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8 Days Classic Highlights of Kenya Safari Tour

Eka Hotel Nairobi, Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Safari Tour

This safari features among the most attractive Kenya’s parks and reserves. Starting from Amboseli National Park known for its great view of Mt. Kilimanjaro and large herds of elephants, to Lake Nakuru National Park, one of the greatest ornithological sites in the world and a great rhino sanctuary in Kenya, to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, the arena to one of greatest spectacle on earth, the wildebeest migration.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Children policy: Children from as little as 1 year can participate but with supervision of adults/parents. Children between 0 to 12 years old will get a special charge on accommodation depending on each property.
  • Starting and ending point: Nairobi
  • Languages: English, Spanish, and French
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Unlimited game viewing drives
  • Spot the Big Five and other wildlife
  • Explore Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, and Masai Mara
  • Transport in a safari minivan with a pop-up roof
  • Guaranteed window seat in each vehicle
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfers

Styles


8 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
06:30
Check-out Time:
23:00

Eka Hotel

On your first night, you will stay at Eka Hotel. Eka Hotel is a contemporary style hotel that provides all the comfort, convenience, and efficiency to the discerning traveler.

Ideally located along Mombasa road in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, Eka Hotel has five meeting rooms designed to suit every occasion, complimented with stylish accommodation. The hotel rooms offer the very best in comfort, convenience, and efficiency.

Ol Tukai Lodge

Ol Tukai is one of the best spots in the world to watch elephant with the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Writers have described Ol Tukai and the surrounding Amboseli National Park ‘as a home for the gods’.

Ol Tukai Lodge is an eco-rated lodge having excellent outdoor and indoor facilities with its unique collection of African art. The property receives overwhelming response from the international and local tourism mark. You will be staying here on your second and third night.

Flamingo Hill Camp

On your fourth night, you will be staying at Flamingo Hill Camp. The Flamingo Hill Camp is situated within the famous Lake Nakuru National Park, which lies within the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. The camp is small and exclusive, comprising 25 tents. The tents are furnished with the understated luxury required by the modern traveler. Decorated in calming safari tones, natural woods, wrought iron, and crisp cottons, each tent has been meticulously planned to maximize comfort.

Basecamp Mara

Basecamp Masai Mara is as much a home as it is a travel destination. Guests become more than visitors, they become part of the Maasai community. Have a roundup at the fireplace, for storytelling and stargazing. You will be staying here on your fifth, six, and seventh night.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Nairobi

Jambo! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, you will be met by Classic Journeys Africa Customer Care Representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Before checking in at hotel, he will brief you on your program ahead and introduce the driver / guide who will be with you throughout the safari.

  • Accommodation: Eka Hotel
  • Included meal: Breakfast

Day 2: Amboseli National Park

This morning after breakfast, you will drive to Amboseli National Park which is famous for its large elephant population roaming across the vast grassy plains, the Big Five, and the majestic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa among other species of flora and fauna. Arrive at Amboseli in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game viewing drive in the park.

  • Accommodation: Oltukai Lodge
  • Included meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Amboseli National Park

Full day in the Amboseli National Park with two game drives. You will drive through across this vast lake bed, often dry but swampy in some areas. You will have a lot of game here like cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, gazelles, and herds of elephants all set against the amazing back drop of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro showing all its glory.

If you wish, for a nominal fee, you can also visit a Masai Village to experience this nomadic tribe’s way of life and see their colorful culture.

  • Accommodation: Oltukai Lodge
  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park

Continue with your journey this morning as you drive to Lake Nakuru National Park with a brief stop in Nairobi Pampa Restaurant for lunch. The park boasts a huge variety of animals, including leopard which is often found snoozing on the branches of the magnificent yellow-barked acacias, lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe only found in this park in Kenya, white rhino and the rare black rhino which is protected and guarded here. Arrive for a late afternoon game drive.

  • Accommodation: Flamingo Hill Camp
  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast and a short briefing by your driver / guide, drive to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, backdrop to 'the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth', the annual migration of over one million wildebeest. Arrive in time for lunch at your camp. Spend the afternoon on safari in Kenya's most popular reserve. Arrive back in lodge in time for campfire cocktails and dinner.

  • Accommodation: Basecamp Mara
  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6 and 7: Masai Mara National Reserve

Two days will be spent on safari in Africa's richest wildlife viewing arena. Historically teeming with wildlife, the Mara hosts Kenya's largest lion prides 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.

Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon at an extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild! If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience. Alternatively visit a Masai village and get learn the Masai culture at an extra cost.

  • Accommodation: Basecamp Mara
  • Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast at the camp, 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 early afternoon. Spend time doing last minute shopping. Lunch will be at Carnivore Restaurant famous for its mouthwatering charcoal grilled barbecue. Transfer to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in time for your departure flight. Bid farewell to Africa until the next time.

Say good bye to the wonderful country and promise to join us on another expedition!

Location

During this once in a lifetime safari, you will get to visit among the famous national parks in Kenya such as Amboseli National Park, visit the Great Rift Valley as you enjoy the serenity in Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve as you are welcomed with the local Masai cultural communities.

Kenya

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 wildebeests, together with half a million zebras and thousands of gazelles across the endless savanna. Kenya boasts as the only country in the world with a national park in the capital.

Food

During this safari, your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price. Food served at your accommodation is carefully prepared, varied and tasty. Many of the vegetable are locally grown in gardens at your camp. There will also be complimentary 1.5 liters mineral water per person per day in the safari vehicle.

DO NOT drink tap water anywhere in East Africa. Bottled water and treated water is readily available, so please do not allow yourself to become dehydrated. Water found in bottles in your room or served with meals is safe to drink. It is generally recommended to drink at least 2 to 3 liters (4 to 6 pints) of water per day to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Do remember that you are in a warm climate so avoid foods with mayonnaise that may have been left out too long and unpeeled fruits outside your lodge or hotel. Some people experience mild diarrhea at some point on safari so it is a good idea to bring a treatment such as Pepto-Bismol and stronger medication such as Imodium if that doesn’t do the trick.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

Things to do (optional)

Book a hot balloon ride during your stay at Masai Mara National Reserve. Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a hot air balloon at an extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild. If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience. %Alternatively, you can also visit a Masai village while you are in Masai Mara National Reserve and learn the Masai culture there.

What's included

  • Unlimited game viewing drives
  • Services of two driver / guides
  • All meet and greet services
  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • Transportation in a chauffeur driven safari minivan with a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography
  • Guaranteed window seat in each vehicle per passenger
  • Two-way long range high frequency radio communication in each vehicle
  • Safari accessories in each vehicle (first aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of binoculars, cool box, and fire extinguisher)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Complimentary 1.5 liters mineral water per person per day in the safari vehicle
  • 24-hours stand-by contact number
  • Parks entrance fees
  • All government taxes and levies
  • Flying doctors coverage

What's not included

  • All items of personal nature (e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc.)
  • Tips and gratuities (recommended 2 to 4 USD per person per day for hotel, lodges, and camp staff, 1 USD per bag for porters, and 5 to 10 USD per person per day for driver / guide)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Any local or international flight and departure taxes
  • Laundry services
  • Visa fees
  • Supplement for using a 4 x 4 land cruiser (745 USD per vehicle)
  • Any other item(s) not included in the itinerary

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Classic Journeys Africa will pick you up from the airport.

On departure, transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) are included in the price.

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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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Low season

 

  • January 1 - March 31, 2019
Mid season

 

  • April 1 - June 30, 2019
High season

 

  • November 1 - December 20, 2019
Peak season
  • July 1 - October 31, 2019
  • December 21 - 31, 2019

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