12 Days from$2989 p/p in USD
A fantastic safari visiting some wonderful parks and reserves in southern Kenya, including Amboseli with its elephant herds and great views of Kilimanjaro, the wilderness of Tsavo West, Lake Nakuru and Naivasha in the great Rift Valley, and the iconic Maasai Mara where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see all the Big Five and watch big cats patrol the savannah plains! In addition to game drives, activities will include a boat safari on Lake Naivasha, a nature walk on Crescent Island and a day sightseeing in Nairobi, including a visit to the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage. The camps and lodges have been selected based on their service and comfort level and on their locations within the parks and reserves.
Safari types:Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha National Park, Nairobi, Tsavo West National Park, Crescent Island Game Park, Mzima Springs
Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hippo, Crocodile, Hyena, Cheetah, Warthog, Baboon, Dik-dik, Waterbuck
Activities:Game Drive, Boat Cruise, Nature Walk, Optional Activities
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle
Start/end:Start in Nairobi, end in Nairobi
Price Per Person - USD
|From Price||Dates||No. travelling||Single Supplement|
|USD 3875||1st Nov to 22nd Dec||2|
|USD 3200||1st Nov to 22nd Dec||4|
|USD 2989||1st Nov to 22nd Dec||6|
Price Per Person - USD
|From Price||Dates||No. travelling||Single Supplement|
|USD 4248||11th September to 31st October||2|
|USD 3579||11th September to 31st October||4|
|USD 3376||11th September to 31st October||6|
- All accommodation on full board basis
- Transport in a private land cruiser
- Unlimited game drives
- Experienced driver / guide
- All airport transfers
- All park and conservancy fees
- All excursions and entrance fees
- Drinking water while on safari
- International flights
- Kenyan tourist visa
- Alcoholic drinks
- Soft drinks
- Tips & gratuities
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Transtrek Safaris‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Transtrek Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
Depart Nairobi by road for Tsavo West (5 hours), a huge park of over 7,000 sq. km. The park is made up of woodland, savannahs and riverine habitats and is home to many different species including thousands of elephants, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs, crocodiles and over 600 species of bird.
On entering the park you’ll head to the stunning Serena Kilaguni Lodge located inside the park where you’ll arrive in time for lunch. Situated between Mount Kilimanjaro and the volcanic Chyulu Hills, this stone-built safari lodge has great views of the surrounding hills and overlooks its own water hole, which is often visited by elephants, buffalos, and a wide variety of plains animals. The lodge was one of the very first to be built inside a national park in Kenya and has a restaurant, lounge and bar all overlooking the water hole. There is also a swimming pool, sun deck and gift shop and a variety of room types all either over-looking the water hole or with views of the Chyulu Hills.
After lunch you’ll head out on a late afternoon game drive, which will include a visit to the Mzima Springs where you may see hippos and Nile crocodiles and many different species of bird. You’ll then return to Kilaguni for dinner and spend your evening relaxing and watching the wildlife arrive at the watering hole. You will spend the next day on morning and afternoon game drives exploring the park with lunch and dinner at the lodge.
After breakfast you’ll head to Amboseli, which is about a two-hour drive through wilderness and will include an interesting stop at the Shetani lava flows, a huge expanse of black, folded lava. Amboseli is a fantastic park with great views of Mount Kilimanjaro and is one of the best places in Africa where you can encounter large herds of elephants up close! Amboseli has several habitat types ranging from savannahs and woodlands to swamps and wetlands, and the west side of the park is dominated by a lake that often dries up during the dry season, all of which help make Amboseli home to over 600 species of birds, big cats and many other species of mammals including all the Big Five.
You’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Ol Tukai Lodge, one of just a few accommodations located within the park itself and is one of the best places to watch elephants with the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. The lodge holds evening birding talks, lectures by researchers from the Elephant Research Centre and cultural talks by a Maasai culturist. After lunch at the lodge, you’ll head out onto the plains of Amboseli for a late afternoon game drive to explore the park. The next day will be spent on morning and afternoon game drives, with all meals at the lodge.
