Days 2 - 3
Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa's most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city center wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Amboseli National Park
Days 3 - 6
Amboseli National Park, situated on the Tanzanian border, probably delivers one of the most iconic settings in Africa. With the majestic, snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro looming over the landscape in neighboring Tanzania, this area provides a superb backdrop for photographing and viewing big game. Amboseli’s big sky country covers 39,206 hectares; that’s 392 square kilometers or 151 square miles, and is generally best-known for its abundant free-ranging elephants, an estimated number of 1,500.
Along with elephants, giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest are easily found and provide that perfect photographic shot as they pass in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Among the plains game typical of East Africa, the arid-adapted gerenuk (a Somali word for giraffe-necked), the striped lesser kudu and fringe-eared oryx may be seen.
Large herds of elephant and buffalo often frequent the swamps and there is a pretty good chance of spotting giraffe and impala. The best time for game viewing is from around mid-December to March, which coincides with the best views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and from July to October.
Due to the open terrain, Amboseli is actually an excellent destination year-round, with the exception possibly in April and May when it can be quite wet. Visitors are able to explore no less than five different habitats, ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands and fringes of raffia palms.
Days 6 - 8
Set in Northern Laikipia in Kenya, East Africa, Loisaba Conservancy stretches over 20 000 hectares of magnificent African landscape. The terrain is traversed by two permanent rivers and abundant springs which make it a perfect habitat to sustain a myriad of wildlife. It is known as a world-class ecotourism destination offering a variety of unique opportunities for visitors looking to immerse themselves in nature. Spot majestic elephants journeying along the elephant migration corridor, stay overnight in a tented camp under the stars, soak up the incredible views and enjoy a thrilling game safari. Other popular activities include camel-trekking, mountain biking, horse-riding, fishing, guided bush walks, and cultural visits to Samburu villages.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Days 8 - 11
Maasai Mara National Reserve, a northern extension of the Serengeti Plains (Tanzania), is located southwest of Nairobi and covers 590 square miles. Open plains, acacia woodlands and riverine forest along the banks on the Mara and Talek Rivers are home for many hippo, crocs and waterfowl.
As the park teems with resident wildlife, game viewing is good year -round. The migration is when great herds of wildebeest (1.4 million) and zebra (250,000) reside in the Mara, from approximately July to October. During the migration, prides of 40 or more lion may be seen. From the southern Serengeti a major portion of the migration moves northwest toward Lake Victoria, then north across the Mara River into Kenya in search of grass, usually returning to Tanzania i n late October. The best time to witness large numbers of wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara River is from mid/late July to mid/late September.