Group Size: 2 - 7 passengers per vehicle
Departs: Weekly small group departues on a Tuesday
The largest concentration of animals in Africa is found in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Samburu is home to lions, leopards, the rare and unusual reticulated giraffe. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its flamingos and pelicans. For the perfect climax to the safari the Ol Pejeta Conservancy will astound you with its quantity and diversity of wildlife. Experience in a week the fascinating world of Africa’s animals on this scheduled small group departure with a maximum of seven passengers.
This carbon neutral safari contributes to conservation in Kenya. We have partnered with Wildlife Works, the world’s leading REDD+ company to compensate for the unavoidable operational carbon emissions that are generated on a road safari in Kenya. Each year, our carbon credits are used to plant over 132,000 trees in Kenya. We strive to have minimal impact on the environment and incorporate carbon-offsetting contributions into the price of your safari.
Day 1 - Nairobi
On arrival at Nairobi Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel (approximately 17 KM / 30 minutes – 1 hours).
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
After breakfast leave Nairobi and drive past the extinct volcano of Mt Longonot and Suswa into the homelands of the Masai. The Masai Mara located on Kenya’s southern border with Tanzania, constitutes the northern stretch of the Serengeti and has the richest concentration of animals in Kenya. This afternoon after lunch, experience your first game drive in 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 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. Minibars 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 3 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Spend the day on game drives through the tremendous fauna of the Masai Mara in search of the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino elephant, buffalo). (BLD)
Day 4 - Lake Nakuru National Park
Your journey takes you to Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its birdlife. The park boasts a good number of rhinos as well as leopard and lion. After lunch at Lion Hill Lodge enjoy an afternoon game drive (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 5 - Samburu Game Reserve
Today you will drive past Mount Kenya to Samburu Game Reserve, situated in the dry area of northern Kenya, where the nomadic tribes live. This Reserve is situated in the dry area of Northern Kenya, where the nomad tribes, the Samburus, the Rendilles and the Boran live. After lunch you will encounter the amazing landscape of the Samburu Game Reserve on your drive (approximately 380 KM / 8 hours). (BLD)
Located inside the Samburu Game Reserve in Northern Kenya, the lodge is built high on a hill allowing panoramic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond. Located away from the Ewaso Nyiro River, the Samburu Sopa Lodge has a prime location close to the airstrip. Samburu Sopa Lodge comprises of 30 en-suite rooms, all with balconies from which to view the hills, plains and river surrounding the lodge. The guest cottages follow the exterior design of centuries-old, traditional Samburu housing, but the similarity stops there. Instead, the structures have much higher ceilings, far larger windows and much more floor space.
Day 6 - Samburu Game Reserve
Enjoy a full day of game viewing in this beautiful area known for its Grevy’s zebra and the gerenuk gazelle, with a drive along the Ewaso Nyiro River. (BLD)
Day 7 - Sweetwaters Game Reserve
This morning drive to the private Ol Peteja Conservancy, a pristine environment with the ‘Big Five’, and the one and only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya (approximately 185 KM / 3 hours). (BLD)
It’s location in a private conservancy with a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any of Kenya’s national parks makes Sweetwaters Tented Camp one of the most exclusive tented safari camps in Kenya. A sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and Kenyan safari luxury.
Day 8 - End of Kenya Highlights Tour
This morning after breakfast return to Nairobi by road and end of your safari (approximately 220 KM / 4 hours). (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 14 Jul 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 21 Jul 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 28 Jul 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 04 Aug 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 11 Aug 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 18 Aug 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 25 Aug 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 01 Sep 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 08 Sep 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 15 Sep 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 22 Sep 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 29 Sep 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 06 Oct 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 13 Oct 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 20 Oct 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 27 Oct 20 $3,180 $3,690
- 03 Nov 20 $2,920 $3,380
- 10 Nov 20 $2,920 $3,380
- 17 Nov 20 $2,920 $3,380
- 24 Nov 20 $2,920 $3,380
- 01 Dec 20 $2,920 $3,380
- 08 Dec 20 $2,920 $3,380
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.
