Karibu Kenya Safari
Today, you depart for Kenya by plane. There will be stopovers on the way.
On your arrival in Kenya, you will be met by your driver, who will drive you south towards Amboseli National Park. Depending on when you landed in Nairobi, you will either eat lunch on the way to Amboseli or upon your arrival at your lodge in Amboseli. If there’s time, the first game drive awaits you this afternoon.
Overnight stay Ol Tukai Lodge
Amboseli National Park might be one of Kenya’s smallest national parks, but great experiences await you here. One of the most classic images of Africa is the photo of a large herd of elephants in the middle of the savannah with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background. Then you know you’re in Africa! Ideally, get up early today and enjoy the sunrise – the mountain is often clearest at daybreak.
The elephants are the reason the park is so famous. You’d be hard-pressed to find bigger elephants – with bigger tusks – anywhere else in Africa. The sparse vegetation in the park also makes it easier to spot the animals here than elsewhere. The park also offers a profusion of birds. You have a packed lunch with you today, which allows you to spend the whole day in the park – lunch is usually eaten on top of a small mound, which affords a phenomenal view of both the swampy and bone-dry areas of Amboseli.
Overnight stay Ol Tukai Lodge
A new day of experiences awaits… From the flatness of Amboseli, you now head north to the hilly landscape of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Naivasha is today’s goal. Along the way, there will be time for a break somewhere where you can have lunch, and there will also be the opportunity to take a photo or two of the views of the Great Rift Valley.
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake located at the highest point of the Great Rift Valley, 1,890 metres above sea level. A boat trip on the lake is one of the main highlights here. The area is famous for its hippos, giraffes, waterbucks, vervet monkeys and profusion of birds, both sedentary and migratory.
Overnight stay Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
After breakfast, a drive to Masai Mara awaits you. The traffic in Kenya can be unpredictable, so most of the day is spent on getting there. Sit back in your seat, have your favourite snack with you, listen to an audio book or some music and enjoy the sight of Kenya passing by outside. Bear in mind that there is Wi-Fi and power in the car, so you can also take the opportunity to make your friends and loved ones at home jealous with a couple of holiday snaps.
First, you will pass the old Longnot volcano, from which you head west into Masai country. Here, you will see lots of men dressed in bright red costumes. The Masai have no tradition of cultivating the soil. They have cattle, which graze between the giraffes, zebras and other savannah herbivores. You drive through local villages, which are a hive of trading, and in many places, the villagers will wave eagerly to the passengers in the cars.
A short stop is made in Narok, the capital of the Masai, before continuing to Masai Mara. As the villages thin out, the number of wild animals increases.
You also have the option of visiting a Masai village. This should be arranged with the guide on the safari. It costs 25 USD per person (not included in the price of the holiday) and this is paid directly to the Masai people.
Overnight stay Mara Simba Lodge
Today, you’re going on a full-day game drive in Masai Mara game reserve, the Kenyan part of the vast Serengeti ecosystem and, in the rainy season, home to probably the world’s largest concentration of wildlife.
Masai Mara needs no further introduction. On the mighty plains, you will encounter large herds of elephants, wildebeest, zebras, hippos, giraffes, gazelles and other herbivorous prey of the hunting lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs.
You will get right up close to a host of animals, which you experience from the protection of the Land Cruiser.
From July to October, you can experience the 1,200 km long migration of more than one million wildebeest along with a couple of hundred thousand zebras plus countless Thompson gazelles.
It is during this migration that many gazelles fall victim to the huge Nile crocodiles when crossing the Mara River.
Why not experience the Savannah as the sun rises – from a hot air balloon?
In a hot air balloon over the bush
How about experiencing the savannah during sunrise, from an air balloon?
Overnight stay Mara Simba Lodge
After breakfast, you leave Masai Mara’s amazing wildlife and drive to Nairobi, a drive through the spectacular Great Rift Valley via the town of Narok.
After lunch, you will continue to the airport, from which the journey home starts with stopover(s) on the way. You can also choose to purchase two extra nights in Nairobi with a full day excursion, where you will experience some of the highlights that Nairobi has to offer such as the elephant orphanage and [the Danish author] Karen Blixen’s former home.
It is possible to purchase a direct flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi to avoid the drive. Contact us for a price.
Per person in double room: + £360
Per child u/12 years: + £360
Single room supplement: + £360
Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and largest city, was founded in 1899 as a stop on the British railway to Uganda: the Pearl of Africa. Today, it is one of East Africa’s most cosmopolitan cities and a veritable melting pot of different cultures and experiences, which you get an impression of on this city break extension.
You may have already heard about the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi. Visitors are invited inside the “orphanage” every day at noon, giving you the chance to see the baby elephants being given a bottle by their carers. It’s a fun and touching experience, and you can get right up close to the little elephants and hear more about the work of the foundation.
You have probably also heard about the Danish author Karen Blixen’s life in Africa – or perhaps watched the film “Out of Africa” with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in the lead roles. It’s the film that begins with the words: “I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills”. Karen Blixen’s former home is today converted into a museum, and a visit here is a must when in Nairobi. Karen Blixen has played a major role in the city – a whole neighbourhood is, for example, named after her: Karen.
Maybe you are also aware that you can hand-feed giraffes at the Giraffe Centre? It is also on the itinerary today, together with a visit to the Kazuri jewellery factory, where single mothers work to support their children.
You can experience all of this on this little extension with two nights in Nairobi and a full-day excursion.
Overnight stay Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel