- Lake Nakuru
- Masai Mara
- Saving the rhino
- The Great Migration
- Small Group 18 or less
- VIP door to door
Everything about Kenya will amaze and delight you…
Experience Kenya, original home of the safari, as you go in search of incredible wildlife on thrilling game drives and enjoy comfortable stays in the wilderness under starry skies. Discover the work of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in breeding rhino and chimpanzees, then head into the breathtaking Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru National Park to stay amongst the flamingos. Three nights in a tented camp in the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, with five thrilling game drives, provides the grand finale to your introduction to this extraordinary country…
7 nights in a hotel/lodge/tented camp and 1 in flight
20 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D)
Local expert guide
Plus all this...
- Return flights and transfers
- Sundowner drink at a memorable location
- Porterage at all accommodation
Excursions and visits
- Visit the Ol Pejeta Chimpanzee Sanctuary
- Meet Baraka, the blind rhino
- Two game drives in Ol Pejeta Conservancy
- Three game drives at Lake Nakuru National Park
- Five game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserve
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
Day 1 UK-Nairobi
Fly to Nairobi and transfer to the 3-star Tamarind Tree Hotel (3Q) where you’ll stay overnight.
This contemporary and colourful hotel has a restaurant, lounge bar and coffee shop that’s open 24 hours for drinks and snacks. There’s an outdoor pool and fitness centre. All 160 light and airy bedrooms, have a television, safe and hairdryer, air-conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Day 2 Ol Pejeta Conservancy
After breakfast, you’ll travel to the slopes of Mount Kenya and the 4-star Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp (4Q) for an overnight stay (136 miles, four hours).
En route this morning you’ll experience the first of your game drives in the conservancy around the camp. Settle in to your comfortable en suite tent before lunch is served. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. This 400-square-kilometre wildlife conservancy, set between Mount Kenya and the Aberdare foothills, is dedicated to breeding and protecting the rhino – especially from poachers – plus other endangered species. It’s now home to the largest population of Eastern Black rhino in East Africa and three rare northern white rhino. You’ll visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary here, established with the support of The Kenya Wildlife Service and Jane Goodall Institute.
Although not native to Kenya, small populations of chimpanzee are found in the rainforests in neighbouring Tanzania and Uganda, and throughout Central and West Africa. The chimps here have been rescued from being orphaned, sold as bush meat or pets. Now they are have formed a social group, being free to roam on a large island within the conservancy and breed freely. You’ll also get to meet Baraka, a blind rhino, who lost his right eye defending his territory from another bull and the sight in the left one from a cataract. No longer able to survive in the wild Baraka is now fully settled at Morani Information Centre.
The ecosystem of Ol Pejeta, along with innovative conservation methods, supports the highest density of wildlife in Kenya, outside of the Masai Mara. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive here before you return to your tented camp to relax before dinner.
The camp is set within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. There are 56 ‘tents’ all with charming thatched roofs, solid floors and canvas interiors. All have electricity, an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold water, showers and flushing WCs. other amenities in include free Wi-Fi, a tea and coffee-making facilities, bathrobes and slippers and private balconies. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunches and dinners in the Rhino Room where floor-to-ceiling windows reveal views of the water hole beyond. There’s also the Water Hole Bar where you can relax with a drink and watch the wildlife outside. B, L, D
Day 3 Lake Nakuru
Depart for your lengthy but incredibly scenic drive to Lake Nakuru this morning (98 miles, four hours), taking you past rugged hills and Mount Kenya, and into the jaw-dropping East African Rift – it stretches for thousands of miles from the Middle East to Mozambique, and encompasses huge, flat-bottomed valleys, vast lakes and sheer escarpments.
Spend two nights at the 4-star Sarova Lion Hill Lodge (4Q), overlooking the lake from its hilltop position in the heart of Lake Nakuru National Park. The park, with woods and bush grassland around the lake, was established to protect the lesser flamingo whose flocks have been declining, attracted to the lake, a rich source of algae. Now among the other animals protected here are both black and white rhino, baboons, warthogs and giraffe.Look forward to enjoying a game drive later this afternoon.
The Lodge is laid out amid tall acacia trees and winding walkways, with most of the 64 rooms and communal areas offering stunning views of the lake and the park. Buffet-style meals are enjoyed in open-air Flamingo Restaurant that offers views of the grounds and swimming pool. Enjoy sundowner drinks in the Rift Valley Bar, traditional dance performances are held each evening in the amphitheatre. Perhaps head to the Spa tent by the pool for a massage to pampering treatment (extra charge). Each en suite room has a patio, minibar and tea and-coffee-making facilities. B, L, D
Day 4 Lake Nakuru
Rise at dawn for an early morning game drive in the reserve – one of the best times for viewing wildlife. You’ll have plenty of time to relax at the lodge before embarking on the second of your daily game drives late this afternoon. The scenery here is truly stunning – the perfect backdrop for wildlife spotting. B, L, D
Day 5 Masai Mara
Depart after breakfast for the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve (129 miles, four hours), where you’ll spend three nights at the 4-star Sarova Mara Game Camp (4Q). Arrive in time for lunch.
