Maasai Mara & Amboseli Safari
After packing the last of your things, it’s time to head to the airport and set off on your safari adventure!
Upon arrival into Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, you will be greeted by your driver who will take you to your hotel where you can unpack and freshen up.
The rest of the day you will have to explore Nairobi at your leisure. This multi-cultural city has plenty of bars, restaurants, markets, and shops to discover, each showcasing the variety of cultures that have blended together within the city.
Today you will make your way to one of the most famous national parks in Africa. The Maasai Mara National Park is different from other national parks with its varied landscapes and plains brimming with diverse wildlife. As you leave Nairobi and make your way through the great rift valley you will notice the scenery dramatically change before reaching your home for the next few nights, the Enkorok Mara Camp.
Once in the Maasai Mara, you have a variety of activities at your fingertips, with Game Drives being a key focus. There will be both morning and afternoon game drives on offer, as well as guided bush walks, cultural village trips, and if you’re after something really special, how about an optional hot air balloon safari? As you traverse the world-famous National Reserve keep a lookout for various mammals including the Big 5 animals: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo; as well as other animals such as hippo, giraffe, and the sought-after cheetah. Birdlife is also prolific in the Maasai Mara, as it is home to a whopping 500 species.
If you find yourself in the Maasai Mara in the months of July to September, then you have a high chance of seeing one of the world’s most spectacular and largest mass movement of animals – the great migration. Catch millions of wildebeest tailed by Zebra, Gazelle and ultimately a plethora of predators as the herd moves through the Maasai Mara on their annual journey.
It’s time to experience a new safari setting - the magical Lake Elmenteita. Despite being the lesser-known of Kenya’s Rift Valleys ‘soda lakes’, Lake Elmenteita is home to an abundance of wildlife, in particular birds. Spend your time here experiencing a few of the various optional activities such as bird watching, a boat safari at the nearby Lake Naivasha, visiting the Kekopey Hot Springs or heading off on a nature walk around the lake's shoreline where flamingos and pelicans are often seen.
Amboseli National Park
In the morning, after being collected by your driver, you’ll make your way to the southern part of Kenya to the Amboseli National Park. This national park boasts spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro and its snow-capped peaks. Keep a lookout, as herds of Elephants are often seen roaming the park!
Dawn and dusk game drives are the best for clear views, it’s also when the African wildlife is at its most active. As you set off on game drives through Amboseli, you will get to experience up to five different ecosystems – from dried up lakes, to woodlands and savannah. Famous for its elephant population, there will be opportunities to see these gentle giants up close. Also look out for hippos, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, wild dogs, Dik Dik, crocodiles, mongoose, hyrax, and the rather unusual Lesser Kudu. Bird watchers will be in paradise with over 600 species to look out for, make sure your binoculars and bird guide are to hand.
After saying goodbye to the incredible Amboseli, your driver will take you back to Nairobi when you will be dropped at the airport to catch your flight back home with memories of your time in Kenya that will last a lifetime.