9 Days in the Swara Plains, Rift Valley & Amboseli


Day 1. Nairobi

Arrival at the airport at night and reception by Ontdek Kenya. Transfer from the airport to the Nairobi Safari Club or equivalent hotel in Nairobi.

Day 2. Kenya Tourism: Crescent Island Walk

After breakfast there is the briefing by the guide about the program. By 8.30 a.m. we leave Nairobi via the Nakuru road to the Rift valley. The Nairobi – Nakuru road is on a contour along the rim of the Rift valley and on a viewpoint we will be able to see our whole route for the next 2 days.

In the afternoon we go for game viewing walking safari on Crescent Island which is a private conservancy on the eastern shore of Lake Naivasha. There is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, wildebeests, waterbucks, elands, zebras and impalas. It is also a heaven for birds with +200 species recorded. The walk is gentle and a good introduction to Kenya’s wildlife.

We return to the Lake Naivasha Country Club for overnight.

Day 3. Kenya Safari: Crater Lake

Full day at the nearby Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. This is another private game conservancy where there are huge numbers of plains game.

Game drives with options for walks give us good sightings of giraffes, black and white Colobus monkeys, elands, hartebeests and a range of gazelles, all which are easily found in the sanctuary.

Overnight at the Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge or Equivalent.

Africa wildlife tours in the Swara Plains – a gerenuk
Day 4+5. Kenya Safari: Swara Plains

The latest addition to our portfolio of camps and wildlife conservancies is the Swara Plains just 30 minutes out of the city of Nairobi. This 20,000 acres ranch is old wild Africa at its very best: wide open savanna grasslands, tall yellow fever trees, endless views, over 3000 resident population of easy to see plains game and +270 Kenya bird species. Swara Plains is part of the Tsavo-Amboseli eco-system and with exception of elephants, rhinos and buffaloes all the other plains game found in Tsavo and Amboseli are found here. You will see big herds of oryx, elands, wildebeests, giraffes, monkeys, hartebeests, zebras, impalas, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelles, warthogs and the occasional gerenuk (= giraffe-neck gazelle) in total absence of mass tourism.

Environment conservation is top priority here e.g. numerous dams have been dug to trap the scarce rainwater and there are well-maintained earth roads for game drives and nature walks. Not surprisingly the ranch and the camp have long been used for wildlife research.

The number of visitors to the ranch is deliberately kept small by having a camp (Acacia Camp) with only 13 rustic but still comfortable bandas (= cottages) making this a place to see game without being surrounded by safari mini buses.

For birders, walkers as well as anyone looking for a nature based tour in Kenya, we invite you to Swara Plains for all the right reasons: one-off wildlife viewing experience, guided nature walks, colorful and easily found birds, yes right outside the bandas as you relax e.g. Hoopoe, Hunter’s and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, Fisher’s Lovebirds, Black-faced Waxbills, Superb, Rüppell’s Long-tailed and Hildebrandt’s Starlings, Von der Decken’s Hornbills, Slate-coloured Boubou, White-bellied Canary, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Crested Francolin among others. Days here are for guided walks and game drives. Overnights at Acacia Camp.

Read more about the Acacia Camp.

Day 6,7+8. Kenya Safari in Amboseli National Park

Kenya travel – safari adventure.

We drive south to the Amboseli National Park at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The magic of Amboseli is seeing the big game including huge herds of elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, impalas, Grant’s gazelles and elands with the backdrop of the snow-capped Kilimanjaro. This is a place for great photos justifying our tour as a photography safari.

Should you be a birder Amboseli has +425 species of birds recorded. There are water birds, birds of prey as well as dry scrub birds.

Overnights at the Ol Tukai Lodge, Kilima Camp or equivalent.

Day 9. Lunch at Acacia Camp + transfer to Nairobi for the outbound flight

Leave Amboseli in the late morning and drive back to Acacia Camp for lunch. Enjoy game drives in the afternoon and leave the ranch for the airport in the evening.

Itinerary changes on your Kenya safari may be made due to local conditions beyond our control.

PRICE: Our attractive price based on the size of your party includes all accommodation as per itinerary, all meals from breakfast of day 2 through lunch of day 9, all transport Nairobi-Nairobi and airport transfers, bottled water during the walks, services of guides, the park entrance fees and a Flying Doctors Evacuation cover. The only extras on you are spendings on airfare to Kenya, airport taxes, visa, insurance, drinks at the table, tips and expenditure of personal nature.

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