Kenya Luxury Safari Over View
Kenya luxury safari is a tour designed for those who which to explore Kenya while staying in the most luxurious accommodation set up in the most serene areas, where tranquility and nature harmoniously give you a slice of heaven.
Samburu, Laikipia, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Tented Safari
Day One: Nairobi - Samburu
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will introduce you to your safari guide. You will be driven to the northern frontier by road through the dramatically different scenery, the lush rainforest area at the foot of the Aberdare Mountain Range, dominated by Mount Kenya , into the high, dry land area of Kenya known as the Northern Frontier District arriving Samburu Intrepids in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later do a game drive. Game to view includes the Big five, antelopes, gazelles, baisa oryx, grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and abundant bird life. Dinner and overnight at Elephant Bed Room.
Day Two: Samburu
On this day you will have morning and evening game drives. A visit to the Ewaso Ngiro river is most rewarding because it's the only source of water that sustains the wildlife in this reserve. Wild animals converge at the river to quench their thirst. Samburu people and their culture is another attraction and on request the driver guide can take you to the samburu village to experience their culture. All meals at Elephant Bed Room.
Day Three: Samburu - Laikipia
Depart after breakfast and drive through wonderful semi-desert countryside, past the strange flat-topped 'Lolokwe' mountain and the distant Mathews Ranges , heading for northern Laikipia, arriving Sabuk in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later do a short guided walk. Dinner and overnight at Sabuk Lodge.
Day Four: Laikipia
Set off in the cool early morning for a morning's walk with camels. Or you can ride a camel if you feel tired or want an even better view! Led by a professional safari guide and his team of trained Laikipiak Maasai warriors, the walk takes you across the hills with glimpses of the Ewaso river as it twists and tumbles its way across the highland plains. A picnic brunch under the thorn trees is a treat or picnic lunch on the river banks and a swim as the waters tumble into a natural rock pool. Laze by the river or in the airy mess or your own cottage for the afternoon before campfire sundowners and dinner at the Lodge.
Day Five: Laikipia - Lake Naivasha
Depart after breakfast and descend from the Laikipia Plateau onto the Rift Valley floor arriving Lake Naivasha in time for lunch. After lunch enjoy a guided walk or drive across this beautiful private ranch with views across to Lake Naivasha. Take a horse ride among herds of zebras and giraffes and other plains game. Dinner and overnight at Longonot Ranch House.
Day Six: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara
Have an early breakfast and head to Maasai Mara game reserve arriving Governor's camp in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure then later do an evening game drive. The world re known Masai Mara is famed for the millions of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras that cross the Mara river forming the wildebeest migration spectacle. Dinner and overnight at the Governor's tented camp.
Day Seven & Eight: Masai Mara
After breakfast do a morning game drive in the spotted plains of the world re knowned Masai mara. This reserve has vast wildlife and abundant birdlife. Return to the tented camp for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later do an evening game drive. The option of a hot air balloon ride or a visit to the Maasai village is available on request. Dinner and overnight at the Governor's tented camp.
Day Nine: Masai Mara - Nairobi
Pre breakfast game drive; depart the lodge by 6:30 A.M and this will give you the opportunity to view the African sun rise and you will also get the chance to spot any game species you might have missed on our previous game drives. Return to the camp around mid morning; your full breakfast will be served and afterwards depart and head to Nairobi arriving early evening; lunch en route. Drop off at a hotel in Nairobi or the airport to board a flight to your next destination.
Safari Pricing Includes:
- Transportation in a custom 4x4 Land Cruiser with pop-up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Fullboard Accommodation.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- Airport Transfers
- All government taxes.
Safari Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Samburu game reserve has several tented camps to chose from, some of them are built near the Ewaso Ngiro river giving superb views of game which frequents the river banks to drink water. Amenities include swimming pools, Conference centre, WiFi, Satellite TV and Gift shops. The tented camps include Larsens Tented Camp, Elephant Bed Room, Samburu Intrepids and Saruni Samburu.
