Best of Kenya

 

This 8 Day Classic Kenya Safari allows you to explore Kenya's natural wonders and experience unparalleled wildlife game viewing as you journey to the ultimate safari destination. This wilderness reveals a great range of natural features, exotic habitats, world famous national parks and cultural complexities allows one to witness firsthand the primal struggle between predator and prey. Retire to exclusive and elegant Kenya camp lodging which provides exquisite personalized service, first rate game viewing and refined cuisine.

Begin your Kenya travel at the gateway to East Africa, Nairobi, which is a kaleidoscopic urban hub of activity and raw energy characterized by busy side street cafes, colourful markets, historical buildings, world class hotels and no rules traffic, define what is considered to be one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Africa.

Explore the dramatic and arid landscape of Samburu Game Reserve.Take a sunset drive and search for the allusive Bongo, a forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Sweetwaters offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury. Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features thirty-nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. Sit back and enjoy high tea at Elsamere and a game viewing boat trip on Lake Naivasha. Walk on the plains which host the greatest animal spectacular on the planet, the Great Migration in the fabled Masai Mara before returning to the capital of Nairobi.

Trip Highlights
 
  • Nairobi (1 night) At leisure, optional excursions available.
  • Samburu (2 nights)
  • Ol pejeta (1 night) Sweetwaters Tented Camp
  • Lake Naivasha (1 night)
  • Masai Mara (2 nights)One of the most popular game reserves. Big Five spotting. Wildebeest migration (Jul-Sep)

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel The Boma . Dinner (not included) can be taken at the hotel or at any of the cities many restaurants.

Day 2: Nairobi to Samburu

After an early breakfast, drive north of Nairobi up the Great Rift Valley to the Samburu/Buffalo Springs National Reserve arriving in time for a late lunch at the Ashnil Samburu Camp which features 24 tents. The tents are widely spaced along the banks of the Uwaso Nyiro River, surrounded by doum palms and acacia trees. The main guest area, also shaded by a canopy of acacia trees, offers a comfortable reception and lounge, a spacious dining room, atmospheric bar and a broad deck, which offers unparalleled game-viewing across the wide reaches of the Uwaso Nyiro River, which is the lifeblood of this otherwise arid northern region. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Distance/drive time: 380 km / 5½ hours

Day 3: On safari in Samburu

Enjoy a full day on safari in Samburu (morning and afternoon game drives). In the evening, there is an option of sundowners before dinner in the central dining room.

A place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District, whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana and beyond. Physically dramatic, the 104 sq km landscape of the Reserve features rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry river beds and fallen boulders rising out of the thorn scrub against a backdrop of the far-distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe.

Day 4: Samburu to Ol Pejeta

Leave the camp after breakfast and travel south to Nanyuki and check-in to Sweetwaters Tented Camp . A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury. Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features thirty-nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant, housed in the former manager's house of this once colonial farm offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centers on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching.

Distance/drive time: 220km / 3 hours

Day 5: Ol Pejeta to Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, drive south to Lake Naivasha in time for lunch at the charmingly located Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge . The lodge stands in 120 acres of lakeside land, most of which is covered in green riparian meadows, which sweep down to the shores of the lake, one of the most beautiful in the Great Rift Valley. A jetty has been built out onto the lake, from where guests can watch the antics of the hippos in the lake and experience 360 degree views, which include Crescent Island, Mount Longonot, the Mau Escarpment and the misty outline of the Aberdares. The grounds are alive with a colourful selection of birds, and the trees with monkeys.

Afternoon crescent Island walk.

About Lake Naivasha

A freshwater lake, the highest of the string of lakes that glitter down the vast trench of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is infamous for its rapidly shifting moods. Enigmatic, and dotted with floating islands of Nile cabbage (water hyacinth) and papyrus, Lake Naivasha has no known outlet, and legends abound regarding the vast tunnels that supposedly run beneath its surface. Towered over by the brooding bulk of Mount Longonot (2,776 m), and featuring a submerged volcanic crater known as Crescent Island, this beautiful lake is best known for its high numbers of water birds. Also for the haunting cry of the fish eagles, which feed on the black bass and tilapia of its waters.

Distance/drive time: 240 km / 3.5 hours

Day 6: Lake Naivasha to the Masai Mara

Leaving the lodge after breakfast, continue up the floor of Rift to arrive in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve , and at the Ashnil Mara Camp in time for a late lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy your first game-drive in the Mara. World renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’ , the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya’s most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara constitutes only 4% of the entire Serengeti ecosystem but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offer one of the world’s most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas. Returning to the camp, enjoy some relaxation on your private veranda, sundowners and dinner in the central restaurant.

