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8 Days Private Family Safari in Kenya

  • Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve - Laikipia County - Lake Nakuru National Park - Maasai Mara National Reserve

Magnificent Kenya Safari in Lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara

Experience the ultimate family adventure on this safari highlighting the 4 wildest game parks in Kenya. See lions, elephants, zebra and more as you as enjoy daily game drives accompanied by your family's private safari guide and driver. Discover the desert animals of Samburu National Park, the unique wildlife of Laikipia, the rhinoceros sanctuary at Lake Nakuru National Park, and the legendary savannah of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This private guided safari should be carefully considered by those who want the classic 'out of Africa' experience!

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • En-route souvenir shopping
  • Private transport and guide service
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals
  • 7 activity days
  • English
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You will be accommodated for a night at The Stanley in Nairobi (alternative accommodation: Holiday Inn Mayfair and Serena) and 2 nights at Samburu Serena Safari Lodge (alternative accommodation: Samburu Wilderness Lodge and Shaba Sarova) in Samburu National Reserve.

On the next day, you will stay for a night at Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp (alternative accommodation: Ol' Pejeta Serena and Lewa Safari Camp) in Laikipia County and later on stay for a night at The Sarova Lion Hill Lodge in Lake Nakuru National Park.

For the last 2 nights, you will stay at the Mara Serena Lodge (alternative accommodation: Heritage Siana Springs and Kichwa Tembo) in Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Serena Safari Lodge

Serena Safari Lodge in Samburu, situated on the tranquil flowing Ewaso Nyiro River, the arterial lifeline of this northern game reserve, is a window to the wild where the view from rooms and verandas is essentially a wide-lens to the lives and habits of rare animals.

With Serena Safari Lodge, all necessities are available and complete freedom is forced. Dine over candlelight to African and continental specialties while new companions pass the time in the mountains and rivers nearby.

Instead of peering at these foreign species as fierce beings, the Serena staff takes you by the hand and shares with you the skin-tingling experience of bird-feeding and game drives. Evenings may be spent relaxing on the porch, as unassuming wild animals wander freely and without threat.

Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp has 39 deluxe luxury tents settled in the Kenya highland plateau of Laikipia, between Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains. Clean and surpassing all expectations, it provides hot showers and toilets in each tent while maintaining an outdoor appeal unmatched in comfort.

The view from tents allows first-hand access to animal watering holes. Dining at the restaurant provides a clear view of animals interacting as guests feast on delicious courses of African and continental culinary persuasions.

Besides the pure enjoyment of civilization’s best-kept-secrets, there is a darling tame rhino nearby stealing the hearts of all who come in contact with it. You will not forget Morani, the tender soul for which the Sweetwaters Tented Camp cares.

The Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

The Sarova Lion Hill Lodge overlooks Lake Nakuru and sits within the Lake Nakuru National Park, where flamingos and wild animals wander and spend their day. All the 67 chalets enjoy a wonderful view of the wealth of game.

The lodge is one of the only accommodations in the area, and it does its best to please guests with friendly staff continuously upholding the reputation for hospitality at Sarova Hotels. Dining takes place at the restaurant or bar, or one may request a bush breakfast or lunch.

Cuisine ranges from local to continental. Activities include a dip in the swimming pool, a visit to the beauty and massage treatment specialists, or taking some time out to observe the surrounding animal habitats.

Day 1 (Nairobi)

On the first day, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel located in Upper Hill, Nairobi. You can take advantage of the gym facilities and local restaurants. You can also rest in comfort and security at this lovely location. Nairobi is the least expensive arrival city for flights with a full range of hotels and local attractions.

Dubbed the “Safari Capital of the World”, the cool, clear and cosmopolitan Nairobi is the departure point for most safari itineraries. A city of contrasts, it is simultaneously the largest, the youngest, the most modern, the highest (1700 meters) and the fastest growing city in East Africa.

High-altitude Nairobi enjoys a pleasant tropical climate all year round. There are ATMs and banks to stock up on cash, great restaurants, and malls where you can purchase any forgotten items.

