With the 12 days Best Kenya safari tour holiday, your satisfaction is guaranteed. This is the crème de la crème of all our Kenya safaris. The tour goes through all the major topographies in Kenya. You are assured of going from the highest point in the country to the lowest. Like a colossus this African safari in Kenya allows you to see Kenya’s highest peak at Mt. Kenya and the semi arid land of the Samburu. You will drive through the Great Rift Valley with its beautiful lakes to the wildlife rich Savannah grassland. The 12 day best Kenya safari tour holiday end in Mombasa with a possibility of extending the tour with a beach holiday in Mombasa.
About Best Kenya Safari Tour
Best Kenya safari tour holiday takes you to the major Kenya wildlife viewing areas. These parks are both in the Northern and Southern hemisphere. The Best Kenya safari holiday tour is a journey through different topography. This Kenya safari holiday introduces you to amazing and wonderful scenery. You will also traverse different cultural experiences. The Best Kenya safari takes you to the central highland. This is home to the second highest mountain in Africa. You will visit the wildlife rich savannah grassland. This Best Kenya safari in Africa climaxes down to the coastal strip.
Best Kenya Safari Tour Highlight:
The highlights of the Best Kenya safari tour holiday include:
- Game drive
- Topography and great scenery
- Culture and beautiful people
- Possibility of a beach holiday extension
Best Kenya Safari Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi
Meet and greet upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by our rep. Our representative will brief you on this Best Kenya Safari. Later you will enjoy a transfer to your hotel in Nairobi. You will spend your night at the Sentrim 680 hotel. Here you are booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve
Start your day with a drive north through the lush Kikuyu farmlands. You will pass coffee plantation in the cool Kenyan highlands. Your destination will be Samburu National Reserve. Your arrival will be in time for lunch at your accommodation in Samburu National Park. At 1600hrs, enjoy an afternoon game drive within the park. This will be an introduction to the game in the area. Dinner and overnight will be at Samburu Simba Lodge.
About Samburu National Reserve
The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Kenya. It is 165 km2 in size. It is located in Samburu District of the Rift Valley Province. There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several species are considered unique to the region, including dry-country animal life. All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos. There are over 350 species of bird. They include Somali Ostrich, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Sunbirds, Bee-eaters, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Spur fowl, Secretary Bird and Yellow-billed Hornbill among many others. The Ewaso Ng’iro River contains large number of Nile crocodile.
The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best-selling book and award winning movie “Born Free”. The Samburu National Reserve is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves.
Day 3: Samburu National Reserve
You will have the full day of Best Kenya safari in Samburu National Reserve. You will enjoy a morning and afternoon game viewing. The area around the life giving Uaso Nyiro River is home to the rare and beautiful species of Northern Kenya. They include Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Gerenuk, gazelle and the Somali ostrich. Elephant, buffalo, lion leopard and other plains game are also abundant here. All meals and dinner will be at the Samburu Simba Lodge.
Day 4: Samburu – Aberdare National Park
After breakfast you will drive south to Aberdare National Park. You will be arriving in time for lunch at the Aberdare Country Club. After lunch you will be transferred to your lodge in Aberdare National Park situated deep in the Aberdare forest. This is at an altitude of over 2000 meters above sea level. Throughout the day and night forest animals visit the waterhole and saltlick, ensuring you many exciting moments. Dinner and overnight will be at the Ark.
About Aberdare National Park
Encircled by the wild and beautiful moorlands of the third highest mountain range in Kenya, Aberdare National Park offers a mist-wreathed realm where elephants roam through lichen-hung forests, spectacular waterfalls plunge into churning pools, and trout-ﬁlled streams cascade through mossy dells. A haven for anglers, walkers and lovers of solitude alike, it also offers matchless views of the glittering coronet of Mount Kenya and the sparkling lakes of the Great Rift Valley. Mammals of the forest zone include blue and colobus monkey, leopard, lion, elephant, warthog, black rhino, giant forest hog, bushbuck, buffalo, red duiker and suni. Mammals of the moorlands include serval, eland, several species of duiker and the rare bongo antelope.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park
The Best Kenya safari day starts with breakfast before departure to Lake Nakuru National Park. This is one of the many beautiful Rift Valley Lakes. Lake Nakuru is home to thousands of flamingoes and other bird and animal life. You will arrive at Maili Saba Safari Camp in time for lunch. A short rest will be enough to prepare you for the afternoon activities. Evening game viewing will be as from 1600hrs. This will be a visit to the shores of the pink lake. Expect to see lots of flamingos, white rhino and if lucky the black rhino and the leopard. Return back to your accommodation in Nakuru for dinner and overnight.
