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June 3, 2017

9-Day Big Kenya Safari

Written By Nicholas Luboyera

Safari Overview
A 9 days safari visiting the best of Kenya: Tsavo West (2 nights), Amboseli National Park (2 nights), Lake Nakuru (2 nights) and Maasai Mara (2 nights). All our tours are customizable and we can increase or decrease the number of days, mix accommodation level, etc.

Day by Day
Arrival
You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost.

Day 1: Nairobi to Tsavo West
We depart by road for Tsavo West National Park. Arrive in time for lunch then an optional afernoon or evening game drive. Tsavo west is the most visited section in Tsavo National Park, ofering many attractions apart from its wildlife. The foremost is the famous Mzima Springs where up to 227.3 million liters of cool crystal clear water flows out of the ground through porous volcanic rocks. The water is believed to originate from Chuyulu Hills, via an underground river.
Dinner and overnight at Rhino Valley Lodge.

Main destination: Tsavo West National Park
Accommodation: Rhino Valley Lodge
Budget lodge located inside Tsavo West NP
Meals & drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included).

Day 2: Tsavo West National Park
Afer breakfast, we have a full day game drive, packed lunch provided. Other interesting places to visit are the Roaring Rocks, which get their name from the wind that hurtles through them. From here there are wonderful views over Tsavo from the top of a 98m rock face; similar views can be experienced from the poachers lookout. The volcanic Chaimu Crater, less Than 200years old and composed of black coke, is worth visiting and can be climbed if one is intersted. The area is a good place to look out for klipspringer, a small antelope that’s as agile as its swahili name mbuzi mawe(mountain goat). In the south west corner of Tsavo west is Lake Jipe, which has the Kenyan-Tanzanian border running through it.
Dinner and overnight at Rhino Valley Lodge.
Main destination: Tsavo West National Park
Accommodation: Rhino Valley Lodge
Budget lodge located inside Tsavo West NP
Meals & drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included).

Day 3: Tsavo West to Amboseli
Early Morning start and drive to Amboseli National Park, check in at your accommodation. Afternoon game drive after lunch.
Amboseli National Park is situated due south of Nairobi. Most of the park consist of a dry, ancient lake bed and fragile grassland with patches of acacia woodland, while in the southern area there is a number of small, rocky, volcanic hills. Around the swamps Ol Okenya, Ol Tukai and Enkongo Narok, the vegetation is lush with yellow barked acacias and phoenix palms.
Dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp.
Main destination: Amboseli National Park
Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp
Budget lodge located just outside Amboseli NP
Meals & drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included).

Day 4: Amboseli National Park
Left unharassed by poachers, elephants feeding and bathing in the swamps must form the highlights of any Safari.
Rising early for good views of Mount Kilimanjaro before clouds build up over the summit with packed lunch provided, an optional visit to a Masai village can be planned after breakfast. A visit reveals the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience. Despite its changing habitat, Amboseli National Park is possibly the best wildlife area In the whole of Africa to experience elephants at close range. Lef unharassed by poachers, elephants feeding and bathing in the swamps must form the highlights of any Safari.
Dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp.
Main destination: Amboseli National Park
Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp
Budget lodge located just outside Amboseli NP
Meals & drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included).

Day 5: Amboseli to Lake Naivasha
An early morning drive to Lake Naivasha, it is the highest and the most beautiful of the Rif Valley lakes. At 1910m (6200f), the water is fresh and the lake is fringed with dense clumps of papyrus (ancient Egyptian once used this to make paper). Kingfishers use the papyrus as a perch, herons hide in it while searching for food. Naivasha is yet another area popular for bird watching (over 400species have been recorded). It is also a favorite weekend retreat for Nairobi residents, who come here to sail, water ski and fish. There are no crocodiles in the lake as the water is too cold for them, due to altitude but there are a number of hippos. Along the lake shore, vineyards produce grapes for the country’s fledging wine industry.
Dinner and overnight at Naivasha Kongoni Lodge.

