This is the best 12 days cheap holiday in Kenya you can ever find. On this Budget Kenya safari holidays, you will visit over seven national parks.
About the 12 Day Cheap Holiday in Kenya
The parks to be visited on this cheap holiday in Kenya lies on both sides of the Equator. The highlight of this cheap holiday in Kenya is wildlife tracking.
You will also have time to enjoy cultural attractions in this cheap holiday in Kenya. This budget African safari holiday in Kenya is for people on a shoestring budget.
With this cheap holiday in Kenya you are able to have a total Kenya safari experience.
Highlights of the 12 Day Cheap Holiday in Kenya
The highlights of the cheap holiday in Kenya 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 Day Cheap Holiday in Kenya Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi
Met on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Our representative will brief you on this cheap holiday in Kenya safari.
Later you will enjoy a transfer to your hotel. You will spend your night at the Ngong Hills 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 Ololokwe Guest Resort. At 1600 hrs, enjoy an afternoon game drive within the park.
This will be an introduction to the game in the area. Dinner and overnight at your Ololokwe Guest Resort.
Samburu National Reserve
The Samburu National Reserve is a natural border. It is found between the fertile soil around Mount Kenya and the Semi desert north of Northern Kenya.
The Samburu National reserve has as its backdrop the great Table Mountain Ololokwe.
Vegetation is limited to a narrow stretch of doum palms tamarind and some woodland.
Away from this is hot dusty scrubland and acacia woodland. Termite mounds and weaver bird nests are common Samburu sights.
Some mammals are well adapted to this desolate landscape and are rarely seen in less harsh climes.
The rare Grevy’s zebra, Beisa Oryx and reticulated giraffe are among these. Crocodile and hippo dwell in the river.
The biggest concentration of wildlife here is seen around the Ewaso Nyiro river. This river is the life of the national park and meanders it way through the arid landscape.
On the way to the Samburu National Reserve you will meet several Samburu tribes. They are recognized by their bright red attire and colorful jewelry.
Day 3: Samburu National Reserve
A full day of cheap holiday in Kenya tour 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 Ololokwe Guest Resort.
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 Sapper Hut.
This is 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. They also come to the salt lick, ensuring you many exciting moments. Dinner and overnight will be at your hut.
Aberdare National Park
The Aberdare is an isolated volcanic range in the eastern portion of the Rift Valley. It stretches nearly 100 kms in the north-south direction. This is between the city of Nairobi and the Thomson’s falls. This land has rich reddish, fertile volcanic soil.
Aberdare national park is north of Nairobi. It is in the southern end of the Aberdare mountain ranges between Nyeri and Naivasha.
This Kenya National Park is among the scenic forest parks. it has variety of wildlife and bird species. There are other tourist attractions in store for the park visitors to view.
The foothills of the Aberdare National Park are covered with huge trees. They thin out and give way to bamboo forests as you climb higher.
From about 3,000 metres upwards the landscape consists primarily of alpine moorland.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park
Your cheap holiday in Kenya 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 Wildlife Clubs of Kenya Hostels 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 Wildlife Clubs of Kenya Hostels for dinner and overnight.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru national park lies on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. This park is is surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland.
It is a place of great geographic importance. The park inherits the name from the soda lake itself – Lake Nakuru.
Visitors here can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats. The habitat ranges from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges.
The park is an ideal destination for bird watching, hiking, picnic and game drives.
Lake Nakuru National Park has a very shallow strongly alkaline lake. The lake is just about 62 kilometers squared.
The park is set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland.
The landscape includes areas of marsh and grasslands. These alternates with rocky cliffs and outcrops.
There are stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a Euphorbia forest. This is on the eastern perimeter.
The lake catchment is bounded by Menengai crater to the north. On the north east are the Bahati hills. The lion hill ranges to the east, eburu crater to the south and the Mau escarpment to the west.
There are three major rivers; the njoro, makalia and enderit. They all drain their waters into the lake.
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 Wildebeest 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 budget accommodation.
