Kenya Classic Safari

Masai Mara, Amboseli and Nakuru Group Safari  (7 days)

The Kenya Classic is a popular scheduled group safaris that departs weekly and provides holidaymakers with a great value and classic game viewing experience. After a restful night in Nairobi, the safari starts with the impressive Masai Mara National Reserve, continues to the Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru and ends with Amboseli National Park, brimming with wildlife and offering the best chances to view the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro . From here, you can continue on to Tanzania in the East Africa Explorer, return to Nairobi and extend to the coast for relaxation on the beach, or return home with fond memories.

Factfile

Duration 7 days / 6 nights Tour Starts Nairobi
Exclusivity Guided group tour Tour Ends Nairobi
Accommodation Approx. 4 star Prices From £ 645
Operating Season All Year Departures Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat

Itinerary

DAY 1:

Transfer on arrival to your Nairobi hotel to relax before the safari starts the next  morning

DAY 2:

Depart for the Masai Mara after breakfast, Lunch and an afternoon game drive.

Undoubtedly the best known of all of the Kenya Game Reserves, the Masai Mara lies along Kenya’s south west border with Tanzania, bisected by the Mara River and bordered on the western boundary by a spectacular escarpment.  The reserve ccovers 690 square miles and is the home to the greatest variety and largest number of wild animals in Kenya.  The grasslands attract large numbers of plains game – zebra, giraffe, gazelle, topi, eland, all graze in proximity to large herds of buffalo, while elephants meander across the landscape.

DAY 3 :

Morning and afternoon game drives.

DAY 4 :

After breakfast drive to Lake Nakuru for lunch. Afternoon game drive.

Lake Nakuru National Park lies in the Rift Valley. The lake is surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands and supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.

DAY 5 :

Morning departure with picnic lunch to Amboseli with game-viewing en route to lodge.

The Amboseli National Park lies due south of Nairobi, within clear sight of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.  The waters of the mountain feed the seasonal swamps and marshes on which the wildlife and birds that live in the park rely on.  A photographers dream, with the chance to get a picture of elephants and giraffes in front of the snow capped peaks.

Day 6 :

Morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 7 :

Late morning drop-off in Nairobi for your onward travel arrangements.

Safai options:  This itinerary operates with three different choices of accommodation and departure dates:
Location OPTION 1 – SIMBA Safari OPTION 2 – Keekorok OPTION 3 – Sopa Safari
Nairobi Safari Park Hotel Nairobi Safari Club Safari Park Hotel
Masai Mara Mara Simba Lodge Keekorok Lodge Mara Sopa Lodge
Lake Nakuru Lake Nakuru Lodge Lake Nakuru Lodge Lake Nakuru Lodge
Amboseli National Park Ol Tukai Lodge Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Departure Dates Sundays Wednesdays Monday, Thursday, Saturday
Price from/to  £1,225-£1,455  £1,175-£1,375  £1,125-£1,225

Safari Park Hotel:  An oasis of tranquility in the heart of Nairobi, the Safari Park Hotel blends stylishly elegant African architecture with supremely luxurious accommodation; sparkling water gardens with an inland beach and beautifully landscaped gardens, with a wide choice of international restaurants. Standing in 50 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens incorporating a wide variety of indigenous trees, and offering sanctuary to a startling array of birds and butterflies. Antique furniture characterizes the theme and décor of each bedroom, polished wooden floors and large garden-view rear and front balconies.  

Nairobi Safari Club: 5-Star offers luxury accommodation.  The Club is conveniently located within the Central Business District and has a fully equipped Gym, Steam Bath, Sauna and an Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool.

Lake Nakuru Lodge: situated in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru Lodge lies in the heart of one of Kenya’s most densely animal populated wetland national parks.  The lodge blends well with its surrounding and the animals often browse peacefully close to the lodge and environs, much to the fascination of the visitors.

Keekorok Lodge:  Located in the very heart of Kenya’s fabled Masai Mara National Reserve, Keekorok, meaning motley abundance in the local Masai language, was constructed in 1962 on a choice eighty acre site in an area of permanent springs and lush grassland. Stone built bungalows have private balconies, most rooms overlook the Reserve and others look into a large garden. Overlooking the well manicured lawns on one side and a spectacular internal rock garden on the other, the restaurant serves a variety of traditional African, Asian and Western food. In keeping with Keekorok’s atmosphere, guests have the option to dine al fresco on the veranda, on the Elephant Deck overlooking the rolling savannah or in the wilderness in complete privacy.

Mara Simba Lodge: Overlooking a dramatic bend on the bank of the Talek, a tributary of the Mara River, gently blending into the surrounding wilderness. Stretching almost a kilometer along the river the grounds on the bank remain in their virgin condition, while the landscaped gardens filled with indigenous trees at the back draw a great variety of birds and butterflies. The lodge was designed with an emphasis on exclusivity and comfort and to complement its surroundings and is decorated in Maasai traditional style.

Mara Sopa Lodge: Located on the slopes of Oloongams Hills, it is one of the first lodges to be built in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Guests are drawn to this lodge built in an ethnic design, surrounded by a rich landscape, covered in fauna, from huge desert cacti to sweet smelling jasmine flowers, all within the fabled Masai Mara game reserve.

Amboseli Sopa LodgeNestled in 190 acres of wooded Masai land, the lodge sits on the foot hills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. Mature wooded gardens with a variety of trees and plants, from thorn trees and acacias, to fragrant frangipanis, colourful bougainvillea and giant cactus plants thrive in these surroundings. Different species of birds build their nests while monkeys with babies clinging under their bellies and squirrels dart through the gardens.

Ol Tukai Lodge: situated in the heart of the Amboseli National Park. The buildings are spaciously laid out and the property has well maintained flat lawns, gardens and wide open spaces. It is an ideal spot for star gazers in the African tropical nights. The property overlooks Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Amboseli plain to the south and the eastern boundary and is amongst the best spots in the world to watch elephant. There are 80 chalet-style twin rooms at Ol Tukai Lodge, all with an uninterrupted view of the wetlands or Kilimanjaro. The rooms are built from gum trees, local river stone and slate. All rooms are comfortably furnished and have private bathrooms and individual terraces.  

Prices, Departures & Essential Booking Information

Prices  £1,125 – £1,475 depending on departure date
Single Supplement  From £45 – £350 depending on departure date
Included Transport, Accommodation, Meals, Game Drives, Entry Fees / Permits, Professional Guide
Excluded International Flights, Insurance, Visas, Alcohol, Soft Drinks, Curios, Tips
Booking Deposit  20%
Balance of Payment  8 weeks prior to travel
Price Validity  January –  December 2013
Departures see above.
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