The Plains of Africa Kenya Wildlife Safari

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An unforgettable safari adventure waits for you in Africa. In Swahili, “Safari” means Journey. To you, it will mean just that – and so much more. Explore the magnificent vistas of Kenya, home to incredible wildlife, from cheetahs to wildebeests. Discover the thriving cultures and innumerable natural wonders that make this one of the most popular African countries to visit. Go in search of elephants, lions, buffalo, rhinos, and leopards – collectively known as the “Big 5” and other animals on eleven game drives. Feed Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Sanctuary. Visit the beautiful Masai Mara Game Reserve, and top off a full day game drive with a traditional dinner in the bush and a Masai dance performance. Meet a member of the Samburu tribe who opens you up to the culture, folklore, and the African tradition. These are the plains of Africa, where unparalleled adventure greets you at every turn.

Experiences
  • Feed Rothschild giraffes up-close at a sanctuary.
  • Learn the traditions of the Samburu people during a visit with a tribe member.
  • Enrich yourself in the culture during a visit to a Masai village.
Destinations
  • Kenya
  • Africa
Tour Types
  • Explorations
Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya - Tour Begins

A continent of adventure stirs the soul in Kenya, the heart of safari country. Spend the night at Nairobi’s first luxury hotel, the Sarova Stanley. Complement your journey with an opportunity to give back to nature with a “seedball.” The compact balls of seed limit the cost of planting indigenous trees around the world. A moment of impact can grow into a lifetime of change, so toss your seedball out the window anytime during your journey.


Day 2: Nairobi - Aberdare National Park

Set out in the central highlands to the mists of Aberdare National Park. Inside this isolated volcanic range, peaks reach as high as 14,000 feet. Indigenous forests surround you on all sides, and red soil drowns under brilliant waterfalls. Set your eyes on Mweiga Hill, where a welcome party of giraffes wait to greet you at your lodge. Overlooking the park, enjoy the lodge’s amenities at leisure this afternoon. Unwind on a nature walk, or tee up for a round of golf – it’s up to you.


Day 3: Aberdare National Park - Buffalo Springs Reserve - Shaba Reserve

Discover the magic of the Shaba, Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves – home to some of Africa’s most exotic wildlife – particularly two species you can only find north of the Equator: Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe. Arrive at peaceful Shaba National Reserve, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon, head for Buffalo Springs – a starkly beautiful semi-desert that’s a mecca for birds and wildlife. On your game drive in this remarkably serene landscape, see if you can spot the “Big 5” – lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos.


Day 4: Shaba Reserve - Samburu National Reserve - Shaba Reserve

Marvel at the striking contrast of sand, sky, and bush during a morning game drive inside Samburu National Reserve, a tiny gem of Kenya’s North Country. Return to Shaba Reserve for lunch before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Bring your camera as you continue searching for the elusive “Big 5.” Make sure to look up for the approximately 350 species of birds that call this region home. As the sun sets over the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River, enjoy a traditional Sundowner, and relish the chance to deepen your cultural experience. In the company of a Samburu tribe member, learn about the culture, traditions, and folklore of the Samburu region and its people.


Day 5: Shaba Reserve - Aberdare National Park

Journey to the forests of Aberdare National Park in the heights of the Aberdare Mountain Range. An amazing experience awaits you upon arrival to your lodge, The Ark. This incredible place is an experience all on its own. Surrounded by forest and wildlife, The Ark offers four viewing decks that make it easy to watch the game go by. Tonight, join your Tour Manager for a discussion about conservation efforts and anti-poaching measures in the region. Many animals visit the salt lick and the Ark’s floodlit water hole throughout the night. So you don’t miss any of the action, you can choose to be notified through the unique buzzer system of any wildlife sightings.


Day 6: Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru

To the middle of the Earth and beyond! Hit the road for a spectacular, mountain-kissed journey on the way to Nyahururu waterfalls. One of the Great Rift Valley’s soda lakes, Lake Nakuru is a haven of ecological diversity surrounded by picturesque ridges and wooded, bushy grassland.


Day 7: Lake Nakuru

Wake up in the embrace of Nakuru’s acacia forest. This is one of the continent’s more perfect national parks. During this morning’s game drive, make sure your binoculars are ready – this is rhino country. Find this park absolutely brimming with wildlife, on the ground and in the air. Regale in a true taste of Africa: a traditional breakfast prepared right in the bush. Unwind at your lodge before continuing your journey through the park on an afternoon game drive. Return just in time to witness one of Nakuru’s unforgettable sunsets.


Day 8: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Game Reserve

Welcome to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s spot of spots for game viewing. Your tented accommodations in the Mara provide you with all the deluxe amenities of a proper lodge, with the added adventure of being on level with the wild. Graced with an astounding collection of wildlife including lions, giraffes, zebras and elephants, the Mara offers an unsurpassed safari experience on your game drive this afternoon. Enrich yourself in the culture during a visit to a Masai village (an enkeng in Maa, the Masai language). Tonight, indulge in a traditional bush dinner, complete with a Masai dance performance.


Day 9: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Ernest Hemingway said, “I never knew a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” Wake up happy, refreshed, and ready for your morning and afternoon game drives through the grassy plains and rolling hills of the Masai Mara. The Mara thrives in the same ecosystem as the Serengeti and plays host to one of the greatest natural spectacles on the planet: the annual wildebeest migration. This is truly nature’s greatest theater, where savanna, cloud shadows and amazing wildlife spot the horizon. During a picnic stop, take in the vast landscape and discover for yourself why the ancestors described this place as Mara, meaning “spotted” in Maa. After a Mara sunset, head over to your incredible tented camp and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the animals in the distance.


Day 10: Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi

Return to Nairobi and visit the farmhouse of Karen Blixen for a true Out of Africa experience. Have Rothschild giraffes eating right out of your hand (literally!) at the Giraffe Sanctuary. Get an up-close-and-personal meeting with these fantastic creatures while feeding them from a platform that stretches as far into the sky as they do.


Day 11: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park

Open plains, free-running lions, roaming herds of elephants, and so many other animals take up the majority of the real estate in Amboseli National Park. Take to the plains for an afternoon game drive in the breathtaking aura of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro.


Day 12: Amboseli National Park

All of Amboseli is at your feet today during morning and afternoon game drives. Derived from the Masai word meaning “salty dust,” this unique corner of Kenya is one of the best places in Africa to see hundreds of elephants up close. Wildebeests and zebras are ever-present, plus there’s a good chance you’ll see a cheetah and a hyena or two. Today is your last full day on the continent and your last chance to spot some more members of the elusive “Big 5.” If you haven’t tossed your “seedball” into the wilds yet, now’s your chance to make an impact on the continent you’ve grown to love.


Day 13: Amboseli National Park - Nairobi - Tour Ends

Return to Nairobi for your departure for home. You may choose to reserve a day room to freshen up prior to your flight.


You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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