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13 Days Legendary Expedition of Kenya Safari

The Ark Hotel, Nyeri, Nyeri County, Kenya

Amazing Safari in Kenya

This really diversified safari tour will take you through the central highlands of Kenya. You will be sampling all of the Big Five areas which is an awesome combination of nature, wildlife, history, and great tales from the locals of the old days. You will have game drives across the most popular safari destinations in Kenya and the great sceneries of the northern part of Kenya. Join to see the abundant and unique African wildlife attractions here!

Highlights

  • Aberdare National Park afternoon game viewing
  • Interesting Samburu National Reserve game drives
  • Charming Ol Pejeta Conservancy afternoon game drive
  • Fascinating Lake Nakuru afternoon game drive
  • Fun Maasai Mara and Amboseli game drives
  • Picturesque Lake Naivasha boat safari
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 10 nights' accommodation

Styles


11 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 7 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (US$20 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
10:00

Aberdare National Park

The Ark Lodge (mid-range)

Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, the Ark Lodge is 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.

Treetops Lodge (upmarket)

Located in the Aberdare National Park, the Treetops Lodge in Nyeri has a tree house lodge on stilts and 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 Mount Kenya National Park. It includes observation lounges and ground-level photographic hides from which guests can observe the local wildlife which comes to the nearby waterholes and saltlick, making it the perfect place to view games.

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu Sopa Lodge (mid-range)

Samburu Sopa Lodge consists of 15 cottages and each has two bedrooms that are built in an arch formation on either side of the public around the watering hole. The cottages, to a degree, mimic the traditional Samburu style architecture.

Samburu Game Lodge (upmarket)

Samburu Game Lodge is set in 10 acres of pristine riverine forest on the western bank of the Uaso Nyiro River within the Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya at an altitude of 857 meters above sea level. All cottages, rooms, and suites numbering 61 in total are decorated using the finest materials and fabrics. All accommodations have en-suite bathrooms (some with baths) and all have private balconies overlooking the river. There are also several family rooms. One room has been custom designed to accommodate the special needs of physically challenged persons.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp (mid-range)

Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp features 39 luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the waterhole. Located in a private conservancy with a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any of Kenya's national parks makes Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp one of the most exclusive tented safari camps in Kenya.

Ol Pejeta House (upmarket)

The house stands at the center of the 110,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy that is very near to Nanyuki which lies on the Laikipia plains with 17 kilometers distance from Nakuru and 217 kilometers from Nairobi. Set in extensive grounds with glorious views of Mount Kenya, this opulent mansion features a series of reception rooms including an elegant drawing room with baronial fireplace and a number of scenic verandas which extend right around the house.

The imposing dining room is served by its own dedicated chef and kitchens and the menus can be tailored exactly to suit their guests' wishes. Accommodation at this luxury safari lodge includes a private guest cottage, two master suites, and two guest bedrooms while the grounds include two private swimming pools, a barbeque, and an external dining area.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru Lodge (mid-range)

Situated in the southeastern ecological niche of the park is the Lake Nakuru Lodge, an oasis of comfort and excellent services with commanding views of the lesser flamingo interspersed with the greater flamingo which Lake Nakuru is justly famous. It is another world for the visitors where one easily forgets the hustle and bustle of the city. The lodge blends in well with the surroundings and the animals often browse peacefully close to the lodge and environments that is much to the fascination of the visitors.

There is an accommodation for 120 people either in family rooms, cottages, or suites. The service is unmatched anywhere in Kenya, a country renowned for its hospitality. Above all, the staff is friendly and competent. There is an excellent cuisine which includes outside catering, bush barbecues, African nights, and sundowners. After a day’s game watching, the spacious logged Mama Nikki Bar, the cool upstairs Rhino Paddock Cocktail Bar overlooking the lake, and the guest enticing blue swimming pool can be particularly inviting. There are also interesting and varied evening entertainment and slideshows for the guests.

