8 Day Kenya Safari Samburu Ol Pejeta Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara

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8 Day Kenya Safari Samburu Ol Pejeta Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara | 2 Nights Samburu National Reserve | 1 Night Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 1 Night Lake Nakuru National Park & 3 Nights Masai Mara | 8 Days 7 Nights Kenya road safaris | 8 Days Kenya Safaris

Lake Nakuru

This fantastic 8-day Kenya road safari begins and ends in Nairobi and includes a diversity of world-class game parks teeming with wildlife; Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru & the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve.

The trip begins with travelling through incredibly scenic landscapes from Nairobi to Samburu National Reserve located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya.

Samburu region of Kenya is home to the rare grevy’s zebra, gerenuk antelope, blue-necked Somali ostriches, Beisa oryx, Elephants, Crocodiles, Reticulated giraffes, Hippos and Lions. Bird watching is excellent with numerous varieties of weaver birds and the martial eagle.

After Samburu, we make our way to the next safari destination, the scenic Sweetwaters/ Ol Pejeta Conservancy located in between the foothills of the Aberdare Mountain Range and Mount Kenya. The reserve is East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary and the only place in Kenya to view chimpanzees (Kenya’s only chimpanzee sanctuary).

Safari by vehicle is not the only option at Ol Pejeta. Safari game walks, horse rides and even camel rides are available, as are safari night drives. The conservancy is home to the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino), Grévy’s zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest as well as Cheetah and Wild dog.

Next, we visit Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small national park home to Hippos, Baboons, Rhinos (black and white) and a variety of antelope species. Other wild inhabitants include Leopards and Lions, Giraffes, Zebras and Buffalos.

The shallow soda lake attracts a diverse abundance of bird species, numbering over 400 different species, and as such is a birder’s paradise and a Ramsar Wetland Area. When conditions are right, Lake Nakuru is visited by large flamingo flocks – an incredible sight.

From Nakuru, you then head into one of the top game parks in Africa – the epic Masai Mara National Reserve. The Mara is best known for the annual Great Migration that sees massive herds of Wildebeest, Zebra and Gazelle moving across the savannahs in search of fresh grazing.

It is also famous for its impressive populations of Africa’s big cats – Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs. The Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant) are commonly sighted throughout the year, in addition to all kinds of plains game.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Nairobi – Drive to Samburu National Reserve
Day 2: Explore Samburu National Reserve
Day 3: Samburu – Sweetwaters/ Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Day 4: Sweetwaters/ Ol Pejeta – Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Drive to Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 6: 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 Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast today we leave Nairobi, heading to Samburu National Reserve. We look out for game en route to our camp/ lodge, where we have lunch.  After lunch, we set off on a game drive in search of wildlife in Samburu.

This region of Kenya is home to the uncommon Grevy’s zebra with huge furry ears, Gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, blue-necked Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy beisa oryx. Elephant and Crocodile are guaranteed sightings, and we may be lucky enough to spot Leopards.

The park is also home to reticulated Giraffe, Hippo and Lion. Bird watching is excellent with numerous varieties of weaverbirds and the martial eagle.

Overnight Accommodation: Samburu Simba Lodge or Samburu Intrepids Camp or Samburu Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Explore Samburu National Reserve

Today is set aside for game viewing in Samburu Reserve, exploring its open grasslands and diverse landscapes in search of the variety of wildlife found here. Samburu hosts beautiful forests, springs and rivers, offering stunning scenery. The park is also rich in birdlife, hosting over 350 species. 

The reserve has varied habitats, from thorn scrub, red dirt and dried river beds, to broken volcanic rock, steep hills and rocky outcrops. Samburu is also one of the two areas where Elsa the lioness, of Born Free fame, was raised by George and Joy Adamson.

Another highlight is encountering the traditional Samburu people, with their indigenous culture that still follows ancient practices.

Overnight Accommodation: Larsens Tented Camp or Samburu Intrepids Camp or Samburu Sopa
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3: Samburu – Drive to Sweetwaters/ Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Today we wake up bright and early, have breakfast and leave camp/ lodge and continuing our journey to the famous Sweetwaters/ Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Arrive in time for lunch and relax. Then it is time for afternoon tea, followed by a game drive with an expert guide, searching for wildlife in an open-sided 4×4 safari vehicle.

Ol Pejeta hosts the largest population of black rhinos in East Africa and is Kenya’s only chimpanzee sanctuary. The reserve boasts high densities of wildlife including the Big Five of Africa (Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Buffalo and Leopard) and plains game.

Then we make our way back to camp/ lodge in time for dinner and leisure time.

Overnight Accommodation: Sweetwaters Tented Camp or Porini Camp or Ol Pejeta Lodge
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4: Sweetwaters/ Ol Pejeta – Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park

This morning, we leave Sweetwaters/ Ol Pejeta after breakfast and head for Lake Nakuru National Park. We arrive at a camp in good time for lunch and later head out for an afternoon game drive.

Lake Nakuru, a soda lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley is rich in birdlife and home to over 400 different species. Its claim to fame, however, is its large flocks of flamingos.

The sight of millions of flamingoes making the lake appear ringed in pink is spectacular. In addition to the abundant birdlife, it is also an important haven for the endangered species of Rothschild’s giraffe and both black and white Rhino.

Lake Nakuru is rich in wildlife giving you and your family the chance to spot Lions, Waterbuck, Buffalo, Baboons and much more. In the evening we settle down at our family-friendly lodge overlooking Lake Nakuru and its wild surroundings.

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


Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Drive to Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, we set off for the world-famous Masai Mara National Park. Travelling via the scenic Great Rift Valley, we arrive in time for lunch at the camp/ lodge where you will settle in and relax before the afternoon game drive.

The iconic Masai Mara National Reserve is the backdrop for an unbelievable full-afternoon game drive. Welcome to the great plains of Africa! The Masai Mara is an unfenced wilderness area that stretches over more than 1500 square kilometres.

The reserve is home to the most famous East African tribe, the Masai, whom you will see along the roadside herding cattle in their red robes. Mara is home to herds of Wildebeest, Zebra and other antelope as well as Giraffe and Buffalo.

There are plenty of predators too with Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Hyena. We stay out until dusk when the animals are at their most active.

Overnight Accommodation: Sarova Tented Camp or Siana Springs Tented Camp or Mara Simba Lodge
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 6 & 7: Explore Masai Mara National Reserve

We spend the next two days on morning and afternoon game drives in search of the Big Five of Africa. The famous Masai Mara Game Reserve is Kenya’s most popular and most visited game sanctuary.

It was used as the location of the well-known film ‘Out of Africa’ because of its spectacular scenery and outstanding natural beauty. The Mara hosts high numbers of big cats, making it a good place to see cheetahs, as well as Lions and Leopards.

Other wildlife includes herds of Antelopes, Zebras, Wildebeest, Giraffes and Buffaloes, and an array of healthy populations of smaller mammals and other creatures (reptiles, birds, insects etc.).

From July to August the park hosts one of nature’s truly great events. Millions of Wildebeest, Zebra and Gazelle migrate from the Serengeti, across the Tanzania border and the Mara River to reach the sweet grass plains of the Maasai Mara National Park. It is awash with high drama. Crocodiles lurk in the river and Lions and other predators lie in ambush in the long grass.

In addition to the unforgettable game experience, about 452 species of birds have been recorded in the park. There is an option (own expense) to take an unforgettable hot air balloon safari.

Overnight Accommodation: Sarova Tented Camp or Siana Springs Tented Camp or Mara Simba Lodge
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 8: Masai Mara – Drive to Nairobi

Enjoy early breakfast at the Camp or Lodge. Check out of the lodge/ Camp and conduct a game drive en-route to Nairobi by road.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

8 Day Kenya Safari Samburu Ol Pejeta Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Prices

8 Day Kenya Safari Samburu Ol Pejeta Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Include;

Game drives + All meals included while on safari + All applicable Game Park entrance fees + Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water + Guaranteed window seating with open top for easy photography + Finest accommodations in Samburu, Sweetwaters/OlPejeta, Lake Nakuru, and Masai Mara + Multi-lingual Professional Safari Driver Guide & Round trip transport from Nairobi to Samburu, Sweetwaters/Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Nairobi

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8 Day Kenya Safari Samburu Ol Pejeta Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Exclude;

* International Airfare
* A visit to a Masai Village
* Accommodations 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, Night Game drives, 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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