KENYA – THE WILD SIDE

7 Nights / 8 Days Guided Camping Safari

Spend eight days in Kenya’s great outdoors and reconnect with nature on this camping safari. In a small group of not more than seven people and in your 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser, you will visit some of Kenya’s most-loved national parks. Magical wildlife moments await you in the Masai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. During a walking safari and a hike, you step out of the car and see, feel and smell Kenya’s flora and fauna up close. At night you will fall asleep in your tent to the sounds of the nightly bush. A safari for nature lovers!

Highlights

Day 1-8 | Kenya

  • You travel in a small group in a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with guaranteed window seat and pop-up roof
  • Masai Mara Game Reserve: game drives, the Big Five, trip to the Mara River
  • Lake Naivasha: walking safari on Crescent Island, hippos at Lake Naivasha
  • Amboseli National Park: game drives, large elephant herds, view of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Tsavo East National Park: game drives, largest national park in Kenya, “red” elephants
  • Tsavo Conservancy: wildlife corridor, hike in the Marungu Hills

Facts

Scheduled Safari: Kenya - The Wild Side
Tourcode: ET08KENCAM
From: Nairobi
To: Mombasa
Min number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants:
7 per vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: every second Friday
Price: from 1,990 USD
Single Supplement: from 120 USD
landcruiser camping-safari

Itinerary

Day 1 Nairobi – Masai Mara Game Reserve

After a short briefing about your upcoming safari and meeting your guide and fellow travellers, you embark on a trip of discovery in your 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser. The destination of your first day: the magical Masai Mara. Along the way you can enjoy stunning views across the Great Rift Valley, before driving deeper into Masai land. In the early afternoon, you will arrive in the Masai Mara and embark on your first game drive. You’ll be surprised how many animals you will see on only your first day! Look out for elephants, lions, giraffes and antelopes. When the sun sets, it’s time to settle at your campsite just outside the Game Reserve. Your first night in the bush is one you will remember for a long time to come – listen to the nightly bush concert while the stars twinkle high in the sky.Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Masai Mara Game Reserve

There’s no sleeping in when you’re in the middle of nature and you’ll be woken by the chirping of birds and the rising sun. A full day of game drives awaits! After a hearty breakfast, you have ample time to explore remote corners of this spectacular game reserve. If you visit during the Great Migration you may be in luck and visit a river-crossing when wildebeest and zebras plunge into the crocodile-infested waters when crossing the Mara River. Any time of the year the Masai Mara is home to various species: not only the Big Five, but many more such as hippos, waterbucks, hyenas, cheetahs and more than 400 bird species make the Mara a synonym for exciting safari experiences in East Africa. Since animals don’t mind borders, you can expect nightly visitors at your campsite. On a camping safari, you’re right in the middle of it all. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Masai Mara Region – Lake Naivasha

Today, you make your way to Lake Naivasha, passing by the inactive volcano Mt Longonot. Be prepared for a change in scenery when leaving the dry savannah behind and arriving at the lush shores of this freshwater lake. In the afternoon you can stretch your legs and go on a walking safari in the private nature reserve Crescent Island. You’ll see familiar faces: giraffes, wildebeest, zebras and impalas roam this tranquil peninsula. A walking safari is a unique opportunity to get close to the animals and immerse yourself in these enchanting natural surroundings. You will spend the night on a campsite at the lake shore under tall yellow-barked acacias. Listen to the call of the fish eagles and watch hippos graze on the river banks from a safe distance. A magical place to spend the night. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Lake Naivasha – Amboseli National Park

Leaving Lake Naivasha behind, you head south towards Amboseli National Park close to the border to Tanzania. Amboseli is well-known for its large elephant herds, marching peacefully through the wetlands against the backdrop of the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro. You’ll arrive in Amboseli in the afternoon and embark on your first game drive right away. Together with your guide, you will look for the Big Five and many more species, observing and learning about their behaviour and habitat. You will spend the night on a campsite inside the national park. Listen closely to the nightly sounds of hyenas and nocturnal birds you are starting to recognise on your fourth night camping in the Kenyan wilderness.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Amboseli National Park

No day on safari is the same and you can look forward to a day full of game drives around Amboseli National Park. While the region is dominated by a dry and hot climate, the melting snow caps of Kilimanjaro turn Amboseli in a green oasis of wetlands in the rainy season, attracting many animals and different bird species. A dusty salt desert of the mostly dried-up Lake Amboseli stretches over the border to Tanzania. You are in no rush and have ample time to linger and observe the animals’ behaviour extensively. Leave the rest of the world behind and arrive in the small moments which make a safari unique. Return to your campsite inside the national park and enjoy a delicious camp dinner before you tuck yourself in for another night in the bush. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Amboseli National Park – Tsavo East National Park

After a hearty breakfast you will leave Amboseli and make your way further south to Kenya’s largest national park: Tsavo East National Park. On more than 11.500 square kilometres countless opportunities for wildlife encounters await you. Tsavo East is known for its “red” elephant herds. The gentle giants dust themselves in the red soil of the region to protect themselves from sun and insects. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare Hunter hartebeest and the gerenuk – an antelope with a giraffe-like neck. At the riverbanks and in the grasslands, you can spot kudus, waterbucks and more than 600 different bird species. You will spend the night on a campsite inside the national park. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Tsavo East National Park – Tsavo Conservancy

