This AMBOSELI-ELEMENTAITA-MASAI MARA-NAIROBI tour gives you a perfect exploration of the African natural ecosystem. It provides an almost personal interaction with African wildlife. See all the exciting animals up, close and personal as you enjoy the wildlife safari in the various wildlife parks of Kenya on land. Feast your eyes on endemic and rare hornbills, pink flamingoes and thousands of different species of migratory birds at Lake Elementaita. The rhinos, lions, hippopotamus and the crocodiles will keep you engrossed and thrilled to the core. If the time is right, you may also be a witness to the greatest animal migration in the world, the wildebeest Masai Mara migration to Serengeti. Kenya is also home to expansive forests and grasslands, cascading waterfalls and stunning landscape. Overall it is an experience of a lifetime.
Transfer & Game Safari
02 Nights in Amboseli
01 Night in Lake Elementaita
02 Nights in Maasai Mara
01 Night in Nairobi
Amboseli National Park is in southern Kenya. It is known for its large elephant herds and views of scenic Mount Kilimanjaro, across the border in Tanzania. Observation Hill offers panoramas of the peak and the park’s plains and swamps. Varied wildlife includes giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and hundreds of bird species. The western section is dominated by vast Lake Amboseli, which is dry outside the rainy season.
Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African animals because its vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. Amboseli National Park is home to wild animals, which include the African elephant, buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, hyena, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest among other African animals. There is also a host of Kenya birds, both large and small, to see if you keep your eyes open and stop at every sighting.
When you arrive at the park, the warden will give you several common sense rules: do not get out of your vehicle, except at designated spots; do not harass the animals in any way; keep to the tracks; no off-road driving; and remember that the animals always have the right of way. The roads in Amboseli have a loose surface of volcanic soil that is dusty in the dry season and impassable in the wet season.
It can be a long, hot day on a Kenya wildlife safari, so wear cool, comfortable clothing and a sunhat. Remember to bring your camera, binoculars, sunglasses and water to drink.
WHEN TO VISIT:
January and February are good months to visit Amboseli, as well as June through September. Avoid April and May, which are the rainy season. There may also be some rain from November to December, which may make the roads in Amboseli impassable.
Temperatures year round are 27-31°C (81-88°F) in the day and 22-24°C (72-75°F) at night. For Kenya birdwatchers, the best months to see migratory birds are October to January. The best times for viewing are early and late in the day, as animals tend to sleep in the hot midday sun..
Lake Elmenteita, also spelt Elementaita, is a soda lake, in the Great Rift Valley, about 120 km northwest of Nairobi, Kenya. Elmenteita is between Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru. The major Nairobi-Nakuru highway runs along the nearby escarpment affording motorists a spectacular vista towards the lake. Today the lake is a protected area due to its birdlife fame and also it has been named as one of the heritage sites together with the Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria by UNESCO. Over 400 bird species have been recorded in the Lake Nakuru/Lake Elmenteita basin and the lake's shores are grazed by zebra, gazelle, eland and families of warthog.
WHEN TO VISIT
ALL YEAR ROUND.
Maasai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along with the Tanzanian border. Its animals include lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos. Wildebeest traverse its plains during their annual migration. The landscape has grassy plains and rolling hills and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. The area nearby is dotted with villages (enkangs) of Maasai people.
WHEN TO VISIT:
The best wildlife viewing months in Kenya are during the Dry season from late June to October. The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in July and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. Wildlife viewing is good year-round, but this can differ for some parks.
Day 01: Arrival in Nairobi - Transfer to Amboseli
Upon arrival at the airport and clearing with customs and immigration formalities, you shall be picked up and depart for Amboseli National Park with picnic lunch en-route the lodge. Check in at the Lodge.
Day 02: Amboseli
After breakfast, you shall enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli National park.
Rise early for great views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park is known for its felines: lion, leopard, cheetah and some civet cats. Herds of graceful Impala thrive on the short grass in the woodlands, along with the black-faced vervet monkey and Olive Baboon. Hippos live in the open waters and swamp channels and Buffalo feed on the shoreline.
You will encounter large numbers of elephants and you can observe their complex greeting rituals and the way all the adult females protect and instruct the young. The Amboseli elephant population is one of the few in Africa that has not been ravaged by poachers.
Maasai warriors are famous and are proud nomadic tribes whose legendary prowess in battle and single handed acts of bravery in fights with wild animals are known across the world. Overnight in Amboseli.
Day 03: Depart Amboseli to Lake Elementaita
(Amboseli – Lake Elementaita, approx 6 hours)
Embark on the early morning game drive and after breakfast check out and depart for Lake Elementaita, one of the soda ash lakes in the Great Rift Valley which is the perfect home for tens of thousands of flamingos. Arrive in time for lunch at Sentrim Elementaita Lodge. After a lovely lunch, spend the afternoon at complete leisure by enjoying swimming or taking a stroll around the lakeshore followed by dinner. Overnight at Lake Elementaita.
Day 04: Lake Elementaita – Maasai Mara
(Lake Elementaita - Maasai Mara, approx 6 hours)
After breakfast, depart for Maasai Mara Game Reserve. This world-renowned reserve, which stretches over 1510 square kilometres of open rolling grasslands, is watered by the Mara River and littered with an astonishing amount of wildlife. It is home to Africa's famous "Big Five" (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo.) Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. Nested in a valley between two hills, in the African wilderness 1780 meters above sea level, this luxury safari camp offers a new concept in the African safari, with high standards of service and cuisine. In the afternoon, enjoy an enthralling game viewing drive. Spotting lions, cheetahs and other spectacular predators will be the highlight of your day. This evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at your camp. Overnight in Masai Mara.
Day 05: Enjoy Maasai Mara
An early morning game drive(optional). After breakfast, enjoy a full day in the Mara with two game drives included. This reserve is situated to the west of Nairobi; on Tanzania’s northern border it is the extension to the larger Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Maasai Mara offers wonderful scenery and an abundance of big game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super abundance as existed a century ago.
It is a reserve of breathtaking vistas, panoramas of vast rolling plains, hills and woodland groves, well watered by the lovely Mara River, which bisects the Reserve from north to south. The Mara is home to the largest population of lions in Kenya, these magnificent beasts spending most of the day sleeping in the shade of acacia trees. Vast herds of buffalo, zebra and wild beast roam the plains. Impala, gazelle, giraffe and hartebeest grace the landscape, and the cautious topi may also be seen standing sentinel on earth mounds being on constant lookout for predators.
The waters of the Mara River are home to crocodiles and pools of hippo, the acacia woodlands and riverine forests favoured by leopard and elephant, and the open savannah and dry bush areas play host to the plains game and their attendant predators such as lion, cheetah, hyena and jackal. Overnight in Masai Mara.
Day 06: Maasai Mara to Nairobi
After breakfast, proceed to Nairobi. Arrive in time for lunch at a local Indian restaurant (payable direct). Pass the Nairobi city and see the sights of the city en-route to your hotel.
Kenya's capital is cosmopolitan, lively, interesting and pleasantly landscaped. Its central business district is handily compact and is a great place to tune into modern urban African life. Today, it is the largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg.
Nairobi is an attractive and growing city that stands on the edge of the Athi Plains and the gentle slopes of Limuru that rise in the Aberdares Mountains. It is an important business and social centre with high-rise buildings and international hotels and a good selection of restaurants serving several international cuisines. Public parks and beautiful gardens dot the city and the main routes out of town are tree-lined avenues. Overnight in Nairobi.
Day 07: Fly back home
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for your return flight.