13 Day Kenya Safari October 2020

13 Day Kenya Group Safari

 

Tour departs 30th of September 2020

Price Per Person Sharing: USD $6750

Price for single supplement: USD $470

Maximum of 15 people

*itinerary is subject to change*

 

 

 

 

Day 1: Nairobi
30th of September 2020
When you arrive at the Nairobi International airport, I will be there to give you a very warm welcome. With our competent driver on the scene, we will transport you to our first nights luxury accommodation at the Boma Hotel. This grand hotel is equipped with all the requirements you’ll need for a pleasurable and satisfying rest. It is expected that you will need to recuperate from the flight hence there are no scheduled activities for the first afternoon/evening so that you have sufficient time to recuperate. You can take advantage of the many conveniences at the hotel to help unwind. Whether you choose to relish a massage at the spa. Unwind by the swimming pool or have a drink at the bar, you can be sure that you have a pleasurable resting experience. Dinner is not included in the plan, however for dinner there are many options you can explore. You could decide to eat in the Boma Nairobi’s in-house restaurant Johari restaurant, you could take a taxi to find a fantastic restaurant in Nairobi or relax in your room and enjoy room service which is available 24 hours or even order uber eats.

Accommodation: The Boma Hotel
Meal Plan: Meals not included

 

Day 2: Taita Hills
1st of October
After an early morning complementary buffet breakfast at our hotel our drivers will collect us and we will drive to the beautiful Taita Hills arriving at our amazing 4 star accommodation Sarova Salt lick Lodge in time for lunch. The restaurant and rooms are overlooking a extremely busy waterhole. As October is peak dry season in Kenya you can expect the waterhole to be extremely busy almost 24/7. Especially with elephants and Cape Buffalo. There a four viewing decks as well as an underground hide at the edge of the waterhole. Sarova Salt lick lodge is also built completely on stilts giving you great views of the savannah from the comfort of your room. At 4:00pm to 6:30pm we go on a game drive around Taita Hills. Though you may wish to stay at the lodge as the waterhole will likely be busy.

*Night game drives are available at an extra cost

Accommodation: Sarova Salt Lick Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 3: Taita Hills
2nd of October
After breakfast, we depart for a morning game drive at 8:00am. Taita Hills is home to large herds of elephant and Cape Buffalo as well as lion, cheetah, leopard, masai giraffe, waterbuck, baboons, zebra and much more. This time of year there is very little water around with the exception of the water hole at our lodge, so we likely wont need to stray too far from our lodge to see Africa’s Wildlife.

Around midday we return to our lodge for lunch and some spare time. It will be hot so you may wish to transfer to Sarova’s nearby Taita Hills Lodge for a swim in the pool or stay at Salt Lick Lodge and keep a watchful eye on the waterhole from your room, the underground hide or one of the four viewing decks as animals will likely be coming in for a drink.

At 4:00PM to 6:30PM we take an afternoon game drive. However you may wish to stay at the lodge as the waterhole will likely get busy.

*Night game drives are available at an extra cost

Accommodation: Sarova Salt Lick Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 4: Tsavo West
3rd of October
After breakfast we take a roughly a four hour drive to the beautiful and unique Tsavo West National Park including game drives before stopping at our next lodge. We will arrive at the incredible Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge which was the first safari lodge ever built in a National Park. We arrive in time for lunch which we will eat at the restaurant which overlooks a busy waterhole with Africa’s tallest mountain Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. With luck we will be able to see large herds of elephant, zebra or cape buffalo and much more plains game come for a drink while enjoying lunch.
At 4pm we take our first safari in Tsavo West in search for elephant, cape buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, warthog, zebra and much more. However being the drier and warmer time of year we wont need to stray to far from our lodge as most the animals come to the waterhole for a drink in the warm afternoon.

At 6:30 we return to our lodge for dinner. Enjoy your evening relaxing at the lodge. You may wish to have a drink at the bar or relax on your private balcony, both which look over the watering hole which usually stays busy all night long.

