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Kenya

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Kenya
Depart for Kenya

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi, gateway to your thrilling safari in Kenya; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Nairobi

DAY 3, Saturday - Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre
After an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, depart for a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to learn about how orphan elephants are raised here and later released into the wild. Then, drive towards the Ngong Hills for a tour of the Karen Blixen Museum, once the farmhouse of the prominent author of Out of Africa. In the afternoon, continue to Kazuri Beads Workshop, which started as a tiny workshop making ceramic beads by hand. Today this center produces fine examples of genuine African jewelry out of clay gathered from nearby Mt. Kenya. End the day at the Giraffe Centre where you hand-feed the Rothschild's Giraffe and learn more about their extensive conservation efforts. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Evening Game Drive in Samburu National Park
Travel north this morning towards Samburu National Park, known for its unique wildlife, rarely found in other Kenyan parks. Here, view different species of giraffe, zebra, beisa oryx and the long-necked gerenuk, along with lion, cheetah, and leopard. En route, stop for lunch at the Trout Tree Restaurant. Arrive in Samburu, with its arid hills leading to the lush forested ravine of the Ewaso Nyiro River. This evening, set out on your first game drive returning to camp in time for dinner
Overnight: Samburu National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Samburu National Park
During the morning game drive today, perhaps you'll see a lion, ostrich, or even a family of elephants wandering the hills. After lunch at the lodge, an afternoon drive takes you to a different area of the park. Return to the lodge for leisure time. Tonight, after dinner, an interesting lecture and discussion with a Samburu naturalist. You'll learn more about the principles and tribal traditions of the villagers living in the northern foothills of Mount Kenya
Overnight: Samburu National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Game Viewing in Aberdare National Park
Today, travel southwest to the heart of Aberdare National Park. Arrive at The Ark, one of Kenya's iconic tree lodges. The Ark is designed with layers of decks overlooking a floodlit watering hole and salt lick that attracts a huge amount of wildlife all day and night. The many different balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing. A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you up-close to the animals
Overnight: Aberdare National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Game Drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
Today, explore Lake Nakuru National Park. Drive to the edge of the lake to view thousands of birds feeding in the alkaline water, see the sweeping view from the top of Baboon Rocks, then look for warthogs and waterbucks. Nakuru is also one of the best places in Kenya to see black and white rhino, and for making daytime leopard sightings. Afterward, continue to your lodge where you will spend the remainder of the evening at leisure
Overnight: Lake Naivasha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Lake Naivasha Boat Tour, Cooking Class
This morning, embark on a boat ride on the tranquil waters of Lake Naivasha, a bird lover's paradise. You will encounter hippos wallowing in the water and an abundant number of birds. Afterward, return to your lodge and attend a cooking class, led by a chef. Learn how to cook local dishes and later taste your own creations. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure
Overnight: Lake Naivasha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Afternoon Game Drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve
Early drive to Masai Mara National Reserve in the southwest corner of Kenya, renowned for its spectacular game viewing. The savannahs of the park are a backdrop to a diverse and abundant wildlife population throughout the entire year. Lunch at the camp, before going out on the afternoon game drive
Overnight: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve
Arise before dawn to participate in today's optional Hot Air Balloon Safari. Take off in a hot air balloon as you watch the sunrise over the Masai Mara. Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching wild game roam the vast plains below. The finale is a champagne breakfast before returning back to camp. Today's game drives through the Masai Mara reserve focus on the "Big Five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino), as well as antelopes, gazelles, hippos and a variety of birdlife. A dinner tonight celebrates your final night in the Mara
Optional: Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast (AM)
Overnight: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Depart Kenya
Bid farewell to the Mara this morning and return to bustling Nairobi. Passengers with early evening flights will then be transferred directly to the airport. Passengers with late evening flights will have a day-use hotel room and be transferred to the airport later in the evening. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 6:30 PMDay Use: Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Nairobi, Nairobi-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Nairobi
  • 2 nights Samburu National Reserve
  • 1 night Aberdare National Park
  • 2 nights Lake Naivasha
  • 2 nights Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 24 meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern 4x4 vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking driver-guide throughout
  • National Park Fees
  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the world's most successful orphan elephant rescue center
  • At the Giraffe Centre, hand-feed elegant Rothschild giraffes from an elevated platform
  • Enjoy personal game drive experiences in safari vehicles that seat no more than seven
  • Explore Samburu National Park, known for its unique wildlife
  • Enjoy leisurely game viewing at one of Kenya's iconic tree lodges
  • Travel to Lake Nakuru National Park, known for its superb birdlife
  • Embark on a boat tour on Lake Naivasha, a bird lover's paradise
  • Test your luck and see how many of the "Big Five" you'll spot in the magical Masai Mara National Reserve
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
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    Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include departure transfer.

    Passengers should select flights on day 11 from Nairobi that depart no earlier than 6:30 PM.

    A day-use room will be provided for clients with late evening flights. Passengers that would like to extend their stay, may do so in the provided airport hotel for an additional charge.

    Due to limited space in safari vehicles, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.

    Please note, all passport holders should have three or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to Kenya. for more information.

    Passengers traveling to Kenya must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination if traveling through or from a country with risk of yellow fever.

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    Accommodations

    Emara Ole Sereni
    This deluxe hotel is located near Nairobi National Park.

    Ashnil Samburu Camp
    This first class camp is located within the Buffalo Springs Game Reserve and overlooks the plains and Ewaso Nyiro River.

    The Ark
    This first class hotel is located in Aberdare National Park.

    Great Rift Valley Lodge
    This first class hotel overlooks Lake Naivasha.

    Mara Intrepids Camp
    This first class hotel is located in a lovely location overlooking the Talek River.

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