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge (upmarket)

Located in Lake Nakuru National Park, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. With a short two-hour drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is a favorite for residents and visitors to Kenya. Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of the lake and the park. The lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall acacia trees, winding walkways, and greens dotted with bird feeds.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Mara Sopa Lodge (mid-range)

Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge is built as an interpretation of a traditional Maasai Manyatta Village with domed huts, set on a saddle of a hill with spectacular view of the Mara Triangle which is one of the world’s richest wildlife sanctuaries where the annual migration of the wildebeest takes place.

Sarova Mara Tented Camp (upmarket)

Sarova Mara Tented Camp is nestled within in the heart of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Surrounded by two streams, the camp also features exotic trees, a large fish pond, and a Maasai village adjoining the camp. The accommodation ranges with a variety of tents. There is a main restaurant, bar, and many bush dining options. Moreover, the free-form swimming pool has its own pool bar.

The 20 tents offer breathtaking views of the Mara plains. They are luxurious and extremely spacious, decorated in whites and soothing earthy colors with large beds, loungers, wardrobes, and a desk. The bathrooms are appointed with his and her sinks and a bath in addition to the shower. Furthermore, the club tents have glass panel doors and a deck outside for game viewing and private dining.

Lake Naivasha

Naivasha Sopa Lodge (mid-range)

Set in 150 acres of grassland studded with acacia bushes and trees, Naivasha Sopa Lodge is not only home to resident giraffes, waterbucks, and both vervet and colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass of the expansive lawns.

Kiboko Luxury Camp (upmarket)

Kiboko Luxury Camp is situated at the shores of Lake Naivasha with a spectacular view of the lake with only eight luxury tents. The luxury camp is a truly relaxing and fulfilling one-stop destination that is ideal for a romantic honeymoon and enthusiastic travelers alike. You will experience rich African luxury in total decadence here.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli Sopa Lodge (mid-range)

Nestled in 190 acres of wooded Maasai land, the lodge sits in the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The lodge offers 83 rooms which are 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. Moreover, Amboseli Sopa Lodge has 40 rooms with two queen-sized beds which six of them have interconnecting doors and are ideal for families.

The other 24 rooms can be turned to triples on request. There are also 21 rooms with one king-sized bed which two rooms are suitable for the physically challenged and one room is a honeymoon suite. Furthermore, 22 rooms have one queen-sized bed which six of the rooms have interconnecting doors and are ideal for families.

Ol Tukai Lodge (upmarket)

Located in the heart of the Amboseli National Park, Ol Tukai Lodge is one of the best spots in the world to watch elephant with the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli offers a pool, restaurant, and guest lounge. Elegantly furnished and well-appointed, all rooms have fans and mosquito nets.

Program

Overview

During this safari, firstly, you will visit the Aberdare Mountain Range with its fabulous waterfalls, great views of Mount Kenya, and endemic wildlife such as the mountain bongo. Here you will visit the forested slopes of the Aberdare Mountains in Aberdare National Park. Then, you will visit Samburu National Reserve. You will see gerenuks, Beisa oryx, Grévy's zebras, and the Samburu tribe in Samburu National Reserve.

You will see flamingoes (greater and lesser) and other water birds including a variety of over 450 terrestrial birds in Lake Nakuru. Furthermore, you will visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve, one of the most popular reserves in all of Africa lying in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya to see the Big Five. The predators are thrillingly abundant and the big cats define the rhythm on the plains every single day.

Maasai Mara National Reserve's ungulates are diverse and plentiful. There are astonishing numbers of four-hooved animals cross the grasslands. Then, there are the other giants including the elephants, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, and even the elusive black rhino. As your safari continues, you will visit Lake Naivasha with its numerous bird species for a boat safari and finally head to Amboseli National Park which is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya.