The Sarova Mara Game Camp adjoins a Masai village. The camp is set in the heart of the Reserve, covering 27 acres and encompassing two streams, a large fish pond and outdoor pool with a pool bar, all within an electrified fence perimeter. Accommodation is arranged within tents, including the main restaurant and bar. The Isokon restaurant offers a wide range of cuisine, served buffet-style at breakfast and lunch, and waiter served at dinner. Special barbecues are held by the swimming pool. Enjoy drinks at the Pool Bar and evening entertainment and a roaring fire in the Oloip Bar. You’ll stay in one of the 52 spacious and comfortable Standard tents, each with an en suite bathroom with shower, flush toilet, and hot and cold running water. Tents can be made up to be either double or twin and are tastefully furnished with wardrobes, writing desks and safari chairs.
Late this afternoon enjoy the first of your game drives here. Set in one of the most impressive natural backdrops in the whole of Africa, the great diversity of wildlife here has helped to make the Masai Mara one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. The Masai Mara offers plenty to see throughout the year, including elephant, lion, cheetah, baboon, giraffe, gazelle, jackal, hyena, Cape buffalo, ostrich and several species of antelope. The rolling plains around the Camp teem with wildebeest, gazelle and zebra during the migration months.
The Camp sits close to the path of the breathtaking Great Migration, from June to October. This natural phenomenon occurs when vast herds of wildebeest and zebra make the return journey from Tanzania, across the Serengeti Plains and into the Masai Mara, as seasonal rain fills the water holes and prompts the growth of the grass they need to survive. Needless to say, not all make it as they are stalked by predators during the journey… B, L, D
Day 6 Masai Mara
The Masai Mara Game Reserve takes its name from the Masai people and their description of the area as ‘mara’, which translates as ‘spotted’. The reserve is famous for its vistas of rolling grasslands, red earth and distant hills as well as the annual Great Migration. Enjoy an early morning game drive before breakfast then relax at the camp before lunch and another late afternoon game drive. These are the times when the African wildlife and animals are most active, and you have an excellent chance of seeing the Big Five, particularly big cats, as the Mara has the largest number of lions in Kenya. But there are as many species of birds in the Mara as there are mammals, making their home in the river, forest and plains. B, L, D
Day 7 Masai Mara
Depart before breakfast on another game drive. The rest of the day is at leisure for relaxing in the camp, before your final late afternoon game drive of the holiday. You may have the chance to take an optional walking safari accompanied by a Masai spotter who will be on the lookout for predators and a knowledgeable Masai guide who will provide commentary on the sightings. B, L, D
Day 8 Masai Mara-Nairobi
Travel to Nairobi after lunch (149 miles, five hours) and arrive at the Somak Lounge where you can freshen up and enjoy refreshments before transferring to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B, L
Day 9 UK
Arrive in the morning for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.
Post-holiday extension - half-board
The 4-star Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort (4Q) has direct access to the Indian Ocean and its unique marine life. Although Whitesands is a self-contained resort, it's within walking distance of shops and restaurants should you wish to explore the surrounding area. The property is approximately 19 kilometres from Mombasa city centre. The hotel has extensive leisure facilities, including four free-form swimming pools, one with a swim-up bar. There is a choice of restaurants, offering a selection of Italian, African and international cuisine. Other amenities include a beach bar and a coffee shop.
The resort caters for water sports, with facilities for scuba diving, snorkelling and windsurfing. An additional charge applies for these activities. All rooms have satellite television, direct-dial telephone, fridge, hairdryer and safe. They also have a balcony or terrace facing either the pool or the Indian Ocean.
Post-holiday extension - half-board
Stay four nights at the 4-star Sultan Sands Island Resort (4Q) in Kiwengwa, a village on the Tanzanian island of Unguja, on the Zanzibar archipelago. The resort has a blend of Swahili and Arab architecture, an idyllic beach location and choice of leisure and dining options. Guests can also use some facilities at the neighbouring Bluebay Beach Resort, including the Oasis Spa and the Dive Centre.
The 76 spacious rooms are built in a traditional Swahili style with thatched roofs, and feature hand-carved Zanzibari furniture. Delicious local specialities as well as Far-Eastern and European favourites are served buffet-style at breakfasts, lunches and themed dinners in the main Mwambao Restaurant, next to the pool and with ocean views. Other facilities include a Far Eastern Fusion beach bar and restaurant, a poolside bar and a coffee bar, which becomes a night-club after hours.