Best Kenya safari tour holiday takes you to the major Kenya wildlife viewing areas. These parks are both in the Northern and Southern hemisphere.
About the Best Kenya Safari Tour Holiday
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 on this African safari tour in Kenya.
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.
Witness the majesty of the world-famous Wildebeest Migration on the Masai Mara, see the sun rise over Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park, look for black and white rhinoceros at Lake Nakuru, and visit one of the few places on earth where you can see the Big Five and chimpanzees in the same day.
You will have the best of both Northern and Southern Hemisphere wildlife in one country. The best of Samburu and Aberdare Parks north of Nairobi.
Enjoy birding in Lake Nakuru with more wildlife in Tsavo National Parks. You may decide to extend your stay with a Kenya beach holiday in Mombasa.
Best Kenya Safari Tour Holiday Highlights
The highlights of the Best Kenya safari tour holiday include game viewing. This will be in the different species of birds and animals. There is the scenic topography and the varied cultures of the people leaving in the areas visited. Highlights include:
- Game viewing
- Cultural experience
- Bird watching
- Big five experience
- Big Cat experience
- Great Scenery
Detailed 12 Days Best Kenya Safari Tour Holiday Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi
Met on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Our representative will brief you on this Best Kenya Safari. Later enjoy a transfer to your hotel.
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 the Samburu Simba Lodge. At 1600hrs, enjoy an afternoon game drive within the park. This will be an introduction to the game in the area.
Dinner and overnight at your Samburu Simba Lodge.
Samburu National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve is at the south eastern corner of Samburu County. This is in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya.
It is bordered to the south by Ewaso Nyiro River. The river separates the reserve from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.
The reserve covers an area of 165 Km² and is located around 345Km from Nairobi.
Samburu National Reserve lies within ecological zone V. This classified as arid and semi- arid as the moisture index of 42 to 57. This shows that evapo-transpiration is greater than available moisture.
The days are hot while the nights are cool. The annual mean temperatures range between 18ºC and 30ºC. The mean annual rainfall is 354mm with peaks in November and April.
The dry season starts in late May, and goes up to early October. During this period, large concentration of wildlife is found in the reserve. This is due to availability of lush vegetation along the Ewaso Nyiro River. The river is the main source of water to the Reserve and the nearby communities.
Day 3: Samburu National Reserve
A 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 The Ark 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 salt lick. This will ensure you have many exciting moments on your stay here. Dinner and overnight will be at the Ark.
Aberdare National Park
Aberdare National Park was created in 1950. This was to protect the forested slopes and moors of the Aberdare Mountains.
The Aberdare National Park is part of the Aberdare Mountain Range. This is a fascinating region of Kenya.
According to traditional Kikuyu folklore they are one of the homes of Ngai meaning God.
Mountain ranges and peaks soar to around 14,000 ft. This gives way to deep V-shaped valleys with streams and rivers. The waters cascade over spectacular waterfalls. This area is a must for landscape lovers.
Above the forest is a belt of bamboo, a favorite.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park
The Best Kenya safari day starts with breakfast. This is before departure to Lake Nakuru National Park. This is one of the many beautiful Rift Valley Lakes.
Lake Nakuru is home to thousands of flamingos 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 1600 hrs. 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 Maili Saba Safari camp for dinner and overnight.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park is in the Great Rift Valley. The lake is a shallow, alkaline lake.
The Lake Nakuru has both lesser and flamingos in vast numbers. Sometimes the numbers make the waters ‘turn’ the water pink!
The lake varies in size from five to 30 square kilometers. This is dependent on rainfall. The park is rich in bird life with over 400 resident species on the lake and national park.
There are thousands of little grebes and white-winged black terns. These are often seen as are black-winged stilts, pelicans, cormorants and avocets, ducks.
You may in the European winter experience the many migrant waders.
Black and white rhinos thrive in the surrounding national park. There is also a fair share of Cape buffalo, African wild dog, zebra, eland, waterbuck and lion.
