Wild Kenya Safari
Destinations: Overview Highlights This safari is available all year round. Day 1: Nairobi - Maasai Mara National Reserve Dinner and overnight at Mara Leisure Camp Day 2: Maasai Mara National Reserve Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Leisure Camp Day 3: Maasai Mara National Reserve Mara Leisure Camp – Located within the Reserve along the Talek River
This exciting 3 day, 2 night safari allows you to translocate from the busy work and home schedule to the beautiful wild side of Kenya. Game lovers will be able to view a variety of wildlife that Kenya and this reserve have to offer. For those looking to discover Kenya, this is one great landmark that you will cherish from your visit. And for those looking to unwind, you can expect to relax in a beautiful luxury hotel. Everyone will come back refreshed and excited.
You will be met by our representative at 8am at Nairobi CBD. After introductions and a brief review of the itinerary, the 4-5 hour drive journey to the Mara will begin. Arrive at the camp in time for check-in and lunch. Thereafter, gear up for an afternoon game drive and as the evening approaches; enjoy a sundowner experience while you watch the sun setting…
After breakfast, spend the day on a morning game drive. Look out for diverse bird and wildlife and you may easily spot the big five among other game. Visit a Maasai village and interact with the Maa while you learn about their culture. Photographers will find a paradise for wildlife photography and capturing every dramatic moment will be everyone’s thrill.
Drive back to Nairobi after breakfast and enjoy lunch at the Carnivore before going back to your home. Drop off at Nairobi CBD.
This safari is available all year round.
Day 1: Nairobi - Maasai Mara National Reserve
Dinner and overnight at Mara Leisure Camp
Day 2: Maasai Mara National Reserve
Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Leisure Camp
Day 3: Maasai Mara National Reserve
Mara Leisure Camp – Located within the Reserve along the Talek River
Tsavo East is one of the oldest parks and largest protected area and is located near the town of Voi. It consists of semi-arid grassland and savanna and the Galana River flows through its dry plains. The park has diverse wildlife including the big5 among other larger mammals. There are large herds of the dust-red elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, lesser kudu, gerenuk and more. It also hosts a large variety of bird life such as the sacred ibis, black kite, crowned crane and lovebird. There are over 500 recorded species.
- Game viewing – herds of elephants, diverse wildlife and birdlife
- Aruba Dam – visited by animals
- Mudanda Rock –vantage view point of stratified rock below which is a natural dam
- Yatta Plateau – the world’s longest lava flow
- Lugard Falls
Lake Bogoria National Reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley, covering Lake Bogoria and the land immediately surrounding the lake, a semi-arid area. The only major river feeding Lake Bogoria is the Waseges River, which rises on the northern slopes of the Aberdare Ranges. The lake is famous for its geysers and hot springs, and for hosting large numbers of the lesser flamingo. 135 species of bird have been recorded in the reserve. They include little grebe, pratincole, swift, little bee-eater, cape wigeon, yellow-billed stork, African spoonbill, augur buzzard, gabar goshawk, water dikkop, great tit, starling, hornbill and crombec. The reserve has a herd of the relatively uncommon greater kudu and other game life like the buffalo, zebra, cheetah, baboon, warthog, caracal, spotted hyena, impala and dik dik.
- Hot springs and geysers
- Game life
The Aberdare National Park forms part of the Aberdare Mountain Range in the central part of Kenya and a distance of about 150 kilometres from Nairobi. It has a varied terrain due to its different altitudes ranging from mountain peaks to deep valleys intersected by streams, rivers and waterfalls. Moorland, bamboo and rain forests are found at lower altitudes. It provides for a beautiful scenery.
Game life in the park includes the African elephant, bushbuck, eland, leopard, African hunting dog, waterbuck duikers, olive baboons, Cape buffalo and the black rhino. Rare species that may be sighted include the golden cat and the bongo.
There are over 290 recorded species of birds here including the endangered Aberdare cisticola, Jackson’s francolin, sparrow hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.
- Game Drives
- Bird watching
- Guided nature walks
The Maasai Mara National Reserve, also known as Maasai Mara, is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. It is situated in south-west Kenya and borders the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named after its traditional inhabitants - the Maasai, and their description of the area when looked at from afar, Mara, which is ‘Maa’ for spotted, that is the circles of trees, scrub, savanna and cloud shadows that mark the area. This reserve is famous worldwide for its exceptional game diversity, its spectacular ecosystem and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, The Wildebeest Migration. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds.
