- 8 Days from$2310 p/p in USD
- DeparturesYear Round
Guided, Small Group
Discover Amboseli known for its great views of Mount Kilimanjaro and large herds of elephants, Lake Naivasha’s Crescent Island, one of Kenya’s hidden gems where you enjoy game viewing on foot, and the Masai Mara, the arena for one of the greatest spectacles on earth – the wildebeest migration. Guided by our talented and professional driver guides, who are passionate about what they do, you are guaranteed to enjoy each unique park. Accommodation is carefully selected and is ideal for families, couples, honeymooners, big and small groups. We use our own very well maintained safari minivans and 4X4s specially designed and built for African safari terrain, and all our safaris are strictly on a private vehicle basis.
- Safari types:Big Five Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
- You will visit:Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Crescent Island Game Park
- Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hippo, Crocodile, Hyena, Jackal, Warthog
- Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari, Boat Cruise
- Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
- Start/end:Start/end in Nairobi
- Day 1: Nairobi
- Day 2: Amboseli – Game viewing
- Day 3: Amboseli – Game viewing/optional cultural village visit
- Day 4: Naivasha – Boat ride to Cresent Island
- Day 5: Mara – Game viewing
- Day 6: Mara – Game viewing/optional cultural village visit
- Day 7: Mara – Game viewing/optional balloon ride
- Day 8: Nairobi
Typical Day on Safari
Our professional guides are there to assist you every step of the way. Even though there is a general outline of your safari, your guide will talk with you regarding each day’s plans. He will tell you about the country you are visiting, its history, traditions, the area you are visiting, what you see; he will take you to the loveliest places, look after any formalities or negotiations with the local people, and take care of your safety and comfort. Our professional guides are all proficient in bush craft and can also tell you about the local traditions, identify wildlife and birds, and help you learn more about the world around you. All our guides speak English as well as their local language and some speak French and Spanish as well. Days will vary depending on your specific schedule, road conditions, and what you would like to do. A typical day may unfold like this:
You will get up before dawn when hot coffee and tea are served. The air is cold as the sun rises and shimmers on the open plains. This is the best time to see the wildlife. Your camera is ready to go and you have layered your clothing to keep you warm. Head into the bush and search for lions, elephant, giraffe and plains game. Each turn will offer something unique – a lioness and her cubs, a herd of elephant moving to a waterhole, a cheetah stalking a gazelle. Your morning game drive lasts about two hours, depending on what you see. Return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast there is time to relax from being up at sunrise or now is the time to participate in any additional activities that the lodge may offer such as walks, village visits or bike rides.
Lunch is usually served in camp/lodge, unless you are out for a full day’s game drive, when there will be a picnic lunch. You will head out again in the afternoon, searching for the special species that may have eluded you. As the sun sets, return to camp for a hot shower. Then indulge in a delicious dinner and after dinner drinks in the lounge. There may also be a chance to sit around the campfire exchanging tales of the bush. Everyone retires early with great anticipation of the next day’s adventure!
When you are out on safari your schedule is flexible at most locations, however some locations have set times for game drives or walks. You can always talk with the hosts of the camps/lodge to adjust schedules and they will try to accommodate you. The restriction will be to stay within park rules and travel times required to get you to your destination. Your guides will always give their recommendations but are there to listen to your needs.
Rates – Per Person USD
From USD 2,310 per person
NB Christmas and Easter supplements of USD 40 per person applicable
- Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
- Transport in an exclusive-use custom made safari minivan (4×4 additional supplement)
- Services of an English speaking driver-guide (Spanish or French speaking guide no extra cost)
- Game viewing drives
- Park entrance fees
- Complimentary 1500 ml mineral water per person per day in the safari vehicle
- All meet and greet services at the airport
- All arrival and departure transfers
- 24 hours stand-by contact number
- Two-way long range high frequency radio communication in each vehicle
- On safari accessories in each vehicle – first-aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of binoculars, cool box
- Flying doctors coverage which covers you within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the eventuality of a medical emergency, you will be airlifted to Nairobi where you will be taken to a good hospital. Hospital bills are born by the patients
- All Government taxes and levies
- International and local flights and departure taxes
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
- Tips and gratuities (budget approx. $2-$4 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, $1 per bag for porters, $5-$10 per person per day for driver-guides)
- All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc
- Laundry services
- Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary
- Visa fees
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Classic Journeys Africa‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Classic Journeys Africa‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
JAMBO! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by Classic Journeys Africa Customer Care Representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Before checking in at hotel, he will brief you on your program ahead and introduce the driver guide who will be with you throughout your safari.