Masai Mara National Park
This is the Land of Big Cat Diary and Disney’s African Cats. The Maasai Mara is at the top of most people’s Kenyan safari wish lists.
It is the location of the ’Great Migration’, one of the natural wonders of the world.
Masai Mara is a glorious and beautiful, it is a wildlife-rich savannah landscape. Biologist Julian Huxley captured Masai mara well. He said,
‘It is 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. This is in a lifestyle that in some respects hasn’t changed much since they first arrived here.
We’re not going to pretend otherwise: ‘The Mara’ is one of the busiest of Kenya’s safari regions. Nowhere in Kenya has captured the world’s imagination quite like the Maasai Mara.
Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve
Spend full day of cheap holiday in Kenya 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 Wildebeest Camp.
Day 8: Masai Mara – L. Naivasha
Leave after breakfast for Lake Naivasha. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Guest House Jane. 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. The journey takes you through the Masai land to Amboseli National Park.
You will arrive in time for lunch at The Kilimanjaro Guest House. You will then have some rest in readiness for the afternoon game drive.
This will start at 1600hrs. Later return back to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is situated 140 km south of the capital city Nairobi. This premier national park is neighbored by Tanzania.
This park covers a total land area of 392 sq km. The neighbouring area is inhabited by the nomadic Masai people. They translate ‘Amboseli’ to ‘salty dusty place’ in their local language.
There are 5 gates that enter into this park. They are the Airstrip, the Kulunyiet, Iremito, Meshanani as well as the Kitirua gates.
The Amboseli area experiences 2 rains seasons every year. The long rains come for only 2 months starting in March to the end of April.
The short rains that start in November to the end of December. This result into an average amount of rainfall between 200mm and 700mm.
Day 10: Amboseli – Tsavo West National Park
Cheap holiday in Kenya 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 the construction of the Kenya – Uganda Railway Line for a while.
You will arrive at Lake Jippe Cottages 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.
Tsavo West National Park
The Tsavo West National Park is the other half of the largest protected area. The rest is protected by the Tsavo East National Park.
The name means ‘place of slaughter’. It is named after an ancient battle between the Maasai and Akamba tribes.
This park is more varied than the Tsavo East NP. It has more varied landscape but still dominated by brick-red soil. The major vegetation here and thick acacia bush).
There are black lava flows crossing the land. Shetani and Chaimu Crater have walking trails. This allow a unique close-up exploration of the terrain.
The Mzima Springs are fed by underground streams. They run from the Chyulu Hills, and this has an underwater viewing chamber. This gives a fascinating insight to the underwater life of the park.
The Ngulia Mountains provide a majestic backdrop to the plains. They are of ancient rocks that are exposed as steep cliffs with dense woods on the lower slopes.
Here you can trek through the mountains and try your hand at rock climbing on the Tembo peak.
Open plains lead up to Lake Jipe, which has reed beds and swamps that attract huge numbers of animals.
There are wonderful views of Amboseli and Mount Kilimanjaro. This si from lookouts in the higher parts of the park.
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 your safari camp. After a short rest you will go for a game drive at 1600hrs.
Later you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Tsavo east National Park
Enjoy the sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other. This is with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River. It is one of the most evocative images in Africa.
Enjoy the sight of the 300 kilomtere long Yatta Plateau. The longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East.
The park forms the largest protected area in Kenya. It is home to most of the larger mammals. There are vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and pods of hippo. You can’t miss crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu and gerenuk.
The park has a prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.
Day 12: Tsavo East – Mombasa Beach
An early morning game drive will mark the climax of cheap holiday in Kenya. This will be followed by breakfast and leave to Mombasa.
You can opt to fly back home or extend your cheap holiday in Kenya with a stay in Mombasa beach.
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12 Day Cheap Holiday in Kenya Costs:
What is in the 12 Day Cheap Holiday in Kenya 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 Cheap Holiday in Kenya
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
12 Day Cheap Holiday in Kenya Price excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the Cheap Holiday in Kenya
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Sun Hat
- Comfortable shoes