CLASSIC KENYA A TENTED CAMP SAFARI
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On this magnificent Kenya safari, visit remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more—all in their native environments. Imagine the thrill of seeing these majestic animals as they sunbathe on grassy land and roam across the vast savannah grassland. Due to the small group size, no more than 20 guests, you’ll stay in elegant tented camps, a nod to Africa safari pioneers. These unique and well-appointed properties enhance the experience by helping you feel closer to nature and at one with the landscape.
Your safari adventure starts in Amboseli National Park, known for its large elephant population and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. In Samburu National Reserve, you’ll have the chance to see rare animals not spotted in other parts of Kenya. Commonly referred to as the Samburu “Special 5,” they include the Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, and the gerenuk—a long-necked antelope that feeds while standing on its hind feet. Lion, cheetah, elephant, and Nile crocodile are also commonly spotted here. You’ll also spend two nights in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous game area. In addition to several game drives here, you will also enjoy a traditional Maasai dance performance and special farewell dinner in the bush—a unique experience!
Other highlights include Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and Lake Elmenteita, where you’ll enjoy sundowner drinks from a scenic hilltop. All of this and more await you on this amazing Africa safari!
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Classic Kenya: A Tented Camp Safari:
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya
Welcome to Africa! Arrive this evening, check in to your hotel, and prepare for your safari adventure!
Day 2 Nairobi–Amboseli National Park
Depart Nairobi for AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK, best known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet. After lunch, embark on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE to begin your search for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Amboseli
Rise early for a MORNING GAME DRIVE. Amboseli affords you a great opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, and more. Afterward, an exclusive Local Favorite BUSH BREAKFAST has been arranged for you. Sip on a mimosa as you savor every moment of the memorable experience! Relax during the heat of the day prior to an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Amboseli–Nanyuki–Samburu National Reserve
Today, fly to Nanyuki (via Nairobi), then continue north by road past Mount Kenya to SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE, known for its arid landscape and unique wildlife. Due to the dry climate, grasses are sparse, making animals easier to spot. Meanwhile, the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which borders the reserve, provides a year-round water supply. These conditions make for a great game-viewing experience. After lunch at your safari camp, enjoy an afternoon GAME DRIVE, where you have the chance to see rare animals you will not see in other parts of the country. Commonly referred to as the Samburu “Special 5,” this includes Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, and the gerenuk, a long-necked antelope that feeds while standing on its hind feet. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Samburu
Today, enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. In addition to the Samburu “Special 5,” the reserve is home to an abundance of other species. Large numbers of elephant and Nile crocodile can be seen, as well as waterbuck, Kirk’s dik-dik, and Grant’s gazelle. Where there is prey, predators can be found, so lion, cheetah, and leopard are often spotted. The reserve is also a great place for bird watching, with over 300 species. This evening, sip on SUNDOWNER DRINKS in the bush as the sun sets over this stunning landscape. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Samburu–Ol Pejeta Conservancy
After breakfast, travel to OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY, the largest black rhino sanctuary in all of East Africa. After lunch, enjoy a GAME DRIVE in the conservancy, including a stop at the [LF] CHIMP SANCTUARY. In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute, the sanctuary was established to provide a long-term home for orphaned and abused chimpanzees. Here, see the chimps and learn more about their plight. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Ol Pejeta–Lake Elmenteita
Rise early this morning for a final GAME DRIVE in the conservancy. After breakfast, depart for your camp on the shores of Lake Elmenteita. The journey will take you through the beautiful Kenyan highlands, one of the most fertile agricultural areas in all of Africa, where farmers grow crops such as corn, wheat, coffee, and tea. En route, stop at the Aberdare Country Club for lunch. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Lake Elmenteita. Lake Nakuru National Park Excursion
After breakfast, travel to LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK, famous for its population of pink flamingos that feeds in the alkaline water of the lake. Other animals you may see on your GAME DRIVE include waterbuck, giraffe, impala, and striped hyena. This is also your best chance to see a white rhinoceros, commonly spotted here. Return to your camp for lunch, followed by time at leisure. Later this afternoon, enjoy a GAME DRIVE in SOYSAMBU CONSERVANCY, home to over 450 species of birds, elegant Rothschild giraffe, eland, zebra, and more. If you are lucky, you may even spot the elusive leopard! End the day with SUNDOWNER DRINKS from a scenic hilltop overlooking Lake Elmenteita! (B,L,D)
Day 9 Lake Elmenteita–Maasai Mara National Reserve
After breakfast, drive to MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya’s most famous game area. “The Mara,” as it is called by locals, is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrives, generally from August to early November, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. After lunch, set out on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Maasai Mara
Further explore this magical place on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, giraffe, topi, hyena, and much more. Relax at your lodge during the middle of the day. Tonight, join your traveling companions for a special Globus Local Favorite FAREWELL BUSH DINNER and a Globus Local Favorite TRADITIONAL MAASAI DANCE PERFORMANCE—the perfect way to end your safari! (B,L,D)
Day 11 Maasai Mara–Nairobi–Homebound Flight
Today, fly back to Nairobi, where your tour ends with lunch at the famed Carnivore Restaurant. We have secured a day room for you at the Ole Sereni Hotel before a transfer to the airport for your late-evening flight. Book homebound flights after 5 pm. (B,L)
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Three game drives; [LF] bush breakfast
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Three game drives; sundowner drinks
OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY
Two game drives; visit the [LF] chimp sanctuary
Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park and Soysambu Conservancy; sundowner drinks
MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Three game drives; [LF] farewell bush dinner; [LF] traditional Maasai dance performance
The Great Migration is a natural event, and the exact arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year
Check with your physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to Kenya.
All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough on some roads and game park trails in Kenya.
Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles and flights, your suitcase must be soft-sided and cannot exceed 33 lbs including hand luggage.
Some minor changes in your daily itinerary may be expected due to wildlife migrations and viewing.
Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.
4-wheel-drive safari vehicles carry a maximum of six passengers, ensuring you’ll always have a window seat. They also feature a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography.
May – November
approx $5,005 US
per person double occupancy
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