Our Signature Safari! In just two weeks you will explore some of the most magnificent areas of Kenya. From the award winning Masai Mara National Reserve to the world class exotic Diani Beach. This is an adventure safari which includes activities such as cycling in Hell's Gate National Park, walking with the Masai in the Masai Mara and sailing in a traditional fishing boat on the Indian Ocean.
"If you know where to look, there is still treasure to be found in the heart of Africa"
Day 1 - Saturday - Arrival into Nairobi
Upon arrival into Nairobi we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your first camp, where you can relax for the evening and enjoy a welcome drink!
Day 2 - Sunday - Nairobi to Naivasha
After breakfast we depart for Lake Naivasha, on our drive (if weather permits) we may have amazing views of the Great Rift Valley from the viewpoint. Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake whose shores are fringed with papyrus and yellow barked Acacia and hippos frequent the shallows. Our campsite is on the edge of the lake and home to Black & White Colobus Monkeys and many species of birds including the African Fish Eagle. The afternoon is yours free for relaxing, setting up camp and observing the birds and wildlife.
Day 3 - Monday - Hell Gate National Park
A short distance from the lake is Hell's Gate National Park, one of the only parks you can walk and cycle around. With a guide you will have the chance to enjoy the dramatic landscape and scenery, experiencing the thrill of being amongst the wildlife, maybe coming face to face with herds of grazing zebras, towering giraffes or some galloping gazelles.
Day 4 - Tuesday - Lake Naivasha & Elsamere
A free morning relaxing in camp, followed by afternoon tea at Elsamere, former homestead of the late Joy Adamson, who raised and released Elsa the Lioness, probably one of the most famous animal stories ever told, immortalised in the book and film, 'Born Free'. The house is now a museum and her green lawns are surrounded by giant yellow barked Acacia trees where troops of Black and White Colobus Monkeys cavort.
Day 5 - Wednesday - Travel to the Masai Mara
From Naivasha, for maybe the highlight of the safari, we head towards the Masai Mara National Reserve for hopefully some of the best game viewing on earth and maybe catch the annual wildebeest migration (seasonal) where millions of the ungainly beasts move north from the Serengeti seeking lush grass. Our campsite is on the edge of the Reserve - during the hours of darkness the game is at its most active. We will sit around the campfire in the evenings, under the clear starlit sky and listen to the calls of the wild echoing through the night.
Day 6 - Thursday - Masai Mara
Huge prides of lions can be found everywhere and elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in large numbers. There is a good chance of spotting the big five (lions, buffaloes, rhino, elephants and leopard). Early morning and late afternoon are the best times for game viewing and we take full advantage of this, the changing colours of the savannah at sunrise and sunset are also when the animals are most active, taking a rest during the heat of the day. As we game drive in the reserve we observe the vast range of animal and bird life. A colourful sight around this area is the Masai herdsmen, grazing their stock dressed in their red shukas (blankets) and ornate beads. We learn more about this interesting tribe when we visit a local Masai village.
Day 7 - Friday - Masai Mara to Nairobi
Again we climb the Rift Valley escarpment for spectacular views of this ancient ravine which stretches the length of Africa. The Rift Valley runs 6,000km's from the Red Sea to Mozambique and is up to 100km's wide in places. We arrive in Nairobi, Kenya's bustling and cosmopolitan capital city, our campsite is in the quieter leafy suburbs of Karen (named after Karen Blixen famous for her novel Out of Africa).
Day 8 - Saturday - Nairobi
In the morning we visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (as seen on BBC), giving us an insight into these amazingly social mammals, then we then spend a leisurely afternoon at the Bomas of Kenya, learning a little about the rich culture of the many different Kenyan tribes and viewing some traditional homesteads, followed by a spectacular performance of customary dances and songs from the different ethnic groups.
Day 9 - Sunday - Nairobi to Voi
We take a leisurely drive along the Nairobi to Mombasa highway, breaking up the journey overnight in a quiet campsite along the way.
Day 10 - Monday - Voi to Mombasa
Upon arrival in Mombasa, we enjoy a traditional Swahili Lunch and a visit to the historic Fort Jesus and Mombasa Old Town before crossing to the south coast of Mombasa, Diani Beach where we will spend the remainder of our time in a simple beach front cottage with plenty of time for relaxing and swimming in the warm Indian ocean, with its powder white palm fringed beaches.
Day 11 - Tuesday - Diani Beach
Today is a free day for relaxing or optional activities.
Day 12 - Wednesday - Diani Beach
This morning we will visit Kaya Kinondo, a sacred Mijikenda forest, to discover the ancient traditional culture and beliefs of the Digo people. On our nature walk in the forest our local guide will inform us about the indigenous trees and plants, including the uses for traditional medicine.
Day 13 - Thursday - Diani Beach
Today is a free day for relaxing or optional activities.
Day 14 - Friday - Diani Beach
Our last day of admiring the palm fringed shore line of the Indian Ocean, in the afternoon we will take a Ngalawa trip (ancient Arabic wooden sailing boat) along the coast and on return back to our Cottages we will enjoy a sumptuous beachside barbeque.
Day 15 - Saturday - Mombasa to Nairobi
Today is an early start to travel back to Nairobi by luxury bus in time to check in early evening ready for your flight home. (We suggest an overnight flight back to UK).
PRICE FOR SAFARI IS £1,599 PER PERSON SHARING (CAMPING)
OR £1,999 PER PERSON SHARING (GLAMPING)
- Fully escorted tour - Driver, Tour Leader, Cook/Helper
- All camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag and pillow)
- Fully Equipped 4 x 4 Safari Expedition Truck
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner and drinking water
- Camping & Accommodation
- Camping (9 nights)
- Simple Beach Cottages in Diani (5 nights)
- All activities, sightseeing, National Parks, entrance fees as per itinerary
- Hell Gate National Park
- Afternoon tea at Elsamere
- Masai Mara National Reserve
- Masai Village Visit
- Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
- Bomas of Kenya
- Fort Jesus and Mombasa Old Town
- Local Ngalawa Excursion
- Beach BBQ
- Visit to ancient Kaya (Sacred Forest)
- All taxes and surcharges pertaining to flights and airports
- Any drinks/meals or services not specifically included
- Local gratuities
- Personal insurance
- Personal spending
- Visa's or other documentation required
APPROXIMATE GUIDE (in USD)
- Hot Air Balloon over Masai Mara - $450
- Dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant - $50
- Snorkelling/Scuba diving Kisite Marine Park - $90-$130
- Quad Biking in Diani $125
- 18 Holes of Golf in Diani $50