When’s the last time you laughed like a hyena? Pack your khakis, greys, and greens and get ready for the ride of your life—or rides, rather! This classic African safari vacation packs in 10 game drives to see lion, leopard, zebra, giraffe, and countless other creatures of Kenya’s most famous national parks and wildlife reserves. Come face to face with adventure in custom-made safari vehicles manned by expert safari guides. Take in the best views of the “Big 5,” the Samburu “Special 5,” and every impala, ostrich, and gazelle in between—all in their natural habitats. Need to slow down and put on the brakes? Sumptuous safari lodges and comfortable tented camps, breakfast in the bush, and late day sundowner drinks present the perfect opportunities to rest near the rhinos, raise a mimosa to the monkeys, and say cheers to the cheetahs. We start in Nairobi with feeding endangered giraffes and meeting orphaned elephant calves! Just try to camouflage your excitement.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO KENYA
We begin our travels with an overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Kenya.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18: NAIROBI, KENYA
Welcome to Africa! After arriving, we will transfer to our hotel and get settled in.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: NAIROBI
A free day to relax and prepare for an exciting week!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20: NAIROBI
Guided sightseeing starts at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage where you’ll learn about elephant conservation and meet orphaned elephant calves. After lunch, visit Karen Blixen Museum, dedicated to the author of Out of Africa and the Giraffe Center, a non-profit organization focused on saving the Rothschild’s giraffe. Free time in the late afternoon and evening. (B, L, D)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: MOUNT KENYA REGION–SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Drive to Mount Kenya region. Our lunch at the famed Mount Kenya Safari Club includes stunning views of Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa. Drive to Samburu National Reserve for our afternoon game drive. The Reserve is the home to the Samburu “Special 5,” a collection of unique animals, including Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, beisa oryx, and gerenuk. (B, L, D)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: SAMBURU
We have morning and afternoon game drives with free time at our lodge in between. During the free time, there is an optional excursion to visit a local Samburu village to learn about their culture. Tonight we enjoy Sundowner drinks in the bush with sunset views over the Ewaso Ng’iro River. (B, L, D)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: SAMBURU–OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY
This morning we drive to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. We’ll have an afternoon game drive and visit to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. (B, L, D)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24: OL PEJETA–LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Morning game drive. Scenic drive through the Kenyan highlands to Lake Nakuru National Park, a small ecologically diverse park. Free time at your lodge this evening. (B, L, D)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: LAKE NAKURU
Our morning game drive includes an exclusive bush breakfast with mimosas. Free time at your lodge before an afternoon game drive. (B, L, D)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: LAKE NAKURU–MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
We travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous game area for an afternoon game drive. (B,L,D)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27: MAASAI MARA
Morning and afternoon game drives with free time to relax at your camp in between. Our special farewell bush dinner this evening includes a traditional Maasai dance performance. (B,L,D)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: MAASAI MARA-NAIROBI
After our morning game drive we fly to Nairobi. We transfer to the Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport where a day room has been reserved for our use prior to our departing flight home this evening and arriving home on Friday the 29th. (B)
NOTE: This is a small group tour due to the size of the jeeps and resorts. Group size is limited to 19 passengers—so do not delay in signing up and missing this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
- Fully Escorted by Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited’s Lori Nietert
- 10-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
- Airport transfers
- Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
- 9 full breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D) as specified
- International Airfare
- Airline Baggage Fees
- Tips and Gratuities
- Travel Insurance