Our Bench Africa safari in Kenya was everything we hoped for and more. Highly recommend Bench Africa if you’re thinking about an African adventure- nothing was any trouble at all. Even if you’re not thinking about an African adventure (and I wasn’t!) you really should. Truly amazing life changing memories.
Once in a lifetime honeymoon
We booked Bench Africa for our honeymoon and from the initial enquiry the process was seamless, Bench really are the African experts and our honeymoon was an absolutely amazing experience.
Our driver consistently got us into the midst of the action and we really got to experience Africa and everything a safari has to offer
The accommodation was consistently amazing and the facilities and food were 5 star
Kenya Highlights with Bench Africa = AMAZING
Bench Africa delivered an amazing travel experience. From start to finish there was nothing to be faulted.
Kevin, our guide was extremely knowledgeable, safe and accommodating and made the whole experience fun, entertaining and educational.
The properties we stayed in were wonderful - the staff were extremely friendly and no request was ever too difficult.
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge was one of the most beautifully scenic places I've stayed at - the rooms had the most incredible view of the Lake and Valley and it was the most incredible view to wake up too.
Sweetwaters Tented Camp also provided a flawless and accommodating environment. The tented rooms were amazing from the spaciousness to the comfort, to the slippers! The camp itself also had a large range of extra activities - the spa treatments are definitely recommended.
The National Parks we visited provided us with sightings of a large range of wildlife - the knowledge our guide Kevin had was next level - what an amazing and enjoyable trip - something I will remember forever and happily recommend to anyone wanting to visit Kenya. Thanks Bench Africa!
Awesome tour. Will absolutely be recommending the tour to my clients.Steven Knapman Destination: Kenya
We very recently returned from our amazing family holiday to Kenya, Zanzibar and Egypt. Each country was uniquely different and beautiful. It truly was an adventure that we all loved. Our tour guides were all wonderful and full of local knowledge, the hotels were all beautiful, I only wish that we had more time to spend there! Everything went smoothly, we felt completely safe and most of all the kids were never bored!. This was definitely a holiday that we will remember forever.Jeanette Nickolaus Destination: Egypt
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience …
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with the Bench Tour we took in Kenya, but do have some comments about its organization. Our Tour Operator at Escape Travel came to our rescue when our Emirates flight to Dubai was cancelled at Sydney Airport. After reorganising a trip to Dubai, then Nairobi via Singapore, she contacted Bench Tours who, knowing we had been delayed and would not arrive at Nairobi in time to meet the safari departure time, rearranged our accommodation at the Intercontinental Nairobi and arranged a flight out next morning to meet the Safari driver in the Masai Mara. Our driver, Kevin, was terrific. We saw many animals each day and Kevin did all he could to make sure we enjoyed the experience.
We stayed at three Sopa Lodges and the final night at Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Every meal at each Lodge was well presented with great variety. The staff at all Lodges was friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. We could not fault the service or accommodation.
The only problem we had with the tour was the final day. After breakfast, we returned to Nairobi, a four hour drive, but our flight did not leave until 22:45 (10:45p.m.) and we had nowhere to go! Kevin, our driver, contacted Bench Tours and they gave him permission to take us to an hotel for lunch, but we still arrived at the International Airport about 15:30 (3:30p.m.). The International Airport would not let us enter for some time and, when we were finally allowed in, we sat for many hours waiting to be 'processed'.
Perhaps Bench could include an extra tour on the last day - or even include lunch at the last Lodge.
Beyond all expectations!
We are independent travellers who wanted to do our own thing. The expert and helpful advice of Hiliary Redhead at Bench International helped us put together a fantastic itinerary. It hit all the things on the wish list we gave her and then some. All the places we stayed were exceptional, you could have been forgiven thinking they were 5 star without the price tag. Nothing was ever too much trouble, often anticipating our needs no matter how big or small including satisfying fussy eaters! The organisation was very professional and all the transfers were seamless and stress free.
We saw the 'Big 5' many times over, and many other animals and birds often up close and personal. The scenery was spectacular. But the real highlight was the people we met along the way.
If we get the opportunity to go to Africa again, Bench International will be the first phone call. And that's what we tell anyone thinking of visiting this amazing continent.Fiona Smart