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9 Days Breathtaking Kenya Safari and Cultural Tour

Amazing Safari in Kenya

Naked Wilderness Afrika invites you to take part in this breathtaking safari to enjoy a thrilling wildlife adventure and amazing cultural trips to traditional African villages. Accompanied by professional guide / driver, you will be ensured to enjoy a vista of cultures and animals! You will explore the vast wild land of Kenya to meet its native inhabitant animals, observing how they hunt their prey and go as a herd right before your eyes. Furthermore, you will also meet and watch the life of African tribes who have maintained their semi-nomadic lifestyle in the bush over a long period. So, what are you waiting for? Come experience an extraordinary safari here!

Highlights

  • 3 fun game drives in Samburu National Reserve
  • 1 awe-inspiring tree hotel game viewing in The Ark
  • 1 breathtaking game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • 3 thrilling game drives in Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • 3 amazing cultural visits to local tribe villages
  • Ground transport in 7-seater minibusses
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 8 nights’ accommodation

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8 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be staying at various accommodations provided by Naked Wilderness Afrika. The Norfolk Hotel will be your accommodation on the first night. Meanwhile, you will be accommodated at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge on the second and the third night. On the fourth night, you will be accommodated at The Ark. Moreover, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge will be your accommodation on the fifth night and on the sixth night, you will be accommodated at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Last but not least, you will be accommodated at Sarova Mara Game Camp on the seventh and the eighth night.

Program

Overview

During this safari, you will observe the life of the people living deep in the bush, the semi-nomadic life of the Samburu and Maasai people. Their lifestyle has hardly changed since the first white strangers came to their land for over a century ago. Cattle remain a backbone of their culture since the Maasai people believe that their God, Enkai, has chosen them among all the people to be the keepers of all the cattle and they look with disdain upon anyone who cultivates the land. They roam the plains like the wild game whose freedom they share.

Furthermore, this safari will also give you a unique “tree hotel” experience that comes alive at dusk when animals come to the saltlick to drink water. The team will also drive you to the Shaba Game Reserves (Shaba National Reserve, Samburu National Reserve, and Buffalo Spring National Reserve are adjoining game reserves) which are a semi-desert area and land of the colorful Samburu people.

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, you will be met and assisted by Naked Wilderness Afrika team. Then, they will transfer to your hotel in Nairobi. The rest of the day will be at leisure. You will overnight at The Norfolk Hotel and breakfast will be served in the next morning.

Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

After enjoying early breakfast, the team will drive you across the Equator to Kenya’s rugged north-eastern region. Upon arrival at Samburu National Reserve, you will savor lunch at your lodge followed by an afternoon game drive to see Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, and reticulated giraffe in which these unique animals are only found in this park. You will also search for other games such as elephants, hyena, and dik-dik. You will overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge and meals served will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast, you will depart for morning and afternoon game drives. This region is also a favorite area for the habitat of the graceful gerenuk which feeds high up into the bushes simply by standing on their hind legs when grazing. Today, you will have plenty of opportunities to take photographs in this teeming wildlife area. Furthermore, you will also visit a Samburu village. There, you will meet Samburu tribe who are the beautiful people clothed in bright color and adorned with beadwork. In the “manyatta” (village), you will witness cultural practices and daily living habits including livestock keeping, forging of spearheads from local materials, hunting, traditional rites, rituals, and dances. You will overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge and meals served will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4: Tree hotel at The Ark

After breakfast, the team will drive you south to your base hotel to arrive in time for lunch at Aberdare Country Club in Aberdare National Park. You will be transferred to the lodge's vehicle to your overnight game viewing to watch the wildlife drinking at the floodlit waterhole. The saltlick spot attracts a wide variety of big and other nocturnal animals. You will overnight at The Ark and meals served will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park

The team will drive you via Nyahururu Falls down to the eastern escarpment of the magnificent Rift Valley area to Lake Nakuru National Park that is famous for its stunning flocks of lesser flamingo which literally turn its shores pink. There, you will enjoy an afternoon game drive. The notable game within the park includes black and white rhinos, buffalos, leopards, lions, Rothschild’s giraffes, white and black Colobus monkeys, elands, steenboks, impalas, Chandler’s reedbuck, dik-dik, rock hyrax, klipspringer, hippo, and clawless otter. You will overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge and meals served will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6: Lake Naivasha

You will be driven down to Lake Naivasha, the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. Along the route, you will have an opportunity to visit one of the local villages. Then, the team will drive on to your beautiful lodge that is built on the shores of Lake Naivasha. You will overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge and meals served will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7: Maasai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, your journey will traverse the Rift Valley area and ascend its western rim into the Maasai land. Red-clad people who are the spear Maasai warriors tend to let their herds of cattle among the wildlife which is admirably unmoved by the presence of large predators. You will enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Maasai Mara National Reserve which is famous for the wildebeest and zebra migration and its abundance of wildlife. You will overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp and meals served will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8: Maasai Mara National Reserve

You will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in this spectacular game reserve with all superb photography opportunities. Blessed with a permanent water supply, Maasai Mara National Reserve has a permanent population of plains game. The Big Five which consists of elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, and rhinos are quite commonly discovered. You will also have an opportunity to visit a Maasai village for a very special cultural experience. You will see how they interact with modern society and the way they use local plants in their ceremony as well as medicine. You will overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp and meals served will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 9: Departure

You will enjoy breakfast at your camp before the team drives you back to Nairobi for a transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) to catch your onward flight.

Note: Children are generally welcome at most places but please check before booking the tour as there are restrictions at some lodges and certain activities also have restrictions for younger children. Furthermore, game drives are normally in the early morning or late evening for a few hours and not suitable for very young children.

