7 Day – Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru & Ambosele National Park

safaris overview

This Kenya safari and holiday package offers travelers with a rich experience in terms of wildlife encounters as it involves visiting three major national parks in Kenya to mention Masai Mara, lake Nakuru national park Amboseli . in all the national parks, you will have an opportunity view distinct wildlife and bird species through the games drives. Other activities include camping, rift valley.

PARK INFORMATION
 MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE:

This is the most famous and most visited of the Wildlife Parks in Kenya; 270 kms from Nairobi (4-5 hours by road).  Here in Maasai Mara one can find large numbers of Maasai Lions, African Leopards and Tanzanian Cheetahs; the biggest spectacle in East Africa also takes place here….the Wildebeest Migration to and from the Serengeti (Tanzania) from July to October.  Watching 1.5 million Wildebeest marching in a 40 kilometer column for 1,000 kilometers is a once in a lifetime experience.  Also to stand at the shore of the Mara River seeing these wildebeest trying to cross, while the crocodiles attack them midstream, is most memorable.

Maasai Mara is located in the Southwest of Kenya, combined with the Serengeti is the most spectacular game-viewing eco-systems in the world.  The Reserve stretches 1,510 square kilometers.  Here there are over 95 species of mammals and almost 600 species of birds.  Game Drives are most enjoyable due to the vastness of the park, plus the enormous numbers and various species to view.  Although the Mara, as its called locally, is the most popular, because of its size, it is rare to encounter other tourists when on a game drive.masai Mara lions


 

 LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Lake Nakuru is a soda lake, just south of the town of Nakuru, protected by the Lake Nakuru National Park.  The abundance of algae, created by the flamingo droppings, in turn, attracts the literally millions of flamingos that line the shore.  In addition, other attracted species are exotic mammals such as the 30 Eastern Black Rhinos,  70 White Rhinos, giraffe and baboons.  The Park also has many Maasai Lions, African Cheetahs and Tanzanian Leopards.

Photographs of the flamingos on Lake Nakuru are world famous.  It is truly an amazing site, overwhelming the first time.

 flamingos at lake nakuru park kenya


AMBOSELI NATIONAL RESERVE

Amboseli National Park is 392 square meters in size; the core of the 8,000 square kilometer ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.  The park is famous for its Elephants; some 2,000 live there in harmony with the Masai people.  The park is located 240 kilometers southeast of Nairobi; it is the second most popular National Park in Kenya, after Masai Mara.

Amboseli has the largest population of free-ranging elephants; but it is also famous for its spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.  It offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife, including cape buffalo, impala, Maasai Lion, Tanzanian Cheetah, spotted hyena, Masai giraffe, plains zebra and the blue wildebeest.  There are very strict rules in Amboseli for visitors; never to get out of the vehicle, except in designated spots, no harassing the animals, no off road driving – basically the animals have the right of way always.elephants at amboseli game reserve kenya


ITINERARY

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI

You will be met at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi by your Jewel Safari guide.  You will be taken to your hotel and given a short briefing of the upcoming itinerary.  If time permits, you guide is available to take you around Nairobi for a tour of the many sights in and around town.  At night, Nairobi is a most entertaining place, with many choices of bars and nigh clubs; local and international music venues are scattered throughout the city.

Dinner at your hotel in Nairobi.

DAY 2:  TRAVEL TO MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

After an early breakfast, your Jewel Safari guide will meet you in your hotel in Nairobi; and you will proceed on your Safari to Maasai Mara National Reserve.  The route to the park crosses the Rift Valley, and the spectacular views from the road are many.  Along the rim as you descend into the valley, you will find many handicraft workshops set up; an excellent opportunity to see some of the local handicrafts produced by the Maasai craftsmen.

Arrival time will be around noon; after checking into your hotel, you will be served lunch; after which, your guide will take you on an Afternoon Game Drive, which lasts 3 or 4 hours.  These Game Drives are quite intense in Maasai Mara as the variety and number of animals in the park is quite astounding.  With the large number of predators in the park, seeing a “kill” is almost a certainty.

After the game drive, you will be returned to your hotel for dinner and a good night’s sleep, in preparation for the next day’s activity.

