Kifaru is a Swahili word meaning “Rhino“. This 5 Days Safari Kifaru Mara commence from Nairobi hotel or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and end at Diani/Mombasa/Watamu/Malindi Beach hotel. On this five days safari visiting Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park and Tsavo East National Park, Guests on this Safari have high chance of spotting the Big Five that include the king of the jungle Lion,Elephants,Rhino, Leopard and “buffaloes“. At Tsavo East you will have a chance to spot the famous Known red elephants.
Visiting Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, and Tsavo East National Park in Kenya is an extraordinary experience that immerses you in the breathtaking beauty of African wildlife and landscapes. These three iconic destinations offer a diverse range of encounters with nature, providing an unforgettable safari adventure.
Starting with Masai Mara National Reserve, you are welcomed into the realm of the Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other herbivores embark on their annual journey in search of fresh grazing land. Witnessing this awe-inspiring spectacle is a testament to the raw power of nature and the circle of life.
Amboseli National Park offers a different perspective, showcasing the majestic presence of Mount Kilimanjaro as its backdrop. The park is renowned for its large elephant herds, often seen against the backdrop of the snow-capped mountain. The sight of these magnificent creatures roaming freely in their natural habitat is truly mesmerizing.
Lastly, Tsavo East National Park beckons with its untamed wilderness and diverse ecosystems. Spanning vast savannahs, dense forests, and the Galana River, this park is home to a rich array of wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and a plethora of bird species. Exploring the park’s expansive landscapes evokes a sense of adventure and the thrill of discovery.
Each of these parks offers thrilling game drives, guided walks, and opportunities for cultural interactions with the local Maasai community. The Maasai people, known for their vibrant culture and traditional way of life, add an enriching dimension to your journey, sharing their customs, dances, and deep knowledge of the land.
Visiting Masai Mara, Amboseli, and Tsavo East is an unparalleled experience that encapsulates the true essence of African wildlife and wilderness. The sights, sounds, and scents of these remarkable national parks will leave an indelible imprint on your soul, fostering a lifelong connection to the wonders of the natural world.
You will be picked from your Hotel then transferred to the Wilson airstrip for approximately 45 minutes flight to Masai Mara Game reserve.
You will arrive in time for lunch at your chosen accommodation. After Lunch at approximately 1600 hours embark on your first safari in the reserve till sunset.
Animal expected to be spotted
Animals expected to be spotted include; The Big Five; Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and the Leopard. Other big mammal species represented in the ecosystem are herds of Wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, impalas, Masai giraffes and Different species of birds.
Mara Serena Lodge or Ashnil Mara Camp or Keekorok Lodge
Kilima Camp or Figtree Lodge or Osero Camp
With a Little Supplement Sentinel Camp or Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp
Early morning game drive before breakfast at the Camp. After Breakfast mid-Morning game drive in a shared open sided 4×4.
This game drive will take you to the most interesting parts of the reserve including hippo pools in the Mara river or Talek river.
You will have a chance of spotting the super predators; families of lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyaenas, as well as their prey! If you are a little luckier you may witness them hunting.
After Lunch siesta before going for an afternoon game drive at 1530hrs. Game abounds here, particularly when the migration is on – July to October, and millions of wildebeests and zebras make their way back and forth across the Mara River on their annual trek.
Black manned lions
The Mara is also noted for its abundance of lions – particularly the superb black manned males.
You’ll see lots of elephants here often in large herds, as well as – if you’re lucky – leopard, cheetah and rhino.
All the Big Five are residents. You are sure to see the African buffalo. At approximately 1830hrs drive back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.
Maasai mara national reserve
Maasai Mara is a Maasai word meaning ‘spotted’, this is because when you take a panoramic view what you see is a mass of endless savannah grasslands spotted by scanty bushes of croton dichogamies!
The reserve happens to be the Northern continuation of Tanzania’s Serengeti national park from where the animals roam freely in search of greener pastures.
Each year between July and October the Greatest animal spectacle -the Wildebeest migration takes place in this reserve.
During this time close to 2 million wildebeests, followed by around half a million zebras and around 250,000 gazelles arrive in the reserve, crossing the Mara river where crocodiles often lie waiting to pounce on them!
Morning game drive before breakfast. After Breakfast Mid-Morning game Then Lunch, after lunch transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Amboseli National Park.
You will arrive at approximately 1530hrs then embark on an evening game. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species.
Other attractions of the park include opportunity for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro (5894m)-Africa’s highest Mountain
Amboseli National park, covering approximately 390sq. km of swampy area boasts the largest elephant herds as they roam between the swamps and the foot of Africa’s highest mountain!
Other physical attractions include lake Amboseli, the Observation Hill which allows a panoramic view of the better part of this park overlooking Enkongo Narok swamp with its schools of hippos as well as herds of Elephants! For the avid ornithologists, this swamp does not disappoint with its prolific avifauna.
Other animals include; buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose, jacana.
You equally have a chance of spotting leopard, cheetah, wild dogs, giraffe, zebra, lion, mongoose, hyrax, dik- dik, lesser kudu, and nocturnal porcupine.
At around 1830hrs proceed back to the camp or lodge of your choice,
Oltukai lodge or Amboseli serena lodge
‘Sentrim Amboseli or Kilima safari camp
with a little supplement Satao Elerai Camp , Tawi Lodge or Tortilis Camp
Take an early morning breakfast before departing Amboseli national park with a game drive en route .
The drive will last you approximately 4 hours before arriving Tsavo east national park in time for lunch at your chosen lodge or camp.
After lunch you will relax then at 1600 hrs begin spotting animals where you may be able to see a wide variety of wild animals.
Animals expected comprise; lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, serval cats, kongoni, kudu, oryx, impala, hyena, gazelle, buffalo and the “red” elephants (colored by the reddish soil which they apply on their bodies during sand bathing).
Around 500 bird species have been observed in the park, including ostrich and several species of migratory birds.
Tsavo east national park
Tsavo East, covering an area of 13474 sq. km is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Kenya.
The elephants seem to have a red colour, just like many other animals in the park, which is caused by the red dust which they spray on themselves against insects or parasites.
Lions of Tsavo
The lions of Tsavo owe their fame to the book and movie “The Man-eaters of Tsavo”. Here a few lions ate several railroad workers during early 20th century.
The lions were later shot dead. It seems the reason they attacked people was because of their bad teeth, which made it difficult for them to chew buffalo or gazelle meat.
At around 1830hrs drive back to the lodge/ camp of choice for dinner and overnight stay.
Ashnil Aruba lodge
Voi wildlife lodge or Zomeni lion hill or Voi safari lodge
With a little supplement of Usd 100 per person Satao camp
Tea or coffee. Early morning game drive in the park.
This game drive allows you to see nocturnal animals as they retreat to their hideouts. Breakfast in your lodge.After breakfast depart for Mombasa or Diani beach arriving at the beach hotel at around 1430hrs.