Masai Mara and Rift Valley Lakes Safari - 5 Days

Follow conventional tourist routes and include accommodation in budget hotels where these are available.

3 days wildlife safaris in Kenya's Amboseli, Mara and Samburu

Day 1: Depart from Nairobi at 0900hrs and drive to Lake Naivasha. Brief stop at the View Point to see the spectacular scenery of the Great Rift Valley, which includes steep escarpments, volcanic mountains and lakes. After lunch at the shores of Lake Naivasha, you can either do an exciting boat-ride (optional) to one of the islands in the lake or simply survey the area on foot for its immense diversity of birds. Dinner and overnight in a camp

Day 2: Morning  birdwatching or boat ride drive to round the lake or to Crescent Island. Alternatively, hire bicycles for cycling in HellÌs Gate National Park. After lunch drive for 2 hours to Lake Nakuru National Park for afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru is a world famous bird sanctuary and home to millions of flamingoes. There are also lots of other interesting wildlife species such as the white rhino, leopard, lion, waterbuck etc. Afternoon game drive round  the park. Dinner and overnight bush camp

Day 3: Morning game drive in Lake Nakuru. Later drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve. On arrival, have lunch at Mara Springs Safari Camp then do a late afternoon game drive. Optional hike to the summit of the nearby Naunare hills from where you can enjoy good views of the expansive Mara ecosystem. Dinner and overnight Mara Springs Safari Camp

Day 4: Take an extensive tour of the Masai Mara. Leaving shortly after dawn, you spend the whole day driving through different locations of the Reserve, watching animals as they feed or groom each other. Take a short break from the mid day heat to have picnic lunch at the Hippo Pool where you can watch hippos gracefully swim or bask lazily. By the time you return to the camp in the evening, you've hopefully seen the elephant, the rhino, the lion, the giraffe, the hippo, the buffalo, the zebra, the leopard and a lot of other species including birds. An evening Maasai dance and cultural lecture around the campfire can be arranged at an extra cost. Dinner and overnight Mara Springs Safari Camp

Day 5: Early morning game drive, which is followed by a visit (optional) to a Maasai village ("Manyatta") to learn more about the local people's unique culture and lifestyle. Return to Nairobi arriving late afternoon.


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