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.