Kenya Safari Holidays
“Kenya is the safari capital of Africa”
The most revered of Africa’s safari destinations, Kenya is home to the world famous Masai Mara National Park which is renowned for its abundant wildlife and annual Great Migration. Kenya is the safari capital of Africa. This luxury safari takes in Kenya’s breathtaking lakes, mountains and most iconic wildlife reserve, staying at exclusive hotels and camps along the way. After travelling to the foothills of Mount Kenya and a wildlife sanctuary on the shores of sapphire-blue Lake Elmenteita, a light aircraft flight will whisk you to a wonderful unfenced tented camp in an exceptionally wildlife-rich corner of the Maasai Mara. If you like getting up close and personal with nature, this guided safari tour of Tanzania is the perfect way to explore. This guided tour includes all transportation, light aircraft flights, and accommodation throughout the duration of the trip.
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Kenya Safari Holiday Itinerary
Day 1: London to Nairobi
Depart from London on your flight to Nairobi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel to relax ahead of your safari adventure. The Norfolk is something of a Nairobi icon. Dating back to 1904, this secluded gem in the heart of Nairobi has played host to presidents, explorers, actors and authors and remains a celebrated landmark. The hotel offers a peaceful base to relax before or after a safari adventure. Dining options include the iconic Lord Delamere Terrace – a classic all-day restaurant – and the fine dining signature steakhouse, Tatu. There’s also Cin Cin Bar – a permanent fixture on the Nairobi social scene – as well as a charming tea room serving high tea, a poolside bar and 24-hour room service. Other facilities include an outdoor pool and a 24-hour health club. Elegant rooms and suites are set around a tranquil courtyard of lush gardens.
Day 2: Nairobi to Mount Kenya
After breakfast, set off north towards Mount Kenya – an extinct volcano and Africa’s second highest mountain – to your accommodation for the next two nights: the Mount Kenya Safari Club. In the foothills of Mount Kenya, with the equator running through the grounds, this exclusive hotel was once the retreat of a Hollywood movie star. Today, the original colonial building houses most of the facilities and rooms. Tusks is the signature restaurant, with views from the terrace over the sprawling gardens to Mount Kenya and offering a diverse gourmet menu that showcases local produce. At the casual Zebar, your waiter will need to cross hemispheres to take your order! You’re welcome to spend your days here as you please, taking it easy by the pool or immersing yourself in activities from golf to mountain biking. Tastefully furnished traditional rooms are housed in the main building, with a sitting area, fireplace, bathroom with rain shower, and views of the gardens or towards Mount Kenya.
Day 3: Mount Kenya
After breakfast, leave with a packed lunch on an extended morning game drive to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. One of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya, the sanctuary is the only place in Kenya where the endangered chimpanzee can be seen. It also houses the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, where you can see the world’s two remaining northern white rhino.
Day 4: Mount Kenya to Lake Elmenteita
This morning you’ll travel on to Lake Elmenteita, arriving in time for lunch. This sapphire-blue soda lake is one of the Eastern Rift Valley lakes, lying between Naivasha and Nakuru. The 48,000-acre Soysambu conservancy on the west of the lake covers two-thirds of its shoreline and is East Africa’s only nesting site for the great white pelican. In total, the Conservancy protects over 450 bird species. The Rothschild giraffe also breeds here, and other wildlife includes eland, warthog and zebra. The conservancy is home to the exclusive Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp. Intimate and classic, the camp sits in gardens dotted with acacia trees that lead down to the lake. Spacious ‘tents’ are more like small houses, sitting on stone platforms with a wooden front door, glass windows and canvas roof. All are traditionally furnished with a nod to safaris of old and feature a four-poster bed
Day 5: Lake Elmenteita
Head to Lake Nakuru National Park, which offers one of the best chances to see rhino as well as migratory birds. Enjoy a game drive and take in the views from the park’s viewpoints.
Day 6: Lake Elmenteita to Maasai Mara
Transfer to Loldia airstrip for your flight to the Musiara airstrip in the Maasai Mara. On landing in the Maasai Mara, you’ll spot wildlife from the outset. This corner of the reserve is so exceptionally wildlife-rich that it attracts the makers of wildlife documentaries and programmes including the BBC’s Big Cat Diary and Planet Earth Live. This is where you’ll stay for two nights, in one of the much-loved Governors’ camps. Nestled in the forest by the Mara Riverbank, the stunning setting was once reserved exclusively for Kenya’s colonial governors, and now plays host to three authentic tented camps. Little Governors’ Camp has just 17 deluxe tents and lies a small boat ride across the river from its sister camps. There’s no vehicle access, with safari jeeps left on the far side of the riverbank, so it remains quiet and undisturbed. In fact, the most commotion you’ll witness is if an elephant decides to wander through camp at lunchtime – it’s unfenced, so grazing animals often pass through. It’s more than likely that you’ll hear hippos at night, and get up close with the resident family of warthogs. Breakfast and lunch buffets are served al fresco, there’s an open-sided bar tent and restaurant tent for candlelit dinners, and the campfire is lit at sunset. You’ll spend some unforgettable days heading out on game drives on the Mara’s famous rolling plains – which offer fantastic opportunities to see big cats and the Big Five – and memorable nights under canvas. Tents are set around a large watering hole. Each has double or twin beds, an en-suite bathroom area, electric lamps and charge points for cameras and phones, plus a deck that provides the perfect spot for relaxed wildlife viewing. On going to bed you’ll find a hot water bottle waiting for you, and each morning before your first game drive there’ll be a welcome hot drink brought to your tent to ease you into the day.
Day 7: Maasai Mara
This morning there’s the opportunity for a hot-air balloon ride over the plains at sunrise. Governors’ balloon safari is up there with the most beautiful balloon flights in the world. And wherever you land, a Champagne breakfast will be laid out for you to enjoy. It’s one of the most iconic experiences in Kenya – we recommend pre-booking. Afterwards, head out on further game drives in the Mara, discovering more about the lives of its resident big cats and other wildlife.
Day 8: Maasai Mara to Nairobi
Transfer back to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. Transfer to the international airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day.
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