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    Kenya Camping Safari to Amboseli Samburu L Nakuru Masai Mara

    Kenya camping safari offers you an adventure where you get close to nature, while on camping safaris in Kenya; relax while you sit around the campfire at night, listening to Kenya nightlife. Our Kenya camping safaris offer you the best camping safaris experience to explore the Samburu National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara National Park, By camping for much of the time, simple camping safaris offer the best of Africa at a very reasonable cost. If this conjures up unpleasant images of boy scouts under battered canvas in damp drizzle, take it from us that camping safari in Kenya are very different. Camping safaris to Africa are a great way to maximize your time outdoors. Each safari is led by a professional camping guide, who also acts as your driver. The other important person on many of these Kenya camping tours is the assistant. Whilst we may ask you to put up your own tent, the camp assistant will take care of most other camp chores, leaving you and your guide more time to relax and chat about your camping holiday experiences.

     

    Safari holiday in Kenya conjure images of wildebeest thundering across the Maasai Mara, the magnificent big cats of Tsavo and the imperious shadow cast across the plains of Amboseli by Kilimanjaro. Wake up in a luxurious camp to the sound of elephants, stalk lions and leopards on game drives and soar above herds of graceful giraffes in a hot air balloon. Whether it’s exploring the iconic national parks by minibus or heading off the beaten track in a 4x4, we're sure to have the perfect Kenya safari for you. For the ultimate experience, fly by light aircraft into some of the world’s most exclusive safari lodges. We’ve even got safaris created especially for families Good-quality camping equipment is supplied on kenia camping safari, including two-person igloo-style tents, comfortable foam mattresses with sleeping bags or bedding, and camp chairs. Bathroom facilities on these camping safaris are often shared but there's almost always hot water available! Transport for these camping safaris is usually in a specially adapted vehicle with large windows from which to enjoy the sweeping vistas, an often a pop-top room for optimized game viewing.

     

    Camping Safari Day 1: Nairobi to Samburu National Reserve

     

    0730hrs departure from your hotel in Nairobi after a brief briefing by our safari consultant and transfer by road to Samburu Game Reserve. Drive through beautiful farmlands as you head north towards the semi-arid countryside of the colorful Samburu tribesmen. Arrival for lunch and rest at camp followed by afternoon game viewing; animals in Samburu include rare grants gazelle, gerenuk, gravy’s zebra, beisa Oryx and other rare wild plants. Other activities on offer include guided bush walks, camel rides, bush sundowners, cultural visits and walks to nearby Samburu villages and others. Evening transfer back to camp for rest and dinner, The Uaso Nyiro River is a magnet that draws the animals to the river except for the gerenuk and the Beisa oryx – both have never been seen drinking water. The Beisa oryx can increase its body temperature to match the weather and hence conserve precious loss of water through sweat whereas the gerenuk survives from the dew off the leaves. Overnight: Samburu Campsite - Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

     

    Camping safari Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

     

    Early breakfast followed by full day game viewing or any other desired activity for the day such as guided nature walks, cultural visits to nearby villages, camel rides, massage, bush barbecues, animal tracking and guiding or a visit to Samburu rock art caves. Samburu Camping safari is definitely an option if you want a cheaper safari holiday in Kenya, but is definitely does not have to be a second class holiday; in fact it is one of the world's great travel adventures. Pitching your tent in the middle of the bush gives you the feeling of really living in the wild. An open campfire under the incredible African sky full of stars, the laughing and whooping calls of hyenas and then dawn is heralded by the unforgettable sound of a lions roar, truly an unbeatable experience. Samburu is home to some of the rarest animals in Kenya such as the Grevys zebra and Beisa oryx. Also, keep a look out for big cat predators; lion, leopard and cheetah whilst on safari here! Overnight: Samburu Campsite Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

     

    Camping tour Day 3: Samburu / Lake Nakuru National Park

     

    Breakfast at 0700hrs then drive to Lake Nakuru; drive via the equator point for photos and scenery viewing Afterwards, make a stop at the beautiful Thompson Falls for a guided walk within the nature trail found in this relaxation park. Proceed to Lake Nakuru arriving for late lunch at the camp; after lunch enjoy evening game viewing within the Scenic Park. Animals and birds that are easy to spot include flamingo, pelican, stork, white rhino, buffalo, giraffe, warthog and others. Enjoy brisk walking by the shores of the lake to enjoy the cool evening breeze. Lake Nakuru National Park also known as Lake Nakuru Game Park dates back to 1961 when the southern part of the lake was gazetted as a bird to protect the “greatest bird (ornithological) spectacle on earth“, for the future generations. In 1964, the whole of the lake was declared a bird sanctuary in 1968, the lake Nakuru shores were added into the sanctuary and the whole area was upgraded to a National Park. In 1974 a northern extension was added to the park increasing its area to the current 188 Km2. In 1990 Lake Nakuru Game Park was designated a Ramsar site- a signatory of the Ramsar convention, for protection of wetlands of international importance. Evening transfer to camp for rest and dinner overnight: Lake Nakuru Backpackers Camp - Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

