Nairobi to Nairobi

8 days from 2,651pp

Tap into the essence of East Africa on an eight-day safari in Kenya. Take daily wildlife drives in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, discover the Maasai way of life, and learn about elephant conservation from a representative of the Kenya Wildlife Service. With endless plains teeming with wildlife and dotted with acacia trees, you won’t want to blink — or put down your camera.
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8 days Nairobi to Nairobi

From 2,651 per person

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

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

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 6, Avg 5.

Age requirement: 12+

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

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Our trips throughout Kenya and Tanzania have a maximum group size of six travellers in addition to a CEO and a driver who are both trained safari guides. That means everyone gets a window seat and twice the insight about the astounding wildlife all around you.

This trip covers long distances to visit 3 different wildlife parks in a short period of time and is a very busy trip. Please be prepared for a lot of driving over some very rough, bumpy and often unmaintained roads, which is the norm for Kenya.

Private Vehicle
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Nairobi

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h

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.

Optional Activities – Day 1

David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Visit
Nairobi5h30m-6h

26-65USD per person

Established in memory of the founder of Kenya’s giant Tsavo East National Park, David Sheldrick, this organization strives to help save the lives of orphaned elephants and rhinos before they are released back into the wild. Entrance fees assist in feeding and nurturing the animals.

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.

Railway Museum
Nairobi

6USD per person

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

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.

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

Jacaranda Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Nairobi/Masai Mara

Travel to our comfortable tented camp located in the heart of the wildlife reserve. Enjoy a wildlife safari drive this evening, then settle back at the camp and enjoy views overlooking the plains of the reserve.

After breakfast, we depart for the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve. With its vast open plains and flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. In the afternoon, we will arrive in the area, and get settled at our safari camp, our base for our time here. Then we’ll make our way into the reserve for an afternoon wildlife safari drive, with excellent chances of seeing the Big Five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino.

The road in and back out of the park is very rough and very bumpy but once you catch a glimpse of the stunning wildlife, it is worth a bit of discomfort.

Safari vehicle
Nairobi – Masai Mara6h386km

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

Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive
Masai Mara

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

Fig Tree Camp (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Masai Mara

Enjoy an early morning wildlife safari drive. The day continues with more wildlife viewing as you cross the rolling hills of the African savannah. Also enjoy a late afternoon/evening safari.

Safari vehicle
Masai Mara

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

Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive
Masai Mara

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.

Free Time
Masai Mara

In the evenings, settle back at the camp with a cool drink and enjoy sweeping views of the plains of the wildlife reserve.

Optional Activities – Day 3

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

Fig Tree Camp (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: Masai Mara/Lake Nakuru National Park

Depart early on a long, but beautiful, drive to Lake Nakuru. En route, stop in at a G Adventures for Good-supported project, Ubuntu Café — an initiative that trains and creates local jobs for women. Visit the craft centre, meet some of the Mamas in the program, then sit down to a delicious farm-to-table lunch. Continue to our safari lodge inside the Lake Nakuru National Park. Enjoy a late afternoon wildlife safari drive, paying special attention to the rare rhinos who make this area their home.

On this afternoon wildlife safari drive, keep an eye out for the resident black and white rhino, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard.

Today is a very long driving day but we do break it up with a wonderful visit and lunch at the Ubuntu Cafe.

Safari vehicle
Masai Mara – Maai Mahiu4h Morning210km

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

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made

Enjoy a guided tour of the centre and meet some of the mothers who work here creating handicrafts. Learn how the lives of these “mamas” have been impacted and, in turn, their communities empowered through this G Adventures-supported initiative.

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.

Safari vehicle
Maai Mahiu – Lake Nakuru National Park2h30m Afternoon120km

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

Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive
Lake Nakuru National Park1h30m Evening

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:

Lake Nakuru Lodge (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park/Amboseli National Park

After a morning wildlife safari drive, venture south to famed Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The snow-capped peak of the mountain dominates every aspect of the park, providing the ultimate photo backdrop.

Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive
Lake Nakuru National Park2h

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.

Safari vehicle
Lake Nakuru National Park – Amboseli National Park

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

Accommodation:

Kilima Camp (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Amboseli National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari drives today. During your down time, relax at camp, enjoying views of Mt Kilimanjaro and wildlife visiting the camp’s watering holes. Gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding poaching and elephant conservation during a lecture by an accredited speaker from the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Amboseli Wildlife Safari Drive
Amboseli National Park

Charge up your camera batteries and get ready to document the drama of Amboseli. Big sky. Big mountain. Big elephants. Visit with some of the 1,500 African elephants that roam the park. Look for other wildlife and meet the resident Maasai along the journey. Marvel in the beauty of Mt Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain, as it reigns over the landscape of this uniquely African location.

Safari vehicle
Amboseli National Park

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

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Kenya Wildlife Service Amboseli Talk

Amboseli National Park is renowned for its incredible elephant population. Gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding human and wildlife conflict and elephant conservation during a lecture here by an accredited speaker from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). The KWS strives to sustainably conserve and develop Kenya’s wildlife and its habitats, as well as create programs to enable communities living in wildlife areas to benefit from wildlife revenue. National Geographic has supported many research projects working jointly with KWS researchers in the field. The chairman of the KWS is renowned conservationist Richard Leakey, a long-time collaborator and multiple grantee of the National Geographic Society.

Accommodation:

Kilima Camp (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7: Amboseli National Park/Nairobi

Enjoy the stunning African sunrise on our last wildlife safari drive, before departing back to Kenya’s capital.

Rise early for a final morning wildlife safari drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Amboseli plain. Return to Nairobi in the late afternoon and opt to join the CEO in a farewell dinner.

Amboseli Wildlife Safari Drive
Amboseli National Park

Charge up your camera batteries and get ready to document the drama of Amboseli. Big sky. Big mountain. Big elephants. Visit with some of the 1,500 African elephants that roam the park. Look for other wildlife and meet the resident Maasai along the journey. Marvel in the beauty of Mt Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain, as it reigns over the landscape of this uniquely African location.

Safari vehicle
Amboseli National Park – Nairobi4h30m-5h235km

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

Accommodation:

Jacaranda Hotel (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8: Nairobi

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Optional Activities – Day 8

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.

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.

David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Visit
Nairobi5h30m-6h

26-65USD per person

Established in memory of the founder of Kenya’s giant Tsavo East National Park, David Sheldrick, this organization strives to help save the lives of orphaned elephants and rhinos before they are released back into the wild. Entrance fees assist in feeding and nurturing the animals.

Railway Museum
Nairobi

6USD per person

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

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.

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made, Maai Mahiu
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Kenya Wildlife Service Amboseli Talk, Amboseli National Park
  • G Adventures for Good: Café Ubuntu , Maai Mahiu
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Amboseli National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (2 nts), safari lodge (1 nt), comfortable tented camps (4 nts).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Allow USD100-130 for meals not included.

Transportation

7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle.

Staff & experts

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

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