Leopard in the shade | Africa
FROM: USD $7,705 pp
Kenya Up Close - 8 days map

PRIVATE SAFARI: Combining Kenya's rugged north, the beautiful Rift Valley, Samburu National Park, Lake Nakuru and the legendary Masai Mara, go in search of where the wild things are on a comfortable safari that packs in culture and excitement in one fell swoop.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Visit Nairobi's Karen Blixen Museum and learn all about the famous author of 'Out of Africa'
Safari in beautiful Samburu National Reserve, looking out for rare species such as the Grevy’s zebra and Beisa Oryx
Go in search of the Big Five on game drives in the magnificent Masai Mara - considered to be Africa’s greatest game reserve
Get up close to the beautiful giraffes at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre
Go in search of black and white rhino on safari in Lake Nakuru National Park and see the lake's famous pink flamingos
Journey through the Great Rift Valley and visit the impressive Thompson Falls

Included

Arrival and departure transfer from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on day 1 and day 8
7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners
Deluxe package includes a domestic flight from the Masai Mara to Nairobi. Travel by road on the standard and superior package with option to upgrade to a flight
Flying doctors service for air evacuation in case of a medical emergency
Park entrance fees
7 nights SUPERIOR accommodation. STANDARD or DELUXE accommodation upgrade options are available upon request.
Transportation and game drives in a 4x4 land cruiser
Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park, Samburu National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve
Current government taxes and levies
Escorted by a professional local guide/driver

Not Included

International flights and visas
Drinks and items of a personal nature
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya! Morning arrival into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After check in you will be taken on an excursion to visit the Karen Blixen museum and the Giraffe Centre. After which you will enjoy lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden. Karen Blixen was famous for writing several books but arguably her most well known piece of work is 'Out of Africa', her memoirs of living in Africa.
Overnight: Nairobi  |  Lunch

Day 2

Samburu Reserve

Nairobi - Samburu National Park. After breakfast drive north to Samburu National Reserve. As you enter the reserve, two beautiful mountains, Koitogor and Ololokwe present themselves forming the perfect background to your safari. Large herds of elephants, plentiful big cats, reticulated giraffes, buffalo and gerenuks also form part of the reserve’s large and diverse wildlife population. Ewaso Nyiro River is the main attraction for wildlife, but many animals are also found in the various habitats such as acacia, river forest, thorn trees and grasslands. You will arrive at your lodge for lunch, and in the afternoon, go on your first safari drive in Samburu.
Overnight: Samburu National Park   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Samburu Reserve

Sleep in or rise early, but we recommend getting out into bush first thing to experience prime wildlife activity. As you continue with your game drive through this scenically and wildlife dramatic reserve, watch out for the unique Grevy’s zebra or Beisa Oryx, both species only found north of the equator. Find relief from the hot African sun back at the lodge as you chill-out in the afternoon. As the day cools, you shall return to the reserve for one last game drive.
Overnight: Samburu National Park   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 4-5

Lake Nakuru

Samburu National Park - Lake Nakuru/Elementaita. This morning after breakfast you depart for Lake Nakuru National Park with a stop for lunch and to admire the views at Thompson's Falls. Arriving at Lake Nakuru National Park late afternoon, enjoy a game drive before checking into your accommodation. The following day enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the park. The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen.

Please note: This itinerary is based up superior accommodation. Deluxe accommodation is at Lake Elementaita and a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park is included on the morning of day 5.
Overnight: Lake Nakuru  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 6

Masai Mara

Lake Nakuru/Elementaita - Masai Mara. This morning, after breakfast you will set off for what is possibly Africa's and the world's most famous game park, the Masai Mara.Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge after which you will take an afternoon game drive. Then return to your lodge in the late afternoon, in time to enjoy a relaxing sun downer.
Overnight: Masai Mara National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Masai Mara

Rise early if you'd like to enjoy the option of a balloon safari across the Masai Mara. Take off in the crisp morning air, only to experience a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. As you silently float across the plains, forest and rivers for approximately an hour, your journey comes to end back on land but accompanied with a fully cooked champagne breakfast.

Today enjoy more game viewing in the morning and late afternoon. The Masai Mara is most famous for its large population of big cats. All members of the big five are also present in the Masai Mara and other species from hippos, zebra, antelope, gazelle, giraffe, impala, hyena and more.
Overnight: Masai Mara National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Masai Mara

Masai Mara - Nairobi. After breakfast game drive through the Masai Mark en route back to Nairobi and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where tour arrangements end.

Please note: Our deluxe accommodation package includes a flight from the Mara to Nairobi.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Ole-Sereni Hotel, Nairobi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Overlooking the Nairobi National Game Park, the wonderful Ole-Sereni Hotel is the only hotel bordering the wilds of the park. The classy rooms are tastefully decorated in earthy tones and are well-equipped with amenities ranging from complimentary WiFi to tea and coffee making facilities. Enjoy fine dining at one of the hotel's attractive venues or pamper yourself in the luxurious steam and sauna rooms. The property is located just off Mombasa Road between the international airport and the city centre of Nairobi.

Elephant Bedroom Camp, Samburu Reserve

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Elephant Bedroom Camp in Samburu, Kenya, offers a unique safari haven along the Ewaso Nyiro River. Tucked amidst acacia trees, the camp combines luxury and nature seamlessly, with spacious tents providing comfort and stunning views. Immerse yourself in the rich wildlife of Samburu, known for its unique species. Indulge in game drives, guided walks, and cultural experiences with the local Samburu people. Elephant Bedroom Camp promises an intimate and immersive safari escape in the heart of untamed beauty.

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, Lake Nakuru

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

The Sarova Lion Hill is an attractive lodge with 64 standard rooms and 3 suites. All chalet style rooms have private patios with panoramic views of the lake and feature mosquito nets and tea/coffee making facilities. Decorated with wooden furniture with a neutral colour palette, the rooms are en suite with tiled bathrooms. The Flamingo Restaurant uses vegetables and herbs from the lodge's own garden while the Rift Valley Bar opens out into an amphitheatre where guests can watch traditional dance performances each night.

Sarova Mara Game Camp, Masai Mara

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Lodge

Perfectly positioned to offer guests an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences, the Sarova Camp captures the breathtaking spirit of Kenya. Spend your days tracking the plains for wildlife, bird-watching or visit the local Masai village for a unique insight into the Masai culture. The spacious and luxurious tent guestrooms feature ensuite bathrooms and natural furnishings with the added bonus of spectacular views.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Nairobi
Ends
Nairobi
Departs
Any day of the year
Group Size
Min 2 / Max Private tour
Hotel Rating
Superior
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 7, Dinner: 6
Countries
Minimum Age
8 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Elephants at a water hole with lush green vegetation behind them at Samburu National Park
Rhino standing in front of a flock of flamingos at a water hole at Lake Nakuru
Masai Mara tribespeople standing in a row wearing colourful clothes

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