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Kenya Safari

Classic Kenya - 7 Days

Small group Lodge Safari - 6 nights / 7 days

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Flamingo's at Lake Nakuru Zebras Migration Masai Mara
Tour code: CK

Discover savannahs rich with big game and timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world. The safari takes you to Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and the Masai Mara Game Reserve for extensive game viewing.

Departs: Nairobi, Kenya.
Ends: Nairobi, Kenya.
Group size: Guaranteed from 4 guests; 12 guests maximum. *Guaranteed departures with no minimum pax available, please enquire.

A small group lodge safari from covering the classic destinations of Kenya.

Nairobi, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Boat excursion on Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara National Reserve.

Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by the lodge where you are staying. They will also prepare lunch or a lunch pack depending on the itinerary for the day.

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PARK FEES PAYMENT (2016):  Call for Pricing.
Park fees are subject to increase at any time without notice.


Classic Kenya Safari map

DAY 1; (1 Night)

Nairobi, KenyaAfter your evening arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by our driver guide and transferred to your city hotel for relaxation and overnight.

Overnight: Eka Hotel or similar.
Meals: N/A

DAY 2; (1 Night)

Lake Nkuru National ParkWe have breakfast at leisure, then drive through the Great Rift Valley where we will briefly stop for an opportunity to see and photograph this great natural spectacle. Thereafter we proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park with game viewing en-route, arriving at our tented camp for lunch. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species. In the afternoon we head out to the park for an afternoon game drive till late afternoon.

Overnight: Flamingo Hill Camp or similar.
Breakfast at Eka Hotel or similar; Lunch at Lake Nakuru Tented Camp or similar; Dinner at Flamingo Hill Camp or similar.
Distance: 170 km
Driving time: 4-5 hours (including game drive speeds)

DAY 3; (1 Night)

Visit Masai Mara TribeWe enjoy breakfast at the camp, then head out for our morning game drive in the park until mid-day then proceed to the shores of Lake Naivasha for lunch. In the afternoon, we board a boat for an excursion to the Crescent Island National Park. We walk on the Island, which offers ample easily-spotted wildlife like giraffe, waterbuck, eland, wildebeest, zebra and impala. The island is also a haven for birds, with more than 200 species recorded. The lake has a lot of hippo, which you can easily view from the island.

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar.
Breakfast at Flamingo Hill Camp or similar; Packed lunch from Flamingo Hill Camp or similar; Dinner at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar.
Distance: 100 km
Driving time: 2-3 hours (including game drive speeds)

DAY 4; (1 Night)
  [Tented Camp]

Hayena in the Masai Mara National ParkWe make our way to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. We arrive at our accommodation in time for lunch and will enjoy an afternoon game drive in the reserve. The one main aspect that makes the Masai Mara so well-known is that it is joined to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and therefore allows the free movement of wildebeest during the Great Migration.

Overnight: Mara Eden Luxury Camp or similar.
Meals: Breakfast at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar; Packed lunch from Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar; Dinner at Mara Eden Luxury Camp or similar.

Distance: 230 km
Driving time: 4-5 hours (including game drive speeds)

DAYS 5 - 6; (1 Night)

Game Drive, Masai Mara Game ReserveToday is spent on morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Masai Mara was named after the Maasai, a tribe of nomadic traditional herders, who live within this protected park. This area is home to a great variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest (gnu), giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi, gazelle, impala and elephant. Hippopotamus and crocodile are plentiful in the rivers here, and the bird life is also abundant. On one of the days, you will have an opportunity to view wildlife from a different perspective through a nature walk. We leave our vehicles behind and head out for a morning walking safari in one of the private concessions adjacent to the Maasai Mara. This gives you an opportunity to learn animal tracking and obtain a closer interaction with the wildlife.

Overnight: Mara Eden Luxury Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast at Mara Eden Luxury Camp or similar; Packed lunch from Mara Eden Luxury Camp or similar; Dinner at Mara Eden Luxury Camp or similar.

DAY 7; (1 Night)

We head out for a last game drive into the Masai Mara before we transfer back to Nairobi in time to catch your onward flight.

Overnight: N/A
Meals: Breakfast at Mara Eden Luxury Camp or similar; Packed lunch from Mara Eden Luxury Camp or similar.

Distance: 250 km
Driving time: 4-5 hours (game drive speeds & traffic dependent)

Note: The accommodation specified in the itinerary is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be nearby and of a similar standard.


Six (6) nights in lodge / permanent tented camps with en-suite bathrooms, all transport in a suitable 4x4 vehicle with a pop up roof for exceptional game viewing and photography, game drives, meals and activities as mentioned in the itinerary, park entrance fees (quoted separately above), and services of an experienced professional guide.

Travel insurance, flights and taxes, visa fees, health requirements, pre and post tour accommodation, optional activities, all drinks, telephone calls, gratuities, curios and all personal expenses.

We use fully equipped customized 12-seater 4x4’s or Toyota Landcruiser vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing and a music system. The vehicles are fully air-conditioned and equipped with pop-up roofs to facilitate the best game viewing. All luggage is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.

