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12 Days Popular National Parks Private Safari in Kenya

Samburu Sopa Lodge, Kenya

Exclusive Experience Safari in Kenya

Explore Kenya's top destinations during this 12-day private safari with African Hagyko Safaris' experienced and dedicated team. Masai Mara is a must-visit park; as one of Africa’s most famous national reserves, Masai Mara is home for the Big Five. Samburu is home for rare species such as reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, and Grevy’s zebra. Aberdare with its completely different perspective on the country offers undiscovered creatures with spectacular tropical forest setting. Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha are famous for their abundant flamingos. You will also explore Amboseli and its breathtaking view of Mount Kilimanjaro and one of the biggest and oldest park in Kenya, Tsavo East.

Key information

  • Private safari.
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: 4 persons.
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 1 year are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Nairobi
  • Languages: English speaking guides
  • Park fees throughout the safari are included except in Naivasha.

Highlights

  • 11 days with game drives
  • Chances to see the Big Five, 400+ birds, and other African animals
  • Explore Samburu, Aberdare, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli, and Tsavo East
  • Transportation in safari van while on safari with guaranteed window seats
  • Trained and knowledgeable driver-guide
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 11 nights lodge accommodation

Styles


11 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (US$60 per person)
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Accommodation

Accommodation is based on two persons sharing double/twin room. Single rooms are available at an additional cost.

Samburu Sopa Lodge

Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panoramic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond. The lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the workforce at the lodge. Fifteen cottages, each with two bedrooms are built in an arch formation on either side of the public areas to surround the waterhole but leaving a wide gap to allow the animals free movement to the water.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Reception and lounge areas
  • Swimming pool
  • Dining
  • Bars
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Gift shop
  • Babysitting
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone at reception
  • Bedroom kettles
  • Laundry
  • Mosquito nets
  • Turndown service
  • Board games
  • Outdoor dining
  • Wi-Fi in the lounge
  • Children’s pool
  • Special diets
  • Wheelchair-accessible rooms

Treetops Lodge

Located in the Aberdare National Park, the Treetops Lodge Nyeri tree-house lodge on stilts is famous as the place where Queen Elizabeth II visited as a princess and left as queen. Originally built in 1932, Treetops Lodge lies in the path of an ancient elephant migratory route between the Aberdare Ranges and Mt Kenya National park, and is strategically sited right in front of a natural watering hole and salt lick, making it the perfect place to view the game.

Treetops is as much a part of nature as it has an ancient tree growing right through the hotel, with the lodge being built around it. It is the perfect fusion of nature and comfort sporting a rustic look that fits right into the Aberdare. The lodge has 32 standard rooms and three suites which make it one of the best accommodation lodges Nyeri has to offer. It also has a family room for guests who would like to spend some time watching television.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Outdoor jungle bar
  • Shower
  • Baggage rack
  • Disable friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Bar and lounge
  • Meeting room

Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa.

The lodge also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding national park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. Lake Nakuru National Park is mainly a wooded and bushy grassland with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges. The lodge has 60 rooms, including two inter-connecting rooms and two wheelchair-accessible rooms.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Baby sitting
  • Bars
  • Board games
  • Catering for special diets
  • Children’s menu
  • Conferences
  • Credit cards
  • Hairdryers
  • Gift shop
  • Laundry
  • Nature walks
  • Outdoor dining
  • Personal mini-bars
  • Sundowners
  • Swimming pool
  • Telephones
  • Triples (available on request)
  • Turn-down service
  • Weddings
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms

Mara Sopa Lodge

Located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, the Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. The lodge has 50 guest cottages divided into two wings to either side of the main public areas. Each of these houses has two spacious guest rooms with queen and king size beds, mosquito nets, electronic safes, dressing tables, en-suite bathrooms, and sheltered verandas that all have views over the gardens and the game reserve beyond.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Gift shop
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor boma dining area
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • TV in the bar
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Set on 120 acres of Lake Naivasha’s southern shoreline in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, with acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to the resident giraffe, waterbuck, and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos. The guest cottages, with their ingeniously designed roofs, gently sweep away from one side of the main building to form a crescent which leads towards the lakeshore.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Bars
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Out-door boma dining area
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Gift shop
  • TV’s in-room
  • Expansive grounds to host weddings, events
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Set on 200 acres of private land and with a rustic charm all of its own, the lodge nestles in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at almost six thousand meters, is Africa’s highest and most famous snow-capped mountain.

Amboseli Sopa Lodge is set within mature wooded gardens with a wide variety of trees and plants which include thorn trees, Acacias, fragrant Frangipanis, colorful bougainvillea, and giant cacti which all thrive in these surroundings. The gardens are also home to numerous species of birds, as well as monkeys, mongooses, squirrels, duikers, the occasional gazelle and, once in a while, even an ever inquisitive leopard.

