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Kenya Luxury Safari holidays offer a lifetime experience for travelers from all across the globe. It’s the best way to explore and experience the exquisite flora and fauna of the country. The country consists of numerous national parks and sanctuaries. The trip starts from Nairobi and then continues to Samburu National Park. The Samburu National Park is situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River and abounds in rare species of birds and animals. The trip continues to the Aberdare National Park which is famous for its majestic, forested ravines and open moorlands. From Aberdare, the trip continues to Lake Naivasha. Lake Nakuru is the next place on the itinerary. Masai Mara is the highlight of the trip as tourists spend almost two days exploring the amazing wildlife and beautiful culture of the Masai people.
There are several eminent safari destinations around the world. Yet none matches the safari experiences offered by the African continent. It contains one-fifth of the world’s known species of animal and plant life. It is no wonder that African safaris receive much attention. Among the many countries in the continent, Kenya ranks as one of the top places for enjoying an incredible vacation. Travelers from all around the world flock to the country to experience a lavish Kenya luxury safari.
Kenya is occasionally showcased in movies and nature documentaries for its exquisite beauty and rich wildlife. This country in East Africa has the most gorgeous landscapes. From mountain ranges to vast savannahs, plateaus, and deep gorges, these terrains guarantee diverse wildlife sightings.
Arrival at Nairobi
On arriving at the airport, you will be guided by the airport representative who will escort you to the hotel. The city is a unique blend of maddening concrete jungles and natural beauty.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
After an early breakfast at the hotel, the driver shall take you to Samburu. Arrive at Samburu by late afternoon.
The Samburu National Park is one of the less popular wonders included in the Kenya safari holidays. The Samburu Special five- namely, the Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, and Grevy’s Zebra, are found in the Samburu National Park. Moreover, wild dog sightings are another major attraction of the Samburu National Park.
Stay overnight at the hotel.
Nairobi to Samburu
Enjoy the exquisite wildlife at the Samburu National Park. It is home to a large variety of fauna such as Cheetahs, Lions, African Leopards, Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Elephants, Cape Buffaloes and over 450 species of birds.
You can explore the nearby Samburu village to experience the beautiful culture. The village is sparsely populated and is known for its abundant wildlife. The best way to get to know the Samburu culture is to stay at a community-run lodge, walking, or a camel safari guided by Samburu guides. Visiting the Samburu village is a unique experience during the Kenya safari holidays.
Return to the hotel at night and retire for the day.
Samburu National Park
Pack breakfast and start early for a drive to Aberdare. Reach your hotel by lunchtime. The Aberdare National Park is located in the central highlands of Kenya and is home to rare creatures such as Black Leopards, Eastern Bongo, Waterbuck, Duiker, Bushbuck, Black Serval, and the like. The region is much cooler than the savannahs and scenery is majestic with its mountainous terrain covered in thick tropical forests and numerous waterfalls The Aberdare National Park is ideal for game drives, mountain hikes, trout fishing, hiking, birding safaris, and photographic safaris.
After an exciting afternoon game drive, return to the camp late in the evening. Stay overnight at the camp.
Samburu to Aberdare
After a morning drive in the Aberdare, pack breakfast and proceed to Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha is a huge and beautiful freshwater lake. The lake is surrounded by thick papyrus. It is known as a world-famous birding destination in the Kenya Safari holidays. Reach Lake Naivasha by late lunchtime, have lunch, and rest for a while. Late in the afternoon, go for boating at the beautiful Lake Naivasha to witness Hippos and birds like Fish Eagles, Pelicans, Saddle-billed Stork, White Egret, White-fronted Bee-eater, and the like.
Return to the hotel and stay overnight.
Aberdare to Lake Naivasha
Proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park with picnic lunch. Located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park is surrounded by wordy and bushy grasslands. The place boasts of great ecological diversity and varied habitats like escarpments and ridges. It is an ideal spot for hiking, picnics, game drives, and bird-watching. Indulge in the beautiful wildlife of the region consisting of Black and White Rhino, the Waterbucks, the Rothschild Giraffe, the Pelicans, Flamingos, and the like.
Return to Naivasha by the evening and relax at the hotel.
Lake Nakuru National Park day excursion
After an early breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Masai Mara National Park en-route visiting Rift Valley. This is one of the chief highlights of the Kenya safari holidays. The camp is located inside the Masai Mara National Park and the game drive starts as soon as you enter the park.
The game drive starts after lunch and extends till sunset. The Masai Mara National Park is one of the world’s most renowned national parks and is credited as the 7th wonder of the world. It is one of the most exquisite wildlife reserves spanning across the country with a plethora of different wildlife species.
Return to the lodge for dinner and retire for the day.
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Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara
Masai Mara is one of the most famous tourist destinations for its picturesque landscapes and rich flora and fauna. Referred to as the Mother of all National Parks, the Masai Mara National Park is home to numerous species such as Big Cats, Antelopes, Elephants, Hippos, Giraffes, and Wildebeests. With over 450 species of birds like the Kori Bustard, Southern Ground Hornbill, and Secretary Bird, the place is a heaven for those interested in bird-watching.
