Kenya Camping Safari

Nairobi to Nairobi

9 days from 1,555 pp

From dramatic savannahs to the Great Rift Valley, experience Kenya in all its glory. Travel the vast open plains and rolling hills of the Masai Mara and scour the wilderness for Africa’s Big Five. Full-service camping under the big African sky will bring you closer to the region’s wildlife and gets you off the beaten path so you can really experience this land’s unique culture. Our small safari vans minimize drive times and improve your chances of snapping that perfect shot of some of the most amazing animals on the planet.

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9 days Nairobi to Nairobi

From €1,555 per person

Is this tour for me?

 

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

 

Service Level: Camping

Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

 

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

 

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 14, avg 10

 

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

 

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting – 1h – 18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Hotel Boulevard (or similar)

Day 2: Nairobi/Samburu National Reserve

Travel to Samburu National Reserve in time for an afternoon wildlife safari drive. Visit a Samburu village en route. Depart Nairobi and drive north through the farmlands of the Kikuyu people, passing Mt Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain (5199m/17,060ft). Just outside the national reserve, visit a local Samburu village. Similar in appearance to the Masai but less known, the Samburu are a proud warrior tribe. Watch traditional Samburu dancing, and learn about Samburu tribal life and customs. The walk within the village is run by Samburu tribesmen for the benefit of the community. Continue to Samburu National Reserve, a wildlife haven to many species rarely found elsewhere. Enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive in search of large elephant and big cat populations living within this wild part of Kenya.

 

Safari vehicle from Nairobi to Samburu Game Reserve (7h-8h – 365km)

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

 

Samburu Village Visit – Samburu Game Reserve

Meet the locals in a traditional village in the Samburu area and learn more about their way of life. The Samburu people are related to but distinct from the Masai. They too are semi-nomadic who herd cattle, goat and occasionally camels. The men have more than one wife; each lives in her own hut within a family compound. Be sure to bring your camera and capture the beauty and colour of the layers of bead necklaces and bracelets, the red clay braids of the warriors, and the contrast of their bright cloth wraps against the African savanna.

 

Samburu National Reserve Wildlife Safari Drive

Head out into the wilds of Samburu National Reserve in search of elephants, lions, as well as some of the more unique animals found only in this northern region of Kenya.

Accommodation

Samburu Campsite (or similar)

Meals included

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve

Spend a full day on safari in search of Samburu’s special five. A full day wildlife safari drive to spot a group of animals only seen north of the equator, such as the beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, the majestic reticulated giraffe, and the long-necked gerenuk, a graceful antelope that stands upright on its hind legs to feed on tall bushes.

 

Samburu National Reserve Wildlife Safari Drive – Samburu Game Reserve Full Day

Head out into the wilds of Samburu National Reserve in search of elephants, lions, as well as some of the more unique animals found only in this northern region of Kenya.

 

Accommodation

Samburu Campsite (or similar)

 

Meals included

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: Samburu National Reserve/Lake Nakuru National Park

Descend into the Great Rift Valley enjoying stunning views of the escarpment on the way. Nakuru, meaning “dusty place” in the Maasai language, is a cheerful and vibrant agricultural town with a variety of colourful local markets. Camp outside the town at the edge of Lake Nakuru National Park, the area’s principal highlight and best natural attraction. Time and weather permitting, there may be an opportunity to visit a local tea farm and see how the tea is grown, picked and produced.

 

Safari vehicle from Samburu Game Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park (7h-8h30 – 48km)

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

 

Accommodation

Derrit Campsite (or similar)

 

Meals included

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park

Embark on a safari within Lake Nakuru National Park, in search of the resident black rhino, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard.

Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive – Lake Nakuru National Park Full Day

Search for rhinos, buffalo, impalas, hyenas, and even lions and leopards on the wildlife safari drive in this renowned national park. Head to the shores of Lake Nakuru to see pelicans and cormorants. The park is also rich in other bird life, including grebes, white winged black terns, stilts, avocets, and ducks.

 

Accommodation

Derrit Campsite (or similar)

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park/Masai Mara

Travel to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Search for the Big Five on an afternoon wildlife safari drive. Depart for the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit to this reserve. Arrive in the afternoon and get settled at the permanent tented camp, the base for exploring the Mara. Head into the reserve for an afternoon wildlife safari drive.

Safari vehicle from Lake Nakuru National Park to Masai Mara (7h-8h – 368km)

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive – Masai Mara Afternoon

Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you’ll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill.

