8 Days Samburu, Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari

This 8 days Kenya wildlife Itinerary explores Kenya’s top wildlife Parks & Reserves of Samburu National Game Reserve, Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate national Park, Lake Nakuru National Park & Masai Mara in 7 nights of Wildlife game viewing drives.

The 8 days Kanya National Parks  Wildlife safari features: the immense plains coupled with big 5 game, prides of lions hunting on the sweeping savannahs, Rift Valley lakes and ravines  having giraffes, antelopes, buffaloes, as well as bird species like: pelicans, kingfishers, ostrich, even fuchsia flamingos…

Kenya’s Samburu National Game Reserve is so populous with large number of Elephants and rare species, which are found no where else, but only in Northern Kenya, which includes oryx, gerenuk, Somali ostrich among others.Not only is Samburu National Reserve famous for wildlife but also a cultural experience. Visit  the Samburu people who inhabit this place and learn about their lifestyle up close.

Going down south, is Lake Nakuru National Park filled with acacia wood, where you find common prey like: Giraffes, Zebras, impalas, Gazelles, water bucks… The park is also home to Big 5 game-Leopards, Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, and both Black & White Rhinos not forgetting baboons, and pink flamingoes in one compact, idyllic setting?

Next you will go sailing at Lake Naivasha, then join for a bicycle cycling past grazing buffalo, gazelle, antelope, and zebra  at Hell’s Gate Park which is nearby Lake Naivasha.

Furthermore towards the south, is Kenya’s most famous  wildlife safari destination of Masai Mara National Reserve,  where you will witness The Big 5 animals, and the great Wildebeest migration in its right season (Wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, topi, eland population), from July & August, where thousand or tens of thousands flock into Maasai Mara from Serengeti , searching for Food & Water during their trek

Day By Day Itinerary for 8 Days Kenya safari

Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu

Your assigned professional Safari guide will pick you up from your hotel/ Airport in a 4×4 Safari Land cruiser, followed by a transfer Samburu National Reserve.

Enroute, you will be driven through the foot hills of  Mount Kenya, cross the equator and arrive at Lunch time in Samburu National Reserve. Take an afternoon siesta, then head for a glorious afternoon game viewing drive.

Dinner and an overnight in the Park.

Day 2: Full-Day at Samburu

You will be up so early before sun rise to enjoy the sweet melodious bird songs. You will enjoy limitless game viewing drives, with incredible encounters of the Unique animals:  Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx , as well as elephants at the shores of the Ewaso Nyiro River.

One can also visit the Shaba and Buffalo Springs reserve featuring forests, woodlands, and some ancient volcanic formations, not forgetting an optional visit to the local Samburu people in their nearby village for a cultural encounter with the pastoral herders.

Our second safari evening will be at our Samburu lodge or tented camp.

Day 3: Samburu – Lake Nakuru

Take the last game drive to add up more animals to your wildlife checklist – lions, leopards, or elephants, after then you will proceed to Lake Nakuru.

En route, you will stop at Nyahururu to watch the tower of cascading waters from  Thompson’s Falls, along with the breathtaking acacia forests, alongside the blue alkaline lake. Look out for pelicans, kingfishers, ostrich, herons, eagles, and some bright, pink flamingoes. At the Lake Shores.

Lake National Park is famous for both white & Black Rhinos, and by chance, you might meet Leopards.

Settle for Dinner and overnight at your famous Lake Nakuru accommodation.

Day 4: Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha/Hells Gate National Park

Take fast the Early morning game and bird viewing drive  after an early morning wake.

Hell’s Gate National Park is famous for its steaming vents, geysers, and its celebrated canyons. You can also opt for a walking or a bicycle cycling, riding past grazing Giraffes, Buffaloes gazelle, antelopes, and zebra.

Incredible moments to behold in Hells Gate National Park

Once there,  head for  a tranquil sail across Lake Naivasha. You will also glide by the local hippos, whereas oter animals to look out for include, grazing antelope.

You can also visit the crescent Island Sanctuary to see more animals like the exotic birds  and the pastoral space.

You will then rest up at your Lake Naivasha accommodation.

Day 5: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara

Wake up early morning to take up the scenic Lake game viewing drive, before proceeding to Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will have lunch after checking in, then after  proceed for the first time game drive.

Maasai Mara is home to prides of Lions as well as cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, elephants and buffaloes. You will proceed  for a tremendous wildlife viewing, then return for dinner and an overnight in Maasai Mara National Park.

Day 6,7,: Full Day at the Masai Mara

You will have  limitless  game viewing drives the entire day for 2 days, discover as much than you’ve always desired, including a nice lunch picnic settlement in the wilderness.

Masai Mara National Reserve is one among the world’s famous wildlife Parks for its ultimate population of wildlife, not forgetting the Great Migration,  from July, August, September & October on an immense torrent of gazelles, wildebeests and zebras running into the park.

You will also have the Big 5, at your exposure: Lions, Leopards Cheetahs, hyenas, warthog, Ostriches, hippos and crocodiles.

You could also use part of your time to go for an interesting cultural encounter in the Maasai Village to meet them and learn about their culture and their live as well as partaking in their famous jumping dance.

Another exciting excursion is  the early morning hot air balloon safari, to soar high above the park as the sun rises over the forests, savannah, and hills.

Note: The optional activities are charged at additional cost.

Return in the evening for dinner & an overnight sleep at the lodge.

Day 8: Depart For Nairobi

Be up very early in the morning to the sweet melodious sounds of the birds in the sky, thereafter check out and Depart for Nairobi with a short game drive enroute as you exit the park. You will be dropped at your Nairobi hotel of residence or at the Airport for your flight back to your home country.