Kenya Grand Safari - Stay At Treetops
7 nights. April 2019 - November 2020. From £2299.00.
This perfect introduction to perhaps East Africa's great natural wonderland takes in a quartet of protected national parks and reserves. It includes an overnight stay in famous Treetops, with its Royal connections, as well as opportunities on a succession of unforgettable game drives to view some of the most extraordinary wildlife species on earth. There are also chances to meet some of Kenya's most fascinating peoples as you journey through some of its most striking and dramatic scenery.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy three game drives in the Samburu National Reserve - home to reticulated giraffes
Stay in famous Treetops game lodge
Visit historic Nyahururu - formerly 'Thompson Falls'
Journey through the Rift Valley to renowned Lake Nakuru National Park - giraffe and rhino sanctuary
Enjoy a b oat ride on Lake Naivasha - freshwater home to flamingos and hippos
Spend two nights - and enjoy three game drives - in the famed Maasai Mara National Reserve
Visit to a Maasai village
Overnight in Nairobi - Kenya's engaging capital
Enjoy a farewell lunch at a famous restaurant
Visit the city's Giraffe Centre
Seven nights' carefully chosen accommodation, in game lodges on safari, with full board arrangements on safari, bed and breakfast plus farewell lunch in Nairobi, plus a night on the aircraft
Return flights to Nairobi
Travel by six-seater safari minibuses throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced drivers and safari guides
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly overnight from the UK to Nairobi.
Day TwoArriving very early this morning, you'll meet your driver/guide and head north from Nairobi in your safari vehicle, passing Thika, with its acres of ripening pineapples and climbing through the forested hills and on past the towering twin peaks of Mount Kenya, a distant brooding presence often shrouded in cloud. Journey from the forest into the high plain, with its grasslands dotted with market towns, cross the equator and take in the panorama of the northern Laikipia plateau, a vast area of savanna, before dropping down onto the arid lowlands for a two-night stay in the Samburu National Reserve.
Long-established on the bank of the Ewaso-Nyiro river, rugged Samburu is one of Kenya's most peaceful and beautiful locations, After lunch, join your driver/guide for the first of the included game drives through the reserve. Return to the lodge for a 'sun-downer', followed by dinner and a first night under the Kenyan sky.
Day ThreeToday is spent in the wonders of the reserve. Choose morning and afternoon drives, returning for lunch, or spend the full day out, taking a packed lunch provided by the lodge, before enjoying a second evening at Samburu.
Day FourAfter breakfast, make your way back across the equator and into the highlands once again, heading towards Nyeri, resting place of Lord Baden-Powell, and the eastern fringes of the Aberdare National Park. Here, after lunch, you'll enjoy an afternoon and overnight stay in perhaps Kenya's best-known lodge, famous Treetops, where the future Queen Elizabeth II learned of her father's passing in 1952. The lodge is still a unique place in which to enjoy the magical sight of the animals that come to the floodlit waterhole each night, as you watch from the viewing platform above.
Day FiveAfter breakfast at Treetops, make the unforgettable, scenic journey via Kenya's highest town Nyahururu, and descend into the Rift Valley. Part of the great geological schism that runs through 6000 kilometres of Africa and the Middle East, the Rift Valley provides some of the world's finest game viewing against the backdrop of rugged escarpments.
You'll arrive by lunchtime in Lake Nakuru National Park, set around the shores of the soda lake, and a popular grazing ground for black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo, several gazelles and leopards. The lake is also a paradise for birdwatchers, with flamingos and pelicans, as well as fish eagles and herons amongst countless others to be spotted during this afternoon's post-lunch game drive.
Enjoy dinner and overnight in the Lake Nakuru Lodge, set in its own shady gardens.
Day SixContinue south through the Rift Valley, pausing at spectacular, freshwater Lake Naivasha, upon the shores of which Born Free author Joy Adamson lived and died. Board a boat to cruise on the lake's waters, home to wallowing hippos, and spot countless bird species as well as giraffe, zebra, waterbuck and wildebeest along the shore, before continuing south.
By early afternoon you will have entered the Maasai Mara, perhaps the world's most famous protected game reserve, scene each year of the annual wildebeest migration and, thanks to a rigid conservation programme, a place where game might be seen in numbers little diminished from the pre-hunting days of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Enjoy an afternoon game drive (a packed lunch will be provided) en route to your lodge, where dinner is served.
Day SevenEnjoy a last full day of game drives within the vast grassland of the Maasai Mara, whether you choose morning and afternoon safaris or to spend all day in the reserve. During the day, you'll visit a Maasai village, and will have the opportunity not only to buy a locally produced souvenir of your stay, but perhaps also to engage in conversation with the villagers. Enjoy dinner at the lodge, perhaps reliving experiences of the last few days with your companions, and spend a last night in the unique surroundings of the bush.
Day EightAfter breakfast, make the journey up out of the Rift Valley back to Nairobi. After a last included lunch at the famous Carnivore restaurant (which offers vegetarian alternatives to its trademark meat barbecue dishes) you'll pay a short visit to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife's engaging Giraffe Centre, with its protected Rothschild giraffes. Tonight will be spent in the sumptuous surroundings of the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, an historic Nairobi landmark offering modern, five-star comforts. Choose to dine in the hotel or in the city at your leisure.
Day NineAfter an early breakfast, transfer back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving late this afternoon. Back to top
AccommodationKenya Safari Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Back to top
Small group toursGroup sizes on each departure of this tour are restricted to a maximum of 24 people. The usual group size is between 16 and 20, with most travel undertaken in smaller six-seater vehicles meaning you can enjoy experiences and encounters (and in some cases even stay in wonderful little places) that are denied to larger groups.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately five hours.
Passports and visasBritish Citizens require a visa to travel to Kenya, which can be applied for online. We will send you details prior to travel. Passports must be valid for six months beyond your return date and have two adjacent blank pages available for arrival in Kenya.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Travel vaccinationsRequirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Road ConditionsIn developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure. Back to top