12 Days – 11 Nights Masai Mara – Tsavo – Mombasa Safari

Arrive/Nairobi – Masai Mara National Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park – Amboseli National Park – Tsavo West National Park – Tsavo East National Park – Mombasa/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport Nairobi Day 1 Day 2 B&B 1 Night
Mara Serena Safari Lodge Masai Mara National Reserve Day 2 Day 5 FB 3 Nights
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge Nakuru Day 5 Day 6 FB 1 Night
Satao Elerai Camp Amboseli National Park Day 6 Day 8 FB 2 Nights
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge Tsavo West National Park Day 8 Day 10 FB 2 Nights
Satao Tented Camp Tsavo East National Park Day 10 Day 12 FB 2 Nights
Not Included Transfer to Mombasa own plan Day 12 Day 12 Breakfast Not Included

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

DAY 1: HILTON GARDEN INN NAIROBI AIRPORT, 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, Giraffe Centre and most notably just 20 minutes 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

Pick up from NBO ex-International flight at TBA,met by our AMA Safaris guide and transfer to Hilton Garden Inn for overnight on BB Basis.

Overnight: Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport     

Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport is located in Nairobi, Kenya and is a few minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Accommodation at the property features 175 air-conditioned guest rooms. Each is equipped with free Wi-Fi, a well-lit work area, mini-refrigerator and a flat-screen TV. Guests can enjoy a drink in the relaxed lounge bar before enjoying a meal at the restaurant. Additional facilities include a heated infinity rooftop swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness centre.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: MARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE, MASAI MARA

Masai Mara

One of Kenya’s undisputed natural highlights is the Masai Mara National Reserve, which sprawls across more than 1500km² of the country’s southwest. The park protects a phenomenal array of game, including charismatic species such as elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo, as well as crocodile and hippopotamus in the Mara River. The birdlife is no less impressive, with over 450 resident bird species. However, the true highlight here is the Great Migration, recognised as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. To survive the dry months of July to September, some 1.7 million wildebeest migrate from the parched plains of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Along with much smaller numbers of antelope buffalo and zebra, they move to the more forgiving grasslands of the Masai Mara. In their wake come predators such as lion, hyena and cheetah, for whom these giant herds are an easy source of prey.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast climb the Western Escarpment of the Rift Valley and head towards Maasai Mara.  With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. Enjoying views of the picturesque Maasai tribesmen herding cattle on the way, you arrive in time for lunch and a well deserved rest! Afternoon game drive includes searching for the Big Five, elephants, Buffalos, lions, Rhinos and leopards, before returning to your lodge as the sun sets! Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge       

Secreted deep within the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill, embraced by arcing vistas and washed by a sea of richly rolling grasslands, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas and has a ringside seat for the greatest wildlife show on Earth, the legendary migration of the wildebeest. Drawing its inspiration from the traditional Maasai cultural motif of a cluster of domed, mud-colored huts encircled by a “Boma” of brushwood, the Mara Serena offers a rare blend of raw African splendor and sumptuous sophistication. The essentially ethnic décor also draws on a vibrant colour-palette of sun-burst colors, embellished by a unique selection of Maasai art to create the look and feel of a traditional bush encampment. The lodge features individual rooms, each with their own balcony and view of eternity, a sky-blue swimming pool and a spectacular restaurant, overlooking a water hole where a fantasia of creatures collect to drink.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3: MARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE, MASAI MARA

Day Itinerary

Morning and afternoon of game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve. Situated in Maasia territory, this park gets its name from the Mara River. In contrast with most of the rivers in the African savannah, the river has a permanent flow of water throughout the year, attracting a great variety of wildlife.

