Itinerary

Days 1 & 2

U.S. / Nairobi, Kenya

Fly independently to Nairobi and overnight at Eka Hotel to begin your Kenya Safari. (Meals Aloft)

Days 3 & 4

Sweetwaters Game Reserve

Morning and afternoon game drives at Sweetwaters give us a chance of seeing Africa’s “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard) as we explore in our six passenger, 4 x 4 Land Cruisers — the ultimate safari vehicle. Other wildlife here includes oryx, Coke’s hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and reticulated giraffe. Also enjoy a privileged walking safari for distinct perspective on the wildlife and landscapes of Kenya that you just can’t get from a vehicle. You’ll have ample time to photograph flowers and smaller creatures, like lizards during your walking safari. While here you will also visit Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Spend two nights at Sweetwaters Serena Camp (upgraded Morani Wing). (B,L,D Daily)

Days 5 & 6

Samburu Reserve

After breakfast, drive to the Samburu Reserve in Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. Morning and afternoon game drives give ample time to observe the thin-striped Grevy’s zebra; reticulated giraffe — recognized by its well-defined color patches; and Beisa oryx, with its rapier-like horns, that call this harsh region of scrub desert home. Surprisingly, this semi-arid desert region boasts an abundance of birds, including Somali ostrich, secretary bird and desert hornbill. Enjoy time to chat with our local Kenya safari guides for insight into daily life in this African nation. Spend two nights at Larsen’s Tented Camp. (B,L,D Daily)

Day 7

Samburu / Masai Mara Reserve

After breakfast, fly to the famed Masai Mara Reserve. Game viewing in this renowned park is fantastic year-round. So, as we enjoy a game drive en route to our camp, watch for elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and zebra. Spend three nights at the exclusive boutique Karen Blixen Camp, set on the banks of the Mara River in the Mara North Conservancy, away from the crowds of the park itself but rich with wildlife and activities, including a night game drive. (B,L,D)

Days 8 & 9

Masai Mara Reserve

Enjoy two full days of morning and afternoon Masai Mara safari game drives. Here in this northern extension of the Serengeti Plains, the land is teeming with elephant, large prides of lion, buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, giraffe and even topi — the only place in Kenya where they are common. While in the Mara, you may even add an optional hot air Masai Mara balloon excursion to your Kenya Wildlife Safari expedition itinerary. Here, we also meet Maasai elder Ben Kipeno and visit a Maasai village, seeing how this pastoral tribe still tends herds of goats and cows much as their ancestors did for centuries. (B,L,D Daily)

Day 10

Masai Mara / Nairobi / Depart

After a last game drive (time permitting), fly from the Mara to Nairobi. Enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Cottages before an afternoon at leisure. Dayrooms are available at Eka Hotel or you may do some shopping. Transfer to the airport for your independent return flights. (B,L)

Day 11

Arrive

Arrive and connect with flights to your final destination. (Meals Aloft)