GTC 22 ~ 13 Days Kenya Wildlife Trail

  • Samburu game reserve – home to the Gerenuk and Grevys zebra endemic to the North
  • Herds of elephant crossing the Uaso Nyiro river in Samburu
  • Meeting the Samburu tribes-people adorned in colourful red attire, beads and wonderful head-gear
  • Look our for hippo and numerous birds on the Lake Baringo boat ride
  • Flamingoes and rhino in Lake Nakuru
  • The spectacle of the wildebeest migration in July/ August in Mara
  • Mara – home to the Big 5 – elephants, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard and other game
  • Balloon ride over the Mara plains with champagne breakfast (optional)
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro on clear days from Amboseli
  • Underwater observation of hippos and fish at Mzima springs; Tsavo west
  • Herds of dust-red elephants wallowing in the midnight-colored waters of the Galana; Tsavo East
  • Lugards Falls through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile –infested pools
  • Aruba dam and Mudanda rock; Tsavo East whose waters are visited by thousands of animals
  • Amboseli Lenkisem masai cultural visit (optional) http://lenkisem.wordpress.com/

This 13 day wildlife safari takes you to the best game parks in Kenya (Samburu, Nakuru, Masai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo National parks) as well as the world famous bird sanctuaries of the Great Rift Valley lakes (Lake Baringo, bogoria and Nakuru). This tour is ideal for nature enthusiasts but also traverses through the diverse Kenyan geography and offers you the chance to meet different tribes, cultures and towns before arriving the hot and humid coastal section where you can spend time exploring either Lamu, Malindi, Mombasa, North and south coast thus completing your Kenyan experience.

Group tour scheduled to depart every Monday (minimum of 4 persons)!

Customize this tour!

Day 1 – Samburu:
Depart Nairobi in the morning heading north via the shoulder of Africa’s second largest mountain, Mt Kenya to the Samburu Game Reserve.  Accommodation in our Gametrackers semi-permanent campsite is beautifully set under a canopy of trees or we may pitch tents o­n the edge of Uaso Nyiro (meaning Brown in Samburu) River. Cold showers are available which are amazingly refreshing in the hot, dusty climate.

Day 2 – Samburu

Day spent game viewing in the park appreciating the diverse landscape and variety of animal species.  You may have the option of enjoying a swim or cold drink at a nearby lodge. Alternatively, visit a vibrant Samburu village (optional).

Wildlife to look out for include lions, elephants, grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, dik diks, ostrich, oryx, waterbuck, hippos and crocodiles. The horn billed stork is a common sighting as well as various other birds.

Day 3 – Baringo

Depart in the early morning (with lunch enroute) towards Lake Baringo. We arrive this fresh water lake in the late afternoon and depending on the conditions of the lake, we enjoy an evening boat ride in search of hippo, crocodile and numerous birds. A bird watcher’s haven but beware, this is malaria land so it is best to come prepared with plenty of mosquito repellent. We spend the night at Roberts campsite.

Day 4 – Lake Nakuru

A 30km drive south to the spectacular Lake Bogoria with hot springs and flamingos being the main attractions as well as great scenery.  Lunch and then proceed for an afternoon game drive at the Lake Nakuru National Park which is a small but equally rewarding park which is home to the black and white rhinos, flamingos, baboons, antelopes, the elusive leopard and numerous bird species. Set up camp in Kembu campsite located in Njoro area. At 7,250ft the area is mosquito free but very cold at night!

Day 3 – Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara

Break up camp after breakfast then depart towards Mai Mahiu and Narok town with lunch en route before arriving at Masai Mara game reserve. View game en route towards our Talek campsite situated at the edge of the park (next to Talek gate).

Here we have stand-up tents with beds for use as well as small wood cabins for those after a touch more comfort.  Hot showers and toilets are available in the camp and meals are served in the dinning area.

Day 6 – Masai Mara

The day is spent exploring the Mara magic through early morning and late afternoon game drives. Option to visit Masai village or local school.

Alternatively spend the entire day on a game drive (with packed lunches) returning to the campsite in the early evening hours. (Recommended during July/ August during the annual wildebeest migration).

Wherever you go in the Mara you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in great numbers.

Day 7 – Masai mara to Nairobi

Depart Camp and drive through the reserve viewing game as we proceed to the main Narok road where we stop to give you a chance to buy souvenirs, or just to have a cup of tea.  We return to Nairobi by late afternoon where we drop you off at a hotel (included in the cost on half board (dinner and breakfast).

Day 8 – Amboseli

Depart Nairobi in the morning and drive via Namanga on the Tanzania border to reach Amboseli early in the afternoon with lunch en route. We view game as we proceed towards the campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 – Amboseli

Day spent exploring this park. Here elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, wildebeest, hyena, jackal, warthogs, zebra and the Maasai giraffe are likely to be seen. Optional visit to the Lenkisem masai village or lodge for a swim and cold drink.

Day 10 – Tsavo West

We leave soon after breakfast for Tsavo West National Park. Visit the Chyulu Hills and the Mzima Springs, which are favorite haunts of both the hippo and crocodile that can be seen from an underwater observation chamber if time permits. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.   

Day 11 – Tsavo West

Day spent exploring the park including the nature trails. In Tsavo West birds are very common – look out for the white-bellied go-away bird, red-beaked hornbills and bateleur Eagles. There are also large populations of elephants, zebras and leopards. Look out for dung beetles rolling huge balls of elephant dung along the tracks.

Day 12 – Tsavo East

Early in the morning we drive to Tsavo East. This park was famed for its large herds of elephant covered in red dust and fine scenery. We visit the scenic Lugards Falls, Mudanda Rocks (attracts elephants in the drier season) and Aruba Dam as we view game if time permits.

Much of the wildlife is concentrated on the Galana River, which has plentiful crocs and hippos though the landscape is flatter and drier. Likewise, Kudus, waterbucks and dik-diks are common along the river banks.

Day 13 – Mombasa

Early morning game drive. Soon after breakfast we proceed to Mombasa with drop off in Mombasa town arriving in good time for travellers to find their way to their hotels and the tour ends.