6-Day Masai Mara Nakuru & Amboseli Kenya Budget Safari begins and ends in Nairobi. Your Budget Kenya Safari starts off with game viewing in Amboseli National Park, close to the Tanzanian border flanked by Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is a compact game park, abundant in wildlife, which makes for some excellent game viewing. From Amboseli, we head to the important wildlife sanctuary of Lake Nakuru National Park, via Nairobi and the scenic Great Rift Valley. Then it’s off to the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve for unparalleled game viewing in one of Africa’s best game parks. This Budget Amboseli, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari offers the wildlife safari experience of a lifetime!
6 Day Kenya Budget Safari Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Nairobi Drive to Amboseli National Park
Day 2: Game Viewing in Amboseli National Park
Day 3: Amboseli Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 4: Lake Nakuru Drive to Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 5: Masai Mara Game Reserve Mara National Reserve
Day 6: Masai Mara Drive to Nairobi
6 Day Kenya Budget Safari Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi – Drive to Amboseli National Park
At the start of this Budget Amboseli, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari you will be collected from your hotel/ residence in Nairobi at 0730 hours. Leaving the bustling city of Nairobi, we travel south to Amboseli National Park, located near the border with Tanzania.
We arrive at our budget-tented camp near Amboseli Park, in time for lunch. After lunch at the camp, we take an afternoon game drive in the beautiful Amboseli National Park. Then we have dinner and overnight at a budget camp in Amboseli National Park.
Day 2: Game Viewing in Amboseli National Park
Today is set aside for a full day of game viewing in Amboseli game park. We explore this scenic game reserve on morning and afternoon game drives and have the option of visiting a Maasai village (optional extra). Amboseli National park is one of the most popular game parks in Kenya.
Amboseli Park covers sprawling grasslands and the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. Standing at 5896m above sea level the snow-topped mountain forms the backdrop to game viewing in Amboseli. Amboseli National Park hosts some of Kenya’s largest elephant herds and is famous for its big elephant bulls with their impressive tusks.
Amboseli is considered one of the top game parks in Africa to get up close to elephants in the wild, as well as offering some of the finest photographic opportunities of wildlife flanked by the scenic Mt Kilimanjaro. The Game Park also contains huge populations of buffalos, zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, hippos, and various antelope species, such as impala.
Amboseli National Park is also home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, and many other species of plains game. The park also boasts an abundance of birds, including bee-eaters, kingfishers, pelicans, African fish eagles, and falcons. We return to the same camp in Amboseli, for a night under starry skies.
Enjoy meals and another overnight stay at the budget safari camp, with beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Day 3: Amboseli – Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park
We leave Amboseli Park this morning traveling north, and back to Nairobi where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we travel to the Great Rift Valley passing through beautiful scenery as we drive. In the late afternoon, we arrive at Lake Nakuru Park in time for an evening game drive.
Lake Nakuru National Park was first established as a bird sanctuary, before being declared a national park. Lake Nakuru hosts over 400 different bird species, including many water birds. Bird species include the Great White Pelican, African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Stork, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, and Long-crested Eagle.
The Lake Nakuru National Park is known as an important wildlife sanctuary for some of Africa’s endangered species, especially black and white rhinos, and Rothschild’s giraffes. The game reserve is also home to lions, waterbuck, buffalo, and baboons, which we keep an eye out for on our game drive.
We have dinner and relax at a hotel located near Lake Nakuru National Park.
Day 4: Lake Nakuru – Drive to Masai Mara National Reserve
Day four of the Budget Amboseli, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari starts with breakfast at the hotel. Then it’s back on the road, as we make our way to our next game-viewing destination in Kenya, the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.
We arrive at our tented camp near Masai Mara and have lunch, before embarking on a thrilling afternoon game drive in one of the finest wildlife havens on earth. Then it’s time for dinner at our budget safari camp, located close to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Retire to your spacious tented room and fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush.
Accommodation could be a choice of any of the following camps located close to the entrance of the Masai Mara Ololaimutia gate. This includes Jambo Mara Safari Lodge, Olmoran Tented Camp, Mara Sopa Lodge, and Enkorok tented Camp.
Others include Simba Oryx Camp, Topi Lodge, Rhino Tourist Camp, Emayian Luxury Camp, Manyatta Camp, Mara Chui Camp, and Sidai Camp.
Day 5: Masai Mara Game Reserve
We spend the whole of the next day game viewing in Kenya’s top game park – the Masai Mara National Reserve. Our morning and afternoon game drives take us in search of Africa’s Big Five and the plethora of other wildlife inhabiting this vast Kenyan game reserve. On clear days, the Mara offers fantastic orange-tinged sunsets well worth capturing on camera.
The Mara reserve is 1510 sq km of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodland following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers in Kenya. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal; it is typical open savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife.
Wherever you go in the vast Masai Mara you will see plenty of wildlife, such as Masai giraffes, baboons, warthogs, bat-eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topi, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras, and hippos are also found in great numbers. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal or surveying the plains for their next meal.
Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but reasonably common. The ultimate action here is, without doubt, the annual wildebeest exodus, the Great Migration, in July and August when millions of these grass eaters move north from the Serengeti in search of lusher grass before turning south again in October.
Hot-air balloon trips are an entirely outstanding way of seeing the savannah plains teeming with wildlife. These Masai Mara balloon trips can be arranged at extra cost. We overnight at the same budget-tented camp near Masai Mara tonight.
Day 6: Masai Mara Drive to Nairobi
We take a morning game drive through the Masai Mara Reserve on day six, returning to our budget camp for breakfast. Then we head back to the chaotic city of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, arriving at about 15:00 in the afternoon.
This Budget Amboseli, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari ends upon arrival back in Nairobi.
6 Day Masai Mara Nakuru & Amboseli Kenya Budget Safari
6 Day Masai Mara Nakuru & Amboseli Kenya Budget Safari Prices Include:
5 Nights accommodation at a Budget camp & Hotel (Masai Mara 2 Nights, Nakuru 1 Night & 2 Nights) + All Park entrance fees Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park & Amboseli National Park + 3 Meals per day while on safari + Return transport from Nairobi (with a safari van or Landcruiser) + Bottle water while on safari and Pickup and drop off to your hotel within Nairobi city center
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* Tents accommodate 2 people of the same gender or couples
* You can also extend your safari by staying an extra day in Masai Mara if you so wish
* 3 persons traveling together or a single person if you wish to have your own private tent
* Safari vehicle accommodates a maximum of 7 guests (every guest has a window seat on game drives)
* Accommodation is in a permanent tent that has a roof, bed, bedding, hot water shower, and private toilet all self-contained in the tent
* The camps are located at the Oloolaimutia and Sekanani gates of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli Kimana Gate & Lake Nakuru town