Safari through Kenya on an African adventure tour.

Grab your tickets to Kenya and visit Africa! Immerse yourself in the animal kingdom at the finest game parks on this amazing Kenya safari tour. Staying in the world-famous Masai Mara, experience superb wildlife viewing as well as the fascinating culture of the Maasai tribespeople. Veer off the beaten track to search out elephants, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, flamingos and lions against the impressive backdrop of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha. This is one African safari you'll never forget.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Countries
Kenya
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YGOK
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 22
Carbon offset
401kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Experience Kenya's tribal life with Maasai warriors at an overnight village visit in Loita Hills
  • Venture in to the Masai Mara National Reserve for a full days game drive.
  • Spot Black and White Rhino in Lake Nakuru National Park.
  • Discover bustling Nairobi city
  • Travel with 3 local crew members; Group leader, driver and cook.

Itinerary

Jambo! Welcome to Kenya.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If your flight arrives too late, we recommend that you consider arriving a day early and book a night's accommodation prior to the trip so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting so please ensure you have all details on hand to provide to your leader.
Nairobi - which takes its name from a Maasai phrase Enkare Nyrobi meaning 'place of cool waters' - has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are plenty of good bars and restaurants, while markets and shops have most things you could want or need, as well as various arts and crafts from the region.
If you arrive early, you can head out and explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum (author of Out of Africa) or Bomas of Kenya where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed in an outdoor village.
While brazen crime is thankfully fairly uncommon in Nairobi, petty theft unfortunately is not and recently arrived visitors to the capital can often make for tempting targets. Your trip leader will verse you in a few worthwhile precautions at the welcome meeting, but if you are arriving early please heed a few simple safeguards.

As a general rule, the safest place for your valuables is on your person in a neck wallet or money belt, though your hotel room or reception may have safes in which it would be advisable to store things if you're wanting to head out. If you do decide to go exploring, make sure you get local advice on where it is and isn't safe to walk - particularly when it's getting on in the day. Thieves and pickpockets have also been known to operate in bars and restaurants, so don't let up keeping your wits about you once you're inside somewhere. Don't leave day packs or handbags unattended on chairs or the floor. There's no need to be paranoid, but appearing vigilant is a great deterrence to would-be thieves. Finally, make colour scans of any important travel documents before you leave and email them to yourself: in the event that you are the unlucky victim of a theft, this will save you hours of police, embassy and travel insurance hassles.
Drive north-west past great views of the Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha and Elementaita to Lake Nakuru National Park, situated in the heart of the Great Rift Valley (170 km, approx 3-4 hrs).
Lake Nakuru National Park's small and compact area, based around the often flamingo-filled lake, makes it a great location for spotting wildlife. Along with the other members of the Big Five, Lake Nakuru harbours rhinos and there will be a good chance of taking a great picture of these magnificent beasts.
Our exclusive camp outside the park is well situated and has flush toilets and showers. There is no option to upgrade to a room tonight and WiFi is not available.
Head off to a nearby village where our guide will introduce us to local life. This is the best time and place to interact with the local villagers.
Drive from Lake Nakuru to our camp near Lake Naivasha (110 km, approx 3 hrs).
One of the few freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha has floating islands of papyrus reeds and a border of flat-topped acacias. It's also home to a healthy population of hippos and a tremendous variety of birds.
Our campsite is basic with showers and flush toilets. Depending on availability there is an option to upgrade to a room. WiFi is available at the bar and there is an opportunity to access an ATM and a market during the day to stock up for the remainder of the trip.
Enjoy some of the optional activities on offer - Hell's Gate National Park, Lake Naivasha boat trip or bike hire.
We depart Lake Naivasha making a short stop in Narok to do a spot of food shopping, taking our lunch break en route to our camp site at Loita Hills (220 km, approx. 5-6 hours).

Today's drive crosses the Great Rift Valley, Africa's immense and spectacular great divide, and takes us into the remote region of Loita Hills, home of the traditional Maasai people. Here we visit the Maasai, known for their vibrant red dress and elaborate jewellery, and gain an insight into the culture and ancient ways of this proud East African Community.
After setting up our tents, it is time to meet our Maasai hosts as we receive a fascinating talk offering insights into this remarkable and ancient culture from a local elder. Enjoy being shown around a traditional Maasai home and their cattle enclosures.
Tonight we stay in a bush camp with no shower facilities. There is no upgrades available or access to WiFi
It is 70 km from Loita to Masai Mara, which will take us approximately 1-2 hours. The road is dusty when dry and could be slippery and soft when wet.
The Masai Mara is the quintessential African experience with sparse open plains, dramatic skies and the world's most iconic animals living within its boundaries.
After setting up camp (outside the park) and having lunch, we jump back on board the truck for a game drive through the Mara.
Our campground is located outside of the national reserve and has flush toilets and showers. There is an option to upgrade tonight (depending on availability) however there is no WiFi available.
Venture in to the Masai Mara National Reserve for a full days game drive exploring this diverse environment and view a multitude of wildlife.

An optional balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. If you have pre-booked this activity (please see 'Important Notes') you will be picked up and driven to the launch site and receive a safety briefing from your pilot. You then glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, providing amazing wildlife photography opportunities; sometimes ascending to get an overview of the enormity of the Masai Mara plains and the early morning movements of the teeming herds. Upon landing you'll be treated to a bush breakfast before being returned to your vehicle. Please note if you are taking a balloon ride over the Mara you will be taken to the launch place from our campsite before dawn and returned to the group when you have finished your ride.

Please note that we offer this activity as a pre-booked service which will guarantee you a spot in a balloon. If you choose to wait and book this activity locally on the ground you may get a better price. However this is a popular activity and places are limited. It is at your own discretion if you wish to pre-book this service with us or try and book it locally while you are on your trip.
Leave the open expanses of the African bush behind and return to the urban environment of Nairobi (240 km, approx 5-6 hrs).
On arrival in Nairobi we'll be dropped at our finishing point hotel. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but we are able to book you additional accommodation in Nairobi. Please ask at time of booking.

Important: Please don't book any international flights until after 6pm this afternoon.
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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Hotel (1 night)
Included activities
  • Lake Nakuru - game drive
  • Lake Nakuru - Village walk
  • Loita Hills - Cultural talk and village visit
  • Masai Mara - Game drive

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. This trip finishes on arrival at our Nairobi finish point hotel at approximately 2pm. Please do not book any flights departing before 6pm.
3. An optional sunrise balloon ride over the Masai Mara is possible on this itinerary. Please see Days 6-7 for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and we recommend that you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.

Trip notes

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Kenya Wildlife Safari , March 2016

Kenya Wildlife Safari , March 2016

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