Kenya Safari Highlights

Kenya Safari Highlights

Kenya Safari Highlights - 8 Day Kenya Safari Package

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi for Kenya safari Highlights tour
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Country Lodge in Nairobi by driver guide.
Nairobi is the least expensive arrival city for flights with a full range of hotels and local attractions. Dubbed the “Safari Capital of the World” cool, clear and cosmopolitan Nairobi is the natural departure point for most safari itineraries. A city of contrasts, it is simultaneously the largest, the youngest, the most modern, the highest (1700m) and the fastest growing city in East Africa. High-altitude Nairobi enjoys a pleasant tropical climate all year round. There are ATMs and banks to stock up on cash, great restaurants, and malls where you can purchase any forgotten items.
Overnight Country Lodge.

Day 2: Drive to Samburu one of Kenya safari Highlights
You will meet up with your guide and head off to Samburu National park. The drive from the urban center of Nairobi, through the fertile highlands, the semi-arid frontier of Kenya is a breath-taking, and great way to see the countryside. The drive will be about an 5 to 6 hours.
Your skilled guide will take you on an afternoon game viewing drive through the sandy Samburu desert region.

The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro river in Kenya; on the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve in Northern Kenya. It is 165 km² in size and 350 kilometers from Nairobi. Samburu is distinctive for its arid plains and herds of animals drawn to the river and water holes. Photographers love this park for its stark lighting and contrasts. In the arid North of Kenya, water means life. The river draws wildlife in great numbers to its banks, providing high quality game viewing.
Overnight Samburu Simba Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Enjoy more of Samburu Wildlife
Early this morning you'll meet up with your guide for your game drive. One of the amazing things about Samburu is that you'll most likely see species that are unique to this region. The Grévy's Zebra (Equus grevyi), also known as the Imperial Zebra, is the largest species of zebra. It is found in the Samburu area as well as parts of Ethiopia. Compared to other zebras, it is taller, has larger ears, and its stripes are narrower. Grévy's Zebra is considered endangered, partly due to hunting for its skin, which fetches a high price on the world market. It also suffers habitat destruction, human disturbances at water holes and competition with domestic grazing animals. There are estimated to be 17 000 Grévy's Zebra still living in the wild. With luck, you'll see some today!
After lunch you will enjoy another game drive.
Another species unique to the Samburu region is the Gerenuk. With luck, you'll see some while on your game drive. It's amazing to watch them stand on their hind legs to eat! The Gerenuk also known as the Waller's Gazelle, is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry bushy shrub and steppe in East Africa. The word Gerenuk comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked”, and leads to another common name, the Giraffe-necked Antelope.
Overnight Samburu Simba Lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Drive to Laikipia another of Kenya Safari Highlights
This morning you will leave Samburu and drive to Laikipia. Along the way you will see amazing scenery as you drive through rural Kenya, spot Samburu villages and more as you drive. This drive takes about 2 hours.
In the afternoon you will have the option of visiting the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary today. The sanctuary is the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species can be seen.
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. Here the animals are carefully nursed back to health and integrated into families. The chimpanzees live in two large groups separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River. Spend your time watching as they romp and play, visit the local shop, or even sponsor a chimp!
Visitors to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy have free access to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, which is open daily from 9:00am to 10:30am and 3pm to 4:30pm.
Laikipia District is located on the Equator in the central region of the country. The district has two major urban centres: Nanyuki to the southeast, and Nyahururu to the southwest. Its capital is the town of Nanyuki. Centred around the original Laikipia National Reserve, this area has become a sanctuary for Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, and a wealth of plains game, including many endemic Northern species. Laikipia has become a focus for many conservation efforts.
Overnight Sweetwaters Serena
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Depart Laikipia for Naivasha for more Kenya Safari Highlights
This morning your guide will drive you from Laikipia to Lake Naivasha, through the rift valley. This drive will take about 5 hours.
Enjoy lunch, later you can sign up for optional activities on-site. Activities include Crescent Island boat tour, hiking and day trip excursions to Mt Longonot and Hell's Gate, or simply walk along the lakeshore and relax at your lodge.
Naivasha is one of our favorite places to pause a safari, lush, cool and relaxing - is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. The lake is almost 13kms across but its waters are shallow and thick with hippo. Hell's Gate National Park, Longonot National Park and Mount Longonot are nearby attractions. Boat tours on the lake are popular to observe birdlife and hippopotamus behavior, or explore Crescent Island on foot.
*Activity fees vary and are paid on-site to the lodge and/or park authority.
Overnight Sopa Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Depart for Maasai Mara Kenya Safari Highlights
Your guide will drive you from Naivasha to Maasai Mara. This drive will take about 5 to 6 hours, this commute includes a stop-over for refreshments and souvenir shopping. You may experience a longer drive during the rainy season.
This afternoon's game viewing will be exciting as you are searching for game with your private guide and driver. The leopard is difficult to see as it moves fast and is very shy. If you're lucky there is a good chance to spot them around waterholes or up in a tree after a hot long day Maasai Mara is the northernmost portion of the larger Serengeti ecosystem and features the best game viewing in the region. The small size funnels animals into a tight space, and park rules allow for off-road driving which means that guests can venture into plains covered with hundreds or even thousands of animals. Take an optional hot air balloon ride over the plains, with the opportunity for amazing pictures of the animal herds below.
Overnight Mara Sopa Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Continue to explore Masaai Mara
Maasai Mara is named after the traditional inhabitants (Maasai) and the Mara River. At some point during your stay in the Mara, you'll drive by the river which is a great place to spot wildlife. This area is a photographer's delight where with any luck you'll be able to take amazing pictures of the hippos and elephants in the water.
On today‘s afternoon game drive the choice is up to you, search for the big 5 or expand your horizons to discover something different. Maasai Mara not only has a rich mix of animal population, it also has an incredible array of bird life with almost 450 different species.
Overnight Mara Sopa Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Nairobi for end of Kenya Safari Highlights vacation
Your guide will drive you from Masai Mara to Nairobi, with short stop-overs for refreshments and souvenirs. Be aware that during this journey you will drive across some unfinished patches of road. This drive will take approximately 6 hours.

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