Main destination: Lake Naivasha
Accommodation: Naivasha Kongoni Lodge
Budget lodge located in or near Lake Naivasha
Meals & drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included).

Day 6: Lake Naivasha to Maasai Mara
An early morning drive to Masai Mara National Reserve, it holds on as one of the few places lef on earth where wildlife still lives comparatively undisturbed, in the numbers that once roamed the plains and forests of Africa. As the northern tip of the vast Serengeti ecosystem, the Mara hosts the spectacular seasonal migration of many thousands of Wildebeest, Zebras and attendant predators. Arrive in time for lunch then have an afernoon game drive.
Dinner and overnight at Enkerende Tented Camp.
Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodation: Enkerende Tented Camp
Mid-range tented camp located inside Masai Mara NR
Meals & drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included).

Day 7: Maasai Mara National Reserve
After breakfast we have a full day dame drive, with packed lunch provided. The reserve is well known for its black-manned lion, as well as its abundant resident wildlife and its one of the few places where it’s possible to see the big five during a morning’s game drive. Many of the cheetahs are so tame they seek shelter from the hot sun under one’s vehicle and several even climb onto the roof to get better view of prospective prey. For the bird enthusiast, almost 500 species have been recorded: among these 16 species of eagle, plus many hawks and falcons, 6 species of vultures, 8 species of storks 4 of bustard (including the Kori bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird), and 9 species of sun birds.
Dinner and overnight at Enkerende Tented Camp.
Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodation: Enkerende Tented Camp
Mid-range tented camp located inside Masai Mara NR
Meals & drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included).

Day 8: Maasai Mara to Lake Nakuru
An early morning pick up then drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, across the equator, southwards of Bogoria, lies the rif valleys most famous lake Nakuru. Known all over the world for its flamingoes, it’s alkaline and is recognized as being one of the natural wonders of the world. Lake Nakuru is now a rhino sanctuary, harboring a population of over 40 black and over 60 white rhinos, but the flamingoes, of course, have always been the main attraction. At times there may be almost 2million flamingoes in the residence, forming a stunningly beautiful deep pink band around the edge of the lake shore. Arrive in time for lunch then have an afernoon game drive.
Dinner and overnight at Ziwa Bush Lodge.

Main destination: Lake Nakuru National Park
Accommodation: Ziwa Bush Lodge
Mid-range lodge bordering Lake Nakuru NP without fences
Meals & drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included).

Day 9: Lake Nakuru to Nairobi
We wake up at 6am for a sun rise game drive. At 9am, we drive back to accommodation for brunch then depart for Nairobi. Lunch en-route and arrival in Nairobi in time for lunch. Transfer after lunch to hotel or airport.
Main destination: Nairobi
Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
Meals & drinks: Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included).

End of tour
Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost.
You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Included
Park fees (for non-residents)
All activities (unless labeled as optional)
All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
A professional driver/guide
All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
All Taxes/VAT
Roundtrip airport transfer
Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
Drinking water (on all days)

Excluded
International flights (from/to home)
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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About Author

Nicholas Luboyera

Nicholas Luboyera

For the past 15 years, I have been guiding trips throughout Uganda, Congo and Rwanda and i have a phenomenal knowledge of East Africa's wildlife and a keen ability for sharing it. Originally from Uganda, I grew up on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where my natural affinity for wildlife began at an early age. I have a contagious passion for wildlife viewing and eagle-like vision (spotting wildlife well past sunset) and i like birding a lot. Besides my natural history expertise, I also provide cultural insights into my home country, i know my Ugandan wines and cuisine, and i am a great story teller. When not on safari, i reside in Kireka with my family. As a specialist for custom-made trips, I have a motivated and dedicated team of Ugandans and Rwandans experts who share their passion for Uganda and Rwanda respectively as travel destinations and who will support you in organizing your individual trip to Uganda and Rwanda. Always looking forward to your requests!

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