5 Days Kenya African Big Five Safari
Kenya African Big Five Safari – The word Safari is a Swahili word originating from East Africa and thanks to nature and tireless conservation efforts, the region remains the number one safari destination world over despite the competition from the southern African countries. For most travellers that take vacations to Africa for wildlife viewing, the joy of seeing the so-called Big Five strikes them profoundly.
The Big 5, which comprise of Lion, Leopard, African bush elephant, Rhino and the African buffalo, were not dabbed this because of size. The source of the story is ironical but highly celebrated today. In the colonial times and today among game hunters, these particular animals have rated highly because challenges involved in the effort to take them down. Their defensive character also contributes highly to these credits.
WILD INTENSE knows that travellers love an experience that has high chances of seeing these extraordinary creatures. Therefore we have put together an authentic Kenyan safari experience to the wilderness where they live. The Kenyan safari parks like Masai Mara, which is part of this itinerary is highly reputable for being a perfect Big Five habitat. We have over 97% chances for seeing these animals. From experience, this has worked. Every day has its unique adventures, be adventurous to see what happens on yours.
Day 1 Kenya African Big Five Safari: Arrival for Kenya African Big Five Safari
We spend the day of arrival around Nairobi. Depending on the time of entry, we visit Nairobi National Park. A nicely set natural wildlife park around a modern city is a brilliant idea which we should credit by paying a visit and start working on our Big Five.
Nairobi National Park, established in 1746, is today Kenya’s oldest Game Park. Lying only 7 km away from Nairobi capital city, the park surprisingly still has varied habitats. These unique habitats include; rolling grass plains, riverine woods, thickets and bush, artificial dams and ponds where the animals come to drink, stunning rocky gorges and dry upland forest.
The park is fenced along three sides, where it is adjacent to urban housing, industry, roads and airports; only the southern border, along the Embakasi and Athi rivers, is open for animal dispersal. The park has healthy populations of the big game among which include Zebras, Wildebeests, Common eland, African Lion, African buffalo, Leopard, Nile crocodile, Cheetah and Hippopotamus among others
The park is a rhino sanctuary and numbers of the Black Rhino are steadily increasing.
Day 2 Kenya African Big Five Safari: Transfer to Lake Nakuru
This morning we transfer to one of the world’s most famous bird sanctuaries- Lake Nakuru. Over one million flamingos at the site turn the shores of Lake Nakuru into a floating pink carpet. This is a great location for bird watchers
The park is a sanctuary for the Black Rhino and White Rhino, the latter introduced from South Africa. We want to see the Rhinos of this trip and seeing both species will be quite an experience.
Rothschild’s Giraffe was also introduced into the park in 1977. Other large mammals, some recently reintroduced, include African Lion, African buffalo, Leopard, Mantled guereza which is a Monkey species, the Common eland, Steinbok, Impala, Dikdik in the bush-land along with the Rock hyrax and the Klipspringer on the cliffs among other wildlife.
Day 3 Kenya African Big Five Safari: Kenya Tour to Masai Mara National Park – Kenya Wildlife Safaris
Masai Mara is the world’s most famous for excellent game viewing! The reserve is. 275 km from Nairobi, was opened in November 1974 and has since become Kenya’s most famous and popular animal reserve. Merely the best big-game country in Kenya and should not be missed on a Kenyan Safari.
The park is remarkable for its high concentration of large herbivores and their attendant predators. The extraordinary annual migration of over 1.5 million Wildebeests and over 200,000 Zebras that starts from the Serengeti plains to the Mara grasslands from late June is world-famous. There are also large numbers of the African Elephant, African Lion, Hippopotamus and the Nile crocodile in the massive Musiara Swamp, Topi, Gazelles, many primates, and many more.
We have lunch en-route and an afternoon game drive in the afternoon.
Day 4 Kenya African Big Five Safari: Masai Mara Wildlife Viewing Tour – Kenya Safaris
In the morning session, we do a game drive through the mara plains, enjoy wild mammals, botany, avifauna and scenery viewing. After lunch at the lodge, we visit the famous Masai people in the afternoon.
The Masai Mara Safari would seem incomplete without an encounter with the legendary Masai people from which the reserve derives the name. They are strongly independent people, still paying much attention to their traditional rituals. Strikingly tall and slender, swathed in brilliant locally made red cloth, hung about with beads and metal jewellery. Young men prefer long, plaited, ochre-daubed hairstyles and have a formidable reputation for glamour, prowess and ferocity.
The Masai People believe they are not just residents of this area but are much a part of the life of the land as the land is part of their lives.
Traditionally, the Masai feed on the milk and blood from their cows and claim ownership of every cow in the world.
Day 5: Transfer to Nairobi for Departure
This is the last day of our tour; we will transfer to Nairobi and arrive in good time for today’s departures. WILD INTENSE will include a day room to change before heading to the airport in the costing.
- Transport in a 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with a pop-up roof and clear sliding windows for excellent game viewing safari and photography
- All vehicle fuel for the tour
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide
- Accommodation and three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) through the tour. Or as agreed at booking
- Park Entrance/Conservation fees according to the program
- All activities described in the itinerary
- International air fares and entry visa
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation
- Personal (medical/travel) insurance
- Government tax or park fees increase
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)