In this 8 Days Maasai Mara & Kenyan Game Parks Safari, you will explore Tsavo West one of Kenya’s wide National parks, the famous Maasai Mara Reserve, Lake Nakuru known for being home to the pink flamingoes as well as Amboseli National Park.
Tsavo West National Park also known as the “land of Larva, springs, Man Eaters and Magical Sunsets” is located in the Southeastern part of Nairobi along Nairobi-Mombasa highway. The park covers an area of 9,065sqkm making it the second largest National park in Kenya established in 1948. The park is home to large herds of Africa’s Big Game like lions, leopards, black and white rhinos, Elephant, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Giraffe, Mongoose, Zebra, Crocodile, Hyrax, Lesser Kudu, Dik- dik, and Nocturnal Porcupine making it home to the Big 5 Mammal species. It also boosts of over 400 bird species including river warbler, red-backed shrike, Easter black-headed oriole, marsh warbler, African fin-foot, starlins, corncrake, golden pipit, pangani long claw, Basra reed warbler, Shelley’s sterling, pied kingfisher, golden palm weaver, Somali ostrich, taita fiscal, taita falcon, Narina trogon, martial eagle, lesser kestrel among other bird species.
Amboseli National Park is 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. The park 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.
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 is 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. The park is 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.
Day 1: Arrival and Pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or your Hotel – Transfer to Tsavo West National Park – Evening Game drive
The 8 Days Maasai Mara & Kenyan Game Parks Safari will start with a pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or your Hotel by our Professional driver guide from Paradise Adventure Vacations who will meet and greet you, he will then brief you about the entire Safari and thereafter start the drive to Tsavo West National Park which is about 4 hours from Nairobi. On your way to the Park, you will make a brief stop at the Shetani lava flows for a picture moment and also visit Mzima springs which is home to various crocodiles and hippos. You will then continue to your lodge for check in and lunch. Later you will go on an evening game drive where you will spot mammals like Buffalo, Giraffe, Mongoose, Zebra, lions, leopards, and black and white rhinos, among others. Return back later to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Morning Game drive – Transfer to Amboseli National Park – Evening Game drive
After delighting on your breakfast, you will check out and head out to look for more wildlife species as you exit Tsavo West to proceed to Amboseli National Park located Northwest of Tsavo West. Upon arrival, you will check in for a finger-licking 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.
Day 3: Amboseli National Park – Morning Game drive – Night Game drive
After delighting on your delicious breakfast, you will start day 3 of your 8 Days Maasai Mara & Kenyan Game Parks Safari 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.
Day 4: Transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park – Afternoon Game Drive
Your day 4 of the Safari will start with a hot lovely breakfast and thereafter drive to Lake Nakuru National Park which is about 8 hours’ drive from Amboseli including a picnic lunch stopover. Upon arrival you will check in for rest and then later, 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. Return back to your lodge for dinner and an overnight.
Day 5: Transfer to Maasai Mara National Reserve – Evening Game Drive
Your day 5 of the 8 Days Maasai Mara & Kenyan Game Parks Safari 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 arrival, you will check into your accommodation for a hearty lunch and have rest. Later you will go on a relaxed scenic drive until sunset in the rosy grassy hills in search for African wildlife like Elephants, Buffaloes, giraffes, duikers, impalas, hartebeests, roan antelopes, topi, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelles. Later you will return for your dinner and an overnight.
Day 6: Maasai Mara National Reserve – Full day Game Drive
After your delicious breakfast, you will embark 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. You will then return back for your dinner and an overnight.
Day 7: Maasai Mara National Park – Morning Maasai Community Encounter – Afternoon Nature walk
Upon waking up on your day 7 of the Safari Tour, you will delight on your delicious breakfast and then 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 enjoy their local dances and history and later spend your entire afternoon relaxing at your lodge as you await your lunch. Later, you will go for a 2 hour Nature walk with a local Maasai guide who will share his experience and expertise with you. He will teach you about the hidden secrets of the African savannah and how the Maasai people track wildlife and birds and also how they find medicine in the bush. You will later return to your lodge for a relaxed dinner and an overnight.
Day 8: Morning game drive – Transfer back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or your Hotel
On the final day of your Safari, you will enjoy a succulent breakfast and thereafter check out of your lodge and head out for a morning game drive as you exit the Mara plains to proceed to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure flight or your hotel for another night in Nairobi City. Thank you so much for specifically choosing Paradise Adventure Vacations on the 8 Days Maasai Mara & Kenyan Game Parks Safari and we hope to see you again!!!