Classic Kenya Safari – 10 Daysfrom
(Nairobi, Samburu, Aberdare, Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara, Nairobi)
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Our 10-day Classic Kenya Safari, journey through Kenya on an authentic adventure, African wildlife, and stunning scenery. Begin with Samburu reserve, a safari destination with rugged and dramatic landscape. Then to Aberdares, where game viewing into the late night is from the balconies of your tree hotel. Next, we visit Lake Naivasha, a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. and finally, Maasai Mara- Home of the big 5.
If you have more time, consider pairing this trip with Mombasa extension to relax on the white sands or extend your journey into Uganda’s mountains for an encounter with endangered mountain gorillas.
- 08 Nights Accommodation in listed hotels or similar based on DBL / TWN sharing basis
- Daily Breakfast
- 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
- Entrance to the national parks and reserves
- Transportation in 4×4 tour vehicles
- Drinking water while on Safari
- Services of English-speaking driver/ guide for all transfers and sightseeing
- International Return Airfare from New York (please check with us for your preferred gateway)
- Air taxes and fuel surcharges
- All local applicable taxes
- All other meals
- All other sightseeing or Services
- Gratuities for meals, tourist guides, drivers
- Beverages during the meals
- Travel Insurance
- Visa fee
- Personal expenses such as alcoholic and other beverages, telephone calls and laundry
- Any other services or Items not mentioned above as included
- Local City Taxes or Resort fee, if applicable to be paid directly at hotels upon check out
Day 1 - (Tuesday)
USA / CANADA Departure
Board your overnight flight to Nairobi today.
Day 2 - (Wednesday)
Nairobi - Arrival [-/-/-]
Upon arrival, claim your bags and proceed towards arrival hall. Our representative will meet you and assist you with your transfer to hotel in Arusha. (Standard check-in time is 3:00 pm).
Settle in after your long journey for an exciting week ahead!
Overnight in Nairobi
Day 3 - (Thursday)
Nairobi - Samburu National Park [B/L/D]
After breakfast, depart for Samburu National Reserve. The landscape is rugged and dramatic – against a backdrop of volcanic mountains, gaunt hills and withered scrub tree punctuate the sparse and dry terrain with clusters of the incredibly hardy desert rose providing the occasional flash of vivid colour. The Ewaso Nyiro River, lifeline of the area, runs along the southern boundary dividing Samburu from Buffalo Springs Reserve. Crocodile and hippo share the river with the many small herds of elephant which bathe and frolic in the muddy brown waters during the heat of the day before returning later to browse on the lush vegetation of the riverine forest
Upon arrival in Samburu, check-in at your lodge. After lunch proceed for an afternoon game drive in the park famous as the place for the Samburu semi-nomadic tribesmen, the reticulated giraffe, the Grevy’s zebra gerenuk, beisa oryx and a host of the big game including elephant and lion. Dinner and overnight at your lodge in Samburu reserve.
Overnight in Samburu National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 - (Friday)
Samburu National Park [B/L/D]
Full day spent in Samburu with early morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu Game Reserve, which covers 40 square miles (104 square kilometers). Ololokwe Table Mountain forms a dramatic backdrop to our game viewing. Samburu is also home to the third of Kenya’s giraffe species – the rare Reticulated Giraffe (only found in the Northern parks). This is also where you see the blue-legged Somali Ostrich, the long-necked Gerenuk gazelle and the straight-horned Beisa Oryx antelope. Large herds of elephant roam the gaunt hills during the day before returning to bathe on the banks of the river in the evening. Return to the lodge for lunch. After a delicious lunch at the lodge, proceed for a late afternoon game drive. In the evening, enjoy dinner at your lodge
Overnight in Samburu National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 - (Saturday)
Samburu National Park - Aberdare National Park [B/L/D]
After breakfast, depart for the Aberdare region, arriving in time for lunch at Aberdare Country Club. After lunch, you will be transferred in the lodge vehicles to
The Ark Lodge. The Ark overlooks the Yasabara waterhole, perhaps the largest salt-lick in the Aberdare Mountains and the haunt of a variety of forest game unequalled in Africa.
