8 Days Maasai Mara National Reserve – Lake Naivasha – Sweetwater’s – Amboseli national Park

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8

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100

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2

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Masai Mara National Reserve tour

Masai Mara National Reserve is located in south west Kenya and is a vast scenic expanse of gently rolling African savannah plains measuring 1510 square kilometers in area and bordering the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the south. Masai Mara is a unique wildlife conservation haven famous for its spectacular natural diversity of wildlife and is the premier Kenya Safari location in East Africa, offering visitors numerous reasons to visit this animal paradise. Large numbers of Lions, Cheetah, Elephant, Rhino, African Buffalo, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Zebra and many more animals are found in the park in their natural habitat, unconfined and free to roam the vast Kenyan wilderness stretching for miles on end.

It is no surprise that tourists from the world over travel here to experience a Masai Mara Safari tour, more so as the reserve has been voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Regarding the origin of the name, the word ‘Masai’ comes from the Maasai tribe, nomadic inhabitants of the area and the word ‘Mara’ is their word for ‘spotted’, referring to the ubiquitous flat topped acacia trees, shrubs and bushes that dot the landscape across most of the reserve.

Things To Do In Masai Mara

There are numerous activities in Masai Mara which range from luxury experiences such as Hot Air Balloon flights over the plains where you can see wildlife down below, to less costly bush meals and nature walks or wildlife treks. Some of the most popular activities are brief visits to a traditional Maasai tribal village during which travelers get a fascinating glimpse into the unique way of life of these nomadic peoples. Tourists visiting Masai Mara may book these activities below in advance of their visit to Kenya. Photo credit Sutirda Budhiman – Unsplash Images

Game Drives

Included in virtually all safari packages, some may want to book specialized night game drives or full day photographer drives.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris

A thrilling and romantic once in a lifetime experience, Balloon Safaris which take place at dawn are costly yet just so worth the price.

Maasai Village Visit

Experience a traditional Maasai manyatta village and get a glimpse into the unique way of life of this proud and famous nomadic tribe of East Africa.

Walking Safaris & Nature Hikes

Nature walks can be done in the main Mara reserve though longer treks and walking safaris only happen in conservancies outside the main reserve.

Horseback Safaris

Experience the charm of a romantic, close-to-nature experience, Horseback Safaris are only provided by limited operators in the larger Mara eco system.

Bush Meals & Sundowners

Lodges & Camps offer a variety of activities such as enjoying a sundowner at a scenic spot or having a romantic candlelit dinner in the wilds of Africa.

Lake Naivasha National Park

Lake Naivasha National Park is a sheer adventure, positioned outside the town of Naivasha in Nakuru Country, in the northwest of Nairobi City. Lake Naivasha is one of the great rift valley lake found in Kenya standing at the highest elevation that rises 1,884 meters in the combination of volcanic rocks and sedimentary deposits that flows from a large Pleistocene Era Lake. Apart from being water streams, the lake is fed to other closer rivers that is Maleewa and Gilgil rivers. Get this right, there are no visible outlet, but the main issue is that Lake Naivasha water is relatively fresh to assume it’s an underground outflow. However, the park is cantered in the fresh water lake at the bottom in the center of the park. The fresh water lake is named Lake Naivasha which means ‘’rough water’’ by the maasai locals who live around the park. To note, Lake Naivasha is among the few fresh water lakes found in Kenya positioned a few kilometers away from the town of Naivasha. And it is one of Kenya’s national park that are visited frequently.

Furthermore, lake Naivasha is also part of the great rift valley features which can be adventured by tourist visit to Kenya destination. The word ‘’Naiposha’’ is derived from the Maasai local language which means ‘’rough water’ ’because of unpredictable sudden storms that rises usually. The park is surrounded by other two small lakes that is Lake Oloidied and Lake Sonichi which are called green crater lake.

Lake Naivasha rises from the floor of the Great Rift Valley from the extinct volcano of Mount Longonot. The park offers a unique feature like thick forest that sits within the crater of the mountain. And at the rim of the crater it provides great rewardable views across the beautiful Rift valley all way to Lake Naivasha. Major highlight of wildlife to see at Mount Longonot are buffaloes, Common Zebras, giraffe, elands, lion, leopard, bushbucks, Grant’s gazelles among others.

In general, the park was established on 10th April 1995, on a surface area of 140 square kilometers and surrounded by stunning swamp area which covers an area of 64 square kilometers that provides great sight-seeing of bird life. The largest part of the park is covered by the fresh water lake not very deep and seasonal. The water tends to increase on its level during the rainy season and decreases during the dry season. Lake Naivasha national park is positioned in the Northwest side of Nairobi along the great Rift Valley region. Interestingly it sounds as one of the best birding Kenya tourism destination with more than 400 unique different bird species which can be spotted along the shores of the lake and it is a place with high populations of hippos, Lake naivasha national park is closer to Hells gate national park.

