Pack your bags for the ultimate Kenya Safari Adventure! Kenya, on the east coast of Africa, is the original home and iconic heartland of 'safari'. This scheduled group itinerary offers a comprehensive discovery of the resident wildlife and culture, immersed in the secluded and spectacular wild. Admire the vast and scenic landscapes, track the herds of animals in their natural element and interact with the local community. Stay in various unique lodging experiences, while encountering the “big five.” Let your safari be captivating and stress-free, so your only job is to enjoy the adventure.
Welcome to Kenya! Upon arrival at the airport in Nairobi, you will be greeted by a local representative and given a short safari briefing about tour upcoming adventure. After the briefing, you will be transferred to your lodge, for a smooth transition into the start of your trip. Get settled into your room, and enjoy a delicious dinner (on your own expense) on property this evening before getting some rest for your journey ahead.
Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its café culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city center wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve.
After breakfast, you will check out and meet your driver guide who will transfer you for excursions in the surrounding Karen Suburbs. Your first stop will be at the Giraffe Center where you will have the unique experience of hand-feeding these gentle giants. Standing on a raised platform, you will be at eye level while feeding the giraffes and watching the warthogs below snuffle around looking for titbits. Thereafter drive a short distance to Daphne Sheldricks’ Elephant Orphanage – where you have an opportunity to visit the many baby elephants that have been rescued from threatening situations in Kenya’s various national parks and even get a chance to see the calves being fed and playing with the staff.
You will then visit the Karen Blixen Museum: a chance to go back in time and discover the famous Karen Blixen’s house exactly as it was when she lived in Kenya. Located in an area which was once part of Karen Blixen’s vast coffee estate, ‘bogani’, the museum was Karen’s home from 1917 until 1931. The house and grounds were made famous by the film ‘Out of Africa ’and have been restored by the Danish community of Kenya. You will get a glimpse of typical colonial life in Kenya at the turn of the twentieth century.
After lunch at the lovely Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens, you will depart on the next part of your adventure that takes you from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi city to the small but beautiful soda ash lake located in the famous Great Rift Valley, named Lake Elementaita. Upon arrival, check into the Sunbird Lodge - a newly established eco-friendly lodge providing comfortable luxury in which to absorb this stunning area.
After lunch at the lovely Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens, you will depart on the next part of your adventure that takes you from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi city to the small but beautiful soda ash lake located in the famous Great Rift Valley, named Lake Elementaita. Sunbird Lodge is a newly established eco-friendly lodge providing comfortable luxury in which to absorb this stunning area.
One of the lesser-known 'soda lakes' in Kenya's East Rift Valley, Lake Elementaita is becoming a major eco-tourism destination. As one of the three saline lakes that make up the Kenya Lake System of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Elementaita is one of the main feeding lakes for the Lesser Flamingo. Since it lies on private grounds, it is much less visited than Nakuru. This area of breathtaking beauty, also home to many rare species of animals, is just a short distance to the famous Flamingo filled Lake Nakuru.
After a hearty breakfast, you will set out on a full day’s game drive to Lake Nakuru National park which is about thirty minute drive from Elementaita. The lake is situated in the middle of the national park, to which it gives its name. Teeming with wildlife the park has so much to offer. Lions, buffalos as well as the many rhinos that call this corner of Kenya home and if you are lucky, you may even spot a leopard relaxing in a tree beside the lake! After a game-packed day, you will drive back to Sunbird Lodge in time to enjoy the sun set over the lake, before sitting down for dinner and toasting to the day’s adventures.
Today you make your way by road to the Masai Mara National Reserve, arriving just in time for lunch at your camp. After lunch, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the pool and waiting for the late afternoon when the temperature cools to head out on your first Mara game drive. The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. Acacia dotted plains, tree-lined rivers and woodlands are abundant with wildlife and an array of birdlife.
Game viewing is spectacular year round - you may see a pride of lions stalking their prey, observe a herd of elephant and their fascinating social structure or see pods of hippo wallowing in the rivers. The great wildebeest migration is one of nature’s wonders; an estimated two million animals migrate in a year-round pattern through Tanzania and Kenya, following the rain. Around July each year the huge herds begin dramatic river crossings and the grasslands of the Mara are covered by a mass of moving wildebeest, offering easy opportunity for crocodile and predators that are never far away. When in the Mara, you will also have an opportunity to visit a traditional Maasai village or take a balloon safari at an extra cost.
Return back to camp in the evening for dinner providing you the perfect opportunity to look back at your day and relive all those memorable highlights.
The Maasai Mara is one of the best-known reserves in the whole of Africa, and is globally renowned for its exceptional wildlife. Despite comprising only 0.01% of Africa’s total landmass, more than 40% of Africa’s larger mammals can be found here. The Maasai Mara lies in the Great Rift Valley. The large plains and open grasslands are habitat to rich and varied wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, crocodile etc. There are also several species of birds such as vultures, herons, shrikes, etc. The animals are at liberty to move outside the park into huge areas known as 'dispersal areas'. There can be as much wildlife roaming outside the park as inside. Many Maasai villages are located in the 'dispersal areas' and they have, over centuries, developed a special relationship with the wildlife. The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and antelope, from July to September, is a spectacle never to be missed by any visitor to the Mara.
Spend the next two days soaking up the wonders of the Masai Mara! There is the opportunity to rise early and experience a game viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective! A hot air balloon safari across the Masai Mara (at additional cost) which takes off in the crisp morning air, and lasts for approximately an hour, allows for a beautifully peaceful experience floating silently high above plains, forests and rivers.
After breakfast you will drive across the mara plains in search of the big five and other plains game. Keep your eyes peeled as you hunt for the last members on your “must see” list. The activities are led by professional expert guides, whose intimate knowledge is sure to make for an unforgettable experience.
Sadly, your journey through Kenya must come to an end today. However, you will be leaving with unforgettable memories and the experience of a lifetime!
After breakfast and check out, you will be met by your driver and transferred and drive back to Nairobi, stopping beside the Rift Valley for one last photo opportunity. Soak in the picturesque views and the skyline. After lunch, you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward travel. We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward!
Enjoy a quiet and charming atmosphere at the Macushla House located in the central Karen district of Nairobi. With only 6 bedrooms and close proximity to the Karen Blixen Museum, this quaint guest house is an ideal location to spend your time in Nairobi.
Sunbird lodge is Located in the Great Rift Valley, one of the wonders of the world directly on the shore of the “pink” Lake Elementaita. The lodge is less than 127 km (1.5 hours) from Nairobi and a few minutes off the new and superb Nairobi - Nakuru highway on a very good, private access road, overlooking the vast, unspoilt plains. Located on private land there are no park or conservation fees. On excellent roads, it is only 20 minutes to the famous Nakuru National Park, approximately 30 minutes from Lake Naivasha and 45 minutes from Hells Gate National Park.
Set in what is considered Kenya's prime wildlife area, Mara Leisure Camp is located along the Talek River, at the confluence of the Masai Mara's four wildlife viewing areas, on the northern boundary of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Mara Leisure Camp is located within one of the most spectacular locations in the entire Masai Mara Game Reserve. A variety of accommodation is available at Mara Leisure Camp. We offer tents suitable for families, as well as individuals. We even have cottages for those of you who don’t want canvas walls. A variety of activities are sure to keep you occupied during your visit. The lodge can organize everything from Safari Drives to Balloon Safaris.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.