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“RAHA” is a Swahili word meaning happiness. This 7 Days Safari Raha Mara commence at Jomo Kenyatta International airport or Nairobi Hotel. Guest on this safari will visit Masai Mara Lake Nakuru, Amboseli and Tsavo East National Park.guest will have a high chance of spotting the big five among other wild annimal and different species of bird. At Amboseli you might have a chance to see the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro if its not clouded.
You will be picked from your Nairobi Hotel then transferred to the Wilson airstrip for approximately45 minutes flight to Masai Mara Game reserve.
You will arrive in time for lunch at your chosen accommodation. After Lunch at approximately 1600hrs 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 other kinds of African wildlife.
At sunset drive back to the Lodge or camp of your choice.
Premium accommodations:Mara serena lodge or Ashnil Mara or Keekorok lodge
Basic accommodations:Figtree lodge or Osero lodge
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, hyenas, 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.
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.
Masai Mara is a Masai 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 crouton dichotomies!
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!
Breakfast at the camp. Departure for Lake Nakuru national park which lies in the Great Rift Valley.
Brief stop over at the Rift Valley viewpoint where you will have a panoramic view of the floor of the valley with its densely populated villages.
Descend into the Rift Valley driving through tea plantations arriving in time for lunch at Flamingo Hill camp.
After lunch relax before leaving for the afternoon game drive until sunset.
This game drive will take you to the shores of the lake where you will be able to alight from your vehicle and take a walk as you take photos of the flamingo colonies in the alkaline waters of Nakuru.
Dinner and overnight at the camp or lodge of your choice.
Lake Nakuru National Park was established in 1961. It now covers an area of 188km² (69.5 square miles) and is situated in the Great Rift
The 40 sq. km lake is shallow surrounded by marshes, woodland and grassland.
There are some rocky outcrops and the largest euphorbia forest in Africa on the eastern side.
The lake is fed by three main rivers; the Njoro, the Makalia and the Enderit rivers, as well as several springs and has some excellent viewpoints overlooking the lake from Baboon Cliff and Lion Hill.
The lake supports the blue-green Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis, which is the main food source for the brilliant pink flamingoes that can be found wading on the lake’s edge.
At times, there can be up to two million greater and lesser flamingoes and tens of thousands of other birds. Food conditions change periodically, and the number of birds fluctuates at times depending on the alkalinity levels of the water!
Animals expected to be spotted
Lake Nakuru National Park also offers sanctuary to huge numbers of native African animals including waterbucks, warthogs, impalas, buffalo, Rothschild giraffes, elands, endangered black rhinos, white rhinos and, occasionally, leopards.
A large herd of hippos has a territory in the northern part of the lake, making it interesting for game viewing!
Premium accommodations:Sopa Nakuru lodge or Sarova lion hill
Basic accommodations:Lake Nakuru lodge or Flamingo lion hill
Depart early in the morning after breakfast for Amboseli with Lunch in a Nairobi Hotel. Drive to your accommodation of choice for check in and relaxing after a long drive from Lake Nakuru National Park.
Premium accommodations:OLtukai Lodge or Amboseli Serena
Basic accommodations:‘Sentrim Amboseli or Kilima Camp
With Little Supplement Tawi Lodge, Satao Elerai Camp or Tortilis Camp
Morning and afternoon game drive in Amboseli with overnight stay at your accommodation of choice.
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 waterfowls like pelican, Egyptian goose, jacana.
Animals expected to be spotted
You equally have a chance of spotting leopard, cheetah, wild dogs, giraffe, zebra, lion, mongoose, hyrax, dik- dik, lesser kudu, and nocturnal porcupine.
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 to be spotted
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, 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.
Premium accommodation:Ashnil Aruba lodge
Basic Accommodation:Voi wildlife lodge or Zomeni lion hill Lodge or Voi safari lodge
with little supplement Satao Tented 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.
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