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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 Active Safari
Duration: 11 days
Pickup location: Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]

Overview

This trip is a combination of exciting activities, authentic cultural experiences and of course unforgettable wildlife encounters in Kenya.

The beauty of Kenya is that it is so diverse. It has some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet, stunning scenery and also welcoming local people who enjoy showing visitors their way of life. There’s also a wide range of activities on offer on this trip; whether you want to get your adrenaline pumping (eg horse riding, quad biking, rock climbing) or if you have a specialist interest such as birdwatching or wild swimming. There really is something for everyone here!

Itinerary

Itinerary summary:

Day 1 - Nairobi
Day 2 - Laikipia National Reserve
Day 3 - Laikipia National Reserve
Day 4 - Laikipia National Reserve
Day 5 - Mugie Wildlife Conservancy
Day 6 - Mugie Wildlife Conservancy
Day 7 - Mugie Wildlife Conservancy
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

Welcome to Nairobi! You will be met at the airport on your arrival by a Big Safari Company representative and then it is a short transfer to your modern hotel on the outskirts of the city.

Accommodation: Tamarind Tree Hotel
Included meals: None
Optional extras: Nairobi activities such as visits to the Elephant orphanage, Giraffe centre, Karen Blixen Museum

Day 2 - Laikipia

After breakfast there’s a short transfer to Wilson Airport for the flight to Nanyuki. With luck you will have stunning views of majestic Mt Kenya! Then there’s a two hour drive to Tumaren Ranch through some beautiful wild country.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Karisia Tumaren Camp
Optional extras: Any activities not mentioned such as helicopter flights

Day 3 - Laikipia

Karisia's Tumaren Camp is all about exciting activities. There are day and night game drives to spot the abundance of wildlife here including lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant. In addition, there are daily walking safaris, camel treks, horse riding, picnics, rock climbing, bouldering and bird watching. You can go quad biking or even river swimming, as there are no crocodiles or hippo in the waters here!

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Karisia Tumaren Camp
Optional extras: Any activities not mentioned such as helicopter flights

Day 4 - Laikipia

As well as the dramatic scenery and the proliferation of wildlife, this is a safari destination with an added bonus. It is close to a working community so you will get the opportunity to interact with local people and see them going about their daily lives. As part of our itinerary we have arranged cultural activities such as visits to local Manyatta (villages) and markets and you can even try honey collecting!

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Karisia Tumaren Camp
Optional extras: Any activities not mentioned

Day 5 - Mugie Wildlife Conservancy

Check out after breakfast and drive from Tumaren Ranch to Mugie Conservancy and Ranch. The eco-friendly camp fuses luxury with sustainability and blends into the environment in this beautiful, unspoilt part of Kenya. Fringing the northwestern edge of Kenya’s Laikipia plateau, the Mugie Conservancy features over 200 square kilometres of scenic landscape. Almost half the conservancy falls within the Mugie Sanctuary which is home to an abundance of elephants, Grevy’s zebras, big cats, and endangered Jackson’s hartebeests.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Enkorien's Mugie Camp
Optional extras: Golf green fees (there is a 9 hole course!)

Day 6 - Mugie Wildlife Conservancy

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 game drive, returning to the lodge for breakfast and time to relax in the middle of the day. Mid afternoon you’ll usually head out on another game drive before heading back to the camp for a sundowner drink and dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Enkorien's Mugie Camp
Optional extras: Golf green fees (there is a 9 hole course!)

Day 7 - Mugie Wildlife Conservancy

This fabulous camp has so much to do. There are thrilling day and night game drives, guided walking tours, and ranch activities such as kayaking, fishing and camel rides and also a demonstration with bloodhounds! You will learn about the conservation efforts of the conservancy, as well as undertaking fascinating community visits to Mugie School, clinic and livestock office.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Enkorien's Mugie Camp
Optional extras: Golf green fees (there is a 9 hole course!)

Day 8 - Masai Mara

Check out after breakfast and transfer to Loisaba airstrip for the daily scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. The flight route passes over the Great Rift Valley and on a clear day it's possible to see the famous soda water lakes. A guide will meet you on arrival and transfer you by 4x4 safari vehicle to Speke's Camp, which has easy access to the best gaming areas in the reserve, including Rhino Ridge, Musiara Swamp and Paradise Plains

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

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 whom the game reserve is named after.
You will have exclusive use of a safari vehicle for your game drives.

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

Day 10 - Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is all about wildlife viewing. There are elephants, lions, cheetah, hippo, giraffe, topi and vast herds of wildebeest and zebra (especially during the migration season) which live on the open savannah grasslands and riverine forests.

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

Day 11 - Nairobi and home

Early morning game drive before breakfast. Transfer to the airstrip for the scheduled flight to Nairobi. You will be met on arrival at Wilson Airport and transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home.

Included meals: Breakfast
Optional extras: Any excursions (eg to the Giraffe Centre) or shopping trips in Nairobi

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More information

What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • Airport transfers
  • 1 night accommodation at Tamarind Tree Hotel in Nairobi
  • 3 nights accommodation at Karisia's Tumaren Camp in the Tumaren Ranch
  • nights accommodation Enkorien's Mugie Camp in Laikipia
  • 3 nights accommodation at Speke's Camp in the Masai Mara
  • Schedule flights
  • Game drives in 4 x 4 safari vehicles
  • 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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