Scenic Kenya Safari, Private Tour

Scenic Kenya Safari, Private Tour

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Scenic Kenya Safari, Private Tour

9 Days

Visiting: Nyahururu, Kenya, Nairobi

Tour operator:

ARP Travel Group

Tour code:

849793

Physical rating:

EASY

Age range:

Min age:7

Tour operated in:
English , French , German , Spanish
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Tour Overview

Embark on this nine-day journey from northern to southern Kenya’s most majestic landscapes. Enjoy a safari experience in Samburu, spotting unique wildlife such as reticulated giraffes and Grevy's zebras in the picturesque landscape. Head to Nyahururu Falls, marvel at the scenic beauty and explore the surrounding area. Travel to Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake surrounded by lush landscapes and conclude your journey with a visit to the iconic Masai Mara Game Reserve admiring rich biodiversity and enjoying game drives to spot the "Big Five."  Immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes, and appreciate the unique wildlife and cultural experiences each destination has to offer.

Highlights

  • Samburu Reserve: located in the ‘northern frontier’ is home to the Samburu Special five mammals found only north of the equator - the Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Besia Oryx, reticulated Giraffe and the Somali Ostrich

  • Nyahururu: located in the Central Highlands in Laikipia County, is an idyllic stop for nature enthusiasts, who enjoy a bit of gentle hiking with a visit to the falls and hippo pools, as well as a stop at the equator

  • The falls can also be visited from above for those who do not want to hike down

  • Maasai Mara National Reserve: situated in south-west Kenya is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves, and where the world’s largest multi-species migration takes place

  • Across the vast plains of the Mara, visitors are able to witness lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, and an infinite variety of other species in their natural habitats

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a representative will meet and transfer you to your selected hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at your own leisure, perhaps taking advantage of the hotel facilities or heading out to explore the city.

Overnight in Nairobi.

Day 2 : Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve (310Km – 5.5 Hrs)

Heading north after an early breakfast, you pass near Thika and continue north through some breathtaking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and fields of tea and coffee. After Nanyuki town, continue north, eventually reaching a dusty outpost known as Isiolo, the last major stop on the journey into the remote northern frontier district. From here it's a fairly short hop to Samburu. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch and then depart for an afternoon game drive arriving back at the lodge as the sunsets.

Overnight at Samburu.

Day 3 : Samburu National Reserve

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. Samburu is renowned for its unique and diverse wildlife, including species not commonly found in other parts of Kenya, such as reticulated giraffes, Grevy's zebras, and Beisa oryx. The reserve features a semi-arid landscape with acacia trees, open savannah, and the Ewaso Ng'iro River, providing a distinct backdrop for wildlife viewing. Samburu is also a haven for bird enthusiasts, with over 450 bird species recorded in the area. Species like the Somali ostrich, vulturine guinea fowl, and various raptors can be spotted.

On return relax by the pool or terrace, overlooking the river and after lunch prepare for another game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.

Overnight at Samburu.

Day 4 : Samburu National Reserve – Nyahururu (235Km – 4 Hrs)

Location: Nyahururu

Leaving Samburu behind, travel south through Isiolo, crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount Kenya, until you get to the town of Nanyuki. Head north-west towards Nyahururu, located close to the equator and home to Nyahururu Falls, a 74-meter-high falls on the Ewaso Nyiro river. Visit the equator for a photo stop, before continuing to your hotel located near the Falls. Following lunch, depart on an escorted walk of the hotel grounds, before continuing your walk to the falls and a visit to the Hippo Pools. Return to your lodge in the late afternoon.

Overnight at Nyahururu.

Day 5 : Nyahururu – Lake Naivisha (110Kms – 2.5 Hrs)

Following an early breakfast, drive in a southerly direction to your next destination, the spectacular Lake Nakuru. Once in the national park, embark on a game drive followed by lunch at a lodge. The national park, known for its birdlife, offers the possibility to view flamingoes (in season). It is also home to Black and White rhinos as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. After lunch, view the game en route to the park gate and continue to your next stop for the night Naivasha, arriving late afternoon. Following check in formalities, depart on a 1 hour Boat ride on Lake Naivasha.

Overnight in Lake Naivasha.

Day 6 : Lake Naivisha – Maasai Mara National Reserve (240Km – 5 Hrs)

Location: Kenya

Following an early morning breakfast, leaving Lake Naivasha behind, begin your drive to Masai Mara ascending first up over the top of the Mau Escarpment; then, heading due south, towards Narok, the gateway to the Maasai Mara and district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. Travel across the "breadbasket" of Kenya, covered with acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Mara in time for lunch. Following lunch and a siesta, an afternoon game drive returning to the camp as the sun sets.

Overnight at Masai Mara.

Day 7 : Maasai Mara National Reserve

Location: Kenya

Enjoy an early breakfast before departing for a morning game drive. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to millions of wild animals, including the fabled Big Five of lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros as well as antelopes, gazelles and wildebeests among others. Return to the lodge for lunch and perhaps a siesta before enjoying an afternoon game drive. Return to the lodge as the sun sets, for dinner. 

Overnight in Maasai Mara.

Day 8 : Maasai Mara National Reserve

Location: Kenya

After an early breakfast enjoy another day on the morning and afternoon game drives. Lunch and dinner will be served in the lodge.

