- Travel in a small group of 4 to 12 passengers
- All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding open safari 4WD)
- 1 Light plane flight in Kenya
- Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
- 6 game drives
Coach, Light Aircraft
Discover the Great Rift Valley of Kenya with thousands of flamingos gracing vast freshwater lakes, spot the ‘Big Five’ on a series of game drives through the Maasai Mara, and connect with a vibrant local culture, learning their traditions both ancient and new on this small group tour.
Discover the bustling cosmopolitan centre of Kenya, Nairobi, a contrast to the vast plains, diverse landscapes and wildlife that Africa is so well known for. Kenya’s wildlife conservation efforts can be seen across a variety of initiatives located on the outskirts of Nairobi.
Take in the country’s highest peak, Mount Kenya with an icy summit reaching a height of over 17,000 feet. With the mountain as its backdrop, Mount Kenya National Park is a unique place to stay and spot the local wildlife.
Lying on the floor of the Great Rift Valley is Lake Nakuru. A diverse range of flora and fauna call the lake home including flamingo, giraffe, white and black rhino, Rothschild giraffe, python and more.
Nairobi, capital of Kenya and the largest city in East Africa is still a relatively young city, founded just over 100 years ago. Home to the African headquarters of a number of major UN agencies, it offers a bustling and cosmopolitan lifestyle not often found in African cities. It is also the perfect gateway to the safari adventures awaiting in Kenya.
We meet our small group this evening for a welcome dinner at Carnivore Restaurant, an open-air restaurant specializing in an all-you-can-eat meat buffet.
Kenya is known for its wildlife conservation efforts. After breakfast we visit some initiatives that sit on the outskirts of Nairobi. First is a tour of David Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust. Here orphaned baby elephants, and other orphaned animals, are cared for by a team of conservationists. We watch enthralled as the babies are brought from the national park for their daily mudbath.
We continue to the Giraffe Centre. This sanctuary is dedicated to the tallest of the animal species, but in particular to the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Our small group then enjoys lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden. Here in these idyllic surrounds we enjoy our meal and a drink before a tour of the Karen Blixen Museum. We learn more about the author of Out of Africa.
[Breakfast and Lunch]
Mount Kenya, Kenya’s highest mountain with an icy summit reaching a height of over 17,000 feet, dominates the landscape of Mount Kenya National Park. Once considered God’s domain by the colonial farmers located in its foothills, today it is the source of much of Kenya’s hydroelectricity supply.
We make our way to Mount Kenya this morning, checking into the luxurious Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp. Located within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, you’ll have the opportunity to spot the ‘Big Five’ right from your doorstep. We’ll enjoy a game drive this afternoon before visiting a chimpanzee sanctuary. This sanctuary is home to chimps that have been misplaced from their natural habitat and offers a unique opportunity to learn how the chimps are cared for.
Roads in Africa, particularly in the reserves and national parks, are comprised of dirt or gravel and as a result can be bumpy.
[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
Created in 1961 around its lake, Lake Nakuru National Park is haven to hundreds of thousands of flamingo, as well as giraffe, white and black rhino, Rothschild giraffe, python and more. It offers spectacular scenery with the lake lying on the floor of the Great Rift Valley.
On arrival in Lake Nakuru, we check into our lodge before heading to Kenya’s first and largest rhino sanctuary. We enjoy a game drive here, providing us with our best opportunity to spot both white and black rhino.
[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
The Maasai Mara, in Kenya’s south-west, is a large park reserve named for the Maasai people, the traditional inhabitants of the Mara River and the surrounding area. Each year the Great Migration of zebra, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelle journey here from the Serengeti from July to October.
This morning our small group drives across the Kenyan countryside to the Maasai Mara.
Swahili cuisine is very diverse, with clear influences from Arabic, Indian and European culture. After visiting the wonderful herb garden at our lodge and learning more about the produce grown here, we’ll undertake a Swahili cooking class. We’ll then get to taste all the divine dishes for lunch before heading out on an afternoon game drive.
[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
Explore the Maasai Mara on an early morning game drive to the Mara River. Teeming with wildlife, the Maasai Mara is home to Kenya’s largest prides of lion and elephant herds. In the river we may also spot pods of hippo and Nile crocodiles lurking.
Lunch awaits us at our safari camp with some time to relax before an afternoon game drive. Over the next couple of hours our driver and guide expertly locate the best spots to see the myriad of local wildlife. Elephant, giraffe, eland, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are plentiful and commonly sighted. This game drive is set apart with a visit to a local school in the Mara.
The Maasai Mara has one final treat in store for us this evening with a unique wilderness dining experience. Dinner is served to us within the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a fitting farewell meal under the Kenyan night sky. A Maasai Maran mock attack and cultural dance is a precursor to our barbecue meal, accompanied by safari lanterns, a log fire, the stars above and the sounds of the African wild.
The Maasai school will not be visited during school holidays and is subject to open times.
[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. A light plane takes us from the Maasai Mara to Nairobi as we bid farewell to our new friends and to the wilds of Kenya.
The airline ticket for the flight between Maasai Mara Airstrip and Nairobi Wilson Airport has been issued locally by our operator.
Sarova Stanley was established back in 1902. At the time, it was the first luxury hotel in Kenya, and today remains one of few five star hotels in the country. The hotel has maintained much of its heritage character and charm, while still providing all the luxurious and modern amenities you would expect of a 5-star hotel. All rooms are air-conditioned and benefit from satellite channels, complimentary in-room tea and coffee facilities, sound-proofed windows and blackout curtains to ensure you have a peaceful night's sleep.
Located within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, one of Kenya’s most noteworthy conservancies and home to the ‘big 5’, Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp offers an experience unlike any other. With landscaped grounds and winding stone pathways, the camp compliments Kenya’s natural beauty perfectly. All tents have charming thatched roofs, solid floors and canvas interiors, with a private ensuite bathroom. In addition you’ll also have WiFi connectivity, tea and coffee making facilities and plush bathrobes and slippers to really make you feel at home.
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. The lodge is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas offer stunning views of the lake and the park.
The rolling plains around this luxury camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras during the migration months. The camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture. The camp offers spacious luxurious tents constructed in canvas with large windows, wooden flooring and a permanent roof. All have en-suite bathrooms with large mirrors, hot and cold running water and showers. All tents offer spectacular views and have a large wooden deck with a comfortable day bed, chairs and table to enjoy the tranquil and relaxing surrounds while you listen to the natural sounds of nature.
The official currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling, although the recommended currency to take on your tour is the US Dollar. When you arrive in Kenya you will be able to change your US Dollars into the Kenyan Shilling. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.
Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.
To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our Africa tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with Africa’s natural beauty, local wildlife and bustling city centers in the continent’s harsh environment. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in Africa. If you are affected by dusty conditions, please ensure that you come prepared and are fit enough to cope with the conditions.
We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 14:00h in order to take part in your welcome dinner.
Because of the limited storage space in light aircraft and safari vehicles in Africa, please note the following luggage restrictions for this tour.
· A soft bag is required
· There is a maximum weight of 15kg per person
*Prices shown are in USD.
The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.
Tipping has been included in your tour price for driver/guides, porters, waiters and any specialist local guide/s.
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