In Kenya, the site of the annual Great Migration of wildebeests, discover year-round denizens of endangered black rhinos, lions, reticulated giraffes, leopards and more than 300 bird species.
Luxury Small Group Journeys 2013
View Kenya's wildlife in all its glory during a concise, diverse itinerary to distinct, game-rich wildlife regions, where even the endangered black rhino thrives
Make the most of your game-viewing time with convenient flights between reserves and drives across stunning landscapes
Pay a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Sweetwaters, the only place in Kenya to see these primates
Stay at centrally located lodges designed to blend harmoniously with the African landscape and a tented camp clustered around a watering hole
Arrive in Nairobi following an overnight flight and transfer to your hotel. The large and luxuriously furnished rooms offer views over the lush gardens or the green expanse of Central Park. The remainder of your day is at leisure, and you may want to visit the hotel’s Maisha Health Club and Spa, one of the country’s finest health centers, where you can relax after your long journey with a dip in the outdoor heated pool or a variety of spa treatments.Nairobi Serena Hotel
Embark on a scenic drive to Nanyuki and Sweetwaters Tented Camp, set in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya. One of the few private game conservancies in Kenya, this area affords privileged seclusion and private game viewing. A watering hole close to your tent draws giraffes for a cool morning drink — a magical sight glimpsed from your private veranda. This is one of the largest sanctuaries in East Africa for endangered black rhinos and the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees. Observe these fascinating primates, who share so much of our human DNA, when you visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. An afternoon safari drive takes you across the vast savanna grasslands, a terrain favored by elephants. Later, attend a welcome dinner and safari briefing.Sweetwaters Tented Camp | Meals: B L D
Travel to the Samburu Game Reserve and your lodge, overlooking the buffalo springs and the Ewaso Nyiro River. An afternoon game drive reveals unique northern species, including the reticulated giraffe; beisa oryx; Grevy’s zebra, with its narrow stripes and rounded ears; and the graceful long-necked gerenuk that stands on two feet to feed.Samburu Simba Lodge | Meals: B L D
Observe beautiful flora and fauna during morning and afternoon bush drives, watching crocodiles bask on muddy riverbanks and vervet monkeys frolic in the late afternoon sun. At night, you may be able to spot leopards lounging along the riverbank opposite the lodge. Samburu is an excellent place for the photographer; the vivid contrasts between sky, bush and sand radiate incomparable beauty. Birding enthusiasts are rewarded, too, with over 300 species — including the martial eagle, Somali ostrich and vulturine guinea fowl — calling the reserve home.Samburu Simba Lodge | Meals: B L D
Awaken to sounds of the unspoiled wilderness. After breakfast, board a flight across the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, host to a spectacular, ever-changing array of wildlife. Running along the Tanzanian border, the Masai Mara forms Kenya’s northern extension of the Greater Serengeti ecosystem; when the annual migration takes place, more than a million wildebeests march north with zebras and gazelles to graze on the Mara’s lush grasses. Game follows ancient migration routes under the watchful eyes of lions, leopards and cheetahs that lie in wait of vulnerable prey. The Mara’s 583 square miles of savanna, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers create an ecosystem that supports countless bird and mammal species. At the western reaches of the park is the Siria Escarpment, adjacent to acacia-dotted plains. Game viewing is never dull in the Mara, and patience is often rewarded with astonishing sightings, such as a hippo rising from the river, a rhino rumbling through the bush, a hyena waiting to pounce on the remains of a kill or a herd of elephants protecting their young from predators. This vast, open space is unique, offering inspiration and lifelong memories at every turn.Mara Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D
Spend two days surveying the plains in search of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. Lions are found in abundance throughout the park, as are elephants, giraffes, a variety of gazelle species and zebras; with luck, you may also find rhinos. Your drivers and guides have years of experience and knowledge of wildlife habits; they always manage to keep you in the heart of the action. You may also choose an optional hot air balloon ride or a day trip to Lake Victoria to fish for Nile perch. Celebrate your last night on safari with a farewell dinner.Mara Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: B L D
Transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi. Spend the remaining day at leisure, until this evening’s departure for your international flight.Nairobi Serena Hotel (dayroom) | Meals: B
Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
|Dec. 22, 2013 - Dec. 29, 2013||$6,895||--||Call for Availability|