Lake Naivasha National Park is an ideal destination one to enjoy Nairobi city life for a fresh new environment. Since it is approximately 1:30hour drive from Kenya capital city ‘’Nairobi’’ with spectacular view of the beautiful Rift Valley escarpment. One can decide to relax for two days’ safari adventure at Lake Naivasha national park.

Tourists Attractions at Lake Naivasha National Park 

The national park looks to be small inside but gifted with numerous attractions which makes your short safari quite wonderful. It has become a famous destination as transit route that differentiates between Lake Naivasha national park and Hells gate national park since they are closer to each other and both can be adventured in the same day.

Highlight Attractions in Lake Naivasha national park is as follows;

Crescent Island: This is one of interesting private Island sanctuary that sits along the great Rift valley region and is quite rewarding. It is unfenced Island thus allowing animals to roam freely around. The Island can be accessed by the boat or by 4×4 wheel drive through the narrow swampy route that leads to the sanctuary. This route/road is commonly used by buffaloes and other number of animals; it becomes poor during rainy season. Along this Island tourist can enjoy scenic nature walk with great views of the Island.

Elsamere: This looks to be stippled trees with sisal that form the forest along the edge of lake Naivasha. In short, it is a forest composed of more tree species such as yellow fever trees and Candelabra Euphorbia and many others. The national park is popular destination for being a home of the great conservationist Joy Adamson who wrote about the bestselling book Born Free fame.

Lake Naivasha: This is the park’s highlight since the park was named after the blue water lake. The shallow lake can be seasonal though very rough during wet season. The water banks are covered by papyrus and other forest species that attract various species of birds and mammals. Here, birders have to get a boat at Lake Naivasha in order to access swamp bird species along the lake banks.

Crater Lake Game Sanctuary: The name crater lake means small size but offers a thrilling jade-colored lake formed by the process of volcanic activity. Sits in the center of the park and it’s a main touristic destination for birders with over 150 bird species recorded around. It is also a right place to explore large game animals such as giraffes, leopards, Zebras and anymore.

Mount Longonot: This is extremely an extinct volcano with the height of 2776 meters above sea level. It is noted that, Mount Longonot last erupted in the 1860’s. And now days it has been recognized as a national park of its self-named by Maasai locals with the name OIo Nongot which means ‘’Mountain of the Many summits’’. It offers a unique large crater edge on top with no water, depending on hiking experience along this Mountain can take between 2 to 4 hours to access the summit.

Animals: Lake Naivasha is deep blue water rich in acacia forests at its bank and imposes bottomless gorges that bring drams at the park. The national park hosts over 100 species of grazers and hunters. Big cats which can be sighted here include leopards and lions and others to be spotted are hippos, giraffes, zebras, buffalos and many more.

Lake Naivasha Activities

Though Lake Naivasha national park is a small park but offers gainful experience to the travelers. It becomes silent when one is interested in adventuring African ‘’big five’’ but has more species of wildlife, it can be booked as a combined tour by visiting hells gate national park, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara.

Below are the park’s activities to engaged in by the tourists;

Game Viewing: Game viewing is the most done activity in here and best enjoyed early morning or full day game drives which brings out real adventure of the park. The park is a home of various species of animals which are best spotted throughout the year, though the best time is dry season when the park is out of water source. Some animals to see include waterbuck, wildebeest, giraffes, zebras among others. Game viewing can be on bike, foot, horse ride and safari vehicles.

Horseback riding safari: This is one of unique activities done in a few Kenya national park. An activity that gets you closer to wildlife in the park while on the back of the horse with escorted ranger who brings you close to animals and directs you to all best game viewing areas in the park. This horse back experience is also good for honeymooners as they get to enjoy cool breeze air of African environment.

Hike Mountain Longonot: To someone who wishes to achieve his or her dream of hiking one of African mountain till top, Mountain Longonot is one of the great chance since does not need any experience but needs some physical fitness. The hike takes between 2 to 4 hours depending on hiker’s/travelers physical fitness. At the top you will have great aerial view of the entire Lake Naivasha national park, the mountain also offers scenic large crater on top of the mountain and at the volcano base are habitant to zebras, buffalos, giraffes, hartebeest and others.

