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8 Days Samburu – Aberdare – Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara

Our most comprehensive and perhaps the most popular safari we offer, the 8 Days/ 7 Nights Safari is a magnificent journey through Kenya, starting with Samburu, on to the Aberdare National Park or Mount Kenya National Park (Tree Lodge), Lake Nakuru and finally to Masai Mara Game Reserve....with luxuriously long stays in each game park, abundant time for rich wildlife viewing sessions. The breadth and scope of this exciting 8 Days Safari encompasses everything for which East Africa is famous—the magnificent scenery, the breathtaking wildlife, the excitement and adventure. And all experienced at a leisurely, luxurious pace, creating warm memories to relive for a lifetime

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $2195 - $3560
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Kenya Kenya
Parks visited Masai Mara, Mount Kenya, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Nairobi National Park
Activity level Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Cultural
  • Birding
Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu Game Reserve Day 2: Samburu Game Reserve Day 3: Samburu – Aberdare National Park Day 4: Aberdare – Lake Nakuru National Park Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara Game Reserve Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve Day 7: Masai Mara Game Reserve Day 8: Masai Mara – Nairobi

Day 1 Nairobi – Samburu Game Reserve

This morning we travel by road to Kenya’s northern frontier. Wild and rugged, Samburu is fiercely beautiful with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Uaso Nyiro River. It is also one of Kenya’s most protected areas and home to species only found north of the equator, from the reticulated giraffe to Grevy’s zebras and Beisa Oryxes. We also enjoy Samburu lodge, our luxurious hostelry set beneath a canopy of acacia trees along the banks of the river..

Overnight at Samburu Lodge

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2 Samburu Game Reserve

Dawn breaks in golden bands as we start our day in the bush by scanning the river from our tent’s veranda with a cup of steaming coffee in hand. Before the dew is off the grass, we’re off in pursuit of the elephants, lions, leopards, and cheetahs that thrive in the reserve’s grasslands and acacia woodlands. And so the day is spent in alternating pursuits of exploration in the bush and relaxation in our cozy camp.

Overnight at Samburu Lodge.

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3 Samburu – Aberdare National Park

Our destination today is the Aberdare National Park or Mt. Kenya National Park. We travel overland south crossing the equator to The Aberdare Country Club, nestled on the slopes of Mweiga Hill. After lunch and high tea, set off for the Ark tree lodge, located in the forest on mountain slopes of the Aberdare Mountains at 7,000 feet. This outstanding lodge offers high altitude game viewing, including animals that are rarely encountered elsewhere: giant forest hog, bush pig, tree hyrax, large spotted genet, and the elusive bongo. Wildlife can be observed from different levels – and from outside where you can see, hear and smell everything and inside where you can sit with a cup of tea and stay warm and cozy. You can put in a request to be awakened during the night if your favorite animals show up. A herd of Elephants might be just feet away and if you are lucky, a Leopard or large male Lion might put in an appearance.

Overnight at the Ark Forest Lodge

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 4 Aberdare – Lake Nakuru National Park

Today we travel to the exotic Lake Nakuru National Park located in the Great Rift Valley. After lunch an exciting game run is planned for the afternoon. The game in this park is plentiful and the magnificent bird watching will make a devotee out of even the most reluctant. The Park is a home to stunning flocks of lesser and Greater Flamingos, which literally turn the lakeshores in to a magnificent pink stretch. The bird life here is world renown and over 400 bird’s species exist here, White Pelicans, Plovers, Egrets and Marabou Stork. It is also one of the very few places in Africa to see the white Rhino and rare Rothschild Giraffe.

Overnight at Sarova Lion hill Lodge

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 5 Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara Game Reserve

This morning we drive through the dramatic Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve. This enormous Reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains famously known for its spectacular great wildebeest’s migration and is home of the Big Five: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino. Lunch at our Lodge and relax before departing for the afternoon game run. The Mara Game Reserve–one of the greatest wildernesses of the world. Large mammals are varied, and easy to see. Residents among the Park's are: Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Eland and thousand of plain game including Impala, Zebra, Topi, both Thomson's and grants Gazelles.

Overnight at Sarova Mara Tented Camp

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 6 & Day 7 Discover Masai Mara

The search for great predators and perhaps even cubs continues today and tomorrow during extensive game runs. On the plains are enormous herds of grazing animals plus the elusive cheetah and leopard hiding amidst acacia boughs. During our stay we also have an optional opportunity to visit a village of the Masai people to witness the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience.

Overnight at Sarova Mara Tented Camp

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 8 Masai Mara – Nairobi

Today we have an early morning game drive, return to lodge/camp for breakfast. Depart for Nairobi by road arriving mid afternoon. Lunch at the Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi and later transfer to your hotel/airport. 

Included Safari Features

  • Multi-lingual Professional Safari Guide/Driver.
  • Round trip transport from Nairobi to Samburu, Aberdare , Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara
  • Finest accommodations in Samburu, Aberdare , Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara
  • Guaranteed departures for one, two or more passengers booking this safari
  • Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water
  • Guaranteed window seating with open top
  • All applicable Game Park entrance fees
  • All meals included while on safari
  • High Altitude Game viewing
  • Pre–tour itinerary document
  • Extensive Game drives

Excluded Safari Feature:

  • Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Optional Night Game drives, Horse and Camel rides, Nature walks etc
  • Gratuity for Portage / waiters at hotels, camps and airports
  • Christmas, New Year and Easter Supplement
  • Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
  • Gratuity for your professional driver guide
  • Cost of obtaining passport and visas
  • Accommodations in Nairobi
  • A visit to a Masai Village
  • International Airfare

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Samburu Lodge
  • The Ark forest Lodge
  • Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
  • Mara Sarova Tented Lodge

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