When it comes to planning a real African safari, the stakes can seem pretty high. Though what we know is that it is not the usual kind of vacation, but kind of vacation that is “trip of a lifetime”.
Why? You will be watching the greatest wildlife show on Earth.
In this Safari you will travel in a land cruiser through the Great Rift Valley to Kenya’s national wildlife reserves. Kenya is famed for its scenic landscapes and wildlife. It boasts highly varied geographical features, ranging from snow-capped mountains to deserts, to savannah grassland and tropical wetlands. There are many lakes and rivers, too.
We drive through Kenya’s rural side to our next camp. You will pass through small towns and see a beautiful countryside with farms. We will take breaks at curio shops and may meet Deaf Kenyans along the way.
During the game drives, we will see a variety of animals and compare them with the same animals we saw in other parks. We must aim to find the “Big Five” animals, they include the elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard. We will learn about them and about the different plants, insects, reptiles, and fishes, too.
We will stay overnight at different camps, in a bungalow or tent inside the reserves/parks. Our meals are mostly buffet style serving western foods and some local dishes. All of our camps have a lounge with a bar and a kind of deck that looks out to a waterhole, lake, river or over grassland where you can watch the animals come and go and the sunset or rise.
Our safari driver/guide, Peter Phillip is a native of Kenya with background in zoology and travel. He also knows Kenya sign language. Your tour conductor, Peggy Prosser will help interpret during the game drives. Peggy has worked with Peter in past tours. The two know each other.
Number of Days: 10 days / 9 nights
Max: 6 participants
Travel: 4x4 Land Cruiser
Tour Conductor: Peggy L. Prosser
Safari Driver/ Guide: Peter Philip
Tour Activity: easy-medium (long drives with some bumpy roads and trails, much seating in a 4x4 land cruiser, boarding a small boat, leisure walk on an island with hills, possible dusty environment, and hot/cold climate)
Language Signed: Kenya & American Sign Language
Physical: Not much walking, instead of more hours in a land cruiser on paved and unpaved roads while moving to a new site and during game drives, 2 hour leisure walk on an island, and 1 hour boat ride on a lake
Package Price: $4,155.00 per person
Deposit: $300.00 to hold your space is required
You will be picked up at the airport by our Safari guide who will transfer you to your hotel for an overnight. And depending on the time of your arrival, you may visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
(350 km, approximately 5.0 hours drive)
After breakfast, we depart for the Samburu National Park. We arrive to the campsite in time for lunch. After 3pm we embark on our afternoon game drive. You pay attention to the presence of unique species among the wildlife that shares this semi-arid habitat. You stay overnight at the Samburu Game Lodge that is situated by a river where you may continue to watch animals come to the shore for water or the Samburu tribe bring their cows and sheep to the river. There are some monkeys and birds who live at the camp. And there is a nice lounge and swimming pool that you may use during your stay.
We embark on a morning game drive after breakfast, exploring the Samburu national wildlife reserve and the animals and birds that live there. We return to the camp by noon for lunch and break from game drive. Most animals normally rest in the afternoon, avoiding the hot sun. So, you may swim in the pool, rest at the lounge looking over the river or walk around the campsite. We will embark on a late afternoon game drive and return to the camp by sunset.
(150 km, approximately 3.0 hours drive)
After breakfast, we leave for Sweetwaters, arriving and driving through to the Ol-pejeta Conservancy to our campsite on time for lunch and check-in our tent. By afternoon we embark on a game drive with a visit to the chimpanzee and rhino sanctuary. The Conservancy has the world’s last three white rhinos. And on a clear day you can see Mt. Kenya. We stay overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Camp in a tent with beds, toilet and hot water shower. Also outside your tent is a large waterhole where we can sit and watch the animals come and go, and also the sunset.
(192 km, approximately 4.0 hours drive)
We embark on an early morning game drive and then return to our camp for breakfast. Following check out, we go on a scenic drive through Kenya’s rural side, passing by farms and stopping along the equator for some lecture and to the Thompson Waterfall to meet the Kikuyu tribe people and also for a Kenyan homestyle lunch at a restaurant nearby. Lastly we check in our tents at the Crater Lake Camp and embark on a game drive around the lake before sunset. Tents are on a hill and looks out to the lake.
After breakfast follows a morning game drive around the Crater Lake. There we watch for big birds that might dive in the lake for fish and other wildlife animals like hippos or flamingos that live near the lake. By noon, we return to our camp for lunch and some rest. Next we proceed to Lake Naivasha for our boat ride and walk around Crescent Island with the animals. We continue our second night in our tent at the Crater Lake Camp.
(300 km, approximately 5.0 hours drive
We drive across the Great Rift Valley to Kenya’s most famous national reserve, the Masai Mara. You arrive to the park with a game drive on the way to your camp and in time for lunch break and check-in. You will stay in a tent that is hidden in bushes. Following your break, you will embark on an afternoon game drive through the mara and return by sunset. You stay overnight at the Ilkeliani camp that has an observance deck, tent dining room and lounge with bar. There are also some hammocks and long chairs around the camp and a campfire pit.
We go on a full day exploring the magnificent Masai Mara. We watch for a river crossing with the wildebeest and zebra. We also look for big cats that are said to be many in the mara. You will see other animals and compare them with the the same animals you saw in your earlier game drives. We will have a picnic in the open. We return to our camp before sunset.
Day 9 ~ Wednesday, August 7, 2019
We go on a morning game drive looking for more animals, watching for a river crossing and maybe a chase. We return to our campsite for lunch and rest. Following break, we embark on a game drive and heading towards to a Masai Village to meet with the Masai people. They will welcome you with a dance, talk about their culture, show how they build a fire or make something and they might allow you into their homes to meet with their family. (Keep in mind that it is not polite to ask how many children they have.) We return back to our camp with the sunset.
(300 km, approximately 5.0 hours drive)
After breakfast, we proceed back to Nairobi for your outbound flight. On the way we stop for an overview of the Great Rift Valley and also for lunch. Our guide will take you to the airport and drop you off at your terminal.
- All airport transfers, arrivals and departures
- Land Cruiser with pop-up roof for viewing
- Guaranteed window seat in each vehicle
- Two-way long range radio communication
- Safari accessories: First-aid, cooler and fire extinguisher
- Emergency number, 24 hours a day
- 2 lodges, 3 tented campsites
- Full meals western style (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Free wide-brim safari hats from Safari operator
- Complimentary 500ml mineral water per game drive
- Lake boat ride fee
- Park entry fees
- All government taxes and levies
- An electronic copy of Safari itinerary
NOT INCLUDED in the tour package:
- Tour VISA
- International flight
- Travel insurance
- Required vaccines
- Tips & gratuities
- Alcohol drinks
- Activities not included in the tour