Kenya offers exceptional game viewing in a country renowned for its wildlife. On this tour you will discover the bustling city of Nairobi and enjoy a safari in the world famous Masai Mara.
This tour is the perfect introduction to Kenya, designed to be just 7 days and to maximize on the best game viewing possible as well as including a few excursions that we feel should not be missed. The program avoids long driving times, by including Nakuru, famous for its flamingos and rhino population and the Masai Mara, Kenya’s premier park. The program has 3 nights in the Masai Mara, which will maximize your game viewing experience.
This itinerary is our best seller lead in product for Kenya, it is a schedule departure departing every Sunday, guaranteed with a minimum of just 2 people. The properties we have chosen are small independent properties that are intimate and each one diverse from the other.
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by a representative and given a short safari briefing before being transferred to Karen residence, ideally located in the leafy suburbs of Karen, Nairobi. Dinner will be served in the Club restaurant (at an additional cost) and you will have plenty of time to go through the material in your welcome pack and look forward to the journey ahead.
Tucked away in a pleasant forested area overlooking the second hole of the Karen Country Club golf course, The Residences at Karen embody comfort, luxury and serenity, perfect for any getaway. You will wake up to the vast bird life chirping away welcoming the morning.
The word "Residence" only hints at the level of luxury and personalized service which will greet you at the Residences at Karen, it is truly home away from home. Our team of professional staff is eager to serve you and anticipate your every need. Created for use by our members and their guest, The Residence host six - two-bedroom cottages and twelve apartment suites. They are perfect for entertaining out-of-town family, friends and executives or for personal getaways.
Overnight The Residences at Karen (Bed and Breakfast) or similar
After breakfast, you will check out and meet your driver guide who will transfer you for excursions in the surrounding Karen Suburbs. Your first stop during the tour is Giraffe Centre where you will spend about an hour. The centre offers guests the unique experience of hand-feeding these gentle giants at eye level from a raised platform, while watching the warthogs below snuffle around looking for titbits. Thereafter drive a short distance to Daphne Sheldricks’ Elephant Orphanage – where you have an opportunity to visit the many baby elephants that have been rescued from threatening situations in Kenya’s various national parks and even get a chance to see the calves being fed and playing with the staff.
You will then visit the Karen Blixen Museum: a chance to go back in time and discover the famous Karen Blixen’s house exactly as it was when she lived in Kenya. Located in an area which was once part of Karen Blixen’s vast coffee estate, ‘bogani’, the museum was Karen’s home from 1917 until 1931.The house and grounds were made famous by the film ‘Out of Africa ’and have been restored by the Danish community of Kenya. Visitors have a glimpse of typical colonial life in Kenya at the turn of the twentieth century.
After lunch at the lovely Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens, you will depart on the next part of your adventure that takes you from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi city to the small but beautiful soda ash lake located in the famous Great Rift Valley, named Lake Elementaita.
Lake Elementaita is one of the famous soda ash lakes of the Great Rift Valley, and home to numerous flamingos and over 400 species of birds. This small but beautiful lake offers you the chance to relax or choose from a number of optional activities such as horse riding, bird viewing or a visit to the natural warm spa that flows into the lake.
Sunbird Lodge provides you with comfortable and eco-friendly luxury in a wonderfully picturesque setting that is quiet and uninterrupted. Owner-operated, the Lodge overlooks Lake Elementaita and has fabulous bird life. The lodge has spectacular views over Lake Elementaita and guests can experience the amazing sunsets from the verandas of the cottages. Being a small and exclusive lodge holding not more than 25 guests at a time, Sunbird Lodge offers 10 large and comfortable cottages built from natural materials and thatched roofs. Each cottage has its own veranda, king size bed, additional single bed, en-suite bathroom, mosquito nets, safe and telephone.
Overnight at Sunbird Lodge - Luxury Cottage (Full Board) or similar
After a hearty breakfast you will set out on a full day’s game drive to Lake Nakuru National park which is about thirty minutes’ drive from Elementaita. The lake is situated in the middle of the national park to which it gives its name. Teeming with wildlife the park has so much to offer. Lions, buffalos as well as the many rhinos that call this corner of Kenya home, If you are lucky you may even spot a leopard relaxing in a tree beside the lake.
After a game-packed day you will drive back to Sunbird Lodge in time to enjoy the sun set over the lake, before sitting down for dinner and toasting to the day’s adventures.
Overnight at Sunbird Lodge (Full Board) or similar
Today you make your way by road to the Masai Mara National Reserve. You will arrive for lunch at your camp and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the pool and waiting for the late afternoon when the temperature cools to head out on your first Mara game drive. The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. Acacia dotted plains, tree-lined rivers and woodlands are abundant with wildlife and an array of birdlife. Game viewing is spectacular year-round; you may see a pride of lions stalking their prey, observe a herd of elephant and their fascinating social structure, or see pods of hippo wallowing in the rivers. The great wildebeest migration is one of nature’s wonders; an estimated two million animals migrate in a year-round pattern through Tanzania and Kenya, following the rain. Around July each year the huge herds begin dramatic river crossings and the grasslands of the Mara are covered by a mass of moving wildebeest, offering easy opportunity for crocodile and predators that are never far away. When in the Mara visit a traditional Maasai village or take a balloon safari at an extra cost.
Back at the camp, dinner is served, and this gives you the perfect opportunity to look back at your day and relive all those highlights.
Mara Leisure Camp is located along the Talek River, at the confluence of the Masai Mara’s four game-viewing areas on the northern boundary of the Masai Mara National Reserve. A variety of accommodation in semi-permanent luxury tents is available to suit families or individuals, as well as cottages for those who don't want canvas walls. Mara Leisure offers impeccable service, delicious cuisine, free WIFI and plenty of activities all making a stay here a truly memorable one.
Overnight Mara Leisure Camp (Full Board) or similar
This morning, there is the opportunity to rise early and experience a game viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective! A hot air balloon safari across the Masai Mara (at additional cost) which takes off in the crisp morning air, and lasts for approximately an hour, allows for a beautifully peaceful experience floating silently high above plains, forests and rivers. if you have not booked a balloon ride, after breakfast you will drive across the Mara plains in search of the big five and other plains game. Keep your eyes peeled as you hunt for the last members on your “must see” list.
Overnight at Mara Leisure Camp (Full Board) or similar
Overnight at Mara Leisure Camp (Full Board) or similar
After breakfast and check out, you will be driven back to Nairobi, stopping beside the Rift Valley for one last photo and to enjoy your packed lunch (included).
After arriving in Nairobi, you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for your outbound travel.
From $2,630 per person sharing
- Pricing is based on low season and subject to seasonality and availability
- Full board accommodation while on safari
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in Nairobi
- Transfers to and from the airport
- A safari briefing at the start
- All game drives and site seeing as per the itinerary in shared 4X4 custom made Land Cruiser driven by a professional English-speaking guide
- Excursions and scheduled activities as per the itinerary
- Park Entrance fees throughout
- Flying doctors medical evacuation cover
- I litre of water per person per day while in an safari vehicle
- Current Government taxes and levies
- International Airfares
- International and domestic departure tax
- Laundry services
- Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above
- Entry Visas to the country
- Travel and health insurance
- Balloon flight in the Masai Mara (additional charge USD450 per person currently)
- Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above
- Gratuities (tips) to your guide, hotel staff and porters
- Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry, telephone and postage.
Yes, you do require a visa on an Australian Passport. This can be issued online or on arrival
Yes, instead of driving we can add on flights. Please ask us for further details
Yes, children can travel subject to ages of the child. Child supplements apply Please ask for further details
Yes, Single Supplements do apply. Please ask for further details