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Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Baringo National Park, Lake Bogoria National Park, Pink Flamingoes and the Hot Springs, Lake Nakuru National Park, White Rhinos, Lake Nakuru, Mau Escarpment, Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara Game Reserve, great wildebeest migration (Seasonal).

Activities:

Scenery, camping, game and bird watching, ethnic, culture, traditional dances (optional), photography, relaxation, visit the local Manyatta (village) (optional at extra cost), early morning Balloon Safari with champagne breakfast in the park (optional at extra cost), boat ride(morning or evening).

Country: Kenya

This is a Kenya safari to the world famous bird sanctuaries of the Great Rift Valley lakes namely Lakes Baringo National Park, Bogoria National Park, and Nakuru National Park, then south over the Mau Escarpment to Kenya’s greatest concentration of game – Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya’s rift valley escarpments offer some of the most breath taking views not only in this Kenya safari but in comparison of many world destinations.

The Rift Valley is part of the East African rift system; a massive geological fault line stretching almost 6500km across the African continent, from the Dead Sea in the north to Beira, Mozambique in the south Africa. Land mass collision and movements resulted in the escarpments, ravines, flatlands and lakes that mark much of East Africa’s topography today. The rift valley lakes are often very deep something definitely you would experience in this Kenya safari, with floors below sea level even though their surfaces may be several hundred metres above sea level.

DAY 1 OF KENYA SAFARI IS GOING TO LAKE BARINGO NATIONAL RESERVE

Depart Nairobi at 07:00 hours stopping to view the spectacular Great Rift Valley being part of this Kenya safari area of interest.  We stop for lunch along the way then make camp at Lake Baringo, a world famous bird sanctuary, late in the afternoon.  We enjoy an evening boat ride in search of hippo, crocodile, and fish eagle a key interest also in this Kenya safari.

Lake Baringo is the most northerly of Kenya’s small Rift Valley lakes; creased with papyrus and well developed acacia forest.  Hippos, crocodiles and monitor lizards are effortlessly seen from the shore, as is a magnificent display of water birds.  This is Kenya’s bird watching centre with over 1200 different species native to the country and more than 450 sighted here.  A bird watcher’s haven but beware, this is malaria land so its best to come prepared with plenty of mosquito spay.

 DAY 2 THE KENYA SAFARI DEPARTS TO LAKE BOGORIA NATIONAL AND LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

A 30 kilometres 4W safari game drive south to the spectacular Lake Bogoria with hot springs and geysers being the main attractions.  The lake has been called ‘the new home of the flamingo’ with a nomad population of up to two million birds.

Lunch and then proceed for an afternoon 4WD safari game drive at the Lake Nakuru National Park, which covers 180 square kilometers.  The park is home to warthogs, waterbuck, buffaloes, reedbucks, and the occasional leopard.  White and black rhinos were introduced to the park some years ago and you may find white rhino at the southern end.  The park has also retained its reputation as an ornithologists’ delight with more than 400 species of bird found here.  We spend the night at a campsite just outside of town.

 DAY 3 OF THE KENYA SAFARI REACHES MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

We head south to Narok, camping in our permanent Talek riverside campsite situated at the edge of the park.  Here we have stand-up tents with beds for use as well as small wood cabins for those after a touch more comfort. Hot showers are available in the camp and meals are served in the dinning mess or in the open.

In the night you can hear a chorus of different animal sounds as they communicate with each other in the darkness – more than a reason to visit.

 DAY 4 AND 5 THE KENYA SAFARI IS IN MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

The next two days shall be spent the day doing 4WD safari game drive, either in the early morning hours or in the evening as this is when we have the best chances of seeing animals. On clear days, the Mara offers fantastic orange tinted sunsets and you will definitely want to capture this moment while sipping on a sundowner back at our campsite.

The Masai Mara reserve is 1510 square kilometres of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodland following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers. Wherever you go in the Mara you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in great numbers.  It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal, or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but are still reasonably common.

The ultimate action here is without doubt the annual wildebeest exodus in July and August when millions of these grass eaters move north from the Serengeti in search of lusher grass before turning south again in October.

Balloon trips are an entirely outstanding way of seeing the savannah plains and the wildlife after which you come back down for a beautiful champagne breakfast. These trips can be arranged at our office upon booking.

 DAY 6 THE KENYA SAFARI ENDS IN NAIROBI CITY

We break camp and drive to Narok where Masai souvenirs can be bought, then back to Nairobi by late afternoon where you would be dropped at the Airport at 16:00 hours to proceed to Kenya Coast.

End of the safari.

Price to be quoted at the time of booking for clarity reasons

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF KENYA SAFARI

Transport by special safari vehicle, services of an English speaking driver/tour guide and cook, all campsite fees, all camping equipment including use of our three-person tents (each tent shared by 2 people), stools, foam mattresses except sleeping bags, three meals a day while on safari whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian prepared by our safari cook, Africa air rescue (AAR) evacuation by road and air within East Africa only, this however do not include hospitalization cost.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS KENYA SAFARI PRICE

Cultural visits to villages (can be arranged with the guide), personal travel insurance, sleeping bags (available for hire in the office at US$25 per bag per safari with US$ 50 refundable deposit) drinking water, hotel all international & domestic air flights and train bookings (but can be arranged on request), all airport taxes and visas, all personal expenses and toiletries; e.g. mineral water, toilet tissue, laundry, telephones, beverages, tips, portage, etc. and any other extras not stated as included above.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING FOR THIS A CAMPING KENYA SAFARI

Sleeping bag available for hire in our office for US$ 25 per bag per safari plus a refundable deposit of US$ 50 after the safari, money for personal spending and tipping approximately US$ 30 a day, only a small case or rucksack, as storage space is limited (maximum 20kgs), a pair of long trousers and jersey for the cool mornings and evenings in addition to plenty of light clothes for hot days (do not forget a hat), swim suit, a pillow, good walking and biking shoes and sweets, Torch, sunglasses, suntan lotion, insect repellent/spray but not mosquito coils, mineral water for drinking (available for sale in our office) Camera, films, binoculars, maps, guide-books and also darts for our dart  board at Maasai Mara Toilet paper, towel, soap and toothbrush/paste, all personal travel insurance and it is good idea to bring any drinks you might want around the campfire as they are not always available enroute.