If you desire an adventurous game viewing/photographing holiday safaris, then Kenya is the place to visit. With its friendly people, rich culture, the many sunny and sparkling white beaches, abundant wildlife/birdlife, breathe taking sceneries not forgetting the spectacular annual wildebeest migration that that takes place in Maasai Mara starting from July through to October.
Kenya has good weather all year round which is an added bonus to Kenya holidays hence you can plan your vacation any time of the year.
11 Days Kenya wildlife Photographic safaris
Day 1 : Arrival – Nairobi
Pick up by an assist service at Jomo Kenyatta international airport- Transfer to Nairobi safari club hotel for overnight stay
Day 2 : Nairobi – Masai Mara
Depart from your hotel at 0730 hrs and drive via the scenic Great Rift Valley, A brief stop at the view point to get a view /take photos of the Great Rift Valley. You arrive Masai Mara in good time for lunch. Afternoon game drive is taken. Dinner and overnight at Keekorok Lodge
Day 3/4 : Maasai Mara
The full days are spent exploring the park /drive to Mara river for the migration crossing and other scenic parts on the game reserve while you take photos/video. Dinner and overnight stay at Keekorok lodge .Hot air balloon safari can be arranged at a cost of US$450 per person.
The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is arguably Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary. It is the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya. The film ‘Out of Africa’ was made to a great extent in this reserve. Virtually every type of wildlife can be seen at the Mara. A spectacle worth seeing is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from Serengeti plains across the Tanzania border and the Mara River to reach Maasai Mara grazing fields from late June.
The dramatic crossing of the river and the preying on the migrants by predators can be viewed from early July to August. The reserve abounds with birdlife since dose to about 452 species have been recorded. Hot air balloon safaris are readily available in this park
Day 5 : Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru National park
Pre breakfast game drives then return to the lodge for breakfast. Depart Masai Mara and drive to Lake Nakuru National park famed for numerous species of birds and more so the pink flamingoes. Lunch at Sarova Lion Hill lodge – then proceed for afternoon game drives /photographing in the magnificent park. Dinner and overnight stay at Sarova lion Hill Lodge
Day 6 : Lake Nakuru National park
The day is fullyspent exploring /photographing the park. Dinner and overnight stay at Sarova Lion hill lodge
Lake Nakuru's claim to fame is anchored on its flamingo's and the over 400 species of birds found here. The lake itself is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley. The sight of the at times millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink. The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species- particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. Lions, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons are all residents here
Day 7 : Lake Nakuru – Samburu
Take breakfast then depart the lodge soon after breakfast and drive to Samburu game reserve to arrive by lunch time. After lunch embark on a game drive to sight resident wildlife species like the Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy's Zebra, Beisa Oryx and the Blue-necked Somali Ostrich that are rare elsewhere in the country. Dinner and overnight will be at the spectacular Samburu lodge
Day 8/9: Samburu game reserve
The full days are spent exploring the park/ getting the best shots in the parks. Dinner and overnight stay at Samburu lodge .Visit the Samburu villages to learn the Samburu people’s way of life/take photos with the Samburu Morrans
The highlights of Samburu game reserve is the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colorful heritage. The reserves have numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife which includes leopard, hippo, elephant, lion, reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra and crocodile in the Ewaso Nyiro River. Over 365 species of birds have been identified in the sanctuaries.
Day 10: Samburu – Sweetwaters
Take breakfast then drive to Mt Kenya region to arrive the sweet waters tented camp in good time for lunch. Proceed for afternoon game photographing at Sweetwater's sanctuary. Dinner and overnight at the Sweet waters Tented camp _ optional night game drives to see the nocturnal animals can be arranged at an extra cost .
Sweetwater's is the only sanctuary for rehabilitation in Kenya of these widely abused chimpanzees with two groups living in an environment as close to their natural habitat as possible. The site is also a dedicated black rhino breeding area
Day 11;Mt. Kenya- Nairobi departure.
Early morning game drives then return to the lodge for breakfast - drive to Nairobi to arrive by 1400 hrs - drop off at the airport /city hotel where the safari ends
Tour price includes:
• Transport in a custom made safari minibus with pop up roof ideal for game wing and photography
• Exclusive use of the safari vehicle/guide
• Accommodation in lodges /camp specified above in a double on full board basis
• Return airport transfers in Nairobi
• 1 night hotel accommodations in Nairobi on bed and breakfast basis.
• Game drives as per the itinerary
• Services of a driver/guide
• Flying Doctors evacuation cover
• Cultural visits to Maasai /Samburu Villages
• 1 litre Mineral water per person per day
Tour price Excludes
• Personal travel insurance
• Hotel accommodations in Nairobi after the safari
• Personal effects
• Extras are not mentioned above.