Kenya – Classic 2018
Kenya – Classic 2018
Kenya – Classic 2018
Kenya – Classic 2018
Kenya – Classic 2018
Kenya – Classic 2018
Kenya – Classic 2018

Kenya – Classic 2018

 

From the vast grasslands of the Maasai Mara to the natural serenity of Samburu, Kenya is quintessential sub-saharan Africa. Safari is a Swahili word meaning “journey” and that is what we will be on from the moment we set foot on this continent. This will be an African safari at its best; with an abundance of wildlife, action and loads of excitement. We will visit villages that will envelop us in tribal culture and colors. Our trip will take us to Samburu which will present to us several species of animals endemic to the dry and arid northern climate of Samburu National Reserve including gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe. All three big cats are found in Samburu including over 350 species of birds.

We will then venture to Lake Nakuru which lies in the Great Rift Valley. At certain times of year the lake’s abundance of algae attracts a vast quantity of flamingos that will line the shores. Due to the varying water level that differs from year to year, the flamingo populations move between Lake Nakuru and neighboring Lake Bogoria. Lake Nakuru National Park is home to the white and the critically endangered black rhino. The also endangered Rothschild’s giraffes are found in this lovely gem of a park.  

Finally we will move on to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve where we will witness the movement of vast numbers of wildebeest, zebras and other gazelles participating in the largest overland migration in the world; the Great Migration. The migration is active in the Maasai Mara of Kenya during July. The rains dictate the movement of the animals, but with luck we will be able to see the iconic river crossings famous in Kenya,  where crocodiles patiently await the herds in the Mara River. It is a dramatic and exciting spectacle. The huge herds of ungulates attract a large concentration of predators such as lions, cheetah, hyena and leopard. The Great Migration is considered to be one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”. 

Please read the REVIEWS of our previous Kenya expeditions

Duration
12 Days
Group Size
8 people

 

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Per Person Sharing

Letters correspond to points on the map in the map tab.

A

Day 1: July 06 - Nairobi

Arrival at Nairobi Airport and transfer to your hotel; dinner is on your own;
Overnight at Macushla House.
A

Day 2: July 07 - Nairobi

After breakfast, we will leisurely depart our hotel for a day in Nairobi's Karen District, made famous by Karen Blixen (Out of Africa). We will spend our morning shopping before our lunch at the Talisman Restaurant. After lunch, the highlight of our day will be a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for a one hour private visit with orphaned baby elephants. We will then go and have Kenyan coffee at a local cafe so that we can then return to the elephant orphanage for our official foster parent visit to watch the elephants be put to bed.  We then return to the Macushla House to relax and prepare for the following day.
Overnight at Macushla House (dinner is on our own)
B

Day 3: July 08 - Samburu Game Reserve

After breakfast, we depart for our drive to Samburu Game Reserve. It is approximately a six hour drive and we will have lunch en route. We arrive in time to get settled, have tea and then depart for our first afternoon game drive.
Overnight at Samburu Game Lodge (B,L,D)
B

Day 4: July 09 - Samburu Game Reserve

Today is our first full day and our bush routine begins early in the morning. After a pre-dawn cup of coffee, we set out in search of excitement. We leave early in hopes of seeing lions, cheetah or leopard hunting in the early morning light. We will have breakfast and coffee al fresco in the bush. After our game drive, we return to the lodge to rest, have lunch and a few hours of leisure. After our afternoon tea, we set off for the bush again and return at sunset for dinner.
Overnight at Samburu Game Lodge (B,L,D)
B

Day 5: July 10 - Samburu Game Reserve

Full day in Samburu Game Reserve. In the afternoon, we will visit a Samburu village and learn about their culture.
Overnight at Samburu Game Lodge (B,L,D)
C

Day 6: July 11 - Lake Nakuru National Park

We will have our last morning game drive in Samburu and then we will drive down into the Great Rift Valley to visit Lake Nakuru National Park. The drive takes about 6 hours. Lake Nakuru is famous for flamingos and pelicans that are feeding in the shallow water of the lake. This reserve is also a good place to see black and white rhino, the endangered and rare Rothschild’s Giraffe and with luck, it is possible to see lions in trees.
Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, (B,L,D)
C

Day 7: July 12 - Lake Nakuru National Park

Now that our routine is set, we will spend a full day in Lake Nakuru National Park with unlimited time looking for wildlife and learning about behavior.
Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, (B,L,D)
D

Day 8: July - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

After an early breakfast in Lake Nakuru, we will set off for the highlight of our trip - the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. We will arrive at the Mara Bush Camp in time for lunch. The Maasai Mara is Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary with abundant wildlife and gentle rolling grasslands, which ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birdlife is prolific with over 450 species. We hope to witness and photograph the greatest spectacle in Africa – the great wildebeest migration. The Maasai Mara has the highest concentration of land mammals compared to any other park or reserve in Kenya! An afternoon game-drive will follow our afternoon coffee/tea.
Overnight at Mara Bush Camp (B,L,D)
D

Day 9-11: July 14-16 - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Three full days at in the Maasai Mara with unlimited game drives. We will visit a Masai village on one afternoon.
Overnight in Mara Bush Camp (B,L,D)
A

Day 12: July 17 - Nairobi

Sadly, this will be our last morning game drive. After breakfast, we drive back to Nairobi and will be transferred to the airport for our evening flight home.
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Included

  • Accommodations for 11 nights on double-share room basis with private facilities.
  • All land and air transfers in Kenya
  • All game drives
  • National park and cultural village fees
  • All meals excluding dinner on first and second day in Macushla House
  • Mineral water during game drives
  • Local English-speaking drivers/guides as well as one Wild Focus Expedition trip leader

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Nairobi
  • Change of itinerary
  • Drinks including alcoholic beverages
  • Any items of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, telephone calls
  • Tips / gratuities for your driver / guide and camp / lodge staff
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Any extras not mentioned in the included list such as extra meals and activities

Expedition Leader

Kenya’s fascination lies in the richness and diversity of its natural and cultural history. Wherever you look you find excitement, colorful tribes, wildlife wonders, majestic landscapes. It is a photographer’s and adventurer’s paradise. I fell in love with Kenya over twenty years ago and have discovered its beauty during my travels from the south to the far wild north of the country.

Wild Focus Expeditions

Wild Focus Expeditions provides specialized, small group photography tours. Our photography expeditions are designed to get participants into distinctive, engaging locations around the world at the optimum times for photography. Our photo tours are created by our team of photographers who want to experience and photograph the world's top wildlife, nature and traditional cultures locations.

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