Maasai Mara National Reserve covers 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and is 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. The park lies within the Great Rift Valley and most of the game viewing happens on the wide valley floor with the towering escarpments lining the horizon. The terrain of the reserve is mostly open grassland with seasonal riverlets and clusters of the distinct acacia tree in the south east region. The western border is the Esoit Escarpment of the East African Rift and wildlife tends to be concentrated here as the swampy ground means access to water is good and disruption by tourists is minimal. The East African Rift is a fault line 5600km (3500 miles) long from the Red Sea in Ethiopia through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and into Mozambique.
The reserve is accessible by road or by air.
Wildebeest Migration - The main attraction at the Mara happens when over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during the months of July through to October. The animals consist mostly of wildebeest, zebra, impala, topi, Thomson's gazelle among other herbivores. One of the highlights is when the migration has to cross the Mara River and come out alive as crocodiles prey on them. Those surviving the cross will be hunted, stalked, and preyed on by the larger carnivores in the Mara.
Game viewing - Game drives afford the opportunity to explore the reserve. The Big 5: African lion, African elephant, African buffalo, African leopard, and black rhinoceros are found here. The Mara has one of the largest densities of lion in the world and is home to the BBC wildlife channel’s ‘Big Cat Diary’. Cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, Thompson’s gazelles, Grant’s gazelles, impala, Topi and Cokes hartebeest, zebras, Maasai giraffe, baboons as well as the common giraffe are among many species to be found here. The large roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely present elsewhere in Kenya can be seen within the reserve borders. Hippopotami and the large Nile crocodiles will be found in large groups in the Mara and Talek rivers.
Hot Air Balloon Rides - Experience adventure by having an aerial view of wildlife in a hot air balloon ride over the Mara. Balloon safaris take place at dawn for one and a half hours.
Cultural Safaris - Visit a Maasai village and experience the Maasai people in their natural setting, their culture and traditions. Indulge in a traditional dance with young Maasai warriors (morans) as they perform. Buy souvenirs to remind you of your visit.
Bird Watching - Bird lovers will have an opportunity to view some of the numerous species of birdlife that have been identified in the park including the vulture, marabou, orange buffs, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, pygmy falcon and the long-crested eagle.
Photography - Photographers will find a paradise for wildlife photography and capturing every dramatic moment will be everyone’s thrill.
Nakuru means ‘dust’ or ‘dusty place’ in Maasai language. One of Kenya’s finest parks, Lake Nakuru National Park, is situated on the floor of the Great Rift Valley and was established in 1961. The park has wooded and bushy grassland and varied habitats.
Within it lays the Lake Nakuru soda lake, host to the brilliant pink flamingoes. Over 450 species of terrestrial and water birds can be found in the park. The lake is famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth; myriads of fuchsia-pink flamingoes. These birds feed on abundant algae that thrive in the warm water. There are two types of flamingo species, the lesser flamingo distinguished by its deep red carmine bill and pink plumage while the greater has a bill with black tip. The lesser flamingoes are larger in numbers.
Diverse wildlife includes buffalo, eland, Rothschild giraffe, the leopard, baboons, hippos, zebras, lions among others. The park is a sanctuary for the black and white rhinos. There are more than 50 species of animals in the park.
Birdlife – Enjoy watching Flamingo (greater and lesser) at the lake and a variety of other aquatic and terrestrial birds.
Game drives – Watch different species of game life through the varied ecological system during game drives on the backdrop of beautiful landscape including the Makalia waterfalls.
Vegetation – The Park contains hundreds of plant species and unique vegetation.
The Great Rift Valley is a geological fault line that runs through Kenya from north to south. It is part of the Gregory Rift, the eastern branch of the East African Rift, which starts in Tanzania to the south and continues northward into Ethopia. It was formed on the "Kenyan Dome" a geographical upwelling created by the interactions of three major tectonics: the Arabian, Nubian, and Somalian plates.
The valley contains the Cherangani Hills and a chain of volcanoes, some of which are still active. The climate is mild, with temperatures usually below 28°C (82 F). Most rain falls during the March–June and October–November periods. The Tugen Hills to the west of Lake Baringo contain fossils preserved in laval flows from the period 14 to 4 million years ago. The relics of many hominids, ancestors of humans, were found here.
