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

This 8-day journey encompasses four of Kenya’s magnificent wildlife areas in a richly diverse and rewarding experience for you and your family. Set off in a private safari vehicle to explore this incredibly beautiful country.

Begin in the renowned Ol Pejeta Conservancy, known for its dense concentration of wildlife, including the Big 5 and the site of Kenya’s only chimpanzee sanctuary. Continue to the primal forests of Mount Kenya before visiting Lake Elementaita, famed for its wonderful bird life. Your final destination is the fabled landscape of the Masai Mara, scene of the Great Migration.

Ideal for first-time safari-goers who those who are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to celebrate a family milestone, this adventure allows you to set the pace. You will be able to linger at the tender scene of a giraffe suckling her foal, stop to listen for the haunting call of an African fish eagle or spend an hour or two just appreciating the moonrise over Kenya’s vast, open plains.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing
  • Witness the Great Migration in season
  • Day & night game drives
  • Safari walks
  • Visit a chimp sanctuary

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Kenya

On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Southern Sun Mayfair hotel. You have the day free to explore this vibrant city or to simply relax and prepare for your safari adventure. 

Day 2

Set off into the wilds

After breakfast, you board your safari vehicle and set off for Nanyuki, a region famed for its incredible concentrations of wildlife. The 3-hour journey takes you through a varied landscape of rolling hills that give way to the distant escarpment of the Rift Valley. After a while the looming bulk of Mount Kenya comes into view, with the plains of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy rolling out before it. Your game drive begins as you enter the conservancy, and if you keep a sharp lookout, you may be rewarded with a sighting of one of the Big 5!

Arriving at Sweetwaters Tented Camp in time for lunch, you have the afternoon to explore the extensive grounds, take a refreshing dip in the pool and settle in to your luxurious tented suite.

This region is famed for its dense concentration of wildlife, and the possibility of encountering herds of buffalo and elephants in the wonderful light of the early evening is richly rewarding, while finding lions dozing in the shade before their nightly hunt is a thrilling experience. Soaking in the beauty of the landscape and all its attendant aromas of brush, earth and dust, you feel a kind of homecoming, as if this place has been waiting for you all along. Herds of antelope graze the grasslands, giraffe wander like sentinels in the background and birds of prey swoop through the sky above.

Returning to the lodge in the early evening, you enjoy a sumptuous meal in the dining room while the sounds of the African night reverberate around you. After spending a while at the fireside gazing at the glittering Milky Way, you wander off to your suite, slip between the covers and drift off into a deep and peaceful slumber.

Day 3

Visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Today your wildlife experience and game drive includes a visit to the only chimp sanctuary in Kenya, where you have the opportunity to encounter our closest relatives (we have 98 percent of our DNA in common) and learn more about their lives in the wild. The sanctuary is a safe and natural home to chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations, providing these sensitive and intelligent creatures with a stable and enriching environment.

Day 4

The slopes of Mount Kenya

The morning’s drive takes you closer to Mount Kenya and into the forests of Mount Kenya National Park, where you arrive at Serena Mountain Lodge nestled on its slopes. Settle into your suite, enjoy a delicious lunch on the terrace, then visit the waterhole for an afternoon’s wildlife viewing. The water and an adjoining salt lick attract a constant parade of animals, with numerous herds of elephant and buffalo jostling for position to slake their thirst. At just under 5 200m tall, Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa, after Mount Kilimanjaro. It has about 11 small glaciers, which are an important source of fresh water for the country.

Day 5

The wonders of Lake Elementaita

Your journey continues to Lake Elementaita Serena Camp, overlooking the sapphire-blue waters of the lake. After enjoying a relaxing lunch, you have time to settle in to your suite before setting off to explore. The lake is an internationally recognised bird sanctuary and the islands are the only breeding site of great white pelicans in East Africa. Flamingos flock here in their hundreds to feed on algae and crustacea, and their pink plumage covers the shoreline. Game drives are equally rewarding, with regular sightings of the magnificent eland, Rothschild’s giraffe and cliff-dwelling klipspringers, as well as the tiny dik-dik. Night drives offer thrilling encounters with nocturnal species – like hyenas, porcupines and anteaters - as they emerge into the beam of your spotlight, and the excitement of encountering a leopard on a hunt is a very real possibility.

Day 6

A Masai Mara adventure

Continue your journey south to the fabled plains of the Masai Mara, where you arrive at Mara Serena Lodge in time for lunch. This delightful lodge has an air of old world charm, and sits on a bluff overlooking the hippo-filled Mara River.

Setting off on your afternoon game drive, allow the magnificence of this untrammelled landscape to wash over you. These rolling hills and grasslands continue south to join with the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania, and are the scene of one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth. Every year between July and November, in excess of a million wildebeest, zebra and other antelope congregate here on their endless circular migration in search of fresh pastures and water. When the herds are here it is a time of plenty for the resident predators, and a time of great peril for the wildebeest. Undeterred by lions, leopards and hyenas, they march on, fording rivers teeming with enormous crocodiles and face many dangers on their journey, driven by an instinct as old as the landscape itself.

Day 7

The plains of the Mara

Freshly-brewed coffee gives you an invigorating boost as you stand on your verandah to watch the African dawn over the Mara River. After a delicious breakfast buffet, you set off into the plains of the Mara once more. The landscape is painted gold by the rays of the rising sun and the grasslands gently sway in the breeze as you pass by. The undulating hills are dotted with grazing antelope, giraffe tower above the acacia trees, and with the thrill of anticipation you seek out the big cats that lie in wait for the unwary. The open plains are a perfect habitat for cheetahs that use their tremendous speed and acceleration to run down their prey. It is not uncommon for these beautiful cats to use a convenient vehicle as a lookout post to scan their surroundings for a potential meal!

Following the course of the river on your game drive, you keep an eye out for thirsty animals as they venture down to the water to drink. Encountering a breeding herd of elephants as they splash into the shallows to drink and bathe is a heart-warming sight: tiny calves dash out from between their mothers’ legs to roll and cavort in the water, while teenagers wrestle and dunk each other under the indulgent gaze of the elders. After a thorough soaking, the herd wanders off for a dust bath, covering themselves as a protection against parasites, kicking up clouds of dust that catches the golden afternoon light.

Day 8

Homeward bound

After breakfast, you board your vehicle for the drive back to Nairobi. As the landscape rolls past the window, you recall the sights, sounds and adventures of the previous days- the teeming herds on the plains of the Mara, the thrill of encountering a pride of lions, the mournful howl of a hyena in the night… these memories will remain forever with you, and make you wish to one day return to Africa. 

Inclusions

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

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 Nov 2014 - 22 Dec 2014 $2785
  • 23 Dec 2014 - 01 Jan 2015 $3285

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

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"Discover a rich tapestry of landscapes and wildlife sightings to fill your memory bank with iconic and unique experiences."

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