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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Kenya Wildlife Safari
Duration: 11 days
Pickup location: Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]

Overview

The word safari means ‘journey’ in Swahili. This is an unforgettable journey to one of the best safari destinations on the planet.

Kenya is renowned for beautiful scenery, the proliferation of wildlife and in particular the ease in which to spot the elusive ‘Big 5’; elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion. On this trip you will stay in small lodges and luxury safari tents, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures and abundant wildlife. It will take you off the beaten track, as well as ‘ticking off’ the most famous safari destination of all - the spectacular Masai Mara.

Itinerary

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Nairobi National Park
DAY 2 - Nairobi National Park
DAY 3 - Laikipia National Reserve
DAY 4 - Laikipia National Reserve
DAY 5 - Laikipia National Reserve
DAY 6 - Lake Naivasha
DAY 7 - Lake Naivasha
DAY 8 - Masai Mara
DAY 9 - Masai Mara
DAY 10 - Masai Mara
DAY 11 - Nairobi and Home
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Full Itinerary

DAY 1 - Nairobi National Park

Welcome to Nairobi - one of the most energetic cities in Africa! You will be met at the airport on your arrival by a Big Safari Company representative and then there is a short transfer to Ololo Lodge in Nairobi National Park. The lodge is the perfect place to relax after a long haul flight, as well as giving you your first wonderful wildlife experience in Kenya!

Accommodation: Ololo Lodge 

DAY 2 - Nairobi National Park

Despite its size and proximity to the city, Nairobi National Park boasts a large and varied wildlife population, including one of the world's highest concentrations of black rhinoceros. It's wetland areas are abundant with birdlife boasting over 400 bird species. On your game-drives you can spot lion, hyena, warthog, zebra, giraffe, ostrich, gazelle, buffalo, and if you're lucky, leopard and cheetah.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Ololo Lodge 
Optional extras: Visit to Elephant Orphanage 

DAY 3 - Laikipia National Reserve

Today we drive north to Mt Kenya to the Loldaiga Hills Conservancy. Set against the backdrop of Mt Kenya, Laikipia National Reserve offers dramatic rocky scenery, open grasslands, basalt hills and forests all with a dense population of wildlife including lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant; as well as rare species such as the black rhino and Grevy’s zebra.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Safari Series Camp 

DAY 4 - Laikipia National Reserve

As well as game drives and bush walks, the lodges in this area offer a wide range of optional activities such as horse or camel rides, quad-bike tours, fishing and kayaking. This is a working community so it will also give you a unique experience to witness people going about their day to day lives and go on included cultural visits.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Safari Series Camp 
Optional extras: Excursion to Mount Kenya 

DAY 5 - Laikipia National Reserve

Your days on safari can be spent as you wish and your driver/guide will discuss each day with you as you go along. Normally, it’s an early start with a game drive at about 630am, followed by breakfast back at the camp. The middle of the day is free time to relax, before heading out on another game drive mid afternoon. Finally, it’s back to the camp for a drink around the campfire to swap stories with other guests before dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Safari Series Camp 

DAY 6 - Lake Naivasha

The drive today passes over the Laikipia Plateau to the Great Rift Valley - on a clear day the views are spectacular. You will be staying in the Oserengoni Sanctuary by Lake Naivasha.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Kiangazi House 

DAY 7 - Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Great Rift Valley lakes. It is fringed by papyrus and acacia trees and supports a vast array of birds, including large flocks of flamingos. The Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary is a conservation success story and is home to over 50 mammal species and 400 bird species. On our game drives we will try to see some of the protected animals who have taken refuge here including Leopard, Topi, Grevy’s zebra, Impala, Serval cat, Warthog, and Lesser Galago.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Kiangazi House 
Optional extras: Boat ride on the lake, visit to Hell’s Gate National Park 

DAY 8 - Masai Mara

Leaving Lake Naivasha, drive along the floor of the Rift Valley to the Masai Mara to stay at the centrally located Speke's Camp, which has fabulous access to the best gaming areas in the reserve. There is an incredible variety of wildlife on offer here including elephants, lion, giraffe, buffalo and zebra to name just a few. You will have exclusive use of a safari vehicle for your game drives.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Speke's Camp 

DAY 9 - Masai Mara

The Masai Mara (together with Tanzania’s Serengeti) forms Africa’s most famous wildlife area. The iconic landscape consists of endless grass plains and acacia trees. You will also probably see the colourful Masai communities, which the game reserve is named after.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Speke's Camp 
Optional extras: Hot air balloon ride, cultural visits 

DAY 10 - Masai Mara

The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Aside from the wildebeest are large prides of lions looking for an easy meal, plus a whole host of other ‘hangers on’ including elephant, gazelle, giraffe and eland.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation: Speke's Camp 
Optional extras: Hot air balloon ride, cultural visits 

DAY 11 - Nairobi and Home

Check out after breakfast and drive to Nairobi. Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Optional extras: Excursions (eg to the Giraffe Centre) or shopping trips in Nairobi flight times permitting 

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What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • Airport transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation at Ololo Lodge in Nairobi National Park
  • 3 nights accommodation at Safari Series Camp in Loldaiga Hills Conservancy
  • 2 nights accommodation at Kiangazi Lodge at Lake Naivasha
  • 3 nights accommodation at Speke's Camp in the Masai Mara
  • Exclusive use of 4 x 4 safari vehicle with experienced English speaking driver guide throughout the safari
  • Park and conservancy fees
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Membership
  • All known Government taxes

What's not included

  • International Flights and Visas
  • Any activity not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as shopping
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any unforeseen tax increases

Important information

  • Vaccinations are recommended for Kenya. Please consult your doctor for advice.
  • US Passport holders require an e-Visa to visit Kenya.
  • Please let The Big Safari Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance payments due 14 weeks prior to departure.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Safari Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.

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The big journey company was set up with one goal in mind, to share our passion for inspirational cultures, destinations and experiences. Over the last 10 years we have had the privilege to escort thousands of travellers on awe inspiring and sometimes life changing journeys. Our promise to every guest who joins us is that we will do everything possible to make sure your journey not only exceeds expectations but delivers at least one moment of true amazement.

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