Laikipia is the entry way to the remote and wild northern region of Kenya. The area has a selection of ranches and outstanding tented camps offering luxurious accommodation to suit all preferences. Amenities include swimming pools, Bush Breakfasts, Sundowners, Laundry service, Game drives in 4-wheel drive vehicles, Night Game Drives, Guided bush walks, Camel assisted walking safaris, River Line fishing, Swimming in the river. Tented camps include Sabuk Lodge, Sarara Tented Camp, Kitich Tented Camp, Lewa Wilderness lodge, Loisaba Wilderness Lodge and Kicheche Laikipia Tented Camp.
Lake Naivasha is a wonderfull bird watching site, activities of interest include walking safaris, bike rides, horse ridding and game viewing, a chance to walk in the wild among wildlife like giraffes, zebras, waterbucks and gazelles at crescent island or taking a boat ride at lake Naivasha. Accomodation near the lake includes Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Lake Naivasha Country Club, Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha Resort, Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge, Elsamere Lodge, Malewa Wildlife Lodge and Crater Lake Camp.
Maasai Mara Tented Camp Safari offers serene accommodation perched deep in the game reserve. Amenities include swimming pools, WiFi, Satellite TV and Gift shops. The tented camps include Mara Sarova Tented Lodge, Governors Camp, Little Governors Camp, Bateleur Camp, Kichwa Tembo, Mpata Safari Club, Elephant Pepper, Kilima Camp, Olonana Camp, Mara Siria Camp, Mara West camp, Leisure Camp And Fig Tree Camp.
Samburu Game Reserve
Samburu game reserve is the most popular parks of the northern frontier fauna sanctuaries. The game park occupies an area of 165 km2. The driving distance from Nairobi is 350 km and 65km from Isiolo town to achers post gate. The park lies on the northen bank of Uaso Nyiro River, the river serves as the only source of water without which the game in the reserve could not survive in the arid country.
Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Free. The Samburu National Reserve is also home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves.
Samburu's topography is composed of river Uaso Nyiro which flows from the Kenyan highlands and flows to lorian swamp, scattered acacia, riverine forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation. The climate for Samburu is hot dry with cool nights with an average annual maximum temperature of 30ºc (86F) and minimum annual temperature of 20ºc (68F). There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several species are considered unique to the region, including its ts unique dry-country animal life: All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos, Olive baboon, gerenuk, warthogs, Grant's gazelle, Kirk's dik-dik, impala, waterbuck, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and over 350 bird species.
Samburu is also a masai land, the Masai people whom by definition speak the Maa language hence the name Maasai have held on to their culture even in these times of modernization. A maasai's home is called a manyatta where he lives with his wives and children. From childhood boys are obligated to look after their fathers cows while girls are obligated to doing house chores, fetching water and milking the cows. After every fifteen years there is an initiation where boys are circumcised and they become young morans and the existing morans graduate to junior elders. The Masai enjoy eating meat, milk mixed with blood during rituals such initiation and marriage. The use of herbs as medicine is still embedded in their day to day life. The Maasai are an attraction in Kenya since they managed to stick to their culture.
Solio Ranch or Solio Game Reserve is a privately owned wildlife conservancy located in Kenya's Rift Valley Province. The ranch is a fenced, privately-owned protected area geared toward rhino conservation. The 17,500-acre reserve, 22 km north of Nyeri Town, plays a major part in the protection and breeding black rhinos in Kenya. The rhino is a member of the 'Big-Five', which are a key tourist attraction. Solio Ranch is recognized as one of the most successful private rhino breeding reserves in Kenya. The animals live in harmony with other wildlife, including the buffalo, zebra, giraffe and plains game such as eland, oryx, impala, waterbuck, Thompson's gazelle and warthog.
The Matthews (or Mathews) Range, also known as the Lenkiyio Hills, is a range of mountains about 150 km long, oriented north-south, in the Laikipia district of the Rift Valley Province in northern Kenya. The town of Wamba is located at the southeastern edge of the range.
