Kenya | 8 Days

Nairobi, Samburu, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara

Itinerary

Destination: Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport; Transfer to Nairobi
Accommodations: Ololo Safari Lodge
Activities: Game drive

Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. After clearing customs, you will be met by your expert naturalist guide and transferred to the lovely Ololo Safari Lodge, an elegant, thatched-roof African manor situated right on the edge of the African wilderness, overlooking Nairobi National Park. Just outside of Nairobi’s central business district is Nairobi National Park, Kenya’s first national park established in 1946. This park is iconic for its wide open grass plains and scattered acacia bush with the city of Nairobi’s skyscrapers in the backdrop. Despite its small size and proximity to human civilization, this park plays host to a wide variety of wildlife including lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. As well, it is home to one of Kenya’s most successful rhino sanctuaries, and you are likely to see the endangered black rhino here. After settling in, you will meet with your guide to briefly go over your safari itinerary. Enjoy a lovely lunch, featuring Ololo’s garden grown produce and eggs. You then have the option of going on a late afternoon game drive into Nairobi National Park or staying at the lodge, perhaps taking a dip in the pool, walking around the beautiful gardens, reading a book by the fire, or enjoying a drink on the terrace overlooking the park. Enjoy a fresh, seasonal dinner at the lodge, and retire to your lovely room for a good night’s rest.

Destination: Mount Kenya National Park; Samburu National Reserve
Accommodations: Samburu Simba Lodge
Activities: Game drive; (optional) Massage

After breakfast, depart for Samburu National Reserve with game drives and a picnic lunch in Mount Kenya National Park along the way. Mount Kenya National Park boasts a pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs, and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals—high altitude adapted plains game and unique montane and alpine vegetation—all this with Africa’s second tallest mountain in the backdrop. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park and continue on to Samburu with game viewing along the way. In the early evening, check in to Samburu Simba lodge, a charming lodge with authentic African touches in the heart of Buffalo Springs National Reserve on the opposite side of Ewaso Ngiro River from Samburu National Reserve. Treat yourself to a massage at the spa, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy a drink in the open-air bar before a delicious dinner in the lodge restaurant, where you are likely to catch a glimpse of Elephants grazing in the bush. Sleep soundly in your comfortable room to the distant sound of roaming and frolicking animals.

Destination: Samburu National Reserve
Accommodations: Samburu Simba Lodge
Activities: Game drive

Depart after breakfast for a full day game drive with picnic lunch in Samburu National Reserve. This park is bordered by the Ewaso Ng’iro River in the southeastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley. The reserve is remarkable for its plethora of rare northern specialist species such as the Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy Zebra, Gerenuk, and the Beisa Oryx, as well as its abundance of elephants. Large predators such as the big cats are likely to be spotted here, as are wild dogs. Birdlife, a combination of the arid northern bush country species and a number of riverine forest species, is copious with over 450 species recorded. The threatened lesser kestrel and the Taita falcon both call this reserve their home. Other vulnerable species, namely the African darter, great egret, white-headed vulture, martial eagle and the yellow-billed ox-pecker live here as well. Additionally, the critically endangered pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) is found in the reserve. Return for sundowners followed by a bush dinner at the lodge.

Destination: Mount Kenya
Accommodations: Serena Mountain Lodge
Activities: Game drive; Forest nature walk

After an early breakfast, depart on a half-day game drive, stopping through several small parks and reserves and concluding with a return to Mount Kenya National Park. Check in to the Serena Mountain Lodge set within the green, forested slopes which gaze to a water hole bustling with elephant and buffalo herds. Enjoy a late lunch on the open air deck. Depart for a two-hour walk through the Mount Kenya forest where your guide will take you through the story of Kenya’s independence. Along the way, spot a variety of birds and some unique animals such as the black and white colobus monkey, Sykes monkey, olive baboon, giant forest hog, bush pig, genet cat, white-tailed mongoose and mole-rat. One can also spot a variety of members from the Antelope family such as Mt. Kenya Bongo, Bush bucks, Defassa waterbucks, Red forest duikers and Suni. A surprise “Dawa” treat is served to keep you warm. Return to the lodge for a rooftop sundowner, overlooking the game-occupied waterhole, followed by a private dinner on the private balcony your room. Enjoy a sound sleep to the sound of forest fauna.

