12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays Itinerary
12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays is a popular road safari covering the varied landscapes of Kenya’s mountainous region, Lake land and iconic Savannah plains all in one tour. 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays or Photographic Safari is a delightful journey for travelers with limited time away from home yet who desire an in-depth safari experience.
Day 1 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Arrive in Nairobi
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, you will be met by your Safari Guide who will accompany you to the venerable Inter Continental Hotel. The nights in Nairobi are cool, the days are warm, the temperature rarely exceeds 75 degrees and humidity is low. Meal Plan Bed and Breakfast
Day 2 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Nairobi City Tour
After breakfast, we travel to the nearby town of Karen to visit the museum dedicated to Karen Blixen, who wrote Out of Africa under her pen name Isak Denisen. The Danish writer, as you may know, “had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The Danish government gave the beautiful house to the country of Kenya upon its independence, and today it is a museum furnished with much of her original period furniture and open to visitors.
To add a touch of African nature to today’s encounters with African culture, we stop in at the Giraffe Center, where you can get close to these towering animals and photograph them. Afterwards, we return to our hotel for some time to relax and a leisurely dinner. Overnight at the Inter Continental Nairobi Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Nairobi – Lake Naivasha
After breakfast, we drive to Lake Naivasha arriving in the in time for lunch. Lake Naivasha has over 400 species of bird, this freshwater lake is a birding Paradise. Along the lake’s fabled waters, we are bound to see some of the area’s more intriguing species: hippos, giraffes, buffalo and even the arboreal Columbus monkey.
After lunch we visit Crescent island — a private sanctuary, where you can walk beneath yellow-barked acacias in search of giraffes, wildebeest , impala , dikdiks, Thompson’s and grant’s gazelles, elands, waterbucks and countless bird species. Overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast, we travel to Lake Nakuru National Park for a full day game viewing experience. The spectacular alkaline Lake is famously known as the feeding ground of both lesser and greater flamingos.
Lake Nakuru National Park is known for its Rothschild giraffes, both black and white-rhinos. Other mammals in abundance include Waterbucks, Buffalo, Gazelles, Lions, Baboons and the elusive Leopards sometimes seen sleeping on the horizontal branches of the trees. Lunch will be served at your lodge located in the game park. Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Lake Nakuru – Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary
This morning we drive to Nyahururu and proceed northeast, driving through the Great Rift Valley to Sweetwaters Tented Camp arriving in time for lunch.
After lunch we visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a charming haven established by the Jane Goodall Institute to provide sanctuary to orphaned chimps and black rhino with its stunning forty specimens! In fact Sweetwaters boasts excellent game viewing with the highest ratio of game to area of any park or reserve in Kenya. Overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary
After breakfast, we enjoy a game drive to the secluded heart of Ol Pejeta Ranch and Rhino Reserve. The reserve provides a fascinating opportunity to study and learn about the rhinos and to experience them up close.
Ol Pejeta Ranch overlooks one of the busiest waterholes in the area…elephant; giraffe, waterbuck, gazelle and the big cats all come here to drink. We return to our camp for another superb dinner and dream-laden evening’s sleep. Overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Sweetwaters - Samburu National Reserve
After breakfast, your private custom safari cruiser takes you overland to Kenya’s northern frontier to Samburu National Reserve arriving in time for lunch. Samburu National Reserve is fiercely beautiful with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Uaso Nyiro River. Overnight at Samburu Intrepids Camp Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Shaba National Reserve
Game drives and bird-watching safaris are extra special here in Samburu with over a hundred species of birds can be spotted. With its backdrop of rocky outcrops and prominent Mountain ranges to the North, Samburu National Reserve has an exotic feel in it. Overnight at Samburu Intrepids Camp Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Shaba National Reserve - Mount Kenya Safari Club
After breakfast, we drive to Mount Kenya Safari Club—reminiscent of the English countryside arriving in time for lunch. Sprawled on the slopes of majestic Mount Kenya, this historic club offers luxury and relaxation, including such activities as golf, trout streams, horseback riding and a charming animal orphanage. Overnight at Mount Kenya Safari Club Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Mount Kenya Safari Club - Fly to Masai Mara Game Reserve
No matter how much you have thought about Africa, this is more than you expected. We take a short game drive en-route to the Siana Springs Tented Camp; Perched on the saddle of a hill, Siana Springs Tented Camp has one of the most spectacular views imaginable across the vast plains, forests and rivers that make up the Masai Mara – one of the world’s richest wildlife sanctuaries. Overnight at Siana Springs Tented Camp Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today we will have morning and evening game drives. Masai Mara is famously known for its spectacular great wildebeest’s migration and is home of the Big Five: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino. Residents among the Parks are: Masai Giraffe, Eland, Klip Springer and thousands of plain game including Impala, Zebra, Topi, both Thomson’s and grants Gazelles. Overnight at Siana Springs Tented Camp Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12 of the 12 Days Kenya Highlights Photo Safari Holidays: Fly back to Nairobi
After breakfast, We spend the last morning in the bush admiring unspoilt Africa, preparing to return to Nairobi. A mid-afternoon arrival in Nairobi, day room at the Serena Hotel for relaxing, then we fly home later that night.
Extensive Game drives
Use of 4×4 Land Cruiser with only 3 passengers per vehicle fitted with pop-up roof
First Class accommodations at hotels, lodges and tented camps
All meals included while on safari
Full board Accommodation
All applicable Game Park entrance fees
Safari vehicles carry mineral water
Guaranteed window seating with open top for easy photography
Guaranteed departures for two or more passengers booking this safari
Professional Photographic Safari guide
Round trip transport from Nairobi to and Back
A visit to a Masai Village
Accommodations in Nairobi
Cost of obtaining passport and visas
Gratuity for your professional driver guide, Porterage/ waiters at hotels
Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue
Optional Hot Air Ballooning (cost per person is 470 US Dollars), Nature walks etc
Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary