This 6-Day Kenya Lodge Safari, combines the internationally acclaimed Masai Mara Game Reserve with the unique Ol Pejeta Conservancy and two Great Rift Valley gems - Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru.
First, explore the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy - a critical sanctuary for endangered rhinos, rare African wild dogs and Kenya's only chimpanzee population. After viewing high concentrations of game near Mount Kenya, you visit Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley. Here Rothschild's giraffes, leopards and an array of other wildlife can be spotted, along with prolific birdlife. Then we head to Lake Naivasha, where you take a guided game walk on Crescent Island, hosting high concentrations of game and birds.
Then, for the grand finale, we go game viewing in the epic Masai Mara, renowned for its exceptional big cat populations and the incredible spectacle of the annual Great Migration. Top highlights include game viewing along the Mara River - a hotspot of wildlife drama in the famous Masai Mara Reserve.
On the morning of day one you will be collected from your pre-tour accommodation in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
After a quick tour briefing from your guide, we hit the road, leaving the megacity behind. Driving north we head towards Mount Kenya - the second tallest mountain in Africa, after Kilimanjaro.
Our first destination is Ol Pejeta Conservancy, an acclaimed wildlife reserve situated between the Aberdare Mountains and Mount Kenya in central Kenya. This non-profit conservancy is a critical haven for endangered rhinos. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to the largest black rhino population in East Africa and the last three northern white rhinos surviving today. This is also the only place in Kenya where chimpanzees are found.
This diverse 360 km² wilderness area hosts a very high density of wildlife, including healthy predator populations and all of Africa's Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). Predator sightings range from cheetahs and hyenas to endangered African wild dogs and silver-backed jackals. Wildebeest, giraffe, Jackson’s hartebeest, eland, Grant’s gazelle and Grevy’s zebra are often sighted too.
We spend our first night at an exclusive tented camp in Ol Pejeta, enjoying the authentic safari ambiance and semi-luxury accommodation in the unspoilt bush.
Day two starts with a hearty, early breakfast followed by a short exploration of Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Our game drive offers excellent chances of spotting a diversity of wildlife and catching lovely views of Mount Kenya on clear days. Then we leave Ol Pejeta and Mount Kenya, travelling into the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. Along the way we stop at Nyahururu, also known as Thomson's Falls, the biggest waterfall in Kenya. After admiring Nyahururu we drive southwest to Lake Nakuru National Park.
Driving through the national park we are sure to sight an array of birds and animals around the lake and in the shallows. Lake Nakuru Park is a birding hotspot, with some 450 bird species recorded here. The shallow soda lake attracts a wide variety of migrant bird species, traditionally including flamingo flocks, at times numbering in the thousands. The compact protected area surrounding the lake, is home to healthy numbers of wildlife that we may encounter. Endangered species include black and white rhinos, Rothschild's giraffes and African wild dogs. Chances of spotting leopards are high, particularly amongst the euphorbia and acacia trees. Lions and buffaloes are also found here, bringing the total of Big Five animals to four. Other common sightings include zebras, hippos, waterbuck, impalas, eland, warthog and baboons.
Tonight we stay at a tented camp inside Lake Nakuru National Park, sleeping in spacious, walk-in tents set under thatch. The permanent tents have en-suite bathrooms, small verandahs and feature four-poster beds, providing a comfortable safari-style stay.
On day three we have breakfast at camp and set off on a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. Mornings are ideal for spotting birds and wildlife, so we should see an exciting variety of wild inhabitants.
Next, we drive south to Lake Naivasha, the highest lake in the East African Rift Valley. This is also one of the few freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley, surrounded by green vegetation rather than the typical dry savannahs of Africa. Here we are likely to see zebras, hippos, buffaloes, warthogs, monkeys and giraffes along the edge of the lake, as well as antelopes such as waterbuck and wildebeest.
At about midday we head to beautiful Crescent Island Game Park, covering an island-like peninsula on Lake Naivasha. We take a guided game walk on Cresecent Island, which hosts high concentrations of game and an abundance of birds. Walking in the private reserve provides the opportunity to get up close to game on foot, with encounters ranging from wildebeest and zebras to antelopes, giraffes and even buffaloes.
We spend the night at a lodge located along the shores of Lake Naivasha. Relax amid the natural vegetation where giraffe, waterbuck and monkeys can be spotted, along with grazing hippos at nighttime.
This morning we wake up beside lovely Lake Naivasha, have an early breakfast at the lodge and head south to the wildlife Mecca of Masai Mara National Reserve.
The five hour drive takes us through rural Kenyan countryside, past Mount Longonot and Mount Suswa, into traditional Maasai lands.
In the afternoon we enter the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve and explore the legendary savannahs in our 4x4 safari vehicle. Many consider Mara the ultimate African safari destination - so sit back and enjoy the classical landscapes of this game-rich wilderness area! Scan the open plains and gentle hills and you are sure to see herds of game and watchful predators. Mara is renowned for its big cats, hosting impressive populations of cheetahs, lions and leopards, some of which we are likely to see. The Big Five are all present, with elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo commonly sighted.
Continuing through the acacia-dotted bush we make our way to the Mara Triangle region and our secluded camp just beyond the reserve. The camp looks out over the vast, open plains of Masai Mara from the escarpment, offering sweeping views. At camp numerous birds can be seen and heard, along with resident and visiting animals, ranging from gazelles and impalas to zebras and giraffes.
Rise and shine for our much-anticipated full day in Masai Mara Reserve! The whole of day five is taken up with game viewing in Kenya's leading game park. We make our way to the Mara River - a lively hub of wildlife activity where predators and prey converge. Here stampeding herds of herbivores can be seen taking the perilous plunge into the crocodile infested waters on their annual migration to reach fresh grazing.
One of the most spectacular natural phenomena on the planet, the Great Migration is an awe-inspiring and unforgettable sight! Also known as the Wildebeest Migration this seasonal trek between Serengeti and Masai Mara, reaches the Mara River between July and September, attracting a profusion of predators. Lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs can be seen following the massive herds of migrating wildebeest, zebras, topi, gazelles and other herbivores, pouncing when opportunity arises.
Masai Mara is home to large populations of wildlife throughout the year, offering exceptional game viewing in any of the seasons. Over 400 bird species have also been recorded in Mara, giving birding enthusiasts plenty to look forward to.
At the end of our outstanding day of game viewing we return to our camp, just outside of the remote western region of Masai Mara National Reserve.
Our final day starts with breakfast at our camp overlooking the Masai Mara.
Then we travel from the wild savannahs of Mara and rural Kenya, back to civilization and the concrete jungle of Nairobi. Arriving in Nairobi we transfer you to your post-tour hotel or the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where our rewarding Kenya Lodge Safari ends.
This Kenya Lodge Safari can easily be combined with our 5-Day Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Tanzania Lodge Safari to create an extended safari, exploring both of East Africa's top safari destination countries.
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