7-Day Kenya safari - Amboseli, Naivasha, Nakuru, and Masai Mara

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7-day Kenya safari itinerary and pricing:

Day 1: Amboseli National Park, 4hrs drive
Pick up from your hotel at 8 am and driven to Amboseli National Park arriving in good time for lunch. Amboseli National Park provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. Set in rolling savannah scenery it is dwarfed by the presence of the pink-tinged, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro at 5896 meters, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Against this magnificent backdrop roam vast herds of elephant accompanied by lion, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle hippo and wildebeest. There are also over 400 species of birds, all manner of reptilian, flora and fauna and some of the most soul-searing views in Africa. Enjoy great game viewing and the best views of Mt Kilimanjaro on an Amboseli safari. Afternoon game viewing. Dinner and overnight stay at Amboseli Sopa Lodge, L, D.

Main destination: Amboseli National Park
Accommodation: Amboseli Sopa Lodge. Mid-range lodge located just outside Amboseli NP
Meals & drinks: Lunch and dinner included. Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Amboseli National Park, Largest herds of Elephants in Kenya
Full day in Amboseli with game drives in the morning and afternoon to explore the park and have magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. View large herds of elephants, renowned to be residents of this park. Amboseli is popular with breathtaking views of Kilimanjaro and reliably good elephant viewing. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. You can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture. Animals to be found here include the leopard, cheetah, wild dogs, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, crocodile, mongoose, hyrax, dik- dik, lesser Kudu, and nocturnal porcupine. There is also a prolific birdlife featuring 600 species. All meals and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge, B, L, D.

Main destination: Amboseli National Park
Accommodation: Amboseli Sopa Lodge. Mid-range lodge located just outside Amboseli NP
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Amboseli to Lake Naivasha for a sunset boat ride and Crescent Island walk
After breakfast depart via Nairobi to Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake located on the Great Rift Valley Floor. It is located north west of Nairobi with the town of Naivasha on its north. You will arrive in good time for lunch and siesta. You will then enjoy a scenic sunset boat cruise to see the hippos and walk on Crescent Island among wildlife, herbivores only. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, buffalo wallow in the swamps and colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the lake’s large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows. Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the Sopa resort is home to resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys. It is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on the expansive lawns. Dinner and night at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort, B, L, D.

Main destination: Lake Naivasha
Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort. Mid-range lodge located in or near Lake Naivasha
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Day trip to Lake Nakuru to see flamingos and rhinoceros. Return to Naivasha
Drive to Lake Nakuru (120 km – 1 hour 30 minutes). Enjoy game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park for game viewing drives. It is a shallow alkaline lake where visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity with varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Game drive is the main activity at Lake Nakuru. Foragers, grazers, hunters and scavengers all play their roles in the natural existence of Nakuru. The park also has over 450 birds species including the flamingos. The national park is ideal for bird watching, hiking, picnic and game drives. The park is famed as one of the world's greatest ornithological spectacles. Lake Nakuru National Park is also home to zebras, gazelles, Rothschild giraffe, impala, black and white rhino sanctuary and other large mammals. Continue with an afternoon game drive. You now return to Naivasha Sopa Resort for dinner and overnight stay, B, L, D.

Main destination: Lake Nakuru National Park
Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort. Mid-range lodge located in or near Lake Naivasha
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara tour, famed for wildebeest migration
Drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch. Masai Mara National Reserve is a pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the 'Big Five' in one morning. The 1,800 sq kilometers of this veteran reserve offers the classic mix of African imagery; miles of lion-gold grasslands, shoals of lilac-misted hills, a meandering river, acres of thorn-bush and mile upon mile of undulating wilderness. Game viewing in the Masai Mara is excellent all year around thanks to the diverse population of resident game, including the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – plus popular species like zebra, giraffe, hyena, eland and gazelle. The Mara’s big cats are even the stars of a popular wildlife TV series. Afternoon game viewing to spot the Big Five as your introduction to the park. Dinner and overnight stay at Mara Sopa Lodge, B, L, D.

Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge. Mid-range lodge located just on the edge of Masai Mara NR
Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Masai Mara Plains with game viewing safari
Full day in the Maasai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. AYou can also take optional balloon safari at $450 per person or visit a local Maasai village at $25 per person. Masai Mara National Reserve offers one of the best opportunities to see cheetah and lions in Africa. A visit to this reserve in July will allow you the best chance to witness and watch firsthand as thousands of wildebeest migrate across the swollen crocodile infested Mara River. This is one of nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles, the wildebeest migration, reaches Masai Mara. The sheer number of wildebeests arriving in the area is staggering. The migration is a dramatic mass movement of almost two million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles in a seasonal annual cycle driven by rainfall. In order to reach Masai Mara fresh grazing, wildebeests make dramatic river crossings, facing enormous crocodiles to feast on the Mara plains and regain their strength. November's short rains trigger the last leg of the migration, when the wildebeest move south to Serengeti. Dinner and overnight stay at Mara Sopa Lodge, B, L, D.

Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge. Mid-range lodge located just on the edge of Masai Mara NR
Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: From Masai Mara to Nairobi Depart, 5-6hrs drive
An early dawn game viewing being the very best time to see the cats at hunt and also get to see the sunrise. You then drive back to the lodge for breakfast and check out. Make a return journey back to Nairobi by road (300 km - approximately 6 hours), or optional extra fly from the Masai Mara to Nairobi ($210 per person). You will have time for shopping and optional dinner on own plans. Drop off at the airport for your flight departure back home after a wonderful Kenya safari tour, B.

Included:
•    Private transport in a safari minibus with unlimited game drives.
•    Park fees (for non-residents)
•    All activities (unless labeled as optional)
•    Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
•    All accommodation in a double room (unless listed as upgrade)
•    Lake Naivasha boat ride
•    Guided Crescent Island walk
•    A professional driver/guide
•    All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
•    All Taxes/VAT
•    Complimentary bottled drinking water
•    Start and end in Nairobi (pick up and drop off at your hotel)

Excluded:
•    Accommodation in Nairobi before and after the tour
•    Government imposed increase of park fees and/or taxes
•    International flights (from/to home)
•    Tips (tipping guideline US$15.00 pp per day)
•    Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
•    Drinks

This private Kenya safari tour combines Amboseli, Lake Naivasha, and Maasai Mara within one week to see the highest wildlife concentration. This Kenya tour offers remarkable Amboseli National Park with the majestic snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro on the horizon juxtaposed with the largest herd of elephants to be seen in Kenya. Amboseli is among the most beautiful national parks in East Africa. Nature is lush and wildlife is abundant. With luck you may spot a few of the park's lions, or a cheetah sprinting through the open countryside.

Proceed to Lake Naivasha for a sunset boat cruise to see hippos, bird life and walk on Crescent Island among herbivores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, colobus monkeys call from the treetops, buffalo wallow in the swamps, while the lake’s large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows. The Sopa Resort is set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, and is home to resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Colobus and Vervet monkeys. It is also a night-stop for the hippopotamus when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on the expansive lawns.

If you want to spot birds, this Kenya safari tour including Lake Nakuru National Park will appeal to you. The lake is home to the famous pink flamingo where you can, during the best season, at times spot over one million birds at one time, though the number has reduced lately. The park is also home to the black and white rhinoceros.

The tour culminates with Masai Mara tour, the world’s celebrated safari spot for the great migration of the wildebeest and big five. You get to see the wildebeest migration because it takes its annual migration trek through the eighth marvel of the world, the Masai Mara. The park is one of Kenya's most important wildlife reserves. Every year from about July to October arrives tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebras from the Serengeti in Tanzania. Also watch lions, leopards and cheetah search out unsuspecting prey making a kill as you marvel at this in dismay. Visit a local Maasai village where you get to explore and discover their traditions, and dance with them as they stage a cultural dance. While here, you can take the most remarkable optional hot air balloon safari including bush 'bubbly'. Indeed Kenya safaris are the most popular in the world, the original safari destination of choice.











Day 1: Nairobi to Amboseli, 4hrs drive Day 2: Full day in Amboseli with game drives and views of Kilimanjaro Day 3: Travel to Lake Naivasha via Nairobi, 5hrs Day 4: Day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park to see rhinoceros and flamingos, 1hr 30 minutes Day 5: Drive to Masai Mara which is the highlight of the tour, 5hrs Day 6: Full day of game drives in Masai Mara Day 7: Make a return journey being the end of the tour

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Reviewed by Chris Hopkins DE   April 12, 2017
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Travelling to East Africa has been a long awaited dream for me. Early this year, I was finally able to accomplish my dream by going on African Sermon Safaris one week safari to Kenya.

The trip was prearranged locally through the tour operator. I cannot say enough praises for African Sermon Safaris, and particularly Daniel and our driver guide in Kenya named Jimmy.

The guide was an exceptionally knowledgeable and focused guide. His knack to wisely answer all of our many questions and spot wildlife from far away never stopped to amaze us.

Jimmy went out of his way throughout the trip to accommodate us and always easy-going with all our special requests, from stopping to photograph sunsets and tree cluster to locating his vehicle for the perfect photo prospect.

As a seasoned traveller, I can truly say that this trip has been one of my favourites and having Jimmy as our guide added to making it so notable. I remain with the memories of this tour.

Definitely, Kenya is an amazing country, beautiful too! It stole part of me. Without any hesitation, I recommend this company, Daniel, and Jimmy for making this vacation as enjoyable and well organised.

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Reviewed by Katarina Mintz AT   April 14, 2017
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This safari will be my dream come true. I love the review and I hope when we get to go that we too will have Jimmy as our guide.
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