Amboseli & Mara – Kenya Adventure Camping
A Customizable Trip to Kenya
Back to nature. Elemental. A safari like a safari should be. The pure power in the lion’s fang. The bedraggled female hyena exiled from her clan. Camel thorn trees festooned with weaver bird nests. Hippos wallowing in muddy pools. Old dagga boys looking warily in both directions, oxpeckers nibbling. Camaraderie around the campfire. Stories to share. An adventure to remember.
per person sharing
7 days / 6 nights
Amboseli National Park, Nairobi
About this Safari
This is “Adventure Camping” in small 2-man dome tents, i.e., basic camping without all the facilities of the fancy lodges. The big attraction here is being in small campsites in exclusive wildlife conservancies with activity-packed itineraries. This safari offers excellent guides and game drives in open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles, not vans.
Catch an early morning flight to Selenkay Airstrip just outside Amboseli National Park. All the big cats have been seen in the conservancy as well as elephants and a wide range of species including large numbers of giraffes, zebra, and antelopes. But Amboseli is most famous for its elephants and its views of Kilimanjaro and you will see those too. The second half of the trip will take you to the world famous Masai Mara. Here, you will be camping in an exclusive conservancy adjoining the Mara, although we will also make a full day trip into the Reserve itself. The Mara ecosystem offers arguably the most prolific predator sightings in the world.
All guests who book the Adventure Camping Safari need to bring or rent their sleeping bags & towels. Each tent comes with attached bath and flushing toilet. High density mattresses are provided. All meals are prepared by the camp cook. Mineral water is provided but guests need to buy their own drinks at a supermarket en route to each camp.
Recommended months: December – March and July – October.
Day By Day Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi to Selenkay
Day 1: Take the 07.30 am flight from Wilson Airport, Nairobi to Selenkay Conservancy arriving at 08.10 am to be met at the airstrip and transfer on a 15 minute drive to the Gamewatchers Adventure Camp game-viewing along the way. After checking into camp you will go out on a game drive, returning for lunch. Take a rest after lunch and then go out on an afternoon game drive to explore the Selenkay Conservancy. All the big cats have been seen in the Conservancy as well as elephants and a wide range of species including large numbers of giraffes, zebra, and antelopes. There are also less common animals to be seen such as the long-necked gerenuk gazelle, lesser kudu and African wildcat. All meals and mineral water are provided in camp. Dinner and overnight in the camp at Selenkay.
Day 2: Exploring Selenkay & a nearby village
Day 2: After an early breakfast spend the morning on a game drive in the Selenkay Conservancy and an escorted nature walk with Maasai guides, returning to camp for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit a nearby Maasai Village where you will get to known more about the way of life of the Masai people before having a night game drive with a spotlight to seek out the nocturnal animals as you head back to camp in the dark. Dinner and overnight in camp at Selenkay.
Day 3: Amboseli National Park
Day 3: Early breakfast and then drive through the bush into Amboseli National Park for a full day there with good views of Kilimanjaro and close-up observation of elephants, as well as many other species. Return to camp in Selenkay Conservancy later in the afternoon after a picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight in the camp at Selenkay.
Day 4: Flight to Mara
Day 4: After an early breakfast transfer to the airstrip for the 08.30 am flight back to Wilson Airport (arrives 09.10 am) to connect to the 10.00 am flight to the Mara, arriving at 11.00 am. Upon arrival at the airstrip in the Mara you will be transferred to the Gamewatchers Adventure Camp in Ol Kinyei Conservancy and shown to your tent, before having lunch and relaxing in camp. In the afternoon you will head out on an evening game drive in the conservancy to see some of the wildlife for which the Mara is famous. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Ol Kinyei Conservancy
Day 5: Wake up at dawn and enjoy an early game drive in the conservancy on the look out for the big cats, returning to camp for a late breakfast followed by an escorted nature walk and then lunch. In the afternoon enjoy another game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy with a night drive as you head back to camp driving in the dark with a spotlight for the chance to see the nocturnal animals. Dinner and overnight at camp in Ol Kinyei.
Day 6: Full Day in the Mara
Day 6: An early breakfast followed by a full day of game viewing in the Mara Reserve, taking a picnic lunch. Return to the camp in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Flight back to Nairobi
Day 7: A final short early morning game drive in the conservancy followed by breakfast and then leave camp to transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Wilson Airport, Nairobi.
The Chalo Edge
- The remote locations of both Adventure camps ensure uncrowded and leisurely wildlife sightings
- Access to exclusive conservancies at a fraction of upscale camp prices
- Visitors to the camps (only 18 at any given time) benefit from the knowledge and experience of the local Maasai employed as game rangers, trackers and camp staff
- Nature walks and night game drives at both Amboseli-Selenkay and the Mara-Ol Kinyei camps
- If you travel in a group of 6, you will have complete freedom to make your own plans for the day and special requests, such as from photography groups, can be easily accommodated
Kenya Adventure Camping Map
Eka Hotel Nairobi, Mombasa Road, Nairobi West, Nairobi, Kenya
Ol Kinyei, Masai Mara, Narok, Kenya
Best Time to Visit
This fly-in safari begins and ends in Nairobi. Flights from Nairobi to Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli & Masai Mara are included.