Bird watching: The park is a home to over 400 bird species, which can  be spotted along swampy areas, acacia trees and many others. Some of sighted birds include; herons, flamingo, fish eagles, doves, marabou stork, flamingos, kingfishers, weaver mentioned but few. This is one of the best birding protected areas on Kenya safaris.

Boat cruise: The lake contains fresh water which dominates the largest side of the park to allow boat rides mostly during the wet season. While enjoying your boat ride experience, you can be able to sight see water species of birds along the water banks.

Amboseli National Park Kenya

Amboseli park Kenya is one of the premium national parks that is located in the Southern part of the country bordering Tanzania. The park is also close to the famous Mt Kilimanjaro which is the highest peak in Africa. The park is one of the close protected areas to the capital city Nairobi, It hosts the largest population of African Elephants in entire Kenya. The park is endorsed by a wide range of tourist attractions and this has made the park one of the most popular national parks not only in Kenya but entire Africa. Visiting Kenya for wildlife game minus reaching Amboseli is more of incomplete.

The park was established in 1974 as a national park. It has a great history as one of the oldest protected areas in Kenya which were first established as a game reserve in 1906 before it was upgraded to the status of the national park. It was later in 1991 that the park was declared UNESCO world heritage site so as to protect, preserve and conserve the different unique species at the park.

Due to a wide range of inhabitants that cover the park, it has opened a wide gate for the different animal species at the park. The scenic views of the mountain Kilimanjaro is one of the added advantages the park has capitalized for its popularity. Its such a small protected area covering only 392 square kilometers this makes it easily exploited within one-day safari even.

Location and accessibility of Amboseli national park Kenya

Amboseli national park is found 365 kilometers or 226 miles southeast of Nairobi. The park can be reached within 3 to 4 hours’ drive from Nairobi. Amboseli is located in Kajiado County in the South of Kenya. Its found in the Northwest part of Mount Kilimanjaro which is found in Tanzania. The park can be accessed through two different routes though all originating from Nairobi. You can access it through Nairobi –Mombasa road. If you’re in the South in the coastal area of Mombasa, Tsavo West national park or Tsavo East National park it is about 460 kilometers entering through Kimana Gate.

ATTRACTITONS IN AMBOSELI

  • Sinet delta: The delta is located just a few meters away from the famous Observation Hill in the North. This is the birding paradise where birders experience. The place is bush mostly dominated by Acacia that attracts more giraffes in this area. Its also a good viewing point for Mt Kilimanjaro the African highest peak.
  • Observation Hill: Got its name from the act whereby the pyramid-shaped hill is used for the aerial and observation. Its spotting place for wildlife. This is where walking safaris are done in Amboseli national park, the summit allows you to have a great observation of the park.
  • Birds: Amboseli national park Kenya is gifted with over 420 bird species. Birding is one of the best activities that is done in the Amboseli rainy season. Birding is done from March to May and also around November. These are rainy months of the year in Kenya. The birds are breeding during the rainy season and park also receives more migratory birds across the world. Birds spotted include Hartlaub’s bustard, von der decken’s hornbill, Famlingo, Egrets, Pelicans, Herons, Crowned cranes, pamgani longclaw, steel-blue whydah Secretary birds, Love birds, Starlings, Ostriches, White-bellied go way bird and many more.
  • Mammals: The Amboseli national park Kenya is a home of different mammal species especially the African Elephants, lions, leopards, Buffalo, Giraffes, Wildebeests, Hyenas, Gazelles, Topis, Dikdik, Kudu, Oribi, African wild dogs, Foxes, Hippos, Giraffes, zebras mention but a few. The park is famous of its great population of mammals that are easily seen roaming freely in the wilderness. Game viewing is best done throughout the year though the most preferred time is during the dry season of the year.
  • Lake Amboseli: This is part of the park where the park got its name from. The attraction is where the boat cruise is done and great game viewing. The lake is a source of water to the wildlife at the park not only for drinking but for great cooling of the body for the big animals at the park. The shower of the lake is a home for the different swamp bird species that are found at this park.

ACTIVITIES IN AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Amboseli national park Kenya is one of the dream destinations for more travellers. The park can be visited any time of the year providing you a great experience of game viewing. For general activities at Amboseli national park Kenya please visit our blog section on Amboseli national park activities

Some of the key activities include:

  • Birding
  • Boat cruise
  • Game viewing
  • Walking safaris
  • Hiking and many more

Our experienced product managers have developed different products for travellers who wish to go to Amboseli National park for a safari. Check more details on the itineraries available or send us your inquiry and our team will respond to you as soon as possible.