Distance/drive time: 365 km / 5½ hours

Day 7: On safari in the Mara

Spend all day on safari in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. When it comes to game-viewing, there is nowhere in Africa richer in wildlife or more eventful in encounters than the Mara. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the ‘Big Five’ in one morning.

Day 8: The Mara to Nairobi

After breakfast at the lodge, drive to Nairobi and take lunch at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant, rated among the top 500 restaurants in the world. Depart for your flight home.

Distance/drive time: 265 km / 4½ hours

 

Dates

Per person sharing

Single Room Supplement

Child

14-Mar-17

1958

390

603

28-Mar-17

1895

390

482

11-Apr-17

1621

390

123

09-May-17

1621

390

123

13-Jun-17

1696

390

280

27-Jun-17

2111

390

595

11-Jul-17

2431

390

828

25-Jul-17

2431

390

828

08-Aug-17

2431

390

828

22-Aug-17

2431

390

828

12-Sep-17

2431

390

828

26-Sep-17

2431

390

828

03-Oct-17

2331

390

828

17-Oct-17

2331

390

828

14-Nov-17

1858

390

603

28-Nov-17

1858

390

603

12-Dec-17

1862

390

603

US$295 per person supplement for flights from Mara-Nairobi on day 8.
Children under 12 years sharing with two adults pay 70%.

Prices ONLY applicable if safari is started and completed within the specified dates; and subject to availability of indicated accommodation. Overlapping price periods re-quoted upon enquiry.

 

Included within your safari:

  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • One litre of mineral water per day
  • Game drives
  • Park fee
  • English speaking driver guide.

Excluded from your safari:

Sundowner cocktails and other activities not included in the package price.

 

Magical Kenya Safari

14 Days wildlife safari package. Brimming with vibrant cultures, iconic landscapes, and an array of fascinating wild creatures, Kenya is an ideal setting for your first safari to Africa.

The diversity of game in Kenya is simply astounding. From the big five to the small five, Kenya’s game parks, reserves and other wildlife protection areas host some of the wildest game thus the reason why this is home for the safari.

Dotted in their unique landscapes, geographical features, a vast array of game ensues. The icing on Kenya’s wildlife cake is the annual Wildebeest Migration at the infamous Maasai Mara migration between mid-August and late October.

From hand feeding Giraffes, to adopting orphaned elephants to taking breathtaking balloon safaris at dawn. This safari lets you explore the numerous possibilities in Kenya. This is the best example of wild nature at its best as hundreds of thousands of wildebeests, zebras, Thomson’s gazelles, topi and elands.

Trip Highlights

  • Nairobi City (2 nights) Includes a city tour
  • Amboseli (2 nights) African Elephant paradise
  • Aberdares (1 night) Fresh air from Mt. Kenya
  • Ol pejeta (2 nights) Sweetwaters Tented Camp
  • Lake Naivasha (2 nights) explore Elsamare and Hellsgate, enjoy a boat ride
  • Maasai Mara (3 nights) great chance to see all the big five in their natural habitat (great migration in the months of July - September)

Day 1: Arrival Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta international Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your deluxe accommodation at Fairview Hotel.

Day 2: Nairobi City Tour

Breakfast is followed by in-depth safari briefing by our Tour Guide. Spend the day exploring the city of Nairobi with a visit to Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage, Kazuri beads factory and Utamaduni Craft Centre. Enjoy Lunch at Karen Blixen coffee garden (Lunch at Travelers Expense). Retire back in the late afternoon to Fairview hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Nairobi – Amboseli

Morning pick up from the Fairview Hotel then proceed through Kenya’s varied landscapes to where Amboseli National Park is located, arrive in time for lunch at Ol Tukai Lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game drive with chances to view Mt. Kilimanjaro the highest free standing mountain in Africa rising at 5,896m above sea level. Its snowcapped summit dominates the landscape and on a clear day is easily visible during early morning and afternoon.
 
Days 4 and 5: Amboseli

Enjoy another enticing day with a full day game drive at Amboseli National Park. Amboseli National Park, located at the foot of Africa's highest mountain Kilimanjaro, is one of Kenya's most popular national parks. It lies 150 miles’ south-east of Nairobi, very close to the Tanzania border. The snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rising above the clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli. Established as a national park in 1974 it covers

150sq miles and supports a wide range of mammals (well over 50 of the larger species) and birds (over 400 species).

