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10 Days Best of Roof Tent Camping Safari All Inclusive in Kenya

Flights & Safaris International, opp. Sarit Centre, Lower Kabete Rd, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Safari Adventure in the Wild

Experience Kenya’s most breathtaking national parks on a very special camping safari! The itinerary includes Amboseli National Park with its huge herds of elephants against the backdrop of a snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Nakuru National Park with its great flocks of flamingos that color the lake pink, and the world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve with its amazing wildebeest migration and the highest concentration of wildlife!

Key Information

  • Private safari
  • Maximum of 4 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 2 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Nairobi
  • English-speaking guide
  • Park fees are not included for customers .Total Park Fees per person for all the parks in the itinerary is US$520

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • Main Wildlife: Elephant, flamingo, wildebeest, etc.
  • 4x4 Roof tent camper hire inclusive of all camping equipment
  • Visit Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Maasai Mara Game Reserve
  • Chef-prepared full board meals with drinking water and soft drinks daily
  • All park entrance and camping ground fees are included
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be spending your nights under the African Sky in a roof tent on your private 4x4 custom-built safari equipped Land Rover Defender 110, away from tourist crowds. The experienced driver-guide will accompany you to ensure that you will enjoy a comfortable and memorable holiday. The cook will prepare delicious and fresh gourmet meals. You will soon feel relaxed out there in the bush, far from the stresses and strains of everyday life; this is a rather different way to explore nature!

Roof Tent Camping

Experience East Africa your way! Experience the spirit of overland travel in East Africa in style! Roof tent camping is a new and unique opportunity available to people touring in East Africa. The experience has previously been successful in South Africa and Flight & Safaris offer a similar experience in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. These rooftop tents are fixed on a roof rack on top of a 4x4 Toyota Hilux, there is an option of a canvas roof rent as well.

Program

Day 1: Arrival - Nairobi

Arrive and be welcomed in Nairobi by a Flight & Safaris representative who will transfer you to your town hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy doing a day excursion (upon request at an extra cost) then spend the night at your Nairobi hotel.

Day 2: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park

This morning, our driver will pick you up from your hotel and depart thereafter for Amboseli National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the way to your campsite with your first exciting game drive in the park. Whilst the chef is setting up camp, you will be invited for another game drive afterward in this beautiful park, famous for its large elephant herds.

Arid looking as Amboseli is, it has, historically, supported both game and the Masai that kept their herds of cattle here. It is thanks to the waters that run off Africa's greatest mountain that the apparently dry Amboseli, Kenya's first game sanctuary, is able to support its wildlife. Mount Kilimanjaro broods high over Amboseli, generally cloaked by clouds but appearing in all its snow-shrouded magnificence from time to time.

The mountain now provides water for the park, wonderful views and, of course, the most glorious background for animal photography. Return to the camp for a freshly prepared dinner under the stars and overnight in your roof tent.

Day 3: Amboseli National Park

Another exciting day in Amboseli National Park! You are recommended to get up early in the morning where one can experience excellent game viewing and an unprecedented view of the snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to the camp for breakfast. You may opt for an additional game drive after breakfast to visit the swamp with its magnificent wildlife present all day long or simply relax at the camp and take in the African wilderness.

There will be an afternoon game drive in anticipation of seeing the “big five”. End the day with a dinner, prepared by your chef, and overnight in your roof tent.

Day 4: Amboseli National Park - Lake Naivasha

After an early breakfast, depart from Amboseli and drive via Nairobi along the Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha. Stopover for a quick lunch before proceeding to Lake Naivasha. There will be an en-route stopover at the Rift Valley viewpoint, offering a breathtaking view and incredible panorama, ideal for photographs to be taken.

Another stop at Crescent Island for a guided walk (entrance fees are not included) will give you the chance to view and walk with various plains, game such as wildebeest, Kongoni antelope, impala, waterbucks, and larger wildlife such as giraffe. Proceed on to your campsite in the late afternoon/early evening. All meals and overnight will be in your roof tent on a full board basis.

