Day 1: MOUNT KENYA
From Nairobi, drive through agricultural country to Mt Kenya for lunch. Afternoon nature walk around Mt Kenya forest for insights into the flora and fauna of the mountain region. Overnight at a budget lodge.
Day 2: SAMBURU
Leave after breakfast for a 3-4 hour drive further north to Samburu Game Reserve. On arrival, do a late afternoon game drive en route to our camp by the riverbanks. Dinner and overnight bush camp
Day 3: SAMBURU
Whole day of game drives in Samburu. Samburu Park lies in the semi-arid north and is habitat to some rare and endemic animal species such as Gerenuk, Grevy zebra and Beisa Oryx. It's the home of Kamuniak, the famous lioness who adopted a baby Oryx. Dinner and overnight bush camp
Day 4: ABERDARE
Early breakfast and a 5 hour drive to the Aberdares National Park. Wildlife is enjoyed in the Salient where it is both abundant and highly visible. The park is rich in alpine flora and fauna, and scenic features including magnificent waterfalls. Visit Karuru, Chania and Gura waterfalls. We are en route to Kiandogoro where we spent the night at Reedbuck campsite.
Day 5: LAKE NAKURU
Morning game drive as we exit the park. Drive for three hours to Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru is a world famous bird and rhino sanctuary where thousands of flamingos congregate to feed on Spirulina platensis, a blue-green alga that grows naturally in the lake. Found here as well are plenty of other interesting wildlife and birds such as the white rhino, leopard, lion, waterbuck, buffalo, impala, warthog, pelicans and a plethora of other birds. Afternoon game drive and camp overnight.
Day 6: LAKE NAKURU
Whole day of game drives at Lake Nakuru. Camp overnight.
Day 7: LAKE BARINGO
Morning game drive. Then drive a short distance up the Rift Valley to Lake Baringo. Lunch then afternoon walk and boat tour for bird watching. The high cliffs and acacia vegetation around the lake are habitat to a great variety of birds including endemic species such as the Northern Masked-Weaver and Orange Bishop, two species not found elsewhere else in Kenya, White-faced Whistling-Duck, Intermediate Egret, Goliath Heron, Purple and Squacco herons, Hammerkop, Marabou Stork, Allen's Gallinule, and Collared Pratincole etc
Day 8: LAKE BARINGO/LAKE BOGORIA
Morning bird walk. Drive to Lake Bogoria for a day's tour of the area. Lake Bogoria is typical of the shallow soda lakes which form a chain along the floor of the Rift Valley and provide food and a resting place for thousands of flamingos and other aquatic birds. Hot springs and geysers near the lake shore give testimony to the volcanic activity along this, the earth's longest geological fault line. Take a walk along the lake shores in search of wildlife. The lake provides a rich feeding area for thousands of pink flamingos and fishing fleets of white pelicans, Yellow-billed Storks, Sacred Ibis and White-necked Cormorants. Numerous ducks and shore birds also frequent the lake. In addition to birdlife we should be on the look out for the rare Greater Kudu, Common Zebra, Warthogs, Grant's Gazelle and Impala which frequent the area. On foot we are like hunters and our guide explains the best methods for locating and getting close enough to wildlife for a good look. Later in the afternoon we drive back to our camp at Lake Baringo.
Day 9: LAKE NAIVASHA
Leave in the morning and travel south on the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha, a fresh water Rift Valley lake that hosts ducks, shorebirds, herons, kingfishers and storks. Nile Hippo spend their days partially submerged in the lake but emerge at night to graze on the lush grasses. Impala, Warthogs and Waterbuck frequent the lakeshore and beautiful Black & White Colobus Monkeys may occasionally be seen feeding on the leaves of the yellow barked acacia trees that line the lake shore. After setting up camp we have the remainder of the afternoon to join our safari guide on a walk or go out by boat in search of Nile Hippo and other wildlife.
Day 10: HELL'S GATE
Leave after breakfast for a drive to the nearby Hell's Gate National Park. We walk alongside herds of buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, mountain reedbuck, hyrax, Thompson’s gazelle and giraffes against a backdrop of towering cliffs and undulating grasslands. The 4-5 hour hike from the Park Gate takes us past Fischer's Tower (a 25-metre jagged volcanic plug named after a German explorer Gustav Fischer) and steep rocky cliffs and down through the deep gorge with bubbling hot springs. The gorge baffles and awes explorers and is said to resemble 'hell' hence the name Hell's Gate. For the superstitious, it cannot be anything less than a cast of bad spell likened to the strange naming of the park. We return to our camp in the afternoon.
Day 11: MAJI MOTO
Drive to Maji moto, a remote Maasai village at the foot of the Loita hills. "Maji moto" is a Swahili word meaning "hot water" and the village derives its name from the nearby hot spring whose water the locals regard as treatment for skin ailments. Afternoon village walk with our Maasai hosts during which we learn about their culture. Camp overnight near the village.
Day 12: MASAI MARA
Drive to Masai Mara. Lunch then do an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at our camp
Day 13: MASAI MARA
Early start for a full day of game drives. The vast grassland plains of the Mara are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle & Topi as well as Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Elephant & Buffalo amongst others. Each year the Mara plays host to the world's greatest natural spectacle, the Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti. After an exciting day of game drives we return to our camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 14: NAIROBI
Morning game drive then return to Nairobi.
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