June 2020 photo safari

12 Day Kenya Group Safari

Tour departs 16th of June 2020
Price Per Person Sharing: USD $4750
Price for single supplement: USD $425

Maximum of 15 people

 positions still available

*itinerary is subject to change*

Day 1: Nairobi
16th of June 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, hence you will be paying for dinner from your pocket. 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.

Accommodation: The Boma Hotel
Meal Plan: Meals not included

Day 2: Nairobi
17th Of June 2020
After a delicious buffet breakfast, at approximately 7:00 am, as I know you will be anxious to go see the animals, our drivers will pick us up from The Boma Hotel and depart for our first game drive at Nairobi National Park. This unique wildlife sanctuary is the only National Park in the world located in a capital city. Despite being located on the edge of Nairobi’s bustling city centre, many different species of mammals are found in the park. Of the big 5 only elephants are absent from this park. There is a large number of both black and white rhino which are both rare to see in most African national parks. Also found in this park is an abundance of Cape Buffalo, Zebra, Masai Giraffe and Ostrich. Lion’s can also be seen sometimes posing on stone blocks scouting the plains for prey. Some of the less common animals found in Nairobi National Park include leopard, serval cats, black backed jackals, hippopotamus and very rarely cheetah and hyena can be found here.

At 10:30 we will transfer to the David 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 Nairobi Giraffe Centre. Here you get a chance to see the endangered Rothschild giraffes up close and even hand feed them on the platform or from ground level. There is also a teahouse where you can relax and have a drink while watching the giraffes, and a large souvenir shop. All proceeds at the Giraffe Centre go to charities which either help conservation or the underprivileged.

At 1:30pm we transfer to a nearby restaurant for lunch before returning to The Boma Hotel.

Accommodation: The Boma Hotel
Meal Plan: Only breakfast and lunch is included

Day 3: Samburu/Buffalo Springs
18th of June 2020

After an early morning breakfast we check out of The Boma Hotel and head north to Samburu. We stop midway at Nyahururu which is famous for being located on the equator. At depending on traffic we will arrive at the luxurious Ashnil Tented Camp between 1pm and 2pm. Ashnil Tented Camp is located Buffalo Springs National Reserve along the Ewaso Ngiro River which borders Samburu National Park. As Buffalo Springs and Samburu is a semi desert, it is quite hot and you can often see wildlife drinking from the Ewaso Ngiro River from the comfort of the restaurant or even your own private veranda.

At 4pm We take a game drive in search for Elephant, giraffe, zebra, oryx, lion, leopard and cheetah.

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

Day 4: Samburu/Buffalo Springs
19th of June 2020

Today you will take two game drives, a mid morning drive from 8.00 – 12:00 and a late afternoon drive from 3:30 – 6:30. After breakfast we will cross the river into the famous Samburu National Park which is home to 5 unique species which are known as “The Samburu Special 5” Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk (also known as giraffe gazelle) and the Beisa Oryx. Also the world’s smallest antelope dik-dik(standing 60cm tall) are very common in Samburu. Large predators such as lion and cheetah are found in Samburu and it is also one of the best places in East Africa to see Leopard and African wild dog which both are not often seen in East Africa. Other common species include African elephant, thompsons gazelle, grants gazelle, nile crocodile, warthog, impala, waterbuck and silver back jackals. Samburu is also home to 350 bird species.

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

Day 5: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
20th of June 2020

After a breakfast check out and depart for Ol Pejeta Conservancy with a short game drive through Buffalo Springs on the way. Along the way you will stop at a large African curio shop. This is a great place to buy souvenirs and gifts such as paintings, wood carvings, jewellery, clothing and much more. We arrive at the luxurious 5 star sweetwaters tented camp (my personal favourite accommodation in Africa) which will be home for the next two nights.

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.

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.

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

Day 6 & 7: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
21st and 22nd of June 2020

Over the next two days we split into groups and enjoy some of the incredible activities only available at Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

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.

Game Drives
We will take mid-morning game drives from 9:30 am until 12pm daily. All of Africa’s big 5 (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and cape buffalo) are present however leopards are rare and are more likely to be seen at night. Warthog, zebra, eland, gazelle, ostrich, topi, impala are all quite common in Ol Pejeta. Some of the rare species include cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, stripped hyena, black backed jackal, hippopotamus, and much more.

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 8: Ol Pejeta – Lake Naivasha
23rd of June 2020
After breakfast we depart south passing the equator and arriving at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort. 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 9: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara
24th of June 2020
After breakfast we take a scenic drive through the great rift valley to the world famous Masai Mara National Park. The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s best known national parks and has had more wildlife documentaries filmed here then 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 a 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 10: Masai Mara
25th of June 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 25th 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:pm and 3:30pm to 6:30pm

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

Day 11: Masai Mara
 26th of June 2020

Today we check out and depart at 8:00 with a four hour game drive stopping at our final accommodation Sarova Mara Game Camp. Another award winning tented camp located along the Talek River and close to the Masai Mara border. We have lunch and take our final game drive in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Sarova Mara Game Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 12: Depart

27th of June 2020

After breakfast we return to Nairobi where we will arrive around midday. We can either drop you off at the international airport or if you wish to stay longer we can drop you off at a hotel which must be paid at your own expence.

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/guidesNational 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