The highest point is Warges, at 2688 m above sea level, at the southern end of the range, separated by a valley from the rest of the range. The 2375 metres high Ol Doinyo Lenkiyo mountain is the highest peak of the middle of the range. There is also a breast shaped hill locally known as Sweet Sixteen in the range.
The area is isolated, and holds forests of juniper and cycads. It is home to elephants and other large mammals, and was one of the last places in northern Kenya to have wild Black Rhinos. The last Black Rhino in the Mathew's was poached out in the 1990s. The Mathew's are also home to the Samburu people. The mountain range is a sky island: surrounded by plains, with Ndoto Mountains to the north and the Karisia hills to the west. A number of the species in the Mathew's have evolved independently and the diversity of the forest is of great conservation value. Part has been designated as a wildlife sanctuary.
Lake Naivasha is at the highest elevation of all the Kenyan Rift valley lakes standing at 1,890 metres (6,200 ft). The lake is fed by two river namely malewa and gilgil rivers, and has no visible outlet. The lake covers an area of 140 km² but this varies annually due to the rainfall. The lake has an average depth of 8 meters and it is a fresh water lake.
Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination. The lake habits schools of hippos and many bird species. The most common is the fish eagle. A wonderful way to spend the afternoon or morning is to take a boat ride.
Masai Mara Game Reserve
The world re known masai mara game reserve is a northern extension of the serengeti national park which is located in Tanzania. Masai mara covers an area of 1510km². The masai mara ecosystem is composed of rivers i.e talek river and mara river which are the main water supply for the ecosystem. The mara river is a huddle to the wildebeest migration as the wildebeests have to cross the river from serengeti most of them perishing in the jaws of crocodiles and big cats. The western part of masai mara lies the siria escarpment, loita plains and the rest is the masai pastoral land.
The masai mara game reserve is owned and run by the county council of Narok which is the richest county council in Kenya due to the revenue collected as park entrance fee. Part of the masai mara which is called the mara triangle is contracted out and privately run. Park fees are paid by the number of nights one spends in the mara conservancy.
The masai mara lies at an altitude of 1500 meters to 2100 meters. It rains twice a year in the game reserve that is during the long rains that fall between the month of March and May and during the short rains that fall on the month of October, November and part of December. June and July are the coldest months and January and February the hottest months. Temperatures during the day rarely exceed 85°F (30°C) and during the night it hardly drops below 60°F (15°C). Masai mara is a mosquito prone area but camp site are sprayed with mosquito repellants and the tents have treated mosquito nets.
Masai mara has a big population of wildlife. All members of the big five can be seen in this reserve, a large number of ungulates are also easily visible they include the wildebeest , thomson gazelles, grant gazelles, buffalos, rhinos, impalas, topis, elands, zebras, giraffes and duikers. The common predators include the lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals and foxes. Masai mara has over 450 identified species. Some common birds include the common ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, hornbills, storks, eagles and vultures.
The wildebeest migration happens annually, this spectacle is considered as one of the 7th wonder of the world. More than a million wildebeest, accompanied by topis, zebras, gazelles and elands make their journey from serengeti national park to masai mara game reserve. Many of them perish while crossing the mara river where crocodiles and big cats make a kill on the vulnerable ungulates. The migration happens every year during the month of July after the long rains. The grass is big and plenty and for the next three months the wildebeests clear the lush grass of the masai mara. The migration varies annually due to the climate change. If the climate changes and it doesn't rain as usual the wildebeest may delay to cross over or cross over and go back since there isn't grass to feed on.
The masai people whom by definition speak the maa language hence the name masai have held on to their culture even in these times of modernization. A masai's home is called a manyatta where he lives with his wives and children. From childhood boys are obligated to look after their fathers cows while girls are obligated to doing house chores, fetching water and milking the cows. After every fifteen years there is an initiation where boys are circumcised and they become young morans and the existing morans graduate to junior elders. The masai enjoy eating meat, milk mixed with blood during rituals such initiation and marriage. The use of herbs as medicine. Their culture is still embedded in their day to day life. The masai are a big attraction in Kenya.
Do's And Don'ts In The Game Reserves & National Park.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.