Included excursions

You will get three village visits to a Samburu village on the third day, a local village en-route to Lake Naivasha on the sixth day, and a Masai village on the eighth day.

Location

Kenya

Kenya is an independent republic, occupying an area of 582,646 kilometers square (roughly the size of France). The population of the country is approximately 30 million with over 40 ethnic groups. The national language is Kiswahili and English is the official language spoken at all levels. Kenya’s capital city is Nairobi and Mombasa is the main port. Kenya straddles the equator and is bisected by the Great Rift Valley from north to south. The diverse and abundant wildlife owes its very existence and uniqueness to the country's terrain which ranges from snow-covered peaks of Mount Kenya to highlands, savannah, the Great Rift Valley, and its lakes as well as the simmering sands of the coast. Each of these regions is home to unique types of wildlife.

For ornithologists, Kenya has an amazing wealth of birdlife. Kenya has 59 national parks, game reserves, as well as marine national parks and reserves. The proper management of the game parks is the hallmark of the country's conservation measures and commitment to eco-tourism as dramatically illustrated by the ivory burning in 1989 by President Daniel Arap Moi. Since then, the great fire has been lit twice more to banish confiscated stocks of poached rhino horn and ivory. Kenya is a land where the world's remaining population of big cats, big mammals, and plains game still roam free in their natural habitats.

Samburu National Reserve

This national reserve offers unique vistas of rounded and rugged hills as well as undulating plains and is situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River. The mix of wood and grassland with riverine forest and swamp attracts a wide variety of animal and birdlife. Game viewing and visibility are excellent here. This reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, and the beisa oryx (also referred to as Samburu’s special five).

The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants and wild dog sightings are also common. Large predators such as the lion, leopard, and cheetah are an important attraction. Kamunyak, the miracle lioness that adopted the baby oryx, is a resident of the reserve. Moreover, birdlife is abundant here and you can see the lesser kestrel and the Taita falcon quite often.

Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare National Park is part of the Aberdare Mountain Range, a fascinating region of Kenya. Aberdare National Park was made famous because it is a unique park that Princess Elizabeth spent the night in a unique tree hotel and became queen upon her father's death. This park is noted for mountain ranges and peaks that soar to around 14,000 foot giving way to deep V-shaped valleys with streams and rivers cascading over spectacular waterfalls. This area is a must for landscape lovers. From its vital catchments area, the Aberdare rainforest feeds the entire local and Nairobi water supply.

Game found in this forest are bongo which is a rare, elusive forest antelope, eland, serval cats, elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white colobus, and sykes monkeys. Rare golden cat sightings have also been made. Bird viewing is incredible here with over 250 species recorded including Jackson's francolin, sparrow hawk, African goshawk, eagles, sunbirds, and plovers.

Lake Nakuru National Park

This park is world-famous and was created as a national park to protect its stunning flocks of lesser flamingo which literally turn its shores pink. Its birdlife is world-renowned and offers over 400 species of both aquatic and terrestrial birds. The park offers a wide ecological diversity from lake-watered woodland to the rocky escarpment and ridges. The notable game within the park includes black and white rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, Rothschild's giraffe, white and black colobus monkey, eland, steenbok, impala, Chandler’s reedbuck, dik-dik, rock hyrax, klipspringer, hippo, and clawless otter.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake fringed by thick papyrus. The lake is almost 13 kilometers round but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five meters. Lake area varies greatly according to rainfall. At the beginning of the 20th century, Lake Naivasha completely dried up and effectively disappeared. The resulting open land was farmed until heavy rains a few years later caused the lake to return to existence, swallowing up the newly established estates.

Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked acacia anthophilia, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life and Lake Naivasha is known as a world-class birding destination. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, buffalo wallows in the swamps, and colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the lake’s large hippo population sleeps the day out in the shallows.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

The park is probably the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. The terrain consists of vast stretches of uninterrupted plains on the eastern side and as you go further, the savannah spotted with acacia woodlands gives way to a more varied landscape with hills and mountains. The park is teeming with wildlife and the most permanent water network from the Mara to Talek rivers provides the animals with a year-round supply of water.

The most spectacular feature is the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle from the plains of Serengeti that cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach Mara's grasslands from late June. Tracked by predators like lion, leopard, cheetah, or hyena and circled by vultures as the journey unfolds, the migration provides a game viewing experience that is not equaled anywhere else in Africa. Though the seasonal migration is very famous here, the game viewing is still excellent all year-round. Game of this park includes elephant, black rhino, buffalo, wildebeest, Burchell's zebra, hartebeest, various antelope and gazelle, lion, leopard, giraffe, elephant, cheetah, hippo, crocodile, and much more.

Food

You will be served eight breakfasts, seven lunches, seven dinners, and bottled water on road during this safari. Please note that drinking water from lakes, rivers, and open reservoirs is not advisable as these places may be infested with bilharzia parasites.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

What's included

  • 3 game drives in Samburu National Reserve
  • 1 game viewing in Treetops Hotel in Aberdare National Park
  • 1 game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • 3 game drives in Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • 3 cultural visits to local tribe villages on the third, sixth, and eighth day
  • Transport in 7-seater minibusses
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • Bottled water on road
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Park entrance fees for clients, drivers, and vehicles

What's not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Porterage
  • Items not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Deviation from the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry, phone, fax, etc.
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Naked Wilderness Afrika will pick you up from the airport.

Customs officials on arrival and departure normally inspect baggage. Please adhere to baggage limitations by the airline for the international carrier. The domestic carrier allows only 10 to 15 kilograms in soft bags depending on the carrier. Excess baggage charges can be quite expensive.

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 fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 61 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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