Day 5: Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast, continue on to the scenic Lake Nakuru National Park, world-renowned for its thousands of flamingos that color the lake pink. After setting camp, your guide will take you out for your first game drive within the park. Originally declared a national park because of a superbly diverse bird population, which includes many migrants, Lake Nakuru is also a favorite place for travelers to seek the rare black rhino.

With a bit of luck, you may find buffalo, zebra, antelope, and both lion and the elusive leopard. Temptingly, the black rhino-breeding program, started in the late 80s, has proved successful and this is an excellent place to view them. Back at camp, a delicious meal awaits you and a lovely evening in the African bush. All meals and overnight will be in your roof tent on a full board basis.

Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park

Another exciting day awaits you in this national park with game drives at your convenience. You could go for a full day game drive with a picnic breakfast and lunch or alternatively, you can enjoy early morning and afternoon game drives.

The rather less ubiquitous reedbuck and waterbuck are also here as is the glamorously leggy Rothschild giraffe. All meals and overnight will be in your roof tent on a full board basis.

Day 7: Lake Nakuru National Park - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

After an early breakfast, set off for the highlight of your trip, the world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Have a picnic lunch en-route to the reserve driving past extinct volcanoes on the bottom of the Rift Valley floor. Enjoy a game drive en-route to your camp where you might encounter some of the “big five” and you will most certainly be impressed by the wide variety of species present in this area.

The Maasai Mara has the highest concentration of land mammals compared to all other parks! All meals and overnight will be in your roof tent on a full board basis.

Days 8 - 9: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Spend two more exciting days with unlimited game drives exploring the Mara, home to the proud and traditional Maasai tribe. Flight & Safaris International can arrange a visit to a local Maasai Village if you like (at an extra cost) The Mara is more than just the most popular wildlife park in the country, in many cases, it is the reason why people come to visit Kenya.

This is a classic African savanna and the sheer density of wildlife is amazing. Gazelle, wildebeest, and zebra graze in large numbers and where prey is found, so are predators. Watered by the Mara River and its tributary, the Talek, the park here compromises 1510 square kilometers of open grassland tucked away in the southwest corner of the country.

In the Mara, you will see an astonishing amount of wildlife, including the big cats where lions are found in large prides everywhere and it is not uncommon to see them hunting. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but are still fairly common. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras, and hippos also exist in large numbers. All meals and overnight will be in your roof tent on a full board basis.

Day 10: Maasai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi

Enjoy your last early morning game drive before returning to camp for breakfast. Afterward, depart from the Mara paradise and head for Nairobi. A picnic lunch will be offered on the way and you will arrive in Nairobi at approximately 4 p.m., ending what Flight & Safaris International was a memorable safari to Kenya!

Location

Lake Nakuru National Park

On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking, picnic, and game drives.

  • What to see and do

Bird watching; enjoy the fabulous water birds and other bird species, the best place to view the birds is from Baboon Cliff, where you get an excellent view over the lake and the wonderful spectacle of pink flamingoes along its edge. However, the number of birds in the park fluctuates as food conditions change, so check the bird population with the national park before making the journey.

See the endangered white rhinos and other animals including waterbucks, warthogs, hippos, impalas, buffalo, Rothschild giraffes, and more. Drive through the unique vegetation and the biggest euphorbia forest in Africa. Viewpoints include Lion Hill, Baboon Cliff, and Out of Africa; you can also visit the beautiful waterfall at Makalia.

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve is considered a “must-see” for any visitor traveling on safari in Kenya. It is on the “to do” list of most Kenyan visitors because the park is graced by a wide variety of unique and exquisite wildlife and birds. Masai Mara is the best place to see all of the “Big Five” animals (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo) together. The famous wildebeest migration also takes place at the Mara.

