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9 Days Kenya Highlight Safari

FROM USD 3,200 PER PERSON SHARING Single room supplement USD 390

This is a breathtaking safari through some of Kenya’s most diverse and captivating ecosystems; taking you through a thrilling adventure that spans from the bustling capital city of Nairobi to the pristine wilderness of the Maasai Mara, with stops in Samburu, Aberdare, and Nakuru along the way.
Day 01: Arrival in Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International airport, you will be met outside the baggage hall by Reliable Tours representative and assisted with your luggage. Transfer to your city hotel for check in. Dinner is on own account today. Overnight in Tamarind Tree Hotel or similar.

Day 02: Nairobi

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel

Your safari adventure begins here in Nairobi, Kenya’s vibrant capital city. Nairobi is a bustling metropolis known for its unique blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty. You will visit the Nairobi National Park, the only national park within a capital city in the world. Here, you can witness the incredible sight of wildlife against the backdrop of the city skyline, including lions, giraffes, zebras, and more. Visit Daphne Sheldrick Elephant orphanage, which is dedicated to the conservation of orphaned elephants and rhinos. Lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee garden. After lunch proceed to Giraffe Centre where you will have the opportunity to can get up close and personal with the endangered Rothschild giraffes and to also feed them from an elevated platform. Continue to Karen Blixen Museum a captivating and educational experience that allows you to delve into the life and times of the renowned Danish author Karen Blixen, who is best known for her autobiographical novel, “Out of Africa. The museum has a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs, books, and art related to Karen Blixen’s works and the history of Kenya

We will also visit Kazuri Beads, a pottery and bead-making cooperative. Here, you can purchase beautifully handcrafted ceramic beads and pottery

Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Dinner on own account, overnight at Tamarind Tree Hotel or similar.

Day 03: Nairobi/Samburu National Game Reserve

Today we have an early start. After breakfast, check out


We depart and drive through the central highlands of Kenya. Venture north to Samburu, a semi-arid region known for its unique wildlife and rugged landscapes. The Samburu National Reserve is your gateway to a world of rare and remarkable species, such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, and the Samburu “Special Five” (the Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, and reticulated giraffe). The Ewaso Nyiro River cuts through this dramatic landscape, providing a lifeline for the animals and a stunning backdrop for your safari adventures

Enjoy lunch at Trout Tree restaurant which serves fresh trout from the trout ponds below, char-grilled to perfection

Upon your arrival at Samburu Game Reserve, you will have the opportunity to embark on an exhilarating afternoon game drive, allowing you to immerse yourself in the wildlife and natural beauty of the reserve until the sun sets. Following this memorable experience, you will make your way to the camp where you can complete the check-in process and begin your stay. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Intrepids Camp or similar.

Day 04: Samburu National Game Reserve

Begin your day with an early rise, and, after savoring a quick cup of steaming tea or coffee alongside delectable pastries, set out for the early morning game drive at approximately 6:30 am. After around two hours of wildlife exploration, return to the camp for a hearty late breakfast. The remainder of the morning is yours to relish at your leisure, taking advantage of the camp’s available facilities.

Following a sumptuous lunch served at the camp, take some time to unwind before embarking on an afternoon game drive that will extend until the sun dips below the horizon. During this excursion, you’ll have the remarkable opportunity to visit the local Samburu villages, providing a unique chance to engage with the vibrant Samburu people in their traditional environment and immerse yourself in their rich culture. This experience also presents an excellent opportunity to acquire traditional Samburu souvenirs, captivating art pieces, and valuable collectibles.

As the day transitions into evening, return to the camp where a delicious dinner awaits, followed by a restful overnight stay at Samburu Intrepids Camp or similar, ensuring you’re well-prepared for the adventures of the following day.

Day 05: Aberdare National Park

Check out after breakfast. We head South in Aberdare National Park, a highland wilderness that offers a distinct contrast to the arid plains of Samburu. Aberdare is known for its dense forests, lush moorlands, and pristine waterways. This park is home to various species, including the elusive bongo antelope, black rhinoceros, and elephants. Accommodations here often include tree lodges and luxurious hideaways perched high in the trees, allowing you to observe wildlife from a unique vantage point.

After lunch deposit your main luggage and carry a small overnight bag. Transfer to The Ark and check in. The Ark offers a commanding view of a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, a magnetic draw for a diverse array of wildlife. Modeled after the legendary Noah’s Ark, The Ark boasts four viewing decks, complete with balconies and cozy lounges, ensuring you can enjoy exceptional game viewing without leaving the comforts of the lodge. Spend the remainder of the evening observing wildlife from the sanctuary of your own balcony. Do keep in mind that early mornings and late evenings tend to be rather chilly, so we strongly recommend dressing warmly for your utmost comfort.

Following your evening of wildlife observation, a delectable dinner awaits, and you’ll retire for the night in this unique and enchanting environment at the The Ark Lodge Lodge or similar.

Day 06: Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast at The Ark check out, transfer to Aberdare country club to retrieve your main luggage and rejoin your driver guide.

