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12 Days Best of Kenya Safari Tour & Holiday

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12 Days Best of Kenya Safari Tour & Holiday

This 12 Days Best of Kenya Safari Tour & Holiday will unleash Kenya’s breathtaking wildlife havens starting with Amboseli National Park which offers good Panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro at the backdrop as well as large herds of majestic elephants. You will then continue to Ol Pejeta Conservancy where you will have an encounter with the remaining Northern White Rhinos and other endangered species. As you continue with the Safari, you will explore the landscapes of Samburu National Reserve as you look out for Samburu’s Special 5 amidst the diverse wildlife. You will then continue to Lake Nakuru National Park where you will see the pink flamingos coloring the Lake shores and also the Rhino Sanctuary before you proceed to Maasai Mara National Reserve to witness the Great Migration’s epic spectacle.

Safari destinations
Amboseli National Park

Located in the Southern region of Kenya in Loitoktok district. The park got its name from a local word in Maasai language meaning “Salty dusty place.” The park covers an area of 392sqkm and it is heavenly endowed with large herds of elephants making it the best place in Africa to get up-close to free ranging elephants. Boosts of various species of mammals like Lions, elephants, Wildebeest, Leopards, Zebra, Hippo, Giraffe, hyenas, cheetahs, wild dogs, hartebeests, dik-dik, kudus, jackals, bat-eared foxes, fringe-eared Oryx, long-necked gerenuks, serval, warthogs and yellow baboon. The park also has various bird species of about 400 species including pelicans, crakes, kingfishers, lily-trotters, egrets, hammerkops, rare Madagascar squaco, among others.

Samburu National Reserve

Located in Northern region of Kenya on the banks of Ewaso Ng’iro River which is also the main water distributor in this region. The reserve was established in 1985 and covers an area of 165sqkm. The park is home to various mammal species including Lions, Leopard, Cheetah, Gravy Zebra, wild dogs, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, grant gazelles, impalas, water bucks, hippos, dik-diks, warthogs, cape Bufaloes, elephants, elands, jackals, fox, hyena, aardvark klipspringer, mongooses and Bats. The reserve is also home to about 450 bird species including golden breasted starling, white-headed moosebird, Sulphur breasted bush shrike, blue-necked Somali ostrich, Kori bustard, martial eagle, secretary bird, Egyptian vulture, vulturine guinea fowl, yellow-billed hornbill, golden pipit, palm nut vulture, chestnut weaver, lanner falcon among others.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Also known as a “Beautiful bird Haven” is located in the West Central Kenya and it is one of the saline lakes of the lake system lying within the Great rift valley of Eastern Africa. The park boosts of over 400 bird species including vast numbers of pink flamingoes, Abyssinian thrush, large flocks of pelicans, Bateleur, Arrow-marked babbler, and also mammals like waterbucks, impalas, warthogs,  elands, lions, leopards, hippopotamus, giraffes, black and white rhinos, African wild dog, vervet monkeys, olive baboon, colobus monkeys and many more.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Located in the South Western region of Kenya along the Great Rift Valley area in Norok County Kenya adjacent to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Maasai Mara National Reserve was established in 1961 as a wildlife sanctuary covering an area of 520 sqkm of the current Mara Triangle.  Later it was converted into a Game Reserve and by 1984 the park had a total area of 1510sqkm. The park is dotted with acacia trees, shrubs and bushes and has 2 draining rivers which are Maasai Mara River and Talek River.

A unique wildlife conservation haven famous for its Natural diversity of wildlife like the Big 5 mammals which are Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes and Rhinos in large numbers as well as other mammals like Cheetahs, zebras, wildebeests, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, duikers, impala hartebeests, roan antelopes, topi, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelles. The park also boosts of over 500 bird species like Bateleur, Secretary bird, Schawlow’s turaco, Abdim’s stork, Hammerkops, Temminck’s courser, Southern ground hornbill, Usambiro barbet, Saddle-billed stork, Giant kingfisher, Woolly-necked stork, Black-headed heron, Giant kingfisher, African jacana, Crowned lapwing, Malachite kingfisher, Grey-headed kingfisher among others. Maasai Mara National Reserve is also famous for its annual Wildebeest Beast Migration where Millions of these creatures migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park which occurs between July and October making it one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Transfer to your Hotel

The 12 Days Best of Kenya Safari Tour & Holiday will begin with a pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by our Professional driver guide who will meet and greet you, he will then brief you about the entire journey and thereafter transfer you to your Hotel where you will have rest and relaxation from your long flight. Your lunch and dinner will later be served.

Location: Nairobi 

Accommodation Option:

Mid-Range Tamarind Tree Hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 2: Transfer to Amboseli National Park – Evening Game Drive

Your day 2 of the Safari will begin with a deliciously prepared breakfast and thereafter you will embark on a drive to Amboseli National Park which is located in the South western region of Kenya and it is about 5 hours drive.  Upon reaching, you will check into your accommodation for a delightful lunch and have relaxation. Later you will go on a relaxed evening game drive through the short savannah grasslands as you enjoy the iconic and most beautiful backdrop of the snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro which stands high up in the clouds at (5,895m) above sea level making it Africa highest free standing Mountain.  You will spot mammals like elephants, Wildebeest, Leopards, Zebra, Hippo, Giraffe, hyenas, cheetahs, wild dogs, hartebeests, dik-dik, kudus, and jackals among others. Later you will return to your lodge for dinner as well as an overnight.

Location: Amboseli National Park 

Accommodation Option:

Mid-Range Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 3: Amboseli National Park – Morning Game drive – Night Game drive

After delighting on your delicious breakfast, you will start day 3 of your 12 Days Best of Kenya Safari Tour & Holiday with an early morning game drive. You will drive through the dry savannah plains in search for wildlife species like elephants, Wildebeest, Leopards, Zebra, Hippo, Giraffe, warthogs, hyenas, cheetahs, wild dogs, hartebeests, dik-dik, kudus, jackals, bat-eared foxes, fringe-eared Oryx, long-necked gerenuks among other mammals while enjoying the stunning views of Africa’s highest snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the backdrop in case the weather plays along. You will then return to your lodge for a hearty lunch and relaxation.

Later in the evening, you will embark on a night game drive which will start at sunset while giving you a perfect glimpse of the Sunset at Amboseli National Park. You will go on the drive with an armed park ranger and spotlight torches to help you spot nocturnals while hunting and feeding on their prey, like Lions, bat-eared foxes, serval, hyenas, cheetahs, Leopards and also Hippos while feeding on short grass. You will then return back to your lodge for a relaxed dinner as well as an overnight.

Location: Amboseli National Park 

Accommodation Option:

Mid-Range Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 4: Transfer to Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Evening Game drive

Your day 4 of the 12 Days Best of Kenya Safari Tour & Holiday will start with a heavy delicious breakfast and thereafter transfer to Ol Pejeta Conservancy with a lunch stop along the way. You will enjoy the stunning views of Mount Kenya during your journey and upon arrival at the conservancy, you will check into your lodge.  Later you will head out for an evening game drive to view the wildlife in the park. Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and it is also home to the remaining Northern white rhinos in the world. You will return to your lodge later for your dinner and an overnight.

Location: Ol Pejeta Conservancy 

Accommodation Option:

Mid-Range Glamping Kenya Mt.Kenya Lodge  or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 5: Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Full Day Wildlife Viewing

You will wake up for a delicious breakfast and thereafter head out for a full day of wildlife viewing at Ol Pejeta. You will encounter various mammal species including the Big 5 which are lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, leopards and other mammals like giraffes, Serval, wildebeests, Hippos, cheetah, wild dogs and leopards. Also visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and see over 40 Orphaned and Confiscated Chimpanzees. Visit the Morani Rhino Information Centre and learn how poaching has impacted the Rhino population in the country, you will have an opportunity to see the only 3 living Southern White Rhinos in the World today and also observe, touch and feed Baraka a blind black Rhino.

Location: Ol Pejeta Conservancy 

Accommodation Option:

Mid-Range Glamping Kenya Mt.Kenya Lodge or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 6: Drive to Samburu National Reserve – Evening Game Drive

Your day 6 of the Safari will begin with an early morning delicious breakfast and thereafter embark on about 4 hours’ drive to Samburu National reserve located in the Northern region of Kenya. With a bit of luck, you will enjoy an early morning sunrise which provides glimpses of the striking Mount Kenya and diverse terrains, gradually transitioning from lush grasslands to the arid beauty that defines the unique character of Samburu National Reserve. Upon arrival, you will check into your accommodation for lunch and relaxation. Later you will have an evening game drive which will enable you view mammal species like grant gazelles, impalas, water bucks, warthogs, cape Bufaloes, elephants, elands, jackals, fox, hyenas among others and then return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Location: Samburu National Reserve 

Accommodation Option:

Mid-Range Samburu Simba Lodge or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 7: Samburu National Reserve – Full day Game Drive 

Day 7 of your 12 Days Best of Kenya Safari Tour & Holiday will begin with an early morning breakfast and thereafter you will head out to the park for an exciting encounter with Samburu’s wildlife offerings. You will catch sights of different wildlife species like grant gazelles, impalas, water bucks, hippos, dik-diks, warthogs, cape Bufaloes, elephants, elands, jackals, lions, leopards, cheetahs.

Your guide will also be on the watch out for the rare and endangered species of Samburu National Reserve like Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, Somali Ostrich, Gravy Zebra and wild dogs. You will then return back for a delicious lunch at your lodge. Spend your entire afternoon relaxing as you await a unique evening game drive which will enable you spot some of the cats you failed to see during your morning game drive, you will as well continue to the Ewaso Nyiro river where you will see hippos and crocodiles. Lastly return back for your dinner and an overnight.

Location: Samburu National Reserve 

Accommodation Option:

Mid-Range Samburu Simba Lodge or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Nakuru National Reserve

Day 8 of your Safari Tour and Holiday will start with a delicious morning breakfast and thereafter you will check out of your accommodation and go for a morning game drive as you exit Samburu National Reserve to proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park. This drive will take about 7 hours including a lunch stopover. You will drive to your accommodation while enjoying sights of various mammal species like elephants, leopards, black and white rhinos, sported hyenas, buffalos among others. Later you will have your dinner and an overnight.

Location: Lake Nakuru National Park 

Accommodation Option:

Mid-Range Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 9: Lake Nakuru National Park – Full day Game Drive

Your day 9 of your Kenyan Safari will have an early morning breakfast and a full day to explore Lake Nakuru National Park through several game drives. You will have a sunrise game drive since the park seems so beautiful at this time of the day and most animals are usually active. You will search for wildlife like waterbucks, impalas, warthogs, elands, hippopotamus, giraffes, African wild dogs and if lucky you will as well spot lions and leopards.

Return to your lodge for a hearty lunch and then Later in the afternoon, you will have a game drive around Lake Nakuru to watch the eye-catching flocks of the Greater and the lesser flamingos which color the shores of Lake Nakuru pink, you will take various memorable pictures and then later proceed to the Rhino sanctuary which is a home to about 100 white rhinos and 50 black rhinos.  Finally return back to your lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Location: Lake Nakuru National Park 

Accommodation Option:

Mid-Range Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 10: Drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve – Maasai Cultural Encounter

Your day 10 of the 12 Days Best of Kenya Safari Tour & Holiday will begin with a hot delicious breakfast and thereafter check out of your lodge and transfer to Maasai Mara National Reserve which is about 4 hours’ drive from Lake Nakuru. Upon reaching, you will check into your accommodation for a finger licking lunch and later you will head out to the Maasai Community living near the park for a rich encounter which will give you the definition of a true African Culture. You will then return back for your dinner as well as an overnight.

Location: Maasai Mara National Reserve 

Accommodation Option:

Mid-Range Zebra Plains Mara camp or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 11: Maasai Mara National Reserve – Full day Game Drive with Hot Air Balloon Experience 

You will wake up early on day 11 of your safari and embark on a Hot Air Balloon experience, you will be able to view a variety of wildlife from the sky feeding upon vegetation and moving when a new supply is needed. After landing, you will be escorted to a lovely setting for a bush breakfast and then you will continue on a full day game drive with your packed lunch which will give you an encounter with mammal species like zebras, wildebeests, hippos, giraffes, duikers, impala hartebeests, roan antelopes, topi, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelles, rhinos, buffaloes, elephants and if lucky you will as well spot leopards, lions, hyenas.

Later in the evening hours, return back to your lodge with an amazing evening game drive with an armed park ranger as well as spotlight torches to help you easily spot the nocturnals in the night as they hunt and feed on their prey for example the lions, leopards, hippos, hyenas, cheetahs among others. Then return back for your dinner and an overnight.

Location: Maasai Mara National Reserve 

Accommodation Option:

Mid-Range Zebra Plains Mara camp or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 12: Transfer back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or your Hotel

On the final day of your 12 Days Best of Kenya Safari Tour & Holiday, you will have a mouth-watering breakfast as you enjoy the tranquility of Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will then check out of your lodge and drive back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch up with your flight or spend another night in Nairobi City.

Thank you so much for specifically choosing Paradise Adventure Vacations on the 12 Days Best of Kenya Safari Tour & Holiday and we hope to see you again!!!

Location: Nairobi

Accommodation Option: No

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

The Safari Package Includes:
  • Return airport transfers (pick up and drop off)
  • Private transport for 12 days in a well-modified safari Extended land-cruiser (4WD,air-conditioned and pop-up roof)
  • Fuel for 12 days
  • English safari driver guide for 12 days
  • Mid-range accommodation for 11 nights on full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • All en-route meals and bottled mineral water throughout your tour
  • All activities and park entrance fees and all applicable government taxes
  • Hot Air Balloon Experience in Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Game Drives in Amboseli, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Samburu, Lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Night Game drive in Amboseli National Park
  • Maasai Community Encounter in Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey
The Safari Package Excludes:
  • International and Domestic flights
  • Country entry visa
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature/laundry/telephone charges
  • Souvenirs and gifts, Tips
  • Alcoholic and other soft drinks (sodas, special juice order at the lodge and wines)

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