The great wildebeest migration is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet and one of the most breathtaking events in the animal kingdom. The migration involves millions of ungulates, most particularly wildebeest, as they follow an annual 500 km circular route around the Serengeti Ecosystem to the northern edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve in an endless pursuit for fresh pastures and water. The herds reach the Masia Mara in July where they remain until the end of September. Besides the opportunity to witness one of the world’s most exceptional natural phenomena, the second portion of this 2-week safari expedition takes you through the spectacular Rift Valley into the private protected areas of Kenya´s central highlands and to the Samburu plains of northern Kenya. Discover the secrets of Kenya with us on this exciting safari.
Day 1 Arrival in Nairobi On arrival at the international airport of Nairobi, where you will land late evening, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide who will then transfer you to the Lemuria Guesthouse for your overnight stay.
Day 2 The Northern Serengeti
After breakfast we start our journey towards the Masai Mara National Reserve, which will take approximately 5-6 hours.We will spend the first 3 nights at the Mara Kima Camp, a small intimate eco camp near the Telek River and close to the Telek gate of Masai Mara. Enjoy your first night under the starry sky of the African wilderness and listen to the breathing of nature.
Day 3 – 4 Masai Mara
The Masai Mara, which stretches for 1,510 km² is known as Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve. The terrain of the reserve is primarily grassland and riverine forest with clusters of the distinctive acacia trees.
The Masai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in the world and this is the area where over two million Wildebeest,Z ebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually from the Serengeti plains in the South, followed by their predators. Between July and September the ungulates remain in the Masai Mara to graze on the green savannahs, which are blooming after the yearly rains.Apart from the migrating species countless other wildlife inhabits the reserve throughout the year. The park hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. This will undoubtedly be one of your greatest safaris. B/L/D
Day 5 Lake Bogoria
Today we are heading into the spectacular Rift Valley where we will have a break at Lake Bogoria. Geothermal activity in the form of hot springs and geysers are located on the lake´s western shore. The soda waters of the lake attract massive flocks of pink flamingoes which are found in large numbers here. Apart from the flamingos we have the chance to observe birds of prey, such as the Fish eagles, which often prey on the flamingos. The shores are frequently lined with Gazelle, Zebra, Baboons and this is one of the best places to see Greater Kudu. In the early evening we continue the journey to Lake Baringo. We will spend the next 2 night in Soi Safari Lodge on the shores of the lake, where you have the chance to see hippos and crocodiles. B/L/D
Day 6 Lake Baringo
For today we have organized a boat trip out on Lake Baringo with the local Njemps fishermen. The lake is populated by crocodiles,which are considered harmless by the local people. It also gives shelter to more than 400 bird species that give the area its main attractive. This truly is Kenya’s bird watching paradise. One of the highlights is the food sharing the Njemps do with the African fish eagle.These animals will land close to the boat at times to catch fish out of the water, which makes for amazing photo opportunities.B/L/D
Day 7 Transfer to the Rhino Watch Safari Lodge
Today’s destination is a picturesque location in the central highlands between the Aberdare Mountain Range and Mount Kenya.The Rhino Watch Safari Lodge will be your base for the second part of this unique expedition. All accommodations offer magnificent views of the highest mountain in Kenya, Mount Kenya. Surrounded by three wildlife reserves, the lodge is an ideal location for numerous exciting game drives in the area. You find yourself in one of the best places in the world to observe rhino, which will be one of our main goals for the following few days.Your accommodation will be in luxury safari tents at the beautiful property of the Rhino Watch Lodge. B/L/D
Day 8 Solio Game Reserve
Today´s safari takes you to the Solio Game Reserve, which is a fenced, privately-owned wildlife conservancy geared towards rhino conservation. There is no better place in the world to observe rhino. The park plays a major part in the protection and breeding of black rhinos in Kenya. Breeding has been so successful that rhino from Solio have stocked wildlife reserves all over Africa with young animals.A full day safari allows you plenty of time to observe these magnificent animals up close. Other wildlife except for elephants includes buffalo,zebra, giraffe, oryx, antelope, Thompson’s gazelle, impala, waterbuck and warthog. The park also offers some of the best leopard viewing in the country, and lion and cheetah can also be found.B/L/D
Day 9 The Aberdare National Park
The Aberdare National Park contains a wide range of impressive landscapes and is home to a great variety of wildlife.
The main ecosystems within the mountain range are rainforest, one of the last intact rain forest refuges in Africa, giving way to dense bamboo forests and then moorland. Some wildlife more easily observed is the forest elephant, buffalo, the giant forest hog and some of the big cats, including the leopard! . The park also contains a large population of black rhino. The crystal clear mountain streams are teeming with trout. And even the bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds observed. B/L/D
Day 10 Giraffe walk
Located only 15 minutes from the Rhino Watch Lodge is a small private reserve which offers the opportunity to go on a game walk with giraffe, zebra and antelope. This is a truly wonderful experience to spend the morning.
Back at the lodge you can spend the afternoon exploring the premises of the lodge or enjoy bird watching from a raised platform, allowing the observation of many bird species that enjoy bathing in the nearby pond.B/L/D
Day 11 Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Samburu
Ol Pejeta is a mosaic of grass plains, wooded grassland, Acacia woodland and evergreen thicket extending for over 350 square kilometers. This extraordinary reserve is East Africa’s Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary. Besides black AND white rhino, the park boasts an astounding variety of wildlife including non-indigenous chimpanzees that can be visited in the Sweetwater chimpanzee sanctuary,the Big Five, Grevy’s zebra and some of the highest predator densities in Kenya.In the afternoon we continue on to the Samburu plains, which is a rugged, semi-arid area in the Northern Province of Kenya.We will be staying at the Elephant Bedroom Camp on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River for 2 nights. This exclusive tent camp is considered a jewel in Samburu National Park, rightly carrying its name. The park is home to large herds of elephants which come to the river to drink and bathe themselves and snack on the fruits of the doum palms surrounding the camp. Besides elephant, prides of lion or the solitary leopard amongst other game are regular visitors around the camp. B/L/D
Day 12 Samburu National Park
After some wildlife viewing from the luxury of your tent, we will head into the national park in the morning to search for more rare wildlife species. The Uaso Nyiro River is the lifeline of this area and is bustling with a huge population of crocodiles. The presence of the river and its shady trees has resulted in a rich flora and fauna. The game reserve is renowned for its rare species of animals that can only be found in this park, like the long necked gerenuk, Gravy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, and the Beisa onyx.Giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, elephant and zebra trek from the surrounding savannah plains to the water. Samburu is also considered one of the best areas to observe leopard, lion and cheetah.For the birders, around 365 species have been recorded and the river area is particularly rewarding. The park is considered a paradise for bird viewing by ornithologists.B/L/D
Day 13 Nairobi
After another game drive safari in the morning it is unfortunately time to start our journey back to Nairobi to catch your flight back home.
US $ 3.490.- per person (based upon double occupancy).
US $ 875.- single supplement
US $ 1.875.- per child up to and including 11 years of age, accommodated with the parents.
Rates are inclusive of:
• All transfers per mini bus.
• Twelve nights in accommodations as described in the program above.
• Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
• All game drives in 4WD vehicles from Rhino Watch Safaris.
• Experienced English speaking driver guide.
• All excursions as stated in the program above.
• All flights
• Visa fees
• National park entrance fees
• Travel insurance
• Additional meals and beverages
• Personal expenses
For bookings or inquiries please contact us and let us know your wishes and requirements.Please note that we are also specialized in accommodating professional photography and film teams.