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From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

1. From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

Take a 3-day tour to discover the Masai Mara Reserve, the most popular tourist destination in Kenya. Located in the Great Rift Valley, the reserve is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration, involving over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November, is a phenomenal spectacle that can only be seen in the Maasai Mara. Most visitors will have the opportunity to spot one of the Big 5—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Nairobi city center at 8 AM, then drive to Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Pass the great Rift Valley viewpoint for breathtaking views and stop for lunch on the way. After check-in at your hotel, depart for a game viewing drive in the Mara Reserve.  Return back to the camp for a sumptuous buffet dinner. Stay overnight in a big tent that has a bed, linen, shower, and toilet inside. Mosquito nets and a hot shower in the evening are provided. Day 2: Spend the full day exploring Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. Enjoy picnic lunches in the Reserve as you discover the beautiful banks of the Mara River. After the game drive, you will return back to the camp for dinner and an overnight. Day 3: Enjoy the last early morning game drive in Mara Reserve followed by breakfast. Then, drive back to Nairobi where upon arrival you will be dropped back at your city center accommodation. Upgrade your tour to include a hot air balloon ride. Get picked up by the balloon safari vehicle and drive to the launching area. Drift over the park as you view the animals, take in the amazing sunrise with a buffet breakfast and champagne. Alternatively, include an evening visit to the local Masai village for a cultural tour. Learn about the Masai community and interact with the local people.

Nairobi: 4-Day Amboseli, Tsavo West & East Guided Safari

2. Nairobi: 4-Day Amboseli, Tsavo West & East Guided Safari

The 4-day tour begins with pickup from your Nairobi accommodation or the airport then heads to Amboseli National Park where your fun-filled safari adventure awaits. Enjoy a morning drive through the African savanna, bursting with local homesteads and Masai herdsmen grazing their cattle. Arrive at the park in time for lunch and a midday rest before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Go in search of elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, cheetahs, warthog, ostriches, and many more. Along the way, admire the view of Mount Kilimanjaro, which dominates the skyline of the surrounding countryside. Wake up early on day 2 for a game drive, taking advantage of the morning to get the best possible views of Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peaks. Later, proceed to Tsavo West National Park and enjoy more game viewing along the way. In the afternoon enjoy an optional visit to a rhino sanctuary or embark on another game drive across the park’s hilly yet scenic landscape. Day 3 brings with it another action-packed game drive and a visit to the Mzimi Springs before arriving at Tsavo East National Park in the afternoon. The 4th and final day of the tour starts with an early morning game viewing drive through the park. Soak up the incredible views of this unique landscape and say goodbye to the wondrous wildlife that lives here. At the end of an unforgettable 4-day adventure, sit back and relax on the return journey to your accommodation in Nairobi and reflect on your incredible safari experience.

Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

3. Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

Day 1: Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi at 6:00 AM and travel through the Great Rift Valley valley towards the town of Narok. After a short break to stretch and get some fresh air, enter the Masai Mara National Park by 12:00 PM, where you’ll proceed to the lodge for lunch and check-in. After lunch, relax in the camp until 2:30 PM, at which point you’ll head out on your first safari drive. Drive across the spotted plains, searching for the massive herds of wildebeest who migrate across the national park. With your expert guide, you’ll have the best chance of seeing the exceptionally large population of lions, leopards, and cheetahs that call the vast national park home. After your thrilling exploration of the park, head back to your campsite (one of the following accommodation depending on availability Lenchada camp /Goshen Mara Camp/Miti Mingi Camp) for dinner, and to settle in for a night's rest. Day 2: After an early-morning departure at 6:00 AM,check out of your room and head out on another game drive in time to avoid the midday heat. Gaze out across the savanna which is covered in the vibrant colors of the sunrise. Keep a lookout over the landscape to catch a glimpse of a big cat. On your way back to Nairobi, visit a Masai village to learn about their complex and historic culture. Watch a traditional Masai dance that has been practised for centuries, and learn about the lifestyle of a group who are very much connected to the lands around them. Afterwards, stop in Narok for lunch, before heading back to your accommodation in Nairobi.

