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8 Days Best Wildlife Safari in Kenya

Samburu Sopa Lodge, Samburu National Reserve, Ewaso Ng'iro River, Samburu County, Kenya

Wonderful Kenya Safari

Join Julius T Safaris in the best Big Five safari on offer to explore wonderful Kenya at Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Maasai Mara National Reserve with exclusive transportation. You will have plenty of chance to spot African animals such as the lions, buffaloes, rhinos, and many others. You will also eat at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. You will track animals in the location blessed with species rarely found elsewhere.

Highlights

  • Exciting game viewing at the Ark
  • Fun game drive at Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Afternoon game drive at Samburu National Reserve
  • A full day game drive at Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Transport in a 4x4 safari tour bus or Toyota Jeep
  • Recommended mineral water while on safari
  • 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Styles


8 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German
Group size: Maximum of 21 participants
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
17:00

You will be staying at Samburu Ashnil Camp or Samburu Sopa Lodge for the first and second days, at the Ark Lodge on the third day, at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge or Flamingo Hill Camp on the fourth day, at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge on the fifth day, at Mara Sopa Lodge or Ilkeliani Camp or Mara Leisure Camp on the sixth day, Mara Sopa Lodge or Ilkeliani Camp or Mara Leisure Camp on the seventh day, and at Hotel Boulevard for the last day.

Lodges

Rooms are singles, doubles, triples, and suites. Lodge facilities include lounges / bars with log fires, dining rooms, and viewing platforms. Most lodges have outdoor swimming pools.

Tented camps

These range from simple luxurious and provide spacious twin beds with mosquito netting, private bathrooms, and verandas.

Program

Day 1: Samburu National Reserve

You will depart Nairobi in the morning at 06:30 for Samburu National Reserve crossing the equator and driving through the changing terrain to the rugged semi-desert region in the northern Kenya. Though harsh, it is blessed with species rarely found elsewhere. You will arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. Then, you will enjoy an afternoon game drive to search for the stars of Samburu. Dinner and overnight will be at Samburu Ashnil Camp or Samburu Sopa Lodge.

Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

You will spend the full day in Samburu National Reserve with game drives. You will search for the rare liver red reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, beisa oryx, blue flanked Somali ostrich, vulturine guineafowl, and long-necked gerenuk. You will see braving lions on the grass, cheetah, and leopards among plenty of other plains game. You can also have optional visits to Samburu villages. All meals and overnight at Samburu Ashnil Camp or Samburu Sopa Lodge.

Day 3: Treetops / the Ark

You will have breakfast at the lodge and drive to the shoulders of Mount Kenya arriving at the Outspan Golf and Country Club for lunch. After lunch, you will transfer by lodge vehicle to the Treetops Lodge where from the lodge balcony you can view game that often visits the floodlit waterhole and saltlick, e.g. elephants, rhino, buffalo, and giant forest hog. Dinner and overnight will be at the Ark Lodge.

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park

You will depart the treetops lodge for breakfast at Outspan Golf and Country Club and depart for Lake Nakuru National Park via Thomson's Falls arriving in time for lunch and afternoon game drive at the Pink Lake, referred so for its thousands of pink flamingos and other birdlife. It's a bird watchers paradise. It has a surprising number of animals. All the Big Five except the elephant can be seen here. Dinner and overnight will be at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge or Flamingo Hill Camp.

Day 5: Lake Naivasha

You will have breakfast and depart for Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley. Lake Naivasha is one of the gems in the necklace of Rift Valley lakes. It has a variety of bird life and hippo colonies. Lunch, dinner, and overnight will be at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge.

Day 6: Maasai Mara

You will have morning game viewing at the Pink. It is a rhino sanctuary and a bird watchers paradise. You will look for warthogs and water bucks as you leave the park. You will have breakfast at the lodge and depart for Maasai Mara crossing the Loita Plains, seeing red-clad Maasai warriors tend their multi-colored herds among plains game. You will arrive at Maasai Mara in time for lunch. You will have game viewing en route to Ilkeliani Camp for lunch / similar. Then, you will have afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight will be at Mara Sopa Lodge or Ilkeliani Camp or Mara Leisure Camp.

Day 7: Maasai Mara National Reserve

This will be the day when your dreams about Maasai Mara comes true. You will have breakfast at the lodge and leave with picnic lunches for a full day game drive inside the park. You will search for wild game such as black manned lion, for which Maasai Mara is famous for, cheetah, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, leopard, and grants gazelle which are quite common. Even the rare rhino might come out of the thicket for you. Hyenas are plentiful.

You will extend your drive to the hippo point where schools of hippo submerge on the approach of vehicles only to surface seconds later to shot and gamble their displeasure as the crocodiles sunbathe on the river banks with mouths agape. Between meals, there is an optional visit to the Maasai villages for an insight to their culture if you so wish. Meals, dinner, and overnight will be at Mara Sopa Lodge or Ilkeliani Camp or Mara Leisure Camp.

Day 8: Nairobi

You will have morning game drive to savor the beauty of the park, breakfast at the lodge, and depart for Nairobi arriving at around 14:00 for lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. Later, you will be transferred to Hotel Boulevard for overnight.

Location

This safari will take place in Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Food

European, African, and vegetarian dishes are available. You will have seven breakfasts, eight lunches, seven dinners, and recommended mineral water while on safari. You will enjoy lunch on the third day and breakfast on the fourth day at Outspan Golf and Country Club. You will enjoy picnic lunch on the seventh day and have lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant on the last day. On safari, meals are provided on full board basis. There is full English breakfast. Lunch is often buffet style set out with salads, cold and hot starters, and hot main dishes. Dinner is three to five courses with a combination of dishes.

While water in major towns is chlorinated and relatively safe to drink, there are frequent breakdowns and this can lead to mild to serious abdominal upsets for the first-time African travelers. Please rather stick to sealed bottled water which is available from most hotels and lodge and which is highly advised for the first few weeks of your stay. Please do not use ice cubes or eat rare meat, raw seafood, or dairy products. Please avoid roadside stands and street vendors and only eat well-cooked foods while they are still hot and fruits that can be peeled without contamination.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

  • Safari at Nairobi National Park for 1 day at 245 USD per person
  • Visits to Maasai villages
  • Visits to Samburu villages

What's included

  • Afternoon game drive at Samburu National Reserve
  • Fun game viewing at the Ark
  • Afternoon game drive at Lake Nakuru National Park
  • A full day game drive at Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Fantastic morning game drive at Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Exclusive transport in a 4x4 safari tour bus or 4x4 Toyota Jeep with a game viewing roof hatch and UHF radio
  • Service of an English speaking professional driver / guide
  • 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • Recommended mineral water while on safari game drives
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes

What's not included

  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Christmas and Easter supplements

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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

Please note that departure tax (20 USD) is paid when you leave. For local flights, this is 100 KSh and 20 USD for international flights (not payable in KSh). A number of airlines operate between Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nanyuki, Malindi, Lamu, and the national parks / reserves of Amboseli, Maasai Mara, and Samburu.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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