This guarantee of water, especially during the dry season, hosts great numbers of herbivores: zebras, wildebeest, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles, hartebeest, topis, buffalos, elephants etc, converting the park into the one region in the world with the highest concentration of wildlife. Obviously, such a huge supply of “meat” attracts a host of predators. We could see lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals. The possibilities of capturing these animals – on camera, and being a witness to the developments of life in the savannah, are very high. However, the Mara is not a zoo. We cannot say for sure that we will see each and every animal. The experience gives us a feeling of tracking and searching for animals, which is exciting in itself. All meals and overnight at Mara Serena Lodge.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4: MARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE, MASAI MARA

Day itinerary

Morning and afternoon of game drives in Masai Mara Game Reserve. The early morning calm air of the Maasai Mara has made possible the introduction of Hot Air Balloon flights, available as an optional tour of a hot air balloon ride to see the park from a bird’s eye view, from leading lodges and camps in the reserve. (Please reserve early to avoid disappointment for this adventure!). Pre-breakfast morning game drive in the reserve, a great opportunity to explore the vast flora and fauna of this magnificent reserve.  After a rewarding game drive, return to your lodge for late morning breakfast. Lunch and late afternoon Game viewing drive.

OPTION: A full day game drive with picnic lunch boxes (full day game drive including visits to Mara River, Kenya Tanzania Border Post and a great chance to view the “Big Five”. You will have picnic lunch at Hippo Pool. Return to your lodge late in the afternoon). Later just relax or visit the nearby Maasai village as an optional excursion.

All meals and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: LAKE NAKURU SOPA LODGE, LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Nakuru

Nakuru is a city on the shores of western Kenya’s Lake Nakuru, within a reserve that sprawls across almost 200 square kilometres. It is the capital of Nakuru County, located in the Great Rift Valley. Ten kilometres from town lies the massive Menengai Crater. A hiking trail leads up to the rim of this ancient caldera, offering bird’s eye views over the lake and surrounds then plunges 400 metres down to the floor below, where you will find ancient forests. Lake Nakuru National Park, surrounding Nakuru, is home to exceptional birdlife, as well as over 50 varieties of mammals. These include lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, rhino, antelope and various primates.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast; drive to Nakuru with game drives en – route to the park exit. Arrive for lunch at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge. Afternoon game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge.

Overnight: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge         

Lake Nakuru Sopa lodge is located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley; the Lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park.

The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos and other water birds being the major attraction of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white and black rhino, buffaloes and others.

The Lodge is 20km from the park main gate and 15 minutes drive from Naishi airstrip. Lodge accommodation consists of 60 rooms which include 2 inter-connecting rooms, 2 rooms accessible on wheel chair. Rooms are grouped into single, twin or triple rooms. All rooms have a clear view of the lake and you are able to view the sun rise from the balcony. All rooms have safe box, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar is stocked on request and telephone extensions are also provided in all rooms.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: SATAO ELERAI CAMP, 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

Breakfast at the Hotel.

Drive to Amboseli via Nairobi for lunch at Eka Hotel.  After lunch proceed to the park arriving for late evening game drive.

Dinner and overnight at Satao Elerai Camp.

Overnight: Satao Elerai Camp         

Satao Elerai is situated in its own private wildlife conservancy between Amboseli and Mt Kilimanjaro. The conservancy is full of wildlife and allows one the chance to see Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Kudu as well as groups of Eland. Satao Elerai is an eco-friendly luxury camp tucked away in the corner of the famous Amboseli Ecosystem, close to the famous Amboseli National Park. Accommodation includes 5 luxury suites and 12 charming canvas tents. The gorgeous lodge-style suites feature large sliding doors overlooking the plains of Elerai Conservancy and the Amboseli National Park. Each suite has a spacious bathroom with a private view of the surroundings, handcrafted bathtub, shower, flush toilet and hand washbasin.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7: SATAO ELERAI CAMP, AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Day Itinerary

Morning and afternoon of game drives in Amboseli National Park.

All meals and overnight at Satao Elerai Camp.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 8: KILAGUNI SERENA SAFARI LODGE, TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK

Tsavo West National Park

Located in Kenya’s Coast Province, Tsavo West National Park stretches for over 9000 square kilometres and is one of Kenya’s most rewarding parks. Tsavo West is covered in fairly thick bush but has spectacular natural scenery which includes volcanic cones, swamps, rocky outcrops and lava flows, mountains, river forest, plains, lakes, natural springs and wooded grassland. Although the game is not as easy to spot as in Tsavo East, it’s all here. Natural attractions include: the Mzima Springs, the main source of water for the Tsavo River; the Chaimu Crater; and the Roaring Rocks, offering panoramic views. Visitors can soak up the dramatic scenery, stay at one of the many fine lodges and spot a variety of wildlife.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast; drive to Tsavo West National Park arriving in time for lunch at Kilaguni Serena Lodge. Afternoon game drives in Tsavo West National Park.

