Days
7
Price from
$3,310USD

Live a real Lion King moment on this seven-day safari in Kenya's famous parks

From Nairobi, journey through the wildlife-filled national parks of Aberdare and Lake Nakuru, and discover perhaps the ultimate East African vista in the Masai Mara National Reserve.


Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Country
Kenya
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Wildlife
Code
PFKL
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
5 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 2, Max 6

Why we love this trip

  • This safari is conducted in small groups of maximum 6, using 4WD vehicles and specialist local driver/guides. This ensures the best possible experience of Kenya's extraordinary national parks.

  • Guided visits to three different parks unveil a great breadth of scenes – from the lions of the verdant Masai Mara to the famed pink flamingoes of Lake Nakuru.

  • Watch the sun go down across the Mara while enjoying drinks and canapes.

  • Experience The Ark, a unique tree lodge overlooking a floodlit waterhole, the feature stay on this trip.

  • Watch the sun go down across the Mara while enjoying drinks and canapes.

  • Your lodge for two nights in Nakuru is perfectly situated, a haven of luxury nestled among the native trees and birds.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This itinerary features some long travel days, which can be exacerbated by bumpy African roads. It is recommended that you pay close attention to our given approximations of driving hours. 

  • There will be some early morning game drives where the temperature can get quite cool. So it's best to pack suitable clothing for all weather conditions.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 May 2016 - 31 December 2016

On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by your Peregrine representative (approximately 45 minutes). There will be a trip briefing at the hotel at approximately 6 pm. Prior to that, the day is yours to spend as you please, and you can arrive at any time. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, was established at the turn of the 20th century by Europeans as a stores depot during the construction of the East African Railway. Without plan or design, it established itself as the capital of the British protectorate, and today has a population of around three million.
Accommodation
  • Panafric Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Optional Activities
  • Nairobi - National Museum - USD10
  • Nairobi - Karen Blixen museum - USD14
  • Nairobi - Bomas of Kenya - USD12
  • Nairobi - Langata Giraffe Sanctuary - KES1200
  • Nairobi - Carnivore Restaurant - KES3600
  • Nairobi - National Park safari walk - USD30
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Depart Nairobi and head towards Aberdare National Park (approximately 7 hours). You will arrive in time for lunch at the Aberdare Country Club. This delightful property is situated on a 1,300 acre wildlife sanctuary. After lunch, the afternoon is yours. Enjoy the Country Club's facilities and surroundings, or set off on a nature walk through unspoiled terrain. On this walk you'll have the opportunity to get up close to some zebra or giraffes that have wandered into the beautiful surroundings. The Aberdare Range is just south of the equator and forms part of the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley, a land brimming with abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery. The area is also famous for being the headquarters of Dedan Kimathi, leader of the 1950s Mau Mau uprising.
Accommodation
  • Aberdare Country Club or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Embark on a game drive through the park after breakfast. Afterwards, you will drive back to the country club for lunch. On your travels, keep a close eye out for the elusive golden cat or bongo, both rare sightings in the area. More common to see are leopard, elephant, baboon, colobus monkey and a wide array of birds of prey. Afterwards, bring a day pack for your overnight stay at The Ark, the feature stay on this trip. It's a unique lodge modelled on Noah's Ark, overlooking a floodlit waterhole and salt lick which attracts an impressive array of wildlife. The Ark's several balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing. A ground level bunker affords excellent photographic opportunities and takes you closer than you might believe possible to the animals. When night falls, watch with excitement as creatures flock in large numbers to the watering hole. Your resident guide can alert you of must-see animal sightings via a buzzer linked to your room.
Accommodation
  • The Ark or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Aberdare National Park - 4x4 Game drive
  • Aberdare National Park - Wildlife viewing deck and photography bunker
  • Aberdare National Park - Interactive Lecture on Flora & Fauna
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, enjoy another short game drive en route to Aberdare Country Club to pick up your luggage before continuing along the Great Rift Valley to Nakuru (approximately 6–7 hours). En route you will stop for lunch at Thomson's Falls Lodge, named after the waterfalls discovered in 1883 by Scottish geologist and naturalist Joseph Thomson. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to visit the Menengai Crater, one of the largest craters on earth – a great chance to witness breathtaking views of the Great Rift Valley. Your accommodation for tonight is a traditional lodge, superbly located on the edge of a pond among the trees and birds.
Accommodation
  • Ziwa Bush Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Nakuru - Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Notes: In 2015 we reviewed our position on visitations to children’s residential homes and shelters (orphanages). After much consultation with our local and global staff, child protection agencies and some of our on-ground projects, we have decided to stop visiting childrens shelters in 2016 and beyond. We understand that there is a risk that our visitations to these homes could be too disruptive for the children, resulting in unintended, negative outcomes. It is for this reason that we no longer visa East Africa Mission Orphanage associated with Ziwa Bush Lodge. We recognise the fantastic work that our on-ground projects, that include childrens homes, do to support families and to address genuine homelessness, abuse and neglect of children. We will therefore continue our support through the Intrepid Foundation. If you would like to contribute to these projects, please visit the The Intrepid Foundation website.
Head southwest to your next destination, the Masai Mara (approximately 6–7 hours). Here lies arguably one of the finest game reserves on the continent. Take in vistas of rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, not to mention many species of game. On today's game drive on the way to your tented camp, you could have the good fortune to observe a black-maned lion, leopard or a cheetah. These predators find an abundant food supply in the massive herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, all of which roam these verdant grasslands. This is the land of the famed and fated annual migration of wildebeest.
End the day watching the sun go down across the Mara while enjoying drinks and canapes.
Accommodation
  • Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara - 4x4 Game drive
  • Masai Mara - Sundowner at Camp
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rise a little before dawn to begin your morning game drive. As the sun rises, you shouldn't have any trouble spotting wildlife, as this is often one of the most active times of day for animals. After what is hopefully an exciting morning's drive, you will return to camp for lunch and to relax during the heat of the day. Set off again in the afternoon – this time you can expect to return to camp at around sunset. Depending on wildlife movements, you may not return to camp in the middle of the day, making for one full game drive instead (in this case you will stop for a picnic lunch). Accommodation while in 'The Mara' is a comfortable permanent-tented camp. Once you return to the tented camp there is an option to go back out and visit a Maasai Village. These visits can be fascinating to learn about the different culture and way of life of traditional Maasai people. However, please note that these villages exist primarily as businesses. You will be charged an entry fee of USD20-25 and they will try very hard to sell souvenirs to you.
An optional balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise is highly recommended, an unforgettable experience for many travellers.