Day 2 (Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve)

In the morning of your second day, you will meet up with your guide and head off to Samburu National Park. The drive from the urban center of Nairobi, through the fertile highlands, the semi-arid frontier of Kenya is breathtaking and a great way to see the countryside.

The drive will be about 5 to 6 hours. You will enjoy your lunch as well as an afternoon game viewing with your skilled guide. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay at the Serena Safari Lodge.

Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River in Kenya; on the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve in Northern Kenya. It is 165 square kilometers in size and 350 kilometers from Nairobi.

Samburu National Reserve is distinctive for its arid plains and herds of animals drawn to the river and waterholes. Photographers love this park for its stark lighting and contrasts. In the arid North of Kenya, water means life. The river draws wildlife in great numbers to its banks, providing high-quality game viewing.

Day 3 (Samburu National Reserve)

On the third day, you will have a game viewing drive in Samburu National Park with your skilled guide. You will also enjoy lunch in the park. Here, another species unique to the Samburu region is the gerenuk. With luck, you will see some while on your game drive.

The gerenuk, also known as the Waller's gazelle, is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry bushy shrub and steppe in East Africa. The word “gerenuk” comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked”, and leads to another common name, the giraffe-necked antelope. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner and overnight stay at Samburu Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 4 (Samburu National Reserve - Laikipia County)

In the morning of the fourth day, you will leave Amboseli and drive to Laikipia County. Along the way, you will see the amazing scenery as you drive through the rural Kenya where you will see some Samburu villages. Afterward, you will enjoy lunch. In the evening, you will have dinner and overnight stay at the Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp.

In addition, Laikipia is located on the equator in the central region of the country. The district has two major urban centers: Nanyuki to the southeast, and Nyahururu to the southwest. Its capital is Nanyuki. centered around the original Laikipia National Reserve.

This area has become a sanctuary for elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and a wealth of plains game, including many endemic Northern species. Laikipia has become a focus for many conservation efforts.

Day 5 (Laikipia County - Lake Nakuru National Park)

On this day, you will be transferred from Laikipia to Lake Nakuru National Park through the Rift Valley. The drive usually takes 3 hours. Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes. The lake's abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously lines the shore.

Other birds also flourish in the area, as do warthogs, baboons and other large mammals. Black and white rhinos have also been introduced. You will enjoy lunch on the way. In the evening, you will have dinner and overnight stay at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge.

Nakuru is the provincial capital of Kenya's Rift Valley Province and the fourth largest urban center in the country. Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes and provides the visitor with one of Kenya’s best-known images, thousands of flamingos joined into a massive flock. A pulsing pink swathe of life that carpets the water, the flamingos is a breathtaking sight. The lake forms part of the Lake Nakuru National Park which has good game viewing for a day safari.

Day 6 (Naivasha - Maasai Mara National Reserve)

On this day, you will be transferred from Lake Nakuru National Park to Naivasha and Maasai Mara National Reserve. The trip Includes stops at souvenir shops and refreshment stands. You will have lunch on the way. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner and have an overnight stay at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge.

Naivasha is one of the favorite places to pause a safari. Lush, cool and relaxing, it is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. The lake is almost 13 kilometers across but its waters are shallow and thick with a hippo.

Hell's Gate National Park, Longonot National Park, and Mount Longonot are nearby attractions. Boat tours on the lake are popular to observe birdlife and hippopotamus behavior or explore Crescent Island on foot.

Day 7 (Maasai Mara National Reserve)

On this day, you will be transferred from Naivasha to Maasai Mara National Reserve. The trip includes stops at souvenir shops and refreshment stands. During the rainy season, this can be a long drive which usually takes about 5 - 6 hours. Then, you will enjoy lunch and have an afternoon game drive.

You can search for the Big 5 or expand your horizons to discover something different. Maasai Mara National Reserve does not only have a rich mix of animal population, it also has an incredible array of birdlife with almost 450 different species. In the evening, you will have dinner and overnight stay at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge.

Maasai Mara National Reserve is named after the traditional inhabitants (Maasai) and the Mara River. At some point during your stay in the Mara, you will drive by the river which is a great place to spot wildlife.