 

Accommodation

Kenia Campsite (or similar)

 

Meals included

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7: Masai Mara

Enjoy a day on safari. Opt to take to the skies on a balloon safari. Rise early for a wildlife safari drive during the best time to spot animals and criss-cross the rolling hills of the African savannah. With a full day to explore the area, we can cover a lot of ground. If time allows, visit the Mara River area. Opt to go for a balloon safari for a new perspective over the beautiful landscape. If you have pre-booked a Masai Mara Balloon Safari, your flight will be in the morning. You will miss the morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have spectacular views from above.

Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive – Masai Mara Full Day

Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you’ll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill.

Optional Activities: Masai Mara Balloon Safari

Masai Mara /450USD per person

The adventure begins just before dawn and lasts an hour in the sky. Fly over the Mara River, plains, and forests of the Masai Mara. Toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land.

Please note that single passengers can book on this activity, the balloon will require a minimum of two passengers to take flight. In the rare case that this minimum is not reached by the time of your flight, passengers will be refunded for this activity.

 

Accommodation

Kenia Campsite (or similar)

Meals included

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8: Masai Mara/Nairobi

Enjoy a final wildlife safari drive before the journey back to Nairobi. Enjoy one last opportunity to spot the Big Five. Visit the G for Good supported Ubuntu Cafe for lunch, before heading back to Nairobi. In Nairobi there’s some time to buy local handicrafts or check out a bit of the city.

 

Safari vehicle from Masai Mara to Nairobi (7h-8h – 285km)

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive – Masai Mara Morning

Masai Mara is one of the world’s top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions – as well as the two million wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelles, and zebra that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our driver/guide and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. Watch elephants and giraffe grazing, photograph zebras and wildebeest, and with a little luck, you’ll even spot animals feasting on a recent kill.

G Adventures for Good: Café Ubuntu

In the rural settlement of Maai Mahiu is the very special G Adventures for Good supported project, Ubuntu Café. A true social enterprise in the heart of Kenya, this initiative empowers the community, creating over 400 sustainable local jobs for mothers of children with disabilities, and supporting pediatric health and education programs in the region. Sit down to a delicious, organic farm-to-table lunch.

Optional Activities: The Carnivore Restaurant

Nairobi / 51-82USD per person

Feast on a range of familiar and exotic meats roasted over an open flame barbecue pit. Ever wanted to try ostrich or crocodile? Here’s your chance to do so (at a world-renowned restaurant, at that). Price includes the price of a meal (without a beverage) and hotel pick-up.

 

Accommodation

Hotel Boulevard (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9: Nairobi

Depart at any time.

Meals included

Breakfast

 

Optional Activities:

 

Bomas of Kenya Tour

Nairobi/ 26-65USD per person. This tour gives you a glimpse into the life of 42 different tribes of the country that make up Kenya’s rich culture. Get a better understanding of village life by visiting homesteads and enjoy a display and sounds of folk dances performed. Entrance fee and hotel pick-up included.

Karen Blixen Museum

Nairobi / 34-73USD per person

Converted from the former home of pioneer coffee farmer and acclaimed writer Karen Blixen, this museum provides visitors insight into life of a Danish settler in pre-Independence Kenya. Take a walk through the home, and magnificent gardens that provide a stunning view of the Ngong hills. Hotel pick-up and entrance fee included.

Railway Museum

Nairobi / 6USD per person

Adjacent to the Nairobi railway station, this museum contains exhibits from the East African Railways opened in 1971.

National Museum

Nairobi / 21-33USD per person

Take a stroll through this museum to get a better understanding of Kenya’s rich heritage through a range of cultural and natural-history exhibits. Learn more about the region’s bird population at the Birds of East Africa exhibit, a huge gallery of at least 900 stuffed specimens. Get a refreshing take on Kenyan history counterpoint to colonial historiographies at the Historia Ya Kenya display. Entrance fee and hotel pick-up included.

The Carnivore Restaurant

Nairobi / 51-82USD per person

Feast on a range of familiar and exotic meats roasted over an open flame barbecue pit. Ever wanted to try ostrich or crocodile? Here’s your chance to do so (at a world-renowned restaurant, at that). Price includes the price of a meal (without a beverage) and hotel pick-up.

What’s Included

  • G Adventures for Good: Café Ubuntu , Maai Mahiu
  • Samburu village visit and wildlife safari drives
  • Safari in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara National Reserve
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Simple hotels (2 nts), full-service camping (4 nts), permanent tented camps (2 nts).

Meals

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
Allow USD60-80 for meals not included.

Transportation

7-seat 4x4 safari van.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, certified driver/guide, camp crew.

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