Accommodation: Macushla House (Breakfast)
Activity: Airport pickup and transfer
This morning after breakfast, you will drive to Amboseli National Park, famous for its large elephant population roaming across the vast grassy plains, the big five and majestic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, among other species of flora and fauna. Arrive at Amboseli in time for check-in and lunch.
Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge (Full Board)
Activity: Afternoon game drive
Full day in Amboseli National Park with two game drives, driving across this vast lake bed, which is often dry but swampy in some areas. There is plenty of game here such as cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, gazelles and herds of elephants all set against the amazing back drop of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in all its glory. If you wish, for a nominal fee, you can also visit a Masai Village to experience this nomadic tribe’s way of life and see their colorful culture.
Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge (Full Board)
Activity: Morning game drive, Masai Village Experience (extra)
After your breakfast, you will depart for Lake Naivasha to arrive in time for check in and lunch. You will then spend the afternoon at leisure followed by an evening boat ride to Crescent Island, the park where you walk with the animals!
Crescent Island Game Park, located on Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley, has more more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Park, hence many film companies have been to the island to film the herds of wildebeest, waterbuck, zebra and gazelle.
With no fences, wildlife from the mainland can come in, as their habitat to lost to development and the ever increasing population. Hippo graze at night, giraffe who were born on the island return to give birth; sometimes you see three generations at a time, hyena come to hunt at night but are not resident on the island, the many python that live here can be seen occasionally with a kill, groups of buffalo come and go and are always monitored. From the top of the hill there is a 360 degree view across the Lake Naivasha from Longonot to Hell’s Gate to the Mau Escarpment to Eburu and onto the Aberdares. Walking along the ridge in the golden hour before sunset whilst watching the animals grazing with the water shimmering beyond is what Africa is all about. Take a boat back to the lodge.
Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (Full Board)
Activity: Transfer, evening boat cruise
After breakfast and a short briefing by your driver guide, drive to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, backdrop to one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge. Spend the afternoon on safari in Kenya’s most popular reserve. Arrive back in lodge in time for campfire cocktails and dinner.
Located at the very centre of the famous ‘Mara Triangle’, Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill with long views over the savannah and down to the winding coils of the hippo-filled Mara River, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas, providing guests with a ringside seat to legendary migration of the wildebeest. Styled to echo the circular motif of a traditional Maasai manyatta, the safari lodge blends international sophistication with raw African beauty, while featuring twin rows of individual rooms, each with its own view of the famous Mara River. The central bar and dining areas enjoy spectacular views, as does the rock-surround swimming pool. Each uniquely-presented room is accommodated in its own stand-alone modular unit, with uninterrupted views, private balcony and spacious seating area.
Accommodation: Mara Serena Lodge (Full Board)
Activity: Transfer, afternoon game drive
Your two days will be spent on safari in Africa’s richest wildlife reserve. Historically teeming with wildlife, the Mara hosts Kenya’s largest lion prides and elephant herds. Other predators include leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena; while in the Mara River you will see fat pods of hippo and vast Nile crocodiles. Other highlights include giraffe, gazelle, zebra, buffalo and over 550 species of birds.
Options (additional cost): Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a hot air balloon, including a champagne breakfast in the wild. Viewing abundant game afloat in a balloon is an unforgettable experience! Alternatively visit a Masai village and learn about the Masai culture.
Accommodation: Mara Serena Lodge (Full Board)
Activity: Morning and afternoon game drives, optional balloon flight
After breakfast at the lodge, bid farewell to the Masai Mara as you set off on your journey back to Nairobi. Drive back down the Great Rift Valley, passing the dormant volcano, Mount Longonot, and lakes Elementeita and Naivasha on the way. Keep an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle and head up the escarpment. You will arrive in Kenya’s bustling capital city Nairobi in the early afternoon. Spend time doing last minute shopping. Lunch is your own arrangement. Transfer to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your departure flight.
Accommodation: Onward travel
Activity: Airport transfer