Kenya Big 5 Safari and Beach Holiday
Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara
We will collect you up from your Nairobi hotel, after a short briefing depart for Masai Mara Game Reserve via the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley, lunch enroute. Arrive in time for an evening game drive in this pristine, unequalled ‘big game country’.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge /campsite.
Day 2: Masai Mara
This will be a day of tracking game with your guide, after an early breakfast. The Mara’s landscape is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills, which enables the reserve to attract sufficient rainfall to maintain and support a large population of herbivores, together with the predators that follow. Elephant, lion, buffalo can be seen with relative ease though luck is a necessary factor for spotting rhino and leopard that complete the big five as the two animals are very timid and sparsely numbered. Plains game like wildebeest, zebra and Masai giraffe abound as well as hippos and a wide variety of antelopes including impala, dik dik, hartebeest, Grant’s gazelle and Thompson’s gazelle among others. We will cater for a picnic lunch at the hippo pool. In the evening, return to the lodge / campsite for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3: Masai Mara – Nakuru
After breakfast, leave Masai Mara for Nakuru with a stop for lunch enroute, with scenic views of Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot, which are in the Great Rift from afar on the main highway.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge / campsite
Day 4: Lake Nakuru – Naivasha
After breakfast a morning game drive will follow in Lake Nakuru National Park, the abode of various water birds that breed in the lake’s salty water including flamingos, white pelicans and marabou stork; white rhino may be seen as well as the rare Rothschild’s giraffe, cape buffalo and other plains game in this park that is 188 square kilometres. After lunch proceed to Lake Naivasha (and this is the highest Lake in the Rift Valley). Also Lake Naivasha is famous in the 1930’s as a staging post for Imperial Airways flying Boat services from Durban to London.
Dinner and overnight in a lodge/campsite/budget hotel.
Day 5: Naivasha – Samburu
After breakfast, visit the Hells Gate National Park and the geothermal power plant. This is one of the few places in Africa where you can wander on foot among herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, and giraffe, because of the absence of predators. Depart from Naivasha onwards to Samburu Game Reserve for dinner and overnight at the lodge or campsite via the Thompson Falls, which are named after Joseph Thompson, one of the first European explorers who walked from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the 1880’s.
Lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight in a campsite or lodge.
Day 6: Samburu
Morning and afternoon game-viewing sessions tracking the rare, drought resistant animals species which can only be seen north of the equator; these are: the reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra, the gerenuk or giraffe-gazelle, Beisa Oryx and the blue shanked Somali ostrich. The Ewaso Nyiro River traverses this park, it’s source being the Aberdare ranges. There are therefore very high chances of spotting crocodile in a natural environment though its water level varies seasonally. You will have a lunch and leisure break in the mid afternoon. Rest of meals and overnight at the lodge / campsite.
Day 7: Samburu – Nairobi
After breakfast, depart Samburu for Nairobi, lunch enroute, with scenic views of Mt. Kenya’s peak if the weather permits. Very pleasant countryside with tea and coffee plantations will be by-passed enroute to Nairobi. Arrive in the evening.
NB: You can travel to the coast by Flight, Train or Bus
Day 8 through to 11: Mombasa Continental Resort
At leisure on the beach.
** Entrances to the park
** Transport to all the places in safari mimi-bus with a pop up roof for easy photography and viewing of animals while in the park
** Meals on full board while on safari and half board in Mombasa
** Accomodation in lodges, campsites and in budget hotels where camping is not applicable
** All camping equipments except sleeping bags
** Services of the knowleadgeable driverguide and the safari cook
** International flights
** Water and alcoholic beverages
** Items of personal use