Ever wanted to see the grazing herds and predators of the Maasai Mara and get to know how the famous Maasai live alongside the wildlife of Kenya? Ever wanted to wake up in the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro and see the huge herds of elephants of Amboseli? How about explore regions of Kenya rarely seen and have a direct affect on conservation and the local community? Well this 11 day trip to the birthplace of safaris is the one for you. Explore the Great Rift Valley and see the sides to this famous wildlife watching destination that most people do not visit and fall in love with Kenya and the Maasai people
Over 60 species of Mammals
See 1.5 million flamingos at Lake Nakuru
Expert local & Maasai guides
Night drives of the South Rift Valley
Mara & Amboseli game drives
Luxury bush camps & lodges
Tour Dates: 18/3/2020 – 28/3/2020
Duration: 10 nights
Type / Focus: Mammals & Birds
Amboseli National Park
On arrival in Nairobi you will meet your zoologist escort and local guides. From here you will be transferred in our private 4×4 jeep to Amboseli National Park (5 hours). This park lies at the foot of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is famous for its huge herds of African elephants, prolific bird spieces (up to 600) and many commonly seen animals like leopards, cheetah, wild dogs, buffalo, lions and many more. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Amboseli Serena Lodge followed by an afternoon game drive. Your evening meal will be after the game drive and at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Amboseli Serena Lodge).
Amboseli National Park
This morning you will have a pre-breakfast game drive as this is the best time to see the magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro before the clouds set in and obscure the view. It is also the best time to find the big cats of the park and we will spend the time trying to find predators hunting or finishing off a meal from the previous night. Breakfast will be relaxed with the rest of the morning at your leisure. There will be an optional visit to a local Maasai village and after lunch there will be an afternoon game drive where you will visit the observation hill. Where the entire park can clearly been seen. Your evening meal will once again be at your accommodation, luxury safari lodge (Amboseli Serena Lodge).
This morning you will have an early morning breakfast and a short game drive as you leave Amboseli. From here you will proceed to Magadi (7 hours) in the South Rift region whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery of the Great Rift Valley. We will stop off at Lake Magadi to see the huge flocks of flamingos, pelicans and numerous other bird species on the lake edge. If you want, with prior arrangement, we can meet with Magadi Soda Company (Africas largest soda ash manufacturer). After the lake you will continue onwards to your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge / bush camp (Loisiijo Lodge / Sampu Tented Camp) and your evening meal.
South Rift Valley
Over the next two days you will explore this rarely visited area of Kenya; the Shompole and Oliramatian Community managed conservancies. There are numerous activities which can be done here and depending on the local conditions your local guide will decide which ones to conduct over the next two days. The activities include; a morning walk with a troop of habituated baboons. Here you will understand their behaviour whilst walking with your Maasai guide Joel Njonjo who has a close affinity with the baboons. There are hikes leading up the Nguruman Escarpment, situated at the southern most tip of Kenya the area is stunning to walk around and the clear mountain streams, montane vegetation and wealth of wildlife will compel you to carry on walking all day. You may also make a cultural visit and see how the Maasai people live there lives. By talking and spending time around Maasai people you will fall in love with their traditions and how they live alongside the natural world in harmony. There are also of course day and night game drives to see the abundant wildlife such as over 60 species of mammals and 350 bird species. You will have all your meals at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge / bush camp (Loisiijo Lodge / Sampu Tented Camp). By staying at either accommodation you will be helping the local community who owns the facilities and directly helping to preserve the wildlife and environment in this vastly rich area.
South Rift Valley
Today you will continue to enjoy some of the activities listed above in day 4. Once again your meal will be at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge / bush camp (Loisiijo Lodge / Sampu Tented Camp).
This morning you will depart from the South Rift region and head to Lake Nakuru (5 hours) National Park. This lake is famous for one of the greatest birding spectacles in the world. Alongside the 1.5 million flamingos there are around 450 other species of birds and many mammals. After lunch en route you will have a late afternoon game drive, during the drive Thompsons and Grants gazelles are among the top animals as well as lions, striped hyeana, black and white rhinos and many others. You will have your evening meal at your accommodation, level – luxury bush camp (Flamingo Hill Tented Camp).
Today will be a full day spent in Lake Nakuru National Park which will include a morning and afternoon game drive. Once again the main game animals will be searched for in the park. Animals such as white and black rhinos, Rothschilds giraffes, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, leopard, buffalo and many others. You will have all your meals at your accommodation, level – luxury bush camp (Flamingo Hill Tented Camp).
After your breakfast you will be driven further along the floor of the great Rift Valley to one of the most famous wildlife viewing locations in the world (6 hours); the Maasai Mara. The rolling grasslands offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities and the rocky outcrops dotted in the grassy plains are a favourite haunt for lions resting in the midday sun. You will have lunch at Sarova Mara Tented Camp. Then after a late afternoon game drive you will arrive at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Mara Serena Lodge) for your evening meal and the nights accommodation.
Today is the first full day of game drives around the Mara to see its bountiful wildlife. Whilst this is not the time of the year of the migration, Kenyas plains are playing host to an astonishing spectacle. This is the calving season and most of the wildebeest, zebra and gazelle species and the predators are in abundance too as the hyeanas, lions, cheetahs, leopards and jackals aim to take advantage of the plentiful food. You will have morning and afternoon game drives either side of your lunch at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Mara Serena Lodge). Your evening meal will also be at the accommodation.
Today is your second day of game drives in the Maasai Mara and your last full day in Kenya. Along with many species of animals regularly seen on the plains of the Mara the muddy rivers play host to many crocodiles and hippos which play out their lives seemingly oblivious to the relative hustle and bustle of the vast plains around then. Once again like yesterday your lunch and evening meal at your accommodation, level – luxury bush camp (Mara Serena Lodge).
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Nairobi (6 hours) having lunch en route and arriving in the afternoon. You will then proceed to the Carnivore Restaurant for your farewell dinner before being taken to the international airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
April and May are the rainy season in Kenya, but this is also the calving season and the abundant vegetation around means that animal numbers are at a peak at this time of year.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent driver. We have a zoologist to escort you on all your excursions.
All our excursions including guided walks, morning, afternoon and night drives rides and park entrance fees are also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropiate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. As the nights can be chilly we recommend you bring a fleece, long trousers, scarf and a woolly hat. A water proof coat is also a good idea. Insect repllent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend Qatar Airways as a good airline for flights to Nairobi. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is www.odopo.co.uk. They are accredited by IATA which means you can book through them securly.
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All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for Kenya. This is obtainable on arrival and costs around £20 but for more information please visit http://www.kenyahighcommission.net/khccontent/index.php for more information (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit kenya, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A and B as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. For people spending more time in Kenya before or after the tour it may be a good idea to also protect yourself against rabies and yellow fever if you travelling between infected countries in Africa and the Americas. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Kenya as soon as you have decided on this trip.
Jon Richardson, Wessex
Mrs Kenwright & kids, Liverpool
Ms. Boarder, Kent
Mr & Mrs. Boyer - Michigan, USA