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Magical Kenya Wildlife Highlights Safari – 9 Days

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This Kenya wildlife highlights safari takes you on a wonderful journey to explore Kenya’s great wildlife diversity and landscapes.

This trip starts and ends in Kenya’s capital city – Nairobi. We’ll start the safari with a trip to Amboseli National Park where you will see a lot of animals and birds as well as the wonderful views of Mount Kilimanjaro in neighboring Tanzania.

From Amboseli, we’ll drive to Aberdare National Park for some more wildlife game viewing. You will then continue to Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy where you can see many animals, especially the last 2 remaining northern white rhinos in the world.

We’ll continue the safari by going to Lake Nakuru National Park where you will enjoy wildlife viewing of several animals, and birds – most especially the large flock of flamingos.

After Nakuru, we’ll go to the Masai Mara National Reserves for even more wildlife viewing experiences in this legendary wilderness ecosystem. In Masai Mara, you will go on yet some more game drives to see the animals.

If your trip is around the great migration, you will get to enjoy the Masai Mara’s most popular and dramatic event as more than 1 million animals cross from the Serengeti into Kenya. On this trip, you will see so many animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, kudu, flamingos and so much more.

This trip is ideal for anyone who is interested in seeing lots of African wildlife in several environments. Take a look at our detailed day-by-day breakdown to get a better idea of how this would feel for you.

As with all our safari packages, we can customize this Kenya wildlife highlights safari program to fit your personal preferences. Just reach out to us and we’ll be eager to help you.

Safari Highlights

  • Nairobi City
  • Aberdare National Park
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Masai Mara National Reserve

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at JKIA/Nairobi, transfer to your city hotel

Arrival in Nairobi Arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport where our safari manager will meet and assist you to your vehicle, followed by a transfer to your city hotel.

Assistance with check-in formalities followed by a pre-safari briefing. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Dinner on my own account.

Accommodation: Azure Hotel, Nairobi.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 2: Drive drives in Amboseli National Park

Breakfast will be served from 0630 hrs. Check out and meet your safari driver guide at 0730 hrs. Board your vehicle and embark on a southeasterly journey towards Amboseli National Park.

Arrive at your lodge for check-in then lunch. Afternoon game drives in Amboseli, the land of the “Salty Masai Dust” from 1600 to 1800 hrs. Dinner and overnight at your lodge/ tented camp located on the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Accommodation: Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 3: Amboseli National Park Safari

Amboseli National Park Morning game drives at 0630 hrs and 1600 hrs respectively with the rest of the day relaxing at your lodge or enjoying a swim. There is also an option for a near full-day game drive with packed lunch.

Located at the foothill of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli enjoys stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro with good weather and clear skies and has several lakes and swamps that attract several wildlife and bird species. Lions, Hippos, Cheetahs, black-backed Jackals, Zebras, and several bird species including the Kori Bustard (the heaviest flying bird)

At the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, it is one of Kenya’s most popular national parks, located very close to the Tanzania border. The snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rising above the clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli.

Established as a national park in 1974 it covers 150sq miles and supports a wide range of mammals (well over 50 of the larger species) and birds (over 400 species).

Amboseli is one of the best parks in Africa to observe family groups of elephants and large bull elephants at close quarters. All meals and overnight stay at your lodge.

Accommodation: Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 4: Drive to Aberdare National Park

Breakfast will be served from 0630 hrs. Check out by 0730 hrs and depart for Aberdare National Park, located in the lush central Kenya highlights on a scenic drive via Nairobi.

Lunch will be provided en route. Arrive at your base hotel for your Tree Lodge and check-in. You will then enjoy a special shuttle transfer deep into Aberdare National Park where your tree lodge for tonight is located.

This evening and night, game viewing will be from the comfort of a specially raised bunker as you watch animals visit the lodge’s floodlit water hole and salt lick. Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 5: Drive to Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy

You will be transferred back to your base hotel after breakfast. Check out by 1000 hrs and drive to the nearby Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy. Check-in at Serena Sweetwater’s Camp followed by lunch from 1230 hrs.

You will then enjoy game drives in the vast Ol Pejeta conservancy. Ol Pejeta, which is a private game-rich conservancy, holds some of the highest predator densities in Kenya.

The Conservancy, which is host to all the members of the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, and leopard), has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park and is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya.

At the forefront of the Kenyan conservancy program, the conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa including “Baraka” the male, blind black rhino, hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species.

Accommodation: Serena Sweetwater’s Tented Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 6: Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park

Breakfast will be served. Check out by 0800 hrs and embark on a south-westerly drive, skirting the Aberdare Mountain ranges and driving down the floor of the Great Rift Valley towards Lake Nakuru National Park with a short stopover at the Stunning Nyahururu (Thompson Falls).

Check-in is followed by lunch at your lodge. You will enjoy an afternoon game drive on the shores of the Alkaline Lake Nakuru as well as around the park.

This will give you opportunities to spot Buffalos, Rhinos, Rothschild Giraffes, Baboons, Spotted Hyenas, Leopards, Lions, Water Bucks, Elands, Pelicans, Egyptian Goose among several others, and if lucky, the lesser Flamingos that this park is world-famous for until 1800 hrs.

Accommodation: The Ark

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 7: Drive to Masai Mara National Reserve

Breakfast will be served. Check out by 0730 hrs and drive to Masai Mara.

Check-in is followed by lunch at your lodge. Afternoon game drive from 1600 hrs, the beginning of the amazing Masai Mara game viewing experience. Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 8: Wildlife viewing in Masai Mara

Early morning and late afternoon game drive in search of the BIG 5; Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, and several other animals including Impalas, Gazelles, Wildebeests, Hyenas, Topis, Zebras, Elands, Jackals, Giraffes and hundreds of bird species.

Rest of the time at leisure in your lodge. All meals and overnight stay at your lodge.

Accommodation: Azure Mara Haven

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 9: Transfer back to Nairobi

Breakfast will be served from 0630 hrs. Check out by 0730 hrs and drive back to Nairobi.

Optional Lunch will be served at a restaurant followed by a transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward evening flight.

Meal plan: Breakfast

 

Inclusions;

  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle with a pop-up roof.
  • All fuel for the tour
  • English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Accommodation and Meals on Full Board (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)
  • Park-entrance fees for all National parks
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit per person.
  • 1 Chimpanzee tracking permit per person
  • Drinking water throughout the safari.

Exclusions;

  • International airfares
  • Entry visa Uganda
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
  • A porter. Helps to carry your backpack & push/pull you on the slippery slopes.
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities.)

 

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