Nairobi City Excursions and Short Safaris
Volunteer in Western Kenya


Combine four National parks in a week. This is a simple itinerary that takes you to the northern kenya, the central highlands, the rift valley and southern kenya offering all different options. After days on bumpy and dusty roads on kenya safari, have a break in Nairobi city to recharge your battereis and see the urban sights, as well as enjoy the good shopping and restaurants in Nairobi. Then consider a short Kenya safari to southern Kenya National parks; Amboseli and Tsavo West and East.

14 Days Samburu-Aberdares-Lake Nakuru-Masai Mara-Nairobi city-Amboseli and Tsavo West and East.

Days 1 and 2: Samburu National Reserve
From Nairobi at 7.30 am, safaris head north to the Samburu National reserve for two nights at one of the lodges on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River Samburu Serena Lodge or Samburu Sopa Lodge, where most of the game is concentrated. Animals include girrafes, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffalos,lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas and great species of birds. Look out for species here not seen further South such as Grevy's zebra, Somali ostrich and gerenuk, an unusual antelope that can reach up the trees on its hind legs accommodation is in a luxury lodge or budget two person camping tent with foam mattress provided.

Day 3: Aberdare National Park
Heading South after breakfast, the option is to spend a night in one of the two unusual tree lodges in the Aberdare National Park. Treetops Lodge where Princes Elizabeth stayed in 1952 in the night that her father died and she became the Queen, or the Ark Lodge built in the shape of Noah's Ark. At night, stay up to watch the game activities over the floodlit waterholes. This park is unusual in that it lies above 21,000m (68,880 ft.) and so has a more alpine feel, with mountains, streams, valleys and moorland by the doorstep

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park
After another morning breakfast, your safari will head to Lake Nakuru. Situated just a stone's throw from Nakuru town, the attractive Lake Nakuru National Park surrounds the Lake of the same name, which is a haven for the pink lesser flamingo as well as hippos. Other species include various antelope, giraffe, zebra, lion, rhino and leopard (which can actually be spotted during daylight hours in the arms of the giant yellow acacia trees near the entrance).
Enjoy the great view from the park's rocky escarpments and ridges. Accommodation can be at the Lake Nakuru Lodge, Flamingo Hill Tented Camp or a hotel in Nakuru.

Days 5 and 6: Masai Mara National Reserve
You will spend two nights in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya's most famous game park with an extraordinary density of animals, including the Big Five. In July and August, it's also the scene of the migration, when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, plus smaller numbers of zebra and antelope, arrive in search of fresh grazing from Tanzania's Serengeti National Park to the south. The predators follow the herds, so this is the best time to witness plenty of animal action, especially if you get the opportunity to see the wildebeest cross the Masai Mara River, where they have to dodge crocodiles too. Accommodation is at the Mara Sopa Lodge or Enchoro Wildlife Camp.

Day 7: Nairobi
An early morning game drive in Masai Mara before breakfast followed by late breakfast at the Lodge/camp and departure for Nairobi stopping sporadically for the breathtaking panoramic views of the rift valley and adjacent landforms. The tour ends in Nairobi late in the afternoon with sweet memories.

Days 8 and 9: Nairobi National Park
Spend at least half a day on a game drive in the Nairobi National Park, which with the city as a backdrop, is home to all of the Big Five except elephants, but these can be seen on the morning excursion to the David Sheldrick Animal Orphanage adjoining the park. Here you can watch baby elephants tearing around; kids will love it. they'll also enjoy feeding the gifaffes at the Langata Gifaffe Cntre. The nearby Karen Blixen Museum looks at Kenya's colonial past. End one evening at the Carnivore restaurant, where meat is roasted on Maasai spears.

Days 10 and 11: Tsavo East and West National Parks
Leave your hotel after breakfast at 7.30 am to drive to one of Kenya's oldest and largest national parks, this is split by the Nairobi-Mombasea road and railway. Its administered as Tsavo East and Tsavo West; its southern plains meet those in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. The diverse range of habitats mountains, river, forest,lakes and grassland- are home to rhinos, lions, leopard, crocodiles, waterbucks, kudus, hartebeests, and zebras, as well as some of the largest herds of elephants in Kenya. Accommdation will be in the lodge or campsite.

Days 12 and 13 Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is famous for its wonderful image of elephants on the grassy plains , with Kilimanjaro's snow cobered peaks on the backgdround. Plentiful game to look for includes zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, impalas, lions, and leopards, and birdwatchers may spot pelicans, African fish eagles, and pygmy falcons. As one of Kenya's most popular parks, accommodations will be in either lodge or campsite.

Day 14: Nairobi
After early morning breakfast, proceed for an early morning game drive before departing amboseli to drive north to arrive back in Nairobi in the early afternoon with sweet memories.

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