7 Day Essential Kenya (Saturday Departure)
7 days with
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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Kenya
Depart for Kenya.
DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi, gateway to your thrilling Kenya safari. The rest of the day is yours to acclimate to your new time zone and prepare for the African adventure that awaits you.
DAY 3, Monday - Lake Elmentaita, Soysambu Conservancy
Morning drive through the lush Great Rift Valley to your camp on the shore of the ‘pink’ Lake Elmentaita, overlooking the vast unspoilt plains. After lunch at the camp, enjoy a guided walk on the shores of the lake to learn about the ecosystem and the different birds found here. Later, join a game drive to Soysambu Conservancy, a 48,000 acre wildlife conservancy, which protects over 450 bird species and 15,000 wild animals. It is home to an astounding variety of flora and fauna, including elegant Rothschild giraffes, eland, zebra and more! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4, Tuesday - Afternoon Game Drive in Masai Mara
Travel to the magical Masai Mara National Reserve in the southwest corner of Kenya, renowned for its spectacular game viewing. Lunch at the camp, before going out on the afternoon game drive. The vast savannahs are a stunning backdrop to the diverse and abundant wildlife dominated by lions, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos, as well as antelopes, gazelles and hippos. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 5, Wednesday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Masai Mara
Set out early for a morning game drive, or participate in the optional hot air balloon safari. Take off in a hot air balloon as you view the breathtaking sunrise over the Masai Mara. Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching wild game roam the vast plains below. The finale is a sumptuous champagne breakfast before joining the rest of your group on the morning game drive. In the afternoon, enjoy your final game drive in the Mara. Return to the lodge, or join the optional visit to a Maasai Village for a glimpse into the lives of this semi-nomadic tribe. Discover how the tribe lives, and learn about their customs, ceremonies and rites of passage. Explore the handicraft market before returning to your camp in time for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast (AM)
Optional: Maasai Village Visit (PM)
DAY 6, Thursday - Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre
Bid farewell to the Mara and return to Nairobi. In the afternoon, travel towards the Ngong Hills to visit the Karen Blixen Museum, once the farm house of the prominent author of Out of Africa. Continue to the Giraffe Centre, where you hand feed the Rothschild giraffes from an elevated feeding platform and learn more about the successful breeding program and extensive conservation efforts. Spend the rest of the day and evening at leisure in this energetic city. (Breakfast)
DAY 7, Friday - Depart Kenya
Your vacation ends today after brekfast. (Breakfast)
All This Included
5 nights First Class accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Restaurant tips throughout tour
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern 4x4 vehicles
Services of English-speaking driver-guide throughout
National Park Fees
Safari game drives at all national parks
Guided nature walk and lecture by a naturalist-guide
Hand-feed Rothschild giraffes, an endangered species
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Nairobi: Southern Sun Mayfair
Elementaita: Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp or Sunbird Lodge
Masai Mara National Reserve: Mara Leisure Camp
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. Due to limited space in safari vehicles, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used. Please note, all passport holders should have three or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to Kenya. Passengers traveling to Kenya must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination if traveling through or from a country with risk of yellow fever.
This is an active trip. Our group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend most of our time driving over roads that are often rough and bumpy in safari vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Only "bush toilets" are available during game drives. We have many early mornings. Electricity for our camps is provided by generator and may not be available 24 hours a day. Visitors to Kenya are required to carry proof of Yellow Fever vaccination if traveling through or from a country with risk of yellow fever, and are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. Some of our tours require walking or stairs between tents. Safari vehicles have high ground clearance and require agility to embark and disembark. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk. This is a Classic program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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