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12 Day Masai Mara & Kenya Game Parks Wildlife Safari

Tour Length12 days
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Summary of this Exclusive Small Group Camping Safari

  • Max. Group Size 6 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Accommodation Luxury Camping
  • Transport Microbus
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Exceptional Birding, Leopards, Lions, Migration Safari (Seasonal) & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

A fantastic 12-day East African Safari starting and ending in Nairobi, Kenya.

Go in search of Kenya's abundant wildlife in the classical African game parks of world-famous Masai Mara, Samburu National Park, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli and Tsavo West. 

This is the ultimate Kenyan Wildlife Safari exploring a diversity of world-class game parks teeming with wildlife. Travel through incredibly scenic landscapes from Great Rift Valley, to open savannah plains and Africa's tallest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Nairobi to Tsavo West - Kenya

The 12-Day Budget Masai Mara & Kenyan Game Parks Safari kicks off from Nairobi city at 07:00 am

From the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, we travel southeast to Tsavo West National Park.

We 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 a lodge overlooking the national park on day one.

Day 2: Tsavo West National Park - Kenya

The whole day is spent exploring the game park on a morning and afternoon game drive. In Tsavo West National Park birds are very common - look out for the white-bellied go-away bird, red-beaked hornbills and bateleur Eagles. There are also large populations of elephants, zebras and buffaloes, as well as lions, leopards and cheetahs. Look out for dung beetles rolling huge balls of elephant dung along the tracks. Tsavo Park is famous for its large elephant herds, often seen covered in fine, red dust.

Tsavo Park (East and West) is the largest national park in Kenya (at 22,000 km²). The scenic Tsavo West Park covers a wide variety of landscapes, from swamps and natural springs to rocky peaks, extinct volcanic cones and rolling plains. The dramatic Chyulu Hills form a collection of ancient volcanic cinder cones with splendid views of Kilimanjaro and populations of elands, giraffes, zebras and wildebeest.

Day 3: Tsavo West to Amboseli National Park - Kenya

In the morning we embark on a game drive in Tsavo West Park before driving to Amboseli National Park, located to the northwest of Tsavo, near the Kenyan border with Tanzania. We look out for game en route to our tented safari camp set inside Amboseli Park.

Amboseli Game Park covers 392km² and is the second most popular park in Kenya, 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.

Day 4: Amboseli National Park - Kenya

We spend a full day 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 the largest elephant herds in Kenya 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.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp are included in the tour price. We camp overnight in Amboseli at the same peaceful camp as the night before.

Day 5: Amboseli to Mount Kenya (Sweetwaters) - Kenya

On day 5 we set off early in the morning making our way north to Mount Kenya. Mt Kenya is Africa's second highest mountain, standing at 5199m above sea level.

In the afternoon we take a game drive in the Sweetwater's game ranch near Mount Kenya.

The game ranch is home to various wild animals and is set aside as a breeding ground for black rhinos. The ranch also hosts a chimpanzee rehabilitation program. Sweetwaters is the only chimpanzee rehabilitation sanctuary in Kenya, providing a home for chimpanzees that have been mistreated. The chimpanzees are kept at Sweetwaters in a secure environment; which resembles their natural habitat as closely as possible.

We spend the night at a comfortable lodge near Mount Kenya.

Day 6: Mt. Kenya to Samburu Game Reserve - Kenya

After breakfast today we leave the Mount Kenya area, heading to Samburu National Park. We look out for game en route to our next overnight campsite, where we have lunch next to the Ewaso Nyiro River.

After lunch we set off on a game drive in search of wildlife in Samburu. This region of Kenya is home to the uncommon grevy's zebra with huge furry ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, blue-necked Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy beisa oryx.

We camp beside the Ewaso Nyiro River under shady palms and trees. The camp has refreshing cold showers to freshen-up in and escape the heat of the African plains.

Day 7: Samburu Game Reserve - Kenya

Day seven is set aside for game viewing in Samburu Reserve, exploring its open grasslands and diverse landscapes in search of the variety of wildlife found here. Elephant and crocodile are guaranteed sightings, and we may be lucky enough to spot leopards. The park is also home to reticulated giraffe, hippo and lion, and the bird watching is excellent with numerous varieties of weaverbirds and the martial eagle.

Samburu hosts beautiful forests, springs and rivers, offering stunning scenery. The game park is part of a lava plain that includes varied habitats, from thorn scrub, red dirt and dried river beds, to broken volcanic rock, steep hills and rocky outcrops.

