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9 Day Big Cats Safari with First Night in Nairobi

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9-Day Big Cats Safari with First Night in Nairobi

9 Day Big Cats Safari Explore five of the best National parks in Kenya. Amboseli has unique landscape with wide variety of wildlife and clear view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Tsavo Parks provide vast number of animals and wide variety of vegetation. View of flamingos and other bird species at Lake Nakuru & Lake Naivasha. You will also have great opportunity to explore and see the big five and wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara.

Here’s what you can expect from each destination:

Maasai Mara National Reserve:
  • Key Attraction: The Great Wildebeest Migration is the most famous event in Maasai Mara. Witnessing the vast herds of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles crossing the Mara River is a breathtaking experience.
  • Wildlife: Maasai Mara is home to the “Big Five” and offers excellent opportunities to spot lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinos. It also boasts an impressive diversity of other wildlife, including cheetahs, giraffes, hippos, and various antelope species.
  • Maasai Culture: Interact with the Maasai people and learn about their traditional way of life and unique customs.
Lake Naivasha:
  • Key Attraction: Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake known for its abundant birdlife and scenic beauty. Take a boat ride to see hippos, waterfowls, and other bird species up close.
  • Activities: Apart from bird watching, you can also explore nearby Hell’s Gate National Park, go on nature walks, or enjoy biking safaris in the area.
Lake Nakuru National Park:
  • Key Attraction: Lake Nakuru is famous for its large population of pink flamingos that gather along its shores, creating a breathtaking pink spectacle. The park is also home to both black and white rhinos.
  • Wildlife: Besides flamingos and rhinos, you can spot various other bird species and wildlife, including lions, leopards, buffalos, and giraffes.
Amboseli National Park:
  • Key Attraction: Amboseli is renowned for its stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. The backdrop of the snow-capped mountain provides an incredible setting for wildlife photography.
  • Wildlife: Amboseli is famous for its large herds of elephants, and you can also see lions, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, and numerous bird species.
Tsavo West National Park:
  • Landscape: Tsavo West is characterized by rugged terrain, volcanic hills, and diverse landscapes, including open plains, lava fields, and acacia woodlands.
  • Wildlife: The park is known for its diverse wildlife, including the “Big Five,” as well as hippos, crocodiles, gazelles, zebras, and a rich variety of birdlife.
  • Mzima Springs: This oasis in the park provides a unique opportunity to see underwater life through an underwater observatory. Hippos and crocodiles can often be seen in the crystal-clear waters.
  • Shetani Lava Flows: These black lava flows are remnants of ancient volcanic activity and offer a striking contrast to the surrounding landscapes.
  • Chaimu Crater: The Chaimu Crater is a volcanic crater with steep sides, offering a challenging but rewarding hike to the summit, where you can enjoy stunning views of the park.

 

Detailed itinerary for big cats safari

Day 1: Arrival JKIA – Nairobi Hotel

On the day of your arrival,9Day Big Cats Safari you’ll meet with our driver representative at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) where you shall be briefed about your safari program. After short briefing, you will be moved to your hotel in Nairobi booked on bed & breakfast for overnight stay.

Main Destination: Nairobi (City)

Accommodation option:

Ibis Styles Nairobi West lands Hotel is a Mid-range hotel located in or near Nairobi

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 2: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Afterward early morning breakfast at the hotel, depart Nairobi and proceed to Amboseli National park arriving in the afternoon for lunch. Furthermore, Amboseli has special view with wide variety of wildlife and clear view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Then in the evening you’ll have a game drive. Finally, dinner and overnight will be at the camp/lodge.

Accommodation option:

Sentrim Amboseli Lodge is a Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Amboseli National Park

Furthermore, you’ll go for early morning game drive, with a big chance to view the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Then return to the camp/lodge for breakfast,9Day Big Cats Safari rest and later in the afternoon have lunch at the camp/lodge.

Later in the evening, enjoy game drive in the park known for its large elephant herds and views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro, across the border in Tanzania. While, observation Hill offers panoramas of the peak and the park’s plains and swamps.

While, 9Day Big Cats Safari other liked residents of the park include giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, buffalos, gazelles, hippos, wildebeest and hundreds of bird types, all manner of reptilian, flora and fauna and some of the most soul-searing views in Africa. Lastly, dinner and overnight will be at the camp/lodge.

Main Destination: Amboseli National Park

Accommodation option:

Sentrim Amboseli Lodge is a Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Amboseli – Tsavo West National Park#9Day Big Cats Safari

After breakfast, 9Day Big Cats Safari leave Amboseli for Tsavo West National Park to arrive for lunch. In the afternoon visit the Ngulia Rhino home a fenced area where Tsavo’s growing number of risky black rhino are protected.

