DISCOVER THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY

5 Nights / 6 Days Guided Lodge Safari

On this private 6-day lodge safari, you not only visit the highlights of Kenya’s stunning national parks, but also spend time in private conservancies and get active on a walking safari. You will visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where you can observe wildlife against the backdrop of the majestic Mt Kenya. Carry on in your 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser to the Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru National Park, where you can spot flamingos and rhinos before you embark on a walking safari on the peninsula of Crescent Island at Lake Naivasha. Make your way to the Masai Mara, the world-renowned game reserve that is home to the Big Five and site of the Great Migration, the greatest wildlife show on earth.

Highlights

Day 1-6 | Kenya

  • You travel in a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with guaranteed window seat and pop-up roof
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy: game drive against the backdrop of Mt Kenya, large rhino population
  • Lake Nakuru National Park: game drives, large flamingo colonies, rhinos
  • Crescent Island & Lake Naivasha: walking safari on Crescent Island
  • Masai Mara Game Reserve: game drives, many big cats and the Big Five, trip to the Mara River

Facts

Private Safari:
Discover the Great Rift Valley
Tourcode: KE06KENLOD
From: Nairobi
To: Nairobi
Min number to guarantee tour: private safari
Max number of participants:
private safari (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: any day of your choice
Price: from 1,550 USD (7 persons)
Single Supplement: from 90 USD
landcruiser lodge-safari

Itinerary

Day 1 Nairobi – Ol Pejeta Conservancy  

After a short briefing in the morning the adventure begins with the drive in your 4×4 Land Cruiser towards the second highest mountain in Africa – Mount Kenya. Here, you will visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy which offers a stunning view of Mount Kenya, if the weather permits. This conservancy is home to a considerable number of predators and plays an essential role in the conservation of the black rhino in East Africa. It prides itself in being home to large populations of the endangered species. It is also the only place in Kenya where you can see chimpanzees. The sanctuary is home to abused and orphaned chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. To top it all off, at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, chances are high that you will spot the very rare African wild dog. You will spend the night at the Sweetwater Serena Camp. Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Lake Nakuru National Park

Energised by a hearty breakfast, you will embark on a short game drive in the early morning before leaving the Mount Kenya region and heading towards the Great Rift Valley. On your way, you will stop in Nyahururu at Kenya’s largest waterfall, which is an impressive 72 metres high. After a short break, you continue to Lake Nakuru National Park. The alkaline lake attracts huge colonies of flamingos each year. The spirulina algae, the flamingos’ main food source, colours their feathers in the distinctive pink colour. Millions of birds paint the shores of the lake in a pink hue and seeing them rise into the sky in their thousands is a sight you will never forget. The number of flamingos at the lake varies depending on the water levels and salt concentration. Another highlight of this national park are the black and white rhinos which call Lake Nakuru home. You can also spot large herds of buffaloes, water bucks, hippos and many types of gazelles in the park. The forest of yellow fever trees at the lakeside offers shade, making it the ideal hunting grounds for leopards. You will spend the night at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Lake Nakuru National Park – Crescent Island – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, there will be enough time for one last game drive at Lake Nakuru National Park before you head towards Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha is one of the few fresh water lakes in the Great Rift Valley, while most lakes in this region are alkaline. The shores of the lake are green year-round and a refreshing change from the often dry savannahs. You can see zebras, small gazelles and giraffes at the shores. Around noon you will make a trip to Crescent Island, a small private conservancy. You can go on a walking safari, a truly unique experience, watching wildlife from up close. You will overnight at the Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara Game Reserve

In the early morning, you will make your way to the one and only Masai Mara. There is lots to see on your 5-hour drive: you will pass the inactive volcanoes, Mount Longonot and Mount Suswa, then drive deeper and deeper into the land of the Masai. In the afternoon, you will arrive in the Masai Mara Game Reserve and embark on your first game drive through this absolutely stunning part of Kenya. The Masai Mara is known for its large wildlife populations and home to the Big Five. Since animals don’t adhere to border control, you can spot wildlife in the surrounding areas as well. You will spend the night at Mara West Camp in a remote area just outside of the Mara Triangle. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Masai Mara Game Reserve