Rustic, well-spaced cottages meander through the vast expanse of the mature gardens and house the eighty-three guest rooms. These are all brightly decorated with Maasai themed wall murals, and each room has been purposely built to contain either one or two queen-sized beds, as well as a veranda.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Adjoining rooms
  • Baby sitting
  • Board games
  • Children’s menu
  • Children’s pool
  • Executive suite
  • Gift shop
  • Hairdryers
  • Handicraft market
  • Honeymoon suite
  • Laundry
  • Mosquito nets
  • Outdoor dining
  • Sauna
  • Special diets
  • Sundowners
  • Swimming pool
  • Telephone at reception
  • Traditional dances
  • Turn-down service
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms

Voi Wildlife Lodge

Officially opened in 2003, the lodge is situated on a 25-acre site on the boundary of Tsavo East National Park, one of Kenya’s largest game parks with spectacular views of nearby volcanic outcrops, such as the Kasigau, Sagalla and Mwakingali Hills. Designed to blend unassumingly into the surrounding environment, the lodge boasts a natural waterhole often attracting big game, including elephant, lion, cheetah, buffalo as well as a rich variety of birdlife.

Accommodating up to 300 guests, all rooms have spacious en-suite bathrooms and are furnished in African decor that is replicated throughout the lodge. The luxury rooms comprise two four-poster beds and views of the Savannah, which one can enjoy from the comfort of one’s balcony or terrace.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Two four-foster beds
  • Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Children’s outdoor recreation area
  • Swimming pool and jacuzzi
  • Badminton courts
  • Volleyball court
  • Table tennis
  • Pool table
  • Discovery area complete with a mini-library, TV and DVD facilities
  • Health club
  • Business center
  • Conference room

Program

Day 1: Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve

Depart from Nairobi early in the morning by road to Samburu National Reserve, arriving at the Samburu Sopa Safari Lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, proceed for afternoon game drive until sunset in the reserve where the large stock of antelopes has attracted many lions and leopards. The Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy Zebra, rather rare in other parks, are quite common there, as well as the long-necked Gerenuk. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge.

Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

Full day spent in Samburu with morning and afternoon game drives. Meals and overnight at Samburu Sopa lodge.

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve - Aberdare National Park

After breakfast, checkout and head to Aberdare National Park. On arrival, you will have lunch at the Outspan Hotel and later in the afternoon transfer to Treetops Lodge.

Aberdare National Park has a diverse topography that includes icy rivers, spectacular waterfalls and rain forests. The flora and fauna are unique and is not found elsewhere in the country, expect on Mount Kenya. Leopard, elephant, serval, waterbuck, reedbuck, dik-dik, rhino, and the rare bongo can all be found there. You are sure to see elephants, buffalos and some other animals at the floodlit waterholes of Treetops Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Treetops Lodge.

Day 4: Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast, depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. Enjoy a game drive en-route to Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge, which is situated inside Lake Nakuru National Park. The lodge blends well with its surroundings and the animals often browse peacefully close to the gardens. After lunch at the lodge, proceed for the afternoon game drive around the lake until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge.

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park - Masai Mara Game Reserve

Depart after early breakfast and continue to Masai Mara Game Reserve arriving at Mara Sopa lodge in time for lunch. Later proceed for the afternoon game drive until sunset in search of the Big Five. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge.

Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Full day in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives across the plains and close encounter with elephants, lion, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, African birds, hippo, crocodile, vultures. Also look for African birds of prey, wildebeest, and hyena. Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge.

Day 7: Masai Mara Game Reserve - Lake Naivasha Bird Sanctuary

Check-out after an early breakfast and continue to Lake Naivasha Bird Sanctuary arriving at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. Relax after lunch at the hotel and have a chance to enjoy the hotel facilities and optional activities on offer. Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge.

Day 8: Lake Naivasha Bird Sanctuary - Amboseli National Park

Enjoy breakfast and drive to Amboseli National Park arriving in time for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy a game drive in the park. Situated at the foot of towering, snow-peaked Mount Kilimanjaro (the tallest mountain in Africa), this 1,000 square mile park is best known for its abundance of an elephant. An evening game drive offers an opportunity to see these proud giants up close and the chance to spot many other species of animals and birds. Return to the lodge in time for dinner and overnight at kibo safari camp.

Day 9: Amboseli National Park

A pre-breakfast game drive is an excellent time to view the game when the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro are at their most spectacular. After lunch, another game drive includes a visit to the swamps, which teem with all sorts of wildlife and an amazing assortment of birds. All meals and overnight at Kibo safari camp.