Travelling Times and Distances
All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

For our accommodated safaris, we make use of typical, mid-range African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps, all with en-suite facilities. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Spending Money
Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips for the guide and additional entertainment. US Dollars and Kenyan Shilling are the most practical and convenient currencies.

Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by the lodge where you are staying. They will also prepare lunch or a lunch pack depending on the itinerary for the day.

First Aid
Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration and it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure. Yellow Fever vaccinations are compulsory – please contact your Travel Clinic before departure.

Maximum baggage allowance: 12 kg. We stipulate this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring soft-sided luggage (e.g. a backpack or soft barrel bag), not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.

The onus is on the client to organize all visas required for a visit to Kenya prior to departure.

Information on Areas Visited
Few countries can match the combination of a mild and equable climate, magnificent landscapes and superb wildlife reserves and national parks. More than 40 different ethnic groups with different origins and languages form a mix of cultures and traditions. The country is bordered to the north by Sudan and Ethiopia and Somalia to the north-east; to the west by Uganda and to the south by Tanzania. The eastern border is the Indian Ocean. The Equator cuts through the middle and in the course of a Kenya safari may be crossed more than once.

Kenya's splendid national parks and game reserves are as varied as the people. The vastness of Tsavo compares with the celebrated and more verdant Maasai Mara, famous for its lions and abundance of species. The Maasai Mara is where, around July and August, nature's most exciting spectacle begins and lasts until October. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, with attendant zebra, gazelle and predators migrate into the Mara from neighbouring Serengeti to mate and continue their journey back to Tanzania to calve. The Mara is one of the very few places in the world where the visitor stands a good chance of seeing and photographing the legendary Big Five in a single trip: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino, to which may be added the elegant and vulnerable cheetah.

Nairobi, the country's capital city, is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan centre where one may shop, dine well and stay at hotels as well appointed as anywhere in the world.

Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru, christened "The bird watchers paradise" and described as the greatest ornithological site in the world is a top touristic destination with over 400 recorded species of birds. Around the Lake one can find flamingos, a wide range of waders including Avocet, while large rafts of Pelican can also be seen sweeping the water in unison. Other than birdlife the park boasts of other animals such as Lions, White Rhinos, African Buffalos, Rothschild Giraffes, Zebras, Impalas, Olive Baboons, Vervet Monkeys, Waterbucks, a variety of water birds (Yellow-billed Pelicans, Marabou Storks, Hammerkops, Fish Eagles among others.

Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. The lake is almost 13kms across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five meters. Lake area varies greatly according to rainfall, with an average range between 114 and 991 sq. km. At the beginning of the 20th Century, Naivasha completely dried up and effectively disappeared. The resulting open land was farmed, until heavy rains a few years later caused the lake to return to existence, swallowing up the newly established estates. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination. The waters of the lake draw a great range of wildlife to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows.

The region surrounding the Lake is well worth exploring. A boat ride to Crescent Island National Park is a great way to spend the afternoon, walk through the island which offers easy to see wildlife like giraffes, waterbucks, elands, wildebeests, zebras and impalas. The island is also a heaven for birds with +200 species recorded.

Hell’s Gate National Park lies beside the lake. This Park was named for its pair of massive red tinged cliffs framing a geothermically active interior of steam vents and bubbling springs. The park is home to a profusion of plains game and birdlife. Walking is permitted, making it ideal for hiking, biking, and rock climbing. Sunsets are always stunning, with the haunting call of a Fish Eagle high over the Lake bringing the day to a perfect end.

Masai Mara National Reserve
The Mara, as it’s popularly referred to, is Kenya’s most frequented wildlife viewing area. Situated about 280 km from Nairobi the name means “Spotted Plain” in the language of the Maasai, the colourful and interesting tribe which inhabits the surrounding areas. The Maasai have been living in harmony with nature and wildlife for centuries and it is mostly due to their beliefs and traditions that the area is still rich in wildlife. Whilst staying in the Maasai Mara, it’s possible to visit an authentic manyatta or village for insights into the culture and lifestyle of the Maasai. During the seasonal migrations, the Mara is home to up to half a million wildebeest and an equally impressive number of zebra who move into the area from neighbouring Tanzania. These large numbers of animals give rise to a proportionate number of predators, especially the big cats. Lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena roam the vast grassy plains on the lookout for their next meal. It may be an unsuspecting impala or gazelle or even something small like a warthog or African hare. Whatever the players, the spectacle of nature unfolding is always awesome. Here it’s also possible to observe; elephant, giraffe, baboon, African buffalo, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal and sometimes the rare rhino. The rivers abound with hippos and crocodiles.

Masai Mara Nature Walk
Leave your vehicle behind and take a walking safari with one of our experienced and qualified naturalists for the true thrill of the bush. Down on the same level as the animals you will experience the untamed beauty of the Mara. The walk takes place in a private concession area adjacent to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, where the scenery differs from inside the Reserve and picturesque acacia trees dot the hilly landscape. Throughout the whole nature walk you will be accompanied by a guide and Maasai watchmen, who are responsible for your safety. Children under 10 years are, for safety reasons, not allowed to participate in walking safaris.

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