In the morning, you will go on a last game drive exploring the vast Tsavo East National Park. After only a short drive you will then arrive at the Tsavo Conservancy in the afternoon. The Tsavo Conservancy is a wildlife corridor between Tsavo East and West National Parks enabling wildlife to roam freely within the greater Tsavo Conservation Area. It is home to elephants, buffaloes, giraffes and zebras. Spend a few hours relaxing at the campsite, reading a book or thinking back on your experiences of the week, before you join your fellow travellers for your last dinner in the bush. Tonight will also be the last time you sleep in your tent and underneath Kenya’s wide starry night sky. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Tsavo Conservancy – Diani Beach

After spending many hours in the car during the past days, it is time again to get active. On a casual 4-hour hike, starting a short drive from your campsite, you can stretch your legs and enjoy views across the wide Marungu Hills. You will be accompanied by a guide from the Tsavo Conservancy who shares his knowledge about the local vegetation and wildlife. A great opportunity to get up close with Kenya’s flora and fauna. You have now spent a full week in the great outdoors and it is time to dust-off the red soil and relax. After the hike, we take a back route through the scenic Shimba Hills to arrive at the beautiful shores of Diani Beach. We will bring you to your beach hotel where you can spend relaxing days under palm trees. Get in touch for recommendations on beach hotels! Breakfast; Lunch

 

Important: If you would like to fly out from Mombasa airport on the last day of your safari, please consult with us before booking your flight.

 

Includes

  • Camping safari according to the itinerary
  • Travel in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Professional, English-speaking safari cook
  • Overnight stays in safari tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Excludes

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Tips
  • Visa fees
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

FAQ

  • Your safari group will be made up of two to seven people per vehicle; travellers come from all over the world.
  • There is no official age limit. However, we don’t encourage parents with children under the age of 8 to join a camping safari due to the lengthy drives and the fact that nights are spent on unfenced campsites. If parents are nevertheless convinced that their child/children are unfazed by the long driving distances and the travel time, children are welcome to join the safari. Please keep in mind that the responsibility for each child lies with you as a parent at all times.
  • You will overnight on basic campsites inside the national parks or on the outskirts thereof. You sleep in spacious two-man dome tents (2.1 x 2.1 m) equipped with mosquito nets and comfortable 5 cm thick sleeping mats.
  • Yes, communal ablution facilities can be found on all campsites. Most of them are very basic and hot water is few and far between.
  • You will travel in a custom-designed 4×4 safari vehicle (i.e. Toyota Land Cruiser), which has been designed to conquer the ever-demanding road conditions in East Africa. All vehicles have pop-up roofs which can be opened during game drives. A window seat is guaranteed for each traveller.
    • The tour is run on a full-board basis and meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Mineral water is also provided. All other beverages (soft drinks & alcohol) are excluded and on your own account.
    • Breakfast can include eggs, sausages or bacon and toast and jam. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are also provided.
    • Lunch-boxes are provided for lunch and are enjoyed en-route at a picnic spot. These usually contain sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.
    • Dinner is freshly prepared and meals consist of meat or fish and starch such as rice, mashed potatoes or pasta and vegetables.

 

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them. Please make sure to notify us in advance.

  • We will provide you with a detailed packing list at the time of booking. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to rent a sleeping bag.
  • Luggage is restricted to one large softshell bag / rucksack weighing no more than 15 kg. Furthermore, every traveller is allowed one piece of hand luggage.
  • Due to the limited space in the vehicle, we kindly ask guests to refrain from travelling with suitcases as storing them in the vehicle could prove a problem. Please also do not forget to check the baggage allowances of your respective airlines.
  • Yes, we suggest that you bring some spending money for drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.
  • Please only bring USD bills that have been printed after 2004 as earlier dated bills will not be accepted.
  • Tips are not included in the tour price. However, it is customary to tip and we recommend 15-20 USD per group per day for the guide and 10-15 USD per group per day for the cook.
  • Entry requirements vary depending on the citizenship of the traveller. While many nationalities can obtain a visa upon arrival in Kenya, it is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of all required documents. We strongly suggest that you contact your respective embassy for the latest visa regulations.
  • In general, East Africa poses no higher health risks than many other destinations. Please consult your GP or a tropical disease institute regarding appropriate vaccinations etc. before your departure.
  • In theory, there is a possibility of contracting malaria in all East African countries. Malaria is caused by one-cell parasites and transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes. Different medications can offer a prophylaxis but some need to be taken before you start travelling. You should consult your GP or the institute for tropical diseases to get medical advice.
  • Prevention is always better than cure; the best prevention is not to get bitten by wearing long trousers, socks, closed shoes and long-sleeved tops during the evening hours. The use of anti-mosquito sprays and creams can further help to reduce the risk of being bitten.

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Kenya - The Wild Side

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