 

Included/Excluded

  • Park fees
  • Transport on a pop-up safari vehicle
  • Accommodation on Fullboard basis
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • Drinking water
  • Transfers
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic Beverage

Tour Plan

Day 1: Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park

Pick up from your Nairobi Hotel and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in time for lunch at your Lodge. Relax, refresh and head for an afternoon game drive around the shore lake. Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are approx. 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. Also, many species of game can be found in the park including the introduced Rothschild‟s giraffe, black and white rhino, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon and many species of plains game.

Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge

Accommodations: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, Sarova woodlands, Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge, Lake Nakuru Lodge, the cliff or similar.

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2 Masai Mara National Reserve

Set off early for a morning game drive to witness the animal kingdom at its most active hour, search for the park’s large populations of wildebeests, rhinoceros, buffalos, lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, cheetahs, zebras, impalas, gazelles, hartebeest, warthogs, ostriches, topi, and Maasai giraffes among others. Proceed to the famous Mara River where thousands of wildebeests and zebras cross from Serengeti to Maasai Mara each year. Enjoy packed lunch inside the park, by the banks of the river surrounded by beautiful sceneries and wildlife.

Dinner and Overnight at the camp at the lodge/camp

Accommodations: Sarova Mara Game Camp, Mara Simba Lodge, Keekorok Lodge, Mara Leisure Camp, Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Azure Mara Haven, Jambo Mara Safari Lodge or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

Day 3 Masai Mara National Reserve - Lake Naivasha

Early morning game drive. Return to the camp for breakfast. Depart for Lake Naivasha with a stop at the Narok which is the Masai city. Arrive in time for lunch. Afternoon spent at leisure with an option to take a boat ride with a visit to Crescent Island (extra cost). Lake Naivasha 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 the day out in the shallows.

Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge

Accommodations: Kiboko Luxury Camp, Enashipai Resort and Spa, Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort, Lake Naivasha Resort or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Lake Naivasha - Sweetwater’s Sanctuary

Early breakfast at the hotel. Check out and drive north to Sweetwater’s Sanctuary. Arrive for lunch. In the afternoon proceed for a game drive. Sweetwater’s is located in typical savannah grasslands with „Whistling Thorn‟ and other acacia trees, overlooking a floodlit

waterhole and salt-lick, Sweetwater’s is truly an oasis. It offers guests some of the finest tented accommodation in Kenya, personalized service and attention, and abundant game viewing opportunities. Sweetwater’s Tented Camp, with magnificent views across the plains to the snowcapped peaks of Mount Kenya, lies in the heart of 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Dinner and Overnight at the lodge/camp/cottage.

Accommodations: Sweetwater’s Tented Camp, Ol Pejeta Houses, Olpejeta Safari Cottages, Comfort Gardens Sweetwater’s

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 5 Sweetwater’s

We will have two extensive game drives exploring the exotic Sweetwater’s Sanctuary. As our camp overlooks one of the best waterholes in the area, this will give us a good view of the wild life such as elephants, giraffes and myriad plains game among others. Sweetwater’s boasts of excellent game viewing experience with the highest ratio of game to area among any other parks or reserves in Kenya.

Dinner and Overnight at the lodge/camp/cottage.

Accommodations: Sweetwater’s Tented Camp, Ol Pejeta Houses, Olpejeta Safari Cottages, Comfort Gardens Sweetwater’s

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 6: Sweetwater’s - Amboseli National Park

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Amboseli to arrive in time for lunch. Arid looking as Amboseli has historically supported both game and the Masai that kept their herds of cattle here. It is

thanks to the waters that run off Africa’s greatest mountain that the apparently dry Amboseli, Kenya’s first game sanctuary is able to support its wildlife. Mount Kilimanjaro broods high over Amboseli, generally cloaked by clouds but appearing in all its snow-shrouded magnificence from time to time. The mountain now provides water for the park, wonderful views and, of course, the most glorious background for animal photography. Enjoy an evening game drive in this scenic and wildlife rich park.

Dinner and overnight the camp/lodge

Accommodations: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Ol tukai Lodge, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, Kibo Safari Camp, Amboseli Kilima Camp or Similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 7: Amboseli National Park

We recommend that you get up very early in the morning so as to experience excellent game viewing & an unprecedented view of the snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear. An optional visit to the Masai village is provided on request at an extra cost.

Dinner and overnight the camp/lodge

Accommodations: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Ol tukai Lodge, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, Kibo Safari Camp, Amboseli Kilima Camp or Similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 8: Amboseli National Park - Nairobi

Early morning game drive, return to your lodge for a full buffet breakfast. Leave for Nairobi to arrive in time for drop off at your hotel/Airport.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

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