Kenya Budget Safari
Book a thrilling holiday to Africa and embark on a six days Kenya budget safari visiting lake Baringo, Bogoria, Nakuru, Naivasha summing the trip up with a visit to Masai Mara “the cherry on the cake”.
We organize daily departures from Nairobi with a minimum of two pax and a maximum of six pax in the group. We also craft private safaris on request for families, friends or colleagues.
Our camps have beds, bedding’s, mosquito nets, flush toilets and hot water showers. We have a common dining area; where meals are served in buffet style. We also cater for special diets [Vegetarian/Vegan meals].
Transport and game drives are facilitated by 4×4 safari vehicles that are customized for the ultimate safariing experience. The vans/jeeps are accessorized with pop up roofs ideal for game viewing, hifi radio communication gadgets and comfortable seats.
While on your budget camping safari you will enjoy the services of our experienced driver guides who have enormous knowledge on wildlife as well as different sceneries you will be visiting.
The thrill of touring various Kenyan iconic gems is an adventure that should be on every tourist’s bucket list. Our Kenya budget vacay gives you the opportunity to experience first hand the diversity in terms of culture as you socialize with the locals as well as epic game viewing encounters in this premium park.
Contact us today and embark on the best Kenya budget safari package that meets your dream vacation on a affordable deal.
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Six Days Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara & Lake Naivasha Budget Safari. [Itinerary]
Day One: Nairobi – Lake Baringo
A representative from Kenya epic safaris will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will hand you over to your assigned driver guide to facilitate your Kenya budget safari.
You will be driven north, a brief stopover at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint where by we get to see part of the valley and take some photos/selfies. The valley runs from Jordan in Israel to Mozambique a distance of 8,000 miles.
Proceed with your journey; the driver guide will keep you entertained and informed on the different sceneries arriving at Lake Baringo in time for hot lunch. The camp staff will usher you to your respective tents.
Lake Baringo is a world famous bird sanctuary and a walk around the lake offers bird lovers a chance to spot different bird species. Evening boat ride to Njemps island, the lake has schools of hippos and crocodiles. Dinner and overnight at Robert’s Camp.
Day Two: Lake Baringo – Lake Bogoria – Lake Nakuru
Have an early breakfast then hit the road. You will be driven to Lake Bogoria, the nesting ground for flamingos. Flamingos migrate annually from Lake Nakuru to Lake Bogoria to nest due to alkalinity of the lake.
The main attractions are the hot springs and geysers. One unique mammal to encounter in the park is the greater Kudu which can only be found here. Break for lunch and afterwards proceed to Lake Nakuru arriving in good time for an evening game drive.
Lake Nakuru is often referred to as a bird’s paradise because of the millions of pink flamingos found here. The lake’s view from the baboon cliff depicts a pink color due to the feather coloring of the flamingos hence the name “Pink Lake”.
The park hosts 450 million different bird species both migratory and terrestrial. The park is a world heritage site and recognized as a wetland of international importance. Lake Nakuru has over 50 mammal species and also serves as Black and white rhino sanctuary.
The park is home to the highest population of black rhino in Kenya along with white rhinos introduced from south Africa. There are no elephants at Lake Nakuru simply because of the size of the park, elephants require a large area with lots of vegetation to feed on. Dinner and overnight at the Chester Hotel.
Day Three: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara
Depart after breakfast and head to Masai mara, Lunch en route at Narok town. Shortly afterwards continue with your journey; enjoying scenic features on the way. Upon arrival You will be ushered to your respective tents.
Embark on an action filled evening game drive as you explore the most famous wildlife reserve. The world renowned Masai Mara is famed for the millions of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras that cross the Mara river forming the wildebeest migration spectacle. Dinner and overnight at the at a budget tented camp.
Day Four: Masai Mara
Today we will have a full day game drive; after waking up you will converge at the dining area for your full breakfast. Your safari guide will liaise with the cook so as to organize for your picnic lunches.
Head out in search of wildlife. Masai Mara has an exceptional population of big cats, herds of elephants, zebras, resident wildebeest, antelopes and gazelles can be encountered among others and bird life is also plentiful. Masai Mara game reserve offers a very high chance of spotting all the big five.
Spend the whole day game viewing which includes a visit to the Mara river where you will find crocodiles lazing around. One has the option to visit the Masai village or go for an early balloon ride at an extra cost. Another option is to return to the camp by four o’clock and after having a cup of coffee or tea head out for an escorted walking safari with a masai warrior. Dinner and overnight at a budget tented camp.
Day Five: Masai Mara – Lake Naivasha
Pre breakfast game drive bright and early. Enjoy spectacular game encounters as the African sun sets, giving you a perfect setting to take amazing photos and selfies hoping to catch a glimpse of wildlife you might have missed on your previous game drives.