*Night game drives are available at an extra cost

Accommodation: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 5: Amboseli
4th of October
After breakfast, we depart for Amboseli. We will take a short game drive through Tsavo West along the way with a short 2 hour drive between park gates. Once arriving at Amboseli we will have a short game drive en-route to our next accommodation Ol Tukai Lodge. We will arrive in time for lunch and will have some free leisure time before departing on a game drive at 4pm for our first game drive in Amboseli.

Accommodation: Ol Tukai Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day 6: Amboseli
5th of October
Located at the foot of Africa’s tallest mountain Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National park is home to large herds of elephant, zebra, gazelle, impala and wildebeest as well as good populations of ostrich, cape buffalo, masai giraffe, lion, cheetah, hyena and much more. We take an early morning game drive at dawn as it is the best time to see the snow cap on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Game drives are from 6:30 am to 9am and 3:30pm to 6:30pm

Accommodation: Ol Tukai Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 7: Masai Mara
6th of October 2020

After breakfast we are transferred to Amboseli airstrip. To save ourselves from a 11 hour drive we will take roughly a 1 hour flight via light aircraft to the famous Masai Mara National Park. Arriving around noon our drivers will pick us up from the airstrip and transfer us to our next accommodation Ashnil Tented Camp. The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s best known national parks and has had more wildlife documentaries filmed here than anywhere else in the world. Arrive and have a late lunch at 2017 travel award winning Ashnil Tented Camp which is a 5 star tented camp located on the Mara river. Later we take an afternoon game drive between 4:00 and 6:30. Later, return enjoy dinner, drinks and cultural masai dances.

Accommodation: Ashnil Tented Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 8 & 9: Masai Mara
7th & 8th of October 2020
The Masai Mara is filled with wildlife which we search for over the next two days. The famous coalition of five cheetahs known as “The Five Musketeers” or “The Fast Five’ live close to Sarova Mara Camp and we will have a good chance of seeing them. Also this particular area has large clans of hyena’s and with approximately 36 prides of lion the Masai Mara is arguably the best place to lions in the wild. The Talek and Mara rivers have many pods if hippopotamus and are home to the largest nile crocodiles in Africa. All of Africa’s big 5 are found here as well as many zebra, wildebeest, topi, Thompsons gazelle, masai giraffe, hartebeest and much more.

On the 12th we will take a full day game drive from 8:00am until 4:00pm with a picnic lunch. On the 26th our game drives will be 8:00am to 12:00pm and 3:30pm to 6:30pm.

Accommodation: Ashnil Mara Tented Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

 

Day 10: Lake Naivasha
9th October 2020
After breakfast we depart the Masai Mara with a game drive along the way as we drive through the scenic great rift valley. We will arrive at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. This beautiful 4 star resort (which feels like a 5 star resort) over looks Lake Naivasha and is home to several species including Rothschild giraffe, waterbuck, hippopotamus, vervet monkeys and colobus monkeys. The afternoon can be spent however you choose whether it be at the lodge at one of its two stunning swimming pools with a children’s section and a pool complex with its bar, snack kitchen, pizzeria and health spa, play tennis at the tennis court, relax in your room. If you are up for an excursion, at reception you can book several activities at your own expense including fishing, nature walks, birding and boat rides in lake Naivasha.

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Note: Lunch & Dinner are only included at Sopa Resorts main restaurant. Meals purchased from poolside snack bar or pizzeria are at your own expense.

 

Day 11: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
10th October 2020
After breakfast we are transferred to Ol Pejeta Conservancy where we will arrive at our beautiful camp just in time for lunch. We arrive at the beautiful  Sweetwaters tented camp (my personal favourite accommodation in Kenya) which will be home for the next two nights. Dont be fooled by this camps 4 star rating as the luxurious rooms feel like any 5 star accomodation.

In front of the restaurant there is a large grassed area overlooking a large waterhole (separated by and electric fence) which is a busy drinking place for all animals. Elephants, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, zebra, warthog, Rothschild giraffe and crowned crane are commonly seen at the waterhole. If you are lucky you may see lion, cheetah, leopards or even African wild dog at the waterhole. Around the camp there are also many bird species which can be found searching the camps green grasses for insects. You may even wish to exchange details with security so they can inform you at all hours of the night if your favourite animals pay the waterhole a visit.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is only a small game reserve however it is very rich in wildlife. It is home to a large variety of animal and has the highest wildlife to land ratio out of all parks and reserves in Africa.
At 4pm take a short drive to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. This is home to over 30 orphaned chimpanzee’s, most of which were rescued from the illegal pet trade. Later we continue with a game drive until 6:30 when we return to camp for drinks and a buffet dinner.

