Great Southern Savannah Safari, Kenya, January 26 - February 5, 2024
Day 1: January 26, Friday
Have your flight depart Detroit Metro Airport for Nairobi in the evening. (Call Tammy for flights and pricing) Meals and inflight entertainment on board.
January 27, Saturday - Arrival Nairobi
Arrive in the evening. Transfer airport to your hotel. Meals: None (Late Arrival).
January 28, Sunday – Nairobi - Amboseli National Park
Depart for Amboseli after breakfast and drive south through Maasai country to the plains below Mt. Kilimanjaro where Amboseli is situated. After a picnic lunch enroute, we’ll enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park before settling into camp for the evening. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
January 29, Monday – Amboseli National Park
Spend the whole day in Amboseli National Park, enjoy both morning and afternoon game drives. With the majestic backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the spectacular displays of wildlife - lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and various plains' game. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ~ Optional: Visit Maasai Village and learn their rich culture (extra cost).
January 30, Tuesday – Amboseli to Lake Manyara
Today after breakfast, our safari will be destined to Lake Naivasha the only freshwater lake in the Rift Valley. An afternoon boat ride among colonies of hippos is planned. The Park Where You Walk with the Animals. "Crescent Island Sanctuary" is one of the only parks where you are allowed to walk. Located on Lake Naivasha, it is one of the most beautiful park in Kenya. It is private, secure and patrolled by Guides who can accompany you for a guided walk. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
January 31, Wednesday – Lake Naivasha – Lake Nakuru National Park
Depart for Lake Nakuru and ascend eastern wall of the rift Valley where lush coffee and tea plantations reveal themselves. Your guide will give you a brief talk about coffee farming in Kenya. Short stop-over at the Great Rift Valley view point for photographs and then proceed to Lake Nakuru. After lunch, a game drive searching for the big five along with other animals, lion, rhino, leopard and cheetah. Lake Nakuru is famous for its millions of flamingoes and migrant birds from over the world. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
February 1, Thursday – Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara National Park
After an early breakfast, drive through the Isebania border crossing on to Kenya's premier wildlife reserve. In the afternoon we will arrive and get settled at our safari lodge. a late afternoon game viewing drive, with excellent chances of seeing the "Big 5" - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. The varied wildlife and natural environment come together to provide a spectacular safari experience. The Masai Mara is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Named for the Masai tribe, who are the traditional inhabitants of the area, and the Mara River, which divides it. With an area of 1510 sq km, the Masai Mara is not the largest game park or reserve in Kenya, but it is probably the most famous. The entire area of the park is nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley. The terrain of the reserve is primarily open grassland, with clusters of the distinctive acacia tree in the south-east region. The Masai Mara is perhaps most famous for its lions, though the other members of the "Big 5" are found as well. Hippo, cheetah, zebra, impala, gazelles, hartebeest, warthog, ostrich, topi and the Masai giraffe, among other mammals, all consider the "Mara" their home territory. Like in the Serengeti in Tanzania, the wildebeest are the dominant inhabitant of the Masai Mara, and their numbers are estimated in the millions. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
February 2, Friday & February 3, Saturday – Masai Mara National Park
Enjoy, Tea, coffee and cookies before an early morning game drive in the reserve. This is usually the most popular game viewing time. During the early hours temperatures are low, thus providing a favorable atmosphere both for the game and the viewer. Return for breakfast. Later head out for a full day game drive. The spectacle of nature unfolding is always awe inspiring! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. ~ Optional: Balloon Ride over the savannah. (Extra charge $475.00 per person)
February 4, Sunday – Masai Mara to Nairobiai
Sunrise game drive, then depart for Nairobi. Bid farewell to Southern Savannah as you are transferred via Great Rift Valley for your Evening flight home. (See Tammy for air pricing)
- Indications of typical wildlife are sometimes listed in the itinerary. Specific sightings cannot be guaranteed.
- Due to the nature of the trip, schedules are subject to change without notice.
- All transfers by a private minivan
- All game drives by private pop-up roof / safaris style minivan (everyone’s guaranteed a window seat) 6 seat max. per van
- English speaking Guides
- Accommodation for 8 nights, (1) Nairobi, (2) Amboseli,, (2) Lake Naivasha, (3) Masai Mara
- Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
- Bottled water on the game drives.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (consisting of both western and local dishes)
- Gratuities (suggested $145.00 for 9 day tour, Guide / driver, hotel staff and waiters)
- All service charges and taxes
- Entry Visas for Kenya $60.00 (call Tammy or the Embassy for pricing)
- Round trip airfare to Nairobi (call Tammy for pricing)
- Any optional tours (per person costs, Hot Air Balloon ride $475.00, Local Village visit $20.)
- Personal spending (Drinks at meals)
- Single supplement- standard tour $849.00 / 2 night add on $375.00. both costs are in addition to tour cost
Optional Pre Tour Nairobi- 2 nights add for an additional $479.00 per person Dbl.
In order to overcome your jetlag and be fresh for the days ahead, join Tammy & Mike in Nairobi for a few relaxing days prior to the start of the tour. Includes: 2 night’s hotel, 2 breakfast, 2 dinners, City tour, visit the The David Shedrick Trust Elephant/ rhino orphanage, visit Giraffe Center Sanctuary.
Day 1 Feb. 25, Wednesday) Arrange for your flight to depart today with a connection in Europe.
Day 2 (Feb. 26, Thursday) Evening flight arrival, meet and greet and transfer to hotel.
Day 3 (Feb. 27, Friday) Breakfast is included, late morning, visit the The Shedrick Trust Elephant orphanage and Giraffe Center Sanctuary. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 4 (Feb. 28, Saturday) Breakfast and Dinner included, free day (optional trip to Karen Blixen Museum) enjoy relaxing by the pool, this evening join together for safari briefing. (Driving tour starts Feb. 28, Sunday)