From Nairobi: 2-Day Tour Nakuru & Naivasha Lakes

4. From Nairobi: 2-Day Tour Nakuru & Naivasha Lakes

Day 1: Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park Meet your safari driver and guide at your hotel in Nairobi then set off northwest towards Lake Nakuru. On the way, make a short stop to view the Great Rift Valley from an elevated position. Arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park in time for a pre-lunch game drive. Look out for giraffes, waterbucks, black and white rhinos, buffalo, lions, and leopards, amongst other wildlife which calls the National Park home. On the shores of the lake, find thousands of flamingos feeding on the algae. Then, stop for lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, or a similar location nearby. Finally, enjoy another afternoon game drive around Lake Nakuru and the forest. Dinner and accommodation will be at Fisherman's Camp Lake Naivasha. Day 2: Hell’s Gate & Lake Naivasha Arrive at the entrance to Hell's Gate around mid-morning, where you will set off on a 2-hour bike tour. There is the option to drive, for those who prefer not to bike. During the ride, have the chance to see bushbucks, dik-diks, giraffes, gazelles, gnus, hartebeests, impalas, klipspringers, buffaloes, hyraxes, zebras, hyenas, jackals, mongooses, baboons, monkeys, and porcupines. The park has historically been an important home for the rare lammergeier vultures. Visit the gorges and capture beautiful panoramas then return the bike to the entrance at around 12 PM. Along the way, visit the Masai community. Then, at 1 PM, have lunch at Naivasha Fisherman's Camp. After that, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Naivasha, where you can see some of the local wildlife including hippos, buffalo, fish eagles, pelicans. At the end of the tour, get driven back to Nairobi for around 6 PM.

Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Group Camping or Lodge Safari

5. Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Group Camping or Lodge Safari

Day 1: Nairobi to Maasai Mara Your tour will begin as you depart from Nairobi towards the Maasai Mara Reserve via the Great Valley Viewpoint, where you will have a stopover for sightseeing (weather permitting). From there you will arrive in a tented camp in time for lunch and will later enjoy a game drive in this breathtaking land to truly enter the wild. You can hunt for the "big five", as well as the plain game such as the gnus (which are are abundant in this area). Day 2: Masai Mara On your second day you will enjoy a full day of game viewing through the rolling grass of the Mara, which consists of endless plains where more than 2 million wild beast gnu's migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania with their calves. You will then visit the banks of the Mara River to try and spot hippos, before having the option to visit a Maasai village to learn of their unchanged traditional culture. Day 3: Maasai Mara to Nairobi Your day will begin with a morning drive to try and search for what you have not spotted so far, before you return to the camp for lunch and checkout. It will then be time to say "kwaheri", a Swahili word for good-bye, to the pastoral Maasai as you depart for your return trip to Nairobi.

From Nairobi: Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha National Park Day Tour

6. From Nairobi: Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha National Park Day Tour

Your adventure begins at 6:00 AM with pickup in Nairobi. From there you'll head straight to Lake Nakuru National Park. The Lake is renowned as a bird sanctuary with over 400 bird species at times. There can be up to two million greater and lesser flamingoes and tens of thousands of other birds at Lake Nakuru. As a result the park is referred to as the "Birds' Paradise". The National Park is also a rhino sanctuary with excellent wildlife viewing. You'll enjoy wildlife viewing as soon as you enter the park gates, and when it's time for lunch, you'll stop at the lodge where you can purchase a meal at a local restaurant.  After lunch, continue to enjoy wildlife viewing on the drive out of the park. You'll leave the park at approximately 3:00 PM and head to Lake Naivasha for an optional 1-hour boat ride. If you'd like to include the boat ride, be sure to select the correct option when making your booking. On the boat ride, enjoy bird watching, eagle feeding, and hippo viewing. At the end of the boat ride, you'll head back to Nairobi for a 6:00 PM arrival.

From Nairobi: Amboseli National Park Day Trip & Game Drive

7. From Nairobi: Amboseli National Park Day Trip & Game Drive

We will start our trek early at 5.a.m on the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway, crossing the African savannah. We’ll soon take in a luminous Kenya sunrise lighting up a countryside of homesteads and brightly outfitted Maasai herdsmen with their cattle. Within 3 – 4 hours we will arrive and start the adventure with our first game drive. With Mt. Kilimanjaro as our background (weather permitting), you’ll see the herds of protected elephants, many sporting immense ivory tusks. For even more wildlife viewing, we’ll take a ride up to Observation Hill. This vantage point will give us an overall vista of the entire park. Check out the swamps below where the elephants gather daily. You can also walk about the hill as it’s one of the few places in the park you can explore on foot. The birdlife is also abundant in Amboseli, especially around the swamp and marshlands of the park. You’ll find raptors and also water birds like pelican, Pink flamingoes, crake and kingfisher and others. Another unique feature here is the indigenous Maasai people who live within the park’s borders. If you’d like you can take an optional visit with the Maasai to meet them and learn about their culture and lifestyle (time permitting) We’ll settle in at Amboseli serena lodge for lunch, one of the nicest restaurants in the park at around 12.30 p.m. and enjoy a sumptuous lunch or you may carry your own picnic lunch to be enjoyed at the observation hill. After lunch we shall have a short enroute game drive of the day. This will be a shorter tour, but we may spot elephants roaming from the marshes as they tend to later in the day. Having taken in the best of Amboseli, we head back to the highway and to the capital city of Nairobi, arriving in the evening. This has been a full day of sights, sounds, magnificent wildlife and a glimpse into the safari life in Africa.

