NK-ADV01 : HIDDEN ELEPHANTS
This itinerary is based on an early morning arrival into Nairobi no later than 10 A.M and includes 2 nights in Samburu, 2 nights in Nakuru, 2 nights in Mount Elgon and 2 Nights in the Masai Mara.
Day 1 & 2
Nairobi to Samburu 2 nights
Check in at the lodge in time for lunch if you arrive in the morning and after proceed for the first of your game drives along the semi-deserted scorched lava plains. Some of Kenya's rarer species like the long-necked gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx and blue-spanked Somali ostrich can be seen here. Because of the sheer rarity and beauty of the rugged terrain I suggest that you spend two nights here.
Accommodation options: Full Board Larsen’s tented camp (luxury small camp along the Ewaso Nyiro river), Samburu Serena (cottage style accommodation in a lodge), Samburu Intrepid (camp accommodation in touch with nature built like a tree house).
Day 3 & 4
Depart Samburu after a hearty breakfast for Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru National park is home to the Pink flamingo one a good day you can see up to a million lesser and greater of the flamingo family. Lake Nakuru also offers a wide variety of animals such as warthog, water-buck and large numbers of impala. Other slightly shyer residents include buffalo, Rothschild giraffe, eland, lion, leopard and black rhino. It goes without saying that this lush environment is most definitely a bird watchers paradise.
Accommodation Options: Full Board Lake Nakuru Lodge (a prominent lodge overlooking the Lake) or Lion Hill camp (a camp situated on one of the national parks many headlands)
Day 5 & 6
Depart after breakfast for Mt. Elgon. Unspoilt and as it was thousands of years ago this volcanic mountain presents the world untamed beauty in its rare beautiful birds thick lush forest with leopards the largest of the world’s wild hogs hundreds of forest elephant and forest buffalo. The finest of the Kenyan moors lead your way to a series of caves sacred to the Masai and true Kenyan culture. The Caves provide a spectacle of elephants going underground to the rich salt rocks amazing visitors. Mt. Elgon provides safe walking safaris true beauty and peace.
Day 7 & 8
Leave Nakuru after breakfast arriving in Masai Mara in about 3 hours. Masai Mara is by far Kenya's most famous of national parks, the long yellow savannah shimmering in the afternoon sun allowing the great cats to blend in with their surroundings. The flat plains provide the best chances of excellent photography, here in the Mara you will have the chance to view the ruminants of the huge herds of wildebeest remaining after the great migration, huge herds of elephant, cheetah, giraffe and many, many birds of prey. Masai Mara is truly the best of Kenya as far as game viewing, photography and the chance of seeing a kill.
Accommodation Options: Mara Serena (the busiest of the Mara’s accommodation overlooking the Mara River), Fig tree (a tented camp in quaint settings perfect for a recluse looking for peace, tranquility and luxury). Governor’s luxury tented camp or Kichwa Tembo luxury tented camp.