14 Day Camping Safari Tour - Safari Safari
Day 1: Welcome to Nairobi!
We’ll be there to collect you at Nairobi Airport. Your first night will be spent at our pre-safari hotel in the centre of town.
Day 2: Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park
Leaving Nairobi, we drive north to the Great Rift Valley. Mostly known in Kenya as the East African Rift Valley, the rift was formed millions of years ago. Running all the way from Jordan to Mozambique, it is the longest rift on the surface of the earth. Our first stop is beautiful Lake Nakuru. Nakuru - a soda lake attracts literally millions of fuschia pink flamingoes. They feed on the abundant algae which thrives in the warm lake waters. Scientists reckon the birds at Nakuru consume about 250,000 kilos of this stuff per surface hectare annually! How about that, then? Other wildlife in Lake Nakuru National Park include the endangered black rhino and also the white rhino. Additionally waterbuck, impala, dik-dik, Grant’s gazelle, lion and leopard inhabit the park. We enjoy an afternoon game drive.
Overnight - campsite (Lunch and dinner)
Days 3 - 4: Lake Nakuru NP - Lake Naivasha
Early this morning, we enjoy a further game drive, before travelling south to Lake Naivasha. Naivasha is a freshwater lake that nearly didn’t exist anymore! At the beginning of the 20th Century, Naivasha completely dried up and effectively disappeared until heavy rains a few years later caused the lake to return to existence. Wind and storms can cause the lake to become suddenly rough and produce high waves. For this reason, the local Maasai christened the lake ‘Nai’posha’ meaning ‘rough water’. The British later misspelt it as Naivasha. Naivasha attracts a profusion of bird life, hippos loll about in the shallows, colobus monkeys swing from the trees surrounding the lake and buffalo graze. Naivasha is a perfect place to relax and take in the stunning scenery. From here, you can also opt to visit Elsamere (home of Joy Adamson of ‘Born Free’ fame), Crescent Island Game Sanctuary or Hells Gate NP.
Overnight (2) - campsite (All meals)
Days 5 - 7: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara
Driving south, we continue to arguably Kenya’s most famous reserve - the Masai Mara National Reserve. Its smooth grass-carpeted hills and plains dotted with flat-topped acacia trees are full of rich faunal diversity.
The Mara is a natural extension of the Serengeti plains, in neighbouring Tanzania. The Mara River, the reserve’s backbone. This crocodile-infested course is the natural barrier crossed every year by the large migratory herds of wildebeest and zebra which march across the two parks in a quest for the best pastures. The annual migration is a risky operation and fraught with peril. Morning and evening game drives through the Mara give us the chance to spot a diverse array of wildlife including elephant, giraffe, black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, gazelle, buffalo, hippo, various other herbivorous species and birds.
Overnight (3) - campsite (All meals)
Day 8: Masai Mara - Nairobi
Leaving the Mara, we travel back to Nairobi. Overnight - campsite (Breakfast)
Day 9: Nairobi - Namanga
ToDay, we leave Nairobi and push south to Namanga, a town on the border, where we relax overnight. Overnight - campsite.(Lunch and dinner)
Days 10 - 13: Namanga - Arusha
Crossing the border, we arrive in neighbouring Tanzania. The country boasts 12 wildlife parks including the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area. Surrounded by verdant coffee estates, Arusha is a pleasant, bustling Tanzanian town. From here, we undertake a 3 day safari in smaller all-terrain vehicles to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area. The most famous and largest of Tanzania’s national parks is the Serengeti. It is through these extensive protected areas that a million or more wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelle, complete their great circulatory migration in search of green pasture. Where there is such a large mobile meat supply there are predators and the Serengeti is renowned for its impressive lion sightings. Serengeti means ‘endless plain’ in the Maasai language. The park hosts a vast variety of wildlife including buffalo, giraffe, elephant, various herbivores and of course large prides of lion and other cats whose numbers are sustained by the continual supply of meal tickets of the four-legged variety. (All meals)
The Ngorongoro Crater is a natural amphitheatre created about 2 million years ago when the cone of a volcano collapsed into itself, leaving a 100 sq. mile cauldron-like cavity. This caldera, protected by a circular unbroken 2,000-foot high rim, contains everything necessary for Africa’s wildlife to exist and thrive. Game viewing vehicles descend the steep crater wall every morning and spend the day on grass plains that are teeming with animals. Predators such as lion, spotted hyena, leopard, jackal and cheetah lord over a domain that swarms with zebra, wildebeest, gazelle and other herbivores. Tanzania’s few remaining black rhino are regularly sighted in the crater, as are large herds of buffalo. In the lake on the crater floor and in the Ngoitokitok swamps, reside plenty of hippos who remain partially submerged during the Day and graze on grass at night. The stunning pink flamingo is also resident at the Crater.
Overnight (4) - campsite
Day 14: Arusha - Nairobi
Returning to the capital - Nairobi, our safari concludes upon our arrival. (Breakfast)
Arrival transfer from Nairobi Airport * 1st night at our hotel in Nairobi centre * Transport in fully equipped expedition truck * Services of 3-4 person crew * All camping fees & appropriate quipment * Park entry and game drives - Lake Nakuru NP, Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater * 3 meals a day - 10 days, 1-2 meals a day - 3 days * All road taxes & tolls
£795 GBP per person (Local fund of $400 USD) - BOOK NOW