This area is a photographers' delight where, with any luck, you will be able to take amazing pictures of the hippos and elephants in the water. Maasai Mara National Reserve is the northernmost portion of the larger Serengeti ecosystem and features the best game viewing in the region.

Day 8 (Maasai Mara National Reserve - Nairobi)

On the last day, you will be transferred from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi. The trip includes stops at souvenir shops and refreshment stands. Before leaving that night, you can ask Africa Remote Safaris to arrange dinner at Carnivore game meat restaurant, though the wild meat on the menu is limited these days. Airport transfer is also available with private vehicle and guide.

Your holiday safari will take place at different locations, starting from Nairobi, Samburu National Reserve, Laikipia County, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Maasai Mara National Reserve.

In this safari holiday, you will be served daily meals.

  • Bush barbecue lunch (70 USD / person)
  • Camel rides (32 USD / person)
  • Guided nature walk or birdwatching (38 USD / person)
  • Lion tracking (82 USD / person)
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals
  • Game drives as per itinerary
  • Game park fees
  • Private safari van / guide service
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Glen Gardner from Brampton, Canada
    9 out of 10

    "We booked our safari with Africa Remote Safaris, and dealt with Steve. We were very pleased! I asked a million questions before leaving and he was very patient to answer them. He gave us Hamza as our tour guide and we had him for 2 weeks. He became part of our family. He had a good expertise, good sense of humor, spoke English well, and found us tons of wildlife. Everyone should do a safari at least once in their life. We went for 2 weeks but I am sure that if you went for 7 or 9 days and visited 3 parks it would be sufficient (we found the Serengeti to be a must)."

    "Tarangire was a good park too. I was reluctant to deal with an African tour company (hence the million questions I asked), but after shopping around extensively I went ahead and took the risk and I saved a lot of money by dealing directly. I found Africa Remote Safaris to be very honest. We chose a variety of camps and lodges and we stayed at a Sopa Lodge and Serena Hotels. They were very good! We also stayed at some tented camps such as Migunga, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro. Although they are small, not 5-star, and don't offer big buffets like the lodges, we loved them! They are quaint, have a great atmosphere, and they are so quiet. The food was always good (and I work as a chef). They have beautiful decks around the tent and usually a grass roof around the outside and, most importantly, have a fireplace outdoors. We felt very safe."

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  • Review by David Hutch from New York, USA
    9 out of 10

    "Maasai Mara's vastness is huge. Pictures don't do it justice. It is a phenomenal place to absorb the wildlife wonders of our planet. There are multitudes of birds plus all of the other animals such as elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles, hippos, zebras, warthogs, reedbucks, hyenas, wildebeest and on and on. We spent three nights in the park. The location should be based on the migrational patterns. We use Africa Remote Safaris for our ground arrangements. They have an outstanding service with great support staff. In addition, Shafiy was our guide and he was the best."

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  • Review by John Marshall from Boston, USA
    9 out of 10

    "I can talk about my safari in the Serengeti all day long but I'll keep it brief for you. For us, this was an unforgettable, amazing and educational experience for which we have Africa Remote Safaris to thank. They planned an experience we could only dream of. We got to see the migration and that in itself was fascinating, watching over a million wildebeests migrate between the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara in such an orderly fashion. Our guide was very intelligent and answered all our questions, his English was very good and he was very patient. We would often stop for hours at one point just to observe a particular animal. For me, the Serengeti offered it all but I found that a good guide is very important if you want a truly amazing experience. Our guide gave us lots of information we would never have thought to ask. I learned so much about wildlife and nature that it has had a real influence on my interests and the things I now watch on TV. I'll give you an example; we were sat at a spot in the jeep when we saw a group of wildebeest and zebra running together but then suddenly parted. The first thing our guide said was, did you notice how they suddenly parted? It's because the former has a better sense of smell than the latter, there must be predators close by. So we drove around keeping close to the vicinity and lo and behold there was a pride of lions. It's fascinating times like this with our guide that fill our memories and I could just keep going on and on. Once again big thanks to Africa Remote Safaris who made it a truly amazing experience for us with an added personal touch and it brings a smile to my face whenever I think about it."

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