lies within the shadow of the mighty Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, whose peak maybe seen from the park in clear weather. You will pass through the Athi plains the home of the proud maasai tribe. You will arrive Amboseli in time for lunch later you will have a game drive where you will be able to see a variety of plains game such as the antelopes, zebras, giraffe, wildebeests, impala. You can also see pelicans, bee-eaters, kingfishers and many types of eagles. The bird life is extremely good. Other animals such as the lion, cheetahs can be viewed in the park. Elephants and hippos are sometimes found bathing in the swamp-grounds which get their waters from Mt.Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge. An early morning game drive will follow breakfast and later you will depart Amboseli National Park for Tsavo west via Chyulu hills arriving in time for lunch.
Tsavo National Park is the second largest park in Kenya. You will have afternoon game drives where you will visit the Mzima Springs which is one of the greatest wonder of Tsavo West National Park. Water gurgles from the underground and forms a large expanse of pools, which provide habitats for colourful fish, hippos and crocodiles. A glass observation tank allows one to view this aquatic wonder safe and undisturbed. The springs are the main source of water for Mombasa municipality. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.
After breakfast you will have a game drive. Here you will see a large number of herbivores and predators which include the bush back, dik dik, duikers, eland, gazelles, gerenuk, wildebeest, hippos, black rhino, hyena, lions, leopards among others.
You will depart to Tsavo East later in the day. This park is famous for its man-eating lions during the construction of Uganda railway and it has herds of elephants to view. Dinner and overnight at the camp/ lodge.
MOMBASA BEACH/LAMU ISLAND
Mombasa is traditionally a tourist town. The adventurers, traders and conquerors visited the town, beginning with Vasco da Gama. It offers great sightseeing, including the Mombasa old town with its narrow streets. The historical landmarks of the Vasco da Gama pillar, and of course Fort Jesus can only be appreciated by the eyes, not just words!. The ocean lovers and divers have a 480km coastline strewn with beautiful coral reefs and gardens and hundreds of coral fish species and other, marine life; while ‘sun worshippers’ find the tranquil sun-drenched, silver sanded coastal beaches a tourist paradise.
Lamu is the other side of Kenya. It is the exception. The peace and tranquility of a relaxing and largely undiscovered set of islands still draws both the backpackers and the exclusive holiday makers looking for the unusual. It is an ideal destination for a complete change of culture. The island is dominated by the Muslim faith.
The island itself is a beautiful place of rolling dunes and endless beaches, where tiny villages nestle among coconut and mango plantations and lateen-sailed dhows ply the waters. But Lamu's real attraction is its Old Town. Lamu's narrow streets remain unchanged, and in the markets and squares around the fort life moves at the same pace as it always has. There are no vehicles on this island, and the donkey and the dhow remain the dominant forms of transport. Lamu Island has very many restaurants, with excellent and affordable seafood. Many visitors choose self-catering cottages.
The atmosphere in Lamu is comfortable for doing a lot or doing NOTHING too! Lamu is a hypnotically exotic experience, made even more enjoyable by the relaxed and welcoming attitudes of the locals. Life slows down, and long days are spent strolling along the waterfront, exploring the town or relaxing on the beaches.