MLT13407

KV002 - KENYA - PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE SAFARI

10 days safari (Nbo/Nbo) 9 nights camping - Several walks with local guides

Visit a diversity of Kenya�s wildlife reserves & national parks where the different ecosystems attract a wide variety of animals and birds. Crossing the Rift Valley the scenery is spectacular, and each of the areas you visit offers landscapes of breathtaking beauty. At Lake Bogoria you will have the opportunity to walk the lakes edge and observe the flamingos at the hot geysers. You will travel through Samburu and Masai country, and in the Loita Hills experience cultural contact with the Masai. (Minimum age 8 yrs for scheduled departures)

SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samburu Game Reserve -Cultural contact with different tribes 
  • Flamingos of Lake Bogoria National Reserve �
  • Walks -Walk on Lake Naivasha�s Crescent Island Game Sanctuary 
  • Masai Mara Game Reserve Private camp in the heart of the reserve 
  • Walk with Masai guides in the Loita Hills & Samburu guides near Maralal

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ITINERARY

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Day 1 NAIROBI - SAMBURU GAME RESERVE Departing Nairobi and heading north towards Samburu, we travel on 300 kms of good tarmac road that takes us through some spectacular scenery. We pass pineapple plantations, tea and coffee plantations, and of course the mountain forest of Mt. Kenya, before reaching 3000 metres altitude at Timau. The immense deserts of the north spread out far below us, a spectacular landscape punctuated by the mountains of Shaba and Matthews Ranges. We soon arrive back on the plains at Samburu. Samburu Game Reserve has a remarkably rich variety of fauna. It's a very picturesque reserve of semi desert savannah surrounded by the foothills of Mt. Kenya to the south and the Matthews Ranges to the north, and separated in two by the river `Uaso Nyiro'. The animal life is both varied and prolific, and includes a number of species that are not found in other areas, gerenuks, Grevy's zebra and the reticulated giraffe. The river bank is an excellent observation point. We camp this evening inside the reserve. Camping FB

Day 2 SAMBURU GAME RESERVE The three reserves namely Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves lie about 325 kms from Nairobi and 50 kms from Isiolo town on the Isiolo-Marsabit road. The Samburu and Buffalo Springs are traversed by the Uaso Nyiro river. The beautiful scenery and wildlife along the banks of this river are some of its major attractions. The strips of riverine forest, thickets and clusters of tall feathery Doum Palms create a lively habitat for many species, particularly primates. The Shaba National Reserve was established in 1974. Shaba got its name from a cone of volcanic rock in the reserve. Game drives in Samburu Game Reserve. Camping FB

Day 3 MARALAL Leaving the game reserve we drive through a sandy semi desert region with outcrops of giant granite boulders and sandy riverbeds lined with huge acacia trees and doum palms. We meet the Samburu herdsmen leading goats and camels to a watering hole and the women carrying water containers to their village. The Samburu populate a region of about 28500 square kilometres. Like other pastoralists of northern Kenya their lifestyle has changed very little over the past 100 years. They live in low huts carefully woven with branches and then covered with manure and mud. Their lifestyle evolves entirely around the herding of their goats, camels and cows that represent a symbol of wealth. Climbing up onto the Laikipia plateau with far reaching views over the spectacular landscapes we have just crossed, we find herds of zebra and cattle grazing together under the watchful eyes of the Samburu warriors. We visit the colourful town of Maralal where the Samburu people come to purchase their essentials. Maralal Game Sanctuary is a dense forest and is home to herds of elephant, buffalo, eland and many other animals. Camping FB

Day 4 LAKE BOGORIA Descending into the Rift Valley we arrive at the very beautiful Lake Bogoria, a small game reserve of only 100 square kms. The Laikipia escarpment drops sharply into the lake on the eastern side, and along the shore we find geysers spurting steam high in the air and pools of hot water bubbling from the ground. Millions of flamingos line the lakeshore and are particularly concentrated around the hot springs. The lake is highly concentrated in soda and is ideal for the growth of algae upon which feed the flamingos. The reserve is birdwatchers paradise with flamingos, pelicans, avocets, ducks, cranes and hornbills just to mention a few. Camping FB