About Lake Nakuru National Park
The beautiful Lake Nakuru can be found in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. It is protected by the Lake Nakuru National Park and is one of the main centers of attraction in Kenya. While visiting the lake, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see hundreds of pink flamingos that famously line its shore, as well as other wildlife which make themselves at home in the area, including warthogs, baboons and black and white rhinos. The Lake Nakuru National Park is a relaxing and truly exquisite place to visit.
The Lake Nakuru National Park was established in the early 1990’s to protect the lake and its surrounding mountains, however since then the park has extended its borders to include the surrounding savannahs, making it an ideal place for any tourist to visit. Here, guests can go on Kenyan safaris and enjoy the slow-paced lifestyle of the region. Here, the weather is clear and temperatures high throughout most of the year, with the exception of the rainy season at the end of every year.
Day 6: L. Nakuru – Masai Mara National Reserve
Depart after breakfast through the floor of The Great Rift Valley. This is the longest rift in the crust of the earth. Your destination will be the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Arrival will be in time for lunch at the Mara Sentrim Camp. Enjoy an afternoon game drive at 1600hrs. Here you will have good chances of spotting cheetah and if you are lucky, the shy leopard. Dinner and overnight at your Masai Mara safari lodge.
Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve
Spend full day of in this natural paradise among zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, elephant, antelope and gazelle. On this day you will encounter prides of lion resting in the shade of acacia trees or lying low in the tall grass, in wait for their next prey. The Mara is the northern extension of the Serengeti and its rolling plains are home to hundreds of plains game together with predators that feed on them. You will have all your meals and overnight at Mara Sentrim Camp.
About Masai Mara Game Reserve
Land of Big Cat Diary and Disney’s African Cats, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve is at the top of most people’s Kenyan safari wish lists. The location of the ’Great Migration’ – one of the natural wonders of the world – is a gloriously beautiful, wildlife-rich savannah landscape, once described by the eminent biologist Julian Huxley as ‘the only easily accessible and readily studied remaining portion of the world’s pre-human climax community at its tropical richest.’ It’s also a region where traditionally dressed Maasai still herd their cattle and goats in a lifestyle that in some respects hasn’t changed much since they first arrived here 350 years ago.
Nowhere in Kenya has captured the world’s imagination quite like the Maasai Mara. On the short-grass savannahs of the Mara River basin, between the Loita Hills in the east and the Oloololo Escarpment in the west, hundreds of big-maned lions, large numbers of cheetah and leopards, spotted hyenas and jackals, some 1,500 elephants, tens of thousands of antelope of more than a dozen species from the tiny dik-dik to the huge eland, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, herds of buffalo, Maasai giraffe, and migratory Burchell’s zebras and wildebeest in their hundreds of thousands make the region a magnet for safaris of every stripe.
Day 8: Masai Mara – L. Naivasha
Depart after breakfast for Lake Naivasha. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Lake Naivasha Resort. You will have the afternoon at leisure. Here there is an option of a boat ride or a tour to Hell’s Gate at an extra cost. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge.
Day 9: L. Naivasha – Amboseli National Park
After breakfast depart via Nairobi driving South through the Masai land to Amboseli National Park. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Amboseli Sentrim Lodge. You will then have some rest in readiness for the afternoon game drive. This will starts at 1600hrs. Later return back to your safari accommodation in Amboseli National pPrk for dinner and overnight.
About Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s oldest and most visited parks; it provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. Set in rolling savannah scenery it is dwarfed by the presence of the pink-tinged, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at 5,896 meters, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and topped by one fifth of all the ice in Africa. Against this magnificent backdrop roam vast herds of elephants accompanied by a kaleidoscope of other fabulous beasts – lion, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle hippo and wildebeest to name but a few. There are also over 400 species of birds including over 40 species of birds of prey, amongst which are two great rarities, the Taita falcon and the southern banded harrier eagle, all kind of reptilians.
