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9 days

Karibu Kenya safari

This is the classic Kenya tour with the biggest highlights. From the elephants of Amboseli, the tour takes you to the hippos of Lake Naivasha before concluding in Masai Mara.

Karibu Kenya safari Karibu Kenya safari
9 days

Karibu Kenya safari

This is the classic Kenya tour with the biggest highlights. From the elephants of Amboseli, the tour takes you to the hippos of Lake Naivasha before concluding in Masai Mara.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flight from the UK to Nairobi, including transfer
  • Local English-speaking guide/driver
  • 5 nights in Kenya with full board
  • 1 night in Kenya, including breakfast
  • Amboseli National Park – elephants at the foot of Kilimanjaro
  • Boat ride on Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley
  • Masai Mara – the world’s largest concentration of wildlife
  • Transport and safaris in a 4WD Land Cruiser with Wi-Fi and power
  • Drinking water on the safaris
  • Admission and fees to the national parks and game reserves mentioned
  • Flight from Nairobi to the UK including transfer
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants

The tour in short

This tour is for those who want to experience Kenya’s highlights.

It all begins in one of Kenya’s smallest national parks: Amboseli. The park is especially famous for its large herds of elephants, which often pose with Kilimanjaro in the background. The park is as flat as a pancake, the climate is dry and the vegetation is sparse, making it very easy to spot the wildlife.

The drive from Amboseli to Lake Naivasha is broken up by an overnight stay just outside Nairobi National Park. From here, it is possible to visit David Sheldrick’s famous elephant orphanage and Karen Blixen’s farm, among other things. You drive on through the stunning landscapes of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha, which is known for its hippos and varied birdlife. The world-renowned Masai Mara game reserve is, of course, home to the Big 5, which are the major draw – along with all manner of prey. There is also the opportunity to visit the tall, red-clad Masai in their villages.

A truly classic Kenya tour incorporating the main highlights.

Why choose this tour

  • Experience the absolute highlights of Kenya on a classic safari tour to Amboseli, Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara
  • Get right up close to the marked contrasts of pancake-flat Amboseli to Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley and the plains of Masai Mara
  • You have the option to visit Karen Blixen’s farm, Nairobi National Park or David Sheldrick’s elephant orphanage
  • You go on safari in Africa Safari’s own Landcruiser with power and Wi-Fi

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Flight to Kenya

Today, you depart for Kenya by plane. There will be connecting flight(s) along the way.

Day 2: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

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.

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Day 3: Amboseli National Park

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.

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Day 4: Amboseli – Nairobi National Park

Early in the morning another game drive awaits in Amboseli, so you if you didn’t get that picture of Kilimanjaro yesterday, you have another chance today!

Lunch is enjoyed at the lodge before heading north – perhaps you round off the day with dinner at the renowned Carnivore restaurant?

You will stay right on the border of Nairobi National Park, which is located just south of Nairobi.

Day 5: Experiences in Nairobi – Lake Naivasha

A new day of experiences awaits…

Today, you will have the opportunity to customise your tour and choose from a variety of excursions starting in the morning. You might like to visit Karen Blixen’s former farm, or perhaps you’ve always dreamed of visiting David Sheldrick’s famous elephant orphanage. A guided safari in Nairobi National Park is also a wonderful experience, offering a good chance of seeing the rare black rhino!

In the afternoon you 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.

Day 6: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara

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 age-old Longnot volcano, from which you head west into Masai country. Here, you will see lots of men dressed in bright red robes. 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 on the tour. This should be arranged with the guide. It costs 25 USD per person (not included in the price of the tour) and this is paid directly to the Masai people.

Day 7: Masai Mara

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 Thomson’s gazelles. It is during this migration that many gazelles fall victim to the huge Nile crocodiles when crossing the Mara River.

Day 8: Masai Mara – Nairobi – Homeward bound

After breakfast, you will 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 connecting flight(s) on the way. You can also purchase a tour to Uganda’s lush Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, where you can get right up close to the unique mountain gorillas. It’s an extraordinary experience to observe the gentle creatures at close range.

It is possible to purchase a direct flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi to avoid the drive. Contact us for a price.

Day 9: Arrival back home

You land in the UK after an exciting holiday.

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Combine with

Gorilla tracking in Uganda, 4 nights

You’ve almost certainly seen pictures of the gentle furry mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.

Why not complete your trip to East Africa by extending your holiday to include a tour to Uganda to look for the unique mountain gorillas?

We’ve made it easy for you and added this 5-day extension, when, besides gorilla tracking, you also go on a “walking safari” in Lake Mburo National Park.

It goes without saying that we have included flights, gorilla permits and full board almost everywhere.

It couldn’t be easier!

Please note: This extension only goes ahead when there are at least 2 people travelling.

This extension must be booked at least 70 days before departure.

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