A well-rounded and affordable wildlife adventure - the 8 Days Budget Masai Mara & Kenyan Game Parks Safari explores a combination of remote, scenic and world-famous game parks in Kenya.
The Budget Masai Mara & Kenya Camping Safari includes:
Combine exploring Kenya's leading game park, Masai Mara, with the lesser-known Tsavo West National Park, and other top Kenyan Game Parks in just over a week!
The 8 Days Budget Masai Mara & Kenyan Game Parks Safari sets off from Nairobi city at 07:30 am this morning.
From the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, we travel southeast to Tsavo West National Park. Explore Chyulu Hills and Mzima Springs, home to numerous hippos and crocodiles. At Mzima Springs we can view the hippos swimming beneath the surface of the water, from the underwater viewing chamber.
We have dinner and stay overnight at an eco-friendly lodge or similar on day one.
In the morning we embark on a game drive in Tsavo Park before driving to Amboseli National Park, located to the northwest of Tsavo West, near the southern Kenyan border with Tanzania. Look out for game en route to our safari camp set inside Amboseli Park.
Amboseli Game Park covers 392km² and is Kenya's second most popular park, after the world-famous Masai Mara. Amboseli is best known for its breathtaking scenery, with towering Mt. Kilimanjaro to the south. This natural setting provides superb photographic opportunities, especially for capturing large bull elephants up-close, with the mountain in the background.
We stay in self-contained tents at a luxury tented safari camp for the night. Enjoy dinner and the beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Amboseli plains from the private camp.
We spend the whole of day three exploring Amboseli Park on game drives.
Amboseli covers lush grasslands fed by the melting snow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. Standing at 5896m above sea level the snow-topped mountain forms the backdrop to game viewing in Amboseli.
Amboseli National Park hosts some of Kenya's largest elephant herds and is famous for its big elephant bulls with their impressive tusks. Amboseli is considered one of the top game parks in Africa to get up close to elephants in the wild, as well as offering some of the finest photographic opportunities of wildlife flanked by the scenic Mt Kilimanjaro.
The Game Park also contains huge populations of buffalos, zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, hippos and various antelope species, such as impala. Amboseli Park is also home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, jackals, warthogs and various other wildlife. The park also boasts an abundance of birds, including bee-eaters, kingfishers, pelicans, African fish eagles and falcons.
Dinner and camping overnight in Amboseli at the same peaceful camp as the night before.
We leave Amboseli Park this morning travelling north to Lake Nakuru and stopping for a picnic lunch along the way.
After lunch, we travel further into the Great Rift Valley passing through beautiful scenery as we drive. In the afternoon we arrive at Lake Nakuru in time for a late afternoon game drive.
This Kenyan game park boasts a reputation as an ornithologist's delight, with more than 400 species of bird found here. Bird species include the Great White Pelican, African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Stork, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, and Long-crested Eagle. The Lake Nakuru National Park is known as an important wildlife sanctuary for some of Africa's endangered species, especially black and white rhinos, and Rothschild Giraffes. The game reserve is also home to lions, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons, which we keep an eye out for on our game drive.
Dinner and overnight at a comfortable lodge on spacious grounds inside Lake Nakuru National Park.
Day five of the Budget Masai Mara & Kenyan Game Parks Safari starts with breakfast at the lodge. Then it's back on the road, as we travel to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, our next game viewing destination in Kenya. We travel via the Great Rift Valley admiring the beautiful scenery as we go.
Arriving at the safari camp near Masai Mara we have lunch, before embarking on a thrilling late afternoon to evening game drive in Mara.
Dinner and overnight at a luxury tented camp in a private conservancy near Masai Mara Game Reserve.
The next two days are set aside for game viewing in Kenya's finest wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Our morning and afternoon game drives take us in search of Africa's Big Five and the array of other wild animals inhabiting this vast Kenyan game reserve. On clear days, the Mara offers fantastic orange-tinged sunsets that make for spectacular photos.
The Mara Reserve covers 1510km² of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodlands, following the winding meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers in southwest Kenya. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal; it is the epitome of open African savannahs, hosting a mass of amazing wildlife.
Wherever you go in the vast Masai Mara Park you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. Elephants, buffalos, zebras and hippos are also found in great numbers. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but reasonably common.
The ultimate wildlife action here is without a doubt the annual wildebeest migration, known as the Great Migration, in July and August when millions of these grazers move north from the Serengeti, in search of lusher grass, before turning south again in October. The mass of hoofed animals, in turn, attracts the predators of Masai Mara - lion, cheetah, jackal, hyena, wild dog and vultures.
The optional hot-air balloon trips offer an entirely outstanding way of surveying the savannah plains teeming with wildlife. These Masai Mara balloon trips can be arranged at extra cost. Optional visits to local Maasai villages can also be arranged with your guide.
We overnight at the same safari camp on the banks of the Oloirigynyisho River, close to Masai Mara on both nights.
We venture into the bush on an early morning game drive in Masai Mara Reserve, before enjoying breakfast back at the tented camp.
Then we return to bustling Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, arriving in the afternoon. This Budget Masai Mara & Kenyan Game Parks Safari ends upon arrival in Nairobi.
Accommodation on this tour is at a luxury tented camp in a 30-acre private conservancy near Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp is set on the banks of the Oloirigynyisho River, drawing elephants, wildebeest, zebra and other animals, which are regularly sighted. The tented camp overlooks the Oloolotikoshi Hills and is 2,5 kms from the Ololaimutia gate of Masai Mara.
We stay in permanent, walk-in tents with beds. All tents have en-suite bathrooms, with flush toilets, washbasins and hot showers, and are fitted with mosquito nets. The luxury tents are tastefully decorated in rustic style, with linen provided. Each luxury tent has its own veranda where guests can sit back and enjoy the views.
Facilities include bar and lounge areas, a shop stocked with local crafts and a spacious restaurant designed in the style of a traditional hut.
Stay at one of two safari lodges in Tsavo Park, both featuring watering holes and offering open views over this remote wilderness.
Stay at a comfortable lodge with lush gardens, inside Lake Nakuru National Park. Accommodation is in en-suite rooms with views of the national park and lodge gardens. Facilities include two bars, a restaurant and a big swimming pool.
Stay at a private safari camp in luxury tented-rooms with bathroom areas, that feature flush toilets, hot and cold showers and wash basins. This peaceful camp is located in a natural setting within Amboseli Park and offers beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Facilities at camp include a swimming pool, gift shop, African art gallery and a massage parlour.
Custom-made minivans (microbuses) with pop-up roofs are used on this tour. The maximum group size is six people, to guarantee each person a window seat on game drives.
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