Discover the Great Rift Valley Wildlife
The Great Rift Valley cuts across magical Kenya, from Lake Turkana in the north towards Maasai Mara in the south on its way to Tanzania. Along this great gorge is a variety of attractions that you must see during your wildlife safari in Kenya.
This magical Kenya tour promises to give you the best safari experience as you tour major attractions that have put Kenya on the world tourism map. When you are not enjoying a walk through the riverine forest of Samburu National Reserve, you will be viewing flamingos in Lake Nakuru or hippos and lions in Lake Nakuru National Park. When the cool climate of the Great Rift Valley becomes too easy for you and you feel like you could do with some excitement, a game cruise through the plains of Maasai Mara National Reserve will be a thrilling encounter.
Spend the nights in luxurious lodges and camps within the attractions you visit, so you can have time to enjoy excursions and birding tours with ease.
Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), and our ground representative will be there waiting for you. Board a road transfer vehicle to Safari Park Hotel, about half an hour from the airport. The cruise through the city lets you see the capital city of Kenya from a comfortable seat with a professional driver behind the wheel to take you to the hotel.
Safari Park Hotel is a world-class resort famous for its wide range of on-site restaurants, spacious conference facilities and Safari Cat Dancers. It is a place to relax, enjoy a sumptuous meal and prepare for a road trip to Samburu.
Accommodation at the Safari Park Hotel gives a number of options since there are 204 rooms, which include 35 suites with amazing facilities and amenities.
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast meal at Safari Park Hotel. Depart for Samburu National Reserve. Safari Park is along the Thika Super Highway that links Nairobi to Central Province and the Northern counties such as Samburu. The five hour journey takes you through the farming capital of Kenya. Drive through large plantations of pineapples, mangoes and bananas and cross the longest river in Kenya, Tana River, as it meanders from the Aberdare Ranges. The scenery changes from mango green to grassland yellow as you cross the equator line in Nanyuki.
Savannah vegetation, rock formations and seasonal rivers greet you in Samburu. This is the land of the Samburu people, whose culture and traditions resemble those of the Maasai community. It is also the land of the Ewaso Nyiro River, Ololokwe Mountain and numerous unique animals such as Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx, the reticulated giraffe and the gerenuk antelope among others.
These and more animals welcome you to Samburu National Reserve, where you will spend two days at Elephant Bedroom Camp. This is not your usual tented camp in the wild. It is a fictional-kind-of-world where elephants roam within the unfenced property at odd hours of day or night, hence the name elephant bedroom. Therefore, prepare to see the largest mammal walking through the bush next to the river. Enjoy a thrilling moment when a herd of elephants trespass so they can pose for a picture from the outdoor dining area of the camp. The guides and security will notify you and make sure you are safe as you enjoy this encounter.
Elephant Bedroom Camp tents have modern facilities and they are family friendly. Your vehicle pulls into this camp in time for lunch, and you embark on an afternoon game drive shortly after. Do it all over again the next day to see birds, lions and hippos among many other animals.
Aberdare National Park
Leave Samburu in the morning and travel to Aberdare National Park in the central region of Kenya. Stop over for lunch at Outspan Hotel. Lush green gardens, trees and open air dinning defines the experience you should expect at this lavish hotel. It has a variety of restaurants such as Sherry Restaurant, which affords diners a breathtaking view of Mount Kenya.
Proceed to Treetops Lodge where you will spend the night. This lodge has a history. In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II spend a night here as a princess and woke up as a queen after her father, King George VI, passed on. Enjoy aristocratic accommodation in spacious suites overlooking a watering hole that attracts lions, buffalos, elephants, bushbucks and rhinos from the Aberdare.
View wildlife from the balcony or from the dining room as you have dinner. Each room has a buzzer so when something magical happens at the watering hole, the staff will let you know.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Enjoy breakfast and depart for Nakuru a wildlife safari in the Great Rift Valley. Upon arrival, check in at Mbweha Camp, which is on Congreve Conservancy, just 15 minutes away from the lake. The name Mbweha is Swahili for jackal, and this lodge acquired the name because there are three types of jackals in this area. This camp sits in a serene forest of Euphorbia cactus with a beautiful view of the lake, Mau ranges, Eburu and other attractions. Mbweha is a cottage style lodge with spacious en-suite facilities, within a conservancy that is home to jackals, grant’s gazelles, leopards, buffalos, giraffes etc.
Explore Lake Nakuru and the national park all afternoon to see different species of birds and mammals. The rift valley is not only famous for its physical beauty but also for its wealth of flora and fauna.
Get back to the Mbweha Camp for dinner and a chance to reminisce about the beauty of magical Kenya.
Wake up to a delicious meal at Mbweha Camp. Depart for Maasai Mara soon after. It is a trip across the country from the heart of the Great Rift Valley to its foot. Maasai Mara is the land of the annual great migration that sees millions of animals braving the mad rush from Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania to Kenya’s Maasai Mara. All this takes place from July to October. However, if you come to Kenya earlier or later, do not fret because the big five and hundreds of other species will always be in the reserve.
Arrive at lunch time and check in at Tipilikwani Camp. It is a tented lodge on the banks of Talek River. This river is the crossing point for wildebeests, zebras and gazelles during the great migration. The tents give you good view of hippos and other animals that live and roam around the river. Accommodation is en-suite in spacious units with queen size beds and elegant furnishings. Learn about the Maasai through a cultural tour of the local village or go for lengthy walks. For a game drive, cross the bridge linking this hotel to the reserve, and you will get the best wildlife safari views of elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wildebeests, zebras etc.
You have two days to explore this reserve and enjoy a luxurious stay in Tipilikwani Camp.
Depart from Tipilikwani Camp for Nairobi after breakfast, to catch a flight out of magical Kenya.