Africa: Kenya Highlights Safari

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Our Kenya Highlights Safari provides an excellent overview of this wonderfully diverse country. We’ll visit four major ecosystems of East Africa and the three most highly regarded parks and reserves for wildlife photography and game viewing: the dry, rocky acacia grasslands of Samburu, the high forest slopes of Mount Kenya, the great Rift Valley soda lake of Nakuru and the incomparable Maasai Mara on the Kenya/Tanzania border. We’ve designed this private safari with the needs and interests of wildlife enthusiasts in mind. Our guides are the best safari guides available in the country. This is an excellent choice for your first safari to Kenya.

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Itinerary:

Kenya Highlights Safari Features:

  • Accompanied by an incredibly knowledgeable Professional Safari Guide
  • Classic safari using traditional tented camps
  • 4WD extended safari Land Rovers with extra roof hatches, legroom & luggage space
  • 4 eco-systems
  • Distinct tribal groups: Kikuyu, Maasai, Pokot, Samburu
  • 45 - 50 mammal species including rare Northern endemics
  • Features visit to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • 300 bird species

Summary Itinerary:

Day 1- Arrive JKIA Nairobi, meet, greet & transfer by our local representative, 1 o/n Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Days 2 - 4 - Fly schedule to Samburu, met & transferred to camp, 3 o/n Samburu Intrepids Camp

Days 5 & 6 - Drive 3 hours to Laikipia Plateau (optional flight), 2 o/n Ol Pejeta Ranch House

Days 7 & 8 - Drive 3 hours to Lake Nakuru (optional flight), 2 o/n Mbweha Camp

Days 9 - 11 - Drive 6 hours to Maasai Mara (optional flight), 3 o/n Mara Intrepids Camp

Day 12 - Fly schedule AM to Nairobi, day room Panari Hotel, transfer to JKIA & depart


Day 1 Nairobi:

Clients are met on arrival by an IWA driver and transferred to the historic Norfolk Hotel. Older than the Ritz and younger than the Savoy, no other hotel in Kenya has as rich a history as the Norfolk. Originally built in 1904 as a watering hole for the settlers, it has matured gracefully and, since its recent acquisition by the Fairmont Hotel Group, has undergone extensive refurbishment.

1 overnight Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

 

Days 2 – 4 Samburu National Reserve:

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the arid frontier territory of Samburu – remote, beautiful and extremely dry. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Samburu Intrepids Camp, a charming tented camp inside the reserve. You spend the next two days exploring the Reserve which offers incredible scenery, cultural immersion and game viewing opportunities in a balmy climate.

3 overnights Samburu Intrepids Camp

 

Days 5 & 6 Lewa Downs / Laikipia Plateau:

Today you drive to the foothills of Mount Kenya to explore a private wildlife conservancy on the Laikipia plateau. You will spend 2 nights here at the Ol Pejeta Ranch. One of the only four private game reserves in Kenya, this is one of Mt Kenya region’s best kept secrets, its fascinating history started over seventy years ago when Ol Pejeta was originally part of the Maasai homelands. Situated in the 24,000-acre Sweetwaters Game Reserve on the northern foothills of Mount Kenya this is one of very few private ranches in the world where you can see such a remarkable variety of wildlife and their interaction with each other in a natural habitat.

2 overnights Ol Pejeta Ranch

Days 7 & 8 Lake Nakuru National Park:

After breakfast you leave the Mt Kenya region and return southwards, dropping down the escarpment to the floor of the Great Rift Valley. You arrive at this beautiful park in the mid-afternoon, in time for a cool drink and a chance to stretch your legs.

Lake Nakuru is world famous for, and was created a National Park to protect, its stunning flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which literally turn its shores pink. Its birdlife is rich: a beacon for leading ornithologists, scientists and wildlife filmmakers. It is easily accessible, lying immediately south of Nakuru Township.

2 overnights Mbweha Camp

Days 9 - 11 Mara National Reserve:

Today it's an early start as you head off towards the Maasai Mara, passing Lake Naivasha and on across the Valley floor towards these famous open plains, teeming with game. Your driver will explain the route and points of interest as you go. You will stop off for lunch en-route, arriving at Camp in the afternoon.

The Maasai Mara is undoubtedly the Jewel in the Crown of East Africa, forever to be associated with vast numbers of game, the unique spectacle of its animal migration unchanged over the centuries.

This is Hollywood Africa: vast rolling grass plains interspersed with rounded hills, groves of woodlands, dense scrub thickets and the riverine forest of the Mara River which bisects the area. Smaller rivers feed massive fig trees growing along their banks.

The Mara is the northernmost extension of the Serengeti ecosystem and is a microhabitat in its own right. The inner reserve of 518sq km (200 sq miles) allows no intrusion of human settlement, while the outer remains basically undeveloped, an area where local Maasai pasture their cattle and co-exist with the game.

