6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS
Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 3.5 hours After a short briefing in the morning, the journey begins in your 4x4 Land Cruiser. Your first destination is the Aberdare National Park known for its thick mountain rainforest and bamboo woods which distinguish it from the dry savannahs of other national parks. Here, you will also find most of the park’s wildlife. The Aberdare National Park is home to elephants, buffaloes, leopards, baboons and other primates. With a little bit of luck, you will even spot the rare Bongo antelope. If the weather conditions allow for it, you can even see Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, in the distance. Due to the high altitude, it can get chilly and you should definitely bring a jersey or jacket on game drives. You will spend the night on a campsite in the Aberdare National Park.
National Park Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 4.5 hours After a hearty breakfast at the campsite, you will leave the Aberdare National Park, heading towards the Great Rift Valley. Along the way, you make a stop in Nyahururu where you will see the highest waterfall in Kenya at 72 meters. The journey continues to Lake Nakuru National Park. This alkaline lake attracts millions of flamingos each year. The water often shimmers in hues of pink when looking from a distance, making for an iconic Kenyan photo scene. Another highlight is the population of black and white rhinos living in the park. Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the best spots to observe these endangered species. You will spend the night on a campsite in the Lake Nakuru National Park.
Distance approx. 120 km; driving time approx. 2 hours You will have time for another game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park before you head to Hells Gate National Park. In Hells Gate’s dry savannah, you can spot buffaloes, zebras, eland antelopes, Thompson gazelles, baboons and more than 100 different species of birds. Today, you will stretch your legs, hiking through a spectacular gorge and take a dip in the hot springs, dusting off after the hike. Your campsite for the night is situated right at the shores of Lake Naivasha under picturesque yellow fever acacia trees. Lake Naivasha is one of the few freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley. In the veil of darkness, hippos will leave the water to graze on the shores. In the early evening hours, you can listen to their grazing and observe these impressive animals from a safe distance. You will spend the night in your tent at the shore of Lake Naivasha.
Distance approx. 240 km; driving time approx. 5 hours In the early morning, you will make your way to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. On your way, you will pass by the inactive volcanos Mount Longonot and Mount Suswa, before you drive deeper into the land of the Masai. In the afternoon, you will have reached the Masai Mara and embark on your first game drive in this world-renowned part of Kenya. The Mara is known for its large populations of wildlife and home to the Big Five. Since animals don’t adhere to border control, you can see plenty of wildlife even in the adjacent areas of the game reserve. You will spend the night on a campsite, just outside of the Mara Triangle in a secluded area of the western part of the Masai Mara.
Extensive game drives through the amazing Masai Mara is the order of the day. Scouting for wildlife in the wide savannah, you will also drive to the Mara River. The Masai Mara is known for the Great Migration: millions of wildebeest and zebras follow the rains from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the savannah of the Masai Mara in Kenya, in search of greener pastures. these large herds of animals also attract many predators. Lions, leopards, cheetah, and hyenas lurk in the shadows, waiting for their next meal. The “greatest show on earth”, as the Great Migration is also known, reaches its peak when wildebeests and zebras have to cross the crocodile-infested Mara River. Crossing the river is a matter of life or death for the animals and a great spectacle of nature to observe. However, many animals stay in the Masai Mara year-round which makes the game reserve an attractive safari destination any month of the year. You will spend the night on the same campsite as the night before.
Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 6 hours After breakfast, you will leave the Masai Mara region. The bumpy roads of the bush turn into tarred roads leading you back to the city of Nairobi. In the early afternoon, you will reach the busy capital of Kenya. Here, you will bid farewell to your camping crew and we will drop you off either at your hotel or the airport. Alternatively, you can book a flight from the airfield in the Masai Mara which takes you to the tropical beaches of Diani Beach at the Kenyan coast. Skipping the long hours on the road, you can lie on the sandy white beach just hours after your adventures in the bush. For more details, get in touch with us.
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