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5 Days Classic Blissful Adventour Safari in Kenya

The Ark Hotel, Nyeri, Kenya

Kenya Private Family Safari

This is a relaxed and easy paced five-day Kenya safari. Visit Aberdare National Park where you will stay at The Ark which offers fantastic game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. You’ll also go on game drives to search for the wealth of wildlife as well as soak up the scenic landscapes and waterfalls. Next, stay at Lake Nakuru National Park and explore this park as well as the majestic flamingos. Head to Masai Mara National Reserve, home of the wildlife, Masai Mara is widely known for the fascinating wildebeest migration which takes place yearly.

Key Information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum of 1 participant
  • Children of all ages are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starts and ends at Nairobi
  • English, French, and Spanish-speaking guides
  • All park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • Visit Aberdare and Lake Nakuru National Parks
  • Private chauffeur-driven custom-made safari minivan
  • Main Wildlife: Elephants, Giraffe, Buffalo, Rhinos, Leopards
  • Spend time in the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
Group size: 1-100 participants
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

The Ark Hotel

Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, iconic, and yes, quirky. The Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of awesome wildlife. Resembling and named after Noah’s Ark, The Ark comprises of three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide a superb location for wildlife to be seen.

So that you don’t miss any animal sightings, the night guard will buzz your room when special animals come to the waterhole. The Ark has four viewing areas for observing the ever-present animal activity.

Flamingo Hill Camp

Small and exclusive, comprising of only 25 tents; the camp's tents are furnished with the understated luxury required by the modern traveler. Cozy, warm, and inviting with a personal touch, Flamingo Hill Camp offers the traveler a home away from home!

Zebra Plains Mara Camp

Zebra Plains Mara Camp is set below the Oldonyo Loip Ridge facing the open plains of the Maasai Mara. The ridge, home to some of the big cats, is one of the most important wildlife habitats and migration corridors that it is under protection.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi - Aberdare National Park

Jambo! Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Nairobi hotel, you will be met by Classic Journeys Africa's customer care representative who will brief you on your program ahead and introduce the driver-guide who will be with you throughout the safari. Aberdare National Park is called the "majestic moorland" and is characterized by picturesque, steep forested ravines and open moorland.

You will be able to see elephants, black rhinos, leopards, hyenas, olive baboons, and much more. Your driver-guide will do his best to show you all the animals which are living in this park but he will also take you to the most beautiful waterfalls. You will enjoy a great picnic lunch at the Aberdare Country Club then have a shuttle transfer to your lodge. At the end of the afternoon, he will bring you back to The Ark where you can relax before having dinner.

Day 2: Lake Nakuru National Park

This morning, head for Lake Nakuru National Park. Arrive at a camp in good time for lunch and after a refreshing stop, head out for an afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru, a soda lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley is rich in birdlife and home to over 400 different species. The sight of flamingoes making the lake appear ringed in pink is spectacular.

In addition to the abundant birdlife, it is also an important haven for the endangered species of Rothschild's giraffe and both the black and white rhino. Lake Nakuru is rich in wildlife, giving you and your family the chance to spot lions, waterbuck, buffalo, baboons, and much more. The park boasts a huge variety of animals.

Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast and a short briefing by your driver-guide, drive to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, the backdrop to "the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth", the annual migration of over one million wildebeest. Arrive in time for lunch at your camp. For an extra fee, visit the Masai Local villages.

The Maasai have lived on these plains for centuries and your guide will share his experience and expertise with you. Learn about the fauna and flora of the region and the way that the Maasai people use the plants. Your guide will teach you the hidden secrets of the African savannah, like how to find medicine in the bush and how to track wildlife and birds.

After this thoroughly informative and fascinating excursion, visit the Maasai manyattas. At this local village, a local Maasai guide will give you an intriguing account of the Maasai people and their age-old traditions. You will have the opportunity to see first-hand an ancient way of life that still survives on the plains of Mara today. Finally, participate in shoulder-to-shoulder in some local Masai traditional dance.

Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve

Your day will be spent on safari in Africa’s richest wildlife viewing arena. Historically teeming with wildlife, the Mara hosts Kenya’s largest lion pride and elephant herds. Other predators include leopard, cheetah, and spotted hyena; while in the Mara River you will see fat pods of hippo and vast Nile crocodiles. Other highlights include giraffe tops, gazelle, zebra, buffalo, and over 550 species of birds.

At an extra amount, have the chance to take an unforgettable hot air balloon safari above the wildlife with a well-prepared champagne breakfast awaiting your landing. As the sun sets on a fulfilling day, return to your scenic tented camp for dinner and a relaxing overnight surrounded by nature.

Day 5: End of Tour in Nairobi

After breakfast, bid farewell to the Masai Mara as you set on your journey back to Nairobi. Drive back down the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, passing the dormant volcano, Mount Longonot and lakes Elementaita and Naivasha on the way. Keep an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle and head up the escarpment. You will arrive in Kenya’s bustling capital city, Nairobi, in the late afternoon.

Spend time doing last-minute shopping then you will be dropped off at the airport to bid farewell to your driver-guide until the next time. Say goodbye to the wonderful guide and promise to join another expedition!

Location

Kenya sits halfway down the East Coast of Africa, astride the equator. It is the most accessible country in the region. Kenya is the home of safari and one of the world’s top holiday destinations. Kenya’s appealing world of attractions ranges from stunning landscapes, cultural diversity, adventure sports, and beautiful beaches to unique wildlife.

It is fascinating from the sheer diversity of its many game parks. One of the greatest sights is the annual migration of two million wildebeest, together with half a million zebras, and thousands of gazelles across the endless savannah. Kenya boasts as the only country in the world with a national park in the capital

Food

The following meals are included at the accommodations:

  • The Ark Lodge - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Flamingo Hill Tented Camp - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Zebra Plains Mara Camp - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Complimentary 1.5-liter mineral water per person per day will also be provided in the safari vehicle.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Hallal
  • Seafood
  • Fruitarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Yogic
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

  • Optional hot-air balloon ride
  • Optional Masai village visit

What's included

  • Game viewing drives
  • Transportation in a private chauffeur-driven custom-made safari minivan
  • Services of an English or Spanish-speaking driver-guide
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Dinner at Carnivore Restaurant
  • Exclusive use of the vehicle
  • All park entrance fees
  • Complimentary 1500ml mineral water per person per day in the safari vehicle
  • All meet and greet services
  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • 24-hour stand-by contact number
  • Two-way long-range high-frequency radio communication in each vehicle
  • On safari accessories in each vehicle (First-aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of binoculars, cool box, and fire extinguisher)
  • Flying doctor’s coverage (Covers you within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the eventuality of a medical emergency, you will be airlifted to Nairobi where you will be taken to a good hospital. Hospital bills are born by the patient.)

What's not included

  • Supplement for using a 4x4 land cruiser (Quoted separately)
  • All items of personal nature (e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills, etc.)
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff, and driver-guide/s (Budget is approximately 2 - 4 USD per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, 1 USD per bag for porters, and 10 - 15 USD per person per day for driver-guides)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Any local or international flight and departure taxes
  • Laundry services
  • Any other item(s) not included in the itinerary
  • Visa fees

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfers are included in the package, Classic Journeys Africa will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport No additional charges. 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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Pricing information

Please note that there are supplements on some dates:

Christmas Supplement (December 24, 2020 to January 1, 2021)
  • 50 USD per person per night at The Ark Lodge
  • 25 USD per person per night at Zebra Plains Mara Camp
Easter Supplement (April 10 to 13, 2020)
  • 50 USD per person per night at The Ark Lodge
  • 35 USD per person per night at Flamingo Hill Camp
  • 25 USD per person per night at Zebra Plains Mara Camp

For more information, please send Classic Journeys Africa an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 1 participants

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