Drive to Lake National park making a short pause at Thomson’s Falls, a remarkable tourist attraction situated in Nyahururu town, which was originally stumbled upon in 1883 by Joseph Thomson, an inquisitive Scottish geologist and naturalist. This site is perched at an impressive altitude of 7,800 feet above sea level. Nestled within the embrace of riparian vegetation on the slopes of the surrounding ranges, the falls are nothing short of breathtaking, and the ethereal mist they produce is truly a marvel to behold.

For an even more immersive experience, one can descend into the heart of the jungle to obtain an unobstructed view of the falls. In this serene setting, you’ll also have the chance to interact with friendly baboons who graciously welcome visitors to their habitat. This brief stop at Thomson’s Falls promises to be a captivating and memorable part of our journey

Continue to Lake Nakuru National a stunning soda lake in the Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru National Park is renowned for its abundant birdlife, particularly flamingos that create a mesmerizing pink spectacle along the lake’s shores. Beyond the flamingos, the park hosts a variety of other wildlife, including leopards, Rothschild’s giraffes, and white rhinos. The surrounding savannah and acacia woodlands also offer prime game viewing opportunities. Lunch will be served at the lodge followed by check in. Settle in before departing for an afternoon game drive until sunset. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or similar.

Day 07: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Check out after breakfast. The grand finale of your Kenyan safari is the Maasai Mara, one of the most famous wildlife destinations in the world. This vast savannah ecosystem, bordering Tanzania’s Serengeti, is home to the iconic Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) and hosts the incredible Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest and zebras journey across the plains in search of fresh grazing. The Maasai Mara is also where you’ll have a chance to interact with the Maasai people, a semi-nomadic tribe renowned for their distinct culture.

Your safari in the Maasai Mara offers game drives, bush walks, and the opportunity to witness breathtaking sunsets over the African savannah. With its unparalleled wildlife encounters and dramatic landscapes, the Maasai Mara is an unforgettable conclusion to your Kenyan adventure. This Kenyan safari will immerse you in the natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and incredible wildlife that make Kenya a premier destination for those seeking an authentic African safari experience. Each destination along the way contributes to a unique and unforgettable journey through this enchanting East African country

Upon your arrival at the camp/lodge, take the time to comfortably settle in and make yourself at home. Following this, you’ll set out for an exhilarating afternoon adventure, extending until the sun gracefully sets on the horizon. As the day draws to a close, return to Tipilikwani Mara Camp or similar camp where a delightful dinner awaits, and you’ll spend a restful night in this tranquil wilderness setting.

Day 08: Masai Mara Game Reserve

For the intrepid traveler seeking a bird’s-eye perspective of the magnificent Maasai Mara, hot air balloon rides and safaris provide an unparalleled experience. These aerial adventures offer approximately an hour of soaring above the vast park, taking flight at dawn. As you drift gracefully through the sky, you’ll have a remarkable opportunity to witness the park’s wildlife from above, observing them in their natural habitat. Upon landing, a champagne breakfast is prepared on the balloon’s burner, creating a memorable culmination to this extraordinary journey.

Your day commences at 6:00 AM, with an early rise and a delightful hot cup of tea or coffee accompanied by pastries in the lounge. Following this refreshing start, you’ll depart at around 6:30 AM for an early morning game drive, venturing to the heart of the Maasai Mara’s wildlife-rich zones. This expedition allows you to observe wild animals in their natural surroundings, where they engage in their daily routines. Upon concluding the game drive, return to the lodge for a satisfying late breakfast, after which the remainder of the morning is yours to savor, enjoying the camp’s amenities.

Lunch at the camp provides a delectable interlude, granting you ample time for relaxation before setting out once more for the afternoon game drive, which extends until the sun gracefully dips below the horizon.

Intriguingly, you have the opportunity to go back in time by visiting a traditional Maasai village, allowing you to engage with the Maasai people in their authentic setting and partake in their rich culture. Frequently, the Maasai morans, the young Maasai warriors, will perform their traditional dances, offering a captivating glimpse into their heritage. This experience also presents an excellent opportunity to acquire traditional Maasai souvenirs, captivating art, and cherished collectibles.

As the day transitions into evening, return to the Tipilikwani Mara Camp or similar camp, where a delicious dinner awaits, followed by a tranquil overnight stay in this extraordinary natural haven.

Day 09: Departure

Savor a leisurely breakfast. Following this, it’s time to check out and commence our journey back to Nairobi. We’ll pause for a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, and then, depending on the details of your outbound flight, you will either be escorted to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for departure or provided with a day room to unwind and prepare for your onward travels.

Package Includes
  • 02 nights accommodation in Nairobi on Bed and breakfast basis
  • 02 nights accommodation in Samburu on full board basis
  • 01 night accommodation at The Ark or similar on full board basis
  • 01 night accommodation in Nakuru on full board basis
  • 02 nights accommodation in Masai Mara on full board basis
  • Visit to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Visit to Giraffe Centre
  • Visit to Karen Blixen Museum
  • Lunch at Karen Blixen coffee garden
  • Game drives as indicated on the itinerary
  • Visit to the Samburu village
  • Transportation in a 4 x4 safari landcruiser
  • Park entrance fees
  • Services of an English speaking professional driver guide
  • Reliable Tours complimentary mineral water in the vehicle
Package Excludes:-
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Travel insurance

Hot air balloon ride USD 450

Flying Doctors service USD 30 per person

Visit to the local Masai village USD 30 per person

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