This tour is one for people looking for that once in a lifetime trip to Kenya. It is leisurely paced and suitable for any age. It is privately guided throughout. Ask about family rate.
Day 1: Nairobi
Arrival at the airport at night and transfer from the airport to La Mada or equivalent hotel in Nairobi.
Day 2, 3, 4: Masai Mara
This tour starts with the very best of Kenya’s national parks, Masai Mara the Africa that every one dreams of. For the 3 days we will explore the open savannahs plains, the riverine forests and meandering rivers for elephants, rhinos, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, gazelles, crocodiles and hippos.
Wildlife viewing in Masai Mara is an all year-round affair and not restricted to the July-Sep period of wildebeest migration. There is a resident population of wildebeests and plains game throughout the year. The cats, which by nature are territorial, are also permanently there defending their corners. You will possibly see a wide variety of game in Mara outside the migration period as most animals move out with the high stress of the wildebeest “invasion”.
On day 4, after a game drive in the morning, Masai Morans will guide us on a soft walk in the rolling hills and grasslands, out of the park boundaries where we will have close encounters with gazelles, zebras and giraffes. En route we will visit a Masai village.
3 nights at Mara Simba Lodge / Sarova Mara Tented Camp / Keekorok / Mara Leisure Tented Camp. BLD
Day 5: Menengai Crater – Nakuru
We arrive at the Maili Saba tented camp, our base for 2 days, in the late afternoon. With 10 luxurious tents built on the edge of the dormant Menengai Crater, Maili Saba offers all what a nature traveler would want in an African holiday: silence, tranquility, one-off scenery, unique accommodation and food worth traveling for, all rendered in a level of service that is professional and non-intrusive. With a limit of only 20 guests, this is a place for anyone who wants to be away from mass tourism. BLD
Day 6: Lake Nakuru
We will spend the day in the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its thousands of flamingos as well as vast herds of buffaloes and tens of rhinos. There is a good chance to see cats such as leopard, cheetah and lion. Back to Maili Saba tented camp for overnight. BLD
Day 7: Swara Conservancy
For wildlife seekers, birders, walkers as well as anyone looking for a nature based tour in Kenya, Swara Plains is ideal for all the right reasons: one-off wildlife viewing experience, guided nature walks, colorful and easily found birds.
Just 30 minutes out of the city of Nairobi, the 20,000 acres ranch is old wild Africa at its very best: wide open savannah grasslands, tall yellow fever trees, endless views. Swara Plains is part of the Tsavo-Amboseli eco-system and with exception of elephants, rhinos and buffaloes all the other plains game found in Tsavo and Amboseli are found here. You will see big herds of oryx, elands, wildebeests, giraffes, monkeys, hartebeests, zebras, impalas, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelles, warthogs and the occasional gerenuk in total absence of mass tourism.
There is also a good number of cheetahs and leopards but unlike the cats in other national parks which are now socialized to act for visitors (a cheetah sitting on a car’s hood is not natural!) Guided walks and game drives.
Overnight at Acacia Camp BLD
Day 8, 9 & 10: Amboseli
We drive south to Amboseli national park at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The magic of Amboseli is seeing the big game including huge herds of elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, impalas, Grant’s gazelles and elands with the backdrop of the snow-capped Kilimanjaro.
Should you be a birder Amboseli has +425 species of birds recorded. There are water birds, birds of prey as well as dry scrub birds. 3 nights at the Kibo Tented Camp. BLD
Day 11: Transfer To Nairobi
Leave Amboseli in the late morning and drive back to Nairobi and your evening flight out or onward travel. Lunch At Acacia Camp BL
Includes: 10 nights accommodation, Guided walks and tours as described. all transfers, meals as noted (BLD = breakfast, lunch, dinner), all local taxes. Flying Doctors Evacuation cover. Can be modified to suit your time and interests. Airfares not included.