Northern Kenya Safari

Kenya is the birth place of safaris as we now know them, although they originally had hunting in mind.

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Northern Kenya Safari

Kenya is the birth place of safaris as we now know them, although they originally had hunting in mind. Hemingway wrote movingly about his experiences here and many other famous people have safaried in Kenya over the last century. So perhaps if you are thinking of setting out on your own safari, then the following itinerary will give you a varied and interesting trip.

Day 1: Nairobi
Day 2: Samburu National Park
Day 4: Aberdaire Mountains
Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park.
Day 7: Masai Mara
Day 10: Depart Nairobi

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Kenya is the birth place of safaris as we now know them, although they originally had hunting in mind. Hemingway wrote movingly about his experiences here and many other famous people have safaried here over the last century. So perhaps if you are thinking of setting out on your own safari, then the following itinerary will give you a varied and interesting trip.

There is a perception that Kenya safaris are too crowded and the experience spoilt by the volume of vehicles around each lion, cheetah or leopard. This is not a wholly undeserved reputation, but like everything in life, you get what you are paying for. We can take you to places where there is a very good chance that your wildlife encounter will be unique, the camp site having less than a dozen visitors and the view and food second to none in Africa. Give us the challenge of finding the best value for your hard earned money.

Day 1: Nairobi

Stay overnight the city, either in one of the many iconic hotels, or perhaps at a camp site in Nairobi National Park to get your safari started.

One night Nairobi

Day 2: Samburu

After breakfast you guide/driver will pick you and drive north to Samburu National Park. This afternoon, take a first game drive in the Park. Samburu is fascinating in that it is on the edge of two types of terrain – the dry semi desert of the Northern Frontier District and the lusher country around Mount Kenya. Because of this, it is home to some rare and different animals, such as Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk and Reticulated Giraffe. The Uaso Nyiro River runs through the Park supporting the wildlife and home to pods of hippo and good sized crocodiles.

Two nights Samburu with game drives morning and afternoon.

Day 4: Aberdare Mountains

Drive back to the Aberdare Mountains for a different type of wildlife experience. Hopefully Mount Kenya will be clear making an excellent backdrop for photos. The afternoon and evening will be spent checking the wildlife that comes out of the forest to drink and feed in the open area. After an a good meal you can either continue watching the floodlit waterhole or retire to bed and ask the nightwatchman to give you a knock if something you particularly want to see (leopard, wild bush pig or elephant for example).

One night Aberdare Mountains

Day 5: Lake Nakuru

Today, drive in to the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake here is famous for having up to 1 million greater and lesser flamingos feeding around its edge at different times of the year. With another 450 species of birds in the Park, this is a bird enthusiast’s dream. However there are plenty of mammal species to be found here, with good numbers of white rhino and the much more rare black rhino.

Two nights Lake Nakuru

Day 7: Masai Mara

The next destination is the world famous Masai Mara with its open plains and riverine woods. At the right time of the year, the plains are teeming with wildebeest and zebra as they migrate from one part of the Serengeti to the Mara and back again. If you are here for the migration, you will have the chance of watching the hectic and traumatic river crossing by the ungulates. You have a great chance of seeing the Big cats here and also good numbers of elephant. Over 450 species of birds have been recorded here with almost 60 raptors included in this number. A wonderful way of seeing the wildlife here is to take an early morning balloon ride across the plains and finish the experience with a champagne breakfast when you land.

Three nights Masai Mara

Day 10: Nairobi

Drive back to Nairobi for the onward or homeward journey. Alternatively, fly down to the Kenya Coast for a few days of relaxation, snorkelling or diving.

Giraffe Masai Mara

Credit Peter Ellis

Cats kenya

Credit Peter Ellis

 

Lake Turkana

Credit Kenya Tourism

Zebra1

Credit Peter Ellis

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