Experience Kenya's wild natural parks, beautiful landscapes and vibrant cities on this 7-day small group safari. Hand-feed giraffes at Nairobi's famous Giraffe Center, search for wildlife in the game-rich Masai Mara and stay in intimate, well-appointed lodges. This program is ideal for both first-time visitors to Kenya and those wanting to maximize their time in East Africa. This tour departs several Sunday's a month, year round, from Nairobi, Kenya.
Day 1 : Arrive in Nairobi | Karen Suburbs Day 2 : Karen Suburbs | Lake Elementaita Day 3 : Lake Nakuru National Park Day 4 : Masai Mara Days 5-6 : Masai Mara Day 7 : Return to Nairobi
Search for wildlife on safari in the Masai Mara
Explore the famous Karen Suburbs of Nairobi
Stay in a unique tented safari camp
Visit an elephant orphanage to learn about important conservation efforts
Land on the flight of your choice in the bustling Kenyan capital city of Nairobi. Meet your driver upon arrival and, after a short program briefing, transfer to the Karen Residence tucked away in the leafy Karen suburb. Enjoy dinner at the club (cost on own) before retiring to your room for a restful night's sleep.
Rise early for breakfast at the hotel before meeting your guide for an exciting exploration of the Karen Suburbs. Our first stop is the Giraffe Center, where we will spend an hour hand-feeding one of Africa's beautiful gentle giants. Next we head to the Daphne Sheldricks’ Elephant Orphanage, home to baby elephants rescued from threatening situations across Kenya. Learn about important conservation efforts being made across the country and the threats facing these massive creatures. Our final stop this morning is the Karen Blixen Museum, made famous by the "Out of Africa film". Here we have the opportunity to go back in time, discovering the famous Karen Blixen house exactly as it was when she lived in Kenya from 1917-1931. Enjoy lunch in the Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens.
After lunch we leave the hustle and bustle of Nairobi, setting out for Kenya's game-rich wildlife reserves and nature areas. We soon arrive at Lake Elementaita, a small but beautiful soda ash lake near the Great Rift Valley. Lake Elementaita is home to numerous flamingos and over 400 species of birds. Relax around the lake or choose from a number of optional activities such as horse back riding, bird watching or a visit to the natural warm spa.
Stop for the evening at the Sunbird Lodge in the Great Rift Valley.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Sunbird Lodge before setting out on a full day's game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park . This park is teeming with wildlife, and visitors have the chance to spot lions, buffalo and rhino. If you're lucky you may even spot a leopard relaxing next to the lake!
Return to Sunbird Lodge in time to watch the sun set over the lake. Settle in for dinner and great conversation, sharing stories of the day's adventures.
Today we set out for what will likely be the highlight of our trip: the world-renowned Masai Mara. Widely known as one of Africa's greatest wildlife reserves, you will find acacia dotted plains, meandering rivers, lush woodlands and, of course, an abundance of wildlife. Game viewing in the Masai Mara is spectacular year-round; keep your eyes peeled for a lion stalking their prey, a herd of elephant stomping through the grass or a pod of hippos wallowing in the rivers. The great wildebeest migration also passes through this area, and those visiting during the right time of year will see an estimated two million wildebeest as they migrate through Kenya and Tanzania.
After a full day of game viewing we return to our tented safari camp (Fig Tree Bush Camp or similar). Enjoy an evening under the stars.
The next two days are spent exploring the Masai Mara in search of wildlife and other natural wonders. Your expert guide will do their best to ensure all must-sees are spotted and captured on camera! For those wishing to participate in optional activities such as a hot air balloon ride, please inquire with your trip planner.
Retire to camp peaceful evenings under the expansive Kenyan sky, exchanging stories from the day.
Day 7 Return to Nairobi
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Today we turn back toward Nairobi, stopping for one last photo opportunity at the Rift Valley. Our tour ends at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after a hearty lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. Return home on the flight of your choice, full of memories from the week on safari!
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.