8 Day Best Of Kenya

Camping: US$1795 per person sharing 

Accommodation in lodges and tented camps: US$2275 per person sharing

Day 1: Nairobi to Amboseli
This morning we depart on our safari adventure. Drive to Amboseli National Park nestled at the foothills of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Amboseli is a top destination in Kenya for wildlife. Indeed, one of the classic images of East Africa is that of a herd of elephant strolling across the plains with the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro in the background. It is to catch this sight that people flood to Amboseli National Park. While Kilimanjaro is actually across the border in Tanzania, Amboseli has a perfect view of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, rising an impressive 5895 metres above the plains.  We will arrive in time for lunch and later enjoy a late afternoon nature walk with local Maasai

Included meals: Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 5 hours

 

 


Day 2: Amboseli

A day of game driving in the park, which contains swamp grounds in which elephants and hippos are in abundance.  A variety of plains game, antelopes and birds can be also be seen.  

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.



Day 3: Amboseli to Nairobi 

The best time to view the majestic mountain is at dawn, when the clouds lift and the light is clear and soft.  We will take an early morning game drive to witness the African sunrise lighten the majestic mountain, distributing its golden rays to the dry savannah of Amboseli National Park. It’s a very good photo opportunity.  In the afternoon, on your return to Nairobi, head to Kibera to visit Amani Kibera’s projects including the library, the young women’s group and, if our timing is good, a football game.  Amani Kibera is a community-based organisation working for harmony and peace in Nairobi’s slums.  Their focus is on young people, assisting in getting girls back to school, building a library and establishing a football league.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 4: Nairobi to Nakuru
Visit the Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.  After lunch, depart for Nakuru.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 4 hours


Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park is famous as the home to thousands of greater and lesser flamingos. The park also provides sanctuary for Rothschild giraffe, rhino and leopard. You can choose to pack a picnic lunch or return to your accommodation for lunch before continuing with an afternoon game drive.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6: Nakuru to Maasai Mara

Drive to the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve.  Maasai Mara, Kenya’s greatest wildlife reserve, is without a doubt Africa’s most famous safari destination. The Maasai Mara Ecosystem is where over two million wildebeest and zebra migrate annually.  It also holds one of the highest lion densities in the world, which is why it the home of the BBC wildlife channel’s Big Cat Diary.  Other game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, plains game, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and the nocturnal porcupine.  Enjoy a late afternoon game drive followed by dinner.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 6 hours


Day 7: Maasai Mara
Spend a full day game driving in the Maasai Mara. The abundance and variety of game in this reserve is nothing short of amazing. Nearly every mammal can be seen in the Maasai Mara, including various antelopes, scavengers like hyena and vultures, and all the cats (lion, cheetah and leopard).  Sighting a leopard needs luck more than just being there, but lions are abundant and there are excellent chances for spotting cheetah. The hippo pool is a popular spot to watch out for hippos; with luck, you may catch crocodile basking on the rocks. Elephants, buffalo, the Maasai giraffe, wildebeest and the common zebra abound.
 Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.  

You might want to add one of the following experiences to your trip:

  • Bush breakfast, lunch and/or dinner

  • Sundowners

  • Nature walks

  • Ballooning

  • Spa treatments

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8: Maasai Mara to Nairobi
After breakfast you will have a morning game viewing session en route to Nairobi.  
On the way visit a Maasai village to learn about their traditions and culture. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Approximate driving time: 5 hours

 

Included:

  • Pick up and drop off at your Nairobi accommodation

  • All accommodation, including tent hire and camping fees if you opt for a camping trip

  • All transport and tours/game drives as listed on the itinerary in a comfortable safari van with pop-up roof fit for photography, game viewing and touring (upgrade to Land Rover for an additional US$565 per person)

  • Services of a professional English-speaking driver and cook (a safari cook accompanies every camping trip)

  • Meals as listed in the itinerary plus two litres bottled water per person per day

  • Park entry and game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park 

  • Park entry and game drives in Amboseli National Park 

  • Park entry and game drives in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve 

  • Entry to David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

  • Contribution to Amani Kibera

  • Entry to the Giraffe Centre

  • Maasai village visit

Not included:

  • International flights and visas (approximately $50 per country, to be confirmed by you for your nationality

  • Tipping or gratuities – an entirely personal gesture

  • Travel insurance

  • Meals not listed

  • Personal expenses or room charges including laundry, drinks and phone calls

  • Vaccinations

  • Additional optional activities

  • Flying doctors cover can be purchased for US$10 per person

To start our honeymoon, we spent two days in the stunning Amboseli National Park. Tracey and Francis took wonderful care of us, and booked us into an amazing room at the Amboseli Serena Lodge. The elephants were a highlight of our whole trip, and getting up early to see Kilimanjaro was well with it. 

I have only good things to say about making the arrangements for the trip. Tracey always respond quickly to my emails, and we're really pleased that we chose OTA.

 

- Matthew & Mathilde, USA

Amboseli Tour, August 2014

Partners' combined experience of 17 years

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