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

Begin this 7-day safari in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi where your stayover is the grand Sarova Stanley Hotel. Between the walls of this luxurious hotel were once the city’s first post office and the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Its tasteful blend of Victorian elegance and comfort are combined with modern amenities like a heated pool and a fully equipped wellness centre.

The next leg of your adventure takes you to Sarova Shaba Game Lodge on the bank of the Ewaso Nyiro River within Shaba Game Reserve – renowned as the setting for the novel Born Free. Enjoy expertly guided wildlife excursions that put you in touch with the Big 5 as well as rare encounters with besia oryx and gerenuk found nowhere else in Kenya.

Spend a night in Lake Nakuru National Park where you overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge overlooking Lake Nakuru and the thousands of flamingo that line its tranquil shores. On guided 4x4 game drives discover plains mammals, including endangered white rhinos.

Your last stop is Sarova Mara Game Camp within the Masai Mara National Game Reserve which offers seasonal front-row seats to Africa’s most sought after wildlife spectacle – the annual Great Migration. Ideal for families, this cleverly designed camp offers babysitting services and a special dining menu for children. Game viewing is superb all year round and ranger-and-tracker guided game drives can be specially tailored for kids.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Regal stayover in historic Nairobi hotel
  • Big 5 game viewing in Shaba with besia oryx & gerenuk sightings
  • Views of flamingo-filled Lake Nakuru
  • Spot reticulated giraffe & Grevy’s zebra
  • Family-oriented camp in Masai Mara with array of activities 
  • Witness the annual Great Migration (May to October)
  • Camel trekking & walking safaris in the Samburu
  • Cultural interaction with Maasai & Samburu

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Old-world Nairobi

On your arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you are transferred to Sarova Stanley Hotel. The first luxury hotel to be established in the capital, it has hosted world leaders, renowned authors and international celebrities. It incorporates patterned marble floors, chesterfield sofas, grand clocks and historical photographs while the hotel promises the modern services and amenities definitive of a 5-star experience.

Extravagant buffet breakfasts are a trademark of the Sarova Stanley. Other dining options include the legendary Thorn Tree Café – housed in Nairobi’s first post office – as well as the laid-back atmosphere of the Pool Deck restaurant. Thai Chi restaurant serves up Nairobi’s finest Thai cuisine and the Exchange Bar is a plush drinks lounge that housed the Nairobi Stock Exchange for 50 years before the hotel’s development in 1902.

Each enchanting suite is named after an important person in history and offers a tasteful blend of Victorian elegance and modern comfort. The heated pool on the fifth floor is adjoined by a fully equipped health club with a gym, sauna and massage facilities. The hotel’s mini shopping arcade comprises gift shops, boutiques and an art gallery. Services also include complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access.

Days 2-3

The spectacle of Shaba

After breakfast you are transferred in your private vehicle to Sarova Shaba Game Lodge within Shaba Game Reserve situated across the Great North Road deep in the arid northern region of the country. Taking its name from Mount Shaba – an extinct volcanic mountain bordering the reserve – this volcanic desert is renowned as the place Joy and George Adamson called home for many years and where they released the first hand-raised lions made famous by the novel Born Free.

Nestled on the bank of the Ewaso Nyiro River this superb safari lodge boasts lush gardens and a large free-form pool. Expertly guided wildlife excursions through the reserve’s rocky hills, acacias and grasslands put you in touch with the Big 5 as well as rarities such as besia oryx and gerenuk found nowhere else in Kenya. Reticulated giraffe can be spotted gnawing on acacias and impressive herds of Grevy’s zebra are often spotted drinking from the river.

Walking safaris are a fascinating introduction to Shaba’s small animals and plants and for you can explore the reserve by camelback with a local Samburu tribesman. Visits to the nearby Samburu village allow you to enjoy customary singing and dancing.

Meals are served alfresco at the Surpelei restaurant, which is raised on stilts to offer breathtaking views of the crocodile-filled river and garden populated with indigenous trees as well as a fish pond. Enjoying lunch on a sand bank in the river is a unique dining experience and evening barbeques against the backdrop of the meandering river are truly memorable. Sumptuous picnics are packed for guests who wish to enjoy extended game drives.

While not exploring the magnificent reserve simply relax and sip in your captivating surroundings guarded by the Bodich and Shaba Mountains, which glow a brilliant amber at dusk. Pamper yourself with an invigorating massage at the wellness centre or take out your binoculars for some birding on the expansive viewing deck with the opportunity to spot all members of the northern five.

Day 4

On the shores of Lake Nakuru

Check out of the lodge and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park where you overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge set on a plateau overlooking Lake Nakuru and the thousands of lesser flamingo that line its tranquil shores. Aside from a pink frenzy of flamingo, there is plenty other birdlife to discover as well as mammals that include the endangered white rhino, lion and leopard.

The camp’s beautiful grounds are littered with tall acacias, winding walkways and rolling lawns dotted with bird feeders. There is a sparkling swimming pool surrounded by puffy-cushioned loungers that offers respite from the heat. The Rift Valley Bar is adjoined by an amphitheatre where traditional dance performances are held in the evenings before dinner and spectacular views of the sunset over the lake and hills beyond can also be enjoyed.

The elegantly appointed suites – connected to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways – offer superb lake and garden views, each with their own private patio for feet-up relaxation while immersed in magnificent natural surroundings. Adjacent to the pool area is the wellness tent where you are able to treat yourself to a full range of treatments for the ultimate self-indulgence. Children are well catered for in the activity room, which is well-stocked with board games, a television and other recreational facilities.

Days 5-6

Be awed by the Masai Mara

This morning you head out in your private vehicle to the Masai Mara National Game Reserve where you stay at Sarova Mara Game Camp. With front-row seats between May and October to Africa’s most sought after wildlife spectacle – the annual Great Migration – Sarova Mara Game Camp is a luxurious safari escape located on the endless East African plains where the Big 5 roam. Even though this classic camp has a privileged elevated location on a hill right in the migratory path of thousands of zebra and wildebeest, game viewing is not the only activity to be enjoyed.

Ideal for families, this cleverly designed camp offers babysitting services and a special dining menu for children, as well as a large fish pond and bird sanctuary. Game viewing is superb all year round and ranger-and-tracker guided game drives can be specially tailored for kids. Mini-golf is a fun-filled family activity while you might land yourself the big one when fishing in the Mara River. Your spacious tent is tastefully furnished with wardrobes, writing desks and safari chairs – maintaining an African theme while providing a nest of immense comfort.

Between epic wildlife excursions in the predator-rich Masai Mara, wallow in the camp’s centrally-located swimming pool and sip fresh fruit juice at the Ewaso Pool Bar. If it is not the fine dining on offer at Isokon Restaurant that sweeps you off your feet then the many alfresco dining options at dramatically positioned venues around the camp or a champagne bush breakfast is sure to do the trick.

Day 7

Goodbye Africa

After breakfast this morning you bid farewell to the Masai Mara and make your way back to Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi where you board your onwards flight home. 

Inclusions

  • 5 nights accommodation on full board basis
  • 1 night accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Minivan transfers in Nairobi
  • Transport in 4x4 or minivan for safari from day 2
  • 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

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  • 01 Nov 2014 - 22 Dec 2014 $2390

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

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