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KENYA EXPLORER

For those who have sufficient time to explore Kenya, this is the most popular Camping safari you can take. Running for 11 nights/12 days and featuring the best National parks and Game reserves in Kenya. This tour starts  with the Savana grassland on rolling hills of the Masai Mara. A home to variety of herbivores, predators and more than 360 species of birdlife  and the land  of the pastoral Masai and their cattle who have lived in harmony with wild creatures for many years. Then to floor of the Great Rift Valley “Lake Nakuru” which has its fair share of wildlife including the endangered black rhiho and a prolific birdlife. Onward to the northern frontier “Samburu” for great views and rare animals as well as  Samburu cultural people with background view of Mt.kenya peaks before proceeding to the magnificent Kilimanjaro area and the coastal savannas of the man eating lions.

TEA-KE-12 DAYS MARA-LAKE NAKURU-SAMBURU-AMBOSELI-MT KENYA-AMBOSELI- TSAVO EAST – TSAVO WEST.

Day 1: Nairobi/ Masai Mara
We will pick you from your hotel after breakfast; thereafter depart for Masai Mara game reserve stopping at the view point of the Great Rift Valley and at Narok town for lunch. Arrive in time for a late afternoon or early evening game drive in this park that is essentially the northern extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti national park as an artificial border separates the two.  The Mara’s landscape is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills which enables the reserve to attract sufficient rainfall to maintain and support a large population of herbivores, together with the predators that follow. Proceed to the campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Masai Mara

camelsAfter breakfast have a full day of game viewing with a picnic lunch at the Hippo pool where you will have a good opportunity of spotting Hippos and crocodiles basking in the sun at a close distance. Mara is renowned for its great herds of plains game and virtually every type of wildlife to be found in Kenya.  This is also where the annual migration of close 800,000 zebras and wild beast takes place between the two parks in early July to September. The animals’ move as a great mass across the savannah in a follow the leader fashion, they follow the rains and when they arrive from Serengeti there is new succulent grass. They return to Serengeti when the grass begins to whither and when rains are over. Return to the campsite in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Masai Mara
Breakfast will be followed by a morning game drive in this reserve returning to the Lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon there is a choice between a game drive or at extra cost you have a nature walk escorted by our armed Masai Guides, or a visit to the local Masai Village to see their nomadic lifestyle, the Masai are famous for their bravery, as they co-existed with the animals over the years. All meals and overnight at the campsite

antelopesDay 4: Masai Mara/ Lake Nakuru

Have an early breakfast followed by your final game tracking with your guide, in this park that is rich in wildlife on your way to Nakuru.You will be arriving in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Lake Nakuru –  Samburu
After breakfast, have an extensive game drive in this park which  has a fantastic array of bird life including flamingoes, white pelicans and the marabou stork, all water birds, that breed in the lake’s alkaline waters. You may spot white rhino and the rater Rothschild giraffe that has give horns instead of the usual three and clear instead of spotted shanks (legs).A visit to the baboon cliff offers a scenic panorama of the lake below, surrounded by a vast tract of euphorbia and acacia forest. After game drive, depart for Samburu Game Reserve via via the Thompson Falls, which are named after Joseph Thompson, one of the first European explorers who walked from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the 1880's. Lunch and game drive enroute.

Day 6: Samburu
elephantsMorning and afternoon game-viewing sessions tracking the rare, drought resistant animals species which can only be seen north of the equator; these are: the reticulated giraffe, grevy's zebra, the gerenuk or giraffe-gazelle, Beisa Oryx and the blue shanked Somali ostrich. The Ewaso Nyiro River traverses this park, its source being the Aberdare ranges. There are therefore very high chances of spotting crocodile in a natural environment though its water level varies seasonally. You will have a lunch and leisure break in the mid afternoon. Rest of meals and overnight at the  campsite.

Day 7: Samburu – Mt.Kenya’
After your final game drive in Samburu,depart for Mt. Kenya region. On arrival proceed for a guided tour of the Mau Mau caves that were Kenyan freedom fighters used to hide from British Troops during the struggle of Independence. Dinner and overnight at the Budget hotel.

Day 8:Mt.Kenya - Amboseli

After breakfast, depart Mt.Kenya region for Amboseli via Nairobi for lunch with scenic views of Mt. Kenya's peak if the weather permits. Very pleasant countryside with tea and coffee plantations will be by-passed enroute to Amboseli. On arrival, proceed for an afternoon game drive in this park that lies within the shadow of the mighty Kilimanjaro. A variety of plains game, antelopes and birds can be seen here. Dinner and overnight at the campsite

 Day 9: Amboseli
Proceed for an early morning game drive after breakfast. Several species of plain game including wildebeest, giraffe, Antelopes and a large herd of elephant and hippos can be seen bathing in the swamp grounds whose waters source is Mt. Kilimanjaro. You will have a lunch and leisure break at the Lodge then end with an evening game drive, looking out for the peak of Kilimanjaro which may be seen during clear weather from the observation hill. Proceed to the campsite for the rest of the meals and overnight.

Day 10: Amboseli – Tsavo West
After breakfast, depart amboseli for Tsavo west National park, lunch enroute. You will visit the Shaitani lava flows as the area where the park lies is of volcanic origin. The mzima springs which contain 20 million tones of crystal-clear water from the underground streams of the nearby Chyulu hills are an additional attraction; various aspects of marine life including hippos, crocodile and fish can be seen from the specially constructed underground glass tank. Other animal species found here include; Elephant, gazelle, zebra, giraffe, various birds, buffalo and kudu in a thick acacia setting. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

bufalloDay 11: Tsavo west – Tsavo East
A morning game drive will follow after breakfast and probably view the rock hyrax, quarrels and mongooses as the park contains a large population of these. Depart for Tsavo East National park which is renowned for its large numbers of Elephants and the famous man eating lions during the construction of the Kenya/Uganda railway in 1890.Here, only the section south of the Galana River is open to the public for game drives, the rest of the park serves as a wilderness for the animals to retreat into. Here the dried Aruba dam can be seen plus crocodiles at the crocodiles point below the lugard falls. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 12: Tsavo East – Nairobi/Mombasa
After breakfast, you final game drive will follow  during which you may see plains game, zebra, antelope, lesser Kudu, ostrich and large herds of elephant. Lunch will be taken enroute to Nairobi/ Mombasa.

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