Group Size: Based on a minimum 2 passengers
Immerse yourself in 10 days of wildlife on this classic Kenya safari. Travel by rail to Tsavo East National Park to witness ochre-red elephants in their herds. Experience vast savannahs against the quintessential backdrop of Kilimanjaro in Amboseli, the spectacular scenery and birdlife of Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru and the iconic Masai Mara – one of the most wildlife-rich safari areas in Africa.
Day 1 - Nairobi
On arrival at Nairobi Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel (approximately 17 KM / 30 minutes – 1 hour).
Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city, its national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighbouring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants.
Day 2 - Tsavo East National Park
After an early breakfast you will be met at your hotel and transferred to Nairobi Train Station to start your journey to Tsavo East departing at 08h00 to Voi Train Station. At 12h05 you will be collected from Voi Train Station by a Southern Cross Safaris vehicle to begin your game drive in Tsavo East National Park enroute to Satao Camp. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Tsavo East National Park ending with a sundowner. (BLD)
Nestled amongst trees and surrounding a central water hole, the semicircular layout of the camp provides an excellent viewing point for each of the guests. Satao Camp has 20 tents, all en-suite, thoughtfully positioned to ensure a full view of the camps “own” watering hole. The 20 tents are made up of 16 family tents and 4 suites each tent is constructed of sisal and boroti poles topped with a makuti roof, only the front of the tent is visible as each tent has its own patio with table and chairs.
The tents are exquisite; all are attractively furnished with locally made beds and unique African designs. Each spacious tent has a private bathroom with running water. The shower however is in the true African style, whereby the camp staff bring hot water in the evening. The bathrooms are very spacious, slate floors with stunning wooden framework, the wash basins sunken into the structure, all fitted with flushing toilet.
Day 3 - Tsavo East National Park
Enjoy a day of game drives in the Tsavo East National Park. (BLD)
Day 4 - Satao Elerai Conservancy
After breakfast you will drive to the Tsavo West National Park with a game drive enroute. You will visit Mzima Springs and continue to Kilaguni Serena Lodge for lunch. After lunch you will drive to the Satao Elerai Conservancy (approximately 350 KM / 6 hours). (BLD)
Satao Elerai is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5000 acres private conservation area 12kms south east of Amboseli National Park at the foot of Africa’s largest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The camp looks over Amboseli National Park and Mt Kilimanjaro, giving you what is arguably the best location of any camp in the area.
The camp offers 12 tents and 5 suites. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom with solar hot showers and a toilet with a view. Raised cedar wood floors, acacia poles and makuti (thatch) roofing complement the surrounding environment. Large balconies with relaxing day beds combine to offer the perfect place to lie as you take in the ambiance when relaxing.
The elegantly furnished suite rooms have large sliding doors that open out onto your own private veranda overlooking the plains below and Amboseli National Park. Elephants, giraffe’s and zebra are seen most days from the comfort of your room. Designed using natural rock and acacia wood, the bathrooms have their own naturally crafted bathtub and shower which is unique to Elerai.
Day 5 - Satao Elerai Conservancy
Enjoy a full day in the Amboseli National Park with a picnic lunch. (BLD)
Day 6 - Lake Naivasha
Enjoy an early breakfast before driving via Nairobi to Lake Naivasha. After lunch relax by the swimming pool or enjoy a boat ride on the lake (at own expense) (approximately 350 KM / 6.5 hours). (BLD)
Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to the resident giraffe, waterbuck and both vervet and colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on our expansive lawns. Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge has 21 cottages built in a crescent shape, each has 4 rooms, 2 on the ground and 2 at the top, which totals to 84 rooms.
Day 7 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast you will drive past the extinct Volcano of Mt Longonot and Suswa into the homelands of the Masai. The Masai Mara located on Kenya’s southern boarder with Tanzania, constitutes the northern stretch of the Serengeti and has the richest concentration of animals in Kenya. After lunch at the Mara Mara Sopa Lodge you will have the opportunity to observe the unique world of the Masai Mara (approximately 250 KM / 5 hours). (BLD)
Masai Mara Sopa Lodge is set in the Oloolaimutia Valley, where the lodge totally blends in perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape. The lodge has 86 rooms, 12 suites and 1 presidential suite, all of which have en-suite bathroom facilities with hairdryers. Every room and suite has a private, elevated veranda with views across the valley and on which guests can relax, sunbathe and watch resident birds and wildlife. Minibar are also available in each room. The lodge has direct-dial telephone facilities as well as satellite television and video options. The lodge has a freeform, freshwater pool which offers spectacular views over the valley.
Day 8 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Enjoy a full day game drive which will take you through the vast plains of the Masai Mara searching for the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo). You will return to the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge for lunch. (BLD)
Day 9 - Lake Nakuru National Park
Today your journey will take you straight to Lake Nakuru. The park boasts a good number of rhinos as well as a large population of leopards. Enjoy lunch at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge followed by an afternoon game drive in the park (approximately 350 KM / 8 hours). (BLD)
Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. The lodge, which has 84 rooms in total also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. Lake Nakuru National Park is mainly a wooded and bushy grassland with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges.
Day 10 - End of Classic Kenya Safari
Your day will start with an early morning game drive through the Lake Nakuru National Park. After breakfast at Nakuru Sopa Lodge you will drive to Nairobi and end of safari (approximately 184 KM / 3 hours). (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 23 Apr 19 - 25 Jun 19 $3,565 $3,620
- 26 Jun 19 - 31 Oct 19 $4,215 $5,040
- 01 Nov 19 - 15 Dec 19 $4,015 $4,810
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
My husband and I have recently been on holidays in Africa first embarking on where to go and what to do I contacted Bench International and was helped greatly by Steph one of their consultants.The holiday we planned together was fantastic, We arrived in Nairobi and was greeted by our guide for the week Kevin , he had a wide knowledge of the people, country and animals and was the nicest man you would every meet we were very sad having to say goodbye. Places we visited was Naivasha and Masai Mara ( Kenya)
The accommodation was perfect and the wildlife we encountered was something we will never forget. I would highly recommend anyone thinking about holidaying in Africa and want everything looked after this is the company to do it for you.