Great Parks of Kenya (QK) - 2014 / 2015

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10 Day Tour from Nairobi to Nairobi

Great Parks of Kenya

Vacation Overview

On this magnificent safari to Kenya, visit some remarkable places in an effort to see giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more—all in their native environments. Imagine the thrill of seeing these majestic animals as they sunbathe on grassy land and roam across the vast savannah grassland. You’ve seen it on TV and now you have the chance to see it up close and in person!

Spend three nights in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous game area. In addition to several game drives you will also visit a local Maasai village and sip on mimosas as you savor the food and stunning setting at a special bush breakfast. Other highlights: Samburu National Reserve with its diverse population of wildlife—including some rare animals not seen in other parts of the country—and over 300 species of birds; and Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Also stop at a local market in Nanyuki to see beaders at work. Stay at Lake Elmenteita for two nights to visit nearby Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its pink flamingos, and Lake Naivasha, where you will take a cruise to view resident hippo.

Spectacular wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and the chance to learn about new cultures—all are offered on this thrilling Kenya vacation.

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  • Safari mini-buses carry a maximum of six passengers, ensuring you’ll always have a window seat. They also feature a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography.
  • Check with your travel agent or physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to Kenya. This may require inoculations prior to travel and/or taking anti-malaria pills.
  • All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
  • We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough on some East Africa roads and game park trails.
  • Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles and flights, your suitcase must be soft-sided and cannot exceed 33 lbs.
  • Some minor changes in your daily itinerary may be expected due to wildlife migrations and viewing.
  • Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

DAY 1Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

Welcome to Africa! Arrive this evening, check in to your hotel, and prepare for your safari adventure!


DAY 2Nairobi–Mount Kenya–Samburu National Reserve

Depart Nairobi to begin your search for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. First, stop at the famed Mount Kenya Safari Club for lunch as you take in stunning views of Mount Kenya. After lunch, continue on to SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE, known for its arid landscape and unique wildlife. Due to the dry climate, grasses are sparse, making animals easier to spot. Meanwhile, the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which borders the reserve, provides a year-round water supply. These conditions make for a great game-viewing experience. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon GAME DRIVE, where you have the chance to see rare animals you will not see in other parts of the country. Commonly referred to as the Samburu “Special 5,” this includes Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, and the gerenuk, a long-necked antelope that feeds while standing on its hind feet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


DAY 3Samburu

Today, enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. In addition to the Samburu “Special 5,” the reserve is home to an abundance of other species. Large numbers of elephant and Nile crocodile can be seen, as well as waterbuck, Kirk’s dik-dik, and Grant’s gazelle. Where there is prey, predators can be found, so lion, cheetah, and leopard are often spotted. The reserve is also a great place for bird watching, with over 300 species. During your afternoon game drive you will visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL SAMBURU VILLAGE, where you will learn about their culture and day-to-day life. Between game drives, there’s time to relax at your camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


DAY 4Samburu–Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast, travel to OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY, the largest black rhino sanctuary in all of East Africa. After lunch, visit the MORANI INFORMATION CENTER to learn more about the wildlife here and how the conservancy works. You will also meet and interact with Baraka, a blind black rhino that serves as an ambassador for the species. Afterward, a GAME DRIVE takes you through the conservancy. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


DAY 5Ol Pejeta–Nanyuki–Lake Elmenteita

This morning, visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite CHIMP SANCTUARY. In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute, the sanctuary was established to provide a long-term home for orphaned and abused chimpanzees. Here, see the chimps and learn more about their plight. Afterward, leave Ol Pejeta for the nearby village of Nanyuki, where you will visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL MARKET to see craftswomen at work. Some are busy weaving wool rugs and shawls while others use traditional beading techniques to make beautiful jewelry. After lunch at Aberdare Country Club, continue to your camp on the shores of Lake Elmenteita. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


DAY 6Lake Elmenteita. Lake Naivasha Cruise & Lake Nakuru National Park Excursion

The Rift Valley lakes make up some of the oldest and deepest lakes in the world. This morning, travel to Lake Naivasha, the highest of all the lakes featuring pristine fresh water. Here you will take a CRUISE around the lake to view the resident hippos. If you are lucky, you might even spot a fish eagle. After lunch, travel to LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK, famous for its population of pink flamingos that feeds in the alkaline water of the lake. Other animals you may see on your GAME DRIVE include waterbuck, giraffe, impala, and striped hyena. This is also your best chance to see a white rhinoceros, commonly spotted here. Return to your camp for a SUNDOWNER DRINK in the bush. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


DAY 7Lake Elmenteita–Maasai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, drive to MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya’s most famous game area. Enjoy lunch at your camp before an afternoon GAME DRIVE, including a visit to a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL MAASAI VILLAGE, where you will learn more about this semi-nomadic tribe, famous for herding cattle and their distinctive red clothing. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Days 8-9Maasai Mara

Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES both days. The Maasai Mara is part of the Serengeti ecosystem, and boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest arrives, typically in early August, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo, too. On one of your morning game drives a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUSH BREAKFAST awaits you. Sip on a mimosa as you savor every moment of this memorable experience! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily)

The Serengeti National Park is a well known animal sanctuary and its annual migration 

DAY 10Maasai Mara–Nairobi–Homebound Flight

Today, fly back to Nairobi. Upon arrival, visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM, dedicated to the author of Out of Africa. Next, stop at the GIRAFFE CENTER, a non-profit organization focused on saving the Rothschild’s giraffe. Here you will learn a bit more about this sub-species and have the opportunity to feed them. After lunch, continue on to the Ole Sereni Hotel, where we have secured a day room for you to use before a transfer to the airport for your late-evening flight. Book homebound flights after 5 pm. (Breakfast, Lunch)


American breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 8 dinners

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Great Parks of Kenya:

  • Kenya Lake System in Great Rift Valley