This tree-lodge is uniquely shaped to resemble the actual Ark, designed with decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for viewing the animals visiting the salt-lick and waterhole. A ground-level bunker a The Ark provides excellent photographic opportunities, and the Yasabara waterhole is floodlit by night to enable all-night viewing of game.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. After safari briefing and introduction to your driver guide, depart for Aberdares National Park. Arrive, check-in and lunch at Aberdares Country Club. Afternoon you will be transferred to the Ark Lodge. Spend the rest of the day as you watch animals coming to quench their thirst in the nearby floodlit waterhole
Overnight in Aberdare National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 - (Sunday)
Aberdare National Park - Lake Naivasha [B/L/D]
Enjoy breakfast at the Ark. You will be transferred to Aberdares Country Club. Meet your driver guide and proceed for Lake Naivasha.
Lake Naivasha is the highest-lying lake in the eastern arm of the East African Rift Valley and one of two freshwater lakes in Kenya. The park, which is mainly, comprised of savannah ecosystem harbors a wide variety of wildlife. There are over 100 species of birds in the park, including vultures, Verreaux’s Eagles, augur buzzard and swifts. African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, and baboons are also common. The park is also home to klipspringer antelope.
Arrive for lunch at Lake Naivasha. Later in the afternoon opt for a boat ride at Lake Naivasha and walking safari at Crescent Island or just relax at the lodge.
Spend rest of the day at leisure, relaxing and enjoy a delicious dinner at the lodge.
Add-on -Cruise on Lake Naivasha.
The lake is almost 13kms across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five meters. Lake area varies greatly according to rainfall, with an average range between 114 and 991 sq. kms. At the beginning of the 20th Century, Naivasha completely dried up and effectively disappeared. The resulting open land was farmed, until heavy rains a few years later caused the lake to return to existence, swallowing up the newly established estates. Proceed for a 45-minute boat ride and visit to the crescent island. Navigating right through herds of Hippos is a rather special experience that – we guarantee for that – you won’t easily forget. Alternatively, a nature walk at Crescent Island is an excellent way to see wild animals. The island is a private game sanctuary, and home to Zebras, Gazelles, Monkeys, Hares, Bucks and Giraffes.
Overnight in Lake Naivasha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 - (Monday)
Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara National Park [B/L/D]
After breakfast, we depart for the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the jewel among Kenya’s game reserves. This world-renowned reserve, which stretches over 1510 sq km of open rolling grasslands, is watered by the Mara River and littered with an astonishing amount of wildlife. The enormous reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains and is well-known for its spectacular wildebeest migration. It is the true home of the BIG FIVE: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Cape Buffalo. Its name derives from the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area, who still call the wide plains of Kenya and northern Tanzania home. As we travel through Maasai land, we occasionally come across a solitary Maasai Moran (=Warrior) standing on one foot while herding hundreds of cows, goats and sheep. His only defense against the dangerous wildlife surrounding him to all sides is a single stick or spear!
Upon arrival in the Maasai Mara, we comfortably take lunch at our lodge before exploring the huge reserve on a late afternoon game drive. Spotting lions, cheetahs and other spectacular predators is the highlight of your day. This evening, enjoy sumptuous dinner at your lodge.
Overnight in Maasai Mara National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Between July and October (usually best in July and August), we can witness the famous Wildebeest and Zebra migration from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara. A massive accumulation of 1.5 million Wildebeest, 200,000 Zebras and 350,000 Gazelles stretches their legs over 2000km in an annual race to find enough water and green grass for their survival.
Day 8 - (Tuesday)
Maasai National Park [B/L/D]
Add-on – Early morning Hot Air Balloon Safari –
There is nothing more peaceful and dramatic than drifting over the savannah as the sun peeks over the horizon and floods the land with light.
Alternatively, sleep in a bit before going on another full day game drive and have some amazing wildlife encounters.
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge. This day of Safari adventure is exclusively spent in the Maasai Mara. We look out for the park’s Big Cats, the Big Five and the abundance of wildlife and natural wonders found in Kenya’s most famous game reserve. Remember to keep a sharp lookout; you may witness a dramatic hunt, a solitary Leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree, or a herd of Elephants protecting their young from predators.
The Maasai Mara has one of the richest wildlife ensembles in the world, hosting over 95 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. Game viewing is never dull here, and patience is usually rewarded with unique sightings.
Overnight in Maasai Mara National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 - (Wednesday)
Maasai Mara National Park - Nairobi [B/-/-]
After a good night’s sleep, we start our journey back to Nairobi, In Nairobi, our driver safely brings you back to your hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Add-on – The Carnivore Restaurant Experience –Experience Nairobi’s most exotic meal at The Carnivore Restaurant, choosing between an all-you-can-eat lunch or dinner in a garden setting. Fill your plate with ostrich, crocodile, and camel meats roasted on Maasai swords over a charcoal pit then carved table side. Both lunch and dinner include soup and a range of side dishes, followed by desserts and Kenyan coffee.
