KE1 Kenya Tour
The 'Out of Africa' Experience
Daily guided game drives through Africa's best game parks Lake Nakuru: ornithologist's paradise Maasai Mara's endless plains Meeting local tribal groups Karen Blixen "Out of Africa" Museum
- DATES & PRICES
- FULL ITINERARY
- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Fri 25 Oct 2019||Sat 02 Nov 2019||$3770 USD|
|Fri 24 Jan 2020||Sat 01 Feb 2020||$3770 USD|
|Fri 07 Feb 2020||Sat 15 Feb 2020||$3770 USD|
|Fri 26 Jun 2020||Sat 04 Jul 2020||$3880 USD|
|Thu 10 Sep 2020||Fri 18 Sep 2020||$3770 USD|
|Fri 23 Oct 2020||Sat 31 Oct 2020||$3770 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $717 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $359 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.
On our Kenya tour, you'll discover a land of glacier-coated mountains, arid plains and thick rainforest. Kenya lays claim to a spectrum of diversity that few countries can rival.
Indeed, Kenya's natural environment earns worldwide acclaim both for its exceptional beauty and its profusion of exotic wildlife and our nine-day adventure through this remarkable East African country showcases the reasons why.
Via the 'White Highlands' - so named due to the large numbers of Europeans who settled there - we travel past the slopes of the continent's highest mountain (Mount Kenya) and on to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where we have the chance to see buffalo, cheetah, leopard and lion and almost guaranteed close-up sightings of elephant, giraffe and gazelle.
Maasai Mara National Reserve is among the country's, and indeed the world's, most famous safari areas and here we catch glimpses of yet more animals that can be seen elsewhere only in zoos.
Our exploration of Kenya's stellar landscapes includes visiting the Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru.
Ailleen M. (Sarnia, ON, CA)
The safaris were beyond expectations. The visit to the Samburu village also was informative and real. I particularly enjoyed the karen museum as it was one of the prime reasons I chose this particular tour.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Nairobi Serena Hotel
Justly famed for its exceptional standards of efficiency, service and five-star hospitality, the elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena Hotel is a ... of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and was selected as 'Kenya's Leading Business Hotel' and 'Africa's Leading Green Hotel' at the World Travel Awards 2016. The Nairobi Serena remains true to its title and offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of one of Africa's most vibrant capital cities.
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Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
Set on a plateau above Lake Nakuru, the lodge has 67 chalets all overlooking the lake. It is the perfect ... to experience one of the world's largest ornithological spectacles, the pink flamingo, or a rich concentration of wildlife including black and white colobus monkey and black and white rhino. Private shower, verandah, tea / coffee making facilities.
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Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge
Location: Maasai Mara
Located on the slopes of Oloongams Hills, it is one of the first lodges to be built in the Maasai ... Game Reserve. Guests are drawn to this lodge built in an ethnic design, surrounded by a rich landscape, covered in fauna, from huge desert cacti to sweet smelling jasmine flowers, all within the fabled Maasai Mara game reserve. 50 traditional round buildings with thatched roofs, each with 2 rooms with private bath.
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All meals but one lunch are included (local restaurants and hotels). All transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Two bottles of bottled water per person daily. Gratuities for driver-guides, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, one lunch, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping and visas.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered throughout the year except during the "long rains" in April and May when travel and game viewing can be less than optimal.
Nov-Jan: "short rains"; landscapes are green and many animals are giving birth. Showers come in the form of quick showers late in the day and rarely interfere with our activities or travel.
Feb/Mar: Post-short rains with many migratory birds from Europe, though high grass can make game spotting a challenge. Airfares are lower.
June-August coincides with the coolest and driest period, though also the busiest and most expensive due to the European holiday period.
Sept/Oct is often hot and dusty though game viewing is excellent due to short grass and animals congregating around water sources. Airfares are lower than June-August.
If you’re a fan of African wildlife photography/television programming, you’re likely familiar with and keen on witnessing the annual ‘Great Migration’ of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti and/or Maasai Mara. Unfortunately, there is no neat and tidy answer re when is the best time to possibly witness the spectacle as it doesn’t have a simple start or end, just a dynamic cycle of wild movement through the year. Nor is it the same each year either as the migration is largely driven by the unpredictable rains, which means that wildebeest migration doesn’t operate on a set schedule. It also doesn’t follow a set route. Nor do the animals all go the same way. That said, in the broadest of terms, the best time to see the Great Migration—meaning large herds of hooved animals—is probably during the dry season, between July and early October. This is not to say you won’t see them outside of this time as our travellers often do, but, like nature itself, it is all about luck and timing. They may not all be dramatically on the move, but rather just standing around eating and cavorting, but you’ll likely encounter the herds at some point on their/your journey. If you have your heart set of witnessing hundreds of wildebeest crossing a river en masse, getting chomped by crocodiles like you see on National Geographic, bear in mind that those photographers probably waited days or weeks to capture that exact moment—so good luck and happy ‘hunting’!
Transport and Travel Conditions
Some road journeys are very long and very rough, possibly dusty. We travel via well-maintained, rugged minivan with six passengers each. The same vehicles, with roofs that pop up, will be used for our game drives in parks and reserves. Please note that air-conditioned safari vehicles are non-existent in East Africa.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Hotels and lodges used are 4-5 star properties with hot water, electricity, mosquito netting, dining areas, bar, swimming pools. Remote lodges are not air-conditioned though many are at higher elevations where heat is not a factor.
Hotel porter service is available throughout (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins. Many lodges are quite spread out and you will need to be able to walk up to 10 minutes from public areas to your room.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local driver-guides.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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