Safaris with OnSafari Kenya Ltd are all custom designed and tailored to suit your group. There are no scheduled departures to previously designed itineraries. There are numerous destinations for you to choose from for your safari, but there are obviously favourite destinations that suit this style of safari. You might also like to visit the beautiful beaches of the Kenya coastline with the Indian Ocean, or immerse yourself in the ancient history of Lamu and Zanzibar. Covered in this section is a selection of those favourites destinations that we recommend.
Kenya: Masai Mara Game Reserve, Tsavo National Park, Shaba Game Reserve
Northern Kenya: Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Amboseli National Park, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Indian Ocean and Beach
Tanzania: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Katavi National Park, Mahale Mountains, Lake Tanganyika
Rwanda: Volcanoes National Park
Masai Mara Game Reserve
The rich grasslands of the Masai Mara support a huge range of wildlife. The large herds of herbivore in turn support the greatest concentration of big cats anywhere. We will take early morning game drives as well as afternoon drives in the search for wildlife. We will camp in the heart of the Mara Game Reserve, on the banks of the Mara River teeming with hippos and crocodiles. July – October is wildebeest migration season and you could not be in a better location for access to the main wildebeest crossing sites over the Mara River.
Tsavo National Park
Tsavo is Kenya’s largest National Park at 8,000 square miles. It is wild and remote. There are beautiful sites suitable for camping, favourite of which is in Tsavo East on the Galana River. By being in such a large area dedicated to preserving wildlife we are very remote and away from other tourists. Tsavo is a semi-arid type of habitat with spectacular scenery and a great variety of wildlife, with the wild and dangerous elephants of particular interest. There are good opportunities for finding the big cats here as well.
Shaba Game Reserve and Northern Kenya
Situated in the North of Kenya, Shaba is an unspoiled semi- arid wilderness. There are dramatic mountains and the Usao Nyiro River, which provides a scenic landscape for searching for northern species of wildlife such as Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle and Besia Oryx. There are also good concentrations of elephants, and always the good chance of finding lion, cheetah and leopard. The northern Samburu people are very traditional people living in the area and it is very rewarding to gain an insight to their culture here.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru is a soda lake in the Rift Valley. Nakuru is famous for its fabulous concentrations of flamingos, pelicans and other birdlife. The surrounding grasslands and fever tree woodlands are rich in wildlife with many buffalo, zebra, impala and giraffe. There are both black and white rhino here and it is a great destination for finding and observing the elusive leopard.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli with its swamps and waterways in an arid location attracts great concentrations of wildlife. The great herds of elephants with the spectacular looming feature of Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop is a well documented attraction. There are also very traditional Masai people living in the area which makes a good cultural experience.
Aberdare National Park
The Aberdare National Park is richly forested, green and lush extending up to 11,000 feet. There are spectacular waterfalls and fabulous scenery in which to search for the forest wildlife, particularly the unusual finds such as Colobus Monkeys, Giant Forest Hog and the rare Bongo. This is a fabulous contrast to the arid lands of the north and east. Days are cool and nights quite chilly here due to the altitude.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Lewa is a private wildlife conservancy, favoured by English royalty, and is rich in wildlife. There are good concentrations of all the unusual northern Kenya species as well as elephants and the big cats. It is also fabulous for observing both black and white rhino. There are also opportunities here for hiking, camel and horseback riding in amongst the wildlife.
Indian Ocean and Beach Lamu
Day 1. Lamu
Fly to the Coast, to Lamu. Lamu is an island town just off the mainland, steeped in history and culture. There is great Arabic influence here and the traditional trading dhow’s still travel with the monsoon winds between Lamu and the middle east. The town is busy and bustling with people and donkeys and the harbour front busy with dhow’s loading and unloading cargo.
Day 2/3. Lamu
Two full days here in Lamu. The hotel is located a little away from the bustle of the harbour front of Lamu, at the beginning of a long deserted beach which stretches away to the horizon. It is a beautiful and relaxing location. A visit to the town of Lamu is always rewarding. There are also opportunities for boating and water skiing, deep sea fishing and other coastal activities. The area also sponsors a turtle watch program and if you are lucky enough you might be present when a nest hatches. You will be able to help in the uncovering of hatching turtles and to escort them safely into the Indian Ocean.
Day 4. Return Nairobi, International Departure
You will fly back to Nairobi in the afternoon in time for your evening International departure back to the USA from Nairobi.
