A 10 Day Kenyan Safari Experience

One of our clients recently enjoyed a 10 day safari across Kenya. here is a blog of their safari experience.

 

The travel itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi/Mountain Lodge

We departed Nairobi in the morning and drove through Kikuyu countryside to the lower slopes of Mt. Kenya arriving at Serena Mountain Lodge (tree hotel) in time for lunch. Relaxed in the afternoon and watched game from the balcony of the lodge, and an overnight floodlit game viewing.

Day 2: Samburu

We departed after breakfast and drove further north across the equator to Samburu National Reserve arriving at Samburu Game Lodge at time lunch. We then went for an Afternoon game drive.

Day 3: Samburu

We woke up to enjoy an early morning game drive and then had another one in the late afternoon. Samburu is a beautiful and and game abundant park, home to rarely found species such as the Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, blue-necked Somali ostrich and reticulated giraffe. We went to visit to a local Samburu village after lunch before our game drive, it was so much fun, and the culture is beautiful.

Day 4: Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary

We left Samburu after breakfast and drove back to the lower slopes of Mount Kenya – arriving Sweetwaters Tented Camp in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive in the private sanctuary, including a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, the only one of its kind in Kenya. We also got to visit Morani the tame rhino and the Visitors Information Centre.

Day 5: Nakuru

After breakfast we headed for Lake Nakuru National Park, making a brief stop at Nyahururu Thomson Falls. Arriving at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge in time for lunch, followed by an afternoon game drive in the park.
Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there were so many species of birds at the lake. Also, many species of game can be found in the park including the Rothschild’s giraffe, black and white rhino, waterbuck, reedbuck, lions, buffaloes, leopards, baboons and many species of plains game.

Day 6: Naivasha

Another morning game drive in Nakuru, then departed for Naivasha, arriving at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. An afternoon boat ride on Lake Naivasha and a walking safari at Crescent Island was the peak of our day. one of the few places in the world where one can wander on foot amidst wild animals – as there are no predators.

 

Day 7: Maasai Mara

After breakfast we left for the Maasai Mara, arriving Mara Serena Lodge in time for lunch. We got to do a late afternoon game drive.

Day 8 & 9: Maasai Mara

We finally got the opportunity of spotting the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). On the first day we went out with picnic lunch boxes to spend most of the day in the park coming back to the lodge late afternoon, to chill and relax while watching the sunset.

on the second day we did an early morning pre-breakfast game drive, and in the late afternoon visited a local Maasai village.

Day 10: Back to Nairobi 🙁

We departed Maasai Mara after breakfast, driving back to Nairobi.

The diversity of the accomodation, landscape, wildlife, food and even the weather was incredible. It pays to have a knowledgeable and experienced tour guides [ and vehicle comfort ].

i’d definitely recommend this. 🙂 😉  Continue reading A 10 Day Kenyan Safari Experience

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Picnics by the lake

 

 

Lake Elementaita is set in the RiftValley, found between Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru.

The area is much less visited than most natural attractions in the Rift valley region, hence is ideal if you enjoy a sense of privacy and solitude.

So, on the 26th of December, we did a small family outing. we packed some food and drove to Elementaita. The plan was to hike, picnic, play some games, then drive back home in the evening.

We were coming from a country home in the Aberdares, so it was an hours drive to our destination.

we got to elementaita, we hiked some nearby hills, then drove to the lakeside. There is usually a KWS guard onsite, and you have to pay a small fee to access the lake.  We then set up our picnic, and enjoyed a well deserved lunch while watching pelicans and herons swim. We had also carried some balls, and enjoyed a game or two. Its a really ideal place to have some family fun. A different group had carried some bikes and were cycling the lake shore.

It was the perfect place to spend boxing day. 🙂

below are pics of the grounds where we were hiking…

Lake side pics… the pelicans swimming in the distance..

and a short video of the landscape….

Out Of Town Adventures (Naivasha and Nakuru)

On my friend’s birthday, we decided to go out of town on a mini road-trip adventure. We decided to go to Naivasha and Nakuru. Naivasha has become popular as an out of town party destination for revelers. It is also about an hours drive from Nairobi, hence quite accessible.

We left Nairobi on Saturday morning, and our first destination was Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha, where we wanted to hike. We were there by 10 o’clock am. The park entry fee is Ksh 300 for citizens and got our guide and started our hike. My pals and i are all 90’s kids, we grew up watching to Lion King, so we obviously had to go to pride rock. 🙂

After our hike, we drove to Enashipai resort and spa, which is roughly 45 mins away from Hell’s Gate, where we had decided to spend the night. We checked in, had a late lunch and went bird watching. Lake Naivasha is popular for its wide range of birds, and pink eared hippos.

A fish eagle
Pink eared hippos

Our reason for choosing Enashipai is the range of services it has to offer, and the fact that it has a club within in, i mean, we were there to celebrate my friend’s birthday after all. 🙂

Am a sucker for a good sunset, so i obviously had to take a few pics of the sunset across lake naivasha. 🙂

The next morning we were up by 6 o’clock am. We were driving to Lake Nakuru National park. The park entry fee is Ksh 860 for citizens. We intended on being there by 7 am, for our game drive. The park is really beautiful. It has an ecosystem comprising of the lake surrounded by wooded and bushy grasslands. The park is most popular for it flamingos (both greater and lesser) and other water birds like pelicans and herons.

It also has a wide range of mammals. Including black and white rhino, the rare Rothschild giraffe,  impalas, leopards, lions and hyenas.

 

After our game drive, we headed to the Delamare farm for brunch and a bit of sightseeing.

views from the delamare farm

We drove back to Nairobi at around 3 after a weekend well spent. 🙂