The Samburu area is also home to interesting people with a rich heritage, making for a colourful cultural experience.

Day 8: Samburu Reserve to Lake Nakuru - Kenya

After breakfast we pack up camp and hit the road again, game viewing on our way out of Samburu Park. We travel south through Kenya to Lake Nakuru National Park, stopping for lunch en route. Arriving at Lake Nakuru we take an afternoon game drive in the compact wildlife area.

Lake Nakuru National Park surrounds the lake and was first gazetted to protect the rich bird life, later becoming a sanctuary for endangered species such as the rhino. There are about 25 white and black rhinos, one of the largest concentrations in the country. Predators are also residents of this park while Rothschild’s giraffes have been translocated into the park for safety.

This Kenyan game park has retained its 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 small park (180 sq km) is also home to warthogs, waterbuck, buffaloes, reedbucks, and the occasional leopard. Nakuru park has retained its reputation as an ornithologists' delight with more than 400 species of bird found here.

Tonight we stay in en-suite rooms at a comfortable lodge inside Lake Nakuru National Park.

Day 9: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara - Kenya

Today we leave the lodge after breakfast and travel south towards the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, in southwest Kenya.

We drive through beautiful savannah grasslands and plains in the Great Rift Valley making our way to the next overnight camp located in a private conservancy. Along the way to our tented camp just outside of Masai Mara, we keep a lookout for wildlife. The camp is set beside the Oloirigynyisho River, frequently visited by elephants, wildebeest, zebra and other animals.

End the day with sundowners at the camp, overlooking the Oloolotikoshi Hills. After dinner in the African-style restaurant, you are free to unwind in the bar and lounge areas and retire to your spacious luxury tent.

Day 10: Masai Mara Game Reserve - Kenya

The next two days are spent embarking on game viewing drives in Masai Mara.

On clear days, the Masai Mara offers fantastic orange-tinged sunsets worth capturing on camera. The Mara reserve covers 1510km² of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodlands, following the meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal as an iconic savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife.

An optional balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost.

Evenings are spent relaxing at the tented camp, enjoying the scenic wilderness setting, friendly service and star gazing.

Day 11: Masai Mara Reserve - Kenya

We spend another full day exploring the spectacular Masai Mara Park. Wherever you go in the Mara Reserve you will see an abundance of wildlife, such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat-eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos. It is common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal or surveying the open plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but are still reasonably common.

The ultimate wildlife action here is, without doubt, the annual wildebeest exodus 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 Great Migration is one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles on earth!

Day 12: Masai Mara to Nairobi - Kenya

We head off into the bush on an early morning game drive in Masai Mara Reserve, enjoying the wilderness one last time.

Then we return to bustling Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, arriving at about 14h00 in the afternoon. This Masai Mara & Kenya Game Parks Wildlife Safari ends upon arrival in Nairobi.

Masai Mara Tour Accommodation

Accommodation is at a luxury tented camp located in a private 30-acre conservancy near the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

The camp offers views of the Oloolotikoshi Hills from its location on the banks of the Oloirigynyisho River where various wild animals are regularly spotted. The closest entrance to Masai Mara is the Ololaimutia gate, only 2.5 kms from the camp. This intimate camp features 8 spacious permanent tents which have been tastefully decorated and furnished with double beds and mosquito nets. The tents have en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets, washbasins and hot showers. Each tent has its own veranda where guests can sit back and watch the bush.

Facilities include bar and lounge areas, a shop selling locally-made products and an airy restaurant in a circular design based on a traditional African hut.

Samburu & Lake Nakuru Tour Accommodation

At Samburu, we camp beside a river amid palms and woodlands near the game reserve. The safari camp features refreshing, cold showers.

For our time at Lake Nakuru, we stay at a comfortable lodge inside Lake Nakuru National Park. Facilities include two bars, a restaurant and a swimming pool. Accommodation is in en-suite rooms with views of the national park and lodge gardens.

Safari Transport

A custom-made minibus with a pop-up roof is used on this tour. The maximum group size is six people, to guarantee each person a window seat on game drives.

Optional Extras and Excursions

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  • Cultural Maasai tours
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  • Transport in a custom-made minibus with a pop-up roof (guaranteed window seat)
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  • Game parks entry fees and government taxes
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