From the bush to the beach

11 Days
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Nairobi city

  • Day 2 : Samburu National Reserve - Nairobi city

  • Day 3 : Samburu National Reserve

  • Day 4 : Lake Nakuru - Samburu National Reserve

  • Day 5 : Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru

  • Day 6 : Masai Mara

  • Day 7 : Masai Mara - Nairobi city - South Coast - Mombasa

  • Day 8 : South Coast

  • Day 9 : South Coast

  • Day 10 : South Coast

  • Day 11 : South Coast - Mombasa

DAY 1 : Nairobi city


Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by your guide who will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Nairobi. Nairobi is Kenya's major city, it is the Capital and largest city in the country. It is famous for having the Nairobi National Park, the world’s only game reserve found within a major city.

The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to "cool water". The phrase is also the Maasai name of the Nairobi river, which in turn lent its name to the city. However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun", and is surrounded by several expanding villa suburbs.

You will be driven to your hotel which is located a short distance from the airport for your first night in Nairobi Kenya where you will freshen up and relax after your long flight.

This day is entirely at your disposal! Take the opportunity to visit the giraffe centre where you have the unique opportunity to feed giraffes. You can also visit David Sheldrick's elephant orphanage. This rehabilitation centre for orphaned elephants from all over Kenya, victims of poaching or human conflict, raises them until they are no longer dependent. Alternatively, you can simply visit the city of Nairobi or relax before your safari departure.

Night at Wildebeest Eco Camp


DAY 2 : Samburu National Reserve - Nairobi city


After breakfast you leave Nairobi and drive to Samburu Game Reserve. Samburu National Park is a unique wildlife sanctuary and it is popular with animal enthusiasts. The drive takes us through the fertile Kenyan northern highlands from where we can get a glimpse of the snow capped Mount Kenya Peaks, the second highest mountain in Africa before we descend to the semi arid areas of the Isiolo and Samburu District.

We will have lunch on the way. A game drive en-route after passing the park gate, takes us to our tented camp on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. We will have our first game drive experience in this beautiful park in search of lions, elephants, cheetah among other animals.

You will arrive at your lodge in time for dinner and overnight.

Night at Samburu Simba Lodge


DAY 3 : Samburu National Reserve


After an early breakfast, we proceed for another game drive. Samburu is very rich in wildlife. Besides unique and rare species such as the Grevy Zebras, the Reticulated Giraffes and the Somali Ostrich we find Oryx, Gerenuks, Buffaloes and Elephants. Predators such as Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs are also very common. As the temperatures rise and the wildlife hide under the shades of the acacia trees we return to the camp for lunch. After lunch we relax, have a siesta or visit a Samburu Village before we head for another exciting late afternoon game drive. Dinner and the overnight stay will once again be at the lodge.

Night at Samburu Simba Lodge


DAY 4 : Lake Nakuru - Samburu National Reserve


On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking,picnic and game drives.

After an early breakfast at your lodge you will depart from Samburu Game Reserve and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park.

You will arrive for lunch at Nakuru before proceeding for an afternoon game drive in the Park. This is a shallow soda lake which inhabits more than a million flamingos. The Lake Nakuru National Park also has a Rhino sanctuary. Other animals to be seen here are lion, buffalo, waterbuck, warthhog and hippo.

Night at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge


DAY 5 : Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru


After breakfast you will leave your lodge heading out to Maasai Mara. We will drive you today to one of the most important national parks in Kenya, Maasai Mara National park. You will leave Nakuru with packed lunch driving via the great rift valley towards Maasai Mara. You will stop for picnic lunch along the way arriving in Maasai mara for an afternoon game drive safari. Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. The terrain of the reserve is primarily grassland and riverine forest with clumps of the distinctive acacia trees. It’s about 270 km from the capital city Nairobi and takes about 5-6 hours by road.

The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe; over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see Lions, Rhinos, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffe, Wildebeests, Zebras, Buffalo, Warthogs, Hyenas, and Jackals, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Leopard and a variety of antelopes. You will do game drive enroute arriving at your camp/ lodge for dinner and overnight.

Night at Olumara Tented Camp on a Full Board Basis


DAY 6 : Masai Mara


Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains in Kenya, the Masai Mara boasts 1,672 sq. kilometers of unspoilt wilderness. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya, but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming. Throughout the year the Masai Mara is a place of natural drama, a kaleidoscope of colour and life. Most stunning of all are the months between July and October, when the savannah teems with animals during the Great Wildebeest Migration. Millions of wildebeest gather in the Masai Mara in one of the natural wonders of the world.

There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded on the reserve. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant, and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino). Other game include hippopotami, cheetah, Grant’s gazelle, impala, topi, Coke’s hartebeest, giraffe, Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox. However wildebeest are by far the dominant inhabitants of the Masai Mara.

Their numbers are estimated in the millions. The Great Migration starts in July each year when well over one million wildebeest along with large numbers of Thompson’s Gazelle, zebra and other herbivores migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to fresh pastures in the north and then back south again in October.

You will enjoy a full day's game drive safari returning to your camp for dinner and overnight.

Night at Olumara Tented Camp on a Full Board Basis


DAY 7 : Masai Mara - Nairobi city - South Coast - Mombasa


Today we return to Nairobi. We will do a game drive in Masai Mara Reserve on the way. Enjoy this last chance to view the amazing wildlife and landscapes of this beautiful area! As well as the migration of ungulates, the reserve is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the "Big Five", named for the five most prized trophies taken by hunters (lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinoceros & buffalo), the park also supports many further species, including cheetah, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, topi, eland, waterbuck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog and giraffe. This drive takes approximately 5 to 6 hours depending on the time of year, especially during the raining season (April, Early May and November).

