22 Day Kenya Wildlife, Bird & Cultural Photo Tour

Day 1: Nairobi
Arrive Nairobi to be picked at the airport and transferred to your hotel for an overnight.
Overnight at Silver Springs Hotel (1st night on bed & Breakfast)

Day 2: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park
After breakfast and a pretour briefing head south to Amboseli National Park located on the Kenya/Tanzania border with a magnificent back drop of the tallest mountain in Africa; Kilimanjaro.  A game drive through the park on our way to the lodge for lunch.  In the afternoon, enjoy a game viewing drive till in the early evening in time for check-in and refresh for dinner.
Overnight at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Day 3 & 4: Amboseli National Park
Full day in Amboseli National Park with morning and afternoon game viewing drives.   You may certainly see families of giraffe, herds of zebra and antelope —Elephant are a dominant presence in Amboseli; and if lucky with a backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You’ll be fascinated by the abundance of bird life — from the colourful small ones to ostriches to the comical guinea fowl.
Overnight at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 5: Amboseli National Park – Mt Kenya National Park.
An early morning game drive in search of more wildlife before heading back to the lodge for breakfast and later 
leaving for Mt. Kenya National Park driving through the central highlands comprising of the small scale farms and large tracks of pineapple and coffee plantations. Lunch along the way. Arrive at our lodge located at the slopes of Mt Kenya at 2190m in the late afternoon. We check in and refresh for dinner.

The lodge is well placed in a forested area next to a waterhole that attracts a variety of mammals at night. Some of the animals that may be seen include Leopard, Giant Forest Hog, Bush Pig, Large-spotted Genet among. Others, while the armed guided forest walk takes you even further closer to the wild.
Overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge

Day 6: Mt. Kenya National Park - Samburu/Buffalo/Shaba National Reserves
After morning walk and breakfast we’ll cross the open plains between the Mt. Kenya and Aberdare Ranges where stunning Long-tailed Widowbird in their breeding plumages occasionally excites each and every participant. Arriving at Samburu for lunch. We’ll spend the next 3 nights here and game drive should take us through the three famous national reserves namely Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba (George and Joy Adamson did live here).
Overnight at Ashnil Tented Camp

Day 7,8 &9: Samburu/Buffalo/Shaba National Reserves
Big Game here includes species well restricted to the arid conditions and some to the north of equator such as Gravy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk among large herds of Elephants, Impalas, Grant’s and Thompson’s Gazelles. Vulturine Guineafowl is a species we hope not to miss. The Samburu tribemen (closely resembling and sharing the Maa language with Masai) inhabits the area and a visit to their homestead is  optional.
Overnight at Ashnil Tented Camp

Day 10: Samburu National ReserveOl Pajeta Wildlife Conservancy
After an early morning breakfast we drive through the park before transferring to Ol Pajeta Wildlife Conservancy where we may have slim but better chances for the African Wilddogs if luck enough. Lunch at the lodge and later an afternoon game drive.
Overnight at Serena Sweetwater Tented Lodge

Day 11: Ol Pajeta Wildlife Conservancy
A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and Kenyan safari luxury.
Overnight at Serena Sweetwater Tented Lodge

Day 12: Ol Pajeta Wildlife ConservancyLake Baringo Conservation Area
After breakfast spend the early morning hours in the conservancy viewing wildlife and leaving later for Lake Baringo Conservation Area staying for the next 2 nights. At Lake Baringo, we will take a boat ride in the lake and may come across schools of hippo as well as Nile Crocodile.
Overnights at Tumbili Cliff Lodge

Day 13: Lake Baringo
Baringo photographing hippos and Crocodlies from a boat ride. Water birds are in great numbers and locally we will search for 4 species of owls among other nocturnal birds.
Overnight at Tumbili Cliff Lodge

Day 14 Lake Baringo – Lake Naivasha (2 nights)
Lake Naivasha, one of the two fresh water lakes along the rift valley.  A boat ride on the lake gives us opportunities for close shots of some waterfowls such as Great White Pelican, Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle among the gulls
Overnight at Elsamere Centre
(the former house of George and Joy Adamson of the Born Free, Living Free, To Walk with the Lions films etc)

