Kenya Budget Camping Safari Over View
This package incorporates some of the Great Rift Valley lakes namely Lake Bogoria, Lake Baringo and Lake Naivasha. This lakes are perfect spots for bird watching lovers. Other activities include boating and walking safaris along the shores of the lakes.
This tour incorporates Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is commonly reffered to as "Kilimanjaro royal court". The Park is famous for its big game, such as lions, cheetahs, baboons and large elephant herds that traverse the savannahs in search of watering holes or feeding grounds. The park also offers amazing view of Mt Kilimanjaro peaks which are visible early morning on a clear day.
Pick up on the departure day can be organized from any hotel within the city. The tour van capacity is seven pax and every tour member is assured of a window seat. The safari can either be a joining safari subject to availability or a private safari.
L. Bogoria - L. Baringo - L. Naivasha - Amboseli Camping Safari
Day One: Nairobi - Lake Bogoria - Lake Baringo
Depart Nairobi early morning and head to lake Bogoria which serves as a breeding ground for Flamigos. Beside the abundant birdlife; the lake is also famous for it's hot springs and geysers. However caution should be taken as one walks around. The hot gushing waters can boil an egg. After lunch head to lake Baringo for a boat ride and visit the ancient caves. Lake Baringo has abundance of birdlife, hippos and crocodiles that laze on the lake shores. Dinner and overnight at Robert's Camp.
Day Two: Lake Baringo - Lake Naivasha
Depart after breakfast and drive to Lake Naivasha, on arrival our guide will organize picnic lunch. Transfer to the park entrance where you will collect your bike and in the company of our guide begin cycling a midst wildlife to the rangers post where we will have lunch . After lunch we will leave the bikes and start a walking safari. Enjoy the spectacular views of the gorge including the central tower. The volcanic activity is very evident from the hot water streaming on the walls of the gorge. The guided gorge walk takes two hours. The hot springs and a fabulous scenic landscape besides the diverse wildlife are just incredible. Walk back to pick your bikes and cycle back to the park entrance and transfer to Fish Eagle Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day Three: Lake Naivasha - Amboseli
After breakfast head to the lake for a boat ride and afterwards depart and drive to amboseli via Nairobi arriving late afternoon; lunch en route. After checking inn our tent head out for an evening game drive. Amboseli has a wide variety of wildlife raging from the Big five, cats, plains game and birdlife. Dinner and overnight at Kimana Camp.
Day Four: Amboseli
Wake up to the intoxicating view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, on a clear day the snow peaks are visible. After breakfast we go for the morning game drive. Amboseli has the highest population of elephants and has been the centre for elephant research for the last thirty years. Return to the campsite for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure [swimming]. Later go for the evening game drive. All meals and overnight at Kimana Camp.
Day Five: Amboseli - Nairobi
We will have our final game drive very early; return to the camp for our full breakfast and depart. Drive to Nairobi arriving late afternoon; lunch en route.
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Safari Pricing Includes:
- Transport in a custom safari minibus with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Meals as described in the itinerary.
- 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.
- 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.
Lake Baringo budget accommodation comes in form of bandas, family cottages or budget hotels. Robert's camp is built on the shores of lake baringo and has many different options of accommodation i.e. 3 cottages namely coots cottage, little heron and heron house; 4 double thatched bandas. Towels, mosquito nets and linen are provided. Each Banda has an electrical socket. There is a camping area spread out over 5 acres of lush garden leading down to the lake shore. There are well maintained lavatory facilities, bar-b-que areas, and campers are welcome at the Thirsty Goat Pub & Restaurant. Apart from pitching tent Roberts camp has permanent erected tents with beddings.
Lake Naivasha budget accommodation comes in form of campsites, bandas, cottages or budget hotels at Naivasha town which is about 20 minutes drive to lake Naivasha. We recommend Cray fish camp, Fish Eagle cottages, Fishermans camp and Camp Carnelley's. All this facilities are at a close proximity to the lake.