In recent years Nakuru has attracted fame for the high number of leopard sightings. It is also home to the rare Rothschild’s giraffe.
Its acacia and euphorbia forests are havens for animals. This is during the heat of the day, making Nakuru an excellent wildlife-viewing destination. The hippo pool is a favorite spot for picnics.
Day 6: L. Nakuru – Masai Mara National Reserve
Leave 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.
Masai Mara National Reserve
In southwestern Kenya lies 583 square miles (1,510 square kilometers) of protected land. The land is known as the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
It was established in 1961 and is a popular safari destination. Masai Mara is renowned for its wildlife population.
Here, the wildlife roam across the boundaries of the reserve. they get into areas with several villages, where animals and humans coexist.
The park is also known as Masai Mara, Maasai Mara or simply the Mara. This reserve lies at between 4,875 and 7,052 feet (1486 and 2149 meters) in elevation. Masai Mara National Reserve extends south to Serengeti National Park.
The name comes from the local Maasai people. They called this expanse of land “Mara,” or spotted, in their native language of Maa. This is because of the way the acacia trees and wildlife dotted the plains.
Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve
Spend full day of your Best Kenya safari tour in this natural paradise. You will be 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. You may also find them lying low in the tall grass, in wait for their next prey.
The Mara is the northern extension of the Serengeti. 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.
Day 8: Masai Mara – L. Naivasha
Leave 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 leave via Nairobi driving South through the Masai land. This will be to Amboseli National Park, one of the 2 premium national parks in Kenya.
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 start at 1600 hrs.
Later return back to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Amboseli National Park
The Amboseli National Park is in the Kajiado County of the former Rift Valley Province. This is in Kenya on the border with Tanzania.
It is considered to be one of the top safari destinations in Africa. Amboseli is famous for its landscape dotted with African wildlife.
You can’t fail to recognize the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. It is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close.
Amboseli is known for its big skies and far horizons. This combines with swampy springs and dry and dusty earth. They are trampled by hundreds of animals. The name Amboseli, comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”.
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 leave 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 stopped just for a while the construction of the Kenya – Uganda Railway Line.
You will arrive at Ngulia Safari Lodge or Similar in time for lunch. At 1600 hrs, 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.
Tsavo West National Park
Everything about Tsavo West National Park is extreme and striking. The contours and variety of its land, the deep colors of desert, sky and springs. What about the surprise of nearby wildlife emerging from the scrub?
The park is an immense panorama of Savannah broken by dark volcanic lava beds. There are unexpected vistas, ancient baobab trees and lush oases fed by underground springs.
You can find Africa’s “big five” here in the dense foliage. Searching for game and sustenance as they have for millions of years.
The famous Tsavo lions and herds of red dust elephants are unique to this land. In fact, Tsavo hosts Kenya’s largest elephant population.
Keep your eyes open for giraffe as they feast on the treetops. Do not be surprised to see buffalo, leopard and rhino as well. The latter is common at the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary. Some 80 of these endangered creatures live protected here.
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 leave 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 1600 hrs. Later you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo east National park is by far the biggest of Kenya’s national parks. The park covers more than 13,700 km², making it nine times larger than the Maasai Mara.
It has lovely scenery and its attractions include the Mudanda Rock and Yatta Plateau. The latter id the world’s largest example of lava flow.
Tsavo east is the best known for its enormous herds of red elephants. They dust themselves with the red-oxide soil so typical of Tsavo.
Other species to be on the lookout for are the endemic desert warthog, hirola and Peter’s Gazelle.
Another main attraction at Tsavo East is its sheer vastness. Even less developed than Tsavo West, the eastern sector feels far more remote and wild. Sometimes, it’s possible to go on game drives all day without encountering another vehicle.
Tsavo National Park makes a great addition onto any Kenyan safari.
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 dleave 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 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 the 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 Best Kenya Safari Tour
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Sun Hat
- Comfortable shoes