Day 15:  Lake Naivasha
We’ll we will take a morning walk along the lake where wildlife is occasionally abundant along the shores and around the Elsamere Centre.
Overnight at Elsamere Centre

Day 16:  Lake NaivashaMasai Mara National Reserve
We’ll we will take a morning walk along the lake where wildlife is occasionally abundant along the shores and  spend our next 5 nights in the far western part of the reserve and on the Olololoo Escarpment and not far from the banks of the Mara River
Overnight at Mara West-tented Camp

Day 17, 18, 19 & 20: Masai Mara National Reserve
In the camp’s forest a flock of both the Shallow’s and Ross’ Turacos may appear and herds of large mammals
Overnight at Mara West-tented Camp may be well visible from the dining area. During the famous Wilderbeest migration the big herds fills the area and you may frequently encounter large cats such as Lions, Hyenas and Cheetah. A bird’s eye view balloon flight trip over the famous reserve a lifetime memories added to your safari to Africa.
Overnight at Mara West-tented Camp

Day 21: Masai Mara – Nairobi
Today we take an early breakfast and embarking on a whole morning gamedrive. Lunch at the camp thereafter a visit a local Masai cultural homestead before transfer to a nearby local airstrip for your local flight to Nairobi where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Nairobi.
Overnight at Silver Springs Hotel

Day 22: Nairobi Flight
After a late morning breakfast leisurely visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and spend time with the little elephants, visit the Giraffe Centre and women-run Kazuri Beads Factory and tour the factory as they make beads. In the evening or depending of you international flight we visit of Nairobi’s Restaurants for dinner and transfer to the airport for your outbound flight

Available on request are testimonials from some of America’s leading wildlife photographers and authors. Feel free to ask

The cost includes: 

  • Transport with exclusive use of the safari van
  • Pick up and drop off on arrival and departure at the airport.
  • Accommodation on all lodges all the three meals a day
  • Services of a tour driver guide. 
  • All parks, reserve and conservation areas entry fees
  • Emergency evacuation cover (this excludes medical cover)
  • Boat Ride in Lake Naivasha and Baringo
  • Checklist of the mammals of Kenya & other info
  • Masai cultural home visit
  • Hotels restaurant, luggage porters and safari driver guide tipping
  • Unlimited supply of bottled mineral water on game drives 
  • Unlimited game drives per day whilst on safari

Exclusive of:

  • Medical and travel insurance including luggage.
  • Beverages and items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, gifts among others
  • Visa US$50
  • Balloon flight in Masai Mara National Reserve



Mt. Kenya National Park,
Samburu/Buffalo Springs National Reserves,
Ol Pajeta Wildlife,
Lake Baringo Conservation Area,
Lake Naivasha
Masai Mara National Reserve.

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From: John Gabriel, Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Hi Chege, Maurice and I have talked about our day with you in the Nairobi National Park on many occasions. From a birding point of view it has been the high point of many years birding and I know that I have boasted about it to many people over the past six months. Your knowledge of the birds and of the park made it a truly memorable experience for which I want to thank and compliment you. To see more than 150 species in a day is spectacular, and when leopard and cheetah are added to the day's viewing, it becomes even more so”
From: Josep del Hoyo, Spain, (Editor, Handbook Of The Birds Of The World)
“Chege was very knowledgeable on every site that I visited with him and we succeeded in videoing several difficult birds.”
From: Jack Jeffrey Hawaii Bird Photography & Tours www.jackjeffreyphoto.com
Birdwatching East Africa (BEA) is one Kenya’s best kept secrets. Chege wa Kariuki and his staff are the best there is to offer for game drive, birding, photography, and mobile tent camping safaris. They create unique adventures for birders and photographers providing unparalleled opportunities to see many of Kenya’s bird species, numerous mammals, including the big five. The staff are very knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and provide in depth information about Kenya’s wildlife, habitats and people. The camp staff is unsurpassed. Their chef provides wonderful meals made from produce from local farms, and the campsites have comfortable tents, showers and toilets, and are a very safe environment for clients. These are just a few of the reasons we use Birdwatching East Africa as our guide and outfitters for birding and photo safaris when in Kenya.
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