For this budget camping tour we will set you up in a semi-permanent campsite. The tents are fully furnished, they have beds, beddings, mosquito nets, flush toilets and hot showers. Beddings are changed every morning and you also provided with a towel. A tent can accommodate one, two or three people. We also have family tents. The campsite has a common dining area where guest have their meals. All one requires is change of clothes for three days, camera and sun cream.
Most campsites use generators as the source of lighting and the generators are turned off at 1000 - 1100 hrs. Some of the camps are located right outside the boundary of the Amboseli though there isn't a clear demarcation or fence of the park. Animals some time wonder in the camps but the camps are very safe and Masai warriors are always on the lookout. In the evening there is a bonfire and the Masai warriors entertain you as you relax. Fresh foods are prepared by our cook. We also cater for special dietaries.
Lake Bogoria National Reserve
Lake Bogoria covers an area of 32 square kilometres (12 sq miles) and lies in a trough below the Ngendelel Escarpment, a sheer wall 600 metres (2,000 ft) high. The lake is geothermically active on the western shore, with geysers and hot springs. The geologist J.W. Gregory described the lake in 1892 as "the most beautiful view in Africa". Lake Bogoria was formerly known as Lake Hannington.
Lake Bogoria is dominated by the countless hot springs which pour boiling water into the sterile lake. Sterile, except for the massive flocks of Lesser Flamingos that flood into Bogoria each year. Millions of them have been recorded at peak times of the year and hundreds of thousands is common. The lake is alkaline, feeding blue-green algae which in turn feed flamingoes. Raptors such as Tawny Eagles prey on the flamingoes. The reserve has a herd of the relatively uncommon Greater Kudu. Other large mammals include buffalo, zebra, cheetah, baboon, warthog, caracal, spotted hyena, impala and dik dik.
Lake Baringo National Reserve
Lake Baringo is one of the Rift Valley lakes located north of Lake Nakuru, The lake has a surface area of about 130 square kilometres (50 sq miles) and an elevation of about 970 metres (3,180 ft). The lake is fed by several rivers, El Molo, Perkerra and Ol Arabel, and has no obvious outlet; the waters are assumed to seep through lake sediments into the faulted volcanic bedrock. It is one of the two freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley in Kenya, the other being Lake Naivasha.
The acacia woodland has a lot of bird species. The lake also provides an invaluable habitat for seven fresh water fish species including the Nile Tilapia, which is endemic to the lake. Lake fishing is important to local social and economic development. Additionally the area is a habitat for many species of animals including the hippopotamus, crocodile and many other mammals, amphibians, reptiles and the invertebrate. The lake used to boast of a large Goliath Heron nesting colony which has disappeared although Goliath Herons are still breeding around the lake.
In addition to bird watching walks and boat trips, with the guidance of a professional ornithologist, the lake offers a range of activities which include fishing, water sports (ski, wind-surfing), camel rides, day trips to the nearby Lake Bogoria National Reserve or visiting a Njemps village, where you can get to sample the local handcrafts and dances.
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 km˛ 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.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is located south of Nairobi 140 kilometers which is a four hours drive from Nairobi. The park occupies an area of 392 km2. The ecosystem is made up of a seasonal lake called Lake Amboseli where the park derives its name from, swamps, open plains, acacia woodland, rocky out crops, thorn bushes and marches. The landscape is dominated by the backdrop of the majestic snow-cap of Mount Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa. The snow capes are visible when the clouds are clear mainly early morning and late evenings and this scene gives one the opportunity to capture wonderful memories on camera for friends and loved ones back at home.
Amboseli national park is considered Kenya second best after Masai Mara game reserve by many tourist and is the only national park in Kenya that has the highest population of elephants. The ecosystem of Amboseli though small compared to other parks sustain a large number of bird species and game. Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African animals because its vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. The park is considered most ideal for writers, filmmakers and researchers.
The Masai are the local habitant of this area, which they call Empusel meaning "Dusty place". Other community tribes have moved to Amboseli in search of greener pastures. Beside game viewing and the ecstatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro one can visit a local Masai village to learn their way of life and to interact with the locals.
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.