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6 Days Taste of Kenya Safari

Overview

Taste of Kenya offers a wonderful introduction to this wild country. Travel to the Eastern Rift Valley’s scenic lakes, best known for their birdlife and large rhino herds. Then head deep into the world’s most famous wildlife reserve, the Maasai Mara, where there’s the opportunity to take to the skies on an optional hot-air balloon ride. This shorter safari is a cost-effective way to fulfil a bucket-list dream.

Itinerary (summary)

 Activities, Hotel & Meals
Day 1

Nairobi

  • Transfer to your hotel to relax ahead of your safari.
  • Overnight at Sun Mayfair hotel (or similar).
Day 2

Nairobi - Lake Naivasha

  • After breakfast, drive to Lake Naivasha, arriving in time for lunch.
  • In afternoon, there’s the option to take a boat ride or relax at your lodge.
  • Meals and overnight at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge.
Day 3
Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Today you’ll head out on a day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park.
  • Enjoy game drives and a picnic lunch.
  • Meals and overnight at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge.
Day 4

Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara Game Reserve

  • After an early breakfast, drive to the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
  • Lunch en route at the Sarova Mara Game Camp.
  • Meals and overnight at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge or similar on full-board basis.
Day 5

Masai Mara Game Reserve

  • A full day in the Mara awaits, with the option of a hot-air balloon ride this morning.
  • Afterwards, you’ll head out on morning and afternoon game drives.
  • The reserve offers fantastic chances of seeing the Big Five.
  • Meals and overnight at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge or similar on full-board basis.
Day 6

Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi

  • After an early breakfast, you’ll begin the long drive back to Nairobi.
  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight
  • (End of tour)

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.

Dinner and overnight will be at the Southern Mayfair Hotel or similar.

Day 2: Nairobi - Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, drive to Lake Naivasha, arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon, there’s the option to take a boat ride or relax at your lodge, the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Set in 150 acres of grasslands, this sprawling Sopa lodge sits on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Extensive facilities – including two swimming pools, tennis courts, a spa and main restaurant – are dotted throughout the grounds, sensitively designed to have minimum impact on the natural environment. 84 rooms are housed in 21 characterful cottages built of local stone and set close to charming rock gardens and colourful plants with birds and playful monkeys flitting through the shade of the acacia trees above. You might even be lucky enough to see a giraffe wandering through the gardens. Approx. journey time: 2 hours.

Meals and overnight will be at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar on full-board basis.

Day 3: Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru National Park

Today you’ll head out on a day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park. The park is a haven for bird lovers, with over 400 species of bird – although be aware that the number of birds here fluctuates dependent on water level, so it’s best to check with the park if this is your primary reason for visiting. Lake Nakuru National Park also provides habitat for lion, leopard, buffalo and Rothschild giraffe, as well as white rhino and the endangered black rhino. After enjoying game drives and a picnic lunch, you’ll return to the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meals and overnight will be at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar on full-board basis.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara Game Reserve

After an early breakfast, drive to the Maasai Mara National Reserve with lunch en route at the Sarova Mara Game Camp. The most famous reserve in the world, the Maasai Mara is what safari dreams are made of – rolling grasslands and wide open savannah, rich in African wildlife. Here is the place to witness the incredible annual wildebeest migration between July and October as over a million animals thunder across the plains in search of water and grazing – but the Mara has mass appeal all year round. Spot lions basking in the shade or seek out an elusive solo leopard. Your accommodation here is the Mara Serena Safari Lodge, spectacularly located high on a hill with amazing views over the Mara River in one of the best locations for game viewing. Created to echo the feel of a traditional Maasai manyatta – a cluster of domed huts encircled by a boma of brushwood – this is a unique lodge, with twin rows of individual rooms and a rock-surround swimming pool. Soak up the views by day, and in the evening take a seat around the campfire for post-dinner drinks. The lodge’s ‘modular’ style rooms blend seamlessly into the landscape and offer uninterrupted views across the Mara from their private terraces. Inside, you’ll find earthy tones and swirling patterns, to echo the colours and shapes of the bush. Outside your room you might spot mongoose, warthogs and baboons, with bigger wildlife in the distance. Approx. journey time: 7 hours.

Meals and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge or similar on full-board basis.

Day 5: Masai Mara Game Reserve

A full day in the Mara awaits, with the option of a hot-air balloon ride this morning. Take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises for an entirely different perspective of the Mara, when the bright pink-orange haze is visible for miles across the vast savannah and wildlife becomes distinguishable from their silhouette forms below. Afterwards, you’ll head out on morning and afternoon game drives. The reserve offers fantastic chances of seeing the Big Five – and even better opportunities for viewing big cats. Other wildlife to spot includes elephant, giraffe, hyena, impala, wildebeest and buffalo.

Meals and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge or similar on full-board basis.

Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Nairobi

After an early breakfast, you’ll begin the long drive back to Nairobi. Approx. journey time: 7 hours. Transfer to the airport for 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

  • Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

    Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

    Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge which is a place of relaxation and rejuvenation, the lodge is set on the southern shores of Lake Naivasha. The resort has a resident Giraffe, as well as waterbucks, vervet monkey and colobus monkeys...

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  • Mara Serena Safari Lodge

    Mara Serena Safari Lodge

    Mara Serena Safari Lodge in the Masai Mara Game Reserver, a world where dramatic sights and experiences are enhanced by gracious service and five-star amenities. The lodge is perched high on a bush-cloaked hill with sweeping views of the savannah and the meandering shoreline of the Mara River.

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Enquirie about this safari

Destinations

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

A hippo on Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a picturesque fresh water lake surrounded by hills that are home to wildlife. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows.

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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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