Overnight in Nairobi
Day 10 - (Thursday)
Nairobi Departure [B/-/-]
Today marks the end of your Kenya Safari Vacation. you take home a big smile and a lifetime of memories – that much is certain!
After breakfast and check-out, you’ll be transferred to Nairobi airport for your flight home or for your onward destination either Mombasa or Uganda.
(Note that at most hotels, the international standard for the check-out time is 11:00 Am. Should you depart later, baggage may be stored at the hotel. A late check-out depends on availability and may be subject to additional charges).
Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers and local guides. Experience and professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.
- You will walk less than 45 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails.
- Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
- This tour also includes long bumpy rides in safari vehicles. You should feel comfortable stepping up and down to get in and out of the vehicles, standing for long periods of time, and maintaining your balance while the vehicle is parked and in motion.
- Our tour guides who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of our guide is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
- If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
We consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. Travel insurance is widely available to purchase. It is the personal responsibility of each traveler to ensure that they have adequate travel insurance cover. Please read the policy details carefully. It is each traveler’s personal responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover purchased is suitable and adequate for their particular needs. Voyages Hub will not be responsible or liable for any consequence of any nature arising from the failure to comply with the responsibility of providing for adequate travel insurance cover.
We use hotels that are closely monitoring COVID-19 updates and adhering to the guidelines that are set by the National Health Organization and WHO. Along with the Government directions are preparing to safely reopen and accept guests with thorough precautionary standards set in place, to ensure a safe, healthy and welcoming environment!
Cleanliness and hygiene standards at hotels are of high importance and they have implemented additional measures that meet the latest guidance on hygiene and cleaning, to ensure the safety of our guests and team daily. The hotels are using cleaning & environmentally friendly products and protocols that are effective against viruses. They are conducting enhanced training and corona virus awareness, updating our team in response to the new standards COVID -19 has set for our well-being, onward
A post signage on entrance door that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted in the hotel Public spaces. They will perform cleaning and disinfection in all public spaces with increased frequency; Hand sanitizers have been placed at all areas and team facilities including lobby, dining outlets and reception desk, bathrooms and offices. The hotels will provide surgical masks and gloves to guests and staff according to the new guidelines . Designated signage at all public areas, notifying guests of keeping social distance, wearing masks, use hand sanitizers.
Elevators, must be used by one passenger at a time, or guests sharing the same room. Still, we encourage you to use the stairs.
Rooms. Key prevention protocols are followed to clean the rooms with particular attention paid to high touch items. A rigorous cleaning after guest depart and before the next arrival. More detailed information is provided in each room
Back of House. Screening of all teams, in each shift before entering the Hotel, for symptoms to Immediately exclude anyone. In the spaces where Hotels team is working we are increasing the frequency of cleaning and focusing on high-touch areas like entrances, locker rooms, laundry rooms and offices
The hotels will ensure to follow Food Safety Policies as well with daily cleaning and disinfection of the kitchen and other food preparation areas, surfaces, proper cooking and storage of food and hygiene practices.
(Please visit individual Hotel Website for Covid-19 related information)
Our suppliers use transport companies, those have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you peace of mind when you are travelling during these new times.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the transport companies have taken additional measures to elevate our hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations.
The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis.
All our guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitizing when required.
Hand sanitizer will be available on board for your use throughout the day.
Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitizer to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries.
Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.
The health and safety of our passengers and employees is our top priority. As questions and concerns arise as a result of COVID-19, our group of companies has taken a number of precautionary measures to provide the highest level of protection for our customers and team.
Our COVID-19 measures include:
- The vehicles interiors are completely cleaned and sanitized daily.
- Drivers now perform a thorough cleaning of the vehicle’s interior surfaces with disinfectant wipes between each trip.
- Drivers have been issued protective disposable rubber gloves and masks.
- With the exception of dispatcher, office staff are now working remotely, from home.
- All employees have been instructed to self monitor, self isolate and seek immediate medical attention if they show any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Under no circumstance will we allow sick employees to report for work.
At this time we don’t know what the exact future effects of Covid-19 will be on tourism in Kenya. We hope that all attractions and hotels included in this offer will reopen and will continue to operate in 2021 but we may have to look for alternatives where this is not the case and we do appreciate your flexibility. We also do not know if social distancing restrictions will continue and so reserve the right to limit numbers on coaches and review prices if appropriate if these restrictions are applied by the governments.
