Classic Kenya

10 Days from US$4,625 per person

Overview

Experience the best of Kenya on this classic 10 day private safari. You start at a large private reserve in the Mt. Kenya highlands, before driving down into the great rift valley to the flamingo covered Lake Nakuru. Ending with 3 nights in the world famous Maasai Mara. Accommodations are in small luxury tented camps and lodges, and actives include game drives, night game drives and guided walks. Travel is by modified 4×4 and light aircraft and your guide is with you throughout your journey.

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What's Included

Private airport transfers
Scheduled Flight: Maasai Mara – Nairobi
All accommodations and meals as per itinerary
Customized 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatches and unlimited mileage
Bottled water on game drives
Exclusive services of a private professional safari guide throughout
All National Park and wildlife reserve fees
Membership in Flying Doctors Service

Highlights

OI Pejeta Conservancy  |  Lake Nakuru |  Maasai Mara

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Resting at the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain Range, in central Kenya’s Laikipia County, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to the last three remaining northern white rhino in the world. Originally a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya and now a pioneering wildlife conservancy, Ol Pejeta works to protect wildlife and provide a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. The Conservancy is a popular safari destination and is home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as a wide selection of other African animals including: zebra, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, jackal, serval, hyena, vervet monkey and many more. Visitors can enjoy an assortment of outdoor activities such as horse rides, game walks, and nocturnal game drives.

Lake Nakuru

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Maasai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

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Camps & Lodges

The Norfolk Hotel  |  Sweetwater Tented Camp |  Sarova Lion Hill Lodge |  Tipilikwani Tented Camp

 

Day 1 | Nairobi

 

Arrive into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport today. After clearing customs you will be met and transferred downtown. Dating from Kenya’s colonial days, the Norfolk is a landmark in Nairobi. The hotel is rich in history, enhanced by up-to-the-minute facilities and amenities including a heated swimming pool, health club salon, and several restaurants. The Norfolk is located in downtown Nairobi opposite the National Theater.

     The Norfolk Hotel 

     Meals: None

 


Day 2 | Laikipia Plateau – Ol Pejeta Conservancy

 

After breakfast at your hotel you will be met by your private guide and depart by road in your 4×4 Safari vehicle for a scenic drive to the Laikipia Plateau. Driving north you will pass Kenya’s famous tea plantations and a patchwork of Kikuuyu farms on the way to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The conservancy is now the largest rhino sanctuary outside of South Africa, situated on nearly 100,000 acres on the equator, in Kenya’s Laikipia region. Ol Pejeta has the highest ratio of game-to-area of any park or reserve in Kenya. Rare species of wildlife include black and white rhino, the extremely rare Grevy’s zebra, and Jackson’s Hartebeest, along with lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, cheetah, leopard and plains wildlife, all in full view of Mount Kenya.
You accommodations for the next three nights will be in twin bedded tents of Sweetwater Tented camp. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a flush loo and bush shower with hot water on demand.
After checking in, enjoy lunch and after some time to get acquainted with your surroundings and some time to relax – depart on a game viewing activity in the conservancy.

     Sweetwater’s Tented Camp 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 3 and 4 | Ol Pejeta Conservancy

 

You have two more days of exciting wildlife viewing activities on day and night game drives, guided wildlife walks on the open plains and along the river, visits to the Morani Information Centre and the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, or to local community projects such as schools and the opportunity to join the Ol Pejeta rangers tracking Rhino (maximum 2 guests per patrol).

     Sweetwater’s Tented Camp

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 5 | Lake Nakuru National Park

 

This morning after breakfast, you depart with your guide, driving down into the Great Rift Valley, on your way to Lion Hill Lodge. The Lion Hill Lodge offers splendid views out over the lake and the Rift Valley. After lunch at the lodge and perhaps time for a swim in the pool, you’ll depart on an afternoon game drive in the park. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its flocks of flamingos, at times numbering in the millions. The Park has a rhino sanctuary and it also contains many leopards in addition to fantastic bird life and the usual plains game.

     Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 6 | Lake Nakuru – Hell’s Gate

 

This morning after breakfast you’ll leave the Lake Nakuru area and continue to Hell’s Gate, a spectacular area of gorges, natural hot geysers and the two extinct volcanoes: Olkaria and Hobley. A haven for ornithologists and rock climbers, the cliffs of Hell’s Gate are breeding grounds for Verreaux’s Eagles, vulture and thousands of swifts. You’ll have a chance to do some walking in the area before departing for Lake Naivasha. Enjoy lunch at the Lake Naivasha Country Club and take a boat-ride on the Lake for some up-close hippo viewing before returning to your lodge in the late afternoon. Enjoy a drink on the terrace a sunset.

     Lake Naivasha Country Club

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 7 | Maasai Mara Game Reserve

 

After an early breakfast, depart by road across the Rift Valley escarpment to the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the jewel of Kenya’s game reserves. Located in the northern section of the great Serengeti Plains, it has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife anywhere in Africa. The reserve is the home of the “Big Five” … elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino, as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo, impala, gazelle and numerous other wildlife, and hundreds of species of birds. During August to October, the Mara is the scene of annual migration of millions of wildebeest up from the Serengeti plains in search of water and grasses.
Your home for the next three nights will be the secluded Tipilikwani Camp. This wonderful luxury permanent tented camp is situated on the north-eastern boundary of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. There are 20 luxury guest tents, with thatch roofs and full en-suite bathrooms including brass tapped bathtubs. Built off the ground on wooden platforms, you can view the hills and Mara plains, beyond from your private verandah. The tents are connected by a suspended bridge to the dining area and bar. The camp is operated in cooperation with local Maasai tribes and is the logistical center for a community development project. Local Maasai trackers will also escort you on guided walks.
After getting settled in, enjoy lunch and some time to relax. In the afternoon depart on your first game drive in the Mara. Return to camp in time to freshen up and enjoy a sundowner around the campfire before dinner.

     Tipilikwani Tented Camp

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 8 and 9 | Maasai Mara Game Reserve

 

You have two more days for multiple or all day game drives – it’s up to you and your guide and the movement of the animals. You may also want to take a walk in the hills escorted by Maasai guides who demonstrate their extensive knowledge of plants and animals while surrounded by spectacular landscapes in every direction.

     Tipilikwani Tented Camp

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 


Day 10 | Maasai Mara / Nairobi – Depart

 

Arise early this morning for a sunrise game drive and a bush breakfast. Afterwards depart for the airstrip. Reluctantly bid farewell to your guide as you board the scheduled flight to Nairobi.

     Day Room – The Norfolk Hotel

     Meals: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS

Private airport transfers

Scheduled Flight: Maasai Mara – Nairobi

All accommodations and meals as per itinerary

Customized 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatches and unlimited mileage

Bottled water on game drives

Exclusive services of a private professional safari guide throughout

All National Park and wildlife reserve fees

Membership in Flying Doctors Service

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare and flights

Drinks at meals and alcoholic beverages

All items of a personal nature

Laundry services (can be done for a fee)

Gratuities to safari guide and camp/lodge staff

Travel insurance

Visas and Visa fees

Airport departure taxes (usually included in ticket price)

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