Experience Kenya’s national parks and reserves in style on this ten-day itinerary from Nairobi. Go horseback riding and mountain biking through the Mbirikani area, wildlife spot in Laikipia backed by the towering peak of Mount Kenya and venture to the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve to meet its red-robed tribesmen
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Arrive into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to Giraffe Manor in Nairobi for your first evening in Kenya.
Wake early for breakfast before being transferred to the Wilson Airport for your flight to the Chyulu Hills-Amboseli region in southeastern Kenya. On arrival at the airstrip, you’ll enjoy a short game drive en route to Ol Donyo Lodge where lunch will be served. You’ll spend the next three nights here, with a range of activities to keep you busy, including game drive safaris, horse rides, guided walks and mountain biking excursions.
Spend the next two days in the Mbirikani area, which lies between Tsavo East National Park, Amboseli National Park and Chyulu Hills National Park. The Mbirikani Ranch is owned and run communally by a group of Masai pastoralists, creating a unique conservation initiative. The lava landscapes of Mbirikani provide an important refuge for wildlife such as African elephant, lion, cheetah and leopard that may be spotted on game drives, as well as giraffe, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hyena and jackal.
After breakfast at Ol Donyo Lodge, you’ll be transferred to the airstrip for your flight north to Laikipia. On arrival at the Nanyuki airstrip, you’ll travel to Solio Lodge, which is situated within a private wildlife sanctuary between Mt Kenya and the rugged peaks of the Aberdare Mountains.
After lunch at the lodge, you can participate in a range of activities, including horse riding, walking safaris, mountain-biking, night and day game drives, as well as helicopter rides and fishing trips. Spa treatments are also available in the comfort of your room at the end of an exhilarating day out in the wilds.
Wake early for a light breakfast before heading out to make the most of the wildlife viewing, then return to the lodge to enjoy a full breakfast. You’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the Solio Reserve, which is internationally recognized as one of the most successful private rhino breeding reserves in Kenya. The rhinoceros sightings here are understandably impressive, with up to 40 viewed at any one time!
Return to the lodge in the evening to enjoy drinks with your fellow travelers and soak up the spectacular views of Mount Kenya
After breakfast at Solio Lodge, you’ll board your flight to the Masai Mara and be transferred to the luxurious Sala’s Camp, which boasts incredible views across this iconic national reserve. After lunch at the camp, you’ll have time for an afternoon siesta before an evening game drive to catch your first glimpse of the Masai Mara’s abundant wildlife. Enjoy a drink while watching the sun set before returning to the camp for dinner.
The next two days will be spent exploring the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, with the option to wake early for a hot air balloon safari on one of the mornings. Float silently above the plains, forests and rivers while spotting herds of wildlife below.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot the “Big Five” on daily game drive safaris, led by expert guides who will impart their extensive wildlife knowledge. Witness huge herds of elephant, lions stalking their prey and hippos slowly submerging themselves in the river waters. If you’re visiting in July, you may also bear witness to the annual Great Wildebeest Migration that crosses the grasslands and rivers of the Masai Mara.
After breakfast and a final morning game drive, it’s time to fly back to Nairobi where you’ll be met by one of our representatives at the Wilson Airport and transferred to the Ole Sereni Hotel for a day room. Freshen up and get packed before being transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home.
Dates & Rates
Daily departures offered year round; please inquire for specific dates. Note, all departures require a minimum of 2 guests
Special Holiday Pricing:
Christmas Supplement (23, 24, 25, 26, 31 December, 2018/19 & Jan 1, 2019/20): Additional $65 per person, per day
Easter Supplement (19 - 22 April 2019): Additional $45 dollars per person per day.
|Season||Rate Per Person 2 +||Single Supplement|
|July 1 - September 30, 2018||$11,800||$3,940|
|October 1 - October 31, 2018||$10,265||$3,285|
|November 1 - December 31, 2018||$8,745||$1860|
|January 5 - March 27, 2019||$8,358||$2,750|
|March 28 - May 31, 2019||Closed||Closed|
|June 1 - June 14, 2019||$10,206||$4,333|
|June 15 - September 30, 2019||$11,325||$$6,185|
|October 1 - October 31, 2019||$9,179||$4,603|
|November 1- December 15, 2019||$7,961||$2,750|
Note: Rates are baseed on a custom made Safari Minibus, however we can upgrad to a 4x4 Safari Land Cruiser at a supplemental cost of $255 with a minimum of 2 guests.
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in Nairobi
- Game Package whilst on Safari
- Scheduled flights as indicated
- Transfers to and from the airport
- A safari briefing at the start
- All game drives and site seeing as per the itinerary
- English speaking guide
- Excursions and scheduled activities as per the itinerary
- Park Entrance fees throughout
- Flying doctors medical evacuation cover
- Alcoholic and non-Alcoholic drinks excluding premium wines and spirits whilst on safari
- I litre of water per person per day while in an Albatros safari vehicle
- Current Government taxes and levies
- Domestic flights as listed with weight allowance of 15kg per person
- International Airfares
- International and domestic departure tax
- Laundry services
- Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above
- Entry Visas to the country
- Travel and health insurance
- Balloon flight in the Masai Mara (additional charge USD450 per person)
- Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above
- Gratuities (tips) to your guide, hotel staff and porters
- Drinks in Nairobi
- Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry, telephone and postage.
