KENYA – THE HOME OF THE SAFARI
6 Nights / 7 Days Guided Lodge Safari
From dry steppe to dense green mountain forest, gushing waterfalls and open grassland – on this 7-day private lodge safari you will travel in a 4×4 Land Cruiser and experience Kenya’s diverse landscapes in all its glory. And with diverse landscapes comes diverse wildlife: the rare Beisa oryx and Grevy’s zebra await in the hot Samburu, while the lush Aberdare is home to large elephant herds. Flocks of flamingos gather at Lake Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley and the Big Five are at home in the plains of the Masai Mara. When travelling Kenya, the Home of the Safari, no day is like the other.
You will spend five of the six nights at intimate tented camps, giving you the luxury and comfort of a lodge and the closeness to nature which make a safari the unique experience that it is.
Day 1-7 | Kenya
- You travel in a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with guaranteed window seat and pop-up roof.
- Samburu Game Reserve: game drives along the river, animals of the arid region
- Aberdare National Park: game drives, many elephants, waterfalls, mountain rainforest
- Lake Nakuru National Park: game drives, flocks of flamingos, rhinos
- Masai Mara Game Reserve: game drives, many big cats and the Big Five, trip to the Mara River
Kenya - The Home of the Safari
Min number to guarantee tour: private safari
Max number of participants: private safari
Departure day: any day of your choice
Price: from 2,000 USD (7 persons)
Single Supplement: 120 USD
Day 1 Nairobi – Samburu Game Reserve
After a short briefing and meeting your safari guide, it’s time to hit the road in your 4×4 Land Cruiser. Today’s drive takes you north-east, past Mount Kenya and through the stunning Laikipia region. Make a quick stop in the town of Nanyuki which marks the border between the southern and the northern hemisphere – you have now crossed the equator. As the landscape gets drier and drier, you are approaching the first destination of your safari: the Samburu Game Reserve. The arid and dry landscape gives Samburu its own unique character. In the afternoon, you will embark on your first game drive in the reserve, looking for elephants, crocodiles and hippos along the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro river, which leads you to your home for the next two nights, the Elephant Bedroom Camp. The luxury camp is situated in the Samburu Game Reserve, under large trees in a riverine forest with views of the river. Listen to the sounds of the bush at night, while you dream of more adventures ahead. Lunch; Dinner
Day 2 Samburu Game Reserve
Waking up in the middle of nature is the best way to start your second safari day. Today, you will have ample time for game drives, exploring the Samburu Game Reserve. Samburu is home to wildlife which you will not see in the southern parks of Kenya; the animals here have adapted to a life with little water. Look out for the rare Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra and the gerenuk – an antelope with a giraffe-like neck. Especially during the dry season the Ewaso Ngiro river attracts many animals. Staying another night at the Elephant Bedroom Camp, your game drive continues well into the late afternoon, when you look out for elephants coming to the river to quench their thirst. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 3 Samburu Game Reserve – Aberdare National Park
After yesterday’s exploring of the arid and hot Samburu, you will make your way to the Aberdare National Park this morning. The change of scenery will surprise you. The Aberdare mountain range comprises of lush mountainous rainforest, moorland and plunging waterfalls. It is the ideal habitat for elephants of which you are bound to see many on your afternoon game drive. Buffaloes, leopards and the rare bongo antelope also call the Aberdares home. In these higher altitudes it can get chilly, especially during the night – remember to carry a warm jersey. Overnighting at The Ark in the heart of the national park is an exciting experience in itself. Named and designed after Noah’s Ark, this quirky lodge has a floodlit waterhole and different viewing platforms, so you can spot wildlife while enjoying a refreshing sundowner. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 4 Aberdare National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park
Heading west this morning, stop at the Thomson’s Waterfalls near the town of Nyahururu, before continuing through the Great Rift Valley to the Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru is among the classic safari destinations in Kenya. It is well-known for its large flocks of flamingos which gather in hundreds at the alkaline lake depending on season and water levels. Being a paradise for bird lovers, the park is home to 450 different species. If you don’t enjoy birds as much, you will surely love the fact that Lake Nakuru National Park is home to one of the largest populations of white and black rhinos in Kenya. On your afternoon game drive around the park, look out for buffaloes, waterbucks and hippos as well. You will stay at the Flamingo Hill Tented Camp tonight. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 5 Lake Nakuru National Park – Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today’s journey takes you deep into Masai land; you will drive through open plains dotted with acacias and shrubs, passing small local villages along the way. Your destination: the world-renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Mara is not only host to the greatest show on earth, the Great Migration of millions of wildebeest and zebras following the rains in search of fresh grass; but it is in fact home to the Big Five and a stunning wildlife destination all year-round. On your afternoon game drive you scout for animals in this magnificent corner of the earth before you relax at your home for the next two nights, the Tipilikwani Mara Camp. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 6 Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today is all about the Masai Mara. You have the whole day to explore this prime wildlife destination, including a stop at the Mara River. If you visit the Mara during the Great Migration, stop here long enough and you might get lucky and see a herd of wildebeest and zebras cross the crocodile-infested river. You can take time to slow down and enjoy the small moments in nature which make a safari a unique experience. You never know which animals await around the next corner – the Mara is home to large prides of lions, herds of elephants as well as cheetahs, hyenas and many kinds of antelopes. You will be surprised about how much you have learned from your safari guide about Kenya’s flora and fauna by day six of your safari. After an exciting day, return to Tipilikwani Mara Camp and enjoy a sundowner before dinner. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 7 Masai Mara Region – Nairobi
Today, it’s time to return to the bustling capital that is Nairobi. When bumpy paths turn into tarred roads you know your safari adventure through Kenya is coming to an end. After exploring the diverse regions of the country, we will bring you to your hotel or the airport where you can say goodbye to your safari guide before returning home or continuing your travels. Breakfast; Lunch
- 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
- 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.