7 DAYS WILDERNESS KENYA SAFARI

7 DAYS WILDERNESS KENYA SAFARI SUMMARY

7 days wilderness Kenya safari takes you to two game reserves which are truly wild. The game parks are Meru national park and Samburu national reserve. You will also visit Ol Pejeta conservancy famed for world’s last remaining nothern white rhino and chimpanzees.

The 7 Days wilderness Kenya safari starts with Meru national park. Meru national park is indeed wild and beautiful. It straddles the equator and is bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed streams. It has diverse scenery from woodlands on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range, north east of Mt. Kenya, to wide open plains with meandering riverbanks dotted with palms. Little visited and utterly un spoilt, it is ideal for of the beaten path safari. Few places are comparable to the remote and rugged atmosphere found here.

Meru National Park is also home to the Big Five. Big herds of Elephants migrate through the park. Big cats are more difficult to spot, but it isn’t rare to have a sighting all to yourself. The guarded rhino sanctuary is an exhilarating highlight and you have a high chance to both see black and white rhinos in their wild habitat. Also found in the park are Grevy’s zebras, elephants, Bohor reedbucks, hartebeests, pythons, puff adders, cobras, buffalos.

There are over 300 species of birds. They include: Red-necked falcon, Heuglins courser, brown-backed woodpecker, sunbirds Peter’s Fin foot, inhabiting the Murera and Ura Rivers; Pel’s Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and weavers. Meru National Park is particularly scenic. The Tana River on the southern boundary is the largest waterway in Kenya, and several small streams run through the park. Beautiful doum palms and baobab trees are silhouetted against the sky, and with the red soil, therefore making a striking background for arid-adapted animals. The Park is most famous for Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free”. The story of the Adamson’s life and research amongst lion and cheetah. “Elsa” the well known lioness’s grave is here. 

The 7 days wilderness Kenya safari then proceeds to Samburu National Reserve which is situated at the southeastern corner of Samburu district in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by Ewaso Nyiro River, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The reserve covers an area of 165 Km² and is located around 345Km from Nairobi. The Samburu National reserve has as its backdrop to the great table mountain Ololokwe. Samburu National reserve is rich in wildlife. It has its own special big five animals which are endemic to the region. They are referred  to as rare northern specialist species. They include the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (Also referred as Samburu Special). The remote location of  Samburu makes it one of the least visited game reserves in Kenya. Being uncrowded also makes it among the most pleasant of the parks to visit. 

Last animal sanctuary to visit on the 7 days wilderness Kenya safari is the Ol Pejeta conservancy which is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa. Olpejeta is also home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It’s the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock program. It is the only place in Kenya to see these great apes. The Conservancy also has  the “Big five game” among a large selection of other African animals. The last days will also give you an opportunity to relax while hosted in luxury accommodation facility with its own watering hole. This will enable close encounter with wildlife while in the comfort of the camp.

7 DAYS WILDERNESS PATH KENYA SAFARI ITINERARY

DAY 1: NAIROBI TO MERU NATIONAL PARK

Pick up from your hotel or airport in the Morning and drive to  Meru National park, with views of the scenic countryside as you drive along. The journey covers about 350Km on Nyeri-Nanyuki road. Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. After  lunch and short rest, proceed for an afternoon game drive, viewing the parks wildlife which include Gravy’s Zebras, cheetah, Elephants, Waterbuck, Leopard, Reticulated Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Buffalo, Python, Eland, Bush pig,, Bohor Reedbuck, black Rhino and more than 427 recorded species of birds.

Back to the lodge in the evening.

 Accommodation at Elsa’s Kopjes Meru  

Meal Plan: lunch and dinner

 DAY 2: MERU NATIONAL PARK FULL DAY

Have an early morning game drives in this wild and beautiful game reserve. Later return to the lodge for breakfast. You can take some time to relax at the pool before lunch. In the afternoon, have a game drive with a visit to the former home of Joy and Adamson and Elsa the Lioness. Back to the lodge in the evening

Accommodation at Elsa’s Kopjes Meru

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 3: MERU TO SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Depart early morning after breakfast and proceed to Samburu Game reserve. On arrival, check in and have lunch. After lunch, there is some time to relax or have a quick nap before you set off on the first game drive in Samburu Game reserve. Surrounded by interestingly shaped hills, you will fall in love with this region. Your afternoon drive will usually have you back in camp by sun down, but it all depends on what enthralling sightings you come across. Look out for the Samburu special five, which include the Beisa oryx, the Reticulated giraffe, the Gerenuk, Samburu ostrich, and the Grevy’s zebra, as well as the big cats, and everything else in between.