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi to Aberdare National Park

Pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) or Nairobi hotel and depart heading north to Aberdare National Park, an atmospheric park that offers scenic beauty of the Aberdare Ranges including the Mighty Falls that plunge 300 meters and it is home the rare bongo species. You will enjoy a leisurely drive arriving at the Base Hotel in time for lunch. Afternoon transfer to your tree hotel.

The tree hotels provides spectacular viewing perches for afternoon and night game viewing. Game is attracted by the waterholes and salt licks around the lodges e.g. elephants, rhino, buffalo, and giant forest hog. Dinner and overnight will be at The Ark Lodge

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Aberdare National Park to Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast a transfer back to the Base Hotel and depart from Aberdare National Park driving north to rugged and remote Samburu/Shaba Game Reserve and buffalo’s spring. Arrive in time for lunch. Afternoon game drives along the banks of Ewaso Nyiro river looking for animals rarely seen elsewhere the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebras, Beisa oryxes, giraffe necked gazelle (gerenuk), and the Blue-necked Somali Ostrich.

It also boasts the highest Elephant Population in Kenya. The scenery is unrivalled – numerous hills, valleys and scrublands stretching to the horizon. This reserve offers the best chance of seeing the Elusive Leopard along the riverine forest. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Samburu Sopa Lodge

  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve

Spend the whole day in Samburu with morning and afternoon game drives looking for animals rarely seen elsewhere, including the reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, beisa oryxes, giraffe-necked gazelles (gerenuk), blue-necked Somali ostriches, vulturine guinea fowls, longneck gerenuks, braving lions on the grass, cheetahs, elusive leopards along the riverine forest, and elephants among plenty of other plains game. On this day, there is also optional visits to Samburu Villages. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Samburu Sopa Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Samburu National Reserve to Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast at your lodge/Tented camp, check-out drive proceeding south continue on the road through Isiolo to the cooler Mount Kenya/Laikipia region for lunch. Afternoon game viewing drives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy host to all the members of the Big Five like elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, and leopard. This is also home to the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species. The dinner and overnight will be at Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Lake Nakuru National Park

Morning shall be spent with game viewing drives around the game sanctuary. Later depart via Thomson’s Falls where you stop to view the waterfalls to Lake Nakuru National Park, a great ornithological spectacle on earth and a home to thousands of flamingos.

Arrive in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru National Park provides a sanctuary for the endangered black and white rhino as well as the Rothschild's Giraffe. Other animals include eland, lion, warthogs, zebras, leopard, grants, gazelle, waterbuck, impala, hyena, dik dik, buffalo, giraffe, aardvark and baboon, numerous plains game and 450 species of birds. The dinner and overnight will be at Lake Nakuru Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park to Maasai Mara National Reserve

After an early breakfast, depart from Lake Nakuru to Kenya’s finest wildlife haven Masai Mara Game Reserve arriving in good time for lunch and rest. Later proceed for afternoon game drive to see the many animals that inhabit this unique park offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. The dinner and overnight will be at Mara Sopa Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Maasai Mara National Reserve

After an early morning breakfast you will have a full day game drives on the rolling plains and grasslands, stretching far into the horizons as far as the eye can see. Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to the black-manned lion, the savannah elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildebeests, the elusive leopard, cheetah, the spotted and stripped hyena, the rhino, topi, burchelle’s zebra, the Masai giraffe among many others.

Optional visit to the traditional Masai Manyatta Dinner and overnight stay will be at Mara Sopa Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Maasai Mara National Reserve to Lake Naivasha

You will enjoy early morning game drives at 6:30 a.m. in search of wildlife. Then, you will return to your lodge for breakfast and proceed to check-out around 10. Later, you will drive with a lunch en-route to Lake Naivasha which is another of the lakes of Africa’s Great Rift Valley.