Return to the camp around mid-morning; your full breakfast will be served and afterwards hit the road and travel to lake Naivasha arriving in good time for an evening boat ride.
The lake is at the highest point of all the lakes within the Rift valley, stands at 1800 meters above sea level and it is a freshwater lake. The lake has schools of hippos and abundant bird life most notably the fish eagle. Dinner and overnight at Fish Eagle Camp.
Day Six: Lake Naivasha – Nairobi
After a scrumptious breakfast; proceed to hell’s gate park; on arrival your driver guide will introduce you to your adventure guide.
Your guide will hire mountain bikes and after park formalities begin cycling a midst game, notably there are no predators. We will have a stop over at Fitcher’s tower for rock climbing. The rock is 500 meters high. Continue cycling up to the ranger’s post where we will have a short rest.
Embark on an adventurous walking safari. Enjoy the spectacular views of the gorge including the central tower. The volcanic activity is very evident from the hot water streaming on the walls of the gorge. The guided gorge walk takes two hours.
The hot springs and a fabulous scenic landscape besides the diverse wildlife are just incredible. Walk back to pick your bikes and cycle back to the park entrance. Hot lunch at a hotel in Naivasha; depart afterwards and journey back to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. Drop off at a hotel or the airport where your Kenya budget safari ends.
End of services.
- Transport in a customized safari van with a pop up roof ideal for game viewing .
- All park entrance fees.
- Meals as described in the itinerary.
- Budget accommodation.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary.
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Kenya Camping Accommodation
We offer budget accommodation at Lake Baringo. You can opt for bandas, family cottages or budget hotels. Robert’s camp is built on the shores of lake baringo and has many different options of accommodation i.e. 3 cottages namely coots cottage, little heron and heron house; 4 double thatched bandas.
Towels, mosquito nets and linen are provided. Each Banda has an electrical socket. There is a camping area spread out over 5 acres of lush garden leading down to the lakeshore.
There are well maintained lavatory facilities, bar-b-que areas, and campers are welcome at the Thirsty Goat pub & restaurant. Apart from pitching tents Roberts camp has permanently erected tents with beddings.
Lake Nakuru is a relatively small park and thus has limited camping facilities within the park. However there are optional campsites around the park and budget hotels located in Nakuru town.
Ground camping is very popular and enticing for that tourist who loves the outdoor camping adventure. The campsites are spread out within the park and close to the lake offering panoramic views of the park’s vistas, i.e Makalia falls.
The famous Masai mara has a lot of options when it comes to budget camping accommodation. We have many campsites located within the reserve and others are right adjacent to the reserve.
The campsites offer permanent erected tents which have beds, beddings, mosquito nets, flush toilets and hot showers. Beddings are changed every morning and you are also provided with a towel. A tent can accommodate one, two or three people. You can opt to pitch a tent within the campsite ground.
The campsites have dining areas where meals are served and a bar. Fresh food is prepared in a buffet style by our cook. We also cater for special dietaries. In the evening there is a bonfire and the masai warriors entertain you as you socialize and unwind.
Lake Naivasha has a wide selection of campsites and budget hotels. Some of the campsites are adjacent to the lake while others are at a close proximity to both the lake and hell’s gate game park. You can opt for budget tented camps or ground camping within the campsite.
We recommend Cray fish camp, Fish Eagle cottages, Fishermans camp and Camp Carnelley’s. All this facilities are at a close proximity to the lake.
Know Your Parks / Reserve
Lake Baringo is one of the Rift valley lakes located north of Lake Nakuru, The lake has a surface area of about 130 square kilometers (50 sq miles) and an elevation of about 970 meters (3,180 ft). The lake is fed by several rivers, El Molo, Perkerra and Ol Arabel, and has no obvious outlet; the waters are assumed to seep through lake sediments into the faulted volcanic bedrock. It is one of the two freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley in Kenya, the other being Lake Naivasha.
The acacia woodland has a lot of bird species. The lake also provides an invaluable habitat for seven freshwater fish species including the Nile Tilapia, which is endemic to the lake. Lake fishing is important to local social and economic development. Additionally the area is a habitat for many species of animals including the hippopotamus, crocodile and many other mammals, amphibians, reptiles and the invertebrate.
In addition to bird watching walks and boat trips, with the guidance of a professional ornithologist, the lake offers a range of activities which include fishing, water sports (ski, wind-surfing), camel rides, day trips to the nearby Lake Bogoria National Reserve or visiting a Njemps village, where you can get to sample the local handcrafts and dances.
