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13 Days Leopard Safari

Overview

This is an extensive and beautiful journey across Kenya. You’ll travel in a 4x4 vehicle to many of the main parks, culminating in the rolling plains of the Maasai Mara. As well as wildlife viewing, insightful excursions range from a full day discovering Nairobi’s attractions – including the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage – to visiting a local school and lion-proof boma supported by Born Free.

Itinerary (summary)

 Activities, Hotel & Meals
Day 1

Nairobi

  • On arrival, transfer to your modern hotel to relax
  • Dinner and overnight at Radisson Blu or similiar
Day 2

Nairobi

  • Full day trip to four of Nairobi’s key attractions
  • Visit the Giraffe Centre and Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Have lunch at Tamarind Tamambo
  • Visit the Karen Blixen Museum
  • Dinner and overnight at the Radisson Blu
Day 3
Nairobi - Amboseli National Park
  • Drive to Amboseli National Park
  • Known for its huge elephant herds and the Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Arrive at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge in time for lunch
  • Head out on a game drive in the afternoon
  • Dinner and overnight at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Day 4

Amboseli National Park

  • Visit Ol Moti School, supported by the Born Free Foundation
  • Visit the Maasai bomas
  • Drive back to your lodge for lunch
  • Head out on a game drive in Amboseli
  • Dinner and overnight at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Day 5

Amboseli - Aberdares National Park

  • After breakfast travel back to Nairobi
  • Head out towards the Aberdare Mountain Range
  • Lunch en route at the Safari Park Hotel
  • Check in at the Aberdare Country Club
  • Transfer to its unique sister property, The Ark
Day 6

Aberdares - Samburu National Reserve

  • Travel back to the Aberdare Country Club for check-out
  • Continue north to the Samburu National Reserve
  • Dinner and overnight at the the Samburu Game Lodge on full board basis
Day 7

Samburu National Reserve

  • Make the most of a full day in Samburu
  • Early morning and afternoon game drives
  • Meals and overnight at Samburu Game Lodge on full board basis
Day 8

Samburu - Ol Pejeta

  • Drive south to Sweetwaters Serena Camp for lunch and a game drive
  • Visit the Chimpanzee and Rhino Sanctuaries
  • Meals and accommodation at Sweetwaters Serena Camp on full board basis.
Day 9

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

  • Today offers the opportunity for further game drives in the conservancy.
  • Meals and accommodation at Sweetwaters Serena Camp on full board basis.
Day 10

Ol Pejeta - Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Drive via Thomson’s Falls to Lake Nakuru
  • Stay at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge overlooking Lake Nakuru on full board basis
Day 11

Lake Nakuru - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

  • Drive to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve
  • Stay at the Sarova Mara Game Camp on full board basis
Day 12

Lake Nakuru - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

  • Early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives in the Maasai Mara
  • Option: take a hot-air balloon safari over the Mara
Day 13

Maasai Mara - Nairobi

  • Fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa in the afternoon or return to Nairobi
  • Spend the afternoon at the Eka Hotel (Nairobi)
  • (End of tour).

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival, transfer to your modern hotel to relax.

Dinner and overnight at Radisson Blu or similar.

Day 2: Nairobi

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before an insightful full day trip to four of Nairobi’s key attractions. Your first stop will be the Giraffe Centre, a conservation centre for the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe where you’ll have the chance to feed these friendly giants. Next you’ll drive to the world-famous Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Spend some time with the elephants as they are fed by staff, who are on hand to answer any questions and talk about their experiences with these rescued baby elephants. The elephants are inquisitive, so expect a trunk heading in your direction! Have lunch at Tamarind Tamambo, and then visit the Karen Blixen Museum; the simple farm house home of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa.

Your final visit of the day will be Kazuri Beads – a bead-making shop founded in 1975 to create employment for local single mothers. You’ll see how the beads are hand-shaped from clay, kiln-fired and glazed before being strung together to create a colourful bracelet or necklace. Dinner tonight is at your own arrangement.

Dinner and overnight at Radisson Blu or similar on bed only basis.

Day 3: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park

After breakfast, drive to one of the most popular parks in Kenya – Amboseli National Park, known for its huge elephant herds and dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ll arrive at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge in time for lunch. This a traditional lodge, where rooms are housed in single-storey buildings. In the afternoon, head out on a game drive. Amboseli’s low vegetation makes for excellent wildlife spotting. Look out for lion, buffalo and zebra, as well as hippo in the swamplands. The park’s dry and dusty form is due to the volcanic ash that came from Mount Kilimanjaro on its last eruption, yet the lush green areas are a result of a continuous water supply from the mountain’s melting snow. Approx. journey time: 3 hours.

Accommodation at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge or similar on full board basis.

Day 4: Amboseli National Park

This morning you’ll visit Ol Moti School, supported by the Born Free Foundation (you may like to bring small gifts for the children such as pens, books and posters). Then visit one of the lion-proof Maasai bomas created by Born Free in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service. Amboseli is a region of high human-wildlife conflict, with lions destroying livestock, and the local community destroying the lions in return. Typically, Kenyan livestock is held in enclosures made of thorn bushes − which lions can find a way through. The difference with a lion-proof boma is that it is constructed of chain fences. So far, this method – piloted in Amboseli – has proved to be 100% lion proof. Drive back to your lodge for lunch and head out on a game drive in Amboseli.

Accommodation at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge or similar on full board basis.