Amboseli National Park is also home to the Maasai tribesmen who have long remained the ideal mental conceptualization of the Western European idea of an African ‘noble savage’. One of the high points of the park, Observation Hill towers above a small car park and its summit is easily accessed by a winding stone stairway. Once at the top the views are tremendous, the photo opportunities countless and, as the sun begins its descent, it provides one of East Africa’s finest sundowner venues.
Day 10: Amboseli – Tsavo West National Park
Best Kenya safari day will start with an early morning game drive. This will be followed by breakfast. You will then depart with game drive en-route to Tsavo West National Park. The park is also referred to as the Land of the Man Eaters. Tsavo West is well known for the Lions that terrorized railway workers in the 1890s. They nearly stopped the construction of the Kenya – Uganda Railway Line. You will arrive at Ngulia Safari Lodge or Similar in time for lunch. At 1600hrs, enjoy an afternoon game drive within the park. It will be an introduction to the game in the area. Dinner and overnight will be at your safari lodge in Tsavo West National Park.
About Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West National Park is 9,000 sq. km. and Tsavo East is 12,000 sq. km. Together, they are one of the world’s largest national parks. Tsavo West is less wild and much greener than Tsavo East, a landscape of hills and acacia woodland dotted with volcanic cones and 300 year-old lava flows. Tsavo River and 4 wetland areas with crystal-clear natural springs feed the park’s wildlife – Mzima Springs is particularly special.
Tsavo West is an incredibly rewarding safari experience if you relish surprise animal encounters, rather than the more obvious wildlife viewing of some parks. You’ll most likely spot game like buffalos, elephants, zebras, giraffes, lesser kudu, waterbuck and Maasai lions. The Maasai male lions have such short manes that some of them have no manes at all. Birdwatching is exceptional in the wetland and woodland areas, particularly at Lake Jipe. The 90 sq. km. rhino sanctuary at Ngulia is another great place to visit, not just to meet the 50 protected black rhinos, but to encounter good concentrations of big game.
Day 11: Tsavo West – Tsavo East National Park
Enjoy an early morning game drive in Tsavo West. This will be by you breakfast after which you will depart for Tsavo East National Park. You will arrive in Time for Lunch at then Voi Wildlife lodge. After a short rest you will go for a game drive at 1600hrs. Later you will return to your Tsavo East National Park safari lodge for dinner and overnight.
About Tsavo East National Park
The Tsavo East National Park was established in 1948, it covers about 11,747 kmq and is the biggest park in Kenya. The park is about 333 kms South-east of Nairobi and about 173 km North-east of Mombasa. Its relative closeness to the coast beaches makes it accessible even for one day safari even though a night in savanna remains an unforgettable experience. Although not all the park is open to public for research purposes, the park still offers a massive area for enjoying the Kenyan animals and natural scenery. The topography of the park consist of flat area, dry plains with thorny bushes and swamps and marshland near the Galana river, the Yatta Plateau, several natural pools and dams serve as watering holes for both animals and birds.
The Tsavo East is rich in fauna and flora, home to many native animals of Kenya, the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard) hippos, wild dogs, cosen’s gerbil, rats, hartebeest, black faced velvet monkey, hares, mongoose, crested porcupines, waterbucks, antelope, cheetah, giraffe, grevy’s zebra, among others.It is also a good place for bird watching with over 500 species including the migratory birds; african skimmers, red and yellow bishops, goshawks, buffalo weaver, palm nut vultures kestrels, buzzards, starlings, kingfisher, hornbills, ostriches among others.
Day 12: Tsavo East – Mombasa Beach
An early morning game drive will mark the climax of best Kenya safari holiday. This will be followed by breakfast and depart to Mombasa. You can opt to fly back home or extend your best Kenya safari holiday with a stay in Mombasa beach.
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12 Day Best Kenya Safari Tour Costs:
What is included in the 12 Day Best Kenya Safari Tour cost?
- Accommodation on full board basis
- Transport in a 4 X 4 Safari vehicle with pop up roof
- Meals on full board basis while on 12 Day Best Kenya Safari Tour
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
12 Day Best Kenya Safari Tour Price excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 12 Day Best Kenya Safari Tour
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Sun Hat
- Comfortable shoes
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