6 Days Rift Valley Lakes, Lake Baringo, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Camping Safari
Day 1: Nairobi - Lake Baringo - Kenya
We depart from Nairobi in the morning stopping en route to view the spectacular Great Rift Valley in Kenya. We stop for lunch along the way and then make our way to Lake Baringo, a world famous bird sanctuary. We arrive at our overnight accommodation in the late afternoon. In the evening we enjoy a boat ride on Lake Baringo (optional extra) in search of hippo, crocodile, and an array of birds, including fish eagles.
Lake Baringo is the most Northerly of Kenya's small Great Rift Valley lakes; creased with papyrus and well developed acacia forest. Hippos, crocodiles and monitor lizards are effortlessly seen from the shore, as is a magnificent display of water birds. This is Kenya's bird watching centre with over 1200 different bird species native to the country and more than 450 sighted here - a bird watcher's haven. Overnight hotel is located in a tranquil setting just outside of Baringo village.
Day 2: Lake Bogoria - Lake Nakuru – Kenya safari
A 30km drive south brings us to the spectacular Lake Bogoria, with its natural hot springs and geysers as the main attractions. The lake has been called ‘the new home of the flamingo' hosting a migratory population of up to two million of these pink birds at certain times. It is the high salt and mineral content of this scenic soda lake that attracts the huge numbers of flamingoes, making the lake a visual delight.
After lunch we proceed to the Lake Nakuru National Park, an important wildlife sanctuary covering 180 km². This compact game park is home to warthogs, waterbuck, buffaloes, reedbucks, and the occasional leopard. White and black rhinos were introduced to the park some years ago and white rhino can be spotted at the southern end. The Kenyan game park has also 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.
We spend the night at a hotel (or guest house), overlooking Lake Nakuru National Park and the Rift Valley escarpment.
Day 3: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Kenya safari
We head south to the town of Narok, stopping for lunch before continuing our journey to the spectacular Masai Mara Park. We keep a look out for game as we make our way to our overnight camp near the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
In the night we have dinner at camp and listen to the chorus of different animal sounds, as they communicate with each other in the darkness - more than enough reason to visit. Located near the Masai Mara Game Park, our safari camp is tucked away in the cool shade of indigenous trees, offering an escape from the African heat. We stay in permanent tents that are self-contained and fitted with feature beds and en suite bathroom areas. Accommodation is at one of two, similar camps.
Days 4 & 5: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Kenya safari
Over the next two days we explore the Masai Mara on game viewing drives. We venture into the world-famous Masai Mara on morning and afternoon game drives, when the chances of seeing animals are best. On clear days, the Masai Mara offers fantastic orange-tinted sunsets over the savannahs - a scene worth capturing on camera. The Masai Mara Reserve covers 1510km² of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodlands, following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers in Kenya. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal; it is typical open savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife.
Wherever you go in the vast Masai Mara 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, buffaloes, 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 action here is without doubt the annual wildebeest exodus, the Great Migration, in July and August when millions of these grass eaters move north from the Serengeti in search of lusher grass before turning south again in October.
Hot-air balloon trips are an entirely outstanding way of seeing the savannah plains teeming with wildlife. These Masai Mara balloon trips can be arranged at extra cost. overnight at the same safari camp near Masai Mara as on day three.
Day 6: Masai Mara to Nairobi – Kenya safari
Today we depart from our safari camp and take a morning game drive through the Masai Mara Reserve.
Then we return to bustling Nairobi, arriving at about 15:00 in the afternoon. The scenic, wildlife and birding adventure of this Rift Valley Lakes & Masai Mara Camping Safari ends upon arrival back in Nairobi.
SAFARI PRICE COST INCLUDES:
Transport on custom made 7 seater tour van ideal for game viewing and photography.
Full board accommodation whilst on safari.
Accommodation in double/triple room.
All park entrance fees to include government taxes.
Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide.
All game drives as detailed in the itinerary.
Complimentary return airport transfers.
Start and end in Nairobi.
TOUR COST EXCLUDES:
Beverages/Drinks/Sodas and other soft drinks.
International flights and visas.
Items of a personal nature.
Any other extras not detailed in hotel
Optional activities i.e. visit to masai village USD20 p/p
Optional Nairobi dinner
Balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 450 per person
Optional Nairobi city tour and excursion(giraffe centre