Years ago this was the locale around which such famous writers as Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark spun their stories of big game hunting in the wilds of Africa. The park encompasses dry lake beds, savannah woodland and extensive swamps constantly fed by springs emanating from the mountain. The water and seasonal lakes attract a wide variety of bird and animal life, in particular herds of elephant. Amboseli is one of the best parks in Africa to observe family groups of elephants and large bull elephants at close quarters. Enjoy a cultural visit to the Maasai Manyattas to get in touch with the Maasai people in Amboseli, end your day relaxing at your lodge with dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Amboseli – Aberdares

Today we leave Amboseli for Aberdares, to arrive for late lunch. Afternoon at leisure, relax on the comfort of your hotel. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge.

Serena Mountain Lodge towers over the mountainous peaks of Mount Kenya where you can view the spectacular game, regularly viewed at the waterhole daily during game drives. This is the home of the Big Five and the Serena Mountain Lodge prides itself in having a constant record of big game visits and sightings. The Lodge is at 2194 m on the slopes of Mount Kenya and surrounded by lush rainforest’s.

Mount Kenya National Park, which covers an area of 715 sq km, was established in 1949 to protect Mount Kenya, the wildlife and surrounding environment which forms the wild animal's habitat as well as act as a water catchment area that supplies Kenya's water. The park protects and preserves large sections of mountain forests and bamboo thickets with their varied wildlife, the alpine moorlands, glaciers, tarns and glacial moraines. A small portion of this park's borders near heavy populations have electrified fences to keep the elephants out of the surrounding farmland. Volcanic sediment in the surrounding region's soil and the huge volume of fresh water coming down the slopes makes the area particularly favorable for agriculture.

Day 7: Mount Kenya – Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast we leave the Aberdares area to Mt Kenya at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre (360 km2) not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in Central Kenya's Laikipia County. It is situated on the equator west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and community development.

The Conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and in 2013 reached a population milestone of 100 black rhinos. It also houses three of the five last remaining northern white rhinos in the world, who were moved here from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is found here, and provides a haven for orphaned, abandoned and rescued chimpanzees. It is the only place in Kenya where these great apes can be seen.

The Conservancy is host to the "Big five game" among a large selection of other African animals, which makes it a popular safari destination. It also operates a successful Livestock program, which serves to benefit local pastoralists and wildlife. Through the conservancy's community development Program, Ol Pejeta provides funding to surrounding communities to aid Health, Education, Water and Infrastructure Projects. They also support the provision of agriculture and livestock extension services and the development of community-based conservation tourism ventures. After lunch enjoy a game drive within the Conservancy.

End the day with dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters tented camp. 

Day 8: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Today we have a full day at Ol Pejeta Conservancy with a visit to the lady’s weavers, Jane Goodall chimpanzee sanctuary. It’s location in a private conservancy with a higher wildlife-to- area ratio than any of Kenya's national parks makes Sweetwaters Serena Camp one of the best tented safari camps in Kenya.’

A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and Kenyan safari. Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features thirty- nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant is housed in the former manager's house of this once colonial farm, and offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centers on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching. Host to all the members of the ‘Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard), the conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park and is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya. At the forefront of the Kenyan Conservancy Program, the conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species. Enjoy the last, incredibly tasty meal prepared at your camp; residing to the comfort of the Sweetwaters tented Camp.

Day 9: Ol pejeta Conservancy – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast depart to Lake Naivasha. Enjoy afternoon nature walk within the conservancy, later return for Dinner and overnight at your Hotel Elsamere Centre

Welcome to Elsamere

Once a holiday home and later to be a retirement home for the Adamsons, Elsamere remains a unique destination in Naivasha. Delicious meals are served here and the traditional style high teas remain the best in Kenya. At Elsamere history connects with the future as conservation is our main objective. Re-kindle the memories of Born Free by watching the documentary, The Joy Adamson Story and visiting the museum.
 
Day 10: Naivasha

After breakfast proceed for a walk to the crescent island sanctuary amidst gazelles, antelopes and giraffes and enjoy a 2-hour boat ride on Lake Naivasha. Return to Elsamere for lunch. After lunch you may visit Hell’s Gate National Park. Dinner and overnight served at your Hotel

Day 11: Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Today we depart early for Kenya`s most famous game reserve - The Masai Mara home to the Masai tribe, large prides of lion and the annual wildebeest migration, enjoy a late afternoon game drive in the northern area of the Mara. Located at the very Centre of the famous ‘Mara Triangle' of the world-renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill with long views over the savannah and down to the winding coils of the hippo-filled Mara River, it stands Centre-stage to one of Africa's most dramatic wildlife arenas, with a ringside seat for the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth', the legendary migration of the wildebeest.