The security offered by fenced homes allows rhinos to live and reproduce without the constant threat of poaching. The park is known for the Red Elephants,9Day Big Cats Safari Oryx, and Gerenuk among others. Other notable features include Mzima Springs-underground water seepage from Chyulu hills, the molten lava that forms the Shetani lava flow spewed from the earth & it was thought by the local people to be the work of devil, hence its name, which means devil in Swahili.

The Park is a vast expansion of African savanna with a more varied array of homes which include open plains, semi desert scrub, woodland, Chyulu Hills and rock outcrops. The extensive varied homes offer ideal area to search for Lions, Buffaloes, Cheetahs, Giraffe, Zebras, etc. while, dinner/overnight will be at the camp/lodge.

Accommodation option:

Ngulia Safari Lodge is a Mid-range lodge located inside Tsavo West NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Tsavo West National park – Lake Naivasha

Early morning have breakfast,9Day Big Cats Safari then check out and proceed with morning game drive within the park as you depart for Lake Naivasha via Nairobi. Arrive in the afternoon for lunch at Lake Naivasha resort, a great escape set on the shores of stunning Lake Naivasha, Kenya.

Check in and spent the rest of the day at leisure with an option to take a boat ride with a visit to Crescent Island (own extra cost). Lake Naivasha situated at the floor of the Great Rift Valley,9Day Big Cats Safari is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus is almost 13 km’s across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five meters.

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 Lakes large hippo populations sleep in the day out in the shallows. while, dinner and overnight at the resort.

Main destination: Lake Naivasha

Accommodation option:

Lake Naivasha Resort is a Mid-range resort located in or near Lake Naivasha

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Lake Naivasha – Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast at the Resort/lodge, 9Day Big Cats Safari depart Naivasha for Lake Nakuru to arrive in time for lunch. Check in and enjoy the meal then later afternoon game drive in this famous National Park that is a world-class bird watching safari destination & fondly referred to as the bird watchers paradise.

The park is recognized as one of the natural wonders of the world and of course, the flamingos been the main attraction. At times,9Day Big Cats Safari there may be almost 2 million flamingos in the residence, forming a stunningly beautiful deep pink band around the edge of the lake shore.

Other bird species that inhabit the lake are African fish eagle, goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher among others. You are likely to see black rhinoceros plus white rhinos. There are also a number of Rothschild’s giraffe, Waterbuck, lion, cheetah & leopard. Lastly, dinner & overnight will be at your hotel/Lodge.

Accommodation option:

Lake Nakuru Lodge is a Mid-range lodge located inside Lake Nakuru NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Lake Nakuru – Maasai Mara National Reserve

After an early breakfast, 9Day Big Cats Safari proceed to the known Maasai Mara Game Reserve on a drive along the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Arrive in time for lunch, check in at the Camp/Lodge and enjoy your meal as you relax. Later in the afternoon, game drive to explore the Maasai Mara Game Reserve returning to the Lodge/Camp in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation option:

Enkorok Mara Camp is a Mid-range tented camp located just outside Maasai Mara NR

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Maasai Mara Game Viewing

After breakfast,9Day Big Cats Safari leave the Camp/lodge with picnic lunch for a full day game viewing in this known national reserve. You shall see thousands of wildlife including Buffalos, hippos in the Mara River, lion, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, hyena, jackal, wild dog, leopard, many kinds of antelope and elephant.

The annual wildebeest migration, a once in a lifetime natural wonder, occurs in the Mara from July to September where millions of wildebeest and zebra migrate from the Serengeti in search of abundant water and pasture.

Maasai Mara is also home to many members of the colorful Maasai tribe who may be seen around the borders of the park-Moran’s (warriors) loping across the plains, young boys herding goats, or elders grouped under a tree discussing matters of the day. Later in the evening, return to the Camp/Lodge for dinner & overnight.

Main destination: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Accommodation option:

Enkorok Mara Camp is a Mid-range tented camp located just outside Maasai Mara NR

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9: Maasai Mara – Nairobi

After early breakfast,9Day Big Cats Safari check out from the Camp/lodge and leave Maasai Mara for a trip back to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. Lunch enroute, (own cost). On arrival in Nairobi drop off at your hotel or the Airport for your final departure.

Main Destination: Nairobi (City)

Accommodation option:

Meanwhile, there is no accommodation. Thus end of tour

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Furthermore, the additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.

However, you’ll be dropped off at the airport to catch a flight.

Price Includes:

Transportation in a 4×4 WD safari Land Cruiser

Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary

Park entrance fees.

Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda

Game drive

Ranger guide

Services on an English speaking guide

Community walk Bwindi

Enroot lunches

 

Price Excludes:

International flights

Hire / purchase of Hiking Gear

Personal Travel insurance

Visa Fees, Drinks, Cigarettes

Tips, Souvenirs

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