DAY 3: MAASAI MARA GAME DRIVE – LAND AND IN THE AIR

 After an early breakfast in your hotel, you will go for a morning Game Drive.  Many of the animals in the park are consistently easier to view in the mornings, before the heat of the day, when many of the species seek shelter from the sun.

Return to the hotel for lunch and a little relaxation, after which you will be taken on a Balloon Ride to further explore Maasai Mara; this time with a totally different perspective – a bird’s eye view.. The silent balloon floats above the plains at an optimal distance for photographing the herds.

Before night fall, you will return to your hotel for dinner.

DAY 4:  LAKE NAKURU & GAME DRIVE

After breakfast, you will depart Maasai Mara and drive East back through the Rift Valley region of Central Kenya. You will notice the huge change in the topography and vegetation as you leave the Maasai Mara area.

Lunch en route at a local Kenyan restaurant to experience traditional food.

After lunch, proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park to view the millions of Flamingos as they gather at the shores of Lake Nakuru to feed These Flamingos are attracted to the algae in the lake, produced by their droppings. There are literally millions of flamingos and other water birds to see at the lake.. Afterwards, you will go on a Game Drive within the Lake Nakuru National Park and view the largest concentration of Rhino in East Africa, both Black and White Rhino..

Dinner and Overnight in Nakuru.

DAY 5:  DRIVE TO AMOSELI NATIONAL PARK:

After Breakfast, you will drive back to Nairobi; en route you may stop at a local market, or handicraft workshop.  There are many of both on the way; a great opportunity to see what produce is grown in the Rift Valley, which feeds most of Kenya.

At arrival in Nairobi, you will have lunch at Carnivore Restaurant; famous for their barbequed game meats.Upon entering the restaurant, there is a chalk board displaying today’s catch, which can number over 25 varieties of game meat.

After Lunch, you will drive to Amboseli National Park, home of the proud Maasai Tribe and almost 2,000 elephants. The park borders Tanzania; just south of the border is Mount Kilimanjaro.  The views of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli are supurb.  After checking in to your hotel and a short rest, you will go on an afternoon Game Drive.  Amboseli is most famous for its elephants, which seem to be everywhere as you move about the park.

Before it becomes dark, you will return to your accommodation for dinner and an early night.

DAY 6:  AMBOSELI GAME DRIVE

After breakfast, you will be taken on an all-day Game Drive in the park; lunch will be a picnic served on a site overlooking Mount Kilimanjero, which is just south of the Park, on the Tanzanian side of the border. Besides Elephants, there are many other large mammals, predators, as well as spectacular birdlife in the park.  The dry lake bed of Lake Amboselli is quite large and a good place to see families of Ostrich crossing the cracked floor bed.

You will also visit the great swamp areas, where you will encounter large numbers of Hippos in the water.

In the late afternoon, you will return to your lodgings for dinner.

DAY 7:  DEPART FOR NAIROBI.

After breakfast, you will start your drive back to Nairobi.  En route, you will have the opportunity to stop and do some shopping at the Maasai handicraft shops on the side of the road.  Also, depending on the day of the week, your guide can take you to the Maasai Market in Nairobi. There are many sights in Nairobi to visit, and your guide will gladly take you on a tour if time permits.

Lunch will be served en route or in Nairobi itself.

Return to your hotel in Nairobi, or the airport, depending on your onward schedule.

ACCOMMODATION

NAIROBI

OAKWOOD HOTEL

The Oakwood Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Nairobi, across from the historic Stanley Hotel on Kimathi Street.  There are 20 self contained rooms at the Oakwood.  The restaurant and bar is popular with locals as well as tourists.

Facilities:

  • Wifi
  • All Self Contained Rooms
  • Laundry service
  • Bar and Restaurant with small terraces

 

FAIRVIEW HOTEL

The Fairview is a mid-range hotel, approximately 1 kilometer from the Central Business District of Nairobi.  The hotel has lush gardens on its property with bars and restaurants overlooking them.  This is a full service hotel, providing convenient and semi-luxurious accommodation.

Facilities:

  • Wifi
  • Wine Bar
  • Outdoor and Indoor Restaurants
  • Laundry service
  • Apartments available for long stays.
  • Swimming pool

NAIROBI SAFARI CLUB

Luxury all-suite hotel in the center core of Nairobi.  Excellent buffet lunches in their main dining room.  Full service hotel; rooms have all the modern conveniences and nicely furnished.

