Tap into the essence of East Africa on an eight-day safari in Kenya. Take daily wildlife drives in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, discover the Maasai way of life, and learn about elephant conservation from a representative of the Kenya Wildlife Service. With endless plains teeming with wildlife and dotted with acacia trees, you won’t want to blink — or put down your camera.
Where to stay
The luxury tented camp accommodations on this tour are situated centrally, with easy access to the park for wildlife safari drives. Tents are spacious with mosquito-proof netting around the comfortable, canopy bedding and en-suite bathroom with flushing toilets and hot showers.
When to go
For the best chance to see the Wildebeest the best time to go is from July to October, before they start plodding back southward to the Seronera Plains in Tanzania for calving in January. They typically start to head north again after the long rains, in May.
Hotels (2 nights), safari lodge (1 night), comfortable tented camps (4 nights).
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners – Allow USD100-130 for meals not included.
Transportation: 7-seat 4×4 safari vehicle.
Our trips throughout Kenya and Tanzania have a maximum group size of six travellers in addition to a Chief Experience Officer (CEO/tour leader) and a driver who are both trained safari guides. That means everyone gets a window seat and twice the insight about the astounding wildlife all around you.
DAY 1 NAIROBI
Arrive at any time. A driver will be at the airport to pick you up and take you to the hotel. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting in the evening, this is your chance to meet your fellow travellers and your CEO.
DAY 2 NAIROBI to MASAI MARA
After breakfast, we depart for the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve. With its vast open plains and flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. In the afternoon, we will arrive in the area, and get settled at our safari camp, our base for our time here. Then we’ll make our way into the reserve for an afternoon wildlife safari drive, with excellent chances of seeing the Big Five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino.
DAY 3 MASAI MARA
Set off on an early morning safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you’ll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill. The day continues with more wildlife viewing as you cross the rolling hills of the African savannah. Also enjoy a late afternoon/evening safari.
Opt to fly over the Mara River, plains, and forests of the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon. Toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land.
DAY 4 MASAI MARA to LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Depart early on a long, but beautiful, drive to Lake Nakuru. En route, stop in at a G Adventures for Good-supported project, Ubuntu Café — an initiative that trains and creates over 400 sustainable local jobs for mothers of children with disabilities, and supports pediatric health and education programs in the region. Visit the craft centre, meet some of the Mamas in the program, learn how the lives of these “mamas” have been impacted and, in turn, their communities empowered through this G Adventures-supported initiative, then sit down to a delicious farm-to-table lunch. Continue to our safari lodge inside the Lake Nakuru National Park. Enjoy a late afternoon wildlife safari drive, keep an eye out for the resident black and white rhino who make this area their home, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard.
DAY 5 LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK to AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a morning wildlife safari drive, heading to the shores of Lake Nakuru to see pelicans and cormorants. The park is also rich in other bird life, including grebes, white winged black terns, stilts, avocets, and ducks. In the afternoon, venture south to famed Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The snow-capped peak of the mountain dominates every aspect of the park, providing the ultimate photo backdrop.
DAY 6 AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari drives today. Visit with some of the 1,500 African elephants that roam the park. Look for other wildlife and meet the resident Maasai along the journey. Marvel in the beauty of Mt Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain, as it reigns over the landscape of this uniquely African location. During your down time, relax at camp, enjoying views of Mt Kilimanjaro and wildlife visiting the camp’s watering holes.
Gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding poaching and elephant conservation during a lecture by an accredited speaker from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), an exclusive activity to the National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures itineraries. The KWS strives to sustainably conserve and develop Kenya’s wildlife and its habitats, as well as create programs to enable communities living in wildlife areas to benefit from wildlife revenue.
DAY 7 AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK to NAIROBI
Rise early for a final morning wildlife safari drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Amboseli plain. Return to Nairobi in the late afternoon and opt to join the CEO in a farewell dinner.
DAY 8 NAIROBI
Depart at any time.
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