Best of Kenya

Best of Kenya

COMBINE THE MARA & SAMBURU IN THE BEST OF KENYA SAFARI

Both regions offer different experiences, animals and sceneries, making the combined Best of Kenya Safari the ultimate tour.

Day 01

Your African Adventure Begins!
Start in the Mara or Samburu – it’s your choice. But if it’s Samburu, plan to arrive in Nairobi the night before, as it’s an early transfer in the morning.

Depart: 10:00 Wilson Airport, Nairobi
Arrive: 11.00 Ol Kiombo Airstrip in the Masai Mara
Transfer: 11.15 By car to camp in Freeman Safari 4WD
Briefing: 11.30 Camp information & Tent allocation
Lunch: 12.30 In camp
Safari: 15.00 Afternoon drive to see game at dusk
Return: 17.00 Return to camp, showers
Evening: 18.00 Welcome drinks around the camp fire
Dinner: 19.30 Dinner in camp
Day 01

Your African Adventure Begins!
Start in the Mara or Samburu – it’s your choice. But if it’s Samburu, plan to arrive in Nairobi the night before, as it’s an early transfer in the morning.

Depart: 10:00 Wilson Airport, Nairobi

Arrive: 11.00 Ol Kiombo Airstrip in the Masai Mara

Transfer: 11.15 By car to camp in Freeman Safari 4WD

Briefing: 11.30 Camp information & Tent allocation

Lunch: 12.30 In camp

Safari: 15.00 Afternoon drive to see game at dusk

Return: 17.00 Return to camp, showers

Evening: 18.00 Welcome drinks around the camp fire

Dinner: 19.30 Dinner in camp

Day 02 - 06

Daily Camp routine includes an early game drive at dawn and another at dusk – prime viewing times for Africa’s animals.

An early rise and breakfast, then out in search of the game. As the camp is so well located in the National Park, there are many available routes. We usually start looking for a particular cat, a male leopard for instance, but that can all change if a cheetah is spotted out hunting. Rest assured that we will spend time with the game and will stay if action is anticipated. Freeman Safaris offers much more flexibility than other tours as our location means you are in amongst the action – not spending 2 – 3 hours travelling just to get into the park.

There is nothing more enjoyable than watching an active pride of lions in the morning light – especially if there are cubs. During the migration we check on the huge wildebeest herds to see if they are moving down to the Mara river to cross. River crossings are so exciting as the tension builds up in anticipation. Will they go this time? Just as the conditions are right something spooks them and they all turn and wander off. So, there is yet another wait until eventually those at the water’s edge are pressured into the water and the drama starts. The crocs move into position, it’s nail-biting action! The wait for a crossing can take anything from 10 minutes to 5 hours and many times we have called up lunch as we don’t dare to leave. Having lunch under an acacia tree within sight of thousands of wildebeest and zebras is quite something!

 

The Mara is full of surprises. There is no better place in Africa that matches up so well to people’s expectations. We will hunt for black rhino, particularly if we find a bull or a mother with calf. Black rhino are very grumpy and can charge us so we often say, “Keep filming, we’ll look after you safely!”

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Day 07

The Rift Valley & Nakuru

After breakfast we say goodbye to the Mara and head off to Nakuru, a drive of seven hours or so depending on the state of the road. This is an interesting drive across the Rift Valley, through the Masai capital of Narok, a scruffy, dusty town which is always full of action.The road continues right across the Rift Valley to the eastern wall where we turn left and pass Naivasha and reach my home in Nakuru at about 15:00. Then time to relax and enjoy the garden with tea on the lawn!

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Day 08

Nakuru Park

Up early and into Nakuru Park, only 15 minutes away.

This is a small but very interesting and beautiful park. In good light the flamingos on the lake are just idyllic and you won’t be able to stop taking pictures. The hope is always to catch them flying! The park is great for rhinos and the breeding program for both black and white has been very successful and we promise you will see many. As for birds they are plentiful and each time we visit we see additional species as the lovely acacia trees hold many surprises. Back to the house for the evening.

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Day 09

Choose Your Day

Usually this is a day of rest with time to recover and sort yourselves out. You can spend the day just relaxing in my lovely garden or go for a walk into the town. Nakuru is an interesting town full of history and colour. You could also choose to return to the park. This is what usually happens as yesterday was enjoyed so much by all.

Day 10

Thomson’s Falls, Mt Kenya & Ewaso Nyiro River Camp

We aim to leave by 07:00. We travel north up the Rift Valley wall to Thomson’s Falls and then east to Nanyuki at the foot of Mt Kenya where we stop for a cool drink. We then drive north, climbing to about 8000ft. around Mt Kenya before dropping down to the hot plains and the town of Isiolo, a fascinating place. This is the end of the tarmac road, the frontier post where we sign in and out. The road for the last 40kms is corrugated and dusty, an introduction to the Northern District of Kenya.

The camp is on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, a welcoming sight. We aim to arrive with enough time to go out for a game drive although more often than not, many prefer just to sit by the river and enjoy the camp. In the evening, sitting around the fire on the river bank is just magical.

Day 11 - 13

Samburu Camp

The daily routine is very similar to that at the Mara. We are out at first light, making the most of the cool morning. The park consists of a beautiful but scorched landscape. Here conditions are ideal for Grevy’s zebra, oryx, gerenuk and many more dry country mammals as well as a huge variety of birds such as the vulturine guineafowl. The river is the lifeline here and depending on the time of year, it can be a raging torrent or as dry as a bone, but you will never be disappointed. Samburu is the place to see huge numbers of elephant and boy, do we see many! We will spend a couple of hours under a tree on the river bank watching ‘elephant action’, the crossings, drinking, playing, fighting and chasing and even being charged by the ‘totos’ – baby elephants, and particularly the baby bulls!  The glades produce great leopards. Samburu is usually very hot, dry and dusty so take good precautions for yourself and your equipment! During lunch at the camp you will enjoy watching the elephants in the river from your tent, especially our large bull ‘Bumper’, who feeds from the dom palms between the tents!

Day 14

All good things must come to an end!

 

Departure:  11.30    Ol Kiombo Airstrip, Nairobi

Arrive:         12.30     Nairobi

 

We leave camp early for a final game drive on the way and arrive at the strip in ample time to have a cup of tea and pack the rest of the kit away. You arrive in Nairobi and I suggest that you have lunch at a great African restaurant Carnivore, then visit the Nairobi Museum, which is fascinating. After a quick Nairobi tour ending at Jomo Kenyatta Airport where you will continue your onward journey with great new experiences and terrific Kenyan memories