Overnight at Samburu Intrepids

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  

DAY 4: SAMBURU FULL DAY

The day is spent game viewing in the reserve during morning and afternoon game drives. Samburu is part of a lava plain that includes a diverse landscape of thorn scrub, red dirt, dried river beds, broken volcanic rock, steep hills, and rocky outcroppings. The region is home to the  Grevy’s zebra with huge fury ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy Oryx. Elephant and crocodile are common sightings, excellent varieties of bird including weaverbirds and the martial eagle. Leopard sighting is also a special feature here but very elusive. Back to the lodge in the evening

 Overnight at Samburu Intrepids

  Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 5: SAMBURU – Ol PEJETA/SWEETWATERS CONSERVANCY

Depart Samburu in the morning for Olpejeta conservancy. The conservancy was once owned by the famed multi-millionaire, Adnan Kashoggi. You will arrive in time for lunch. After lunch, you will head out for aN afternoon game drive at the Ol Pejeta conservancy which is famous for its chimpanzee and Rhino conservation. The ‘Big five’ can also be encountered here: lion, buffalo, elephant, leopards and also the highly endangered black rhinos. Birdlife is also abundant with over 350 species so far recorded. Return to the lodge in the evening.

 Overnight at sweet waters Serena tented camp

    Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 6: OLPEJETA

On this day, you will explore the olpejeta conservancy with morning and afternoon game drives. Lunch will be served at the camp.

You will have an opportunity to visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a charming haven established by the Jane Goodall Institute to provide sanctuary to orphaned chimps, and also the specially protected and fenced refuge of black
rhino. The camp has its own private waterhole and salt lick so you will be guaranteed
unprecedented close encounters with wildlife.

Viewing of the Northern white rhinos require advance booking and is subject to availability.  

Accommodation at Sweetwaters Serene Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 DAY 7: DRIVE BACK TO NAIROBI

On this last day of the of the 7 days wilderness Kenya Safari, you will leave the camp after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi. On arrival you will be hosted for lunch at the Famous carnivore restaurant. After lunch you will be dropped at your hotel or the airport for your flight home.

 

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PACKAGE INCLUDES;

  • Full board accommodation on the entire safari
  • Meals as stipulated within the itinerary
  • All park entry fees.
  • Game drives
  • Vehicle park entry fees
  • Transport based on a safari vehicle with popup roof
  • Service of an English-speaking tour guide
  • Bottle of water during safari
  • Government Taxes
  • Emergency air evacuation cover

PACKAGE EXCLUDES;

  • Tips and gratitude
  • Laundry
  • Personal effects
  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Extra deviations from itinerary
  • Soft drinks and local beers

 

Below are tips to planning your safari:

GUIDE TO PLANNING YOUR KENYA SAFARI

Going on a safari is many people’s dream and a sort after experience. Safari means journey in Kenya’s Swahili dialect, hence safari holidays is synonymous with the East Africa region and particularly Kenya. Whenever safari is mentioned, it conjures images of the African bush and wildlife watching and experiencing the hospitality of the Kenyan people. A safari is meant to leave a memorable and lasting experience hence planning a Kenya safari is a very important undertaking.
This article, “guide to planning your Kenya Safari” will attempt to guide on steps to take when planning for a holiday in Kenya. It is not a complete guide but I hope it will be helpful. It has been designed using my several years of experience as a tour operator based in Kenya.

 

Why visit Kenya. (Guide to Planning your Kenya safari)

Kenya is an African icon when it comes to holiday and safari destination. It has some of the magnificent attractions in the world, which include the African savannah teaming with wildlife, some of the best beaches in Africa, cultural and heritage tourism, great hospitality from its people among many others.

Among its game parks, Masai Mara has awarded many times by World Travel Awards (WTA) as Africa’s leading game park. It is also home to the world’s renowned wildebeest migration often claimed to be the 8th wonder of the world. Diani beach has been named many time as the leading beach by WTA. We also have the annual whale migration with the humpback whales migrating from Antarctica and swimming 4000km to the Kenya’s Watamu protected area. The wildlife in Kenya exist in their natural habitat. All the actions in the parks are natural and not stage managed. The country also has a conducive weather ideal for holiday. There are so many reasons to choose Kenya as your holiday destination. Once you visit Kenya, you will always have the urge to come back.

Deciding the best month to be on safari

When is the best time for Kenya safari. This is the question that usually comes to the mind of anybody planning to come to Kenya on a safari or holiday. There is no simple answer to this question.

The following information may help you choose which to month to travel:

The tourism seasons in Kenya is roughly divided into 3 categories.

  • Shoulder season

This is the period between November to March. There are usually short rains between November to December. January to March is usually rainless with hot weather.

In this period, there is less crowding in hotels and parks. This allows for an authentic safari experience as you view wildlife with fewer distractions from a crowded park. You will also have a personal connection with the local people. The grass is also low which allows for easy viewing of wildlife. Newborns and migratory birds can be seen in this period. Wildlife are also likely to be found around pools of water making them easy to see. Due to reduced demand from visitors, hotels and other services usually reduce costs. This can result in savings between 20% to 30% of the safari cost compared to the peak season. People who have been on safari several times often argue that this is the best time to be on safari. I personally vouch for this period.

  • Low season

This is the period between April to June. Around this time there is heavy rainfall ending in the early June. It is common for rivers to over flow in the parks during the heavy rains and wash away bridges and accommodation establishments located near rivers. Don’t be surprised to be offered an alternative accommodation to the one booked because it is flooded. You need a good 4X4 vehicle in the park otherwise there is the risk of getting stuck in the mud.

The grass is overgrown and it can pose challenges in sporting wildlife. In spite of the challenges this period has its good side. Predators avoid the wet grass and can be encountered on the vehicle tracks. The rain usually subsides in June. You can be lucky to encounter wildebeest migration in the Month if it starts early. I have had groups encountering the migration and witnessing a river crossing in the last week of the month. Another advantage is that the safari cost is at its lowest. From my personal observation, this period is for the dare devils and not for the faint hearted.

  •  Peak season

This is the period between July to October. It is the time just after the long rains and it coincides with the Great Migration of wildebeest attracted by the green grass. It is a period of sunshine. The grass is not very long so it is easier to spot wildlife. Predators are attracted by huge numbers of wildlife and there is a lot of action in the Masai Mara. From the crocodiles preying on the migrating animals crossing the Mara River, to predators hunting the wildebeest. The migration and the conducive weather plays a big role in attracting a huge number of tourists to the Kenya in this season. It is advisable if you are planning to travel in this period, you book early or you will be looked out.  The cost of the safari is at its highest.

Weather through the year

The guide to planning your Kenya safari explains the weather in Kenya month by month so that you can choose the suitable month for your safari. Kenya is an all year round tourist destination.

January: The sky is clear; the days are hot and nights warm making this month a popular time for safaris and good for diving and snorkeling.

February: Continuation of the long dry season , less grass  and wildlife gathering close to water points, this is still a good time for a safari and staying in hotels near water point comes with advantage.

March: Hot and Humid weather, good diving and snorkeling conditions at the start of the month, onset of rains.

April: Lower temperature, heavy rains. Advisable to use 4×4 a jeep for safari. Predators avoid wet grass and are regularly seen on the tracks.

May: There is a lot of vegetation around making it ideal for photography. Predators hide on the long grass and grazers scatter in the vast parks and reserves

June: Rains cease and give way to cloudy, cooler weather, making for very comfortable conditions, especially in the highlands. Sometimes wildebeest migration starts towards the end of this month.

July This is the coldest month in Kenya. Wildebeest starts arriving in from Serengeti. This is a very busy month in terms of tourism. Most of the hotels in Masai Mara are fully booked.

August The temperature is pleasant and mostly dry. The wildebeest and Zebra have filled Masai Mara providing lots of action. Still a very busy time and getting accommodation in Hotels becomes a challenge.

September; This is the start of, dry weather with little chance of rain. The game viewing action continues in the Mara, and it is still excellent throughout Kenya for wildlife.

October: There are some light rains. It’s a lovely time to travel if you want to avoid the crowds but still have excellent game viewing opportunities. The migratory herds are leaving the Masai Mara, but excellent resident populations remain. All other Kenya destinations are great at this time of year. It’s also good for diving and snorkeling.

November: The short rains are starting and the temperature is hotter. There is still good game viewing under the heavier skies and activities continue. Crowds are fewer and you can get good deals on this month.

December: The end of the year can be hot and potentially wet. It is still great time to view wildlife with high number of birds present in places like Lake Nakuru.

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7 DAYS WILDERNESS PATH KENYA SAFARI ITINERARY

DAY 1: NAIROBI TO MERU NATIONAL PARK

Pick up from your hotel or airport in the Morning and drive to  Meru National park, with views of the scenic countryside as you drive along. The journey covers about 350Km on Nyeri-Nanyuki road. Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. After  lunch and short rest, proceed for an afternoon game drive, viewing the parks wildlife which include Gravy’s Zebras, cheetah, Elephants, Waterbuck, Leopard, Reticulated Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Buffalo, Python, Eland, Bush pig,, Bohor Reedbuck, black Rhino and more than 427 recorded species of birds.

Back to the lodge in the evening.

 Accommodation at Elsa’s Kopjes Meru  

Meal Plan: lunch and dinner

 DAY 2: MERU NATIONAL PARK FULL DAY

Have an early morning game drives in this wild and beautiful game reserve. Later return to the lodge for breakfast. You can take some time to relax at the pool before lunch. In the afternoon, have a game drive with a visit to the former home of Joy and Adamson and Elsa the Lioness. Back to the lodge in the evening

Accommodation at Elsa’s Kopjes Meru

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 3: MERU TO SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Depart early morning after breakfast and proceed to Samburu Game reserve. On arrival, check in and have lunch. After lunch, there is some time to relax or have a quick nap before you set off on the first game drive in Samburu Game reserve. Surrounded by interestingly shaped hills, you will fall in love with this region. Your afternoon drive will usually have you back in camp by sun down, but it all depends on what enthralling sightings you come across. Look out for the Samburu special five, which include the Beisa oryx, the Reticulated giraffe, the Gerenuk, Samburu ostrich, and the Grevy’s zebra, as well as the big cats, and everything else in between.

Overnight at Samburu Intrepids

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  

DAY 4: SAMBURU FULL DAY

The day is spent game viewing in the reserve during morning and afternoon game drives. Samburu is part of a lava plain that includes a diverse landscape of thorn scrub, red dirt, dried river beds, broken volcanic rock, steep hills, and rocky outcroppings. The region is home to the  Grevy’s zebra with huge fury ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy Oryx. Elephant and crocodile are common sightings, excellent varieties of bird including weaverbirds and the martial eagle. Leopard sighting is also a special feature here but very elusive. Back to the lodge in the evening

 Overnight at Samburu Intrepids

  Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 5: SAMBURU – Ol PEJETA/SWEETWATERS CONSERVANCY

Depart Samburu in the morning for Olpejeta conservancy. The conservancy was once owned by the famed multi-millionaire, Adnan Kashoggi. You will arrive in time for lunch. After lunch, you will head out for aN afternoon game drive at the Ol Pejeta conservancy which is famous for its chimpanzee and Rhino conservation. The ‘Big five’ can also be encountered here: lion, buffalo, elephant, leopards and also the highly endangered black rhinos. Birdlife is also abundant with over 350 species so far recorded. Return to the lodge in the evening.

 Overnight at sweet waters Serena tented camp

    Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 6: OLPEJETA

On this day, you will explore the olpejeta conservancy with morning and afternoon game drives. Lunch will be served at the camp.

You will have an opportunity to visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a charming haven established by the Jane Goodall Institute to provide sanctuary to orphaned chimps, and also the specially protected and fenced refuge of black
rhino. The camp has its own private waterhole and salt lick so you will be guaranteed
unprecedented close encounters with wildlife.

Viewing of the Northern white rhinos require advance booking and is subject to availability.  

Accommodation at Sweetwaters Serene Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 DAY 7: DRIVE BACK TO NAIROBI

On this last day of the of the 7 days wilderness Kenya Safari, you will leave the camp after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi. On arrival you will be hosted for lunch at the Famous carnivore restaurant. After lunch you will be dropped at your hotel or the airport for your flight home.

 

**************END OF SAFARI**********

PACKAGE INCLUDES;

  • Full board accommodation on the entire safari
  • Meals as stipulated within the itinerary
  • All park entry fees.
  • Game drives
  • Vehicle park entry fees
  • Transport based on a safari vehicle with popup roof
  • Service of an English-speaking tour guide
  • Bottle of water during safari
  • Government Taxes
  • Emergency air evacuation cover

PACKAGE EXCLUDES;

  • Tips and gratitude
  • Laundry
  • Personal effects
  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Extra deviations from itinerary
  • Soft drinks and local beers

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