Kenya Adventure Safari
- Sweetwaters Game Reserve
- Mount Kenya
- Masai Mara
Kenya is synonymous with some of the best safari experiences on the African continent. Kenya’s parks and reserves are home to hundreds of mammal and bird species. Not one day on a safari is the same and the views, panorama’s and natural encounters will never disappoint … from the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro to the rolling plains of the Masai Mara and the scenic lakes of the Great Rift Valley.
Day 1 Nairobi
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the Nairobi Serena Hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
O/N Nairobi Serena Hotel (bed and breakfast basis)
Nairobi Serena Hotel
The Serena group is renowned for offering excellent hotel facilities throughout East Africa, and the Nairobi Serena is no exception. A member of the Leading hotels of the World, the Serena enjoys a location on the edge of the Central Park and the City Centre. Shaded by the glorious Jacaranda, Bougainvillea and Acacia trees and surrounded by lush manicured gardens, the hotel provides a peaceful and luxurious retreat to travellers, business people and famous dignitaries in a bustling city. The Serena is one of the finest hotels to stay in when in Nairobi.
Leave Nairobi after breakfast to Sweetwaters, heading north, you'll pass near Thika and continue north through some breathtaking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and fields of tea and coffee. Arrival at the Camp in time for lunch and then depart for an afternoon game drive including a visit to the Chimp Sanctuary returning to the camp as the sun sets.
O/N Sweetwaters Tented Camp (full board basis)
Sweetwaters Tented Camp - Nanyuki
This beautiful tented camp lies in the heart of the private 24,000 acre Sweetwaters Game Reserve. Built in the early 70's, the main building was originally the residence of billionaire Adnan Kashoggi's ranch manager. The 30 luxuriously appointed en-suite tents have magnificent views across the plains to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya. Located in typical savannah grasslands, punctuated by the 'whistling thorn' shrubs and acacia trees, Sweetwaters really is an oasis. It offers guests the indulgence of a swimming pool, some of the finest tented accommodation in Kenya, with personalised service and attention to detail. At Sweetwaters there is plenty to see. Giraffe, zebra, eland, oryx, waterbuck, Grant's gazelle, Thompson's gazelle, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, lion, silver-backed jackals, ostrich, hartebeest, baboon and rhino are all present. There are also several hundred bird species to be observed. There is always a resident naturalist around to help you with your identifications. The private game reserve is also home to the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya. Most of the chimps came from the Jane Goodall Institute in Burundi and the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary now cares for them as a non-profit making venture. Most of the chimps were rescued from the most appalling conditions and it is truly heart-warming to see them living in the riverine forest and savannah grasslands here
Day 3 Sweetwaters
Morning and afternoon game drives.
O/N Sweetwaters Tented Camp (full board basis)
Day 4 Sweetwaters – Mount Kenya
Leave after breakfast and drive south and into the forests of the Aberdare Mountain range arriving at Mountain Lodge for lunch. This is a tree lodge set in a forest glade with a waterhole that attracts all sorts of wildlife during the day and night. The waterhole is floodlit and there is an underground viewing platform.
O/N Serena Mountain Lodge (full board basis)
Serena Mountain Lodge
At 7,200 feet on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Mountain Lodge is ringed by a dense rain forest that comes alive at dusk with a myriad of sounds of creatures of all sizes. This is the adventure offered at the 42 room Mountain Lodge where animal sightings are fascinating and frequent. A two and a half hour drive from Nairobi, Mountain Lodge is now managed by Serena Hotels. The comfortable rooms have spacious verandas and private shower rooms. The game viewing is excellent. You can watch the waterhole next to the lodge throughout the day and at night. Local game includes elephant, buffalo, rhino and waterbuck and many birds. A specially constructed viewing bunker connects to the lodge that offers spectacular close-up views of the waterhole. Towering over the landscape are the majestic rocky peaks of Mount Kenya, providing some dramatic photographic opportunities.
Day 5 Mount Kenya - Lake Elementaita - Lake Nakuru
An early morning start takes you north west as you head for Nyahururu, still known to many as Thomson's Falls for its 237 foot cascade. Now travel in a southerly direction to your next destination, Lake Elementaita. Following lunch depart for Lake Nakuru for an afternoon game drive returning to the camp as the sunsets.
O/N Lake Elementaita Serena Camp (full board basis)
Serena Lake Elementaita Camp
This Luxury Camp is located on the Soysambu Conservancy, right on the shores of Lake Elementaita. Offering a blend of exclusivity and adventure, the new camp will comprise 25 luxury tents, a dining and lounge area, spa and swimming pool enjoying magnificent views of the Lake. Soysambu Conservancy is a wildlife sanctuary that offers uniqueness whilst boasting a broad range of wildlife and bird species, it is also home to the Rothschild giraffe and is East Africa’s only breeding ground for the Great White Pelican.
Day 6 Lake Elementaita - Masai Mara Game Reserve
After an early morning breakfast, drive to Narok town via Mai-Mahiu with a brief a rest stop and proceed on to Mara arriving in time for lunch at a lodge. After lunch, depart for an afternoon game drive en route to Mara Serena lodge arriving as the sun sets.
O/N Mara Serena Safari Lodge (full board basis)
Mara Serena Safari Lodge
A masterful interpretation of a traditional Masai village, Mara Serena Lodge seemingly floats on a sea of savannah. A beautiful pool looks out over the wide plains. The rooms are Masai-influenced in style yet extremely comfortable. The main dining room, where delicious meals are served, has three large domes and three small ones depicting Maasai manyattas (villages). Occasionally an African al fresco barbecue is served by the pool overlooking the Mara plains. Fresh fruit juices and cocktails, wines, spirits or liqueurs are available at the bar until late in the evening. At Serena, the views are stunning. It is on this very terrain, stretching endlessly before the lodge, that the annual migrations take place. Millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle pass through on their way to and from their alternative feeding grounds in Tanzania.
Day 7 Masai Mara Game Reserve
Early morning and afternoon game drives.
O/N Mara Serena Lodge (full board basis)
Day 8 Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi
After breakfast you’ll depart the Masai Mara and head across acres of rolling wheat and barley farms to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. From here cross the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley whilst keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle before heading up the rift escarpment. You’ll arrive into Kenya’s bustling capital in the early afternoon. Once in the city, you will be dropped off at a city centre hotel or the airport for your ongoing travel arrangements.
Kenya can be visited for a Safari year round. If you are interested in seeing the migration we suggest you visit in September.
Days of Operation: Saturdays
Rates available on request.
- Meet and greet
- Transfer in Safari minibus on a shared basis
- All transport and game drives on road safaris will be in a 4x4 vehicle (with seven window seats) with an English speaking driver-guide on shared basis
- Meals and accommodation as specified
- All park fees and government taxes
- ½ litre bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives
- International flights and airport taxes
- Driver-guide gratuities
- Drinks, dining rooms tips, porterage
- Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance
- Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
- Supplement for travel over Easter & Christmas Season
- We may have to re-route the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.
- Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.
- The Vat charge is based on information we currently have, should there be any changes to the Vat bill, we will amend the charges as required.
- Passengers should bring only soft sided bags on safaris
- This is a "seat in bus" scheduled programme tour, other clients may join or depart at any time.
- The Kenyan Consulate now requires SA passport holders to have a visa
- Yellow fever certificate is needed
- Malaria risk area
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