- 8 Days from$1670 p/p in USD
- DeparturesYear Round
Guided, Small Group
Luxury, Mid Range
Explore the beauty of Kenya starting in the capital Nairobi, followed by safari at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park, in beautiful Lake Naivasha National Park, one of the Great Rift Valley lakes, and finally in the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Experience big 5 wildlife viewing and bird watching as well as a boat ride and walking safari on Crescent Island.
- Safari types:Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
- You will visit:Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Naivasha National Park, Nairobi
- Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hippo, Hyena, Cheetah, Warthog
- Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari, Boat Cruise, Village Visit, Birding
- Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle
- Start/end:Start/end in Nairobi
- Minimum age:3 years
- Trip Type: Private Guided / Group Sharing
- Lodging Level: Comfort
- Travel Style: Full On
- Physical Level: Vey Easy
- Itinerary Focus: Classic Highlights
- Trip Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
- Highlights: Mt Kilimanjaro Sighting, Bird Watching, Big 5 Wildlife Encounter
- Trip theme: Wildlife, Adventure
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 1,670 per person
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Day by Day Overview
On arrival at JKIA Airport in Nairobi our representative will be waiting to meet you for the transfer to your city hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing. In the evening there’s an optional Carnivore dinner for a game meat experience. Transfer back to the hotel for overnight.
After an early pick up from your hotel, set off on the drive to Amboseli National Park. Check in at accommodation and enjoy lunch before an afternoon game drive. Amboseli National Park is situated due south of Nairobi, most of the park consists of a dry, ancient lake bed and fragile grassland with patches of acacia woodland, while in the southern area there is a number of small, rocky, volcanic hills. Around the swamps Ol Kenya, Ol Tukai and Enkongo Narok, the vegetation is lush with yellow-barked acacias and phoenix palms.
Rise early for good views of Mount Kilimanjaro before clouds build up over the summit and set off for a full day of game drives, with packed lunch provided. An optional visit to a Masai village can be planned after breakfast. A visit reveals the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience. Despite its changing habitat, Amboseli National Park is possibly the best wildlife area in the whole of Africa to experience elephant at close range. Less harassed by poachers, elephants feeding and bathing in the swamps must form the highlight of any safari.
An early morning drive to Lake Naivasha, the highest and the most beautiful of the Rif Valley lakes. At 1910m (6200f), the water is fresh and the lake is fringed with dense clumps of papyrus (ancient Egyptians once used this to make paper). Kingfishers use the papyrus as a perch while herons hide in it while searching for food. Lake Naivasha is yet another area popular for bird watching (over 400 species have been recorded). It is also a favorite weekend retreat for Nairobi residents, who come here to sail, water ski and fish. There are no crocodiles in the lake as the water is too cold for them due to the altitude, but there are a number of hippos. Along the lakeshore, vineyards produce grapes for the country’s fledgling wine industry.
Depart early morning to Maasai Mara National Reserve. Arrive in time for lunch then have an afternoon game drive. The Maasai Mara is one of the few places on earth where wildlife still lives comparatively undisturbed, in the numbers that once roamed the plains and forests of Africa. As the northern tip of the vast Serengeti ecosystem, the Mara hosts the spectacular seasonal migration of many thousands of wildebeest, zebras and attendant predators.
After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive, with packed lunch. The reserve is well known for its black-manned lion, as well as its abundant resident wildlife and its one of the few places where it’s possible to see the big five during a morning’s game drive.
After breakfast depart with an en route game drive. Experience a cultural tour where you learn about the Maasai culture at the Maasai Village. Later drive to Nairobi with a stopover for lunch at Narok. Proceed to your Nairobi hotel for your overnight stay.
After breakfast, do any last minute shopping at Utamaduni, Kazuri Beads and the Maasai Market. Later after check out transfer to the airport and bid goodbye to Nairobi for your journey home.