     

    Camping safaris Day 4: Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara

     

    Early morning pre breakfast game drive in Lake Nakuru to spot animals before sunrise. Return to camp for breakfast at 0900hrs then check out and drive to Masai Mara arriving for late lunch at camp. After lunch explore the majestic Mara Reserve with a rewarding evening game drive. Masai Mara offers unrivalled game viewing opportunities all year round. Animals easily spotted include the plains game, the big four (lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino) with lucky sightings of the cats (leopard & cheetah). The Masai Mara is without a doubt one of the best wildlife photography safari destinations in the world and during migration season there are few photographers who will not be moved by the experience. Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is known as Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve, situated in southwest Kenya. Famous for the abundance of lion, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Maasai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress, it is without a doubt one of Africa’s most famous safari destinations. Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. The terrain of the reserve is primarily grassland and riverine forest with clumps of the distinctive acacia trees. It’s about 270 km from the capital city Nairobi and takes about 5-6 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight. The Maasai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world and this is where over TWO MILLION Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Its hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. In the evening, transfer back to camp for rest and dinner overnight: Enchoro Camp Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

     

    Camping safari tour Day 5: Masai Mara

     

    Breakfast at 0700hrs then proceed for a morning game drive to see the park when most active. Break for lunch at camp or alternatively carry packed picnic lunch to eat during game drives. Afternoon game drives to explore the new 8th wonder of the world. Cultural visit to a Masai village can be organized at a small extra cost. Balloon safaris are available on request and take place early in the morning before sunrise. More optional activities are available at the camp such as guided nature walks, night game viewing, e.t.c. The main focus at Masai Mara camping safaris is to drive out from camp daily to observe and photograph the extraordinary concentrations of wildlife. Our vehicles are all 4wheel drive Toyota Land Cruisers, open sided with canvas tops, built in fridges; with ice cold drinks available any time. These are ideal for observing and photographing the wildlife, and for getting around in the sometimes difficult conditions characteristic of the Mara habitat. We suggest early morning and late afternoon game drives, as it is during these times when it is generally cooler that the wildlife is more active. However, if guests prefer they can also do an all day game drive with a picnic lunch (this is popular during the migration season).

     

    Our driver and guides are all knowledgeable and professional, and have attained minimum guiding accreditation Bush meals and sundowners are popular, and are often enjoyed in conjunction with a game drive extra activity. Our “Out of Africa” style bush meals are set up for any number of people in a private exclusive location. Bush breakfasts and packed lunches can all be arranged. Sundowner cocktails are a popular way to enjoy the end of the day. Relax and enjoy the surrounding bush with a drink and bitings as the sun sets. Cultural visits to the nearby Masai communities just outside the reserve can also be arranged. You can visit one of their villages, observe traditional dances and interact with these very traditional people. Hot Air Ballooning can also be arranged for guests. This involves an early morning wakeup to get to the balloon launch site for 6.00am, a flight of approximately 1.5hrs over the grasslands teeming with wildlife, champagne breakfast on landing and game drive Evening transfer back to accommodation for dinner and rest Overnight: Masai Mara Enchoro Camp Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

     

    Camping safari holiday Day 6: Masai Mara / Nairobi / Amboseli

     

    Early breakfast followed by check out and drives to Amboseli via Nairobi; stop for lunch at Carnivore restaurant Nairobi then proceed to Amboseli. Arrival in Amboseli in the afternoon and proceed with game drives within the park Amboseli is famously known for its beauty and large herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, gazelle, warthog, and different bird species are easily spotted. Optional visit to a Masai village can be organized at a small cost.

