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14 Days Premier Kenya [PK]

Route:

Nairobi - Samburu Game Reserve - Lake Nakuru National Park - Masai Mara Reserve and Surrounds - Lake Naivasha - Amboseli National Park - Tsavo National Park West - Nairobi

14 Days from Nairobi to Nairobi: Experience the ultimate in wildlife encounters on this 14-day conservation tour. Enjoy lodge and permanent tented camp accommodation in the following of Kenya’s most renowned reserves: Ol Pejeto Conservancy, Samburu National Reserve, Lake Lakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Reserve, Tsavo West National Reserve and Lake Nairasha.

A small group safari starting and ending in Nairobi in lodge and permanent tented camp accommodation giving you a comprehensive and relaxed journey to Kenya's top notch game parks and reserves.

Highlights:
Nairobi, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli National Reserve, Tsavo West National Park, Boat Cruise at Crescent Island National Park, Masai Village Visit, Samburu Village Visit, Walking Safari

Duration: 14 days

Group Size: Minimum 4 people maximum 12 people

Type of Safari: Fully accommodated Lodge Safari

Accommodation: For our accommodated safaris, we make use of typical, mid-range African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps, all with en-suite facilities. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

*Please note all rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi
Upon your evening arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, you will be met at the arrival lounge by our driver guide and transferred to your city hotel for relaxation.
Accommodation: Ole Sereni Hotel or similar

Day 2: Ol Pejeta Conservancy [BLD]
We depart after breakfast and drive northwards passing the foot of Mount Kenya and its lush, green plantations, proceeding to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy with wildlife viewing en-route and arriving by mid-day at your tented camp for lunch. After relaxation, we head out for afternoon game viewing till late afternoon. Ol Pejeta is famous for its Black Rhino conservation project as well as a rich abundance of other mammals and bird species. Its game-to-area ratio is unequalled in Kenya. 
Accommodation: Serena Sweetwater's Tented Camp or similar

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve [BLD]
This day after breakfast, we head out towards Samburu National Reserve located in what was famously referred to as the northern frontier district. The reserve's wildlife comprises of a unique species of creatures including Gravy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Besia Oryx, Greater and Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk, Somali ostrich and the pancake tortoise. There are over 450 species of birds identified as well as aquatic species in the Ewaso Nyiro River. We arrive with game viewing en-route to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we depart for our game viewing until sunset.  Accommodation: Samburu Game Lodge or similar

Day 4: Samburu Game Reserve [BLD]
After breakfast, we depart for our morning game drive returning back to the lodge by mid-day for lunch. Relax at the lodge in the heat of the day before re-joining our driver guide for afternoon game viewing. 
Accommodation: Samburu Game Lodge or similar

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park [BLD]
An early morning start, we depart after breakfast and continue to Lake Nakuru National Park with game viewing en-route, arriving by mid-day for lunch at our tented camp. After relaxation, we head out for afternoon game viewing in the park. Lake Nakuru, is christened "The bird watcher’s paradise" and is described as the greatest ornithological site in the world, a top touristic destination with over 400 recorded species of birds. Around the lake one can find flamingos as well as a wide range of waders including Avocet, while large rafts of pelican can also be seen sweeping the water in unison. Other animals found in the park include white rhinos, lions, African buffalos, the Rothschild giraffe, baboons, zebras, impalas, vervet monkeys, waterbucks, and a variety of water birds (yellow-billed pelicans, marabou storks, hammerkops, fish eagles etc.). 
Accommodation: Flamingo Hill Camp or similar

Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve [BLD]
Upon a hearty breakfast at camp, we depart on a morning game drive en-route to the world renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve, arriving in the late afternoon at your tented camp. 
Accommodation: Mara Eden Luxury Camp or similar

Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve [BLD]
We spend this day with morning and afternoon game drives in the reserve. The Masai Mara is one of Africa's most famous safari destinations. Notorious for its great wildlife population, the reserve stretches 1,510 sq. km (580 sq. miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. The terrain of the park is primarily grassland and riverine forest with clumps of distinctive acacia trees. This is where the Great Wildebeest Migration unfolds between the Masai Mara and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania with over TWO MILLION wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelle migrating annually. 
Accommodation: Mara Eden Luxury Camp or similar

