Samburu, Great Rift Valley and the Mara
The Great Rift Valley is part of an intra-continental ridge system that runs through Kenya from north to south. It is part of the Gregory Rift, the eastern branch of the East African Rift, which starts in Tanzania to the south and continues northward into Ethiopia. It was formed on the “Kenyan Dome” a geographical upwelling created by the interactions of three major tectonics: the Arabian, Nubian, and Somalian plates. In the past, it was seen as part of a “Great Rift Valley” that ran from Madagascar to Syria. Most of the valley falls within the former Rift Valley Province.
The valley contains the Cherangani Hills and a chain of volcanoes, some of which are still active. The climate is mild, with temperatures usually below 28 °C (82 °F). Most rain falls during the March–June and October–November periods. The Tugen Hills to the west of Lake Baringo contain fossils preserved in lava flows from the period 14 to 4 million years ago. The relics of many hominids, ancestors of humans, were found here. Explore kenya on the 8 days Samburu, Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara safari.
Visit Samburu National Park, Great Rift Valley -Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara for a holiday in Kenya.
Day 1: Nairobi-Samburu National Park 6 hrs
Pick up from Nairobi and drive north for 6 hours to Samburu Game Reserve arriving in time for Lunch. In the afternoon you will have a game drive. Overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge.
Day 2: Samburu National Park
After breakfast, you will spend this day on game drives in Samburu. Samburu Park lies in the semi-arid north and is the home of the Samburu “Special Five” – Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the Beisa oryx, the five rare and endemic northern animal species. Return to the camp for relaxation and overnight stay at Samburu Sopa Lodge
Day 3: Samburu to Maralal 5 hrs
Morning game drive at Samburu. Depart at 1000 Hrs and drive further north through Wamba trading centre in the northwest of Samburu to Maralal, a small hillside village in the vast Samburu county. Maralal is the administrative headquarters of the Samburu region and is famous for camel riding. There will be a stopover along the way for picnic lunch and we arrive at Maralal in the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon at leisure at the Maralal Safari Lodge.
Day 4: Maralal – Nature walk and Camel Riding
Breakfast and then depart for the camel riding and meet Samburu herders with their livestock. Later return to the camp for relaxation and overnight at Maralal Safari Lodge.
Day 5: Maralal – Lake Nakuru 4.5 hrs
Descend into the Great Rift Valley and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park for game drives. Lake Nakuru is a world famous bird and rhino sanctuary where thousands of flamingos congregate to feed on Spirulina platensis, a blue-green alga that grows naturally in the lake. Found here as well are plenty of other interesting wildlife and birds such as the white rhino, leopard, lion, waterbuck, buffalo, impala, warthog, pelicans and a plethora of other birds. Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge.
Day 6: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara
Breakfast and then have an morning game drive before returning to the camp for check out. Depart at 1000 Hrs and transfer to Narok for lunch. From Narok, we head to Masai Mara arriving in the afternoon and game drives en route to our lodge. Game includes Rhinos, Wildebeests and Lions among others. There after head back for relaxation and overnight at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge.
Day 7: Masai Mara National Park
Breakfast and then spend the whole day on game drives in search of elephants, zebras, leopards and other plain game. Overnight at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge.
Day 8: Masai Mara – Nairobi
After breakfast, check out and head back to Nairobi for departure flight back home.
END OF TOUR
- Ground transportation in a safari customized vehicle with gasoline/fuel
- Mineral water in the vehicle,
- Services of an English speaking Driver/guide,
- Accommodation as shown at the lodges mentioned in the itinerary,
- Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner),
- All Park Entrance Fees,
- Ferry or boat crossing fees where applicable.
- International Airfares; Excess baggage charges;
- Ugandan Entry Visa Fees
- International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations;
- Items of personal nature such us Room service,
- Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.;
- Postage fees, Porterage fees, Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff,
- Shopping charges for Curios and Crafts,
- International Airport Departure Taxes,
- Optional activities unless specified as included,
- Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.
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