12 Day Kenya Wildlife Tour

Day 1: Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi to be picked at the JKI Airport and transferred to your hotel for an overnight. This days is based on bed and breakfast but all the other days are based on fullboard accommodation
Overnight at Silver Springs Hotel

Day 2: Nairobi – Mt Kenya National Park.

After breakfast and pre tour briefing leave for Mt. Kenya National Park driving through the central highlands comprising of small scale farms, large tracks of pineapple and coffee plantations arriving at our lodge located at the 2190mASL for lunch.  In the late afternoon after a rest we may opt for a drive through the forest or seat by the balcony with a cup of Kenyan tea, coffee or beer watching the wildlife visiting the waterhole. Some of the animals that may be seen include Leopard, Giant Forest Hog, Bush Pig, Large-spotted Genet etc.
Overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge

Day 3: Mt. Kenya National Park - Samburu/Buffalo National Reserves
After morning balcony wildlife viewing and breakfast we’ll cross the open plains between the Mt. Kenya and Aberdare Ranges arriving at Samburu for lunch. We’ll spend the next 3 nights here and game drive should take us through atleast two of the three famous national reserves namely Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba  (George and Joy Adamson did live here).
Overnight at Ashnil Samburu Camp

Day 4, & 5: 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. The comical looking Vulturine Guineafowl is a species we hope not to miss. The Samburu tribesmen (closely resembling and sharing the Maa language with Masai) inhabits the area and a visit to their homestead is worth.
Overnight at Ashnil Samburu Camp

Day 6: Samburu National Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park
Today we transfer across the Solio Plains visiting the Thompson’s Fall and later descending to the Great Rift Valley via the Subukia Escarpment and along the dormant Menengai Crater to reach the flamingo famous Lake Nakuru National Park. Lunch along the way before entering the park. The park host a great variety of mammals including the Lion, Leopard, Black & White Rhinos, large herds of Cape Buffalo, Common Waterbuck among other herbivores. The lodge where we stay is located in the hills
Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge

Day 7: Lake Nakuru National Park –Lake Naivasha
After breakfast spend the early morning hours in the park game viewing till mid day. Lunch in the lodge before leaving for Lake Naivasha, one of the two fresh water lakes along the rift valley. A boat ride on the lake gives us opportunities for closer shots of some waterfowls such as Great White Pelican, Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle among the gulls.
Overnight at Elsamere Centre

Day 8: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast we will take a morning walk at the lodge before leaving for Masai Mara National Reserve famous for the over 1.5 million wildebeest migration. We spend our next 3 nights in the far western part of the reserve and on the Olololoo Escarpment and not far from the banks of the Mara River in a private mobile-tented camp that reminds you of the old days safaris.
Overnight at a private tented camp

Day 9 &10: 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 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
Overnight at a private tented camp

Day 11: Masai Mara – Nairobi
We take an early morning breakfast and game drive before leaving back for Nairobi and visiting a local Masai cultural homestead before descending the Rift Valley’s western and ascending the Eastern escarpments.
Overnight at Silver Springs Hotel

Day 12: Nairobi Flight
After breakfast leisurely visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and spend time with the little elephants, visit the Giraffe Centre and a women run Kazuri Beads Factory and tour the factory as they make beads. In the evening or depending of you international flight we visit a Nairobi’s Restaurants for dinner and transfer to the airport for your outbound flight

The cost is

Inclusive of: 

  • 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, camping  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 National Reserve

Buffalo Springs National Reserves
Lake Nakuru National Park
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.”
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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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