The 2 weeks self-drive safari in Kenya offers the best experience to explore most of the best safari national parks in the country. The safari will start with hiring a 4×4 safari vehicle in Kenya before you think of flying into the country.
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Nairobi National Park
On your arrival in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from 4×4 Self Drive Kenya Ltd who will brief you about the vehicle, you inspect the vehicle together and then you sign the paperwork. after everything is done, you will be set to start a 14-day self-drive safari in Kenya by driving to Nairobi National Park which is found a few minutes drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. In spite of the fact that the park is near Nairobi city, it’s relatively small and hosts a variety of wildlife. And the park is known as the most successful rhinoceros sanctuary in Kenya. Upon your arrival the in the park, you will check in at the lodge and then get ready for a morning game drive where you will get a chance to see a variety of animals like African buffalo, lion, black rhinoceros, leopard, giraffe, spotted hyena, hippopotamus, blue wildebeest, Grant’s gazelle, cheetah, plains zebra, common eland, Thomson’s gazelle, impala, hartebeest, common warthog, waterbuck, black-backed jackal, olive baboon, Nile crocodile, common ostrich, and others. Later you will return to the lodge for late lunch and relaxation as you wait for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Transfer to Tsavo East National Park
On this day you will wake up for a heavy breakfast and get ready for a long drive to Tsavo East National Park which is found approximately 250km south of Nairobi in the semi-arid area formerly known as the Taru Desert. The park is well-known for being home to most of the big mammals, for example, large herds of elephants, buffalo, rhinos, leopards, lions, waterbucks, pods of hippos, crocodiles, and others. In addition, the park is also believed to be home to over 500 different bird species a factor which attracts thousands of bird lovers from different parts of the world to visit the park. you will reach the park a bit late and check in your lodge for late lunch and relation as you wait for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Game Drive in Tsavo East National Park
On the third day, you will explore Tsavo East National Park among the activities, you will enjoy in the park include game drives where you get a chance to spot different animals in the park and the big mammals, another activity in the park include birding because the park is home to over 500 different species of birds.
This day will start with an early breakfast at the lodge and then get ready for a morning game drive in the park to see a variety of animals found in the park after you will return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will get ready for an evening game drive in the park and later you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Transfer to Tsavo West National Park
On this day, you will have breakfast at the lodge and then get ready for a 200km drive from Tsavo East National Park to Tsavo West National Park with an en-route game drive. The drive will take you something like 5 hours to reach Tsavo West meaning you will reach there in the afternoon and check in at your lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will have some hours to relax and then get ready to visit Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in the evening. This sanctuary is found on the foot of Ngulia hills and is surrounded by an electric face to protect these endangered black rhinos from poachers. You will have to visit these animals at night because they are mostly nocturnal and browsers meaning they mostly feed at night and always they hide in thickets. Then after this night of rhino tracking, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Full Day in Tsavo West National Park
This day will be reserved for exploring Tsavo West National Park and it will start with a morning game drive where you will get a chance to spot the Big 5 animals like lions, buffalos, rhinos, and elephants. In addition to the Big 5 animals, you will also spot a variety of animals like hippos, Nile crocodiles, antelopes, and others. After this amazing game drive in the park, you will return to the lodge for late lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Mzima Springs the main water source of the park where the animals always gather during the wet season to drink water.
There are a variety of activities you can enjoy when you are on a safari in the park that includes; bird watching, rock climbing, cultural tours, guided nature walk, Cave exploration, and many others.
Day 6: Transfer to Chyulu Hills National Park
On this day, you will wake up for a cup of tea and then get ready to transfer to Chyulu Hills National Park which is found in just a few hour’s drive from Tsavo. the park is part of the Tsavo Conservation Area and is home to a variety of wildlife like large mammals that include bushbucks, elands, elephants, buffalo, leopards, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, reedbucks, and giraffes. Here you will just enjoy horse riding around the park and have lunch, later you will continue and transfer to Amboseli National Park where you will reach the afternoon and check in to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Explore Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is a perfect destination for photographers on account of the rich wildlife, for example, cheetahs, lions, rhinos, and buffalo wandering under the shadows of the grand Mountain Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak. With its vast concentration of African elephants, the Park is the best choice for a really amazing camping safari, before the world’s best photographic setting.
You will spend this full-day enjoying Africa at its best with a picnic lunch with animals in the wild – a lot of wildlife encounters through open plains spotted in the flat-topped acacia trees. Before returning to the lodge, stop at a traditional Masai village “Manyatta” for a discretionary visit to learn more about the local Masai culture. In some parts of Maasailand, Amboseli National Park is in this manner the home of the Masai people, those tall, proud nomads whose legendary prowess in a fight and single-handed acts of valiance in battles with wild animals has spread over the world. After this amazing adventure in Africa’s wilderness, you will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Transfer to Nairobi and then Masai Mara
Today, you will have to wake up early enough for a cup of coffee and get ready for a long drive from Amboseli National park Through Nairobi to Masia Mara National Reserve. The day will start with a morning breakfast and then hit the road transfer to Nairobi where you will have a stopover for lunch after lunch you will have to continue with your journey to Masai Mara National Reserve where you will reach late afternoon and check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Full Day Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve
On this day you will have breakfast and then go for an afternoon game drive in the park in search of wild animals like lions for which the park is famous, cheetahs, leopards, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, grants gazelle are very normal, even the rare rhino may come out of shrubbery for you, there is also a lot of hyenas continue to the hippo point where a variety of hippo submerge on the approach of vehicles just to surface seconds after the fact to shot and gamble their dismay as the crocodiles sunbathe on the river banks mouths agape. There is also an optional visit to Maasai villages to learn more about their culture if you wish. Dinners and overnight at the camp in Maasai Mara National Reserve.