The Ngorongoro Crater is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular wildlife settings in the world. Ngorongoro is a crater of a hundred square miles. There are permanent springs on its sides and a soda lake in the middle surrounded by a variety of wildlife. There are beautiful permanent lodges situated on the crater rim with stunning views of the crater. Note that the Crater suffers large concentrations of vehicles so there is a great deal of traffic here.
Serengeti National Park
There are opportunities here for camping as well as lodge stays in a number of different places. The Serengeti speaks for itself with its concentrations of plains wildlife and big cats, and offers similar viewing to Kenya’s Masai Mara. However, it is seasonal as the vast open plains become like a desert in the dry season. Different recommendations will be made for travel at different times of year.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire attracts wildlife due to the permanent water in the Tarangire stream and is studded with magnificent baobab trees, with an excellent diversity of wildlife. Camping on the periphery of the park gives the added advantage of being able to go for hikes as well as night drives.
Katavi National Park
Katavi is a wild and remote National park in western Tanzania. There are enormous herds of buffalo with lions that follow them. There are great concentrations of hippos and crocodiles and plenty of other wildlife. Well worth a visit, but quite seasonal between wet seasons and dry seasons.
Mahale Mountains - Lake Tanganyika
The Mahale Mountains rise from the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, a 450 mile stretch of clear water running down the heart of Africa. The mountains are truly remote, 120 miles from the nearest road and only accessible by boat. The tropical rainforest that covers the slopes of the mountains is home to a very habituated group of chimpanzees which is the main reason for visiting here. This is the greatest chimpanzee viewing anywhere. Time can also be spent swimming and fishing in the crystal clear water of Lake Tanganyika.
Volcanoes National Park
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is very rewarding, and is the main reason for visiting this country. Your fitness levels for this activity have to be good. Rwanda is now a stable and safe destination for tourists and it has become the very best destination for viewing the endangered Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga Mountains.
Safari Destination: Rwanda Volcanoes National Park Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is very rewarding, and is the main reason for visiting this country. Your fitness levels for this activity have to be good. Rwanda is now a stable and safe destination for tourists and it has become the very best destination for viewing the endangered Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga Mountains.
The trek to find gorillas on most days is at least an hour or two of rough hiking each way. Each visit is by permit and limited to one hour with a professional Gorilla tracker in charge who will coach you in the safety rules and body language required to come close to the Gorilla troops. At the Park Headquarters you will be assigned your group for today’s trek. Before you set off your guide will introduce himself and give you a briefing about the group that you are going to seek. You then drive the short distance to the trackers base in the foothills and meet your trackers and army rangers who will accompany you on the trek. Sticks are thoughtfully provided and useful as the terrain can be slippery. The climb begins through the terraced farmland of the lower volcanic slopes up to the park boundary. On entering the park the vegetation becomes thick and tangled; the guides may use their machetes to clear a path. Huge trees, clinging vines and undergrowth add to the challenge of slippery mud underfoot. Usually at around 8,000 foot signs of the animals become apparent such as damage to the bamboo shoots which the gorillas relish. The smell of gorilla may waft by, or if one is really near, it is strong and unmistakable. The trackers are familiar with the group’s movements and habits. You will notice how the Gorillas communicate with the trackers whilst you observe the group. It is important to bear in mind that Gorilla trekking is strenuous and grubby – wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, wet and muddy and that will dry out quickly and won’t chafe you as you climb. You will be asked to leave all bags, sticks and backpacks with a tracker & porters once you are within 200 metres of the group. You need pockets for spare film, disks, water bottle, etc, that you are carrying. Once you are ready you head off for one of the most exhilarating and moving wildlife experiences you can have: you get so close to these giant primates, observing them observing you – their almost human movements, innate dignity and social interaction make a unique connection within each of us.
Namibia is essentially a desert nation with some extraordinary scenery, wildlife, cultures and experiences to be appreciated. Highlights include the largest sand dunes in the world which are found in the central part of the Namib Desert, the sand a stunning red colour. One wilderness meets another where the desert meets the Atlantic Ocean along the Skeleton Coast. Here again there are extraordinary vistas, wildlife and also culture with the desert dwelling Himba people. Etosha National Park is the best wildlife region in Namibia where wildlife is attracted to the permanent springs along the edge of the great salt pan.
Botswana is a mix of desert and water where the waters of the Okavango River spread out into the inland waterways of the Okavango Delta. There is also the Chobe River that flows through this arid land. This all creates a lush environment surrounded by savannah and desert – ideal conditions for a great concentrations of wildlife and a good range of experiences.