10 Days Kenyan Explorer Safari to Aberdares, Samburu, Sweetwaters Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru, Maasai Mara and Amboseli National parks.
Day 1: Nairobi – Aberdare
You will be picked from your Diani Hotel and then be transferred to the airport. Fly to Nairobi for about 45 minutes and you will meet our drive/guide. Proceed to Aberdare driving through a distance of 180 kms. Arrive at Outspan Hotel for check in and lunch and then you will be transferred to the Aberdare National Park. Aberdare covers an area of 877 km2 and is a tropical rain forest.
Physical attractions include Bamboo forests, eucalyptus, jacaranda forests, water falls (Chania falls), Aberdare ranges, and green highlands among others. Animals seen include elephants, hyenas, rhinos, buffalos, lions, water bucks, bush bucks, bongo antelopes among others. This is also a home for birds. The altitude is 2,132 meters above the sea level and lies near to the equator. Relax at the Tree Top Hotel (One of the Tree Top Hotels in Kenya where Queen Elizabeth became the queen of England at the time she was in Kenya for Holiday in 1952). You have a chance to see animals at the water hole while at the tree top hotel. Dinner and overnight at (Treetop Hotel).
Day 2: Samburu
Wake up at 6.00 am and proceed to Outspan where you will have a full breakfast. Depart to Samburu National Reserve – a distance of 210 kms arriving at around 1.00 pm and begin a game drive en route to Samburu Intrepids Camp. Check in at around 1.30 pm for lunch and relax till 4.00 pm. You will then proceed for another game drive till 6.30 pm. Samburu National Reserve is an arid desert covering an area of 392km2. Physical attractions include the dates palm with acacia forests, Ewaso Nyiro River which flows to Lorian swamps, and mountains among others. Altitude is 3,747 meters above the sea level. Animals found are elephants, lions, buffalos, reticulated giraffes, gravy zebras, Beisa Oryx, Somali ostriches, cheetahs, and leopards among others. Dinner and overnight at the Samburu Intrepids Camp.
Day 3: Samburu
Wake up at 5.30 am for a cup of coffee or tea followed by a morning game drive then back to the lodge for a full breakfast at around 8.30 am. Proceed to another game drive till lunch and relax till 4.00 pm. An evening game drive till 6.30 pm then back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. (Samburu Intrepids Camp).
Day 4: Sweetwaters
Wake up at 6.00 am for a full breakfast and depart for Sweetwaters driving through a distance of 170 kms and arrive at Sweetwaters tented camp where you will check in at around 1.00 pm for lunch. Relax till 4.00 pm before visiting the Al Moran. After visiting the Al Moran, proceed for another game drive till 6.30 pm. Drive to the camp for dinner and overnight. Sweetwaters is a private sanctuary which is famously known as Ol-Pajeta Ranch owned by the local communities. It covers an area of 90,000 Ha and from here you can easily view Mt Kenya (The highest Mountain in Kenya). Sweetwaters is well known for animal orphanages like Al Moran (this is the black rhino which was shifted from Amboseli in 1974 because the parents were killed by poachers), chimpanzee (most of them were brought in from Cameroon, Rwanda and Congo forests because they were killed for meat). Physical attractions include Ewaso Nyiro River, plain grassland savannah with Acacia bushes. Animals found in this area include black and white rhinos, reticulated and Masai giraffes, chimpanzees, buffalos, warthogs, lions, cheetahs, impalas, hippos, hyenas and different types of bird species. Sweetwaters is attractive for holiday makers, researchers and students from all over the world. It lies directly on the equator line. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters tented camp.
Day 5: Sweetwaters
Wake up at 5.30 am for a cup of coffee or tea and proceed for a game drive till 8.30 am. Drive back to the camp for a full breakfast and afterwards proceed for another game drive till lunch time. Relax till 4.00 pm before visiting the chimpanzees at their territory where they find pleasure and nice atmosphere because there is no enemy in their surroundings. Continue with the game drive till late evening then back to Sweetwaters Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Lake Nakuru
Wake up at 6.00 am for a full breakfast and depart for Lake Nakuru National Park – a distance of 200 kms with a stopover at the equator line – Thomson Falls and Subukia Great Rift Valley view point. Arrive at the gate and begin a short game drive en route to Flamingo Hill camp for check in and lunch. Lake Nakuru is alkaline and home to millions of flamingos and pelicans. Lake Nakuru covers an area of 202 km2 of which 40 km2 is covered by the soda ash lake. Physical attractions include the euphorbia trees, fever acacia forests and the landscape is a grassland savannah. Most animals seen are white rhinos, lions, Rothschild giraffes, leopards, buffalos, gazelles among others. At 4.00 pm, start an evening game drive till 6.30 pm then back the lodge for dinner and overnight. (Flamingo Hill camp).
Day 7: Masai Mara
Wake up at around 6.00 am for full breakfast. Depart to the world seventh wonder (Masai Mara) driving through a distance of 320 kms. Arrive at around 1.00 pm and make a short game drive en route Mara Leisure camp for checking in at around 1.30 pm for lunch. Masai Mara National Reserve has an area of 1,584 km2 and it’s one of the famous and most visited national reserves in Kenya. Physical attractions include Mara River, Talek River, Loita hills, Serengeti plains and the annual wild beast migration during July to September. The landscape is woodland and grassland savannah with Acacia forests. Masai Mara is famous for lions, elephants, leopards, cheetah, gazelles, rhinos, hyenas among others. It’s also attractive for bird watchers and news analysts. Game drive at 4.00 pm till 6.30 pm and back to the camp or lodge for dinner and overnight (Mara Leisure camp).
Day 8: Masai Mara
Wake up at 5.30 am for coffee followed by an early morning game drive and back to the camp for a full breakfast. After breakfast proceed for another game drive visiting Mara River for hippos, crocodiles and the migration point of the wild beasts. (There’s another option of proceeding for a game drive with a packed lunch till evening). Dinner and overnight at Mara Leisure camp.
Day 9: Amboseli
Wake up at around 6.00 am for full breakfast. Depart for Amboseli with a picnic lunch driving through a distance of 450 kms with a stopover at the Great Rift Valley view point. Arrive at Amboseli early evening and make a game drive and check in at Ol Tukai Safari Lodge at around 6.30 pm. Amboseli covers an area of 390 km2 – physical attractions are grassland savannah, swamps and a view of Mt Kilimanjaro (The highest mountain in Africa, 5,895metres). It’s also a home to elephants, giraffes, cheetah, zebras, gnus, hyenas, buffalos among others. Amboseli is also a paradise for bird watchers. Dinner and overnight at Ol Tukai Safari Lodge.
Day 10 Amboseli – Diani
Wake up at 5.30 am for a cup of coffee or tea followed by a game drive till 8.30 am. Proceed for another game drive till early afternoon at around 11.30am and drive back to the camp or lodge for lunch. After Lunch you will then depart to Diani arriving late in the evening.