Covid-19 Reschedule: Your tour qualifies from a reschedule to a future date based on government advisories. A mutually agreed date with the tour leader will be announced and all the deposits will be retained for future travel for the same trip.
- In order to enter Kenya, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
- We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
- U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Kenya. You may purchase an e-visa online through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or submit a request for a paper visa by visiting your local embassy. (Please note: The consulates in the U.S. and Canada have no jurisdiction over the e-visa process). You can also purchase your visa by using a visa provider, such as our partner. You will need to have your visa receipt with you upon arrival in Kenya.
- If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
- Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
- Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on safari vehicles.
- Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag. Safari luggage restrictions are strict and strongly enforced. It’s essential that your luggage meet the following requirements:* A soft, flexible duffel bag (absolutely no hard suitcases or bags with hard sides are permitted)
- Your bags can be no larger than 34” W x 17” H x 15” L
- The total weight cannot exceed 44 pounds (including your camera equipment and carry-on bag)
- Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will be most comfortable. Quick-dry material is best for hot days outside and a warmer layer may be needed for chilly evenings and early mornings.
- Wear muted colors for game drives, as bright clothing may scare animals away and blue or black clothing attracts tsetse flies.
- Comfortable closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, are best for walking during the day.
- We recommended bringing a cushion or pillow to be comfortable in the safari vehicles during long transfers.
- Pack a swimsuit as many of the hotels have pools that you are free to use at your leisure.
- Sun protection is very important. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.
- Occasional rain showers are common during certain seasons, so lightweight rainwear may be necessary depending on the timing of your trip.
- Mosquito repellent, binoculars, and a flashlight are highly recommended.
- A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
- The Kenyan government has a strict ban on plastic bags. As of June 1, 2019, it is illegal to use, sell, or carry plastic bags anywhere in the country under the new law, and violators will face charges including high fines or imprisonment. Please bring reusable cloth bags if you plan to go shopping on tour, and do not pack any plastic bags, including small resealable bags.
- At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
- Local governments may require proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. This is only required of travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission (Please note: This does not include the U.S. or Canada). Visit cdc.gov/yellowfever for more information.
- If you’re traveling on the tour extension to Kenya, you’re required to provide proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card ) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine.
- Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
- Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
- Travelers should be prepared for exposure to the elements including intense heat, sun, and rain.
- Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry-on bag.
- If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
- If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify us at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
- Cuisine in your game lodges reflects the region’s British colonial influence—you may find that many locals pause for afternoon tea. Most restaurants offer curries and other South Asian cuisine brought over by the many Indian immigrants. Maize, sweet potatoes, and pineapple were brought over by the Portuguese, and beef has been a staple since the 1600s.
- Kenya operates on the British standard 240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
- Tanzania (on the tour extension) operates on 220-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
- We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
- Not all of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
- Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
- Power outages are common. In some of the camps, power is turned off in the late afternoon as well as in the early morning.
- Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
- There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
- Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
- Kenya is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and eight hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
- When it’s noon in New York, it’s 8pm in Nairobi.
- At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your driver/guide a gratuity in USD. We recommend tipping $8USD to $10USD per person per day.
- If applicable, we also recommend $2USD per local guide.
- Tips can only be paid in cash.
- Gratuities for baggage handling are included in the price of your tour.
- You can also expect to be solicited for tips from the hospitality and restaurant staff that you encounter. Leaving as little as $1USD is greatly appreciated, although tipping is entirely at your discretion.
- The currency you’ll be using on your tour is the Kenyan shilling
- You may be able to purchase Kenyan shillings in advance from your local bank or a foreign currency exchange retailer, such as Travelex. There is no limit on importing currency into Kenya, but please note travelers are restricted from carrying more than $100,000 in Kenyan shillings out of the country (and cannot export more than $5,000 in Tanzanian shillings from Tanzania on the tour extension).
- We recommend that you carry as little local cash as possible as well as small amounts of U.S. dollars (only crisp bills printed in 2004 or later).
- ATMs are most readily available in Nairobi; while there, we recommend taking out cash in small bills to have on safari.
- Major North American credit cards are accepted but can be difficult to use in remote locations (Visa is the most widely accepted).
- International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
- We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
Voyages Hub reserves the right to levy a surcharge commensurate to the fuel increase at the time of operation of this movement.