Styled to echo the circular motif of a traditional Maasai Manyatta, The Masai Mara lodge blends international sophistication with raw African beauty, while featuring twin rows of individual rooms, each with its own view of the famous Mara River. The central bar and dining areas enjoy spectacular views, as does the rock-surround swimming pool. Each uniquely-presented room is accommodated in its own stand-alone modular unit, with uninterrupted views, private balcony and spacious seating area. World renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth', the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya's most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania's renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara constitutes only 4% of the entire Serengeti ecosystem but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offer one of the world's most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas.

Overnight with all meals at Mara Serena Lodge.

Days 12 and 13: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara Game Reserve; the site of one of the most spectacular phenomenon of the natural world -The Great Annual Wildebeest Migration, Fêted as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”, this cross border event, is one of the last great migrations, and a unique world heritage. The Mara is Kenya’s most famous and finest game sanctuary. In the months of June, July, August September and October each year, the wildebeests in their troops arrive at the Kenyan border, ready to cross the steep banks of the broad and fast flowing Mara River. This crossing is truly the greatest episode of the entire migration. Hot on their heels are the predators of the savannah –lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. The banks of the Mara River provide one of the best vantage points to witness the drama.

The Mara also offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will most likely see the Big Five- lion, rhino, Cape buffalo, leopard, and elephant. Not to mention numerous plains animals. Return in the late evening at Mara Serena Lodge for a sumptuous dinner and overnight.

Day 14: Masai Mara - Nairobi – Depart

After breakfast we drive back to Nairobi to arrive in time for lunch at Eka Hotel. The rest of the day is spent at leisure in the hotel where a dayroom will be reserved for you to rest (Lunch and dinner at traveler’s expense). You will have dinner at the Big Five Restaurant before being transferred to JKIA for your flight back home.

 

Balloon Safari at an Extra Cost of $415 per person only.

Your balloon ride safari trip begins when you get your wakeup call at your lodge in the early hours of the morning, as you yawn away, and thoughts about your wildlife viewing from an elevated position begins to stir your mind. The fresh Kenyan traditional hot tea and coffee quickly awaken you, in fact preparing you for a "mission".

By 6.00 a.m. you are almost arriving at the hot air balloon site in the Masai Mara. As you approach the site, the balloon seems bigger than you expected, the experience is one that has never been visited, and you are about to have a trip of a lifetime.  Go searching wild-game with a beautiful Ariel view. More information on Masai Mara Balloon Safari

Cultural visits: Masai people at an Extra cost of $30 per person only

For a long time, many people have identified the cities, beaches and wilderness of Kenya as being some of the best in all of Africa. Now there is an alternative! Villages in Kenya are the perfect places to get introduced to local culture and lifestyle. Why not try our unspoiled Kenyan villages, spend days in the homes of ethnic communities learning and getting involved in their daily lives.  The village experience in Kenya is a reflection of the purest forms of traditional culture of the 42 tribes of Kenya. You could travel up North to the lake shores of Lake Turkana, at the El Molo villages and understand the mystery and strange lifestyles of the smallest tribes of Kenya, or Western Kenya to the Alego Nyangoma Kogelo village, ancestral home to the first black President of the US, Barack Obama. Better yet, the historic ruins of Swahili villages, Gede ruins down South.

Wanting to get married? Come with your spouse and have a magical traditional Turkana wedding. Many times, you won’t miss an invitation to attend a traditional ceremony held in a village. Your accommodation will be in the homes of villagers so be sure to be welcomed with the friendly and warm smiles of a family. Most importantly any costs you incur during your stay directly go to support the livelihoods of the local community, specifically you’re hosting family, what else could be more satisfying?

You can never encounter true Kenyan culture unless you have lived within it so touch down and create your best village experience.

Other activities: Guided walks through projects supporting the villages, farm work, trekking, shopping in the markets, eco tours, interactive handicraft workshops

Dates Pax Price Single Room Supplement
July - October 2  $ 5,200.00  $                                    735.00
 2017 4  $ 4,635.00  $                                    735.00
6  $ 4,450.00  $                                    735.00
Included
  • Safari vehicle with pop up roof for exclusive use
  • Services of a Qualified English speaking Driver guide
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • All Park and entrance fees
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Arrival, departure and airport transfers.
  • Bottle of mineral water each day while on safari in Affable Tours & Safaris vehicle
Not Included
  • All International flights and taxes
  • Gratuity for Porters, waiters and Driver guide
  • Drinks (Premium wines, beer, Champagne, Soft drinks, Juices)
  • Any item of personal nature