12 Days / 11 Nights Customized Safari Kenya

Arrive/Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve – Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Lake Elmenteita – Masai Mara – Amboseli National Park – Nairobi/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destination

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Hemingways Nairobi Nairobi Day 1 Day 3 B&B 2 Nights
Elephant Bedroom Camp Samburu National Reserve Day  3 Day  5 FB 2 Nights
Sweetwaters Serena Camp Ol Pejeta Conservancy Day 5 Day 6 FB 1 Night
Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp Lake Elmenteita Day 6 Day 7 FB 1 Night
Fairmont Mara Safari Club Masai Mara National Reserve Day 7 Day 10 FB+ 3 Nights
Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli Amboseli National Park Day 10 Day 12 FB+ 2 Nights
Not Included Transfer for International departure Day 12 Day 12 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 1: HEMINGWAYS NAIROBI, NAIROBI

Nairobi

Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. 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 cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20mins from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Day Itinerary

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on flight at ETA, you will be met by our AMA Safaris representative. Transfer to the hotel and assisted with the check in formalities.

MEAL PLAN: Meals – Own Arrangement

OVERNIGHT: Hemingways Hotel Nairobi

Overnight: Hemingways Nairobi   

Hemingways Nairobi, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world, is an elegant boutique hotel situated in Nairobi’s Karen residential area with magnificent views of the nearby Ngong hills. Sensitively designed for the discerning business and leisure traveller, Hemingways Nairobi offers the full facilities expected in a modern day luxury boutique hotel. The hotel offers forty-five luxury suites which include the Hemingways suite, The Blixen suite, 19 Executive rooms and 24 deluxe rooms. The Hemingways Nairobi Brasserie serves classic dishes and the very best of local and international cuisine and is open every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: HEMINGWAYS NAIROBI, NAIROBI

Day Itinerary

After breakfast proceed for a full day Nairobi Tour. Visit Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum & Daphne Sheldrick with Lunch at Carnivore.

MEAL PLAN: Breakfast – Hemingways Hotel / Lunch – Carnivore Restaurant / Dinner – Own Arrangement

OVERNIGHT: Hemingways Hotel Nairobi

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 3: ELEPHANT BEDROOM CAMP, SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Samburu National Reserve

Resting on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River and neighbouring the Buffalo Springs National Park, Samburu National Reserve is remote, hot and arid. The reserve spans over 165kms² of spectacularly scenic landscape featuring rugged hills, undulating plains and riverine forests. The park is home to abundant wildlife including a variety of rare species such as the reticulated giraffe, the long necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s Zebra and Beisa Oryx. Samburu was one of the homes of ‘Elsa the Lioness’, star of the bestselling book and award-winning movie ‘Born Free’. Visitors can enjoy viewing over 900 elephants, a variety of predators, and over 450 bird species.

Day Itinerary

Drive north via Nanyuki and Mt Kenya to the Samburu National Reserve. Rugged and remote, this wildlife reserve provides some the best and most colourful game viewing in the country. Have a lunch break en-route at Trout Tree Restaurant. Enjoy an afternoon game drives en-route to your camp.

MEAL PLAN: Breakfast – Hemingways Nairobi / Lunch – Trout Tree Restaurant / Dinner – Elephant Bedroom Camp

OVERNIGHT: Elephant Bedroom Camp

Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs sits this small and exclusive camp of 12 luxury tents – all furnished in rustic African style while offering all the comforts expected of a luxury Camp (hot & cold running water, electricity and herbal products).

The lounge and dining area offer vibrant safari colours with original oil paintings, soft intimate lighting designed to relax guests returning from an exciting game drive. Huge herds of elephant, prides of lion or the solitary leopard amongst other game are regular visitors around the camp providing excellent game viewing in spectacular scenic background of rugged rolling hills.

Dining is a culinary experience with al-fresco breakfast, 3 course lunch and 4 course candle lit gourmet dinner set either under the African sky or inside the well appointed dining area.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4: ELEPHANT BEDROOM CAMP, SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Day Itinerary

All day spent in the Samburu National Reserve with morning and afternoon game drive.

MEAL PLAN: All Meals – Elephant Bedroom Camp

OVERNIGHT: Elephant Bedroom Camp

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: SWEETWATERS SERENA CAMP, OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Resting at the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain Range, in central Kenya’s Laikipia County, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to the last three remaining northern white rhino in the world. Originally a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya and now a pioneering wildlife conservancy, Ol Pejeta works to protect wildlife and provide a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. The Conservancy is a popular safari destination and is home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as a wide selection of other African animals including: zebra, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, jackal, serval, hyena, vervet monkey and many more. Visitors can enjoy an assortment of outdoor activities such as horse rides, game walks, and nocturnal game drives.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at Camp.

Check out and drive to Nanyuki arriving for lunch and check in at Sweetwaters Camp. Afternoon game drives in Ol Pejeta with a visit to the Rhino and Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Overnight: Sweetwaters Serena Camp      

A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury.

Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features thirty-nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant is housed in the former manager’s house of this once colonial farm, and offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centres on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: LAKE ELMENTEITA SERENA CAMP, LAKE ELMENTEITA

Lake Elmenteita

Elmenteita, meaning ‘place of dust’, is a small soda lake which attracts many visiting flamingos. It has been named as a World Heritage Site for its prolific birdlife. This is where Kenya’s most famous settler Lord Delamere lived and he was responsible for much of Kenya’s early agricultural experimentation in the fertile area, the area is still inhabited by some of his descendants. The shores are often alive with wildlife and the surrounding forests are perfect for long walks and birding. Visitors can look forward to visiting the Kekopey hot springs, spotting over 400 bird species and game viewing along the lake’s edge, which is abundant with eland, kudu, zebra, gazelle, and warthog families.

Day Itinerary

Depart early morning 0700hrs and drive taking you past the Aberdares mountain range to the floor of the Great Rift Valley, destination Lake Nakuru National Park. Arrive for lunch at Sarova Lion hill followed by an afternoon game drive until dusk when you will proceed to Soysambu Ranch/Conservancy where the well-appointed Lake Elementaita Serena is located. The ecosystem, being part of the Great Rift Valley and with the presence of the alkaline lake of Elementaita supports lots of bird life as well as lots of plans game. Rest of the day at Leisure

MEAL PLAN: Breakfast – Elephant Bedroom / Lunch Sarova Lion Hill & Dinner – Lake Elementaita Serena

OVERNIGHT: Lake Elementaita Serena Camp

Overnight: Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is located in Kenya’s Soysambu Conservancy and features spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes. Accommodation is available in deluxe tents and flamingo suites which feature a balcony and modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, mini-fridges, and mosquito nets.

Guests may enjoy a meal in the central dining room or outdoors in the bush while watching the sunset. The camp features a beautiful outdoor swimming pool where guests can relax and enjoy the African sun. A massage service is available on-site and offers a variety of luxurious treatments.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7: FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB, MASAI MARA

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast and check out, drive to Lake Naivasha airstrip to connect your morning schedule flight to Masai Mara. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. On arrival, met by the camp vehicle for an enroute game drive to camp for check in and lunch.  Afternoon game viewing drive on private basis with a visit to a Masai Village.

MEAL PLAN: Breakfast – Lake Elementaita Serena / Lunch & Dinner – Fairmont Mara Safari Club

OVERNIGHT: Fairmont Mara Safari Club

The Fairmont Mara Safari Club is surrounded on three sides by the Mara River, and is on the edge of the world’s Seventh “New” Wonder of the World – the Masai Mara. This breathtaking Kenya hotel’s main lodge at the center of camp hosts an indoor restaurant, bar and library with Internet access to keep the relatives up to date with safari adventures. A spacious outside deck overhangs the river and leads to a heated pool, complete with bar and private massage tents. Fairmont Mara Safari Club is the epitome of tented luxury.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 8: FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB, MASAI MARA

Day Itinerary

{0500hrs Early morning pick up from camp for an early morning balloon ride with champagne style breakfast}. Return to camp and spend rest of the morning at leisure. Afternoon game drives on private basis.

All meals and overnight at the same camp.

MEAL PLAN: All Meals – Mara Safari Club

OVERNIGHT: Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 9: FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB, MASAI MARA

Day Itinerary

Spend full day in the park with both morning and afternoon game drives on private basis.

All meals and overnight at the same camp.

MEAL PLAN: All Meals – Fairmont Mara Safari Club

OVERNIGHT: Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 10: ELEWANA TORTILIS CAMP AMBOSELI, AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Amboseli National Park

Located in the southern reaches of Kenya, the Amboseli National Park is renowned for its excellent variety of wildlife such as Masaai giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah and not surprisingly it is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the majestic snowcap of Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok. The birding is excellent, especially closer to the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to large herds of elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and soak up spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Day Itinerary

Enjoy early morning game drive on private basis then return to camp and check out. After lunch, transfer to the airstrip and connect your flight to Amboseli National Park. Upon landing at the Amboseli Airstrip you will be met by the camp vehicle and driver and proceed on your afternoon game drive on shared basis en-route to camp.

MEAL PLAN: Breakfast & Lunch – Mara Safari Club / Dinner – Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli

OVERNIGHT: Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli       

Amboseli is best known for its unrivalled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population. There are over 1000 elephants in the park’s eco-system, featuring some of the largest in Africa. Elewana Tortilis Camp is situated in one of Amboseli’s areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, and the World’s highest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the park and within a private 30,000-acre game concession. The tents are all spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant ensuite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 11: ELEWANA TORTILIS CAMP AMBOSELI, AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Day Itinerary

Full day spent in Amboseli National Park with morning and afternoon game drives on private basis. This Park is famous for its large herds of elephants and in particular their big tusk, a day in Amboseli is surely a highlight of your safari.

MEAL PLAN: All Meals – Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli

OVERNIGHT: Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 12: END OF ITINERARY

Day Itinerary

After Breakfast, enjoy one last morning game drive on shared basis followed by Lunch at camp. After lunch, check out and meet your driver guide who will transfer you back to Nairobi.

On arrival, you will be dropped off at the Four Points Airport hotel for day room use before you complimentary transfer by the hotel to the departure terminal for your onward flight International departing at 2310hours.

MEAL PLAN: Breakfast & Lunch – Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli

 

Basis

Breakfast

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