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8 Day Discover Samburu National Park, Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara

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Nairobi
Sambaru
Min Age : 12+

The Great Rift Valley is part of an intra-continental ridge system that runs through Kenya from north to south. It is part of the Gregory Rift, the eastern branch of the East African Rift, which starts in Tanzania to the south and continues northward into Ethiopia. It was formed on the “Kenyan Dome” a geographical upwelling created by the interactions of three major tectonics: the Arabian, Nubian, and Somalian plates. In the past, it was seen as part of a “Great Rift Valley” that ran from Madagascar to Syria. Most of the valley falls within the former Rift Valley Province.

 

Tour Details

The valley contains the Cherangani Hills and a chain of volcanoes, some of which are still active. The climate is mild, with temperatures usually below 28 °C (82 °F). Most rain falls during the March–June and October–November periods. The Tugen Hills to the west of Lake Baringo contain fossils preserved in laval flows from the period 14 to 4 million years ago. The relics of many hominids, ancestors of humans, were found here.

Visit Samburu National Park, Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara for a holiday in Kenya

Departure & Return Location

Nairobi (Google Map)

Itinerary

Day 1Nairobi-Samburu National Park

Pick up from Nairobi and drive north for 6 hours to Samburu Game Reserve arriving in time for Lunch. In the afternoon you will have a game drive. L-D

Option A) Camping – Budget
Option B) Samburu Sopa Lodge – Midrange
Option C) Sentrim Samburu Lodge – Luxury

Day 2Samburu National Park

Whole day of game drives in Samburu. Samburu Park lies in the semi-arid north and is the home of the Samburu “Special Five” – Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the Beisa oryx, the five rare and endemic northern animal species. Return to the camp for relaxation and overnight stay B-L-D

Option A) Camping – Budget
Option B) Samburu Sopa Lodge – Midrange
Option C) Sentrim Samburu Lodge – Luxury

Day 3Maralal- Camel Riding

Morning game drive at Samburu. Depart at 1000 Hrs and drive further north through Wamba trading centre in the northwest of Samburu to Maralal, a small town in the vast Samburu country. Maralal is the administrative headquarters of the Samburu region and is famous for camel riding. There will be a stopover along the way for picnic lunch and we arrive at Maralal in the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon at leisure in this hot and dry region B-L-D

Option A) Camping – Budget
Option B) Ngari Hill Eco-Lodge – Midrange
Option C) Maralal Safari Lodge – Luxury

Day 4Maralal – Nature walk and Camel Riding

Breakfast and then spend this camel riding and walking. Later return to the camp for relaxation and overnight B-L-D

Option A) Camping – Budget
Option B) Ngari Hill Eco-Lodge – Midrange
Option C) Maralal Safari Lodge – Luxury

Day 5Maralal – Lake Nakuru

Descend into the Great Rift Valley and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park for game drives. Lake Nakuru is a world famous bird and rhino sanctuary where thousands of flamingos congregate to feed on Spirulina platensis, a blue-green alga that grows naturally in the lake. Found here as well are plenty of other interesting wildlife and birds such as the white rhino, leopard, lion, waterbuck, buffalo, impala, warthog, pelicans and a plethora of other birds. Camp overnight inside the park B-L-D

Option A) Wildlife Clubs Guesthouse– Budget
Option B) HillCourt Resort – Midrange
Option C) Lake Nakuru Lodge – Luxury

Day 6 Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara

Breakfast and then have an morning game drive before returning to the camp for check out. Depart at 1000 Hrs and transfer to Narok for lunch. From Narok, we head to Masai Mara arriving in the afternoon and game drives en route to our lodge. Game includes Rhinos, Wildebeests and Lions among others. There after head back for relaxation and overnight B-L-D

Option A) Camping – Budget
Option B) Ol Moran Tented Camp – Midrange
Option C) Mara Leisure Camp – Luxury

Day 7Masai Mara National Park

Breakfast and then spend the whole day on game drives in search of elephants, zebras, leopards and other plain game.

Option A) Camping – Budget
Option B) Ol Moran Tented Camp – Midrange
Option C) Mara Leisure Camp – Luxury

Day 8Masai Mara – Nairobi

After breakfast, check out and head back to Nairobi for departure flight back home.

END OF TOUR

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