KENYA – SAVANNAH AND SEA
8 Days / 7 Nights Guided Lodge Safari
This lodge safari will take you from the bush to the beach in a group of maximum seven travellers. Explore some of the most well-known national parks in the country: in the Masai Mara, at Lake Naivasha, in Amboseli and Tsavo West National Park you will experience Kenya’s stunning landscapes and wildlife from your window-seat in a 4×4 Land Cruiser. After eight days filled with wildlife adventures, you will arrive in Diani Beach, where you can spend a few days relaxing at palm-fringed, sandy, white beaches.
Day 1-8 | Kenya
- You travel in a small group in a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with guaranteed window seat and pop-up roof
- Masai Mara Game Reserve: game drives, the Big Five, trip to the Mara River
- Lake Naivasha: freshwater lake, boat trip (optional)
- Amboseli National Park: game drives, large elephant herds, view of Mt Kilimanjaro
- Tsavo West National Park: game drives, Mzima Springs
Kenya - Savannah and Sea
Min number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants:
7 per vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: three times a month
Price: from 2,200 USD
Single Supplement: from 200 USD
Day 1 Nairobi – Masai Mara Game Reserve
Your safari starts with a highlight, taking you straight from the busy city of Nairobi to one of the greatest wildlife destinations on earth: the Masai Mara. After a short briefing about your upcoming safari it is time to head west in your 4×4 Land Cruiser. When city dwellings change into acacias and shrubs, you know you are driving deeper into Masai land. In the afternoon, you embark on your first game drive around the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Look out for lions, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes and many other species you expect to see on a safari. Your safari guide will share many interesting facts about wildlife and the Mara ecosystem. You will be surprised how much you will see and learn on only your first day of your safari. When the shadows grow longer, you will make your way to your home for the next three nights, the Ilkeliani Camp at the banks of the Talek River.
Day 2 Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today, enjoy a whole day of game drives in the magnificent Masai Mara. If you visit the Mara during the Great Migration, stop at the Mara River to witness – with a bit of luck – a river-crossing of wildebeest and zebras, as they swim through the crocodile-infested waters. The Masai Mara is a stunning wildlife destination year-round and any month of the year you can encounter the Big Five and many more. The wind in your hair, take in the vast plains and the breath-taking scenery around you. You will stay another night at the Ilkeliani Camp, just outside the game reserve. Since animals don’t mind borders, you should look out for wildlife around camp while you enjoy a sundowner before dinner.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 3 Masai Mara Game Reserve
Another day in the Masai Mara allows you to fully immerse yourself in this wildlife paradise. Taking it slowly you can enjoy the small moments which make a safari a unique experience. Explore different corners of the reserve and get more than just a quick glimpse of the resident wildlife. Together with your guide, you can study the animals’ behaviour and social structures, while looking for rare species. No day in the bush is the same so you can expect another exciting day out and about in nature. You return to the beautiful Ilkeliani Camp where your time in the Mara comes to an end around the fireplace.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 4 Masai Mara Region – Lake Naivasha
Leaving the Masai Mara region behind, you head to Lake Naivasha, Kenya’s flower-capital and one of the few fresh-water lakes in the Great Rift Valley. Arriving at your home for the night on the shores of the lake around lunch time, you can enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure. Book a boat trip on the lake to spot some of the 500 bird species, take a walk across the lodge’s grounds or spend the day by the swimming pool and relax with a good book. It’s time to slow down and take a rest ahead of your next safari experiences. You will stay at the Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 5 Lake Naivasha – Amboseli Region
Energised from yesterday’s rest, you head towards Amboseli. Passing the Ngong Mountains on your way, you drive south towards the Tanzanian border where you will find Amboseli, home to large elephant herds. If the weather permits, you will be rewarded for the long drive with a breath-taking view of a lifetime: Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro and its snow-capped Uhuru Peak can be spotted in the distance while elephants walk majestically amongst acacia trees. Your home for the next two nights is the Satao Elerai Camp, located in a private conservancy just south of the park. Watch wildlife at the camp’s own waterhole or enjoy the views of Kilimanjaro from the swimming pool.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 6 Amboseli National Park
Today, you will have ample time to explore Amboseli National Park on full-day game drives. While a dry and hot climate dominates the region, Kilimanjaro’s melting snow peaks turn Amboseli into a green oasis in the rainy season. Follow elephant herds and together with your safari guide study their highly developed social behaviour. Along the way, you can spot many more animal species such as cheetahs, wildebeest, zebras and waterbucks. Enjoy the unique moments and take time to appreciate your surroundings. After an exciting day in nature, you will return to Satao Elerai Camp for the night.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 7 Amboseli National Park – Tsavo West National Park
After experiencing some of the most-loved safari destinations in the country in the last few days, there is yet another highlight awaiting you. Tsavo West is one of the largest national parks in the country and place for uncountable opportunities for memorable wildlife encounters. Today, you’ll explore the park on an afternoon game drive. It is well-known for its varied landscapes: in mountains, savannah, thick thorn bushes and forest you can look forward to diverse wildlife and rare species such as Hunter’s hartebeest. Tonight, you will stay at the Severin Safari Camp. By now, you have become a safari expert, having seen diverse landscapes and wildlife sightings and learned many interesting facts from your safari guide. It is time to relax.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 8 Tsavo West National Park – Diani Beach
After adventure-filled days in some of Kenya’s most famous national parks, it is time to dust-off and take it slowly. Today, we take you to Diani Beach on Kenya’s south coast. Driving past the Shimba Hills National Reserve, we take a back-road, avoiding the busy traffic in Mombasa. We pass local villages and green rolling hills, before arriving in Diani Beach, a small beach town with a 13-kilometre uninterrupted tropical coastline, where we will bring you to your beach hotel and say our goodbyes. Relax in the warm Indian Ocean, at one of the many good restaurants and bars and think back on your great Kenyan safari adventures. Contact us for recommendations and bookings of your beach hotel.Breakfast; Lunch
Important: If you would like to fly out from Mombasa airport on the last day of your safari, please consult with us before booking your flight.
- 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
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
- The size of the group varies between 2 and 7 people per vehicle with travellers of different ages coming from all over the world.
- 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.