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Kenya Private 4×4 Overland Value Safari

A great mix of Kenya’s best game-viewing destinations, this overland safari sits you comfortably in a specially-adapted 4X4 vehicle complete with large windows and a pop-up roof. You are in the safe hands of a professional guide to drive you between destinations, conducting game drives in the wildlife reserves as well as introducing you to the cultural side of the landscape. Accommodation, after a first night in a Nairobi hotel, takes the form of authentic tented camps or thatched cottages with their own bathroom. Set in areas of rich wildlife, these camps blend the wilderness with home comforts: solar power provides the lighting and there are swimming pools and sun loungers, too. Wi-Fi and cellular phone reception is generally available at camp, even in the wilder locations.

Your safari opens with the arid northern savannahs of the Samburu National Reserve where you will be on the lookout not just for the usual heavyweights such as elephant, buffalo and lion but also for Samburu’s more unusual animals that do not occur in Kenya’s more familiar reserves. These include the curious long-necked gerenuk, the beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra.

Then it is on to Lake Nakuru, one of the Rift Valley’s most famous lakes and – when conditions are right – home to tens of thousands of flamingos that turn the water pink with their vivid feathers. The Masai Mara makes up the triumvirate, the country’s flagship reserve and stage for the Great Wildebeest Migration between July and November but a highly rewarding game-viewing destination at any time of year.

It is a tour ideal for travellers with limited time and budget who want to see the best of Kenya. It is also a tour suitable for families with older children: there is plenty to see and do and there are family accommodation units available (there are, however, also long journeys by road and several of the camps – and their swimming pools – are not fenced).

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Highlights

  • Three of Kenya’s top wildlife destinations: Samburu, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara
  • Great mix of habitats and bio-diversity with the chance to see the Samburu Special 5
  • Big game, predators and excellent general wildlife viewing
  • Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration from about July to October
  • See the seasonal flocks of Lake Nakuru’s flamingos

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 8 Days

  • Start: Nairobi
  • End: Nairobi

Accommodations Visited


Kenya, Nairobi

Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi

1 Night
Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Southern Sun Mayfair | 1 Night

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Nairobi, Kenya

The tour opens with your arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you are met and transferred to the city’s Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel. Set in landscaped gardens, the hotel is the ideal place to unwind after what may have been a long journey. There is complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi so you can catch up with home and the hotel has a swimming pool and health centre if you need to stretch or workout. An in-house restaurant makes tonight’s dinner decision easy and, if you have time, there is also convenient access to local highlights such as the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre.

Day 2-3: Elephant Bedroom Camp | 2 Nights

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Samburu, Kenya

The drive north from Nairobi takes you to the Samburu National Reserve and Elephant Bedroom Camp for two nights. It is a well-named camp: set in a shady grove of palms, the camp looks out over a large waterhole and elephants often walk on their way to drink. Wild and starkly beautiful, Samburu is home to arid-area specialists such as Grevy’s zebra, the long-necked gerenuk antelope and reticulated giraffe, animals unique to these northern reserves. It is also home to all the big cats as well as the very rare wild dog and over 400 distinct kinds of bird. Morning and afternoon game drives open up Samburu’s secrets while back at camp your tented suite has its own private plunge pool – a welcome sight during a Samburu summer from October to March.

Elephant Bedroom

Day 4-5: Mbweha Safari Camp | 2 Nights

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Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Dramatic scenery accompanies you as you make your way through a Rift Valley landscape and on to Mbweha Safari Camp. Lying south of Lake Nakuru in a private nature conservancy, Mbweha offers accommodation in thatched stone cottages and is the perfect base from which to re-immerse yourself in nature. The camp’s name means ‘jackal’ and all three East African species are found here, animals you will be on the lookout for as you enjoy an afternoon guided nature walk in the concession. The following day is spent in Lake Nakuru National Park, most famous for its extravagant birdlife (especially flamingos) but also home to big game such as lion, rhino and hippo. You have a picnic lunch in the park, returning to Mbweha for drinks around the fire and a 3-course dinner.

Day 6-7: Tipilikwani Mara Camp | 2 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

An early breakfast and a morning’s drive take you to Tipilkwani Mara Camp, lying on the Talek River just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve. It is a destination best known for the Wildebeest Migration but such is the nature of the Mara that it supports a dense diversity of wildlife throughout the year. Big cats – lions, leopards and cheetahs – are especially well represented and the Mara is home to elephants, buffalo, rhino and huge numbers of resident antelope while the rivers teem with hippos and crocodiles. You arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon drive in the reserve and can look forward to spending the following morning and afternoon there too, marvelling at the abundance of wildlife – a reminder perhaps of the past days of the African savannahs.

Day 8: Journey ends

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Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you drive back to Nairobi to arrive around lunchtime; you will be taken to Jomo Kenyatta where you check in for your onward travel arrangements and the end of this tour.

Inclusions

All Kenya government taxes
Game drives in Samburu National Reserve, Congreve conservancy, Lake Nakuru National Park & Masai MaraNational Reserve
Nairobi airport transfer in a 06 seater minivan vehicle on private basis
Park and reserve entry fees
Transport in a pop-up roof 4×4 safari vehicle with KPSGA silver guide basis

Exclusions
International flights
Airport taxes
All meals and drinks not specified
Tips and gratuities
Items of a personal nature

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