Notes: If you have pre-booked a hot air balloon ride, you will be picked up and driven to the launch site, receive a safety briefing from your pilot and help inflate the balloon. You'll glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, enjoying amazing photo opportunities. Upon landing you'll be treated to a bush breakfast before returning to your vehicle. This is a popular activity with limited places, so on this trip it's offered as a pre-booked activity which guarantees you a place. If you choose to wait and book this activity locally on the ground you may risk missing out on a place.
Accommodation
  • Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara - 4x4 Game drive
Optional Activities
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Balloon ride (from price) - USD500
  • Masai Mara - Masaai village visit - USD25
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, return to Nairobi (approximately 6 hours). You journey ends on arrival in the late afternoon.

Notes: If you are departing from Nairobi this evening, please do not book a flight to depart prior to 8.30 pm. To reduce your travelling time back to Nairobi, you may wish to consider a flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi at an additional cost. This gives you the chance to catch a late afternoon international flight out of Nairobi. Note that the flight from Masai Mara arrives at Wilson Airport (Nairobi). International flights leave from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). If staying on in Nairobi, you may require a transfer from Wilson Airport back to our Nairobi hotel. We are able to book the flight, plus the transfer to our Nairobi hotel, at additional cost.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Meals

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel, Permanent tented camp, Comfortable lodge

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Aberdare National Park - 4x4 Game drive
  • Aberdare National Park - Wildlife viewing deck and photography bunker
  • Aberdare National Park - Interactive Lecture on Flora & Fauna
  • Lake Nakuru - Game Drive
  • Masai Mara - 4x4 Game drive
  • Masai Mara - Sundowner at Camp

Reviews

Our Kenya Lodge Safari trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.

Kenya Lodge Safari, September 2016

Daryl Rogers

Kenya Lodge Safari, July 2016

David and Di Berry

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available for purchase on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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