The valley is bordered by escarpments to the east and west. The floor is broken by volcanoes, some still active, and contains a series of lakes. Some of the soils are fertile soils from relatively recent volcanic activity.
Main lakes in the rift are Lake Turkana, Lake Logipi, Lake Bogoria, Lake Baringo, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, Lake Elementaita Lake Magadi are some of the lakes found in the area. Of these eight, only Lakes Baringo and Naivasha are fresh water.
The Elgeyo escarpment forms part of the western wall. The Kerio Valley lies between the Tugen Hills and the Elgeyo escarpment. Further south the Mau Escarpment is a steep natural cliff approximately 3,000 m (10,000ft) high, running along the western edge of the Great Rift Valley about L Naivasha. Further south the Nguruman Escarpment is around 50 kilometers long and elongated in N-W direction. Its northern edge is about 120 kilometres (75miles) southwest of Nairobi, while the southern edge is near the Tanzanian border, at the northwestern corner of Lake Natron. The Aberdare Range forms a section of the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley to the north of Nairobi. Mount Satima lies at the northern end of the Aberdares and is their highest point, and Mount Kinangop at the southern end is the second highest. The mountains form a ridge between these two peaks. Ngong Hills are peaks in a ridge along the east of the Great Rift Valley, located southwest near Nairobi.
Amboseli is one of Kenya’s most famous national parks. It’s the third most visited after the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Lake Nakuru National Park. Amboseli is a Maasai language word that means ‘salty dust’. The park is 390 square kilometres (150square miles) at the core of an 8000square kilometres (3000square mile) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. It is 260km from Nairobi. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands.
The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging large herds of elephants. From here one gets a spectacular view of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Africa.
It is also home to the Maasai people, who have learned to live in complete harmony with their environment and the wildlife around them. There are occupied and abandoned manyatta – Maasai villages- all around the park quickly built out of bent poles and sticks and plastered with cow dung. These are abandoned when the grazing is finished and their cow herds must move on. Swamps and springs fed by underground rivers from Kilimanjaro’s melting snow form permanent watering places for wildlife in times of drought.
The snow of the mountain, white and crystalline, forms a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya most spectacular displays of wildlife which include the lion, elephant, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of other animals.
Large herds of elephants and wildlife – Enjoy game drives and come close to large herds of elephants, among other different species of game life including the big 5, and numerous bird species.
Mt Kilimanjaro – Enjoy game viewing and photography against the backdrop of the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro
Observation Hill – Find a spot to observe the whole park including the swamp which hosts large numbers of elephants, hippos, buffaloes and a variety of water birds.
Visit Maasai Community – Visit the local Maasai community and learn their culture and traditions
The Tsavo West National Park is part of the Tsavo Conservation Area consisting together with the adjoining Tsavo East National Park and other ranches and protected areas. This park is composed of open grasslands, scrublands, acacia woodlands, riverine vegetation and rocky ridges. It has magnificent scenery including the spectacular Mzima Springs, a wide variety of wildlife including rhinos, elephants, hippos, lions, leopards, buffalos, cheetahs among others and diverse bird species, a rhino reserve, rock climbing and guided walks along the Tsavo River.
This park was home to the ‘Man Eaters of Tsavo’, which appeared in 1898 during the construction of the Uganda Railway abruptly halting the work as they caused havoc by preying on the workers.
The park was also a First World War Site for the East African Campaign.
Mzima Springs – gushing out fifty million gallons of crystal clear water from under parched lava rocks, a remarkable scene
Game drives – to view the game and bird life at the park
Ngulia Sanctuary – a sanctuary for the black rhino
Lake Jipe – lying on the Kenya-Tanzania border and teeming with aquatic life
East African World War I site for the East African Campaign - Guided tours of the Crater, Kichwa Tembo and Mzima fort will enable you trail the real footsteps of the world war veterans
This is a beautiful and vibrant paradise on the shores of the Indian Ocean south of Mombasa and consists of Tiwi Beach, Galu Beach, Chale Island, Funzi Island, Msambweni and Kinondo. Its waters are shallow near the shore, with some underwater sandbars near the surface which allow wading with a clear view of the sandy bottom, and coral reefs. Numerous palm trees cover the inland and the Mwachema River drains into the sea at Diani Beach.
Diani Beach has high-class restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, and several shopping centres