Day 5: Amboseli - Aberdares National Park

After breakfast travel back to Nairobi and then out towards the Aberdare Mountain Range, with lunch en route at the Safari Park Hotel. Once you reach Aberdare you’ll check in at the Aberdare Country Club in order to transfer to its unique sister property, The Ark, which will be your viewing perch for the night. Based on Noah’s Ark, The Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, attracting wildlife both day and night. Approx. journey time: 5 hours.

All meals and accommodation at The Ark.

Day 6: Aberdares - Samburu National Reserve

Travel back to the Aberdare Country Club for check-out and continue north to the Samburu National Reserve and the Samburu Game Lodge on the western banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. This is the dry north of Kenya and the reserve attracts wildlife not often seen elsewhere. Look out for the gerenuk – a rare gazelle with a long neck that stands on its hind legs to feed. Approx. journey time: 3 hours.

Dinner and overnight at Samburu Game Lodge on full board basis.

Day 7: Samburu National Reserve

Make the most of a full day in Samburu with early morning and afternoon game drives offering further chances to seek out the ‘special five’: the gerenuk, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and Somali ostrich.

Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp.

Meals and overnight at Samburu Game Lodge on full board basis.

Day 8: Samburu - Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Drive south to Sweetwaters Serena Camp for lunch and a game drive, then visit the Chimpanzee and Rhino Sanctuaries. Within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the sanctuary is the only place in Kenya where the endangered chimpanzee can be seen. It also houses the world’s two remaining northern white rhino. Head back to Sweetwaters for dinner and to experience the charm of under-canvas living. Approx. journey time: 3 hours.

Meals and overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Camp on full board basis.

Day 9: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Today offers the opportunity for further game drives in the Ol Pejeta conservancy.

Meals and overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Camp on full board basis.

Day 10: Ol Pejeta - Lake Nakuru National Park

Drive via Thomson’s Falls to Lake Nakuru for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge. Lake Nakuru National Park offers one of the best chances to see rhino. Enjoy a game drive and take in the views from the park’s viewpoints. Stay at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge overlooking Lake Nakuru. Approx. journey time: 3 hours.

Meals and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge on full board basis.

Day 11: Lake Nakuru - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Today there’s the option of a hot-air balloon safari over the Mara at sunrise. Then head out on early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives in the Maasai Mara.

Meals and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp on full board basis.

Day 12: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Drive to the Maasai Mara and explore the rolling plains on an afternoon game drive. You’re likely to spot prides of lion basking in the shade, and may even be able to seek out an elusive solo leopard and other species including cheetah and hyena. Stay at the Sarova Mara Game Camp – a classic bush camp with traditionally-furnished canvas tents housed under tiled roofs. Approx. journey time: 5 hours.

Meals and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp on full board basis.

Day 13: Maasai Mara - Nairobi

If you’re travelling on to Kenya’s coast, you’ll fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa in the afternoon. Otherwise, return to Nairobi. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Spend the afternoon at the Eka Hotel where you might like to pre-book a day-room to freshen up before your return flight.

(End of tour).

Included in tour:

  • Accommodation as per the above safari description
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary above
  • All transfers and transport, park fees, hotel accommodation
  • Game viewing activities as stated in the above tour/safari description
  • Service of an English speaking driver guide

Not included in tour:

  • Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • International flight
  • Visa entry into Kenya or Tanzania
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratitudes to safari staff

Accommodation for this Safari

  • Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

    Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

    Set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, the glittering Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park.

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  • The Ark Lodge

    The Ark Lodge

    Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, the Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of awesome wildlife.

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  • Samburu Sopa Lodge

    Samburu Sopa Lodge

    Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panaromic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond.

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  • Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

    Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

    Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge overlooks the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park.

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  • Sweetwaters Serena Camp

    Sweetwaters Serena Camp

    Sweetwaters Serena Camp provides and amazing wildlife viewing experience. You can see animals from the comfort of your rooms. Located on the plains below Mt Kenya, in the expansive Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

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  • Sarova Mara Game Camp

    Sarova Mara Game Camp

    Sarova Mara Game Camp is located within in the heart of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, surrounded by 2 streams the camp also features a exotic trees, a large fish pond and an Maasai village adjoining the camp.

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Enquirie about this safari

Destinations

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli, Kenya

A luxury lodge at Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is located in the south of Kenya, on the Tanzanian border, and is famous for its spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli has fantastic game viewing and is particularly well-known for its elephant population.

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Aberdares National Park

Aberdares, Kenya

Stunning view of Mt. Kenya from Aberdares National Park

Aberdare National Park is one of the major national parks in Kenya that offer exceptional hiking terrains and stunning views, the park is located between Mount Kenya to the north and the Great Rift Valley.

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

A black rhino at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is an important wildlife conservancy in the Laikipia District of Kenya and the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa. The Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals, including the “Big Five” (the endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion), Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee.

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Samburu Game Reserve

Samburu, Kenya

Reticulated Giraffe at Samburu National Reserve

The reserve is rich in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx. The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard and Cheetah are an important attraction (Kamunyak the Miracle Lioness that adapted the baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve).

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Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Flamingoes at Lake Nakuru National Park

The Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the top tourist destinations in Africa, famed for the Flamingos that flock to its shores to feed on the Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis that live in its alkaline waters. It is a very important breeding ground and stop over for many species of birds, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara, Kenya

The wildebeest migration at the Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve is considered a “must see” for any visitor traveling on safari in Kenya. It is on the “to do” list of most Kenyan visitors because the park is graced by a wide variety of unique and exquisite wild life and birds.Masai Mara is the best place to see all of the “Big Five” animals (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo) together. The famous wildebeest migration also takes place at the Mara.

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