Eight Day Best of Kenya Safari
DAY 1 – NAIROBI – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we’ll depart from Nairobi for Amboseli National Park. Most famous for its stunning views of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the park offers photographers the rare opportunity to snap photos of elephants, lions, zebras, and giraffes against the startling backdrop of Africa’s most famous mountain.
You’ll have lunch at your lodge upon arrival before heading out into the park for an afternoon game drive.
DAY 2 – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Wake before the dawn for an unforgettable sunrise game drive within the park. Kilimanjaro never looks quite as beautiful as she does first thing in the morning, and you’ll also get to see predators such as leopards, lions, and cheetahs out on the prowl in the cooler morning air.
They don’t call Amboseli the Royal Court of Kilimanjaro for nothing, and as you take in its large elephant herds and the stunning panorama of Mt. Kilimanjaro, you’ll see why this is one of Kenya’s most beloved pars.
After your morning game drive and a late breakfast, relax at the lodge for a few hours before heading out into the park again in the afternoon. With the animals largely inactive during the warm midday hours, you can get some rest before catching them out and about in the cooling afternoon air.
DAY 3 – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK – ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you’ll embark on your return drive to Nairobi, arriving for lunch at the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant for an all-you-can-eat BBQ feast. Different dining options are available for vegetarians.
In the afternoon, you will leave bustling Nairobi and then drive through the beautiful farm country of Kiyuku on your way to the Aberdares Ranges.
You will then be transferred to Aberdare National Park – to Ark Lodge – for an evening and night of game viewing from the Lodge’s well-appointed viewing deck. Here, you do not go out looking for animals; they come to you!
From the viewing decks at the lodge, you get to see – amongst others – elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, monkeys, and myriad water-birds coming to drink from the flood-lit waterhole/salt-lick in-front of the lodge.
DAY 4 – ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK – OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY
After breakfast, transferred from the Ark to the nearby base hotel – Aberdare Country Club – where you rejoin your safari driver. From here, it is a short drive to the very foothills of Mt. Kenya – Kenya’s highest mountain.
After arriving at Ol Pajeta, you’ll pay a visit to the park’s famous chimpanzee sanctuary to meet its adopted residents and then head out into the park proper for an evening game drive.
DAY 5 – OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY – LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
You’ll depart for Lake Nakuru after breakfast.
Once famous for its flamingos, the park’s resident birds have since moved on. Not to worry! There’s still plenty to be seen in this beautiful lakeside park, including troops of baboons, large herds of buffalo, and both black and white rhinoceros.
You’ll arrive at the park in time for lunch in your lodge, and then enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park.
DAY 6 – LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK – MAASAI MARA
You’ll depart from Lake Nakuru National Park after breakfast for the drive south to Kenya’s most famous park, the Masai Mara.
You’ll pass through the famous Great Rift Valley on your way as well as passing through the Masai town of Narok. Arriving in the park in time for lunch at your lodge, you’ll then head out into the park for an afternoon game drive in search of lazy lions, tree-climbing leopards, majestic elephants, and more.
DAY 7 – MAASAI MARA
Wake with the dawn to witness a sunrise out on the Masai Mara. As the sun sets fire to the savannah, you’ll have the chance to watch predators such as leopards and lions out on the hunt while the air is still cool.
After a late breakfast, you’ll have the choice to either relax at your lodge until lunch and then head out into the park or take a picnic lunch and head out into the park for a day of discovery as you track the movements of the Wildebeest Migration (seasonal) or go in search of the Big Five.
DAY 8 – MAASAI MARA – NAIROBI
You’ll bid farewell to the Masai Mara after breakfast and return to Nairobi for your onward travel.