You will be arriving in time for lunch. The afternoon will be free for you to relax and enjoy the resort's facilities or enjoy optional activities here that include boat rides, trips to the Crescent Islands, biking, hiking, guided walks, and much more. The dinner and overnight will be at Naivasha Sopa Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9: Lake Naivasha to Tsavo West National Park

After an early breakfast, depart for Tsavo National Park. The Park is a vast expansion of African savanna with a more diverse array of habitats which include open plains, semi desert scrub, woodland, Chyulu Hills and rock outcrops. It's famous for the Red Elephants, Oryx, and Gerenuk among other mammal's species and bird life. Other notable features include Mzima Springs which are water source for Mombasa Town, Shetani Lava Flow and Ash cones, which is an example of recent volcanic eruption. The dinner and overnight will be at Rhino Valley Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Tsavo West National Park

Two game drives are scheduled for this day. The extensive diverse habitats offer ideal area to search for pride of lions, buffaloes, cheetahs, giraffe, zebras, hippos and wildebeests. Mzima springs where you will have a chance of watching hippos, crocodiles, fishes and water birds.he dinner and overnight will be at Rhino Valley Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11: Tsavo West National Park to Amboseli National Park

After an early breakfast, depart to Amboseli National Park with lunch enroute arrive in time for an afternoon game-drive. Amboseli National Park lies at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Africa’s highest mountain at 5,896m whose snow-caped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rises above of the clouds and dominates every aspect of Amboseli. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12: Amboseli National Park

Morning rise with a good view of Mount Kilimanjaro and set off for full-day exploration of Amboseli National Park in search of lions, leopards, cheetah, rhinos and many species of plan game and more than 420 species of birds with an optional tour to a Maasai village to experience their traditional way of life. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 13: Amboseli National Park to Nairobi

You will have early pre-breakfast game viewing drive in search of the predators and grazers and then return to our camp/lodge for breakfast and exit Amboseli National Park around 9:30 a.m. for dropped off either at your Nairobi hotel or at Namanga border control (and connect with our Tanzanian Pita representative driver guide) or at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) for your departure flight back home.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Location

Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare National Park is an atmospheric park that offers scenic beauty of Aberdare Ranges including the Mighty Falls that plunge 300 meters. It is also the home to the rare bongo species.

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is a rugged and semi-desert park located in Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The park neighbors the homes of the Samburu tribe of Kenya which is a tribe known for their remote culture, pastoral, and nomadic way of life.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the host to all members of the Big Five including elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, and leopard. It is also home to the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve shares a border with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and is essentially a continuation of this park, forming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The Maasai Mara offers an African safari at its most iconic with a seemingly endless landscape filled with the drama of nature.

Amboseli National Park

The Amboseli National Park’s ecosystem is mainly savannah grassland spread across the Kenya-Tanzania border right at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa (5,896 meters). From the park, you can get a splendid view of Kili's snow-capped summit on clear days and also comprises of forested areas around some of its rivers and lakes. The park is also famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to the free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species.

Its other attractions include the opportunities to meet the Maasai tribe’s people and its spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The melted snow from Kilimanjaro travels underground and surfaces in the center of Amboseli, providing marsh habitat and water for a variety of species. The low scrub vegetation makes wildlife easy to spot including resident lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffalos, zebras, giraffes and a variety of antelope species. Moreover, Amboseli also hosts approximately 400 bird species.

Food

Your meal will consist of ten breakfasts, eleven lunches, and ten dinners. Drinking water will also be provided during this safari.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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 balloon ride with champagne-style breakfast in Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Optional activities in the Lake Naivasha area includes boat rides, trip to Crescent Islands, biking, hiking, guided walks, and much more
  • Visit to a local Samburu/Maasai village for 20 USD each

What's included

  • JKIA Airport hotel pick up and drop off
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 12 dinners
  • Park and reserve entry fees
  • Services of English speaking driver/guide and cook for camping option
  • Drinking water
  • Game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Allowances for a driver/guide and cook for camping option
  • Transportation by a 4WD safari minivan vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing

What's not included

  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Medical insurance
  • Drinks and any other item not specified above
  • All expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from this airport is available upon request.

Transfer from and to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is available for 20 USD per vehicle one way.

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer available: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (US$20 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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