Nairobi Highlights Wildlife Safari

8. Nairobi Highlights Wildlife Safari

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or the airport in the early morning, and then take a game drive through Nairobi National Park. Look for leopards, cheetahs and other wildlife in the grass plains and acacia bush. Take stunning photos of some of Africa's most iconic animals, including giraffes with the city skyscrapers in the background. Continue to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see orphaned elephants and rescued rhinos ready for release into the wild. Watch endangered Rothschild's giraffes grazing in a semi-wild enclosure at the Giraffe Centre and get the chance to feed them. Marvel as they lap up the treats with their long, black tongues. Enjoy lunch at the Utamaduni Restaurant with a choice of local and international food, before departing to be dropped off at your hotel or the airport.

From Nairobi or Mombasa: Amboseli National Park 3-Day Tour

9. From Nairobi or Mombasa: Amboseli National Park 3-Day Tour

A 3-day tour of Amboseli National Park is a fantastic way to discover some of the most beautiful parts of Kenya. Begin your adventure with pickup from Nairobi or Mombasa, where you will be driven along the Mombasa Road, arriving in time for lunch. In the evening you will embark on your first game drive, which will be followed by dinner and an overnight stay at a lodge. Your second day will begin with an early morning game drive and your first glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This will be followed by breakfast. You'll then have the opportunity to enjoy a guided safari walk or swim before lunch. In the afternoon/evening you'll have the chance to go on a game drive once more, and try to spot all the wildlife that comes out at dusk. On the final day, you will have breakfast and enjoy one final game drive before being taken back to Nairobi or Mombasa where your tour comes to an end.

Nairobi: Overnight Safari Trip to Amboseli National Park

10. Nairobi: Overnight Safari Trip to Amboseli National Park

Your tour will begin when you’re picked up from your Nairobi hotel or Nairobi airport at 7:30 AM and begin traveling to Amboseli National Park. Along the morning drive, you’ll admire a typical African savanna landscape punctuated with local homesteads and colorful Masai herdsmen grazing their cattle. After arriving at Amboseli National Park just in time for lunch, you’ll then take a midday rest before venturing into the park for an exciting afternoon of game viewing. Together with you’re guide, you’ll search for elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, cheetahs, warthogs, ostriches, and more. The beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the skyline and surrounding countryside of this remarkable location. Following this adventure, you’ll then spend the night at AA Amboseli Lodge. The next morning you’ll enjoy another early pre-breakfast game viewing adventure in search of predators and grazers before driving back to Nairobi during the late afternoon.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Lake Nakuru was beautiful and the flamingos and pelicans were impressive, in terms of their numbers and just watching their entertaining behaviours. The other animals in the reserve were an absolute bonus. tue boat ride on Lake Navaisha did not disappoint - we saw 2 different families of hippos, lots of bird life and other wildlife. Steven was an excellent driver and guide and we would love to travel with him again. I would just recommend to take snacks/food and water for the day - we chose to skip a formal lunch break so that we had more time to spend watching the wildlife - so glad that we did!

It was great to see so many animals up close and in the different ecosystems of the park. We even saw hundreds of flamingos, elephants and hyenas along the road, and Kilimanjaro in the background when the weather permitted. The AA Amboseli Logde was a very nice hotel and we highly recommend our guide (Black Santa)

Great experience, Nakuru is close to Nairobi and I saw so many animals. I went there for flamingos and I was not disappointed! Also the route is very scenic, so worth the 3 hours driving. Stephen was a great driver and guide and Gracepatt a very flexible and responsible agency. Fully recommended!

We spent 3 very nice days with Robert in the Masai Mara. The Safaris were very cool and the boat trip + walking safari was a very good experience as well. Too bad we couldn't see the rhinos but for what we saw, it especially makes us want to come back!

Pick up was reliable and straight forward, our guide was named Benjamin and he was very friendly and helpful throughout the whole trip.