It is probably the most famous reserve in Kenya. Its breathtaking views became familiar worldwide when the film ‘Out of Africa’ was released, as much of it was filmed in the Mara. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where visitors may see the super-abundance of animals that existed a century ago.

During the months of July to December the spectacle of the migration unfolds as a million and a half Wildebeest and Zebra, with all their attendant carnivores, Lion (including the rare black-maned variety), Leopard, Cheetah, two types of Hyena, three types of Jackal, the occasional Aardwolf and sometimes large packs of African Wild Dog move across the vast open plains.

3 overnights Mara Intrepids Camp

 

Day 12 Nairobi & Depart:

After breakfast you catch the scheduled flight to Nairobi.   You will be met and transferred to the conveniently located Panari Hotel for lunch and an afternoon at leisure to rest and repack before you transfer to the airport for your international flight departure.

Day room, Panari Hotel


About Your Safari Vehicle

In support of the ‘best of the best’ we use a modern, custom-built fleet of 4 wheel drive Land Rovers and Toyota Land Cruisers, specially designed for comfort and to ensure easy observation & photography.

Each vehicle is customized to give extra leg room and plenty of headroom. Extra large windows and windscreens improve all round game viewing and room for those with cameras with big lenses, tripods etc. Three generous roof hatches in the rear offer plenty of room for overhead game viewing for up to 6 passengers.

All vehicles are fitted with VHF Radio communication, with our own dedicated private frequency for inter vehicle communication.

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VEHICLES AT A GLANCE:

• The best 4x4 vehicles
• Land Rovers or Toyota Land Cruisers
• Customised and modern
• Extra leg & head room
• Ideal for observation and photography
• Highly trained certified guides
• Fully equipped vehicles
• VHF Radio & GSM back-up

Date - Rates:

Date Information

Daily departures, June through March

Rate Information

2014-15 Tour Prices (subject to change - please call our office to confirm)

 

Low season: June and November - March
  $7,895 USD/person based on double occupancy
$9,795 USD/person based on single occupancy
 

Single occupancy based on 2 paying guests traveling together.

Peak season July 1-October 31
  $8,595 USD/person based on double occupancy
$10,995 USD/person based on single occupancy
  Single occupancy price based on 2 paying guests traveling together.
Travelling with friends or family or would like your own vehicle to do some serious photography? Private-guided safaris can be arranged at very reasonable prices, from one to six passengers per vehicle! Contact our office with your dates and requirements.


Tours Include:
All accommodation and meals on safari; hotel taxes and service charges;land transport and airport transfers; game drives in safari vehicles; national park and reserve entrance fees; nature and birdwalks; entries to Maasai and Samburu Manyattas; internal air transport as specified in itinerary; porterage and airport assistance; bottled mineral water with meals and in vehicles for game drives, knowledgeable, KPSGA certified guides throughout, Temporary Flying Doctor (AMREF), emergency evacuation to Nairobi (on tours within Kenya).

Not Included in tour price:

Airfare to/from your home to Nairobi, visa fees, optional meals in larger cities, personal laundry, beverages, personal expenses, tips to bar staff or room service, gratuities to driver / guides, airport taxes, gratuities and model fees to local tribes people.

Lodging:

norfolk_standard_roomThe Norfolk Hotel
No other hotel in Kenya captures as much of Nairobi's splendid past and exciting present, and few hotels anywhere can claim a more romantic history. Adventurous visitors such as President Theodore Roosevelt, Lord Baden-Powell, the Earl of Warwick  and the Baron and Baroness von Blixen have all been part of the Hotel’s history. Today, the hotel boasts 167 luxurious guest rooms, an outdoor heated swimming pool, a fully equipped health club, elegant public areas and the choice of four dining venues.


mara_intrepidsMara Intrepids Camp
Mara Intrepids Camp is a very comfortable permanent tented camp located in the center of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, on the banks of the Talek River, and near one of the major wildlife migration crossings. This luxurious tented camp has 30 modern tents with a capacity of 60 persons. All tents have either twin or double beds and are arranged in groups of two, three or four units to make individual mini-camps. All tents are self-contained with en suite bathrooms with shower, hot and cold water and electricity.


samburu_intrepidsSamburu Intrepids
The Samburu Intrepids is a luxurious tented camp featuring 27 modern tents with a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks. Each tent has soft four-poster beds, mahogany closets and desks, and en suite bathrooms with hot showers. Meals are enjoyed in the main dining room that opens onto an outdoor dining terrace, where buffet breakfasts and lunches are served overlooking the river. There is a lounge and bar area where resident naturalists deliver fascinating slide shows most evenings. The camp offers a swimming pool surrounded by shady lounging areas.


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