Different areas of the park shall be covered in the morning, mid-morning, and afternoon game drives in these two days. Gather first-hand experience of the Masai culture by visiting the Masai villages. Enjoy a balloon safari, breakfast by the hippo pool, and a bush lunch in the vast savannahs. There will be a sundowner experience along with a special bush dinner with Masai dances.
After a late breakfast, start from Masai Mara to Nairobi via a flight. After arriving at the Nairobi Wilson airport, you will be transferred to the Jomo Kenyata International airport for your flight back home.
After beautiful Kenya safari holidays, return home with memories that shall be cherished forever.
For starters, the popular Big Five African animals are found in Kenya. They include lions, leopards, bush elephants, cape buffalo, and the endangered rhino. Most of the premier national parks, reserves, sanctuaries, and conservation areas are home to the big five.
It is not uncommon to see a lion chasing a wildebeest, a leopard napping on a tree, and rhinos from a distance during a Kenya luxury safari. Cheetahs, jackals, and spotted hyenas are less glamorous but still make up for unique sightings.
Other regional wildlife includes eland, hartebeests, wildebeest, topi, Thomson and Grant’s gazelle, giraffe, and impala. Some parts of Kenya also house critically endangered Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe.
Along with wildlife enthusiasts, avid birders and ornithologists find Kenya a haven. In fact, the country is the finest bird-watching destination. With more than 1000 colorful birds found, the country is included in the top 15 places to spot diverse avifauna.
Striking bird species like the starling, Sokoke scop owls, grey crowned crane, turaco, and many more are found in the country. Taita Apalis, Kilifi Weaver, and William’s Lark are a few of the rare birds, sighted only when lucky. The famous birds of prey like vultures, eagles, kites, and falcons are among the awe-inspiring species.
Although Kenya is characterized by lush green forests, grasslands, and mountain ranges, it is also surrounded by the majestic Indian Ocean. As a result, Kenyan shorelines make up for the ultimate beach vacation. A luxury Kenya safari does not only contain bush activities. Travelers can freely explore the white sand beaches and swim in the turquoise waters on the same holiday.
This gives a chance for travelers to discover the vibrant Kenyan marine life. Diving and snorkeling offer the opportunity to see colorful coral reefs along with dolphins, marine turtles, whale sharks, and manta rays swimming along.
A vacation filled with dazzling landscapes, guaranteed game viewing, rustic safari camps, and luxury lodges – all of this is included in a Kenya luxury safari. To engross yourself in the country’s untamed wilderness, there are several activities travelers can enjoy.
The country is known for offering unique and once-in-a-lifetime activities and opportunities to enjoy during Kenya African safaris:
Kenya safari – The word ‘safari’ itself originated in Kenya based on the Swahili language. There is no doubt that safari and Kenya are synonyms of each other. An authentic Kenya safari tour cannot be experienced anywhere else. Close encounters with a wide range of wildlife are one of the best things to experience during safaris. Moreover, the abundance of national parks and reserves offer an excellent chance to opt for a Kenya luxury safari. Travelers can choose between day and night game drives.
Hot air balloon ride – Hot air balloon ride provides travelers with a bird’s eye view. Looking at the hustle and bustle of animals down below while appreciating the Kenyan ecosystem is a humbling experience. The ride is best taken in Masai Mara National Park.
Horseback rides – Imagine running alongside large herds of wildebeests and other hoofed animals while easily matching their speed. This is possible during horseback rides or safaris. Those wanting to ditch the classic jeeps and 4WDs can choose a horseback safari in Kenya. It is surely an unusual activity but one that remains memorable forever. Moreover, where safari vehicles don’t go, horses can easily pass over. Horseback rides are one of the top ways to admire the classic African savanna while witnessing wild animals as close as possible.
Guided walks – If game drives or horseback rides are not your cup of tea, consider walking safaris or guided walks. A Kenya luxury safari adventure is not only limited to sitting inside jeeps and zooming past animals. In fact, Kenya gives travelers the privilege to enjoy slow and leisure walks around wilderness areas. Accompanied by experts and guides, guided walks are extremely safe. What you miss during game drives can be seen during these walks. A number of private conservancies offer this activity so that travelers can see Kenya’s biodiversity from a whole new perspective.
Incredible food – The culinary scene in Kenya is delicious and distinct in both, tradition and ethnicity. The Kenyan traditional food is prepared using fresh ingredients, suiting everyone’s preference. What travelers can expect on a plate during a Kenya luxury safari are local herbs, a wide range of delicious meat, and fine dining meals.
From cities to reserves and parks, travelers can explore various attractions and destinations in the country. Comfortable accommodation options from contemporary hotels to luxury tents are available around Kenya, promising comfortable trips. Here are all the places you must add during your Kenya luxury safari:
The country’s capital Nairobi is the complete opposite of the Kenyan wilderness areas. Nairobi is the largest city in Kenya and acts as a gateway for Kenya safari tours. Although modern, the city has a lush landscape, interesting history, and beautiful culture.
