overview

This tour forms part of our Scheduled & Overland tour collection.

Begin this 7-day tour in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi where you overnight at the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel, which is set in beautifully landscaped gardens near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Then set off with your driver and guard in a private 4x4 to take in the best that this game-rich, classic safari country has to offer.

Your next stop is Amboseli Sopa Lodge under the shadow of colossal Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s biggest free-standing mountain. From this traditional Maasai-style safari camp, enjoy 4x4 game drives with uninterrupted views and the opportunity to photograph impressive herds of elephant against this dramatic backdrop. Exciting walking safaris and guided tours of a traditional Maasai village are enlightening cultural experiences on offer here.

You then head to Lake Nakuru Lodge within the eponymous national park, which is inhabited by a population of approximately two million pink flamingos and an array of other birdlife. Your final stayover is in the Masai Mara National Park, which is synonymous with the epic annual migration of thousands of zebra and wildebeest. Apart from bearing witness to nature’s greatest spectacle, this reserve is also home to incredible predators, which include high concentrations of lion and cheetah.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Witness the annual Great Migration in season
  • Views of Kilimanjaro and huge elephant herds in Amboseli
  • See rhino in Lake Nakuru
  • Private 4x4 & expert guide for Big 5 viewing

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Karibu Kenya!

On your arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you are transferred by road to Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens with rolling lawns and tranquil water features, this centrally located hotel features a restaurant alongside the pool deck for tasty breakfasts, lunches and buffet dinners. Take a dip in one of the hotel’s two swimming pools both surrounded by comfortable loungers and equipped with underwater lighting for night bathing. Your elegantly appointed suite offers magnificent views of the gardens and complimentary Wi-Fi access. 

Days 2-3

In the shadow of Kili

This morning you are transferred by road from Nairobi to Amboseli Sopa Lodge nestled in the foothills of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain. Situated in the heart of Amboseli National Park, this traditional thatched-roof safari camp offers premium game viewing and the opportunity to get close to massive herds of elephant. The lodge’s decorative design incorporates the brilliant primary colours and iconic shapes and symbols representative of the Maasai. The lodge overlooks Amboseli’s golden savannah plains with uninterrupted views of majestic Kilimanjaro. Nearby emerald swamps are fed by melting snow from this mammoth mountain, providing the only source of water for animals and thus the perfect place to spot them drinking.

Amboseli National Park is inhabited by more elephants than all but a handful of reserves in Africa. On guided 4x4 game drives you might also spot lion, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a variety of antelope with sightings in the dry months fairly easy to come by due to the sparser vegetation. The dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro makes this landscape a wildlife photographer’s dream and getting that classic shot of a tusker against Africa’s favourite mountain is a definite highlight of the Amboseli experience. Local Maasai guides lead nature walks through the captivating wilderness, imparting their indigenous knowledge about the fauna, flora and small animals that inhabit the reserve. Visit the cultural centre and find an array of educational material about one of Africa’s most prominent tribes who have been living here for centuries. Guided village visits are another enlightening cultural experience and provide the opportunity to learn firsthand about Maasai traditions and gain valuable insight into their traditional way of life. At the end of each day retire to your en suite African-themed room that features a king-sized bed and a private verandah with breathtaking views over the plains.

Day 4

Nakuru's famed flamingos

After breakfast you are driven to Lake Nakuru Lodge within the eponymous national park that is inhabited by a population of approximately two million lesser and greater flamingos. The lodge is cleverly designed to blend into its lush natural surroundings of palm trees and rolling lawns. From your suite’s furnished terrace you are afforded incredible views of the glistening lake where flamingos, pelicans and a variety of eagle species can be spotted in vast flocks.

Guided 4x4 game drives introduce you to some of the other animals on the reserve which include giraffe, zebra, waterbuck and of one of Kenya’s largest concentrations of endangered black rhino. Buffet-style dining is enjoyed alfresco and includes barbecues and candlelit African-themed dinners that are preceded by contemplative sundowners around the inviting swimming pool. Surrounding the lake – usually a frenzy of pink feathers – are acacia and euphorbia forests that attract animals seeking shade in the heat of the day. Take a picnic basket to Hippo Pool near the Baharini springs or use your binoculars to observe resident baboon troops from Baboon Cliff Lookout.

Days 5-6

The wonders of the Masai Mara

After checking out of the lodge this morning you are driven to Masai Mara National Reserve where your next stay is at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge. Positioned on the slopes of the Oloolamuita Hills within a reserve synonymous with the annual Great Migration hundreds of thousands of ungulates – between May and October – this lodge features traditional Maasai thatch-roofed round buildings set in mature wooden gardens with interiors which reflect the their rich culture and art. Guided 4x4 game drives present the opportunity to witness migrating animals and possibly even make a crossing of the crocodile-infested Mara River. On the must-do list of every safari-enthusiast, the reserve is especially known for its predators, which include high concentrations of lion and cheetah.

Enjoy thrilling walking safaris with local Maasai tribesmen who share their knowledge about plants and small animals often overlooked while traversing the reserve on a 4x4. Like at Amboseli Sopa Lodge, you are able to visit a nearby Maasai village and learn more about their unique way of life. Between activities there is time for relaxing around the swimming pool situated at the heart of the lodge and the bush baby feeding table allows you to get up-close to these wide-eyed primates after dark.

Day 7

Homeward bound

After breakfast you bid farewell to the Masai Mara and are transferred by car to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward connecting flight home. 

Inclusions

  • 5 nights accommodation on full board basis
  • 1 night accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Meet and greet at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Nairobi transfers in a minivan safari vehicle
  • Transport and game drives in a minivan or 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Kenya government taxes
  • Park and reserve entry fees

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jul 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $2920
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016 $2840
  • 16 Dec 2016 - 01 Jan 2017 $2940

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"This affordable and popular choice to tick off all the major wildlife highlights of Kenya, but at your leisure in your own private vehicle."

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