You're flying from Nairobi to Kenya's paradise. Sit comfortably and enjoy the view!

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel at Diani Beach.

Diani is world renowned for its beautiful white sandy beaches and warm ocean waters. There are lots of things to do around Diani beach in the south Coast. Galu beach is located on the south side and tiwi beach in the north side. You will have the day at your disposal to explore these sandy beaches or just relax by the pool.

Night at Diani Blue Boutique Hotel with B&B


DAY 8 : South Coast


After breakfast you will have another day to explore this beautiful beach. Please check with the hotel desk and inquire about the different activities available and their cost.

Kenya’s southern coast section offers some of the country’s top dive sites and reefs to explore. The Diani Beach area of this stretch of coastline also boasts an incredible community of turtles, a purpose sunk shipwreck, and from November through until February, there is the chance to encounter whalesharks.

Night at Diani Blue Boutique Hotel with B&B


DAY 9 : South Coast


After breakfast you will have another day to explore this beautiful beach. Please check with the hotel desk and inquire about the different activities available and their cost.

The coral reef at the coast of Kenya is rated among the top three in the world. Visit Wasini or Kisite for a great day out snorkeling or diving. Without having to go too far afield you can snorkel here on Diani Beach and organize a dhow to take you to the reef which is only a 10 minute boat ride or if you are more energetic, a 30 minute swim away.

A glass bottom boat is another way to travel over to the reef and particularly good for people who cannot swim but do not want to miss out on the experience of seeing life under water.

Night at Diani Blue Boutique Hotel with B&B


DAY 10 : South Coast


After breakfast you will have another day to explore this beautiful beach. Please check with the hotel desk and inquire about the different activities available and their cost.

Diani Beach is a very convenient kite surf spot and safe and easy for 10-15km downwinders, with the 3 kite centre bases and kite schools spread out at 5km apart you can have lunch at one base and then kite home.

The best time of year for the pros is June to September and December to February. Beginners and intermediates can learn all year round.

 

Night at Diani Blue Boutique Hotel with B&B


DAY 11 : South Coast - Mombasa


After a relaxing time at the beach it is time now to head back home. Depending on your international flight departure time you will be picked up from the beach lodge and you will be transferred to the Mombasa International Airport.


Wildebeest Eco Camp

Make your stay in Nairobi memorable by staying in Nairobi city's best permanent tented camp. The friendly, home-like hospitality is what has made Wildebeest Camp Nairobi's best accommodation choice for travellers, and a unique choice from a city hotel. Wildebeest Camp is an oasis in Nairobi – the simply the perfect place to relax during your African migration! The beautifully-appointed deluxe safari tents and other comfortable accommodation, will be a welcome place to stay before and after your safari. You can enjoy the peaceful tropical gardens, which are home to hundreds of varieties of plants and birds, while still being close to shops, markets, cinemas, banks, Nairobi National Park and transport links. It is an ideal environment for families with acres of space for children to safely explore, and a dedicated playground where they can burn some energy. For the less energetic, relax on the deck with a Kenyan coffee or cold Tusker beer or find a peaceful spot in the garden and curl up with a good book.
Accommodation-Category: 3*
http://www.wildebeestecocamp.com/

Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. The lodge also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. Lake Nakuru National Park is mainly a wooded and bushy grassland with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges.
Accommodation-Category: 4*
http://www.sopalodges.com/lake-nakuru-sopa- lodge/overview

Olumara Tented Camp

Olumara Camp brings about comfort and convenience in a unique luxurious way to all safari lovers. The camp comprises just 10 tents and 1 family tent thus enhancing personalized services and bringing the home away from home feeling. The camp is an all season camp located along the banks of the Olaro Orok River, on the boundry of masai mara game reserve and Mara North conservancy, and conducts its game drives in the Masai Mara main reserve, Kenya. Each room is furnished to a complete standard. The beds have been hand carved from specially selected wood from fallen trees. The interior of each tent also includes a hot and cold Shower, flush toilet, dressing area and a mirror. Each tent has a large, extended Balcony for relaxation, reading, and game viewing or even holding private events e.g. private dinners.
Accommodation-Category: 4*
http://olumara.com/

Diani Blue Boutique Hotel

Diani Blue is a charmingly small, intimate and exclusive beach lodge, lapped by the waters of the Indian Ocean. Ideally located on Diani Beach, which was recently voted the ‘Best Beach in Africa’ by the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry. Diani Blue features just six spacious Swahili-styled rooms (all with AC) clustered around a central pool and overlooking the silver-white sands of Diani Beach.Each rooms stands in its own stone-built chalet with private entrance, vestibule and spacious ensuite bathroom. Presented with typical Swahili elegance, the rooms feature hand- carved hardwood furniture and king-sized or twin beds (with draw- around mosquito nets and fine cotton bedding). All rooms have full air conditioning and ceiling fans. Each room is fronted by its own sun-loungers and umbrella poolside. The rooms are provided with: hair dryers, dressing gowns, free WiFi and luxury bathroom amenities. We also offer a 24-hour laundry service. Limited parking is available and the compound guarantees 24-hour generator back-up and security.
Accomodation-Category: 4*
http://www.dianiblue.co.ke/