On tour in Amboseli - Tsavo West - Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara
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Today you arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. Here you can complete your immigration formalities and collect your luggage. At the exit you will be greeted and welcomed by your personal driver. He will take you to your accommodation in Nairobi and give you a short briefing on the upcoming tour.
You must have a valid yellow fever vaccination
Plastic bags are not allowed in Kenya
Amboseli National Park
Already early in the morning you are picked up from the hotel and start your journey towards Amboseli National Park. Arrive at Kibo Safari Camp in time for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy the first game drive through the park.
Amboseli National Park
Start your day with an early game drive through the Amboseli National Park in the morning - the animals are particularly active here. The park's acacia forests and grasslands attract an abundance of wildlife, including buffalo, lion cheetah, spotted hyenas, zebras, and wildebeest. The park is also home to the proud Maasai tribe. You will return to the accommodation for breakfast and relax there until after lunch before the next game drive in the afternoon. The observation of elephant herds that cross the plains with Kilimanjaro in the background leaves a lasting impression. Dinner will take place at the camp.
Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary
After breakfast leave Amboseli National Park and continue towards Tsavo West National Park and first to the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a community-run sanctuary that provides ecotourism services to protect the wildlife of the Tsavo region. It also provides an important wildlife corridor between Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks. The sanctuary is known for its large cat and elephant populations. Arrive here in time for lunch. In the afternoon, a guided discovery tour around the camp awaits you. On this walk you will be accompanied by a ranger and a guide. You go on a search for clues around Lions Bluffs. Learn which roots and leaves are edible, which are used by the locals to treat stomach aches or charm your enemies. Examine spider nests, collect quartz rocks or leaves to make a refreshing tea. Identify birds by their call and watch them in the bush. Then come back and let the day fade away.
Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary
Today is filled with game drives in Tsavo West National Park. You can watch Tsavo's famous elephants in a sand bath or scraping acia trees. There is also a diverse range of bird life, several species of reptiles and of course crocodiles in the Tsavo River. You will see interesting landscapes: large lava fields and bubbling springs with crystal clear water in sharp contrast to the surrounding arid valley. Then return to the lodge for dinner.
From Tsavo West via Nairobi to Lake Naivasha
After breakfast you will be picked up from your lodge and drive to the Voi train station. After about 4 hours of driving you will arrive in Nairobi and will be picked up by your guide and continue to Lake Naivasha National Park, the only freshwater lake within the great East African Rift Valley. The beautiful lake is lined with papyrus and acacia trees and is home to a wide variety of bird species. Although the lake is more than 10 km in diameter, it is very shallow and its water level varies with precipitation. When you arrive at Lake Naivasha, check into your accommodation and relax for the rest of the day.
Lake Naivasha and Hells Gate
Lake Naivasha offers many activities such as a boat ride on the lake to start your day with. From the boat you can spot wildlife like hippos, buffalo, ospreys, pelicans and much more. Return to the property for lunch.
We have two options for you in the afternoon:
Option 1: a hike through the Hell's Gate area
Option 2: Bike tour through the Hell's Gate area
Hell’s Gate National Park is located south of Lake Naivasha and covers 68 km² in the Great Rift Valley. The park is particularly known for its landscape. The animal world is diverse and has both steppe and rock inhabitants.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Today we go to the world famous Masai Mara! You will arrive at the camp in time for lunch. In the afternoon you will explore the area on your first game drive. There is always a lot to discover in the Masai Mara. It extends over more than 1500 square kilometers in the southwest of the country. The park protects a phenomenal range of game, including charismatic species such as elephants, lions, leopards, and buffalo, as well as crocodiles and hippos in the Mara River. The bird life is no less impressive, with over 450 native bird species. The real highlight here, however, is the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross the Mara River in search of rich pastures and enough drinking water.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Use the days to explore the vastness of the Masai Mara and go on game drives. With a lot of luck you can experience a "river crossing" live, depending on the time of travel. Watch as the first wildebeest decides to cross and all the other animals follow him. The crocodiles are already lurking nearby and are just waiting for their opportunity to prey.
End of the journey
Today your vacation comes to an end. You leave the Masai Mara today and return to Nairobi. Your guide will take you straight to the airport. The travel time is approx. 5-6 hours. We say goodbye and wish you a good flight: Kwa heri na karibu tena! Goodbye and see you soon!
