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A Taste of Kenya

8 Days Safaris
  • Nairobi
  • Amboseli
  • Lake Nakuru
  • Masai Mara
  • Nairobi

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An exciting lodge-based safari taking you from the foothills of Kilimanjaro to the dramatic Rift Valley lakes and the rolling plains of the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Monday

Jambo and welcome to Kenya! This morning you will be met at Nairobi airport on arrival by our uniformed staff from Rhino Safaris and transferred to the Jacaranda Hotel or similar for an overnight stay. Spend the day at leisure, or we highly recommend the optional excursion to the Rothschild Giraffe Centre or the Sheldrick Elephant Orphange with a delicious lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden.

Day 2: Tuesday

After breakfast, head for Amboseli National Park (approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes), lunch on arrival followed by an afternoon game-drive. Enjoy dinner and an overnight at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge or similar (B/L/D)

Day 3: Wednesday

Morning and afternoon game-drives in Amboseli, for a chance to see the famous herds of elephant that frequent this park and, if the weather is clear, we may glimpse the snow-capped summit of Kilimanjaro that gazes down on this park. Enjoy dinner and an overnight at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Thursday

After breakfast, head through the Kenyan countryside towards Nairobi stopping for an early lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant (approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes). Continue to Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar (approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes), situated on the southern shore of the lake for your 2 night stay. Lunch and afternoon at leisure to enjoy the surroundings of this lakeside lodge. (B/D)

Day 5: Friday

After breakfast set out on a 1 hour boat trip on Lake Naivasha (subject to weather conditions). Great opportunities for spotting the resident hippo and the abundant birdlife that inhabit the lake shore. Afterwards continue to Lake Nakuru National Park. Lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge overlooking the lake followed by a further short game-drive, famed for its population of black and white Rhino. Return to Lake Naivasha. Dinner and overnight Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar (B/L/D)

Day 6: Saturday

After breakfast continue to Kenya’s premier wildlife reserve the Masai Mara (approximately 4 hours). The Masai Mara is picture-book Africa, endless plains punctuated by flat-top acacia trees and home to an array of wildlife. Check in to the Mara Sopa Lodge or similar for the next 2 nights. After lunch embark on an afternoon game-drive. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Sunday

Another day for more wildlife adventures with morning and afternoon game-drives. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Monday

Alas, your adventures are over and it is time to head back to Nairobi arriving around lunch time for your onward travel arrangements (approximately 5 hours). (B)

Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes.

Pre/Post Tour Options

The first day of the tour is at leisure but if you wanted to arrive earlier extra nights are available at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi. We recommend a beach stay in Zanzibar or Mombasa after this safari.

Time difference

GMT +2 hours (summer) +3 hours (winter).

Tour inclusions

  • Shared vehicle transport throughout in a 7 seat safari land cruiser with a driver/guide
  • Sightseeing as detailed including entrance fees, park fees and game-drives
  • Road taxes, parking fees and fuel surcharges.

Tour exclusions

  • International flight with Kenya Airways in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry or tips & gratuities
  • The required Kenyan visa
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary.

Dining inclusions

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners.

Included activities

Tours and game-drives listed in the itinerary.

Optional activities (not included and bookable locally)

  • Rothschild Giraffe Centre
  • Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Accommodation

Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the lodges with that of a similar standard, also adverse weather conditions could mean a lodge or itinerary needs to be altered.

Transportation

We use specially designed and strengthened, modern 4x4 safari land cruisers which have large pop-up roofs for extended wildlife viewing and photography. Safari vehicles have seven seats, all of which are window seats, so you are guaranteed a great view.

Journey times

Kenya is a vast country and hence journey times between resorts/towns can at times be long. Journey times are listed in the itinerary and are approximate.

Luggage

We recommend taking soft sided holdalls as this can be transported more easily in the 4x4 vehicles. Excess luggage can be left in Nairobi (a local nominal charge may apply). We recommend packing one bag between you for the safari and a second for your beach stay which can remain in Nairobi to be collected on return.

Group size

There is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 people per vehicle.