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Kenya Escapes Safari - 8 days

Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve – Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara

A classic big game safari that includes game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles (not vans) and an expert, skilled guide throughout. Explore exclusive wilderness areas as well as the most famous wildlife reserve in Kenya which is particularly excellent for spotting lion and cheetah - it doesn’t get any more classic than this. Groups are kept small to ensure an intimate and memorable safari experience.

Highlights:
Experience a classic big game safari
Visit the dramatic Samburu National Reserve
The Great Rift Valley & Lake Nakuru National Park
Discover world famous Masai Mara Reserve

Day 1: Overnight in Nairobi

You’ll be met on arrival at Nairobi International Airport and transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 2-3: Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast you’ll depart Nairobi and head north to Samburu National Reserve where you’ll check in to your camp for a two night stay. Enjoy an afternoon game drive where you’ll stop for sundowners as the sun sets across the African wilderness. Day 3 will also feature both morning and afternoon game drives during which you’ll further explore the stunning reserve, which of course will include wildlife encounters with some or all of the animals for which Samburu is known, such as the endangered Grevy’s zebra and the reticulated giraffe. You will most likely also see lion and leopard, and some other species endemic to northern Kenya. The surrounding Samburu National Reserve is an area of spectacular scenery. The dry plains are bisected by the meandering river, with Africa's dramatic mountains, including Mt Kenya, providing the picture-perfect backdrop to this adventure.

Day 4-5: Visit the Congreve Conservancy near Lake Nakuru

On Day 4 you’ll set off towards the spectacular scenery of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley where you’ll check-in at your next safari camp for the following two nights. Enjoy guided nature walks for close-up views of the local flora and fauna and explorations of Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its breath-taking pink flamingos that gather on the salt-encrusted shores. Avid bird watchers will be happy to know that there are plenty of other bird species to look out for, including African fish eagles and pelicans.

As mentioned, the park is best known for its millions of nesting flamingos and is one of two premium category parks in Kenya (along with Amboseli National Park). It is a true sanctuary for rare birds and animals, hosting five globally threatened species. It also boasts one of the world's highest concentrations of black rhino.

Day 6-7: Take me to the Masai Mara

Continue your safari by heading to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve where you’ll stay for a further two nights. After lunch, you’ll head out on a game drive for the first chance to see the incredible wildlife of the Mara Day 7 will be filled with both morning and afternoon game drives in the Mara again, in search of the big cats for which it’s renowned. It will also be an opportunity to see a wide variety of Kenya’s other species, both great and small, such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, plains game and so much more.

Whilst not the largest, the Masai Mara is certainly the most famous nature reserve in Kenya. This world-renowned nature reserve has forged a strong reputation for its large number of predators and excellent game viewing – something which you simply have to see for yourself.

Day 8: Safari ends in Nairobi

Return to Nairobi to catch your international flight home.


THE BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR THIS TRIP
Excellent – July, August, September, October
Good – January, February, March, December
Fair – June, November
Poor – April, May

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