Destination: Lake Nakuru; Lake Naivasha
Accommodations: Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge
Activities: Game drive

After breakfast, enjoy a morning drive via Thompson’s Falls down the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park, a protected game sanctuary for endangered species such as the black rhino, white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, and other common game, such as the big cats. Famously Lake Nakuru attracts vast numbers of fabulously colored pink flamingos to its shallow alkaline waters. Known all over the world for its flamingos, Lake Nakuru attracts up to 2 million flamingoes, forming a stunningly beautiful deep pink band around the edge of the lake shore. Have your picnic lunch in the park, followed by more game viewing. In the late afternoon, drive south through Lake Naivasha National Park as you make your way to Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge, located in an enchanting setting right on the lake with views of hippos and game from the grounds. Settle in, enjoy a sundowner, and head to the restaurant for dinner. Enjoy a good rest in your well-appointed room.

Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodations: Amani Mara
Activities: Game Drive

After an early breakfast, depart for the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. During the drive, marvel at the stunning views from and descent down the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. By afternoon, check into Amani Mara, a beautiful, rustic yet elegant lodge, small in size with only 14 units, set in the pristine wilderness surrounded by a beautiful landscape. After settling in, enjoy lunch in the dining area, which offers a scenic view of the game meandering over the vast plains, with sights of the resident hippos and crocodiles at the river all through the day. Afterward, venture out into the park for an early evening game drive. Return for a delicious dinner prepared with produce from the lodge’s own organic garden. Enjoy a drink on the view deck or around the fireplace, and retreat to your detached room for a wonderful sleep in the bush.

Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodations: Amani Mara
Activities: Game drive; Walking safari

After breakfast, depart with your guide deep into the Masai Mara for a full day game drive, including a picnic lunch and opportunities to get out of the vehicle and explore the park on foot. Return to the lodge for sundowners and a fabulous bush dinner celebrating the final night of your Kenyan safari! Retreat to your room for another slumber to the sound of nature outside your window.

Destination: Departure to Nairobi or direct connection to Tanzania Northern Circuit, Tanzania Southern Circuit, Tanzania Western Circuit, Uganda, or Zanzibar

After breakfast, you will be driven to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will board your international flight home. Depending on the time of your flight, you can book a day or overnight room at Ololo Safari Lodge. Alternately, you will be transferred to the next leg of your East African holiday in Tanzania Northern Circuit, Tanzania Southern Circuit, Tanzania Western Circuit, Uganda, or (see our complimentary itineraries).

Safari Includes:

  •  Pick up/drop off at Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport before and after the trip and/or transfer to the next leg of your holiday
  • Park entrance fees into the game parks/reserves
  • Crater service fee
  • Government Taxation
  • Professional naturalist guide
  • Transport and wildlife viewing in 4×4 Land cruiser with open roof hatches and unlimited mileage
  • All game drives and activities
  • All cultural excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full board accommodations and additional meals, per itinerary
  • All-inclusive alcoholic beverages and sodas at the lodges/camps
  • Plentiful drinking water (mineral water)
  • Flying Doctor services in Tanzania
  • Service charges
  • Generous Giving Fund

Safari Excludes:

  • International airfare & flights
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Personal health insurance
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended and offered upon making your deposit)
  • Laundry services, unless provided by the lodges
  • Additional alcoholic beverages & sodas, except as stated as included above
  • Laundry services, unless offered by the lodges
  • Optional massages and spa services
  • All items of personal nature
  • Gratuities to safari guides and lodge/camp staff

Please note: Adumu Safaris makes every effort to customize your safari itinerary in order to cover areas where wildlife habitats are known to be plentiful during the season and precise time of year that you are traveling. However, since wild animals move freely in their environment, we cannot absolutely guarantee sightings of every species. We also use our best effort to provide the lodging set out in this itinerary, but occasionally there are circumstances that occur which require lodging substitutions. We reserve the right to make comparable lodging substitutions or upgrades whenever necessary or in your best interest to do so. Fortunately, we have vetted all of our lodges and stand by their ability to provide an amazing accommodation experience.

Cost:

Based on double occupancy …….……4833 USD LOW / 5054 USD HIGH / 5164 USD PEAK Single person, non-sharing supplement……………………….1074 USD LOW / 1375 USD HIGH / 1494 USD PEAK

**NB: Prices drop for larger parties traveling together. Children are accommodated at lower rates than adults. Adumu Safaris customizes itineraries to fit your preferences, desires, party size, and budget.

To reserve this trip we require $500 per person. The remainder is due 59 days before departure. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. We will send a secure payment link when you are ready to confirm this trip.

Please note that we offer these variations to demonstrate some of the ways that we can modify an itinerary to suit your preferences (destinations, activities, level of luxury, type of accommodations, length of stay, budget, etc.). If none of these options looks best for your group, we are more than happy to gather more information from you and customize the perfect trip. You can call us at +1 530 574 9519 or email us at to discuss this itinerary or others on our website.

Karibu Africa!
The Adumu Safaris Team