Day 8: Masai Mara National Reserve [BLD]
Today after breakfast, we leave our vehicles behind and head out for a morning walking safari in one of the private concessions adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve. This gives you an opportunity to learn animal tracking and find closer interaction with the wildlife. In the afternoon we set off on a game drive till sunset.  Accommodation: Mara Eden Luxury Camp or similar

Day 9: Lake Naivasha [BLD]
We depart after breakfast, driving leisurely to the shores of Lake Naivasha and arriving by mid-day which will afford you some time to relax before lunch. In the afternoon, we board a boat for a cruise to the Crescent Island National Park. We walk through the island which offers ample easily spotted wildlife like giraffes, waterbucks, elands, wildebeests, zebras and impalas. The island is also a heaven for birds with more than 200 species recorded. The lake has a lot of hippos, which you can easily view from the island. 
Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar

Day 10: Amboseli National Reserve [BLD] 
We drive past Nairobi to reach Amboseli National Reserve, which is our destination for the day. Arriving at mid-day, lunch will be served followed by relaxation at the camp. In the afternoon we visit a Maasai village where we learn about the tribe, interact and dance to their traditional songs. 
Accommodation: Amboseli Kibo Camp or similar

Day 11: Amboseli National Reserve [BLD]
We spend this day with morning and afternoon game drives in the reserve. Despite its small size at only 392 km², streams from Kilimanjaro, the second highest mountain in the world, surface in the centre of Amboseli, creating wetlands that support a rich diversity of wildlife and most of the classic big mammals are therefore found here. The species list includes lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe and cheetah, and bird watchers will be happy with a bird list that tops 300 species. 
Accommodation: Amboseli Kibo Camp or similar

Day 12: Tsavo West National Park [BLD]
After breakfast, we drive to Tsavo West National Park arriving by mid-morning and proceed with game viewing until mid-day when we proceed to the lodge for check-in and lunch. Relax at your lodge in the heat of the day before departing for an afternoon game drive in the park until late afternoon, then retire back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Ngulia Safari Lodge or similar

Day 13: Tsavo West National Park [BLD]
We have another exciting day of game drives ahead of us, spending the morning and the afternoon in the national park. At nearly 22,000 km², Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya and one of the biggest in the world. Indeed, its size has led to the park being split into two sections - Tsavo West and Tsavo East - for easier administration. It's a classic savannah park of rolling grasslands and open woodland. The reserve is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust–red elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile at the famous Mzima Springs, waterbucks, Lesser Kudu and Gerenuk among others. 
Accommodation: Ngulia Safari Lodge or similar

Day 14: Departure [BL]
This is our last day of safari and after breakfast, we pick up packed lunches and depart for Nairobi embarking on a final morning game drive in the Tsavo National Park en-route. We will arrive late in the afternoon and at the famous Carnivore Restaurant and enjoy a farewell meal (for your own account). After dinner and depending on your home bound flight, you will be transferred back to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Included in the TOTAL price:
Thirteen (13) nights safari in lodge / permanent tented camps all with en-suite bathrooms, all transport in 4x4 Landcruisers with pop-up roof and guaranteed window seat for exceptional game viewing and photography, game drives, meals and activities as mentioned in the itinerary, park fees, services of our experienced guides.

Not included in the price:
Visa fees, flights and airport taxes, pre and post tour accommodation, travel insurance, all drinks, tips, curios & items of a personal nature.

 

Extra information

Insurance:
It is compulsory for all travelers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. SA Tours and Safaris has comprehensive public liability insurance, please enquire with our consultants for further information.

Transport
Fully equipped customized 12-seater 4x4’s or Toyota Landcruiser vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing and a music system are being used. The vehicles are fully air-conditioned and equipped with pop-up roofs to facilitate the best game viewing. All luggage is carried on the vehicle or trailer roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.

Travelling Times and Distances
All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

Accommodation
For our accommodated safaris, we make use of typical, mid-range African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps, all with en-suite facilities. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Spending money
Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips for the guide and additional entertainment. US Dollars and Kenyan Shilling are the most practical and convenient currencies.

Meals
Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by the lodge where you are staying. They will also prepare lunch or a lunch pack depending on the itinerary for the day.

First Aid
Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration and it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure. Yellow Fever vaccinations are compulsory – please contact your Travel Clinic before departure.

Luggage
Maximum baggage allowance: 12 kg. Jenman Safaris stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring soft-sided luggage (e.g. a backpack or soft barrel bag), not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.

Visas
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required for a visit to Kenya prior to departure.