8 Day Kenya Safari Amboseli Aberdare Nakuru Naivasha & Masai Mara

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8 Day Kenya Safari Amboseli Aberdare Nakuru Naivasha & Masai Mara | 8 Days 7 Nights Kenya Safari | 2 Nights Amboseli National Park, 1 Night Aberdare National Park, 1 Night Nakuru National Park, 1 Night Lake Naivasha & 3 Nights Masai Mara National Reserve Safari | 8 Days Kenya road Safaris

Masai Mara Wildlife

With Kenya offering so much, it can feel quite overwhelming! But this 8-day road safari itinerary focuses on the highlights – the best destinations and the best lodges in the country and all within a very affordable budget.

The tour takes you to the three most famous wildlife destinations in Kenya – Masai Mara Game Reserve, Aberdare National Park and Amboseli National Park, as well as the scenic Great Rift Valley lakes of Naivasha and Nakuru.

Beginning and ending in Nairobi, the trip opens with game viewing in Amboseli National Park lying on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Second in popularity after the legendary Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park not only offers great game viewing but is also the place to go for the best views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro.

The park is home to more than just elephants, herds of wildebeest, zebra and impala that graze on the open plains and cheetah that are often spotted in the acacia forests too.

The safari then continues to the highlands of central Kenya to watch the wildlife of Aberdare National Park from a lodge overlooking an active, floodlit watering hole.

You stay at the Ark Lodge or the Treetops Lodge while watching the animals that frequently visit the lively waterhole beside the lodge, from a series of viewing decks and areas at different levels. The common visitors include the elephant, buffalo, rhino and even leopard.

Head down to scenic Lake Nakuru National Park, a birding paradise and home to tree-climbing lions, leopards and many other wild animals. The park is also home to black and white rhinos, for which the reserve is better known today.

Commonly sighted animals include giraffes, baboons, zebras, buffalo, antelope and hippo, with rare finds including leopards. Lake Nakuru was originally established as a bird sanctuary and is a Ramsar Wetland Area, known for its spectacular birdlife. When water levels are high enough massive flocks of flamingoes have been known to gather at the Lake.

Next, we visit Lake Naivasha, a beautiful lake that is home to exceptional numbers of water birds. Explore the Lake on a boat ride and also visit Crescent island for game viewing where we will have the opportunity to walk with the animals such as zebras, wildebeests and giraffes.

The grand finale – Masai Mara National Reserve – one of the most famous game parks on the planet, considered by many to be the finest wildlife safari destination in all of Africa.

The Mara offers excellent chances of seeing the big five and other wildlife such as cheetahs, servals, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, black-backed and side-striped jackals, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, warthogs, topis, elands, impalas and zebras.

Aside from the regular game drives, we enjoy optional activities such as night game drives, visits to Masai cultural village, ballooning, bush dinner, lunch and breakfast. 

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Nairobi – Drive to Amboseli National Park
Day 2: Discover Amboseli National Park
Day 3: Amboseli  – Drive to Aberdare National Park
Day 4: Aberdare – Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Drive to Lake Naivasha
Day 6: Lake Naivasha – Drive to Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 7: Explore Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 8: Masai Mara – Drive to Nairobi

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Nairobi – Drive to Amboseli National Park

After a delicious breakfast, we depart for Amboseli National Park – one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The park is located about 230 km south-east of Nairobi on the Tanzanian border and enjoys the backdrop of Africa’s most iconic mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Arrive in time for lunch and later set out for an afternoon game drive to look for the 80 different mammals that call Amboseli home. These include leopard, cheetah, wild dogs, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, crocodile, mongoose, hyrax, dik- dik, lesser Kudu, and nocturnal Porcupine.

There are over 400 bird species.

Overnight Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge or Ol Tukai Lodge or Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Explore Amboseli National Park

Today we will make the most of the opportunity to view the plentiful game and natural beauty of Amboseli National Park, which is an International Biosphere Reserve.

The varied landscape includes the lake bed of Amboseli (dry outside the rainy season), savannah, and numerous lush swamps. A wide variety of antelope and other animals such as spotted hyenas, warthogs, jackals, olive baboons, and vervet monkeys can be found on the plains, and there is always the possibility of spotting a lion, leopard, or cheetah.

The pyramid-shaped Observation Hill is an easy climb for those who feel like it and offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. We return to the lodge for lunch and a rest. This afternoon you can take an optional nature walk and do some bird watching (150 species have been spotted on the grounds).

Dinner will be served at the lodge looking out over Amboseli and the distant Mount Kilimanjaro.

Overnight Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge or Ol Tukai Lodge or Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3: Amboseli – Drive to Aberdare National Park

Depart for Nairobi after breakfast. Our destination today is the Aberdare National Park. We stop for lunch at an upscale restaurant in Nairobi and later travel overland through plantations of coffee and tea to The Aberdare Country Club or the Outspan Hotel.

After high tea, set off for the Ark tree lodge or the Treetops Lodge, located in the forest on mountain slopes of the Aberdare Mountains at 7,000 feet.