Masai Mara National Reserve (also known as Masai Mara or The Mara) is situated within the Great Rift Valley in the southern part of Kenya. Measuring approximately 1510 square kilometers (approximately 938 square miles) in size, this unfenced savannah grassland is roughly 150 miles southeast of Nairobi.

Maasai Mara derives its name from the indigenous people of Kenya, the Maasai tribe, and the Mara River that cuts through the park. The Masai Mara provides the best view of the famous wildebeest migration as the animals cross the Mara River between July and August. The Mara is also home to the richest concentration of wildlife, including the “Big Five” (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo), zebras, antelope, gnus, Oribis, hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles, hartebeests, hippos, crocodiles, and others.

The park has the largest concentration of African lions, including the black-maned lion. Birdlife is as plentiful as wildlife at the Masai Mara, which boasts over 400 different birds species. The park experiences a hot and dry climate with a regular rainfall season twice a year. The reserve’s topography is mainly open savannah (grassland) with clusters of acacia trees along the southeastern area of the park.

The Mara and Talek rivers grace the rolling plains of the reserve. Myriad seasonal rivers appear during the rainy season but dry out once the rains are gone. Maasai Mara National Reserve does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS); instead, it is managed by the local county council of Narok district.

  • What to see and do

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is one of the best places in Africa for wildlife viewing. Game drives are a great way to experience the park and they take place all year round. If the big cats are what you’re looking for on your Kenyan safari, you are guaranteed to spot them at the Mara; all of the “Big Five” animals (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo) can be spotted here.

However, the population of black rhinos is severely threatened with only 37 black rhinos left as of 2000. Herds of plains zebras are found throughout the park, as well as Masai giraffes, common giraffes, jackals, white-bearded gnus, Oribis, warthogs, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, hartebeests, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, rare Topi antelope, and beautiful rone antelope, as well as hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River.

Amboseli National Park

Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, the Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya's most popular park. The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust", and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close.

Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here, ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulfur springs, the savannah, and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.

  • What to see and do

The main purpose of a wildlife safari is to see Kenya’s wild animals in their natural state. Many people are surprised when they see birds perched within the reach of predators or gazelles grazing near big cats. The truth is that predators generally only kill to eat and for the rest of the time, both predators and prey live harmoniously together.

Amboseli National Park is known for its large herd of over 900 free-ranging elephants; this is the best national park to visit to see these wonderful and huge creatures. Herds of elephants in Amboseli view or even climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Visit Observation Hill, which overlooks the park, swamps and, of course, the herds of free-roaming elephants.

Meet the Maasai people and learn about the Maasai culture and their indigenous lifestyle. Bird watching is best between October and January if you want to see Kenya’s migratory birds including African skimmers, red and yellow bishops, goshawks, buffalo weavers, and palm nut vultures, to name a few.

Food

Full board meals are included in the package, as well as drinking water and soft drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Soda

Things to do (optional)

  • Hot Air Balloon Safari: 450 USD per person
  • Maasai Village Visit: 30 USD per person
  • Boat Ride: 30 USD per person

Self-drive option

Basically this is a roof tent camping safari, you can also opt for a vehicle with a roof tent only (without fuel) and you will drive yourselves at a discounted rate; you can opt for more or less days and a package can be customized for you. Please send Flight & Safaris International an inquiry if you are interested in this option.

What's included

  • 2 days with game drives in Amboseli National Park
  • 1 day with a game drive in Lake Naivasha
  • 2 days with game drives in Lake Nakuru (1 half day and 1 full day)
  • 4 days with game drives in Masai Mara
  • Vehicle hire inclusive of all camping equipment
  • Full board meals (chef-prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Services of an English-speaking driver for the entire safari
  • Services of a chef for the entire safari
  • Vehicle, driver, and chef park entrance fees
  • Camping ground fees
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Park fees for clients (Total Park Fees per person for all the parks in the itinerary= $520)
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfers are included in the package, Flight & Safaris International will pick you up from this airport and transfer you to the hotel in Nairobi.

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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