     

    Amboseli National Park lies between longitude 37°E and 37° 30' E and Latitude 2° 30' and 2° 45' S in southern Kenya, The southern boundary of the park lies less than 5 km from the Tanzanian border at the base of Africa's highest mountain, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Covering 3,810 square kilometers in the Kajiado District of southern Kenya, spreading across the Tanzania border and anchored by the stunning snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular safari parks. With breathtaking scenery and plenty of opportunities to see big game year round, and the park reachable in an hour from Nairobi, it’s easy to see why. Named after Lake Amboseli, the UNESCO protected park’s unique ecosystem has five main wildlife habitats, ranging from swamps and marshes, to thick bushes and a dry lake bed. Although dry and arid, the scenery is lush thanks to the flooding from Lake Amboseli during heavy rainfall, and the melting snows of Kilimanjaro nourishing marshes and springs. Such a diverse landscape means there’s a huge range of wildlife to spot, with over 50 mammals and 400 species of birds to discover. The Amboseli Safari can usually be a road safari journey or a flying safari to explore the Mt Kilimanjaro and the varied topography of the Amboseli safari park, or a big-game hunt for Africa’s big cats and elephant herd watching over the Amboseli Observation Hill, or a game drive to observe and photograph the rich wildlife, majestic scenery and infamous Maasai culture. But a combination of any of the three Amboseli safaris would be the most beneficial and commendable experience. Amboseli Wildlife Park has a land area of 392 square kilometers or 151 square miles and is governed by the Kenya Wildlife Service, Olkejuado County Council, and the Maasai community. Evening transfer back to camp for rest and dinner overnight: Amboseli Camping Site Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

     

    Camping Safari Holiday Day 7: Amboseli

     

    Breakfast at 0700hrs then proceed for a morning game drive to see the park when most active. Enjoy the captivating and dramatic African sunrise with the Great Kilimanjaro looming in the background. Break for lunch at camp at 1300hrs. Proceed with afternoon game drives to explore “Kilimanjaro’s Royal Court” Most big-game viewing in Amboseli occurs on game drives in either open or closed 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers vehicles or Mini vans. Open vehicles may or may not have a shade roof, and closed vehicles will always have roof hatches, as well as normal windows. Most Amboseli safaris Tour we arrange do not use minibuses for game-viewing unless it is specifically requested. In Amboseli it is usual for game drives to take place in the early mornings and late afternoons, avoiding the heat of the day when animals are least active. However in certain regions of Amboseli longer half day or full day drives are possible or required. Game drives allow you to cover a wide range and get closest to big game. In some Amboseli game conservancies and private concessions, driving ‘off road’ is permitted, whilst in Amboseli National Park this is usually not allowed. Your guide will nearly always drive the vehicle, and in some cases may be supported by a ‘tracker’ or ‘spotter’ who will sit up front and help find the animals. Most game drive vehicles can cater for between 1 and 18 guests, though we keep to a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle. It is possible at many properties to pay extra to book your own private vehicle which gives you complete freedom and exclusivity when game-viewing. Night drives are often possible and interesting because you are specifically seeking out nocturnal species which you are unlikely to see during the day. Your guide, or his ‘spotter’, will use a powerful spotlight to find the animals. The animals are located by the reflection of their eyes, and whilst the quality of viewing and photographical opportunities may be more limited at night, the search can be exciting and night drives do throw up some really rare and unique sightings. Night drives are not always possible as many Kenya National Parks and Kenya Game Reserves do not permit them. Using Amboseli 4×4 vehicles, you will be able to see and photograph the wildlife in the best way possible, with all explorers enjoying their own window seat for every game drive and even between parks. For a Amboseli private safari, our vehicle is available to be booked for exclusive and private use, ensuring that the game drives are arranged just for you. Evening transfer back to camp for dinner. Overnight: Camping Site in Amboseli - Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, breakfast

     

    Day 8: Amboseli / Nairobi

     

    Breakfast at 0700hrs then final morning game drive as you exit from the park Stop for lunch en route before proceeding to Nairobi OR have lunch on arrival in Nairobi Camping safari can be done anywhere in Kenya but the camping sites are not that many. This therefore means that you do your homework well. There are private and public campsites. Private campsites include luxury camps where you will find proper facilities for your comfort. They also have flush toilets and hot showers with the provision of firewood for your warmth at night basically, you will be outdoors but comfortable. The public or park campsites only provide the basic requirements which are water and shelter. It is advisable to bring your drinking water. Sometimes you have to bring your beddings too. To be sure, you need to ask whether mosquito nets will be provided. Remember Kenya is a tropical country and mosquitoes love camping too. Camping in Kenya is a fun way to experience adventure and this is especially when some of the wild animals start grazing around your campsite without a care in the world. At night, a big campfire is lit and you can sing songs and dance to traditional Kenyan songs and give stories as hyenas laugh occasionally at your jokes or you will sometimes freeze on your dance moves as a lion roars some meters away. Transfer to preferred hotel for overnight / Airport for your next flight

     

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