7-Day Kenya Off The Beaten Path – Luxury
A 7-day safari visiting Aberdare (1 night), Samburu (1 night), Lake Nakuru (1 night), and Maasai Mara (3 nights). Samburu and Aberdare are not as famous as Mara and Lake Nakuru but they are extraordinary as well. With this itinerary, we can show much more from Kenya wildlife and landscapes. All our tours are customizable and we can increase or decrease the number of days, mix accommodation levels, etc.
Day 1: Nairobi/Aberdare
Pick up at the airport or hotel in our safari vehicle and early morning drive to Aberdare National Park. The drive is scenic via the central Kenya highlands with stops to view tea and coffee plantations. There shall be a further stop to see and experience the largest open-air market in East Africa at Karatina. Aberdare National Park is home to elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs, and bushbucks among others. Rare sightings include those of the giant forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, African wild cat, African civet cat, and the blue duiker.
Day 2: Aberdare/Samburu
After breakfast, we depart to Samburu Game Reserve for an afternoon game drive. Samburu Game Reserve stands as one of the most beautiful Kenya parks in the Northern Circuit. It holds the most indigenous wildlife as well as the home of African elephants and beautiful species of zebras and the Masai giraffes.
Day 3: Samburu
The whole day will be spent exploring this amazing game reserve, which will give you a “refreshment of your mind” as the park is not populated and not many people visit here. It’s home to the big five (elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo) as well as Gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Gravy zebra, Besia oryx, and endangered wild dogs as well as the endangered pancake tortoise. There are over 450 species of birds identified and aquatic species in the Waso Nyiro River including, vultures, kingfishers, marabous, bateleurs, guinea fowl, Somali ostriches and others.
Day 4: Samburu/Lake Nakuru
After breakfast, we depart to Lake Nakuru National Park. Across the equator, southwards of Bogoria, lies the rift valley’s famous Lake Nakuru. Known all over the world for its flamingoes and its alkaline, it’s recognized as being one of the natural wonders of the world. Lake Nakuru is now a rhino sanctuary, harboring a population of over 40 black and over 60 white rhinos, but the flamingos, of course, have always been the main attraction. At times there may be almost 2 million flamingos in residence, forming a stunningly beautiful deep pink band around the edge of the lakeshore. Arrive in time for lunch then have an afternoon game drive.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru/Maasai Mara
An early morning drive to Masai Mara National Reserve, which holds on as one of the few places left on earth where wildlife still lives comparatively undisturbed, in the numbers that once roamed the plains and forests of Africa. As the northern tip of the vast Serengeti ecosystem, the Mara hosts the spectacular seasonal migration of many thousands of Wildebeest, Zebras, and attendant predators. Arrive in time for lunch then have an afternoon game drive.
Day 6: Maasai Mara
After breakfast, we have a full-day game drive, with packed lunch provided. The reserve is well known for its black-manned lion, as well as its abundant resident wildlife, and it’s one of the few places where it’s possible to see the big five during a morning’s game drive. Many of the cheetahs are so tame they seek shelter from the hot sun under one’s vehicle and several even climb onto the roof to get a better view of prospective prey. For the bird enthusiast, almost 500 species have been recorded: among these 16 species of eagle, plus many hawks and falcons, 6 species of vultures, 8 species of storks 4 of bustard (including the Kori bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird), and 9 species of sunbirds.
Extra optional tours recommended (at extra cost):
- Hot Air Balloon Safari.
- Visit a Maasai Village.
Day 7: Maasai Mara/Nairobi
Wake up to the sights, sounds, and smells of the African bush this morning for a final game drive in Mara. Depart late in the morning to Nairobi, arriving at about 5 pm. Lunch en route.
- Aberdare Country Club
- Ashnil Samburu Camp
- Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
- Amani Mara Camp
- Park fees – (For non-residents)
- All activities – (Unless labelled as optional)
- All accommodation – (Unless listed as an upgrade)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation – (Unless labelled as optional)
- All flights during the tour
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals – (As specified in the day-by-day section)
- International flights – (From/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips – (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items – (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- The government-imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees