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14 day Kenya Camping Safari: Maasai Mara, Amboseli & More

Experience the best of Kenya on this 14-day camping safari adventure. Discover the famous Masai Mara, witness the flamingos of Lake Naivasha, explore the wild landscapes of Samburu, marvel at the majestic Mount Kenya, and encounter elephants in Amboseli National Park. Immerse yourself in nature, wildlife, and rich cultural encounters as you camp under the African sky.

Key Takeaways

  • Explore the diverse wildlife and scenic landscapes of Maasai Mara.
  • Witness the majestic elephants and stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park.
  • Enjoy bird watching and boat rides at the beautiful Lake Naivasha.
  • Discover the unique flora and fauna of Samburu National Reserve.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views from Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya.

Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a 1,510 square kilometer protected area known for its incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodland. This reserve is a haven for massive and diverse populations of animals living in the savannah plains. Visitors can expect to see a variety of wildlife including the Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat-eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyenas, topis, impalas, hartebeests, wildebeests, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, and hippos.


During your stay, you will be accommodated at the Enchoro Wildlife Camp, which offers a traditional ‘under canvas’ safari experience with contemporary comfort. Another option is the Ashnil Mara Camp, a luxury tented camp nestled between the Mara and Olkeju Rivers, where you can relax with a drink on the terraces.


You will spend your days exploring the Maasai Mara National Reserve on game viewing drives, early in the morning and in the evening. If you visit during the right time for the wildebeest migration, typically in July and August, you will witness large herds of migrating animals. Additionally, you can enjoy a hot air balloon experience and a cultural visit to the Maasai villages, where you will gain insight into the Maasai culture and be entertained by traditional dances and songs.

The Maasai Mara is not just about wildlife; it’s a cultural and natural treasure that offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation.

Amboseli National Park

Elephant in amboseli


Amboseli National Park is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya, situated close to the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park lies at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, whose splendid snow-capped summit presents a splendid view on clear days. Often referred to as “The Home of Elephants,” Amboseli is renowned for its large elephant herds. The park is also home to zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, and antelopes.


Amboseli is famous for its abundant wildlife. Visitors can expect to see a variety of animals, including:

  • Elephants
  • Zebras
  • Wildebeests
  • Giraffes
  • Buffaloes
  • Hippos
  • Antelopes

Scenic Views

One of the highlights of visiting Amboseli is the magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The park’s location at the foothills of this mighty mountain offers breathtaking scenery, especially during sunrise and sunset.


Visitors to Amboseli can engage in several activities, such as:

  1. Game drives
  2. Bird watching
  3. Guided nature walks
  4. Cultural visits to Maasai villages


There are various accommodation options available near Amboseli National Park, ranging from budget to luxury. One notable mention is the Tulia Amboseli Safari Camp, a little oasis bordering the park with beautiful gardens, many birds, and amazing views of Kilimanjaro.

Amboseli National Park offers a unique blend of wildlife and scenic beauty, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a stunning freshwater lake located in the Great Rift Valley. Known for its serene environment and abundant wildlife, it is a perfect spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Boat Ride on Lake Naivasha

One of the highlights of visiting Lake Naivasha is the boat ride. This activity offers a unique opportunity to see hippos and a variety of bird species up close. Lake Naivasha is a picnic and camping spot that provides a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Hell’s Gate National Park

A visit to Lake Naivasha is incomplete without exploring Hell’s Gate National Park. This park is famous for its dramatic landscapes and geothermal features. You can either walk or drive through the park, making it a versatile destination for different types of travelers.


There are several accommodation options around Lake Naivasha, ranging from budget campsites to luxurious lodges. One popular choice is the Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort, where charming cottages surround a refreshing pool, offering a perfect blend of comfort and nature.

Spend the rest of the evening relaxing at the lodge after a day full of activities. This is a great way to unwind and soak in the natural beauty of the area.

Samburu National Reserve


Samburu National Reserve is a beautiful scenic reserve with a diverse landscape of thorn scrub, red dirt, dried river beds, broken volcanic rock, steep hills, and rocky outcroppings. The reserve is one of the most admired Kenya safari destinations to make a stopover on your journey to Maasai Mara National Reserve. Some of the animals you will see in Samburu National Reserve include reticulated giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, lions, hippos, impalas, waterbucks, dik-diks, and rhinos among others.


After breakfast, proceed with your drive to Samburu Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch. Enjoy the drive into the park to be met by animals such as Gerenuk, Grevy Zebra, reticulated Giraffe, Eland, and many others. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.


Have breakfast then head for a morning en-route game drive as you proceed further north across the Equator to the edge of the Northern Frontier. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge. In the afternoon, you will head to the park for an afternoon game drive watching several animals found in the reserve. You will also enjoy a sundowner experience then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Full-Day Exploration

On the 6th day of your 14 days Kenya safari, have breakfast and head to the plains of Samburu National Reserve for a whole day of exploring the reserve on morning and afternoon game drives with picnic lunch. During the game drives, you will be able to watch several wildlife species. Samburu National Reserve is home to the uncommon Grevy’s Zebras with huge furry ears and gerenuk antelope.

Samburu National Reserve offers a unique and unforgettable safari experience with its diverse landscapes and rich wildlife.

Mount Kenya


Mount Kenya, the second-highest peak in Africa, offers a unique blend of adventure and natural beauty. Its rugged landscape and diverse ecosystems make it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.


Visitors can engage in a variety of activities:


For a luxurious stay, consider the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. Step into a world of natural splendor and timeless elegance at this iconic location, where 100 acres of lush gardens and tranquil ponds await.

Tips for Visitors

  • Best time to visit: January to February and July to October
  • Pack warm clothing for the chilly mountain nights
  • Hire a local guide for a more enriching experience

Mount Kenya is not just a mountain; it’s a journey through Kenya’s rich biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Aberdare Mountain Ranges

The Aberdare Mountain Ranges offer a unique and thrilling adventure for nature enthusiasts. This 4-day Aberdare trekking through the Aberdare ranges is a fascinating walk amongst the flora and fauna found above 2500 metres. The heavily forested mountains are not only scenic but also home to a variety of wildlife species, including the rare and elusive bongo.

Wildlife and Scenery

The Aberdare National Park is noted as a rhino sanctuary and inhabits over 40 species of wildlife. On arrival, you will head to your lodge for lunch and then proceed to the park for an afternoon game drive. This is an excellent opportunity to spot several wildlife species and appreciate the park’s beauty.


  • Game Drives: Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives to explore the park’s diverse wildlife.
  • Trekking: Embark on a 4-day trekking adventure through the Aberdare ranges.
  • Bird Watching: The park is a haven for bird watchers with numerous bird species.


Dinner and overnight stays are typically at Aberdare Cottages, where you can relax and enjoy the serene environment. Meal plans usually include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Aberdare Mountain Ranges provide an unforgettable experience with their stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity. Whether you’re trekking through the exotic flora or spotting wildlife on a game drive, the adventure is sure to be memorable.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is a 180 square kilometers protected area, home to a variety of wildlife including warthogs, white and black rhinos, waterbuck, buffaloes, reedbucks, and occasional leopards. The park is renowned as an ornithologists’ haven with more than 40 species of birds found in the park.

Safari Activities & Game Drives

Upon arrival at the park, you’ll check into the comfortable Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, which overlooks the lake. Drop off your things, then head right back out on an afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru is famous for many things, not least of which is the abundance of wildlife congregating in the area. You’ll get up close and personal with many of the park’s residents during today’s and tomorrow’s safari adventures.

Ecological Significance

Lake Nakuru is an ecological wonderland lying in the Great Rift Valley, 105 miles (170 km) northwest of Nairobi. The 73-square-mile (188 sq km) park surrounds Lake Nakuru, one of the Rift Valley’s soda lakes. On the way, you’ll stop at a lookout point to marvel at panoramic views of the vast Rift Valley and snap plenty of photos.

Bird Watching

Have breakfast, checkout of the lodge and head to Lake Nakuru National Park. On arrival, you will go for a morning boat cruise on Lake Nakuru in search of hippos, crocodiles, and several bird species such as fish eagles and flamingoes among others. You will then head back to the lodge for lunch and return in the afternoon for an afternoon game drive.

Lake Nakuru is an ecological hotbed featuring diverse wildlife and birds.

Tsavo National Park

Experience Tsavo East National Park

Experience Tsavo East National Park: one of Africa’s largest wildlife parks, Tsavo East is located halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa. This park is renowned for its vast open plains and the famous red elephants of Tsavo, which are tinged red with volcanic soil.

Tsavo West National Park Highlights

The final leg of your Kenya journey begins this morning with a pickup from your driver. You’ll then head south for about two hours to Tsavo West National Park. One of the most evocative destinations in the country, this massive protected area (it spans 3,500 sq miles/ 9,065 sq km) is known for its almost mythical landscapes and creatures. These include ancient lava flows, natural springs, peculiar rock formations, and vast open plains where elephants tinged red with volcanic soil roam free.

Safari Activities

  • Morning game drives to spot larger animals like giraffes and elephants.
  • Visits to the famous Mzima Springs.
  • Afternoon game viewing drives.

Tsavo is home to diverse birdlife, making it a paradise for bird watchers.


  1. Day 12: Transfer to Tsavo West National Park via Chyulu Hills. Arrive in time for lunch and embark on an afternoon game viewing drive, including a visit to the famous Mzima Springs. Dinner and overnight at Ngulia Banda safari camp.
  2. Day 13: Tsavo West Morning Game Drive & Safari Activities.
  3. Day 14: Transfer to Nairobi, Depart.


Nairobi, the capital and financial heart of Kenya, is a vibrant city that offers a mix of modernity and tradition. Welcome to Kenya! This East African nation is truly something special. It’s multicultural, multilingual, and home to some of the most popular safari destinations in the world. There’s no greater example of Kenya’s diversity than your destination of Nairobi.

Arrival at Nairobi Airport

On arrival in Kenya at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and safari-driver guide from Focus East Africa Tours. After a brief briefing about the safari, you will transfer to your hotel in Nairobi for an overnight stay. In case you have time or are not tired, you can visit some of the fascinating sites in Nairobi such as the Giraffe Center and Nairobi Museum.

Nairobi National Park Morning Safari

Start your day with a morning safari in Nairobi National Park, where you can see Big Five safari animals roaming free. This unique park is located just outside the city, offering a quick escape into the wild. After the safari, you can visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Center.

Multicultural Food Scene

For a more formal experience, you can always partake in Nairobi’s increasingly multicultural food scene. There’s a restaurant here to suit most tastes, be it Thai, Indian, Japanese, Italian, and, of course, traditional Kenyan seafood. If you want to enjoy a nightcap in style, head to the trendy Westlands neighborhood, where popular and chic bars are abundant.

Cultural Experiences

Wind up your day with a visit to the Karen Blixen House and the Bomas of Kenya, where you can watch traditional dancing and see cultural homesteads of the Kenyan groups. Unwind with dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant, known for its wide variety of meats and vibrant atmosphere.

Nairobi offers a unique blend of urban and natural experiences, making it a must-visit destination on your Kenya safari.


Nanyuki, a vibrant town located at the foot of Mount Kenya, serves as a gateway to numerous attractions and activities. This town is a hub for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.

Things to Do

Nanyuki offers a plethora of activities for visitors. From exploring the nearby Ol Pejeta Conservancy to visiting the Equator Marker, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss out on the local markets and the chance to interact with the friendly residents.


Nanyuki boasts a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Whether you’re looking for luxury lodges or budget-friendly campsites, you’ll find a place that meets your needs. Some popular choices include:

  • Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
  • Sweetwaters Serena Camp
  • Nanyuki Simba Lodge


The dining scene in Nanyuki is diverse and exciting. You can enjoy traditional Kenyan dishes or opt for international cuisine. Some recommended spots include:

  • Soames Hotel & Jack’s Bar
  • The Courtyard Cafe
  • Le Rustique

Getting Around

Navigating Nanyuki is relatively easy. You can hire a taxi, use local matatus (shared minibuses), or even rent a bike for a more adventurous experience. The town is well-connected by road, making it convenient to explore the surrounding areas.

Nanyuki is not just a stopover; it’s a destination in its own right, offering a blend of adventure, culture, and relaxation.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Nanyuki is during the dry seasons, from January to March and July to October. During these months, the weather is ideal for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing.

Safety Tips

While Nanyuki is generally safe, it’s always good to take precautions. Keep your belongings secure, avoid walking alone at night, and be aware of your surroundings. Following these simple tips will ensure a pleasant and safe visit.

For more information on things to do in Nanyuki town, check out travel guides and reviews to make the most of your trip.


Embarking on the 14-day Kenya Camping Safari through Maasai Mara, Amboseli, and other iconic destinations offers an unparalleled adventure into the heart of Africa’s wilderness. From witnessing the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara to marveling at the majestic Mount Kenya and encountering elephants in Amboseli National Park, this journey is a feast for the senses. The diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and cultural encounters provide a deeply immersive experience that will leave lasting memories. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, this safari promises to be a transformative and unforgettable adventure under the African sky.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the 14-day Kenya Camping Safari package?

The package includes accommodation in tents, meals, transport, park entry fees, and guided tours in various national parks and reserves such as Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Naivasha, Samburu, and more.

What should I pack for the safari?

You should pack comfortable clothing, sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a camera, binoculars, and any personal medications you may need.

Is the safari suitable for children?

Yes, the safari is suitable for children. However, parents should be aware that long drives and the camping experience may be tiring for very young children.

What is the best time of year to go on this safari?

The best time to go on a safari in Kenya is during the dry seasons, from June to October and from January to February, when wildlife is more easily spotted.

Are vaccinations required for this trip?

Yes, vaccinations for yellow fever and other routine vaccinations are recommended. It’s best to consult with your healthcare provider for the most up-to-date information.

How safe is camping in the national parks?

Camping in the national parks is generally safe when following the guidelines provided by your tour guide. Campsites are often secured and staff are trained to handle wildlife encounters.

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