7 Days: Seven (7) Days Masai Mara luxury lodge safari to Masai mara, Lake Nakuru, Aberdare and Amboseli national parks for wildebeest migration, game drive, game watching, Kilimanjaro viewing, bird watching, photography tour, safari walk, hiking among other things. This is an ideal Masai mara family vacation safari that combines the wildlife, rift valley lakes, rivers, mountains and forests, and savannah. This tour is a lodge based safari where you get to enjoy the luxuries of a fully furnished room complete with hot shower, double bed and great views.
Day 1: Nairobi -Masai Mara
Your safari starts at 8:30am from Nairobi with a drive through the Great Rift Valley and into the mau hills. You will finally drop into the Masai mara plains and check into your lodge by 1300hrs. Depending on your budget, you there are many luxury lodges to stay in Masai mara including Serena mara lodge, Sarova mara lodge, mara Sopa lodge, Simba lodge, Keekorok lodge, Fairmont mara safari club, Olare Mara Kempinski, andBeyond Kichwa Tembo, Sanctuary Olonana, AA Lodges, Ashnil mara camp, Sentrim Mara lodge, Governors Camp, Mara leisure camp, Angama mara camp and others.
You will enjoy a hot lunch and siesta at your lodge and later go for an evening game drive at 1600hrs until dusk. You will be able to see some of the big five animals if not all in one afternoon. The Masai mara is a 1510sqkm area which is home to more than 3 million animals. There are hundreds of big cat predators in Masai mara and a vast array of birds. The gently undulating plains that are unhindered by any trees for miles makes for the best game drives in the world.
Dinner and overnight at your masai mara luxury lodge.
Day 2: Masai Mara
This will be a full day of game watching in the masai mara game reserve. Take your breakfast early and depart the lodge for a full day game watching with packed lunch. You will go to the mara river to watch the hippos and the crocodiles in the water. The mara river is never without some action.
In the wildebeest migration season, Mara River is the scene of the most dramatic animal stampede with thousands of these animals crossing the river every day. It is here that many die from strong floods and the crocodile attacks but it is also here that millions of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles successfully cross over every year in search of pasture.
Enjoy the views at the river and have a picnic lunch here before going on a long afternoon game drive. You will return to your lodge in the late afternoon after a full day of watching wildlife in the masai mara. Return to the lodge in the evening to a warm shower or a swim in the pool. Thereafter enjoy a dinner and overnight in a comfortable bed.
Day 3: Masai Mara- Lake Nakuru
This is your last day at the Masai mara and you will go on an early morning game drive before breakfast. You will wake up to a cup of warm coffee and depart for a morning game drive at 0600hrs. You will arrive back at the lodge at 8:00 for breakfast. Enjoy a buffet breakfast and later depart for Lake Nakuru national park. You will arrive at Nakuru by 1300hrs and check into any lake Nakuru national park lodge like the Nakuru Sopa lodge, Nakuru Sarova lion hill lodge or Lake Nakuru lodge.
Enjoy a hot meal at the restaurant and go for a siesta or swim in the lodge pool. Later go for an evening game drive at 1600hrs to see the flamingos, the lions, rhinos, buffalos, hippos, gazelles, giraffes, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs and other animals in this park. Lake Nakuru considered the biggest bird spectacle in the world and it has over 600 species of birds to see here. You will do a game drive around the lake and visit the baboon cliff and the Makalia waterfalls. If you are lucky, you might see 1 or 2 leopards.
Return to lodge at dusk for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Nakuru – Aberdare
You will enjoy an early morning game drive followed by a heavy breakfast and later depart Lake Nakuru national park for the Aberdare national park. On arrival in Nyeri town, you will have lunch at the Outspans hotel which the base hotel for the treetop lodge inside the park. After lunch, you will leave most of your luggage at the outspans hotel and carry only what you need for one night at the treetops lodge.
The Aberdare treelodge is built high and stands on poles. The lodge therefore has a strict weight limitations and that’s the reason they receive guests at the outspans hotel where you only carry the essentials for the night.
There is not much game driving in Aberdare national park. Most guests watch the wildlife from the terrace or their wide windowed rooms when they come to drink water or lick salt at the water hole. The water hole is hugely popular with animals and you will get to see all kinds of animals come here for water. The treetops even has a wakeup call service where they wake you up at night when an important animal come to the water hole like a leopard or a rhino.
Dinner and overnight at the treetops lodge.
Day 6: Aberdare – Amboseli National Park
You will wake up to the singing birds of aberdare national park and the cool mountain air. Depart after breakfast for the outspans where your driver guide will pick you up for the trip to Amboseli. You will drive through the lush green kikuyu highlands with acres of green tea farms and coffee plantations.
Arrive in Nairobi in time for lunch. Continue your drive to Amboseli and arrive at 4:00pm to check into your lodge and go for an evening game drive until dusk. The mt Kilimanjaro is visible in the evening and it is such a magnificent sight.
Amboseli is a 390 sqkm park located some 230km south west of Nairobi and on the border with Kenya and Tanzania and under the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro. The Amboseli offers the greatest views of mt Kilimanjaro peaks and is as such the second most popular park in Kenya. Amboseli is also home to more than 1500 elephants that are also the longest studied population with a research by Cynthia Moss that has lasted over 4 decades.
You will enjoy your game drive and drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. You can choose to stay in any of these lodges, Amboseli Sopa lodge, Oltukai lodge, Amboseli Serena lodge, AAlodge, Sentrim Amboseli Lodge, Kibo Safari Camp among others.
Day 7: Amboseli- Nairobi
Wake up to the great air of the Kilimanjaro and look out your window for the most beautiful yet humbling view of the Kilimanjaro in its entirety. The Kilimanjaro offers the best views early in the morning and late in the evenings. The morning views of Kilimanjaro are however the best by far. Take it all in. You will enjoy this view all morning during breakfast and in the morning game drive.
After breakfast, you will go for a long game drive until 0800hrs when you return to lodge and depart for Nairobi arriving at 1300hrs in time for lunch at your hotel. Drop off at your hotel or the JKIA airport for your flight back home after a great 7 day masai mara- Nakuru-aberdare- Amboseli safari.
Goodbyes and end of safari.
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