MIGRATION & ENDEMICS
Kenya offers many rewards for the first-time, as well as the seasoned, safari traveller; magnificent wildlife, excellent accommodations and a warm and friendly population. An infinite landscape of varying climates, Kenya is punctuated by two distinct rainy seasons from April to May and November to December. It is in this intoxicating region that the notion of the Swahili word "safari", meaning "to journey", was born.
SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK
Dry, rugged and stunning, Samburu’s landscape is at once stark and sensual, with its iconic loaf shaped Lolokowe Mountain and hills spreading in every direction. Its life lung is the Usao Nyiro River coursing through its craggy terrain full of stone, thorn bush and the forked doum palms. In this arid zone where water is scarce and the land baked by the eternal sun, herds of elephants and the big cats roam the plains with the Samburu special - the Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the long necked antelope, the Gerenuk. These endemics will be our photographic goal, Samburu also has amazing birds in the area. Elephant viewing can be excellent. This is some of the best Elephant viewing in Africa.
MASAI MARA’S MIGRATION
Each year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle, the great wildebeest migration from the Serengeti. From July to October, the promise of rain and fresh life giving grass in the north brings more than 1.5 million wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They pour across the border into the Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon. At the Mara River they mass together on the banks before finally plunging forward through the raging waters, creating a frenzy as they fight against swift currents and waiting crocodiles. The wildebeest bring new life to the plains, not just through their cycle of regeneration of the grasslands, but for the predators that follow.
DAY 1 - When you arrive at Nairobi International Airport in Kenya, I will be waiting for you as you come through passport checks. We will be staying at the Serena Hotel.
DAY 2 - Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Wilson Airport & fly to the Samburu N.P. for lunch. Afternoon game drive.
DAY 3 - Early morning game drives and returning to camp for breakfast. After breakfast we will be taking picnic box lunches with us for the rest of the day as we track down the rare species in the area.
DAY 4 - Early morning and afternoon game drives.
DAY 5 - Early morning drive and returning to camp for breakfast. Fly to the Mara for lunch. Afternoon game drive.
DAY 6/7/8/9/10 - Early morning and afternoon game drives.
DAY 11 - Early morning game drives and returning to camp for breakfast, fly to Nairobi to catch your international flight.
I have been guiding in the Mara since 2002 I use many camps depending on rainfall, seasonal fires and wildlife movement. I mostly use Mara Explorer & Intrepids Camps, they are situated in the heart of the Mara, with excellent predators around the camp. This gives me the chance to get predators in perfect morning light.
Samburu’s Elephant Bedrooms is situated in the National Park. It has the perfect setting, with great guides and brilliant food. Wildlife is on our doorstep.
Samburu National Park has some of the best Elephant viewing in Africa, this is because of a very long 'No hunting of Elephant in Kenya' policy, and you can feel the difference.
One tenth of all land in Kenya is designated as national preserved parkland. With over 40 parks and game reserves, Kenya has long been known as "big-game" country.