Dinner and overnight at Kilaguni Serena Lodge.

Overnight: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge  

In the land of lions and lava

Superbly situated in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro and sheltered by the volcanic splendour of the Chyulu Hills, this classic stone-built lodge overlooks its own water hole, which is visited daily by elephants, buffalos and a wide variety of plains game. One of the first lodges ever to be built in a national park, the lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing. It is also ideally placed for visits to all the park’s prime attractions.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9: KILAGUNI SERENA SAFARI LODGE, TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK

Day Itinerary

Morning and afternoon of game drives in Tsavo West National Park.

All meals and overnight at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 10: SATAO TENTED CAMP, TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK

Tsavo East National Park

Separating northern and southern Kenya, Tsavo East National Park features bushy grasslands, open plains dotted with baobabs alternating with semi-arid acacia scrub and lush woodlands. The arid environment with its unique red earth creates spectacular photo opportunities. This park is home to some of the largest elephant and buffalo herds in Kenya. Tsavo East boasts a rich biodiversity and is said to be one of the last remaining wildernesses. Visitors can enjoy many wonderful attractions including: Galana River and Lugard’s Falls; the magnificent Yatta Plateau; and Mudanda Rock, a natural viewpoint which overlooks a much visited and photographed drinking hole. The south of the park is busier, while north of Galana is a remarkably quiet wilderness where visitors can enjoy this unspoilt beauty.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the Lodge.

Morning drive to Tsavo East National Park arriving in time for lunch at Satao Camp. Afternoon game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Overnight: Satao Tented Camp      

Satao Camp takes you back to the classical Out of Africa safari with green canvas tents, bush style showers and personal and friendly service; evoking a feeling of the true ‘Old African’ experience. Our location is indisputably unique; nestled beneath the shade of the old Tamarind trees, just in front of a very favored waterhole, our guests are ensured breathtaking view to the many elephants coming daily for a drink and a refreshing wash.

Satao Camp consists of 20 classical canvas tents, dining room, reception, gift shop and an observation tower overlooking our waterhole. We have 4 luxury suites for honeymooners or guests who feel for a little extra luxury, 6 family tents and 10 standard tents. 1 tent has been carefully constructed to accommodate guests with physically challenges. The tents are all en-suite with unique African furniture, comfortable beds, electricity and a spacious bathroom with hand wash basins, flush toilets and bush style showers. Every evening or on request our staff will bring you hot water for the most wonderful safari shower experience. The luxury tents have solar heated showers. All tents are carefully positioned and have a private verandah from which one can enjoy the scenery and the many elephants that comes to drink, wash and groom each other during the day and the night.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11: SATAO TENTED CAMP, TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK

Day Itinerary

Morning and afternoon of game drives in Tsavo East National Park.

All meals and overnight at Satao Tented Camp.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 12: END OF ITINERARY

Day Itinerary

After breakfast; drive to Mombasa with game drives en – route to the park exit.  Drop off at Swahili Beach Resort & Spa or any other of your choice on own arrangements. End of Service

Basis

Breakfast

Included

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 1 Night accommodation at Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi on bed & breakfast
  • 3 Nights accommodation at Mara Serena Lodge on full board basis
  • 1 Night accommodation at Lake Nakuru Sopa Club on full board basis
  • 2 Nights accommodation at Satao Elerai Camp on full board basis
  • 2 Night accommodation at Kilaguni Serena Lodge on full board basis
  • 2 Night accommodation at Satao Camp on full board basis
  • All game drives as per itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Transport in one x 7 Seater 4×4 vehicle
  • Services of a qualified English speaking driver guide
  • 1 Litre bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari in a our vehicle

Excludes:

  • All International and domestic Flights + Taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls…etc.
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Porterage

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