Day 10: Amboseli National Park - Tsavo East National Park

After an early breakfast proceed to Tsavo East National Park arriving in time for lunch. Afterward, enjoy an afternoon game drive. The vegetation around Tsavo East National Park is savannah grassland with thorny bushes and some swampy marshland near Voi River. The park has a variety of animals like lions, leopards, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, serval, antelopes, lesser, impala, gazelles, buffaloes, elephants, and many more. Dinner and overnight at Voi Wildlife Lodge.

Day 11: Tsavo East National Park

Enjoy a full day at Tsavo East with a morning and afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Voi Wildlife Lodge.

Day 12: Tsavo - Nairobi

Enjoy your breakfast and leave for Nairobi. Drop off at your hotel/airport for your outbound flight. End of service.

Transportation and driver/guides

  • Transport will be in tour vans while on safari
  • All clients on safari are guaranteed window seats. The company reserves the right to employ the service of subcontractors.
  • Trained English-speaking drivers/guides are provided unless any passenger specially requests a professional courier, in which extra charge will be levied.

Location

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is a wildlife haven. The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Large predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah are an important attraction. Kamunyak the miracle lioness that adopted the baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya Park: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, and gerenuk.

The Ewaso Nyiro River, the boundary with the neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve, is where the elephants, buffalo, and other animal species gather for a drink. You will find the scenic semi-arid landscape quite dramatic. The reserve is located within the lands of the colorful semi-nomadic Samburu tribesmen.

Aberdare National Park

This park has a dramatic wooden lodge built deep within the forest. A floodlit waterhole and salt lick in full view of the comfortable lounge areas allow guests to watch animals at any time of night, rhino, lion, elephant, and buffalo are regular visitors.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru is one of the most scenic parks in East Africa, a bird and rhino sanctuary and is home to a wide range of animals including lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck, and rhino, the only notable exception being the elephant. The park is also a bird watcher’s paradise, with 400 known species having been spotted there. Vegetation ranges from savannah to various indigenous forests. A world heritage site, Lake Nakuru is most famous for its million-plus grand pink flamingo population.

Masai Mara Game Reserve

The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles, over 400 bird species recorded on the reserve. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the Big Five.

Probably the most famous of the reserves, the Maasai Mara, in Kenya’s southwestern corner, boasts an astonishing amount of game. Unfenced, the Mara is bounded on the east by the Ngama Hills and in the west by the Oloololo or Siria Escarpment. Gazelle, wildebeest, and zebra graze in large numbers and where prey is found so are predators. Not only is this a great place in which to find game, but the wide greenly-gold savannahs spotted with thorn trees make it ideal for photography.

The Mara, as it is known in Kenya, is ravishingly beautiful and also offers long, undisturbed views and utterly dramatic panoramas. The weather really means something there. The sun may beat down unforgiving, huge clouds in fabulous shapes may sweep across the widest of skies, and the wind ripples the grasses as though they are stroked by a giant hand. The landscape is stunning.

Lake Naivasha Bird Sanctuary

Lake Naivasha is one of the Great Rift Valley's jewels, reflecting the tranquil beauty of an African sky and the surrounding mountains is temporarily distorted as flocks of graceful flamingos and pink-backed pelicans settle on the shore of the lake.

Amboseli National Park

Situated at the foot of towering, snow-peaked Mount Kilimanjaro (the tallest mountain in Africa), this 1,000-square-mile park is best known for its abundance of elephants. An evening game drive offers an opportunity to see these proud giants up close and the chance to spot many other species of animals and birds.

Tsavo East National Park

The vegetation around Tsavo East National Park is savannah grassland with thorny bushes and some swampy marshland near Voi River. The landscape is unique because of the Yatta plateau formed from the lava that oozed from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain. The park has a variety of animals like lions, leopards, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, serval, antelopes, kongoni, lesser kudu, klipspringer, impala, gazelles, oryx, buffaloes, elephants, striped hyena, ostriches and many more.

Food

Meals, as indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price. Kindly send an inquiry to African Hagyko Safaris if you have any special diet requirements.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 11 days with game drives
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Vehicle and driver as per itinerary
  • Meals on safari as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to national parks and game reserves

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • All expenses of a personal nature such as visas, beverages, laundry, airport tax, tips, etc.
  • Park fees in Naivasha

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). African Hagyko Safaris can offer airport transfer at 50 - 60 USD per transfer.

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer available: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Tour information

This tour requires a minimum of 2 participants.

 

Availability

This tour is available from April 1, 2020 to December 20, 2020. Please select your arrival date below.

 

Low season

       . April 1 to June 30, 2020

  • November 1 to December 20, 2020

 

High season
  • October 1 to 31, 2020
  • December 22 to January 1, 2020

Easter supplement

For booking overlapping April 10,11,12,13 2020 a supplement of $30 per person per night will apply.

Christmas and New Year supplement

For booking overlapping December 24, 25, 26, 31, 2020 and January 1, 2021, there will be a surcharge of 35 USD per person per day.

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