This outstanding lodges offer high altitude game viewing, including animals that are rarely encountered elsewhere: giant forest hog, bush pig, tree hyrax, large spotted genet, and the elusive bongo.

Wildlife can be observed from different levels – and from outside where you can see, hear and smell everything and inside where you can sit with a cup of tea and stay warm and cozy.

You can put in a request to be awakened during the night if your favorite animals show up. A herd of elephants might be just feet away and if you are lucky, a leopard or large male Lion might put in an appearance.

Overnight Accommodation: Ark Lodge or Treetop Hotel
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4: Aberdare – Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast today we drive down to Lake Nakuru, one of the Great Lakes of East Africa’s Rift Valley. Reaching the Lake Nakuru National Park we make our way to our next safari lodge, game viewing en route. After lunch at the lodge/camp we take a nap or dip in the pool.

This afternoon we go game viewing in Lake Nakuru National Park, set around the shallow soda lake. Originally established as a bird sanctuary Nakuru is a Ramsar Wetland Area, known for its spectacular birdlife. When water levels are high enough massive flocks of flamingo’s have been known to gather at Lake Nakuru.

Highlights on our 4×4 game drive may include sightings of tree-climbing lions and both black and white rhinos, for which the reserve is better known today. Commonly sighted animals include giraffes, baboons, zebras, buffalo, antelope and hippo, with rare finds including leopard.

Overnight Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge or Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Drive to Lake Naivasha

Next, we overland to papyrus-fringed Lake Naivasha. With over 400 species of bird, this freshwater lake is a birding Paradise. Along the lake’s fabled waters, we are bound to see some of the area’s more intriguing species—hippos, giraffes, buffalo, and even the arboreal colobus monkey.

Lake Naivasha lies in the Great Rift Valley and the name derives from the local Masai name Nai’posha, meaning “rough water” because of the sudden storms which can arise.

After lunch, we visit Crescent island- a private sanctuary, where you can walk beneath yellow-barked acacias (yellow fever trees) in search of giraffes, wildebeest, impala, dik-diks, Thompson’s and grant’s gazelles, elands, waterbucks, and countless bird species.

Oh, and there are some rather gigantic pythons too! We are allowed to walk with the animals since all were introduced during the filming of Out of Africa. An optional boat ride on the lake reveals many waterbird species and schools of Hippos.

Overnight Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or Naivasha Simba Lodge
Meals: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 6: Lake Naivasha – Drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve

After a leisure breakfast, depart overland to the Masai Mara Game Reserve-jewel of Kenya’s Game Park. The Masai Mara is Kenya’s finest and most outstanding wildlife sanctuary where gentle rolling grassland ensures animals are never out of sight.

The climate is gentle, rarely too hot, and well-spread rainfall year-round. The sensation of the great wildebeest migration between July and October is unparalleled. The wildlife is far from being confined within the Reserve boundaries and an even larger area extends beyond the game Reserve.

Centuries of close association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and Masai people live in peace with one another. After lunch, explore the Reserve on a late evening game drive.

No matter how much you have thought about Africa, this is more than you expected—the big five-Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, and Cape buffalo are in abundance.

Overnight Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge or Mara Simba Lodge
Meals:
 {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 7: Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve

Today we will be spending in the vast eco-system of the Mara searching for the big five and much more. You also have an optional balloon safari – Many call it a once in a lifetime experience, once you are up, you won’t want to come down, and once you land, champagne breakfast awaits you.

Game viewing is great from the air with the opportunity for beautiful pictures. The annual wildebeest migration is expected in the Masai Mara between July and early November. Millions of animals migrate to the Mara from Serengeti in search of fresh green pastures and water.

It’s worth noting that every game drive is different from the other, and missing one is missing out on the fun.

Overnight Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge or Mara Simba Lodge
Meals:
 {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 8: Masai Mara – Drive to Nairobi

Breakfast and one last look at the Mara before we head back to Nairobi by road. We check into our hotel and enjoy a few hours of relaxation by the pool or perhaps revisit a favorite shop or two.

After dinner, we proceed to the airport knowing that this has been a journey to remember for the rest of our lives.

Meals: {Breakfast}

8 Day Kenya Safari Amboseli Aberdare Nakuru Naivasha & Masai Mara Safari Prices

8 Day Kenya Safari Amboseli Aberdare Nakuru Naivasha & Masai Mara Prices Include;

Game drives + All meals included while on safari + All applicable Game Park entrance fees + Guaranteed window seating with open top + Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water + Guaranteed departures for two or more passengers booking this safari + Finest accommodations in Amboseli, Aberdare, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara + Multi-lingual Professional Safari Driver Guide & Round trip transport from Nairobi to Amboseli, Aberdare, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara

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8 Day Kenya Safari Amboseli Aberdare Nakuru Naivasha & Masai Mara Prices Exclude;

* International Airfare
* Accommodation in Nairobi
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* Gratuity for your professional driver guide
* Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
* Christmas, New Year and Easter Supplement
* Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps and airports
* Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue
* Optional Hot Air Ballooning (cost per person is 500 US Dollars), Nature walks etc
* Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

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