Best of Kenya Safari
This 7-day road safari, which features both traditional safari lodges and a luxury tented camp experience, contrasts the Afro-Alpine scenery of the world-famous Aberdare National Park with the starkly arid beauty of the northern Samburu district. It also showcases the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve and the glory of Lake Nakuru National Park, home to over one million flamingos.
With options to extend the tour to cover Tanzania and a beach extension on the beautiful Kenyan coast, this tour is a great value way to experience the best that Kenya has to offer. Departing every Friday, there are many guaranteed departures, making your Kenya holiday planning simple.
Day 1 – (Friday) - In the mountains of the Aberdares
After being collected from the airport, you will be driven to the famous Aberdare National Park. Aptly dubbed ‘Scotland with Lions’, this charismatic Afro-Alpine realm showcases the wild beauty of the Aberdare Mountain range where elephants roam through lichen hung forests and spectacular waterfalls plunge into churning pools. Arriving in time for lunch at The Aberdares Country Club you will later be transported (with a small overnight bag) into the exclusive sanctuary that surrounds The Ark. A secluded lodge designed to resemble Noah’s Ark, this timbered lodge is unique, not least because of the splendour of the game-watching experience around its private waterhole, which attracts large herds of elephants.
Overnight at The Ark (LD)
*You should book a flight arriving into Nairobi early on the Friday morning. If this is not possible, then we can book a hotel in Nairobi for you for the Thursday night.
Day 2 – (Saturday) North to Samburu
After breakfast, drive north to ‘Born Free’ country where Joy and George Adamson raised Elsa the lion cub in the wild and beautiful Shaba National Reserve. Arrive in time for lunch at the luxurious Sarova Shaba Game Lodge. Spend the afternoon discovering the unique wildlife of the reserve, which is famous for its elephants and lions. Set within extensive gardens, the lodge features the cascades of the Ewaso Nyiro River, which provides a sanctuary for crocodiles. There are 80 luxury-thatched chalets in the grounds, all with ensuite bathrooms and stone terraces. The lodge also offers a riverside game viewing deck, two bars and a restaurant overlooking the river where evening performances of Samburu dance are staged.
Overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge (BLD) including Afternoon Game Drive
Day 3 – (Sunday) On safari in Shaba
Spend all day on safari (breakfast and lunch at the lodge) in the reserve, which offers sanctuary to large herds of elephants, healthy numbers of lions, leopards, cheetahs, plentiful plains game, reticulated giraffes, rare Beisa oryx, kudus and gerenuks.
Overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge (BLD) including Early-morning Game Drive; Morning Game and Afternoon Game Drive
Day 4 – (Monday) Lake Nakuru
After breakfast drive to Lake Nakuru, the most famous of the Great Rift Valley lakes and home to a shifting population of over one million flamingos. Arrive in time for lunch at the Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge. Spend the afternoon on safari in Kenya’s first and largest rhino sanctuary. The Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge stands on a wooded hill commanding glorious views over the flamingo fringed waters of Lake Nakuru, Kenya’s premier black rhino sanctuary. Set in extensive tropical gardens, it offers 64 tastefully decorated ensuite chalets each with its own balcony and view of the lake. There is also a spacious central dining room, a charming pool deck, a spa and gift shop.
Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge (BLD) including Afternoon Game Drive
Day 5 – (Tuesday) To the Masai Mara
After breakfast, drive to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, backdrop to ‘the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth’, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest. Arrive in time for lunch at the Sarova Mara Game Camp, a luxury tented camp, before spending the afternoon on safari in Kenya’s most popular reserve. Raised above the rolling plains of the world’s most famous wilderness, the camp stands in extensive tropical gardens watered by crystal-clear streams. There are 75 luxury tents, each with electricity and ensuite bathrooms. The central Isokon Restaurant is styled to reflect the iconic Maasai heritage while evening barbeques are held around the sumptuous swimming pool. The Oloip Bar features a roaring fire and is the venue for performances of Maasai dance and music. Activities include guided walks and talks on the Maasai culture, which are presented by members of the local community. Spa services are also offered, payable locally.
Overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp (BLD) including Afternoon Game Drive
Day 6 – (Wednesday) On safari in the Mara
Spend the whole day on safari in Africa’s richest wildlife viewing arena. Historically teeming with
wildlife, the Mara hosts Kenya’s largest lion prides and elephant herds. Spend the evening in camp where Maasai dance performances are offered nightly.
Overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp (BLD) including Early-morning Game Drive; Morning Game and Afternoon Game Drive
Day 7 – (Thursday) Up the Rift Valley to Nairobi
After breakfast drive back down the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Alternatively, and depending on the time of your departure flight, we can arrange additional accommodation in Nairobi. Why not extend your holiday with a beach stay at one of the stunning resorts we can offer. Contact us for details.
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Guaranteed Departures every Friday
Price - from £2495 to £3320 per person (based two people sharing per room)
Single Supplement - from £145 to £875
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What to bring on your Best of Kenya Safari
Lightweight clothing which can be layered is adviseable and a warmer jumper for occasional cooler evenings. Beach wear and swim wear if taking a beach extension or you wish to use any of the pools. A light rain coat is suggested. There is a laundry available in most hotels.
Lightweight comfortable shoes/trainers and sandals.
Luggage while on your tour
Please allow yourself one main piece of luggage and a day-sack. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage, so don't overload yourself, a soft wheely bag may be easier to manage than a suit case.
We recommend a sunhat, sunscreen, a torch, insect repellent and a waterbottle. A solar charger for your phone and other electronics is a good idea.
The currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). ATMs are widely available in Nairobi and the main towns and credit cards are widely accepted. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to exchange Scottish or Northern Irish banknotes in Kenya.
Use of electronic devices
For Kenya the associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Kenya operates on a 240V supply voltage and 50Hz.
The coastal areas are predominantly Muslim. Although there are no strict dress codes, you should dress conservatively away from the tourist resorts and hotels, especially in Mombasa town, during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.
Smoking in any public place is prohibited throughout Kenya, except in designated smoking areas. Offenders can face a fine or imprisonment. If in doubt, don’t light up.
The use and trafficking of illegal Class A drugs in Kenya carries heavy fines and jail sentences. The penalty for possession is 10 years in prison.
Taking photographs of official buildings, including Embassies, can lead to detention. If in any doubt, don’t photograph or film around them. Photography is also prohibited at airports.
Plastic bags have been banned for environmental reasons.
It is illegal to destroy Kenyan currency.
Homosexual activity is illegal. Public displays of homosexuality like holding hands or kissing in public places could lead to arrest and imprisonment.
You must carry a form of ID with you at all times. A copy of your passport is normally acceptable, but recently some police officers have been insisting on the original document.
It is illegal to buy, sell, kill or capture any protected wild animal or trade any of its parts without a licence. Kenya is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) under which there’s a ban on the international commercial trade in ivory. Those caught purchasing or trafficking banned goods will be prosecuted and receive prison sentences and/or fines.
Time zone in Kenya (GMT+3)
Wi-fi is common in hotels, lodges, restaurants and cafes across the touristed areas.