Urbanity and nature blend well in Nairobi. The towering skyscrapers intermingle with the wild African bush. It is only at Nairobi National Park where animals are spotted against the unique backdrop of buildings rather than typical mountains.
Some of the things travelers can enjoy in the city include exploring museums, visiting Masai Markets trying local food, and purchasing souvenirs from local bazaars.
Samburu National Reserve
Sitting on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river is the Samburu National Reserve. Its magnificent topography includes palm groves, riverine forests, and an overall remote wilderness. This reserve is one of the best for off-beat adventures.
Samburu is found in Northern Laikipia and is known to be a lesser-visited reserve. Due to this reason, a quiet Kenya luxury safari away from the tourist crowd can be enjoyed at Samburu.
The reserve is home to the northern five species. They are reticulated giraffe, Somali Ostrich, Grevy Zebra, Beisa Oryx, and gerenuk. In its thick acacia forests roam big cats and large elephant herds. Samburu rhino tracking is one of the exclusive activities of the reserve. Not only does it offer rare glimpses of black rhinos but also excellent wildlife sightings.
The main attraction of Samburu is the Ewaso Ng’iro river which gently flows in the middle of the reserve. It serves as a lifeline for wildlife that typically congregates near the river bank to quench their thirst.
Samburu is one of the excellent places to interact, engage and learn from dedicated rangers and trackers who protect the reserve’s endangered species.
Aberdare National Park
The famous Aberdare National Park lies in the Aberdare Mountain range. This protected area found in Central Kenya is extremely scenic. Steep forests ravines and open moorlands surround the national park. The high-altitude park was created in 1950 to protect the slopes and moorland of the Aberdare mountains.
Aberdare National Park acts as a habitat for elephants, spotted hyenas, leopards, and other animals. Primates like olive baboons as well as black and white colobus monkeys are also found. Here, travelers can cherish rare sightings of the serval cat, giant forest hog, bongo, blue duiker, and golden cat.
For bird watchers, there are over 250 species of birds found inside the park such as sparrow hawks, Jackson’s francolin, goshawks, and sunbirds. Camping in the moorlands, trout fishing, and picnics are some of the activities travelers can include in a Kenya luxury safari.
The park sits at an elevation of 4,001 meters above sea level. Naturally, Aberdare is among the most popular trekking destinations in the country. The peaks of Aberdare are relatively easy to hike along with other strenuous high-altitude treks. Leisure walks and easy treks are surrounded by panoramic views of moorland and animal sightings.
Lake Naivasha National Park
Wildlife-rich Lake Naivasha National Park is set on the Rift Valley floor, northwest of Nairobi. In the center of the park sits Lake Naivasha, one of the few freshwater lakes found in Kenya. The beautiful lake is fringed by dense forests of fever trees and overlooked by the majestic Mount Longonot.
The birdlife in the park, especially near Lake Naivasha, is incredible. It supports a wide diversity of ingenious avifauna including rare, globally threatened, migratory, and endemic bird species. One of the most iconic birds found near the lake is the flamingoes. Thousands of bright pink lesser and greater flamingoes flock to the lake and provide a gorgeous sight.
Huge herds of wildebeest, wild buffalos, tree-climbing lions, Rothschild giraffes, zebras, and many more animal species are seen in the park. Boat rides and camping near the lake are some enjoyable activities to include in a Kenya safari tour. Furthermore, Mount Longonot and Hells Gate National Park beside the lake offer a great base for hikers.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park is home to one of the Rift Valley soda lakes called Lake Nakuru. The spectacular park has a gorgeous topography of hills, forests, and grasslands. There are numerous attained vantage points where travelers can enjoy wonderful views of the landscape.
A Kenya luxury safari involves active game viewing and includes sightings of zebras, waterbuck, hyenas, lion, cheetahs buffalo, and many more. Lake Naivasha used to attract large flocks of pink flamingoes but has recently decreased in number due to natural causes. However, there is still a considerable number of flamingoes thriving along with pelicans, kingfishers, ostriches, cormorants, herons, and eagles.
Baboon Cliff is a popular lookout in the national park. It is famed for panoramic views of stunning Lake Nakuru. Travelers can experience close encounters with the resident population of baboons as well. In the national park, Makalia Falls are best enjoyed in the rainy seasons.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is a unique wildlife conservation haven. It is situated in the southwest of Kenya and is a vast scenic expanse. Masai Mara is a world-renowned destination and one of the best places to embark on a premier Kenya luxury safari.
Visiting this animal paradise opens up opportunities for seeing a healthy population of Big Five African animals, plain animals, avifauna, and lush vegetation. One of the main highlights of a Kenya luxury safari involves witnessing the biggest wildlife event in the world – the wildebeest migration.
Also known as the Great Migration, it includes millions of wildebeest and other hoofed animals traveling between the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The most thrilling activities are enjoyed in Masai Mara. The top ones are exclusive game drives, balloon safaris, village visits, bush lunches, sundowners, and many more.
A Kenya luxury safari should be included in every traveler’s bucket list. Wild Voyager offers a personalized Kenya safari tour planned according to your liking. Contact us today to know about various itineraries of Kenya African safari today.