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A private 4x4 safari gives you the luxury of being the only guests at all times and of the same highly knowledgeable and experienced guide throughout your Kenyan sojourn. For serious safari goers, those seeking to run their vacation at their own pace or even keen photographers or birders who want to spend as long as they like on the particular sighting, this is a great advantage.

For six days, you and your family will have the sole use of a very comfortable 6-seater Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4, which will take you through the wonders of Amboseli and Masai Mara National Parks, two of Kenya’s most spectacular landscapes. 

In Amboseli, your lodge has uninterrupted views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro while your second accommodation has beautiful views of the Mara and Talek Rivers. As always, you can expect good game viewing, superb service and the satisfaction of knowing that you can set your own game drive schedule.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Private vehicle & guide throughout
  • Stay near Nairobi National Park
  • Views of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Vistas over the Talek & Mara Rivers
  • View the Wildebeest Migration (about August to September)
  • Game viewing in Kenya’s premier parks

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Jet into Nairobi

After jetting into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be welcomed and driven to the Eka Hotel, a modern establishment that is close to attractions like the Nairobi National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and the Giraffe Centre, which houses a successful breeding programme of endangered Rothschild's giraffes. 

In order to overcome the effects of a long-haul flight, you can workout in the fully equipped gym or dive into the refreshing swimming pool for a few laps.

For meals, head to the Galaxy Restaurant for international cuisine or to The Spur for burgers and fries. The hotel’s décor is a very contemporary and all rooms have mod cons like air conditioning, Wi-Fi access and televisions.

Days 2-4

Venture into Amboseli

Wake up in Nairobi on Day 2, savour the generous breakfast buffet spread at Eka and then settle in for the drive to Amboseli National Park. While smaller and more compact than the massive Masai Mara National Park, Amboseli has an impressive range of game – especially elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard and spotted hyena – and at least 300 species of bird, including the long-toed lapwings, yellow-throated sand grouse and rare Madagascan squacco herons. But what truly separates Amboseli from Kenya’s other reserves are its spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Although Kili is technically on the Tanzanian side of the border, its glacier-capped magnificence is best viewed from Kenya. It is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and rises out of the surrounding scrubby grassland like a conical beacon, and is the focal point for miles around.

Your lodge maximises these beautiful views: each of the nine deluxe suites has mountain panoramas so that you can appreciate Kili from your double bed or veranda (there are also five lodge-style suite rooms). Satao Elerai Camp is set in the Elerai Conservation Area, which consists of grass plains and acacia woodland, ideal landscape for large families of eland and giraffe.

The days will pass with all the classic safari activities on offer: you and your private guide will go on game drives in your own vehicle, perhaps stopping to enjoy sundowners and getting a beautiful shot of Kili. In addition, Satao Elerai offers facilitated visits to the Elerai Maasai community to learn more about their lives in Amboseli, game walks and night drives in search of nocturnal creatures like civet, genet, aardwolf, owls and, if you’re very lucky, leopards and lions on the hunt.

Days 4-5

Uncover Lake Nakuru

From Amboseli, you and your guide venture to the Congreve Conservancy in Lake Nakuru National Park, which is famous for its masses of pink flamingos (they shed so many feathers that the lake's waters can look pink from a distance!). Your accommodation will be the lovely stone and thatch cottages at Mbweha Safari Camp, each of which has a very romantic and totally private outdoor bathtub - perfect for soaking under the stars or at sunset...

Mbweha also has a sparkling swimming pool for hot afternoons in East Africa and spa where the caring staff can unknot those kinks from your spine or give you a soothing facial.

Because it is located in a conservancy, your guide will be able to take you on night drives and nature walls, two completely different but very satisfying ways of experiencing the Nakuru wilderness. On night drives, all your senses come alive to the smells and sounds of the bush: lions are more active as they prepare to hunt, leopards come down from their perches, and owls and bats take to the night sky to feed. On walks you suddenly become utterly absorbed in the minutiae of nature, like the iridescent wings of a dragonfly or the tracks of an elephant.

Days 5-7

Discover the Masai Mara

Today you will drive from Lake Nakuru to the Masai Mara but this is a good chance to settle in and relax for a day of sightseeing. Your private guide will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible and by late afternoon you should be entering one of the most famous parks in the whole world. This is where the annual Wildebeest Migration plays out in the middle of the year, when the plains are covered with hundreds of thousands of gnu.

Tipilikwani Masai Camp is your final destination and a welcome drink enjoyed on the deck will help you shake off the dust of the day’s drive. Depending on when you arrive, you may still have time to squeeze in a late afternoon game drive but, if not, you still have a full day to discover all the mysteries of the Masai Mara.

Each of Tipilikwani’s 20 tented suites are very spacious and all have uninterrupted views of the Talek River (there is also a 4-sleeper family tent for those travelling with two young children). Once again, all the classic safari experiences are to be had and, if you happen to be visiting mid-year, you may even catch part of the Migration as the wildebeest surge to cross the nearby Mara River in their thousands.

After a full week’s break in the African bush, it is time to bid Kenya goodbye as your guide drives you back to Jomo Kenyatta for your onward travel arrangements.

Inclusions

  • 1 Night at Eka Hotel on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights at Satao Elerai Camp on full board basis
  • 2 Nights at Tipilikwani Mara Camp on full board basis
  • Masai Mara National Park fee
  • Private safari vehicle for the safari portion of the trip
  • Transfer from Nairobi Airport to Ole Sereni Hotel
  • 1 Night at Mbweha Safari Camp on full board basis

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 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $3430

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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Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"Value for money makes this one of our most popular custom tours. We love that you can stay under canvas without paying premium prices and still experience Africa in its most authentic form. From the dusty plains below Kilimanjaro to pink flamingo fringed lakes this tour guarantees great wildlife from start to finish."

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