7 DAYS WILDLIFE SAFARI
On this tour we will take you to the most well-known national parks in Kenya. With epic wildlife safaris in the iconic Masai Mara Game Reserve, the stunning Lake Nakuru national park, and a boat safari on Lake Naivasha this will be an African adventure you won’t soon forget and it rewards travelers with life time safari moments
DAY 1: WELCOME TO KENYA
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta international airport you will be met by a representative from maat afrika safaris who will pick you up and drive you to your accommodation in Karen, a peaceful suburb to Nairobi, named after one of its former residents, the author Karen Blixen.
Hotel Rudi is close to several tourist attractions like Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Centre, and the Elephant Orphanage at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Karen Blixen Museum and the Bomas of Kenya. Depending on your time of arrival you can visit these sites today. All activities today are at your own expense.
Day 2: Game Drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
The Maat Afrika safari guide will pick you up at the hotel today at 8 am. That’s the safari cycle, early to bed and early to rise, to make the most out of your day!
Today’s destination is Lake Nakuru National Park. The drive is spectacular with scenic stops along the way at Thomson Falls and the Rift Valley view point.
On the floor of the Great Eastern arm Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. You will enjoy the ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for game drives, bird watching and hiking.
At the lodge you can enjoy lunch and some relaxation before you head out on an afternoon safari when the temperatures are slightly cooler and the light at its most beautiful. Be on the lookout for lions, buffalos, antelopes, warthogs and other wildlife.
Journey Time 4-5 hours
Note: Lake Nakuru is well-known for the abundance of lesser flamingos who come to the lake to mate and feed. In later years however, the number of lesser flamingos around the lake have decreased. This is due to water levels rising and the increase of fresh water in the lake. With the lake being less alkaline, the main food group of the flamingo, the spirulina algea, cannot survive which has led to the flamingos moving on to other lakes like Lake Magadi or Lake Natron and Lake Manyara in Tanzania and Lake Munyanyange in Uganda in search of food. There is still plenty of other wildlife that you are sure to enjoy in this national park.
Day 3: To the Masai Mara
After an early breakfast you will head to the world-renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve. Located in southwestern Kenya, on the border with Tanzania, the Masai Mara is a land of breathtaking views, endless plains and an excellent year-round concentration of wildlife. In the months of July-October it is also home to over two million Wildebeest making their yearly trek north from the Serengeti in Tanzania. The next three nights you will spend at the sublime Amani Mara Camp. Strategically located in a remote area of the Masai Mara, this beautiful lodge promises spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes and possibilities of spotting diverse wildlife, from herds of wildebeest and zebra to majestic lions and elegant cheetahs.
After lunch you will have the opportunity to explore your new surroundings on foot. Led by a professional and highly knowledgeable guide, your nature walk will teach you the intricate workings of the micro ecosystems of the bush, from exotic flora to the region’s plentiful birdlife.
Journey Time 6 hours
Day 4 & 5: Full Day Explore Masai Mara National Park
Sunrise is a great time for wildlife spotting as animals tend to be the most active during the “golden hours”, when the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the savannah. Few predators hunt during the heat of the day, so the early morning is the best time to observe the thrill of the chase, or at least the aftermath of a hunt.
For your safari adventure over the next two days you can decide if you want to take a packed lunch for a full day game drive or come back to the camp for a hot lunch before returning to the bush in the afternoon.
Journey Time depending on game drive
A hot air balloon safari launches in the early morning, just in time for sunrise. For about one hour you will be floating peacefully above the ground, with a bird’s eye view of the African bush below. The capacity for this activity is limited making this a very special and exclusive experience. Please note that this activity is weather dependent and may need to be rescheduled due to poor weather.
Day 6: Boat Safari on Lake Naivasha
Before departing the Masai Mara today you will be invited by the lodge to plant a tree. The nature around the lodge used to be dry and desert like. With sustainable practices and dedication to nature this family-owned lodge has managed to grow a whole forest, eventually bringing water and wildlife back to the area. Planting your own tree is a nice way to give back to the land that has given you a piece of itself over the past couple of days.
After breakfast your journey continues east toward Lake Naivasha. The lake is home to a wide variety of wildlife including a sizeable population of hippos and being a freshwater lake, it also has a healthy fish population including Black bass, Tilapia and Crayfish which attract a variety of fish-eating birds such as Long-tailed and Great Cormorants, Fish Eagles, Pelicans, and various types of Kingfishers. You will get the chance to explore the lake and its inhabitants today on a boat safari.
Tonight you will spend the night in the beautiful Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to the resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a nightly stop for hippos who come up to graze on the nice property lawns.
Journey Time 5 hours
Elsamere Lodge is located on the shores of Lake Naivasha and is the former home of Joy and George Adamson, who settled in Kenya in the late 1930’s. Joy later founded the Elsa Conservation Trust, whose work in wildlife education and conservation projects has had a significant impact in the region. The lodge contains a museum housing the Adamson’s collection of books, paintings, and memorabilia from the movie “Born Free” based on Joy’s international bestselling book about Elsa the Lioness. The museum gives a fascinating insight to the lives of the pioneering couple who brought wildlife in Africa to a worldwide audience.
This lodge is a bit off the beaten track and quite unique. Should you want to stay here during your visit to Lake Naivasha
Day 7: Return to Nairobi
Enjoy your last African sunrise today and the tranquility of nature all around you. Depending on the departure time of your international flight, there may be some time to do an optional activity near Lake Naivasha or in Nairobi. All activities today are at your own expense. Your driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Journey time: 3 hours
Transport is provided in a 4wd safari van with pop-up roof for excellent game viewing.
Upgrade to Landcruiser:
It is possible to upgrade your transport to a 4wd Extended Landcruiser. Contact us for more information about the upgrade prices: www.maatafrikasafaris.com
Your driver/guide is a professional and experienced English-speaking Kenyan guide.
All journey times are close approximations, as you can never quite guarantee what will happen on the African roads. You could be in for a bumpy ride on parts of the route (which adds to the excitement of being on safari!), we may encounter road works and, of course, there are the photo stops.
Although you may sometimes be seated for long periods, you will be passing some spectacular countryside and there will always be something of interest to see along the way!