KENYA CAMPING SAFARIS
Virtually every person who visits Kenya goes to Masai Mara, and with good reason . This is the Kenyan section of the wildly evocative Serengeti plains, and the wildlife is abundant. These are also traditionally the lands of the Masai, but these people have been displaced in favor of the animals.The mara ( as its often abbreviated to) is a 320-sq-km slab of basically open rolling grassland dotted with the distinctive flat topped acacia trees tucked away in the south west corner of the reserve.
Wherever you go in the mara , the one certain thing is that you will see an astonishing amount of game , often in the one place at one time. Of the antelope , the black striped thomsonsgazelle and the largest grants gazelle are found in huge numbers while the impala , topi, cokes hartebeest and of course the wildebeest are also profuse. Other common animals include the maasai giraffe, babbon( especially around the lodges) warthog, spotted hyena and grey or side striped jackal. Tth highlight of the mara is no doubt the annual wildebeest migration, when literally millions of these ungainly beasts stray north from the Serengeti in july and august in search of the lush grass, before turning south again from the Masai mara around october .It is truly a staggering experience to be in the reserve at that time.
Maasai mara is not a place you can get to without transport. You have to hire a car or join other tourist.Inside Africa campsite is one of the camps in Masai mara that offers budget accommodation. The campsite has self contained tents, with bathrooms and hot shower.
The presence of wild animals in any learning atmosphere is by all stretches if imagination a rare spectacle, conceivable only in the fantasy world of movies. But hold your breath! That very scene exists in Kenya - on the fringes of the world famous Maasai mara game reserve where children view wild animals from the comfort of their classroom windows. Whereas the Maasai mara is the acknowledged eighth wonder of the world, these snenes at one near by primary school are a wonder unto themselves. More, the pupils of the school tucked away in the sun baked planes of Talek, about 350 kilometers west of Kenyan capital, Nairobi are not bothered by the presence of zebras, wildebeest, hyenas, giraffe, elephants, bofalloes and occasional lions , cheetahs and leopards in their neighborhood as that is what they see everyday around their homes.
It is common practice for teachers in these schools to refer to real animals browsing or lazing away close by during biology lessons thus:"zebra - crossings in Nairobi and our other cities are modeled on stripes you can see on the skin of the animals over there" or " the popular Kenyan beer brand, Tusker derive sits name from the elephant, like that one over there with muddy tusks" or " hyenas, as you can see , have shorter hind limbs" or " when someone calls you a giraffe, it means that you are tall and have a long neck like that giraffe out there" explains one of the teachers, it is teaching with a difference.
Camping safaris in Kenya are always budgeted mostly for tourist who are in budget spending. You can visit these parks as low as $120 per day with food, accommodation, transportation, park entrance fees all included. Programmes such as these:
AMBOSELI - LAKE NAKURU - MASAI MARA 6 DAYS/5 NIGHT
DAY 1: Nairobi - Maasai Mara
Depart from your accommodation in Nairobi after breakfast for a journey along the floor of the Great Rift Valley with a stop over at the View Point to have a glance at the Breathe taking Escarpment with Panoramic View of Mt. Longonot. Lunch enroute, and then enter Maasai Mara in the afternoon to enjoy a game drive before proceeding to Inside Africa campsite for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2: Maasai Mara
Full day will be spent in the vast Maasai Mara in search of its renowned plain game; Black manned Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, and migration of Wild Beast and Zebras. The ride will take you to the famous Mara River where we have the Hippos and Crocodiles. This section also boasts of many species of Bird life. Dinner and overnight at the campsite. Note: You can enjoy Balloon ride very early in the morning at an extra cost US$ 450 with Champagne breakfast or a visit to a Maasai Cultural village at US$20pp or Maasai Guided Nature Walk at US$20 in between.
DAY 3: Maasai Mara - Nakuru
After breakfast leave Maasai Mara for Lake Nakuru National Park. Lunch en route. On arrival proceed for a game drive round Lake Nakuru to view Flamingoes, water buck, buffaloes etc. Lake Nakuru is a bird watchers paradise and over three hundred species of avifauna can be sighted. After bird and game viewing continue to Lake Nakuru Guest House for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 4: Lake Nakuru - Nairobi - Amboseli
After breakfast leave for Nairobi, stopping at the Great Rift Valley for a panoramic view, and continue to Amboseli. Lunch enroute 16 hours: Proceed for a game drive in search of cheetah, rhinos, elephants, and also plenty of plains game, with the Majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in the back ground. Dinner and overnight at a budget Campsite.
DAY 5: Amboseli
Proceed for a game drive after breakfast. Lunch at the Campsite. After lunch, a further game drive in search of the Jumbo (Red Big Elephant).Dinner and overnight at a budget Campsite.
DAY 6: Amboseli - Nairobi
After breakfast, enjoy an enroute game drive on your way back to Nairobi arriving late in the afternoon to end your tour
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