• Kenya: The First Safari

    Perfect for the Safari Novice!

    Kenya is such a natural destination for a first-time African safari. After all, Kenya is where safaris started in the first place! This itinerary is short, sweet, and gives guests a fantastic overview of a classic driving safari through the Great Rift Valley's epic sites as well as ending in the most iconic safari destination on the African continent: the Masai Mara. With a fantastic price point, this itinerary cuts no corners as you have a fantastic 4x4 vehicle throught as well as a fully-accompanying guide as your trip leader. You enjoy a walking safari on Lake Naivasha's Crescent Island, an option to hike or mountain bike through Hell's Gate National Park, a visit to Lake Nakuru to see the fantastic rhino sightings as well as the myriad of birdlife, and you will end the tour with a 3 night stay at Masai Mara.

    best times to go: January - March, June - October

    departures: 2 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $2,750 see detailed pricing

    East Africa

    Easy to Moderate
Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Perfect for the Safari Novice!

This itinerary visits three classic sites in the Great Rift Valley as well as the Masai Mara. While staying at the charming Sunbird Lodge overlooking Lake Elementaita, you will visit Crescent Island on Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park, and Lake Nakuru National Park. Afterwards you will drive to the Masai Mara where you will enjoy a 3 night stay at Fig Tree Camp on the banks of the Talek River. While at the Mara, you will enjoy full day game drives and picnic lunches in the Reserve.
 

Activities

1 night hotel in Nairobi, 2 nights in the Great Rift Valley with trips to Crescent Island on Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park, and Lake Nakuru, 3 nights Masai Mara with daily game drives in the Reserve

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the famous Great Rift Valley with amazing photo opportunities and wildlife!
  • Enjoy a walking safari on Crescent Island, Kenya’s most densely populated conservation area, teeming with wildlife!
  • Hike or mountain bike through Hell’s Gate National Park – an experience offered by very few travel companies!
  • Discover Lake Nakuru, home to huge rhino populations and its iconic myriad of flamingos, which can number in the millions!
  • Take in the epic wildlife in the famed Masai Mara Game Reserve where tons of game are seen over the classic endless plains of the East African savannah!

Duration: 7 days Start Location: Nairobi End Location: Nairobi

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BRIEF Itinerary
  • Eka
    Day 1 : Arrive Nairobi and drive to Eka Hotel

    Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the evening.

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    Day 2 : Walking Safari on Crescent Island on Lake Naivasha and Hike or Mountain Bike in Hell's Gate National Park

    Depart to the Great Rift Valley stopping at Crescent Island on Lake Naivasha for a walking safari followed by the option to hike or mountain bike in Hell's Gate National Park.

  • Nakuru
    Day 3 : Full Day Lake Nakuru National Park

    Today you will have a full day visit to Lake Nakuru National Park where you will see the myriad of birdlife and amazing rhino populations.

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    Day 4 : Drive to Masai Mara

    Bid farewell to Nakuru as you drive to Masai Mara. Check into your accommodations and enjoy a game drive this afternoon.

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    Days 5 - 6 : Full Day Masai Mara National Reserve

    These days you enjoy full day game drives in the Reserve.

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    Day 7 : Return to Nairobi and visit Karen Blixen Museum & Giraffe Center before evening departure

    Return to Nairobi by vehicle and tour the Karen Blixen Museum & Giraffe Center before departing.

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DATES: Best time to go: January - March, June - October Departures: Jun 25, 2014 - Jul 1, 2014 Sep 2 - 8, 2014

PRICING:

June 25 - July 1, 2014:

Based on 6-12 guests, per person

Land Price: $ 2,750

Single Supplement: $ 300

Park Fees: $ 510

 

                                  

September 2-8, 2014:

Based on 6-12 guests, per person

Land Price: $ 3,250

Single Supplement: $ 650

Park Fees: $ 510

  • Eka Hotel
    Nairobi

    Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and 5km from Wilson Airport. The hotel rooms offer the very best in comfort, convenience and efficiency.

  • Sunbird Lodge
    Lake Elementaita

    Set on 55 acres (22 ha) on private land between Nakuru and Gilgil, Sunbird Lodge is named after one of the more than 450 species of birds in this area. Beautifully nestled in a pristine environment above Lake Elementaita (RAMSAR and World Heritage Site) one can experience amazing sunsets. The lodge is very small and exclusive with 14 very spacious en-suite cottages and with a huge private veranda. All with a king size bed and an additional single bed, exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs. Enjoy an unspoiled view over Lake Elementaita and Soysambu Conservancy.

  • Fig Tree Camp
    Masai Mara

    Fig Tree Camp is located on the banks of the Talek River in the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Camp is situated on the northern border of the national reserve and its central location makes all areas of the park accessible during game drives. To make an evening a real adventure, at the Fig Tree Camp one can choose to stay in a tent or a chalet (depending on availabilty), giving the best of both worlds. The rooms spaciously line up along the Talek River, overlooking the plains of the reserve.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.


  • Henry Gathura

    Henry started traveling at the age of 14 while in high school. His school was located in the Great Rift Valley which provided a variety of spectacular places to visit from an early age. Henry would marvel at the splendor and diversity of the scenery and purposed to pursue a career in tourism. He has worked as a tour director for the last two years having started as a freelance tour guide and worked with several privately owned companies. After guiding for 12 years, Henry felt like he was ready for the next step in guiding and decided to take on the more challenging but interesting role in the same field that he understands and is passionate about. As a Tour Director, he endeavors to make the experiences of my visitors memorable with diverse places to visit within Kenya and in East Africa. East Africa is endowed with a plethora of wildlife, nature trails, site views, breath taking scenery and diverse cultural experiences. Henry has had the privilege of escorting many tours throughout East Africa, and meeting people from various different places which always interests him greatly. For those in search of real adventure, he has gathered substantial knowledge that will give you interesting insights into the wildlife, culture and day to day life in East Africa. Henry looks forward to sharing with you lots of his experiences and the untold stories about this region as he also learns from you. Africa is his backyard, and he know it best! Karibu!

photo credits: © MTS Photo File



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