8 Day Essence of East Africa

Comfort
Lodges
Small Group

Tour Details

Tour Style Comfort Lodges Small Group
Length 8 days
Countries Visited Kenya
Starts Nairobi
Ends Nairobi
Group Size Max 6
Age Range 12 - 65 and above
Tour SKU ACE2605
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Why You'll Love this Tour

Experience the Highlights of Kenya as you travel for 8 days discovering the essence of East Africa. Relish multiple game drives in the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli National Parks. Engage with local tribes and Maasai warriors while learning about their culture and conservation of their ancestral lands. These endless plains scattered with wildlife will capture your heart and hook you for life!

Tour Price

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Included

  • Meals - 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation - Hotels (2 nights), Safari lodge (1 night), Tented camps (4 nights)
  • Transport - 7-seater 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Registered Tour Guide
  • Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made, Maai Mahiu
  • Kenya Wildlife Service Talk, Amboseli National Park
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance and wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Entrance and wildlife safari drives in Lake Nakuru National Park,
  • Entrance and wildlife safari drives in Amboseli National Park

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Meals (other than those listed as included)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included in Tour Price

  • Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made, Maai Mahiu
  • Kenya Wildlife Service Talk, Amboseli National Park
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance and wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Entrance and wildlife safari drives in Lake Nakuru National Park,
  • Entrance and wildlife safari drives in Amboseli National Park


Other Activities

Masai Mara

  • Masai Mara Balloon Safari
Nairobi
  • Railway Museum (6USD per person)
  • Karen Blixen Museum (34-73USD per person)
  • Bomas of Kenya Tour (26-65USD per person)
  • National Museum (21-33USD per person)
  • The Carnivore Restaurant (51-82USD per person)
  • David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Visit (26-65USD per person)
Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya

Upon your arrival in Nairobi, you will be transferred to your accommodation. Please ensure you have all the necessary visas for your trip. There will be a welcome tonight where you will get the opportunity to meet your group and tour guides. If you arrive early, you are free to explore the city as you please, returning to the accommodation in time for the welcome meeting.

This trip is action packed with long travelling times to 2 different wildlife parks over the 8 days. Please be prepared for the authentic, ‘off the beaten track’ journey on some bumpy Kenyan roads.

You will have the pleasure of travelling in a small group allowing everyone a window seat and the opportunity to engage with your trained safari guides.

Accommodation: Sarova Panafric Hotel (or similar)
Meals: No meals are included today, you are welcome to dine at your own pleasure (budget 100-130 USD for meals not included)

Day 2: Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

We depart early for Lake Nakuru, home to hundreds of pink flamingos and a variety of other birds. Take a late afternoon wildlife drive in Lake Nakuru National Park after arriving at our safari lodge in time for lunch.

Accommodation: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive
Route: Nairobi –  Lake Nakuru National Park
Distance: 165 km (3 – 4 hours travelling time)

Day 3: Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Discover a variety of birds along the salty shores of Lake Nakuru on morning and afternoon safaris, where you can see rhinos, buffalo, impalas, lions, and more. Hear about rhino conservation and poaching issues from a representative of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), which manages the country’s wildlife.

Accommodation: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive, Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park – Lake Naivasha, Kenya

This morning, gain valuable insights into wildlife conservation efforts with a talk by a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) representative. Learn about the challenges and triumphs of protecting Kenya’s precious animals.

Later, embark on a scenic journey south through the Great Rift Valley, leading you to the captivating Lake Naivasha. This vast freshwater lake, fringed by lush grasslands and olive trees, is a haven for diverse wildlife.

Hop on a boat cruise for prime hippo and buffalo sightings. Don’t forget your binoculars! Scan the skies for vibrant lovebirds, graceful ibis, and the majestic African fish eagle. Disembark at Crescent Island, a tranquil wildlife sanctuary nestled in the heart of the lake. Embark on a guided walk, searching for wildebeest, zebra, and giraffe roaming freely in this protected paradise.

Lake Naivasha’s name, derived from the Maasai word “Nai’posha” meaning “rough water,” might be slightly misleading. While the lake can experience occasional choppiness, it’s generally calm, offering a perfect environment for spotting an abundance of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for wallowing buffaloes in the swamps, and listen for the calls of colobus monkeys echoing through the treetops.

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights: Kenya Wildlife Service Conservation Talk, Lake Naivasha & Crescent Island
Route: Lake Nakuru National Park – Lake Naivasha
Distance: 80 km
Travel Time: 2 – 3 hours travelling time and

Day 5: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara, Kenya

Visit the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve and settle into our comfortable tented camp. Drive through acacia-dotted plains in the afternoon, passing wildebeest, zebra, and giraffes as you keep an eye out for lions, elephants, and the “big five.” Relax at the camp and take in the scenery.

We depart for the Masai Mara National Reserve after breakfast. This is a must-see on any Kenya trip. In the afternoon, we will arrive at our safari camp, our base for the trip. We’ll then drive into the reserve for an afternoon wildlife safari, with excellent chances of seeing the “big five”: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino.

Accommodation: Fig Tree Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive
Route: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara
Distance: 230 km
Travel Time: 5 – 6 hours travelling time

Day 6: Masai Mara, Kenya

Explore the savanna early in the morning in search of animals that traversed it during the night. Experience one of the most active times of the day for ungulates like Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, topi and eland antelopes. Explore Masai Mara’s timeless landscapes on an afternoon safari.

Accommodation: Fig Tree Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive

Day 7: Masai Mara – Nairobi, Kenya

Take in the breathtaking sunrise over the savanna on your final safari in Masai Mara. Visit Café Ubuntu, an organization supported by G Adventures that trains and employs local women.It’s an oasis with delicious organic food, friendly staff, and a relaxing atmosphere in Maai Mahiu.Visit the craft center and meet some of the women who create the wares sold there, then sit down for a delicious farm-to-table lunch.

During a final morning safari drive, enjoy the African sun rising over the savannah of the Mara plains. After returning to Nairobi late afternoon, join the CEO for a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Sarova Panafric Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Included Highlight: Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made, Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive
Route: Masai Mara – Nairobi
Distance: 245 km
Travel Time: 5 – 6 hours f

Day 8: Nairobi, Kenya

Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Feel free to depart at any time. If you are not ready to leave and would like to explore some more, feel free to ask your tour guide for help with ideas to extend the adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I see the wildebeest migration?

The wildebeest typically disperse into the Seronera plains of Tanzania during the short rains, which fall in late November or early December. Here they remain until the end of the long rains from January to early May. Towards the end of April the wildebeest start to congregate on the southern plains in the preparation for the 800km northward migration to Kenya. The major obstacle faced by the wildebeest on this migration is the crossing for the Grumeti River through the western corridor, which typically occurs between June and July. From July to October, you may catch the crossing of the Mara River into Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

What are the travel days like?

This is not a physically challenging tour, however the travelling can be difficult on long drives with poor road conditions. Long distances are covered between national parks and game drives are also spend driving around the park in search of wildlife. Yet the diversity and beautiful scenery of this African landscape combined with meeting the local tribes and learning about their cultures truly enhances the experience.

What if I'm travelling solo?

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation so the single supplement is optional based on whether you require a private room. We pair single travels in twin accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of your tour.

FROM

R88,819

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced ZAR 88819 - ZAR 102699 (Price Fluctuates base on the seats available. confirm with your consultant). Currency fluctuations may occur

Currency estimated. Base currency is South African Rand (ZAR)

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