Kenya is ranked as one of the best Africa safari destinations. The Masai land is located at the far east of Africa neighboring the Indian Ocean in the East, Uganda in the West, Tanzania in the South and in the North, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Kenya receives more than 2 million travelers, but tourism, like taking a safari in Kenya makes up the largest number of international arrivals in Kenya.
The migration of the wildebeest crossing through the Mara river to the Masai Mara mainland is one of the natural wonders of the world. Every year around July to November thousands and thousands of wildebeests and zebras are spotted crossing Mara River from the Great Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara National park in Kenya, looking for greener pastures and water. The migration of the wildebeest pulls a large number of the greatest wild predators of lions, leopards, crocodiles in Mara River, hyenas and cheetahs as they look at the migration as an opportunity of having an easy catch of prey.
In order to experience the big cat wildlife wonders, embark on the 7 Days Kenya safari trip to the major national parks like Masaimara, Samburu, Naivasha, Amboseli, and Lake Nakuru. Here is how to spend 7 days in Kenya:
Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara National Reserve
Early in the morning, you will be picked up by the safari driver guide from the hotel or airport. You will have a short meet and greet with the guide as he walks you through the itinerary and what to expect on the safari. You will then drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve through the outlook of the Great Rift Valley and get a stopover at Narok town for lunch. You are able to finally enter the Masai Mara game reserve where you will be welcomed by the hut dotted villages of the Masai people. You will have a sample of a game drive through the grassy plain of the game reserve where you will have a chance to sight various animal species and birds.
Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve Encounter
After the morning meal, you will embark on one of the greatest game viewing experiences in the Masai Mara: the most popular game reserve in Kenya. With its brown grassy landscapes with rolling hills, make it one of the best places to view wild animals in the world. Within the savannah grasslands, there are wildlife species like lions, cheetahs, zebras, elephants, crocodiles and a school of hippos at the river Mara and Talek and a variety of bird species. If your safari happens to be within the months of July-November, you will have an opportunity to see the great migration of wildebeest crossing through the two rivers of Mara and Talek to get to the greener pastures of Masai Mara game reserve. This great migration of wildebeest is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. After, your lunch is served in the jungle with the sounds of nature around you.
Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park
After shaking off the fatigue of yesterday, you will drive off to Lake Nakuru in the morning. En-route to Nakuru, you are rewarded with an eye-catching view of Mount. Longonot and Lake Naivasha as you drive off the highway as you retire to have dinner and sleep at your lodge around Lake Nakuru.
Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park – Lake Naivasha
In the morning after breakfast, you will go on a game drive around Lake Nakuru national park. which is majorly dominated by Lake Nakuru an alkaline lake found in the rift valley area. This lake pulls a variety of bird species most notably the millions of flamingoes that reside at the shore of the lake. There are also other birds like African fish eagle, Goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher and Verreaux’s eagle among others of their kind. Within the park, there are also some mammals like buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs, baboons, and the white and black rhino.
Day 5: Naivasha- Hell’s Gate – Amboseli National Park
At sunrise after breakfast, you will get to hell’s gate National Park in the Naivasha region for a nature walk. Hell’s Gate is the smallest National Park in Kenya named after a narrow break in the cliff, once a tributary ancient lake that acted as the source of food to the early humans in the rift valley. The area being formed by volcanic activities, it harbors lots of biodiversity from amazing flora to animal species like vultures (the rare Lammergeyer vultures), Verreaux’s eagles, augur buzzard, and swifts. Hyraxes, African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, hyena, and baboons are also common.
Day 6: Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is one of the most visited national parks in Kenya. You see the snowcapped Kilimanjaro ranges with the highest peak in Africa. On a game drive through the plains of Amboseli, you have an opportunity of encountering animals like lions, cape buffalos, Masai giraffes, spotted hyenas, blue wildebeest, and zebras.
Day 7: Amboseli/Nairobi
After enjoying the morning meal, you will lead out of Amboseli to get back to Nairobi for a fly out of the country or get to your lodge or home. A Kenya safari is one of the most thrilling experiences a tourist can ever have. The national parks have a wide range of unique wildlife species like the big five animals, the migration of the wildebeest and endemic bird species and also the intriguing and mind-blowing Masai culture. Mark your calendar and put a Kenya safari on your bucket list.
If you have more time to spend in East Africa, then you should consider Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park Uganda; visiting the natural wonder, Victoria Falls; gorilla trekking in Virunga national park; or taking a 16 Days best of East Africa safari, that explores Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
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