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Highlights

  • Good value 4x4 road safari in Kenya
  • Sightings of the Samburu Special 5
  • Scenic sundowner drinks in the African wilderness
  • Guided nature walks in a private conservancy
  • Full day safari with picnic lunch in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Game drives in the Masai Mara

Overview

This 8-day value safari in Kenya is ideal for travellers looking for an authentic safari experience without breaking the bank. This is also the perfect itinerary if you want to go on a 4x4 road safari in Kenya to take in as much of the country's natural beauty and wildlife.

Kick off your adventure at a comfortable tented camp in a beautiful setting under the doum palm trees of Samburu National Reserve. Go on early morning and afternoon game drives to explore this incredible wilderness, well known for its lion and leopard sightings, as well as the unique Samburu Special 5 (gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Somali ostrich and beisa oryx).

Next stop: Mbweha Safari Camp, set on the private Congreve Conservancy near the southern border of Lake Nakuru National Park. En route, you'll get to savour the mesmerising scenery of East Africa's Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru is conveniently equidistant between Samburu and the Masai Mara, making it a popular fixture on a 4x4 road safari in Kenya. The park has good populations of large mammals in a contained area, which means reliable sightings of buffalo, eland, waterbuck ('nakuru' is Swahili for 'place of the waterbuck'), rhino and rare Rothschild giraffe.

The final destination on this 8-day value safari in Kenya needs no introduction. Home to the Great Wildebeest Migration and some of the most prolific lion prides in Africa, the Masai Mara is a place safari dreams are made of. You'll stay at classic tented camp on the banks of the Talek River and enjoy thrilling game drives in one of East Africa's prime wildlife areas.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 8 Days

  • Start: Nairobi
  • End: Nairobi

Accommodations Visited

Kenya, Nairobi

Radisson Blu Hotel - Nairobi Upper Hill

1 Night
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Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Karibu Kenya!

Nairobi, Kenya
Detailed breakdown

Day 1-2: Karibu Kenya! | 1 Night

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Nairobi, Kenya

After touching down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you are met by your driver/guide and transferred to the lovely Radisson Blu Hotel. Welcome to Kenya!

The Radisson offers comfortable and modern rooms with high-speed wireless internet, flat-screen televisions, and beautiful views of either the cityscape or Nairobi National Park. It's the perfect spot to relax after a long international flight and get some much needed rest before embarking on your 8-day value safari in Kenya.

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Day 2-4: Meet the Samburu Special 5 | 2 Nights

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Samburu, Kenya

After breakfast at the Radisson, you depart Nairobi to officially start your 4x4 road safari in Kenya. Take in the wonderful scenery as you travel north with your expert driver/guide.

You notice that the further north you travel, the drier and hillier the landscape becomes as the area doesn't benefit as much from the rains received by the south-west of Kenya. But as you enter the traditional homeland of the Samburu people, Kenya's vast semi-deserts give way to thick acacia and beautiful doum palm forests. You've arrived at Elephant Bedroom Camp, an authentic safari lodge on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro, northern Kenya's biggest and least seasonal river.

This intimate camp has spacious tented suites that are built on stilts and overlook the river. It offers a comfortable setting, along with plunge pools on private patios. During your stay, you explore the gorgeous reserve on game drives, discovering its plentiful wildlife like elephant, lion, leopard, and the stars of the area: the Samburu Special 5 (gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Somali ostrich and beisa oryx).

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Day 4-6: Discover Lake Nakuru | 2 Nights

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Lake Nakuru, Kenya

After your final breakfast in Samburu, it's time to head towards Lake Nakuru National Park, enjoying the stunning Great Rift Valley scenery on your 4x4 road safari in Kenya. Your home for the next couple of days is Mbweha Safari Camp, a lava-stone lodge nestled within a spectacular forest of euphorbia candelabra - spiny, cactus-like trees that can grow up to 15 metres (50 feet) high.

Mbweha is set on the private Congreve Conservancy near the southern border of Lake Nakuru National Park and has spectacular views of the surrounding mountainous landscape. Being in a private conservancy allows for special activities like nature walks, mountain biking and night game drives. You'll explore Lake Nakuru National Park on game drives to see its populations of large mammals like rhino, buffalo, eland and rare Rothschild giraffe, as well as the park's glorious roster of birds like pelicans, fish eagles, Verreaux's eagles and Narina trogons.

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Day 6-8: Magical Masai Mara | 2 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

The final stop on your 8-day value safari in Kenya is the famed Masai Mara. You arrive at Tipilikwani Mara Camp in time for lunch, enjoyed in a vibrant and friendly setting. 'Tipi' radiates the warmth of the local people and is ideal for those who want an authentic Mara experience. Nestled in a forested setting, your spacious riverfront tent is stylishly decorated and offers fabulous views of the Talek River.

Look forward to twice-daily game drives in the renowned Masai Mara in search of its legendary big cats (lion, cheetah and leopard) and big game like elephant, buffalo and giraffe. Thanks to the Mara's temperate climate and huge variety of animals, it's a fantastic safari destination any time of year.

Day 8: Farewell Kenya

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Bid farewell to the Mara as you depart for Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on the final leg of your 4x4 road safari in Kenya.

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Inclusions

  • All Kenya government taxes
  • Game drives in Samburu National Reserve, Congreve conservancy, Lake Nakuru National Park & Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Nairobi airport transfer in a 06 seater minivan vehicle on private basis
  • Park and reserve entry fees
  • Transport in a pop-up roof 4x4 safari vehicle with KPSGA silver guide basis
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Exclusions

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