9 day Kenya Explorer Safari
Are you looking for a longer safari and you want to see a lot of Kenya’s parks? Then this is the safari for you!
Early in the morning you will be picked by your guide at your hotel. He will give you a short briefing about your safari. After the briefing you will start your journey to Tsavo East National Park via the Mombasa – Nairobi Highway. Tsavo East National Park is the largest protected area in Kenya and is also know as “Theatre of the Wild”. The landscape in the park is mostly grass savannah which makes it a bit easier to spot the wildlife. With a lot of luck you will be able to spot the complete big five in this park. The animals you can spot in this park are herds of “red” elephants, buffalos, rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, gerenuks and a large variety of birds.
Once you have entered the park you will start with your enroute game drive towards your lodge. Around lunch hours you will arrive at the lodge, where you will check in and sit down for a lovely lunch. Later in the afternoon you will head back into the park for your evening game drive, which will last for about 2 hours. Try you luck this afternoon and spot the whole Big five. When the sun starts to set it is time to head back to the lunch for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 (Tsavo East – Nairobi)
Wake up early today and have an early breakfast. At 07:00 you will check out of the lodge and have a morning game drive which will take about 2 hours. After your morning game drive you will slowly head towards the exit of the park. Once you have left the park you will start making way to Nairobi. Along the way you will stop for lunch. After lunch, you will continue your trip to Nairobi. Once arrived in Nairobi you will visit the Giraffe Center. You can learn more about the giraffes here and you can feed them. After the Giraffe Center, visit the Karen Blixen Museum. For a moment you feel like you have entered the world of ‘Out of Africa’. Later in the evening you will enjoy a lovely dinner at the world famous restaurant “Carnivore”.
Day 3 (Nairobi – Lake Nakuru)
After an early breakfast you will check out and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded grassland, lies the beautiful lake of Nakuru National Park. This park is a paradise for bird lovers. In addition to the many birds you can also find lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalo.
In the early afternoon you will arrive at the park. You will start with an enroute game drive towards your lodge. Once you arrive at the lodge you will check in and sit down for lunch. After lunch you will have the opportunity to relax a bit after the long trip.
At 16:00hrs you will head into the park for your evening game drive. Try your luck and try to spot as much wildlife as possible. When the sun starts to set, it’s time to return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 (Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara)
Wake up early today and have an early breakfast. You will check out of the lodge at 07:00hrs and head into the park for your morning game drive. After you morning game drive you will head to the exit of the park. Once you have left the park you will start making your way to Masai Mara. The park is located in Narok county and is adjacent to another world famous park, the Serengeti located in Tanzania. The Masai Mara is known for one of the world’s largest natural phenomena, The Great Migration of Wildebeest and Zebras. This is an annual recurring event where the wildebeests and zebras migrate from the Serengeti to the Mara in search of food. During the migration they encounter many dangerous obstacles including rivers filled with hungry crocodiles.
At lunchtime you will arrive at your lodge where you will check in and sit down for a delicious lunch. After lunch you will have the opportunity to relax and use hotel facilities.
Later in the afternoon you will head out into the park for your evening game drive. Search for the wildlife and enjoy the beautiful nature that this park has to offer. When the sun starts to set, it’s time to go back to your lodge for dinner.
Day 5 (Masai Mara)
After breakfast you will leave for an full day game drive. The whole day will be dedicated to spotting the Big five. In addition you can also enjoy the beautiful savannah scenery that this park has to offer. When it’s time for lunch, you’ll find a nice place for a picnic in the middle of the park. After lunch you will continue your game drive. At 15:00hrs you will drive back to your lodge where you can rest a bit after this intensive safari day. Relax before you will sit down dinner.
Day 6 (Masai Mara – Lake Naivasha)
After breakfast you will check out and start your long drive to Lake Naivasha. This is the highest located lake in Africa and is located in the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley. It is a freshwater lake, while the remaining lakes in the eastern branch are strongly alkaline. At lunch you will arrive at your hotel where you will check in and enjoy a delicious lunch. After lunch you can relax and enjoy the facilities the hotel has to offer.
Later in the afternoon it is time to take a boat trip on the lake, giving you the opportunity to spot hippos. There are also many birds to see on Lake Naivasha. After the boat trip you return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7 (Lake Naivasha – Amboseli)
After an early breakfast you will check out and head to Amboseli National park. The last park you will visit during this safari. Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, is located in the Kajiado County. The park has little vegetation due to long dry months, it also houses swamps and a dried-up Pleistocene lake. The park is famous for viewing free-ranging elephants up close and of course for the spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Amboseli is home to many animals, including elephants, buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, impalas, hyenas, zebras, wildebeests and giraffes.
Around lunchtime you will arrive at your lodge, where you will check in and sit down for a lovely lunch. After lunch you will have the opportunity to relax a bit.
At 16:00hrs you will head into the park for your first evening game drive. Try you luck and spot at many animals as you can. When the sun starts to set it is time to head back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8 (Amboseli)
Another early morning today. You will head out into the park at 06:00hrs for your morning game drive. Animals are more active in the morning hours so your chances of spotting the wildlife are a bit better in the early morning. Try and find that one animal that is still on your bucket list. Around 08:00hrs you will start making you way back to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast you can relax and use the hotel facilities.
At 16:00hrs it is time for your two hours evening game drive. And if you are lucky mt. Kilimanjaro will show her lovely face this evening, which will guarantee beautiful pictures. Afterwards you will head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9 (Amboseli – Mombasa)
After breakfast, check out and have your last game drive in Amboseli National Park. After the morning game drive it’s time to leave the park and drive towards Mombasa. A long drive is ahead, but on the way you will still have several stops. Later in the afternoon you will be dropped at your hotel in Mombasa.
A small indication of what route you will take during your day trip.