Travel the vast endless plains and rolling hills of the Masai Mara and scour the wilderness for Africa’s Big Five. Full-service camping under the vast African skies brings you closer to the region’s wildlife and gets you off the beaten path so you can really experience the land’s unique culture and nuances like smells and night sounds. The small safari vans used in this 8 days Kenya camping safari minimize drive times and improve your chances of snapping that perfect photograph of some of the most amazing animals on the planet.
Destinations: Nairobi, Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve.
On the first day there are not planned activities, a welcome meeting in the evening at 6pm.
Samburu National Reserve – Day 2 and 3
Depart Nairobi and drive north through the farmlands of the Kikuyu people of Kenya, passing Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain (5199 meters / 17,060 feet). Guided Mount Kenya climbing tours can be booked as well as Mount Kilimanjaro climbing tours.
Just outside the reserve, visit a local Samburu village. Similar in appearance to the Masai people of Kenya but less known, the Samburu are a proud warrior tribe. Watch traditional Samburu singing and dancing, and learn about Samburu tribal life and customs. The tour within the village is run by Samburu tribesmen for the benefit of the community.
Continue to Samburu National Reserve. The reserve has a pleasant aura of vastness and seclusion and features scrubby, open bush land and savannah, with the fringing riverine forest of acacias and large doum palms extending along the edge of the Ewaso Ngiro. Making it very photogenic and the perfect place for a classic African safari.
In the afternoon embark on a Kenya safari in Samburu National Reserve that’s host to the samburu Special Five. These animals are unique to this part of Kenya and include the beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, and gerenuk, a long-necked antelope that feeds while standing on its hind feet. Spend day 3 on a Kenya safari in the reserve that’s also host to a high population of African elephants and offers good sighting of predators including leopards. Other animals that can be seen include hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, kudu, dik-dik and over 550 species of birds.
Lake Nakuru National Park – Day 4
Depart for Nakuru, a vibrant and cheerful agricultural town with a variety of colourful local markets. Camp outside the town at the edge of Lake Nakuru National Park, the area’s principal highlight and best natural attraction. Time and weather allowing, we might visit a local tea farm to see how tea is grown, picked and produced.
On day 5 embark on a Kenya safari in Lake Nakuru National Park. The park is home to four of the Big Five – lions, leopards, buffalo and rhino. It’s one of the few places in Africa that supports a large population of endangered white rhino. Other animals that can be seen includesd zebra, giraffe and cheetah. The park is also home to more than 450 species of birds including flamingoes and pelicans. Holidaymakers can also enjoy hiking.
Masai Mara National Reserve – Day 6 and 7
Leave Nakuru for the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees. Arrive in the afternoon and get settled at a permanent tented camp, the base for exploring the Mara.
Head into the reserve for an afternoon Kenya safari. The Mara is home to all the Big Five and more than 550 species of birds. Between July and October visitors can witness the great wildebeest migration as over 1.5 million wildebeests, zebra and antelope migrate across the reserve in search of pasture and water.
On day 7 spend entire day on a Kenya safari in the Masai Mara. An optional balloon safari is available on this day – an unforgettable experience as you glide over the savannah at dawn with the teeming herd below. After the ride Champaign breakfast is served under an acacia tree. Kenya balloon safaris cost USD 450.
After a morning Kenya safari on day 8, drive back to Nairobi (about 5 hours), arriving in the afternoon. In Nairobi there’s some time to buy local handicrafts or check out a bit of the city.
This is a group tour, but can be booked privately provided the number of travellers is more than 8.