*Night game drives are available at an extra cost

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Day 12: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
11th of October 2020
Today you can make the choice between game drives or at an extra cost participate in one of Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s activities. Here are some of the activities available. Best booked in advance.

 

Lion Tracking
Feed your imagination by learning more fascinating facts about this vulnerable big cat, and help us protect them, by going lion tracking on Ol Pejeta. A few of Ol Pejeta’s lions have been fitted with radio collars, and you can accompany one of the specialised lion trackers as he searches for their signal. When a pride is found, you can help identify individual lions by recording whisker patterns, scars, ear tears and other characteristics. The data you collect goes straight to the ecological monitoring department, and helps us find solutions to the challenges facing Ol Pejata’s lions.

 

Dog Tracking
Visit Ol Pejeta’s anti-poaching dog unit. Interact with the dog keepers, and learn about what it takes to look after the highly trained canine team.After a tour of the kennels, clients are encouraged to try and evade the sniffer dogs. Run, jump, twist, turn and find somewhere to hide within the confines of the Morani Information Center area and see if the blood hounds can seek you out. Not only is this great fun for you, but you will also help in keeping the skills of the dogs in sharp shape.

 

Bush Walk
Few things will awaken your animal instinct like following the fresh tracks of an elephant through the African bush on foot. Touch, smell, see and hear nature as you explore Ol Pejeta with an experienced armed ranger. Learn to identify different animal tracks and spoors, as he shares his expert knowledge of the birds, insects, mammals and plants of the area. All senses alert – get ready to experience the wilderness like never before.

 

Meet the critically endangered Northern White Rhinos
In 2009, Ol Pejeta Conservancy welcomed four of the world’s last remaining seven northern white rhinos from the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic. Suni unfortunately died of natural causes in October 2014 and Sudan died of age related complications on March 19th 2018, leaving only two northern white rhino left in the world – both females. The two remaining rhino now live in the 700-acre rhino enclosure. Here, visitors have a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet these remarkable rhino up close and personal and to hear their amazing story from the keepers that look after them 24/7. All proceeds from the Meet the Northern White Rhinos experience are reinvested into the continuing efforts to pull the species back from the verge of extinction.

 

Night Game Drive
Supersize your safari experience with a night game drive. This opportunity is not available in most wildlife conservancies, so wrap up warm and let loose that intrepid explorer inside you.
Sunset is a game changer in the African wilderness – this is when the truly weird and wonderful come out to play, this is nature at its most raw. With the help of a spot light and an expert Ol Pejeta guide, you stand the chance of spotting some of Kenya’s more unusual critters. Aardvark, zorillas, bat-eared foxes, leopard, and lion hunts are just some of sights included in our guest’s campfire tales when they return.

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

 

Day 13: Nairobi – Depart
12th of October 2020
After breakfast we depart for Nairobi arriving around 10:30am and Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Here we will spend 1 hour watching at photograph rescued baby elephants receive their morning feeding and play in the mud pools. A handler will give a speech on the elephants and the story behind each calves rescue, as well as the history of the Elephant Orphanage.

At 12pm we take a short drive to a restaurant close to Nairobi International airport before transferring for your departure.

Meal Plan: Breakfast only, lunch not included

 

What’s included?

All transport in a 4×4 safari land cruiser with a pop up roof
Arrival & Departure airport transfers complimentary to all our clients
Transportation as per itinerary
Accommodation per itinerary One double deluxe room or Single deluxe room
Meals as per itinerary Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Services of English-speaking drivers/guides National park & game reserve entrance fees as per itinerary
Recommended Mineral Water while on safari

 

Things Excluded

Visa and related costs, Personal Taxes
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls and other items of a personal nature
International flights
Optional excursions and activities not listed in the itinerary