After breakfast and a game drive, you’ll head back to Nairobi with a picnic lunch arriving late afternoon at the Wildebeest Eco Camp, located on the outskirts of Nairobi in the leafy suburb of Karen. The camp has several styles of accommodation including luxury en-suite tents and en-suite cottages. There is a pool, restaurant, games room and excellent souvenir shop with all items made locally and it’s all set in a very attractive site with lots of trees and birdlife.
After a leisurely breakfast the next day, you’ll leave camp and spend the day sightseeing in Nairobi, the first stop will be the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage, where you can meet the many young elephants who are being rehabilitated for release back into the wild. The trust carries out very important work and has rescued, rehabilitated, and released over 150 elephants, there is also a fostering programme and if you do foster an elephant you are entitled to a private visit to the sanctuary to meet your elephant. After meeting the elephants, you will be taken to the historical Karen Blixen Coffee House for lunch, originally built in 1906. This will be followed by a short visit to the Karen Blixen Museum, originally the centerpiece of a 4,500-acre farm owned by author Karen Blixen and her Swedish husband and made famous by the 1985 film ‘Out of Africa’. Finally, you’ll head over to the Giraffe Centre to meet and feed the giraffes, the centre is a breeding programme for the now rare Rothschild giraffe, which can only be found in small numbers in the wild. At the end of the day, you will return to camp for dinner and an evening around the fire.
After breakfast you will depart Nairobi for the premium Lake Nakuru (3 hours) where you could see over 400 different species of birds, large numbers of white rhinos, the rare Rothschild giraffe, and other plains mammals such as lion, zebra, and buffalo. On entering the park you’ll head to your accommodation at Sopa Lodge, which is situated at the top of a ridge and has stunning views over the park and lake. The lodge has a restaurant, separate bar and lounge, pool and small shop. All the rooms are very spacious with great views over the park and lake. After lunch you can enjoy the views before heading out on a game drive around the lake. At sunset you will head back to the lodge for dinner and an evening relaxing.
After breakfast and a game drive, you’ll depart Nakuru and head down the Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha (1.5 hours) a freshwater lake surrounded by swamp that is home to hippos, waterbuck, and many species of bird. You’ll be staying at the Sopa Resort, located close to the lake shore and has beautiful gardens, where there is often wildlife wandering around such as bushbuck, zebra, and giraffe. The lodge has a restaurant and very nice lounge and bar area with leather sofas and fireplaces for the cool Naivasha evenings. The rooms are spacious, Swahili style chalets either with a balcony or a glass fronted lounge area for relaxing and wildlife viewing. After lunch you’ll head out on a boat safari across the lake where you may see hippos and many species of bird including fish eagles and pelicans, you’ll also visit Crescent Island for a guided nature walk where you can see many different plains mammals. At the end of the day, you’ll head back to the lodge for dinner and spend the rest of the evening watching the hippos come up from the Lake to graze.
After an early breakfast, you’ll leave Naivasha for the open grassland of the Maasai Mara (4.5 hours). Rich in biodiversity and home to a large variety of bird species and wildlife, this savannah reserve offers great game viewing and bird watching opportunities. The Maasai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife reserves and is home to the annual wildebeest migration, which involves over 1.5 million animals! There have been 95 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles, and over 400 bird species recorded on the reserve. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant, and the visitor will rarely miss seeing the Big Five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino).
You’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Sarova Mara Game Camp, situated inside the Maasai Mara national reserve. The Camp is a high-quality tented camp with over 50 standard tents and club and family tents available. The dining is of a high standard and there are also several other activities available such as fishing and bush walking. The next two days will be spent exploring the savannah grasslands of the Maasai Mara on game drives tracking down the Big Five, along with the many other species of mammals, reptiles, and birds.
After an early morning game drive, you’ll head back to camp for breakfast, then late morning you’ll head back to Nairobi with a picnic lunch (5.5 hours). Alternatively stay for lunch at the lodge and fly back to Nairobi in the afternoon (optional extra).