Today you will have plenty of time for extensive game drives through the beautiful Masai Mara, including a stop at the Mara River. The Masai Mara is host to the greatest wildlife show on earth: The Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate from the southern Serengeti in Tanzania to the savannahs of the Masai Mara. The animals follow the rain, always in search of fresh grass. These large herds of ungulates attract a great number of predators: lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas lurk in the shadows for their next meal. The highlight of the Great Migration occurs between July and September, when the herds have to cross the Mara River. Many hungry crocodiles wait in the rivers, turning the waters into a death trap for some wildebeest and into a spectacular show of natural forces. A safari in the Mara is a unique experience since many animals call the game reserve home year-round. If you have seen the Big Five, you might want to turn your attention to the more than 400 bird species living here. You will spend another night at the Mara West Camp. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Masai Mara Region – Nairobi

After breakfast, you will leave the Masai Mara region heading towards Nairobi. The bumpy paths of the bush will turn into tarred roads and in the afternoon, you will arrive at your point of departure, the busy capital that is Nairobi. We will drive you to your hotel or the airport where you can say your goodbyes to your safari crew and head home or continue your travels.

Alternatively, you can book a flight straight to Diani Beach right from the airstrip in the Masai Mara. Dust-off from your adventures in the bush and spend a couple of days on the palm-fringed beaches of the Indian ocean. Without spending long hours on the road, you can sip a cocktail at the beach just hours after your safari trip. Get in touch with us for more details! Breakfast; Lunch

 

Important:  on flights to Diani Beach, luggage is restricted to 15 kg (incl. hand luggage) in a soft bag.

 

Includes

  • Lodge safari according to the itinerary
  • Travel in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Overnight stays as per itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

FAQ

  • This is a private tour and hence the group will only consist of the people you chose to travel with. Our vehicles can take a maximum of 7 people and should your group be bigger than that, more than one vehicle will be used.
  • There is no official age limit, but due to the many hours spent in the vehicle, we don’t recommend this trip for children under the age of 6 years. However, if parents can confidently say that their children are comfortable in travelling long distances, they are of course welcome. However, parents are responsible for their children at all times.
  • You will stay in hotels, safari lodges or permanent tented camps (with en-suite bathrooms). Safari lodges are solid buildings, whereas tented camps are permanently set-up, walk-in safari style tents that offer the same service as hotels and lodges.
  • We only use specially converted 4×4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Land Cruiser) that are able to take on the harsh Kenyan road conditions. Each guest will enjoy a window seat and during game drives the roof will open, ensuring unspoilt views.
    • Meals are included as stated in the itinerary and mineral water is also supplied during the safari. All other drinks such as soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are excluded and need to be settled by yourself.
    • You will dine at the respective accommodations. For breakfast, a buffet is usually set up, whereas a three-course menu is typically served for dinner. Lunch is mostly enjoyed en-route in form of pre-packed lunch (lunch-box) consisting of sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.

 

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).

  • Upon booking you will receive a detailed packing list that will assist you in deciding what to bring.
  • Yes there are and due to the fact that space in the vehicle is limited, luggage is restricted to 15 kg in a soft bag or rucksack. In addition, guests are allowed one small piece of hand luggage. Please refrain from bringing bulky suitcases as this can cause problems when storing the luggage. Furthermore, please do not forget to read up on your airlines respective luggage policy.
  • Yes, you should bring along some cash for extras like drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.
  • Please make sure that your USD bills that have been printed after 2004 as any earlier dated bills will not be accepted.
  • Tipping after a safari is customary and we recommend 15-20 USD per day per group for the guide.
  • Entry requirements vary depending on the citizenship of the traveller. While many nationalities can obtain a visa upon arrival in Kenya it is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of all required documents. We strongly suggest that you contact your respective embassy for the latest visa regulations.
  • In general, East Africa poses no higher health risks than many other destinations. Please consult your GP or a tropical disease institute regarding appropriate vaccinations etc. before your departure. For your own safety please inform us about any intolerances or allergies you may have against any medications or of any medical conditions (e.g. high blood pressure, epilepsy, asthma, heart conditions, etc.) when you book your trip. Please also inform your guide before the start of the tour.
  • In theory, there is a possibility of contracting malaria in all East African countries. Malaria is caused by one-cell parasites and transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes. Different medications can offer a prophylaxis but some need to be taken before you start travelling. You should consult your GP or the institute for tropical diseases to get medical advice. Our experience suggests, that medications which have been on the market for some time (e.g. Lariam) can lead to severe side effects and therefore may compromise your trip.
  • Prevention is always better than cure; the best prevention is not to get bitten by wearing long trousers, socks, closed shoes and long-sleeved tops during the evening hours. The use of anti-mosquito sprays and creams can further help to reduce the risk of being bitten.

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