Staying at a private camp in exclusive conservancies near Amboseli and the Masai Mara, this exceptional value safari is ideal for those who appreciate wildlife and adventure over luxury accommodation.
With accommodation in a dome tent with a comfortable mattress and private bathroom, you’ll enjoy many of the facilities of a much more expensive safari lodge: top quality food, good 4-wheel drive vehicles with all window seats and excellent guides for wildlife drives – at a fraction of the price!
Day1: Depart UK
Day2: Arrive Nairobi & transfer to Amboseli
On arrival at Nairobi Wilson airport, you'll transfer to a domestic flight to Selenkay Conservancy. You will be met at the airstrip by your guide and it’s then a 15 minute drive to the camp, wildlife-viewing along the way.
After freshening up, you'll head straight out on a game drive, returning to camp for lunch, before venturing out again on an afternoon game drive to explore the Selenkay Conservancy. All the big cats have been seen here, as well as elephants and a wide range of species including large numbers of giraffes, zebra, and antelopes. There are also less common animals to be seen such as the long-necked gerenuk gazelle, lesser kudu and African wildcat.
Day3: Morning & evening game drives, walk with Masai guide & visit Masai village
After an early breakfast spend the morning on a game drive in the Selenkay Conservancy and an escorted nature walk with Masai guides, returning to camp for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit a nearby Masai village where you can get to know more about their way of life before enjoying a night game drive with a spotlight to seek out the nocturnal animals as you head back to camp in the dark.
Day4: Wildlife safari in Amboseli National Park
Today you'll drive through the bush into Amboseli National Park for a full day's exploration. Enjoy good views of Kilimanjaro and close-up observations of elephants and zebra, as well as many other species. After a picnic lunch, return to camp later in the afternoon.
Day5: Transfer to Nairobi, fly to the Masai Mara
After breakfast drive out of the Conservancy and back to Nairobi. Transfer to Wilson Airport to catch a light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara, arriving mid-afternoon. Upon arrival at the airstrip in the Mara you will be transferred to your campsite in Ol Kinyei Conservancy and shown to your tent, before heading out on an evening game drive in the conservancy to see some of the wildlife for which the Mara is famous.
Accommodation: Ol Kinyei Conservancy, 3-nights adventure camping
Day6: Wildlife safaris in the Masai Mara National Reserve
Wake up at dawn and enjoy an early morning game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy on the look out for the big cats, returning to camp for a late breakfast, followed by an escorted nature walk and then lunch. In the afternoon enjoy another game drive in the conservancy, together with a night drive as you head back to camp with a spotlight to see nocturnal animals.
Day8: Transfer to Nairobi
A final short early morning game drive in the conservancy is followed by breakfast and then you leave camp to transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Wilson Airport, Nairobi.
Accommodation: Hotel or tented camp in Nairobi, 1-night
Day9: Fly back to UK
This morning transfer to Nairobi International Airport to check in for a daytime flight back to London.
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Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 daysfrom £2,795 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 daysfrom £1,995 pp
Single supplement: From £375
When to go: Dec-Mar: late Dec-late Mar; Jul-Oct: mid-Jul-end of Oct
The snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro dominates the backdrop of Amboseli National Park and creates a highly scenic setting which, for many, is the classic image of East Africa. With a full host of plains game, more than 50 mammals and 400 bird species, this is one of Kenya’s most sought-after destinations.
Where: Rift Valley Province
Ideal for viewing: African elephant, gerenuk, leopard, lesser kudu, lion
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris
Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary, the Masai Mara is a paradise of gently rolling grasslands studded with acacia trees. Remaining as the ancestral homelands of the Masai, a curious harmony between man and wildlife exists that allows a route for the large migrations and a home for predators and plains wildlife.
Where: Rift Valley Province
Ideal for viewing: cheetah, Grant’s gazelle, leopard, lion, Thompson’s gazelle
Kenya’s bustling capital is more than just a starting point for your wildlife safari. Places to visit in the city include the Karen Blixen Museum, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre. For those staying longer, nearby Nairobi National Park has a wide diversity of wildlife.
Where: Nairobi Province
Excellent for: City stopover
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With sweeping plains on one side and Nairobi on the other, this tented camp is situated deep within riverine forest, yet on the doorstep of the city. It is the first accommodation allowed inside Nairobi National Park, which is home to lion, leopard, rhino and a range of savannah wildlife.