12-Day Kenya Wilderness Safari Description

This is a 12-day Kenya Wilderness safari covering some of the best known safari parks in Kenya. Transportation between the parks is by road using a customized safari van or Safari Jeep.  The adventure safari visits Meru National Park, Samburu Game Reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Nakuru and and Masai Mara.  Accommodation is in affordable mid-range and budget lodes or camps, located in places where adventure activities like hiking, nature walks, night game drives and village visits are permitted and possible.

 

SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

DAYLOCATIONACCOMMODATIONACTIVITIES
1NAIROBIEKA HOTELLEISURE
2MERU NATIONAL PARKLEOPARD ROCK LODGEGAME DRIVES
3MERU NATIONAL PARKLEOPARD ROCK LODGEGAME DRIVES
4SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVEASHNIL SAMBURU CAMPG.D
5SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVEASHNIL SAMBURU CAMPG.D
6OL PEJETA CONSERVANCYSWEETWATERS SERENA CAMPGAME DRIVE
7OL PEJETA CONSERVANCYSWEETWATERS SERENA CAMPLION TRACKING, G.D
8LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARKLAKE NAKURU LODGEBIRDWATCHING, G.D
9MASAI MARA NTIONAL RESERVEILKELIANI MARA CAMPG.D
10MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVEILKELIANI MARA CAMPG.D, BIRDWATCHING
11MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVEILKELIANI MARA CAMPG.D, SUNDOWNER
12NAIROBIN/AN/A

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Masai Cultural Experience at $30pp
  • Balloon safari ride at $450pp

 

G.D Means Game Drive

N/A Means Not Applicable

12-Day Kenya Wilderness Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

After arrival and clearing immigration and customs procedures, you will be met byDiurnal Tour and Travel Planners representative and transfer to your hotel in Nairobi. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Dinner and overnight at Eka Hotel
  • Meal Plan: Halfboard

Day 2: Nairobi to Meru National Park

You’ll depart Nairobi early morning by road for Meru, a classic savannah wilderness with a diversity of habitats ranging from riverine to grasslands. You’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Leopard  Lodge. Leopard Rock Lodge is a luxurious safari lodge situated on the natural beautiful park of Meru. The lodge offers 5 star experience and service in the bush and in the wild. The lodge provides lavish lifestyle and is most ideal for adventure and honeymooners. Free WiFi is provided for all guests. After lunch you will head into Meru for a game drive, there are some fantastic game viewing opportunities here including cheetah, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk and the distinctive reticulated giraffe as well as the Big Five.

  • Dinner and overnight at Leopard Rock Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Full Day Meru National Park

You’ll spend the next day exploring Meru, with its great views of Mount Kenya, savannah wilderness, riverine habitats and prominent inselbergs, notably Mughwango and Leopard Rock; offering some great photo opportunities. Visitors can also spot animals like Grevy’s zebras, elephants, Bohor reedbucks, hartebeests, pythons, puff adders, cobras, buffalos and more than 427 recorded species of birds and many more.

  • Dinner and overnight at Leopard Rock Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Meru to Samburu Game Reserve

After breakfast, you’ll head to Samburu, a park rich in wildlife with its rare northern species known as the Special 5, which include; the gerenuk, Beisa oryx, Somali Ostrich, Grevy’s Zebra and Reticulated Giraffe.  You’ll head to Ashnil Samburu Camp, arriving in time for lunch, the camp is set on the banks of the great Uaso Nyiro River.  After lunch you’ll head out on a game drive and then spend the next day exploring the reserve and tracking down the elusive leopard.

  • Dinner and overnight at Ashnil Samburu Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Full Day in Samburu Game Reserve

Enjoy a full day of safari activities in Samburu Game Reserve. Samburu is a very scenic park and is situated along the Uaso Nyiro River that attracts wildlife in from the surrounding savannah plains. This is a semi-arid area and can become quite hot but the park is rich in wildlife and is home to a number of large predators including cheetahs, lions and leopards.

  • Dinner and overnight at Ashnil Samburu Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Samburu to Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast, you’ll depart from Samburu and continue your journey on to Laikipia and the Ol Pejeta conservancy. You’ll spend 2 nights at the stunning, luxury Sweetwaters tented camp, set on the foothills of Mount Kenya and with amazing views and close proximity to wildlife, it’s a wonderful place to stay. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is located on a vast plateau and has the highest density of large mammals in Kenya; including unusual species such as the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and the Lelwel hartebeest, there are also seven rhino sanctuaries here and you may be lucky enough to see the now rare black rhino.

  • Dinner and overnight at Seetwaters Serena Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Full Day in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

You’ll spend your time here on game drives during the day and optional night game drives at an extra cost exploring the conservancy and an early morning guided lion-tracking experience, there will also be time to just relax in camp and watch the wildlife at the camp’s watering hole.

  • Dinner and overnight at Seetwaters Serena Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ol Pejeta to Lake Nakuru National Park

Early breakfast followed by an early game drive. An early morning game drive on this day will give you an opportunity to witness the animal kingdom at its most active hours before later beginning our journey to our next destination, Lake Nakuru National Park. Arrive in time for Lunch before exploring Lake Nakuru National Park later in the day. Lake Nakuru is a famous park for its high population of Flamingos and other water birds. It’s also a Rhinos sanctuary and all the big five except the elephants. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge.

  • Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast you’ll head to the grasslands of the Masai Mara. Rich in biodiversity and home to a large variety of bird species and wildlife, the Masai Mara offers great game viewing and bird-watching opportunities. You’ll arrive in time for lunch at the camp, located on a quiet bend of the Talek river, in the middle of the Masai Mara’s savannah grasslands. After lunch you’ll head out for a game drive to explore the reserve and track down all the Big Five.

  • Dinner and overnight at Ilkeliani Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 & 11: Masai Mara Game Reserve

The next 2 days will be dedicated to exploring the world-renown Masai Mara. Each morning, you will head out for an early game drive then return to camp for breakfast. The rest of the morning can be spent in camp, you can then either have lunch in camp and head out for a late afternoon game drive, or head out late morning with a picnic lunch, returning to camp at dusk for dinner and an evening by the camp fire. The Masai Mara is a photographer’s and naturalist’s paradise, with abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra. Leopards are frequently encountered, endangered black rhino hide in the dense thickets and large rafts of hippo and enormous crocodiles are found in the Mara River. The park is also home to over 450 bird species.

  • Dinner and overnight at Ilkeliani Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Masai Mara to Nairobi

After breakfast, check out and drive back to Nairobi with lunch en-route to arrive early evening to your hotel or Airport.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Safari Cost Include the following:

  • All park entrance fees
  • Fullboard Accommodation
  • Drinking water for use during the safari
  • Services of an English-speaking experienced driver guide
  • Transport in a 4 x 4 Safari Land cruiser
  • All government taxes and levies
  • Flying doctors air ambulance evacuation in case of a life-threatening accident or injury

Safari cost Does not Include the following:

  • Balloon safari
  • Masai village visit
  • International Airfares
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any other expenses not noted on the “safari includes” list
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