Group Size: Minimum of 2 passengers
This award-winning safari combines all the best aspects of a Kenyan safari. The Great Kenya Safari offers you the opportunity to experience the world-famous Masai Mara, the colourful birds of Lake Nakuru, the majestic vistas of Mount Kilimanjaro, the clear water springs at Mzima Springs in Tsavo West and witness herds of ochre-red elephants in Tsavo East National Park. Immerse yourself in eight days of wildlife on a scheduled small group safari through Kenya, with a maximum of seven passengers per vehicle.
Expert Tip: Travel in the dry season to see huge herds of elephants visiting the water hole at Satao Camp, in Tsavo East National Park.
Day 1 – Nairobi
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Nairobi, where you will be accommodated overnight (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 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
This morning after breakfast, you will be met by your guide where you will commence your safari. You will drive past the extinct Volcano of Mt Longonot and Suswa into the homelands of the Masai. After lunch at the Mara Sopa Lodge you will have the opportunity to observe the unique world of the Masai Mara (approximately 270 KM / 6 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 one 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. Minibars are also available in each room. The lodge has a freeform, freshwater pool which offers spectacular views over the valley.
Day 3 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today you will spend a full day on a game drive that takes you through the vast plains of the Masai Mara searching for the ‘Big Five’. Return to the Mara Sopa Lodge for lunch. (BLD)
Day 4 - Lake Nakuru National Park
This morning you will travel to Lake Nakuru National Park. The park also boasts a good number of rhinos as well as leopard and lion. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park (approximately 350 KM / 7 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 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 5 - Amboseli National Park
Today your day begins with an early morning game drive through the Lake Nakuru National Park. After breakfast drive a short distance back to Nairobi for lunch in the very popular Carnivore Restaurant. After lunch drive to Amboseli National Park, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Kilimanjaro (approximately 450 KM / 8 hours). (BLD)
Set in 200 acres of private land, and with a rustic charm all of its own, the lodge nestles in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at almost six thousand metres, is Africa’s highest and most famous snowcapped mountain. It was this region of Kenya that, in the 1930’s, inspired Ernest Hemingway’s unforgettable stories ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’ and ‘The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber’ which were turned into more than successful feature films in the late 1940’s due to their renowned actors. All forms of wildlife still abound in this wilderness which continues all the way to the Amboseli National Park, an easy twenty minute drive away from the lodge.
While the park conserves over six hundred breeding species of birds as well a host of rare and wonderful wildlife, this is also home to the Maasai people, perhaps the world’s most renowned African tribe.
Day 6 - Tsavo West National Park
After breakfast you will have the opportunity for a full morning game drive in Amboseli National Park. Lunch at the lodge then depart for Tsavo West in the afternoon with game drive enroute. During the drive you pass the amazing Lava flows of the Shetani rocks (approximately 120 KM / 3 hours). (BLD)
With a spectacular view of mystical Mount Kilimanjaro, and easy access to the wild attractions of Tsavo West National Park, Voyager Ziwani offers a tranquil retreat in one of the wildest places left on Earth. Located on a private sanctuary on the western edge of Tsavo, the camp sits on a secluded dam on the Sante River – home to turtles, crocodiles and hundreds of basking hippos.
Day 7 - Tsavo East National Park
You will start the day with an early morning game drive before breakfast. After breakfast visit Mzima Springs and enjoy another game drive. After lunch at the Kilaguni Serena Lodge drive to Tsavo East National Park with a game drive enroute (approximately 215 KM / 4 hours). (BLD)
Nestled amongst trees and surrounding a central water-hole, the semi-circular 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 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 suites have authentic antique writing desks and beautiful African bed and cushion covers. Comfort and the personal touch is what we provide you with in the bush to ensure your stay with us is one that you will never forget.
Day 8 - End of Great Kenya Safari Tour
This is your last chance so don’t miss out on the early morning game drive before breakfast. Return to the lodge where you depart for Mombasa, where your safari comes to an end (approximately 145 KM / 3.5 hours). (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 14 Nov 20 - 08 Dec 20 $4,235 $4,920
- 09 Dec 20 - 15 Dec 20 $5,070 $5,890
- 16 Dec 20 - 22 Dec 20 $5,780 $6,600
- 23 Dec 20 - 29 Dec 20 $5,475 $6,300
- 30 Dec 20 - 23 Mar 21 $4,765 $5,530
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.
Best holiday ever!
We travelled to Africa in June 2018 and it was the best holiday I have had! Everything ran like clockwork. When we were to be met, out driver/guide was there, all our tours were fantastic, all our accommodation was clean and very comfortable. We felt well prepared thanks to all the pre-departure information supplied. By far the highlight of the trip was our safari experience with Kevin. We felt very safe at all times, he is very knowledgeable about his country and all things safari. He was helpful and friendly and we really enjoyed his company. I wish that we could return this year but we will have to wait till 2020 0r 2021 because of other commitments. Africa has got right under our skin and into our hearts.Debbie Raper Destination: Kenya