African Safari Migration Discovery
African Safari Migration Discovery
7 Days African
Guided Self Drive
Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate NP, Nakuru NP
For those with little time but a desire to experience the best of Kenya. Starting our African Safari journey in Nairobi the hub of East Africa and vibrant Capital of Kenya we drive a short distance to Lake Naivasha where we enjoy high tea at Elsamere; the home of "Born Free" and take an early morning walking safari to spot hippos, giraffe and zebra to name a few animals. We continue through Hells Gate NP to the 7th natural wonder of the World, the Masai Mara, and home to the Great Wildebeest Migration. The Masai Mara is well known for its Big Cat population set amongst stunning classic African savannah landscape. We game drive through this wondrous park before departing for Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru is a small but rewarding park teeming with pink flamingoes, white rhino, giraffes and buffalo to name a few. We return to Nairobi early afternoon.
Sunday - Day 1:
(driving distance 120km) - Lake Naivasha
Our African Safari journey begins in Nairobi, the buzzing Capital of Kenya. We take some time to be acquainted with our vehicles and the rest of the small group before visiting the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage a short drive from our base. The baby elephants are allowed out to play every morning, an hour of entertainment watching the babies play in mud pools, kick a soccer ball and slurp massive bottles of formula. This not a zoo but a place where orphaned elephants are hand-reared before being re-educated and released into the wild. It is possible to adopt a baby elephant or rhino - the perfect gift for animal lovers back home.
After a hearty lunch we drive to Lake Naivasha at the bottom of the famous Rift Valley arriving in time to set up camp and explore the area. Colobus and Vervet monkeys swing through the trees curiously watching us set up camp while an abundance of birds remind us we are truly in Africa. We camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha, devour a large dinner expertly prepared on open fire and fall asleep as hippos graze in the distance. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Monday - Day 2
(driving distance 50kms) - Lake Naivasha
We start the day with a gentle walking safari around the Green Crater Lake. This is one of the very few game parks in Africa without predators making it safe to walk. A rare opportunity to stand close to giraffes, zebra, antelope, flamingos and warthogs to name a few. We return to camp for a hearty brunch, enoy a few hours of free time to relax before driving the short distance to "Elsamere".
Joy and George Adamsom, better known through the movie "Born Free", once lived in this colonial home set on the banks of Lake Naivasha. Joy and George Adamson became famous for their unique work with lions, the most famous being 'Elsa'. We watch a video on Joy's life, explore the small museum before enjoying High Tea while Colobus monkeys try to steal scones from our plates!
We return to camp for an evening meal before retiring. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Tuesday - Day 3
(driving distance 200kms) - Masai Mara
We depart Lake Naivasha and drive into Hells Gate NP. A short game drive as we continue to the end of the Park and reach tracks to take us to the road to Narok and the World Famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Arriving in the afternoon in time to enjoy a rewarding game drive. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Wednesday - Day 4
(variable) - Masai Mara
The Masai Mara is Kenya's most famous park; bordering Tanzania and the Serengeti; it boasts the famous Migration and the well documented Mara River crossing of wildebeest and zebras seen between July and August each year. We spend the day game viewing at leisure, taking our time to stop and watch the animals as they cohabitate together. While game driving we will stop to photograph African Safari wildlife like: leopard, wildebeest, lion, rhino, warthog, cheetah, gazelle, zebra, giraffe, elephant, buffalo plus many more. At night we camp amongst the animals, nestled around the open fire we listen to the sounds of Africa and fall asleep under the great African skies. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Thursday - Day 5
(driving distance 220kms) - Njoro
We rise early morning and enjoy a final game drive in the Masai Mara before departing for Njoro near Nakuru Town. We arrive in the afternoon and enjoy a steaming hot shower and home cooked meal. After dinner we can enjoy a glass of wine while sitting around the open fire telling stories of our experiences with African wildlife. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Friday - Day 6
(driving distance 80kms) - Njoro
We drive the short distance to our last, but certainly not least, impressive game park - Lake Nakuru NP. The African Safari park resembles scenes from Jurassic Park - a large lake in the centre surrounded by rough sharp cliffs and dense forest. The setting is as dramatic as the game viewing. As we enter the park we are presented with thousands of pink flamingoes happily perched in the shallows of Lake Nakuru; around the edges of the Lake it is not unusual to see lion, rhino, buffalo, zebra, gazelles, waterbucks, families of warthogs and lone hyenas all within a short distance of one another. We spend a full day exploring the park before the short drive back to Njoro. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Saturday - Day 7
(driving distance 180kms) - Nairobi
We enjoy a bit of a sleep in before taking a guided tour around Kembu, a working Kenyan farm, famous for breeding thoroughbred race horses. Taking some time to visit the local women's knitting project and a spot of shopping for friends back home we depart Njoro for Nakuru Town. Nakuru Town boasts a vibrant local souvenir market worth taking some time to explore and buy extra souvenirs before making our way back to Nairobi arriving approx. 3 pm in the afternoon. (Breakfast and lunch included)
Includes: Airport pick-up and drop-off, 1 night pre-trip and 1 night post-trip accommodation, fully-equipped expedition Land Rover (fuel, insurance and permits), meals as indicated on the itinerary, camping accommodation in large walk-in safari tents, lead vehicle with two experienced crew (driver, tour leader/safari cook), all activities and entrance fees as per the itinerary, maps and local information.
Each vehicle is equipped with drinks cooler, first aid kit, stereo, radio contact between all vehicles, inverter to charge small appliances, walk-in safari Oz-tent, camp beds, camping chairs, table, tools and spare parts, spare tyres.
Excludes: Flights, visa, personal spending money, comprehensive travel insurance, bedding (sleeping bag, pillow), items of a personal nature, snacks, drinks, international driving permit (if applicable).
The Migration Discovery is available for groups throughout the year by special request.