Overnight in Masai Mara.

Day 9 : Maasai Mara National Reserve – Nairobi (280Km – 5 Hrs)

Location: Nairobi

Following breakfast depart the Masai Mara and head across acres of rolling wheat and barley farms to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. From here cross the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, before heading up the rift escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners during World War II. Arrive in Kenya’s bustling capital around mid-day. Once in the city, clients will be dropped off at the airport or Panari Hotel or Ole Sereni Hotel for ongoing travel arrangements. 

What's Included

TOUR GUIDE:

  • Operated with English-speaking local driver-guide throughout the tour (the assigned local driver-guide may change during the itinerary)
  • French, German, Italian or Spanish driver-guide subject to availability (airport transfers will be operated with English-speaking drivers)

ACCOMMODATION:

  • 8 night’s hotel accommodation

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Day 1 Nairobi:   

Superior Hotel Category = Emara Ole Sereni Hotel or similar 4*

Day 2, 3 Samburu:

Superior Hotel Category = Samburu Simba Lodge or similar 4*

Day 4 Nyahururu:

Superior Hotel Category = The Panari Resort Nyahururu or similar 3*

Day 5 Naivasha: 

Superior Hotel Category =  Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge or similar 4*

Day 6-8 Masai Mara:

Superior Hotel Category =  Mara Simba Lodge or similar 4*

MEALS:

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches 
  • 7 dinners 

TRANSPORT:

  • Arrival private transfer in an air-conditioning bus from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Day 1)
  • Departure private transfer in an air-conditioning bus to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or hotel in Nairobi (Day 9)
  • 4x4 vehicle with a pop-up roof and guaranteed window seat during game drives and all transportation throughout the tour (maximum 6 persons per vehicle)

ENTRANCE FEES & ACTIVITIES:

  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: 3 game drives in Samburu National Reserve (Day 2, 3), Nyahururu Falls and Hippo Pools visit (Day 4), game drive in Nakuru National Park and boat ride on Lake Naivasha (day 5), afternoon game drive in Masai Mara National Reserve (Day 6), morning and afternoon game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve (Day 7, 8)

OTHER:

  • Meet & Greet 
  • Filtered water during game drives (Travellers should bring reusable water bottles)

What's Not Included

  • Visas
  • Domestic flights 
  • International flights 
  • Drinks during meals (unless specified otherwise)
  • City tax not included, payable on the spot
  • Any visit not mentioned in the program
  • Porterage and gratuities  
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
  • Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)
  • Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.

Requirements

Passengers should bring only soft-sided bags on safari. Passengers arriving to Kenya may be asked to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate. Travellers’ cheques are generally not accepted in East Africa. US banknotes cannot be older than 2004 and must have the latest security markings (large portrait of the president). Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

Please Note

  • Day 1, Check-in time is 02:00 pm. Clients arriving in the middle of the night must book a pre-night as they will not be permitted to wait in the hotel lobby
  • Day 9, the drop-off at a city centre hotel in Nairobi or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 01:30 pm approx. Flights to be booked from 04:30 pm onwards
  • Due to limited luggage space in vehicles, suitcases are unsuitable for scheduled road safaris. We recommend luggage packed in inexpensive barrel/sausage bags or soft-sided bags not exceeding 15kg and 65x46 cm. Excess luggage can be handed over to the representative at the time of briefing. It will be handed over to you on your return from the safari. Additional costs may apply to pick up drop off luggage at specific points
  • No refund for unused services. Splitting of the package is not allowed  
  • We reserve the right to change itineraries and activities due to weather conditions, technical problems or security reasons
  • Early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms in the hotel are subject to availability and not guaranteed
  • This tour is a combination of regular tours and shared arrangements, clients may be required to change vehicles
  • Park fees may change without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will have to be covered by the client

Accommodation options

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Day 1 Nairobi:   

  • Superior Hotel Category = Emara Ole Sereni Hotel or similar 4*

Day 2, 3 Samburu:

  • Superior Hotel Category = Samburu Simba Lodge or similar 4*

Day 4 Nyahururu:

  • Superior Hotel Category = The Panari Resort Nyahururu or similar 3*

Day 5 Naivasha: 

  • Superior Hotel Category =  Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge or similar 4*

Day 6-8 Masai Mara:

  • Superior Hotel Category =  Mara Simba Lodge or similar 4*

Check out our Q&As

  • What does the price include?

    What is included is stated specifically on the product Description. Gratuities are at your discretion. Prices do not include (unless stated otherwise) - gratuities to the guide, driver or tour manager.

  • Is there any option for solo traveller?

    Yes of course. Please note that the default selection shows the price per person per double room. For solo travellers, you will have to select a single room when available.

  • Do you offer any travel insurance?

    We do not offer Travel Insurance but would strongly recommend that you purchase a comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy prior to departure. 

  • When are there specific hotel names confirmed?

    Confirmed hotel names are informed latest 10 days prior to client´s arrival

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Booking confirmation with Itinerary and confirmation vouchers

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You can change it by logging into your profile and click on Bookings. Please check your cancellation policy.

  • Are flights included in the tour?

    No, they are not included

  • Are Visa fees included in the price?

    No, visa fees are not included

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of arp travel group charges.

    At 24 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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