11 or 14 Day Wildlife Wonder

11 Day Itinerary US$3010 per person sharing 

14 Day Itinerary US$3850 per person sharing

Day 1: Nairobi to Ol Pejeta
Depart Nairobi for Ol Pejeta Conservancy.   There are several activities available to choose from for the afternoon including:

  • Horse riding

  • Game drives and bush breakfast

  • Sundowners 

  • Endangered Animals Enclosure

  • Chimpanzee Sanctuary

  • Night game drive

Included meals: Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 4 hours

​Day 2: Ol Pejeta to Samburu

From Ol Pejeta, continue north to Shaba National Reserve.  The Samburu ecosystem comprises three national reserves: Shaba, Buffalo Springs and Samburu.  These parks are not as famous as others in Kenya, but within this ecosystem are species found nowhere else in the country, including the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and the gerenuk. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 3 hours
 

Day 3: Samburu
Spend a full day enjoying Shaba National Reserve.  The landscape offers amazing variety as well from open savannah to scrub desert to lush river foliage, offering fantastic opportunities for excellent wildlife encounters. Other activities available include:

  • Camel safari

  • Walking

  • Bush breakfast

  • Bush dinner

  • Sundowners

  • Samburu manyatta visit

  • Camp out

  • Massage

  • Visit a local primary school

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: Samburu to Thomson’s Falls
Drive to the town of Nyahururu, Kenya’s highest town on the north western corner of the Highlands.  The 72-metre high Thomson’s Falls are beautiful and easily reached via a walking track.  There are more fantastic walks downstream in the valley of the Ewaso Narok River or upstream to one of Kenya’s largest hippo pools.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 3 1/2 hours


Day 5: Thomson’s Falls to Lake Baringo
You have the morning to explore the beautiful natural walking trails around Thomson’s Falls before heading to Lake Baringo.  The drive to Lake Baringo travels through the main honey-producing region of Kenya.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 2 1/2 hours

 

Day 6: Lake Baringo
With 450 species of birds, Lake Baringo is a birdwatcher’s paradise.  Begin the morning boating on the lake to get the best bird viewing opportunities.  The lake is serene at this time of day and the peace takes all your cares away.  Later in the day there is the opportunity to go on a nature walk or a bird watching walk with a local guide.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Lake Baringo to Nakuru

Head south to Nakuru.  Even though it is Kenya’s fourth largest city, Nakuru has a country town feel, despite its busy market and downtown area.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 2 1/2 hours


Day 8: Lake Nakuru National Park
We spend a full day game driving around Lake Nakuru National Park, home to two special animals: the black rhino and Rothschild’s giraffe.  This is one of Kenya’s premium national parks where it is possible to spot all of the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – as well as thousands of pink flamingos and pelicans.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: Nakuru to Lake Naivasha
After breakfast we drive to Lake Naivasha. In the afternoon you will take high tea at Elsamere, where Joy and George Adamson once lived.  Joy and George spent much of their lives working with lions and studying their behaviour.  Elsa was the most famous lion, about whom the movie "Born Free" was about.  Elsamere looks out over Lake Naivasha, providing a beautiful setting to enjoy afternoon tea.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 2 1/2 hours



​Day 10: Lake Naivasha

A walking safari in Green Crater Lake Reserve is a wonderful way to begin the day. Because there are not predators, it is safe to walk, providing the special opportunity to getclose to giraffes, zebra, antelope and warthogs.  For the rest of the day, the choice is yours: go cycling in Hells Gate National Park, take a boat trip to Crescent Island, sail on Lake Oloiden, or take a walk in the village where you can visit the local school.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Naivasha to Nairobi
Return to Nairobi in time for your departing flight.

Included meals: Breakfast

Approximate driving time: 2 1/2 hours

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Day 11: Naivasha to Maasai Mara
From Naivasha we drive to the town of Narok and on 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: 5 hours



Day 12: 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

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Day 13: Maasai Mara
Start the day with an early morning hot air balloon flight. After a full champagne breakfast in the savannah proceed on another game-viewing session. After lunch visit a nearby Maasai village to see their nomadic lifestyle and where we will stay for the night.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Day 14: Maasai Mara to Nairobi
After breakfast we farewell our Maasai hosts and drive back to Nairobi, stopping for lunch en route.  

Included meals: Breakfast

Approximate driving time: 5 hours

Listen to more about Thomson's Falls here

*This quote is a guide only, based on lodge/tented camp accommodation. It is in no way binding. The final price of the tour will be quoted at the time of booking, based on individual preferences for accommodation and other inclusions/exclusions

 

Inclusions:

  • All accommodation – tented camps, lodges and cottages

  • All meals listed in the itinerary plus 2 litres bottled water per day

  • 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 a Land Rover for US$990 per person)

  • Service of an English-speaking professional driver-guide

  • Park entry fees and game drives in Shaba National Reserve 

  • Entry fees to Thomson's Falls

  • Entry fees to Lake Baringo

  • Park entry fees and game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park 

  • Walking Safari at Lake Naivasha

 

Additional inclusions on 14 day itinerary:

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

  • Maasai village visit in Maasai Mara

 

Not Included:

  • Travel insurance

  • International flights and visas for Kenya ($50 to be confirmed by you for your nationality)

  • Meals not listed

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

  • Vaccinations

  • Additional optional activities

  • Tips or gratuities – an entirely personal gesture

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

  • Airport transfers and accommodation in Nairobi can be arranged on request

What they said....

 

My friends and I met Francis on a Masai Mara safari that we had booked through another company and had a great time with him. He knows everything there is to know about the animals on the Masai Mara and let us play the Lion King on repeat. Really nice, fun guy! When my friend and I decided to stick around Kenya and head up to Samburu, we texted him right away and he brought Tracey along. They took us out for local food at night and we got to know Kenya so much better because of them. We had a truly awesome time! You're in good hands!

 

- Meredith, Canada

Samburu Weekend August 2014

Partners' combined experience of 17 years

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