Facilities:

  • Wifi,
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Laundry services
  • DSTV
  • In-room phones.
 
 
MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

 

 THE GOVERNOR’S CAMP

The Governor’s Camp has provided overnight accommodation for over a century.  It is nestled in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River.  The River itself is alive with hippos, crocodiles and many bird species.

The accommodation is in well appointed luxury tents, all viewing either the Masa River or the plains of Masa Mara; animals are in plenty day and night in this area of Masa Mara National Park.

Features:
  • En-suit bathrooms
  • Hot and Cold Running Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Bar with Viewing Deck
  • Dinning Tent overlooking the Plains of Masa Mara.

KICHWA TEMBO TENTED CAMP.

This popular Safari Lodge is situated on the Oloololo escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, with spectacular views of the open plains of the Masa Mara.  The accommodation is in Safari Tents, each with a private bathroom, shower and terrace.  The food is Pan-African cuisine. Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp is a popular safari lodge, situated on the spur of the Oloololo escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, with spectacular views across the open plains of the Maasai Mara national Reserve with its many wild animals.

Features:
  • Full service accommodation, with modern conveniences
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • All rooms are self-contained upscale Safari Tents with terraces.

MARA SAFARI CLUB:

The Mara Safari Club in considered the finest accommodation in the Masa Mara National Park.  The property is surrounded on 3 sides by the Mara River, the main Lodge is in the center of the camp, with an indoor restaurant, bar, library.  Off the dek, is a swimming pool with another bar and private massage tents.

The accommodation is in luxury tents, each with 4 poster beds, private bathrooms, as well as outdoor showers.  Each tent is equipped with a veranda for wildlife viewing.

Features:

  • Wifi
  • Indoor and Outdoor Restaruants and Bars
  • Swimming Pool
  • Champagne breakfasts

 

MARA EXPLORER CAMP:

This accommodation is a budget alternative for adventure travelers; offering basic camping to cottages.  There are hot showers offered, a bar and restaurant.  The power is Solar and is an option for those travelling with pets.Mara-Explorer-Camp5 (1)

The Camp is 3 kilometers outside the Sekenani Gate of Masa Mara National Reserve, 300 meters from the main road.

Features

  • Campsite with hot showers
  • Bar and Restaurant
  • Solar power
 
LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

LAKE NAKURU LODGE:

The Lodge offers a choice of accommodation; family rooms, cottages and suites are available.  In addition to the restaurant fare, there are Bush barbecues to give the guests an opportunity to feed on unusual meats.  The lodge offers views of Lake Nakuru and the flamingo population.  The hotel was established some 100 years ago and has traditionally been considered the best accommodation in the area.

Features:

  • Variety of Accommodation – family rooms, cottages or suites
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Bush Barbeques at night

FLAMINGO HILL TENTED CAMP:

There are 30 luxury tents at the camp, all with modern conveniences.  They have a bar and restaurant; both highly recommended by tourists and locals.  The camp is very close to the main gate of Lake Nakuru National Park.

Facilities:

  • Wifi,
  • Fire Pit,
  • Bar & Restarurant

 

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

AMBOSELI SERENA LODGE

The Amboseli Serena Lodge is secluded within a grove of Acacia trees, overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro; with views of the golden savannah plains as well.  The property is landscaped with trees and vegetation to create an oasis effect.  The central dining area is reached by a timbered bridge over a melt-water stream.  The lounge and bar feature a wide terrace with a fire pit.

Features:

  • Gift Shop,
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bush Dinners
  • Satelite TV
  • Wifi
  • Baby sitting
  • Massages, facials, pedi & manicures

AMBOSELI SOPA LODGE

The Amboseli Sopa Lodge is nestled in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro on a 200 acre property of lush gardens and a spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro.  The landcaping is enjoyed by many monkeys, birds and butterflies; creating a mini-safari walk within its boundaries.

Facilities:

  • Baby sitting,
  • Children’s Pool
  • Swimming Pool and Sauna
  • Gift Shop
  • Laundry services
  • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms