During the BIG-5 safari we’ll explore the vast Kenyan Savannah in search for Lions, Buffaloes, Rhinos, Elephants and Leopards as well as other animals. The BIG-5 safari will show you to the highlights of Kenya; Lake Nakuru NP, Maasai Mara NR, Lake Naivasha and Amboseli NP. Most of the mornings we’ll heading out at Dawn and return to the lodge or camp at Dusk as these are the best times for gamedrives and the highest chance to see the BIG-5 as well as other animals. But not to worry, we’ll have plenty of time to relax as well.
The BIG 5 safari
Day 1: Early morning you’ll be picked from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by the Dawn 2 Dusk Safaris team. We’ll drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. On the way we might experience some traffic in Nairobi, but after Nairobi it’s an easy 3 hour drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. On the way we’ll stop at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint and if the skies are clear you will have a beautiful view of the Rift valley with Mt. Margaret, Mt. Longonot and the famous Ngong hills.
Upon arrival in Lake Nakuru National Park you’ll have a first chance to see some of the 4 in the BIG 5 family! Here you have a chance to spot the endangered Black and White Rhino. We’ll be driving through the Acacia Forest, along the lake to spot wildlife and birds. Apart from rhinos you might spot giraffes, zebra, impala, waterbucks, lion and leopard. Lake Nakuru NP is also famous for its flamingos, but they might not always be there as they also frequent different lakes in the Great Rift Valley depending on the algae in the lakes, But not to worry there are plenty of other birds to spot.
While on gamedrive we’ll make our way to Sopa Lake Nakuru Lodge. After check-in we’ll have lunch and have some time to relax which you probably need after a long flight to reach Kenya. Later in the afternoon we’ll head out again for gamedrive.
Day 2: At 6.00 we’ll go for our final game drive in Lake Nakuru NP as today we have a long day ahead. Early morning game drives are great as the air is still fresh and this is the time that predators go for a hunt. After breakfast we’ll start our long and sometimes bumpy drive to the Maasai Mara. We’ll arrive at Ol Moran Tented Camp for a late lunch. After lunch you can take some time to freshen up before we head out to explore the Maasai Mara, which is known as one of the 7 wonders of the world. Maasai Mara is a word from the native Maasai people meaning a vast land with dotted bushes which you will see while on gamedrive.
Day 3: Today we spend a full day in the Maasai Mara reserve searching for the BIG 5 and other wildlife. The Reserve is famous for its Wildebeest migration from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania which takes place usually from July for about 3-4months. During the gamedrives you might be able to spot the Big Five (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes and Rhinos), or other animals like giraffes, zebra’s, hippo’s, topi’s, cheetahs among others.
We’ll have our lunch at a scenic spot in the reserve where you can enjoy the view and your lunch. Later in the afternoon we will visit a traditional Maasai Village where you can learn about the rich culture of the Maasai people.
Day 4: Before breakfast we’ll go for a last game drive in the Maasai Mara. Our destination today is Lake Naivasha. Upon arrival we’ll check into the Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Later in the afternoon we’ll go for a boat ride where you’ll come up close with hippos and water birds. You also might spot giraffes, zebras and waterbucks on the shore of the lake.
Day 5: This morning you’ll have some time to relax on the lodge’s grounds. You can go for a birdwalk on the grounds or you might want to relax at the poolside. Around 10 we’ll depart for Maanzoni, an estate just outside Nairobi. On the way we’ll stop for a farm lunch at Mlango Farm. After lunch we’ll continue our journey to Amazing Kenya Retreat. In the afternoon you can go for a walk and come up close to giraffes or wildebeest, giraffes, zebra and other animals.
Day 6: We’re almost reaching the end of the safari, but you cannot leave Kenya without visiting Amboseli National Park. If the skies will be clear you might see Mount Kilimanjaro on the way. Upon arrival in Amboseli we’ll check-in at Kibo Safari Camp, freshen up and have lunch. After lunch you’ll have some time to relax. Later in the afternoon we’ll go for our first game drive in Amboseli National Park.
Amboseli is famous for its large herd of Elephants that roam the savannah and the swamp. During your gamedrives the animals you are likely to see includes elephants, lions, buffaloes, different species of antelopes, Maasai giraffes, cheetahs, some water birds and dry land bird species. Amboseli National park covers an area of 392sq km and the name Amboseli is actually Empusel. In Maasai language this means place of salt and dust. In the park there is a swamp which provides the water to the animals in the park, an observation hill with a beautiful view to watch the wildlife and Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day.
Day 7: After an early breakfast we’ll head out for game drive in Amboseli NP returning to the camp for lunch. After lunch you’ll have some time to freshen up and relax. Later in the afternoon we’ll continue our gamedrive till about 18.00
Day 8: Early morning you can do a last game drive in Amboseli and try to spot some animals that we haven’t seen yet! After breakfast we’ll start our journey back to Nairobi. We’ll take our picnic lunch en route. In Nairobi we’ll end our safari with dinner at Carnivore restaurant where you can taste Crocodile and Ostrich meat as well as other more common meats. After dinner you’ll be dropped at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home