Lake Bogoria covers an area of 32 square kilometers (12 sq miles) and lies in a trough below the Ngendelel escarpment, a shear wall 600 metres (2,000 ft) high. The lake is geothermically active on the western shore, with geysers and hot springs. The geologist J.W. Gregory described the lake in 1892 as “the most beautiful view in Africa''. Lake Bogoria was formerly known as Lake Hannington.
The lake is dominated by the countless hot springs which pour boiling water into the sterile lake. Sterile, except for the massive flocks of Lesser Flamingos that flood into Bogoria each year. Millions of flamingos have been recorded at peak season; during this period the lake serves as an ideal breeding location.
The lake is alkaline, feeding blue-green algae which in turn feed flamingos. Raptors such as Tawny eagles prey on the flamingos. The reserve has a herd of the relatively uncommon Greater Kudu. Other large mammals include buffalo, zebra, cheetah, baboon, warthog, caracal, spotted hyena, impala and Dik diks.
Lake Nakuru is one of the alkaline lakes of the Great Rift Valley. The lake is also known as “Pink Lake” or Africa Bird’s Paradise. It is ideally located in central Kenya within Lake Nakuru National park. The park occupies an area of 188 km2 while the lake occupies an area of 62 km2.
The lake is famous for the millions of flamingos that flock the lake although flamingos are unpredictable birds and are not always to be found in such vast numbers. From the baboon cliff the lake looks pink in color due to the flamingos. The topography at Lake Nakuru consists of grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, acacia woodlands and a forest made up of euphorbia trees.
There are two species of flamingos namely lesser flamingo and greater flamingos, they feed on algae, which flourishes due to the warm alkaline waters of the lake. Apart from flamingos other bird species include ducks, pelicans, cormorants, plovers, vultures, eagles, and buzzards.
Lake Nakuru has over 50 mammal species which include hippos, reed bucks, water bucks, rothschild giraffes, baboons, black and white colobus monkey, hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, lions, gazelles and impalas among others.
The world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve is the best game-viewing reserve in Kenya. It has been voted two years consecutively as the best game reserve in Africa by the world travel awards. This reserve offers you the best chance to view the big five.
The “Big Five” (lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos) may be spotted here, and more than a million wildebeests and zebras migrate annually to Masai Mara from the parched Serengeti plains of neighboring Tanzania (The Great Migration). Large numbers of ungulates are also easily visible; they include the wildebeest , thomson gazelles, grant gazelles, buffalo’s, rhinos, impalas, topis, elands, zebras, giraffes and duikers.
They camp at the river bank for weeks just waiting for one of them to have the courage to jump into the river and cross over and they all follow suit. The river is infested with crocodiles where many wildebeest perish and also big cats place themselves strategically so that they can pounce on young and weak wildebeest and make a kill.
The common predators include the lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals and foxes. Masai mara has over 450 identified species. Some common birds include the common ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, hornbills, storks, eagles and vultures.
The masai mara game reserve is owned and run by the county government of Narok which is the richest county council in Kenya due to the revenue collected as park entrance fee. Part of the masai mara which is called the mara triangle is contracted out and privately run. Park fees are paid by the number of nights one spends in the mara conservancy.
Lake Naivasha is at the highest elevation of all the Kenyan Rift valley lakes standing at 1,890 meters (6,200 ft). The lake is fed by two rivers namely Malewa and Gilgil rivers, and has no visible outlet. The lake covers an area of 140 km² but this varies annually due to the rainfall. The lake has an average depth of 8 meters and it is a freshwater lake.
Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination.
The lake has schools of hippos and many bird species are found here. The most common is the fish eagle. A wonderful way to spend the afternoon or morning is to take a boat ride.
Hell’s gate is famous for its natural hot geysers, eagle and vulture breeding grounds, visitors have the choice of driving, walking, camping, cycling and rock-climbing within the park. Horseback safaris can also be arranged. The landscape has several iconic vistas which include Fischer’s tower, formerly a volcano’s plug, the central tower and Njorowa gorges.
Two extinct volcanoes: Olkaria and Hobley’s are worth a trip. Natural steam vents rise from fissures in the volcanic rock. Obsidian, a striking black glassy rock formed from cooled molten lava is a feature of this landscape. Game to view includes: buffalos, Masai giraffes, elands, coke’s hartebeest, gazelles and antelopes
A haven for ornithologists and rock climbers, the cliffs of hell’s gate are breeding grounds for vultures, verreaux’s eagles, augur buzzards and thousands of swifts; 103 species of bird have been recorded in the Park.
- Do not Litter the park/reserve.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the parks/reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, honk or play loud music as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals; it’s dangerous.