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9 Days Marathon Safari in Kenya

Sentrim Boulevard Hotel, Harry Thuku Road, Nairobi, Kenya

Big Five Safari Kenya

Experience Kenya Tours and Travels invites you to join this 9-day safari in beautiful Kenya. This safari will take you to explore Amboseli National Park, Aberdare National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Buffalo Springs National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Maasai Mara Game Reserve. You will see various animals from zebra to lion, and most importantly you will have the chance to see the Big Five. Come and experience what Kenya has to offer!

Key information

  • Starting and ending point: Nairobi
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Thrilling game drives
  • Chance to witness the Great Migration
  • Spot the Big Five as well as wildebeest, zebras, and more
  • Explore Amboseli, Aberdare, Samburu, Buffalo Springs, Lake Nakuru, and Maasai Mara
  • Ground transport in a comfortable safari vehicle
  • English speaking professional driver / guide
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 8 nights' accommodation

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at Sentrim Boulevard Hotel on day one, AA Mara Lodge on day two, Ark Hotel on day three, Ashinil Samburu Lodge on day four and five, Lake Nakuru Lodge on day six, and Ashnil Mara Camp on day seven and eight.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Nairobi

Arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and meet the driver / guide who will transfer you to the hotel (Sentrim Boulevard). Rest for tomorrow’s big day.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner (half board)

Day 2: Nairobi - Amboseli

You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel and depart for Amboseli National Park. During your drive, and weather permitting, you may get a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro and its snow-capped peaks. This is also the home of the renowned Masai community. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn more about their culture and lifestyle.

Although Amboseli is not as large as other parks in the southern region, it still features a unique ecosystem and a variety of game that are easy to spot. It features five different wildlife habitats: the seasonal lake bed of Lake Amboseli, sulfur springs surrounded by swamps and marshes, open plains, woodlands, and lava rock thorn bush country. It is also well known for its great elephant herds. Dinner and overnight stay will be at AA Mara Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (full board)

Day 3: Amboseli - Aberdare National Park

Depart Amboseli in the morning and drive through Nairobi en-route to the central province and the lower slopes of Mount Kenya. Upon arrival, you will check-in at Aberdare Country Club and then be transferred to the Ark Hotel by a hotel vehicle. Check-in at the Ark and enjoy game viewing from the hotel deck before dinner and your overnight stay. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Ark Hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (full board)

Day 4: Aberdare - Samburu

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Aberdare Country Club, where you will be met by the driver and depart north across the equator to Samburu National Reserve, arriving at the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive viewing the wildlife unique to this area of Kenya. You will see the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, elephant, warthog, gerenuk, and if you are lucky, the elusive leopard. Samburu is also home to the Samburu tribe, a group of desert nomads. Your dinner and overnight will be at the Ashnil Samburu Lodge.

Day 5: Buffalo Springs National Reserve

Enjoy a full day in Samburu with early morning and late afternoon game drives. This is a beautiful and game abundant park that is home to rarely found species such as the Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s zebra, blue-necked Somali ostrich and reticulated giraffe. Optional activities include a visit to a local Samburu village, camel riding, or guided nature and bird walks. Your dinner and overnight will be at the Ashnil Samburu Lodge.

Day 6: Samburu - Lake Nakuru

Depart Samburu in the morning and drive to the floor of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park. You will make a brief stop at Nyahururu Thomson Falls and arrive at Lake Nakuru Lodge in time for lunch before going on an afternoon game drive. Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are approximately 400 other species of birds that call this place home.

A variety of game species can also be found here, including the introduced Rothschild’s giraffe, black and white rhino, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon and many others. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Lake Nakuru Lodge.

Day 7: Lake Nakuru - Maasai Mara

Depart Lake Nakuru after breakfast and drive further along the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, arriving at the Ashnil Mara Camp in time for lunch. You will go on an afternoon game drive and your dinner and overnight will be at the camp. During the annual migration period, the Mara is home to almost 2.5 million herbivores, including 1.4 million wildebeest, 550,000 gazelles, 200,000 zebras, 62,000 buffalos, 64,000 impalas, 60,000 topi, 7,500 hartebeests, 7,100 giraffes, 3,000 elands, and 4,000 elephants.

There are also plenty of hippos, rhinos, warthogs, and predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, wild dog and jackal. Lastly, there are also many small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. It is truly the greatest collection of animals in the world. You will have two days to explore this fabulous reserve starting with your game drive into the camp! Dinner and overnight stay will be at Ashnil Mara Camp.

Day 8: Maasai Mara

Spend the day in the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary. It is here where you will have the best opportunity of spotting the Big Five: lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephants. Game drives in the park are flexible. You may spend the entire day in the park and enjoy a picnic lunch around midday. Alternatively, you can go on early morning and late afternoon games drives, and eat lunch at the lodge in between. An optional Air balloon safari can be arranged at 450 USD per pax and with an extra cost of 30 USD, you have the option of visiting a local Masai village.

Day 9: Maasai Mara - Nairobi

Check out after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi, arriving at approximately 13:30. You will have lunch at any mid-range restaurant in town at Experience Kenya Tours and Travels’ cost. Enjoy a brief Nairobi Central Business district tour to see the parliament buildings, Kenyatta conference center, and other historical buildings if time allows. You will later be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight home.

Location

This safari will take place in Nairobi, Amboseli National Park, Aberdare National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Buffalo Springs National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Aberdare National Park

The Aberdares are an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the Rift Valley, running roughly 100 kilometers north south between Nairobi and Thomsons Falls. There are two main peaks: Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999 meters) and Kinangop (3,906 meters) separated by alpine moorland at over 3,000 meters.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

This national reserve is administered by the Narok County Council and is the most popular reserve in Kenya. Its most spectacular feature is the Great Wildebeest Migration which can be seen from the moon, which is considered "A Wonder of the World". Besides that, it has many wild animals including the Big Five.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli is a popular tourist destination boasting a formidable variety of wildlife species and breathtaking scenic beauty. There are 5 main wildlife habitats that thrive within the park: open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps, and marshland.

Food

During this safari, your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price. You will also be provided with bottled water.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Air balloon safari in Maasai Mara (450 USD per pax)
  • Visit a local Masai village (30 USD)
  • Visit a local Samburu village, camel riding, or guided nature and bird walks in Buffalo Spring National Reserve

What's included

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • All game drives as detailed in the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Full board accommodation and meal plan as described
  • Ground transport in a comfortable safari vehicle for game viewing, photography, and touring
  • Service of an English speaking professional driver / guide

What's not included

  • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
  • Beverages / drinks
  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Visas

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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