Fly in style and comfort with time to enjoy Amboseli, Samburu and the Masai Mara. Optionally you may continue the holiday flying from the Mara direct to the coast.
This safari removes long hard days of driving and leaves you with extra time for game viewing in the three superb parks selected for their diversity. You see Kenya with a birds eye view visiting the vividly contrasting habitat of the small but beautiful Amboseli in the shadow of snow capped Kilimanjaro, the semi arid riverine scrubland of Samburu and the delightful rolling grass plains of the Masai Mara, home to the greatest concentration of wildlife in Kenya.
Day 1 & Day 2 - Nairobi
Arrive at the capital of Nairobi and we transfer you to your city hotel. Nairobi is the least expensive arrival city for flights with a full range of hotels and local attractions. Dubbed the “Safari Capital of the World” cool, clear and cosmopolitan Nairobi is the natural departure point for most safari itineraries. A city of contrasts, it is simultaneously the largest, the youngest, the most modern, the highest (1700m) and the fastest growing city in East Africa. High-altitude Nairobi enjoys a pleasant tropical climate all year round. There are ATMs and banks to stock up on cash, great restaurants, and malls where you can purchase any forgotten items.
Accomodation: Nairobi Eka Hotel
Day 3 - Nairobi - Amboseli
After breakfast in your hotel we transfer you to domestic Wilson Airport for a morning 35 minute flight to Amboseli National Park arriving in the early morning. En-route to your Lodge you have a game drive with check in at lunch time. Lunch at your lodge. During the afternoon game drive you will have the chance to see swamp elephants.
This afternoon you'll meet up with your guide and head out into Amboseli National Park. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. On a clear day, you'll also have spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price).
The Sopa Lodge in Amboseli is seated near Mount Kilimanjaro, with a keen view of the mountain’s supreme heights and surrounding landscape. The 83 rooms are spacious and full of character, each constructed like private hut using local materials and fixtures. The dining room is decorated with authentic African carvings and vibrant, burning colors, with Pan African and continental cuisine served. One may pass the time observing the habits of the regional game or rummaging through the Maasai market, where proceeds are gathered for reinvesting into the indigenous community.
Amboseli National Park, is 260 km (160 mi) south of Nairobi, on the Kenya and Tanzania border. It is most famous for its spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. A system of swamps makes this low-rainfall area one of the best widlife-viewing experiences in the world. The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation. Noted in particular for its large elephant herds, Amboseli is the third most visited game area in Kenya after Masai Mara and Nakuru.
Day 4 & Day 5 - Amboseli
This morning you will meet up with your guide for your game drive through Amboseli. Famous for its great herds of Elephants. The African elephants are distinguished from Asian elephants in several ways, the most noticeable being their ears which are much larger. The African elephant is typically larger than the Asian elephant and has a concave back. Both African males and females have external tusks and are usually less hairy than their Asian cousins. The elephant's gestation period is 22 months, the longest of any land animal. At birth it is common for an elephant calf to weigh 120 kilograms (260 lb).
Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). This afternoon you will meet up with your guide and head out into Amboseli National Park. Along with the great herds of elephants, the park is also home to cheetahs, lions, baboons, wildebeest and buffalo to name a few. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Overnight at Sopa.
Day 6 - Amboseli - Samburu
After an early breakfast you will be driven to Amboseli airport for a flight to Samburu via Wilson airport. After entering the park gate you will be driven to your lodge for lunch. The Sopa Samburu is located in this national park in Kenya, most popular for its incredible density of wildlife and stunning views. The 30 cottages are built to resemble the homes of the local Samburu people, with private verandas from which one may observe animals at the waterhole. Dining is a range of cuisine featuring both local influences and international. Bush cuisines are also a favorite of guests. The cultural talks and nature walks provide great insight into the region, the people, and their customs.The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro river in Kenya; on the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve in Northern Kenya. It is 165 km² in size and 350 kilometers from Nairobi. Samburu is distinctive for its arid plains and herds of animals drawn to the river and water holes. Photographers love this park for its stark lighting and contrasts. In the arid North of Kenya, water means life. The river draws wildlife in great numbers to its banks, providing high quality game viewing.
Here in Kenya’s north eastern hot semi arid region the Ewaso Nyiru river provides coolness and shade from riverine treelines. Game is prolific and you may see the rarer Grevy’s Zebra, reticulated Giraffe and the longed neck Gerenuk gazelle. Dinner and overnight at your Lodge.
Day 7 - Samburu
The whole day is available for game drives. Rugged and remote this area is home to the colourful Samburu people and the Samburu National Park provides some of the better game viewing in Kenya. The river provides an endless array of ever changing wildlife scenes. Dinner and overnight at your Lodge.
Day 8 - Samburu - Masai Mara
After breakfast you will be transferred to Samburu airstrip for a mid-morning flight crossing the Great Rift Valley to the fabled plains games of the Masai Mara. You will be transferred from the airstrip to your lodge in time for lunch.
This afternoon's game viewing will be exciting as you are searching for game with your private guide and driver. The leopard is difficult to see as it moves fast and is very shy. If you're lucky there is a good chance to spot them around waterholes or up in a tree after a hot long day. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price).
Situated in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve, one of the most popular and famous parks in Africa, is the Mara Serena Safari Lodge. Surrounded by acres of golden and green plains teeming with fauna and flora, the lodge’s 75 guest rooms and suite are clean and well-appointed, with contemporary neutral tones and en suite bathroom. Staff are most hospitable and serve an array of international cuisine, as guests watch animals at the waterhole while dining. Game drives are incredible, with an incomparable array of animals to be spotted in the area. Pool & views over a major wildebeest migration crossing point are spectacular.
Masai Mara is the northernmost portion of the larger Serengeti ecosystem and features the best game viewing in the region. The small size funnels animals into a tight space, and park rules allowing off-road driving which means that guests can venture into plains covered with hundreds or even thousands of animals. Take an optional hot air balloon ride over the plains, with the opportunity for amazing pictures of the animal herds below. After lunch you will have your first afternoon game drive in the rolling grass plains of the Mara returning at sunset for dinner and overnight.
Meals : Fullboard Accommodation: Mara Serena Lodge
Day 9 - Masai Mara
You have the whole day to explore the magnificent Mara. During the migration you can take a lunch box and stay out all day to experience the annual wildbeest migration with massed herds of thousand, exciting river crossing and large prides of Lion. Masai Mara is named after the traditional inhabitants (Maasai) and the Mara River. At some point during your stay in the Mara, you'll drive by the river which is a great place to spot wildlife. This area is a photographer's delight where with any luck you'll be able to take amazing pictures of the hippos and elephants in the water. Enjoy lunch (included in tour price). On today‘s afternoon game drive the choice is up to you, search for the big 5 or expand your horizons to discover something different. Masai Mara not only has rich mix of animal population, it also has an incredible array of bird life with almost 450 different species. Enjoy dinner (included in tour price). Overnight at Serena. Game viewing is good all year round. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 10 - Masai Mara - Nairobi
You may have early morning game drive to find predators on the move and return for breakfast. Your flight leaves around 11 am arriving Wilson at about midday. You then transfer to your hotel or International airport for departure. Optionally you may instead fly direct to the coast for a beach holiday.
Accommodation and meals in the lodges, park entrance fees, game drives, mineral water in vehicle and all transport from and return to hotel.
International flights to and from Kenya, Visas, Travel and Personal Accident insurance, porters, laundry, extra meals, minibar, telephone calls, drinks, tips and other personal expenses.
Right reserved to alter accommodation to similar lodge. This will be pre-agreed. Minimum 2 and maximum 7 in a vehicle to guarantee a window seat. Christmas, New Year and Easter supplements apply.