- Meals and drinks on last day at Ole Sereni
FAQ & More
Kenya's international airport is called Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and introduced to your driver/guide who will accompany you on your safari. You will also be transferred to the airport at the end of your safari for your onward arrangements. Depending on your flight timings it may be necessary to have an overnight in Nairobi at the beginning or end of your safari (at an additional cost). Please let us know if you would like to be picked up at a hotel or the airport.
If you have already booked your flight, let us know your flight details.
Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Some nationalities will have to obtain these prior to arrival and others will be able to obtain these on arrival at the port of entry. It is imperative that passports are valid for at least six months and have at least two blank pages, or four, if travelling to both Kenya and Tanzania.
While single-entry visas are available upon arrival at Kenyan airports, Kenyan Immigration plans to arrival visas in the near future so we recommend applying in advance. Kenya is on an advance e-visa system and it's pretty seamless and straightforward. Cost is $51 for a single-entry visa for US and Canadian citizens, valid for 90 days.
Both Tanzania and Kenya are malarial areas and therefore it is recommended that travellers start a malaria prophylactic before and during your visit. Most lodges have mosquito nets or mosquito resistant tents/rooms along with providing insect stray and repellent. However, be sure to bring your own personal repellent as well as long sleeves and pants for the evenings, as these are most effective in protecting you from bites when outdoors.
At present, Tanzania and Kenya require no vaccinations before entering the country except Yellow Fever when flying directly from an YF endemic country. Here is a list of these countries: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow-fever#4728. As Kenya is on this list, you’ll need to present proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination if traveling from Kenya to Tanzania.
Regardless, you should consult your local health authorities prior to your holiday for any updates.
If travelling on a ‘flying safari’, the baggage allowance on small aircraft is 15kgs and all luggage is to be packed in soft duffel bags. This includes hand luggage and camera equipment. Only soft sided bags will be accepted, no wheels, no hard suitcases. This is essential to ensure that everything fits not only into the small aircraft but into the safari vehicles. Please note that any luggage you do not need while on safari will be stored at the office.
Rest assured, our team of Adventure Consultants will send you a full packing list prior to your adventure. However, ss a general guide, comfortable, casual wash and wear clothes are recommended. The key is lightweight clothing in breathable materials for the day and warmer materials at night. Bush colours (khaki, brown, dark green) are also highly recommended. These will enable you to blend in with the environment and not draw attention to yourself when on game drives or bush walks.
Being located on or near the equator, East Africa boasts a fabulous tropical climate which is hot and humid on the coast while being dry and arid in the north and northeast and temperate inland. Though days are quite hot it can get pretty cold during the night in areas at altitude such as Nairobi.
There are however two separate wet seasons in Kenya and Tanzania with the longest being from March to May, and the shorter from November to December. Heavy rains can mean that road access becomes more limited making 4x4 more advisable during these periods.
The electricity supply in Kenya and Tanzania is 220/240 v 50hz. Plugs are 3 point square, British Type G plugs (see below). If you are planning to bring any electrical device from USA or Canada, you will need a voltage and plug converter. Additionally, many safari lodges run on generators which are generally switched off between 2300hrs and 0600hrs. If you need to charge any electronics, this can be done in the office.
Both Kenya and Tanzania have a good telephone and internet connection in the main cities and are in the process of improving the network further. Most lodges and hotels offer a fax, international telephone and internet service but make sure to check the rates beforehand as some lodges can impose a surcharge, particularly on international calls. More remote camps and lodges rely on radio for communication and mobile phone coverage is not extensive in most game parks.
When calling Kenya and Tanzania, the international dialling code is +254 and +255 respectively.
Tap water in Kenya and Tanzania is not drinkable and we therefore advise that you drink only sealed, bottled water. Albatros provides water in their safari vehicles. You will almost always find a flask of purified drinking water on your bedside table or in the bathroom.
The unit of currency in Kenya is the shilling. Kenya Shilling notes are available in the denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100. Banks generally offer a better rate of exchange than Foreign Exchange Bureaux and Hotels. Please note duty free goods purchased at the airport can only be purchased in foreign currency and not in Kenya Shillings.
While US Dollars are widely accepted, please note that bills printed before the year 2000 will not be accepted.
A wide range of credit cards are accepted in Kenya, including American Express, Visa and Master Card. Please check with us before heading off on safari and we will confirm what cards are accepted where you are staying.
Tips are not included in the cost of the safari. Tipping is purely discretionary, however if you would like to show your appreciation we recommend $10 - $20 per guest per day for lodge/camp staff, paid in the communal tip box at reception. For guides, we recommend $10-$15 per day, paid directly to the guide. All tipping is in US dollars.
Kenya has been designated Ebola free by the World Health Organization. Many people do not realize the size of Africa and how far the Ebola outbreak is from Kenya. The fact is, all of Europe is actually closer to the Ebola outbreack than is Kenya. In the unlikely event that the WHO changes its stance on Kenya with regard to Ebola, we will refund any guest who does not want to travel to the country.