Day 5 NAKURU & NAIVASHA Heading south we stop at the busy town of Nakuru to do our shopping in the market. Nakuru is the 4th largest town in Kenya and is a rich agricultural region. The large variety of fresh fruit and vegetables is ideal for us, as we won't have the opportunity to re-supply for the rest of our journey. After shopping and a quick lunch we continue on to Lake Naivasha where we install our camp on a private farm under tall acacia trees. Lake Naivasha is one of the few freshwater lakes of the Rift Valley and as well as being home to huge herds of buffalo and hippos - not to mention the birdlife - there are large exploitations of flowers and vegetables grown for exportation and of great economic importance to the economy. We take a walk on Crescent Island amongst giraffe & gazelle with magnificent views over the lake. Camping FB

Days 6 and 7 LOITA HILLS We leave the Rift Valley lakes and head for Masai land and the Loita Hills. Even outside national park boundaries the wildlife is abundant. The Masai are not hunters as they don't appreciate the taste of game meat. So it's not unusual to pass a herd of Thompson's gazelle or wildebeest close to the Masai dwellings. The next day after breakfast we go walking with our local Masai guides. The surrounding landscape is magnificent and walking through the forest with green grassy clearings reminds us somehow of the English countryside - but not for long as we are brought back to reality and Africa by the sight of a Masai armed with his spear. We pass villages and stop to speak with the friendly inhabitants. Camping FB

Days 8 and 9 MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE We drive from the rolling hills onto the open plains of Masai Mara Game Reserve. Although these people of Nilotic origin were feared by the first explorers to the region, the proud warriors of today spend most of their time herding cattle in search of fresh pasturage. Masai Mara Game Reserve was established in 1961 and covers a surface of 1812 square km that is divided into 2 zones. The Masai are permitted to graze their cattle in the exterior section which is land controlled by the Masai group ranches, but the interior park of 518 square km is reserved strictly for the fauna. Masai Mara is a succession of undulating plains and rivers lined with acacia trees, where we can observe an exceptionally rich variety of wildlife. Here we find the largest lion population in Kenya, but even more spectacular is the enormous concentration of antelopes, zebras, and wildebeest. During the migration period the number of animals can reach the millions. In 1982 when the last survey was taken, there were recorded to be 1,200,000 wildebeest, 700,000 zebra, 400,000 gazelle, and of course all the hyenas, lions, cheetah and other predators that follow these herds and hunt the more venerable ones. Game drives in the reserve. Camping FB

Day 10 NAIROBI After a last morning game drive we head back to Nairobi passing through Narok the capital of Masai territory and crossing once more the Rift Valley from west to east. Finally climbing the steep eastern escarpment back into Nairobi we are immediately confronted with the hustle and bustle of city life. After saying farewell to the rest of the group you will be dropped at your hotel.

Departure Dates

5 Jan / 2 Feb / 9 March / 6 April /8 June / 6 July / 17 Aug / 7 Sept / 5 Oct / 3 & 17 Dec

Price

HIGH SEASON

MID SEASON

LOW SEASON

USD 2660 + PARK FEES

USD 2565 + PARK FEES

USD 2370 + PARK FEES

Park fees per adult in USD $560

Park fees subject to change

Seasons

LOW SEASON

March/April(Exept Easter week end)* May*/June*/Nov*/1 to 20 December

MID SEASON

Jan/Feb/1 to 7 July/27 August to end of Sept/October/Easter week end

HIGH SEASON

8 July to 26 August/20 Dec to 4 January

* Beware of rain

Include

  • Transport in 4WD safari vehicle with roof hatches
  • Experienced African Latitude driver-guide; 
  • Full board except meals in Nairobi
  • Treated drinking water
  • All camping equipment including tables, chairs, igloo-type tents, mattress, wash bowls, bush toilet & shower
  • Cook &drivers who assist with the camp 
  • Community fees benefit local schools & community projects

Exclude

  • Drinks, sleeping bag, personal torch and personal toiletries. (all these can be provided on request)
  • Tips & items of a personal nature, ie. laundry etc.


 

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