2. Kenya Adventure
Tour Length: 9 days
Nairobi | Samburu | Lake Nakuru | Masai Mara
9 Days - Kenya
Kenya home to the safari, and this scheduled departure visits a variety of wonderful environments by road, for a more economical experience. The lodges and parks on this trip are beautiful, unique, and are surrounded by game-rich lands.
From $3,295 to $3,795 per person
When you think about safaris you first think of Kenya - the home of the African safari. Kenya is an amazing land, rich in wildlife and culture. We have game parks filled with an incredible variety of animals ranging from the more than a million and a half wildebeest that visit the Masai Mara during the annual migration to the hippos of Samburu.
The romance of an African safari was born in Kenya. Nairobi today is a colorful tapestry woven with many ethnic groups, modern and colonial buildings, sleek Mercedes and dusty donkey carts. Here weary travelers can stretch out the kinks of air travel and replenish energies in anticipation of the safari.
Continue overland to the edge of Kenya's arid northern reaches to Samburu… home to all the 'big ones' as well as some peculiar and rare species. The colorfully clad tribes people live the same lifestyle as their forbears and are endlessly eager to mingle with foreigners who visit their ancestral lands.
Travel onto Lake Nakuru for overnight and then continue to the Masai Mara, Kenya's most spectacular game park. The wildlife is here aplenty: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino… and daily safaris reward with close-up encounters. Here you can hop aboard a hot air balloon, in the soft hours of dawn, and marvel at the birds-eye view of the rolling savannah.
More time to explore?
Consider adding a Tanzania extension, or a thrilling gorilla trek in Rwanda.
Safaris by Road
Our safaris by road travel in modern 7 passenger safari vehicles, with only a maximum of 7 passengers in a vehicle to ensure that everyone enjoys a window seat.
Day 1. Depart USA
Safari excitement begins with the overnight flight to Kenya.
Day 2. Nairobi (Mondays)
On arrival at the Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by a representative of Great Safaris and transferred to The Stanley Hotel.
Day 3. Shaba Game Reserve
Drive north this morning to 'Born Free' country where Joy and George Adamson raised Elsa the lion cub in the wild and beautiful Shaba National Reserve which along with Buffalo Springs is part of the area known as 'Samburu'. Arrive for lunch at the Sarova Shaba Lodge, built around natural springs and offers an oasis of green in the midst of this beautiful but harshly arid landscape. The Sarova Shaba Lodge is located high above the Shaba Game Reserve, and it cleverly incorporates the beautiful natural springs as one of its special features.
Day 4. Shaba Game Reserve
After an early morning game drive, returning to the Lodge for breakfast. Mid morning is spent at leisure. Enjoy an afternoon game drive.
The Shaba Reserve is named after an outcrop of volcanic rock that dominates the region. Many small hills dot the landscape and with four springs, Shaba is better watered than its neighbors. Animals commonly seen are elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes and buffalos to name a few. The river forest attracts a wide variety of birds.
Day 5. Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast, depart heading southwest to Nyahururu, still known to many as Thomson's Falls for its 237-foot cascade. After a brief stopover, travel in a southerly direction to your next destination: Lake Nakuru, colored a shimmering flamingo pink from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. Wildlife is also in abundance here. Arrive at Lion Hill Lodge affording unforgettable views of the lake from its hillside perch. In the afternoon there will be a game drive in Nakuru National Park.
Lion Hill Lodge impresses every guest with its panoramic view of the pink shoreline created by millions of flamingos on Lake Nakuru. The Lodge is situated within the Lake Nakuru National Park Rift Valley Province and is surrounded by natural flora and fauna in its beautiful grounds.
Day 6. Masai Mara
Leave flamingo fringed Lake Nakuru behind, heading southwards and turn right at Maai Mahiu to ascend up over the top of the Mau Escarpment. Then heading due south, you travel towards Narok, gateway to the Masai Mara and district headquarters of this part of Masailand.
You'll travel across the "breadbasket" of Kenya, covered with acres of wheat and barley; you'll reach your destination, Mara Sarova luxury tented camp, by lunchtime. Located within the boundaries of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, this comfortable luxury camp offers delicious meals and a swimming pool, and makes a perfect base from which to explore the wonders of this corner of Kenya. Lunch at the camp.
Take an afternoon game-drive in this magnificent game reserve. Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti ecosystem to the south. Game abounds here, particularly when the migration is on, and millions of wildebeest and zebras make their way back and forth across the Mara River on their annual trek. The Mara is also noted for its abundance of lions - particularly the superb black maned males. You'll see lots of elephants here often in large herds, and if you're lucky leopard, cheetah and rhino. All of the Big Five are residents. You're sure to see the African buffalo. Get the cameras ready and enjoy yourselves!
Sarova Mara Camp is set in the African bush but the luxurious tents all have permanent roofs, zip-up fronts, electricity and en-suite facilities. Relaxing outside your own tent listening to the orchestra of rasping Cicadas, croaking Tree Frogs and the intermittent call of birds and monkeys is a memorable symphony.
Day 7. Masai Mara
Set out on an early morning game drive returning to the Lodge for breakfast. Mid-morning is spent at leisure and lunch at the Camp.
Take an afternoon game viewing drive in the reserve, with the opportunity of enjoying breathtaking vistas, panoramas of vast rolling plains, hills and woodland groves, well watered by the lovely Mara River.
Day 8. Depature
Bid farewell to the Masai Mara as you set on your journey back to Nairobi. Travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley keep an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle and head up the escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. You will arrive in Kenya's bustling capital city Nairobi in the early afternoon. Lunch on your own arrangements.
Transfer to Nairobi Airport for your departure flight where you will bid farewell to Africa until the next time.
Day 9. Arrive USA
With memories never to be forgotten!
- Meet and greet services with assistance at the airport or hotel by a Great Safaris representative
- All transport and game drives on road safaris will be in modern safari mini-coaches (with seven window seats) with an English speaking driver-guide on shared basis
- Meals and accommodation as specified
- All park fees and government taxes
- ½ litre bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives
- Visas and international flights
- Airport taxes (clients to pay direct)
- Driver-guide gratuities
- Drinks, dining rooms tips, porterage
- Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance
- Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
- We may have to re-route the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.
- Prices for park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed onto you.
- Passengers should bring only soft sided bags on safaris.
- This is a seat in mini-coach program and may form part of other programs, other clients may therefore be joining or departing the safari at any time
09. Beauty and the Beasts
We had a wonderful trip. Everything went smoothly... The Cape Grace Hotel was great, and we enjoyed Cape Town. We had great guides on Robben Island and that was a very meaningful experience... The drive outside Cape Town, along the coast and to the wine country was truly beautiful. La Petite Ferme was great food and great vistas. Stellenbosch was really quaint and good shopping with a throwback general store that was a charmer. Dinner at La Colombe Restaurant was a really fun, delicious culinary experience.
[In Botswana], we saw all the Big Five animals and more. Really quite something. Both camps were great - different and each good in their own ways. The experience with the people at Khwai River Lodge was one of the highlights. It felt like a family and we were serenaded on arrival and two other times. So all around great memories, lots of pictures, learning nature and animals and people and countries. What more could you ask! So thank you so much.
Everywhere you venture, our friendly ground staff will be there to warmly greet you and whisk you to your hotel or lodge. Never ever will you need to worry about how you are going to get from B to C. In fact, we take care of you from A to Z.More »
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