Kenya Highlights

Nairobi to Nairobi

       

Kenya Highlights

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: £ 1,165 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Nairobi

Safari Ends: Nairobi Number of Days: 8
Countries visited: Kenya
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Safari Price Includes:

3 Meals a day (unless differently specified)
Vehicle
Trailer
Camping fees
Professional guide

Safari Price Excludes:

Travel and medical insurance
Personal spending money
Visas, passports, vaccinations
Personal taxes
All optional activities unscheduled or optional National Parks entrance fees
Gratuities
Restaurant meals and all other items of a personal nature.
All drinks, even on days with full board basis.

Kenya Highlights

This is a journey through one of Africa’s premier wildlife viewing destinations, with wonderful opportunities to see plains mammals and their predators up-close.
Your first stop is Samburu National Reserve, home to the colourful Samburu people and a dramatic landscape which is a haven for species rarely found anywhere else.

Kenya Highlights Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi Hotel  

Upon arrival in Nairobi, you’ll transfer to your hotel for your first night’s stay, in Kenya’s capital. Nairobi is an
interesting city, but be prepared for bad traffic – whatever time of night or day you arrive!
Today is free to relax after your flight, or maybe you wish to explore the city a little. Interesting half day trips can
be arranged to the Karen Blixen Museum, where the bygone era of the pioneering coffee farmer is preserved, the
Giraffe Centre, for a close-up experience of the rare Rothschild’s giraffe, the colourful city market or the National
Museum, which all make interesting excursions. Elephant fans should also consider visiting the Daphne Sheldrick
Elephant Orphanage, although opening times are quite restricted.


Day 2: Samburu National Reserve Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you drive by safari minibus to Samburu National Reserve, a journey of approximately six
hours/325kms.
This park is situated to the north of Mt. Kenya and its terrain is hot and arid – don’t be surprised to see camel
trains! After lunch you embark on the first game drive of your safari, returning to the lodge in the late afternoon.
Perched on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the heart of Samburu National reserve, this lodge enjoys a unique perspective of one of Africa’s most celebrated wildernesses. This tented lodge offers 27
modern tents each with a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks. The spacious tents boast soft four-poster
beds, and en-suite bathrooms with hot showers. The bathrooms also offer twin washbasins, flush toilets, and
sockets for shavers and (camera) battery charging. Because of the warm climate, the public areas are all palm-thatched and open to the elements, raised on stilts to catch the cooling breeze blowing off the
river. The main dining room opens onto an outdoor dining terrace, where buffet breakfasts and lunches are
served overlooking the river.


Day 3: Samburu National Reserve Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. The camp’s location deep inside the reserve gives you a
fantastic chance of close encounters with the region’s shyer wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, and
Samburu’s famous ‘unique five’ – the rare reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra and the
majestic Beisa oryx. The broad waters of the Ewaso Nyiro River, which runs through the park, also attract large
herds of elephants and other animals, as well as a spectacular variety of birds.
Samburu is home to the Samburu people, close relatives of the Masai; look out for the Samburu warriors who
bring their cattle down to the waterholes during the dry season. Because the waterholes can be very deep the
warriors form a chain to bring the water up by hand to give to their cattle, chanting traditional songs as they work.
Your guide will also be able to tell you more about the cultures and traditions of these people.
Returning to camp, you can regale stories of your day’s activities and sightings around a roaring bonfire, listening
to the night sounds of the park and its wildlife.


Day 4: Mt. Kenya Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A two and a half hour (150 km) drive takes us to Mt. Kenya and your lodge, located 2,195m high in the forest
reserve of Kenya’s highest mountain.
It’s a unique place to stay and you’ll be surrounded by wildlife. The lodge is located near to a secret viewing hide
beside a waterhole which attracts elephant, buffalo, leopard and black rhino, amongst others. It’s also a
fascinating mountain eco-system, with many endemic plants, so perfect for naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts
alike, which is why we wanted to include a stay here.
This afternoon there’s time to relax and explore; your guide will be able to give you an insight into the distinctive
flora and fauna of Mt. Kenya


Day 5: Lake Nakuru Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Nakuru is highly valued, locally and internationally, because it is a wetland of international importance; a
waterfowl habitat, site of the first Rhino Sanctuary and home to millions of pink flamingos. At one time around one
third of the world’s total population (i.e. around two million) of lesser flamingos lived on the lake. Today numbers
vary according to water and food conditions, the birds feeding on the abundant algae. This small shallow lake has
become world famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth – a myriad of fuchsia pink flamingos
whose vast numbers can at times turn the lake pink in colour. Its habitat is also rich in diversity of bird species,
making it an ornithologist’s heaven and a photographer’s paradise.
The surrounding park is famous for its sizeable population of both black and white rhinos, and leopard sightings
are promising here. The rare Rothschild’s giraffe is also present and the park is home to buffalo, wild dog, zebra,
eland, waterbuck and lion.
We have included an afternoon game drive in the park.


Day 6: Masai Mara Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Lake Nakuru behind, you travel to the Masai Mara (six hrs/370kms) via the Great Rift Valley, an area of
stunning scenic beauty. You spend the next two days enjoying the wildlife of the Masai Mara.
The Masai Mara is the finest wildlife sanctuary in Kenya. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. The wildlife
is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight, perfect for keen
photographers. Birdlife is also prolific with over 450 bird species having been recorded, among them 57 species
of birds of prey.
Your first sight of this natural wonderland is breathtaking. Here great herds of elephant browse among the rich
tree-studded grasslands, with an occasional sighting of a solitary and ill-tempered black rhino. Thomson’s and
Grant’s gazelle, topi, eland and many more species of plains mammal offer a rich choice of food for the dominant
predators - lion, leopard and cheetah - that hunt in this pristine wilderness.
All of this amid an environment of acacia-dotted savannah, rocky rivers, high escarpments and woodland, which provide differing landscapes in which to enjoy several game drives during the morning and afternoon.
Your accommodation, at the Camp, is located at the base of the Ngama Hills in a verdant forest, watered by the largest springs in the Mara ecosystem – hence the name of the camp. The camp offers 38 spacious tents in three wings, all
with en suite bathrooms. The camp has a terrace with wonderful views across the African plains and you can eat your dinner outside, alongside nocturnal genet cats and mongoose. Your hosts will also treat you to a tour of their manyattas (villages), cattle bomas and lifestyle.


Day 7: Masai Mara Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 6 for Itinerary


Day 8: Kenya Accommodation Type Meals

Drive to Nairobi, a journey of approximately five and a half hours/300 kms, before boarding the evening flight
back to London.


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