The Ibis Styles Nairobi Westlands Hotel is located 5km from Nairobi’s central business district, 21km from the International Airport Jomo Kenyatta and provides easy access to the local industrial park. The hotel has 11 floors with double-, twin-, triple- and family rooms with Hypnos beds. So there is a room for everyone: single travellers, couples, families or groups!
Carnelley’s is a quiet campsite, located on beautiful property with lots of bushes. The monkeys are romping around the trees and hippos are browsing on the shore of Lake Naivasha (Be careful! Do not approach the hippos!). Camp Carnelley’s became a popular spot through the years. There are also fixed accommodations, the Lazybones Bar, a restaurant and many options for activities right at the campsite.
Right in the middle of the African wilderness nature lovers experience the true fascination of a campsite in the bush.
The team in the Matira Bush Camp consists of experienced, native Maasai, who have detailed knowledge about the environment and its flora and fauna. This enormous knowledge about plants and animals will not only make your stay comfortable, but also safe. Experience the magic of an African night with the vespertine campfires, which radiate warmth, surrounded by the murmurs of the wilderness.
The camp offers full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner, an international cuisine with a regional touch. The meals are freshly prepared and served in the food tent, underneath shady trees or open air. The six tents are furnished with comfortable double or twin beds.
Kibo Safari Camp is a luxurious tent camp in Amboseli National Park, located on the foot of the Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain with 5896 m and 250km south of Nairobi. Amboseli National Park is the second largest National Park in Kenya. Kibo Safari Camp is only a 3-4hours drive from Nairobi and you can conveniently get there with the newly paved road from Emali to Loitoktok. The camp is only 15km away from Amboseli landing strip and only 5minutes from the Park Gate. The perfect location of Kibo Safari Camp gives you a breathtaking view over Kilimanjaro. The camp provides total silence and privacy.
Lions Bluff is a remarkable lodge, located on top of a bluff with breathtaking view over the LUMO-sanctuary plains and the Kilimanjaro.
Iain Leckie, his wife Helen and their family went camping at LUMO-sanctuary for years and fell in love with it’s great vastness and it’s beauty. When they had the chance to take over the community lodge, they didn’t hesitate, as they wanted to get involved with the community and help keeping the sanctuary safe for a long time.
At Lions Bluff there are 12 half-tent Bandas, each beautifully created and with a fantastic view over the plains underneath. Each room has its own bathroom with a twin bed or two single beds and a family unit. The lodge is named Lions Bluff after a group of lions, which is frequently spotted roaming the savannas surrounding the lodge.
It is perfectly located for those, who want to spend the night in Tsavo West or those, who are looking for a Safari close to the beach. Really the best lodge around.
The Tsavo West National Park covers an area of 9065 km². In the south, it stretches to the border of Tanzania and in the north until the Athi River. The landscape of Tsavo West is hilly and more watery than Tsavo East, and there are many volcanic cones showing up in the area. At the Rhino Sanctuary, the last black rhinos of the area are fostered in an enclosed territory. The water of the Mzima Springs originates from the Kilimanjaro and is enjoyed by hippos and Nile crocodiles. The banks of Tsavo river, situated in the south, are lined with gallery forests. Due to the dense vegetation, the animals are not very easy to discover. With much luck, you will see the Big Five of East Africa: elephant, leopard, rhino, buffalo and lion.
Masai Mara is the conservation area with the most animal species in Kenya and is located at the border to Tanzania, as part of the Serengeti. Covering an area of 1510 km², this is the place to observe the great migration of gnus and zebras from September until November.
The Amboseli National Park is located in the southwest of Kenya and borders on Tanzania. It stretches over 390 km² and is home of elephants, gnus, zebras, lions, cheetahs, hyaenas, African wild dogs and black rhinos. From here, you can also see the Kilimanjaro.
The Lake Naivasha National Park is the highest located lake in the East African Rift and one of the few freshwater lakes. Here you can find about 300 bird species such as ibis, pelicans and cormorants, as well as giraffes, antelopes, hippos, gnus and zebras.
Safari: meals & accommodations as described
All entry and concession fees
4x4 safari car - without other guests in the car
English speaking guide
Unlimited kilometers during the safari
1st class train ticket from Voi to Nairobi
1 liter of water per day per person
Flying Doctors Insurance *
* In the event of an accident or sudden illness, you will be picked up by the Flying Doctors at the nearest landing site and flown to a hospital in Nairobi. From then on, your international health insurance should cover payment for the treatment.
Kenya Visa (50USD per person)
Things of personal use
Tips: Recommendation per guide on safari: 15-20USD per day per group
Any airport charges
International travel health insurance
Travel cancellation insurance