MAP - Classic Kenya: A Tented Camp Safari 2016

Classic Kenya: A Tented Camp Safari (QK)

11 Day Tour from Nairobi to Nairobi

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On this magnificent Kenya safari, visit remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of 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. Due to the small group size, no more than 20 guests, you’ll stay in elegant tented camps, a nod to Africa safari pioneers. These unique and well-appointed properties enhance the experience by helping you feel closer to nature and at one with the landscape.

Your safari adventure starts in Amboseli National Park, known for its large elephant population and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. In Samburu National Reserve, you’ll have the chance to see rare animals not spotted in other parts of Kenya. Commonly referred to as the Samburu “Special 5,” they include the Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, and the gerenuk—a long-necked antelope that feeds while standing on its hind feet. Lion, cheetah, elephant, and Nile crocodile are also commonly spotted here. You’ll also spend two nights in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous game area. In addition to several game drives here, you will also enjoy a traditional Maasai dance performance and special farewell dinner in the bush—a unique experience offered by Globus!

Other highlights include Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and Lake Elmenteita, where you’ll enjoy sundowner drinks from a scenic hilltop. All of this and more await you on this amazing Africa safari!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Three game drives; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite bush breakfast
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Three game drives; sundowner drinks
OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY
Two game drives; visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite chimp sanctuary
LAKE ELMENTEITA
Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park and Soysambu Conservancy; sundowner drinks
MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Three game drives; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite farewell bush dinner; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite traditional Maasai dance performance

NOTES:

  • Check with your physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to Kenya.
  • 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 roads and game park trails in Kenya.
  • Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles and flights, your suitcase must be soft-sided and cannot exceed 33 lbs including hand luggage.
  • 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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Lake Nakuru

Transportation:

4-wheel-drive safari vehicles 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.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 10 lunches, 9 dinners including a special farewell bush dinner in the Maasai Mara

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

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

Day 2 Nairobi–Amboseli National Park

Depart Nairobi for AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK, best known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet. After lunch, embark on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE to begin your search for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo.

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Day 3 Amboseli

Rise early for a MORNING GAME DRIVE. Amboseli affords you a great opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, and more. Afterward, an exclusive Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUSH BREAKFAST has been arranged for you. Sip on a mimosa as you savor every moment of the memorable experience! Relax during the heat of the day prior to an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE.

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Day 4 Amboseli–Nanyuki–Samburu National Reserve

Today, fly to Nanyuki (via Nairobi), then continue north by road past Mount Kenya 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 at your safari camp, 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.

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Day 5 Samburu

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 and leopard are often spotted. The reserve is also a great place for bird watching, with more than 300 species. Between game drives, relax at your lodge. This evening, relish SUNDOWNER DRINKS in the bush as the sun sets over this stunning landscape!

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Day 6 Samburu–Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast, travel to OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY, the largest black rhino sanctuary in all of East Africa. After lunch, enjoy a GAME DRIVE in the conservancy, including a stop at 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.

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Day 7 Ol Pejeta–Lake Elmenteita

Rise early this morning for a final GAME DRIVE in the conservancy. After breakfast, depart for your camp on the shores of Lake Elmenteita. The journey will take you through the beautiful Kenyan highlands, one of the most fertile agricultural areas in all of Africa, where farmers grow crops such as corn, wheat, coffee, and tea. En route, stop at the Aberdare Country Club for lunch.

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Day 8 Lake Elmenteita. Lake Nakuru National Park Excursion

After breakfast, 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 lunch, followed by time at leisure. Later this afternoon, enjoy a GAME DRIVE in SOYSAMBU CONSERVANCY, home to more than 450 species of birds, elegant Rothschild giraffe, eland, zebra, and more. If you are lucky, you may even spot the elusive leopard! End the day with SUNDOWNER DRINKS from a scenic hilltop overlooking Lake Elmenteita!

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Day 9 Lake Elmenteita–Maasai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, drive to MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya’s most famous game area. “The Mara,” as it is called by locals, is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrives, generally from August to early November, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. After lunch, set out on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE.

NOTE: The Great Migration is a natural event, and the exact arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year.

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Day 10 Maasai Mara

Further explore this magical place on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, giraffe, topi, hyena, and much more. Relax at your lodge during the middle of the day. Tonight, join your traveling companions for a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite FAREWELL BUSH DINNER and a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TRADITIONAL MAASAI DANCE PERFORMANCE—the perfect way to end your safari!

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Day 11 Maasai Mara–Nairobi–Homebound Flight

Today, fly back to Nairobi, where your tour ends with lunch at the famed Carnivore Restaurant. We have secured a day room for you at the Ole Sereni Hotel before a transfer to the airport for your late-evening flight. Book homebound flights after 5 pm.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANDREW MWENDA NDUNGUQ

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

Join me as we embark on a journey through this unique country. From the bustle of Nairobi to the wilderness and bush of our national parks and reserves, there are many reasons why Kenya is one of the most popular destinations in Africa. I am honored to have the opportunity to share with you my passion about Kenya, and I'm delighted to guide you through such a spectacular destination!

Tour Director - ANDREW MWENDA NDUNGUQ

 Accommodations

Nairobi
Amboseli National Park Area
Samburu National Reserve Area
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Lake Nakuru National Park Area
Maasai Mara National Reserve Area

Nairobi

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Superior First-Class

Nairobi Serena Hotel Kenyatta Ave., Nairobi,  Kenya

Kenyatta Ave.
Nairobi, Kenya

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Despite its central location, the Nairobi Serena hotel is a quiet sanctuary amid the bustle of one of Africa's most dynamic cities. The interior décor reflects an entirely pan-African theme featuring art and inspiration from Ethiopia, the Maghreb, West Africa and East Africa. Offering a wide range of dining experiences, The Nairobi Serena is renowned for its 'Mandhari' fine-dining restaurant, which is universally acknowledged as one of Kenya's finest.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer

Amboseli National Park Area

Kilima Safari Camp

Superior First-Class

Kilima Safari Camp , Amboseli National Park Area,  Kenya


Amboseli National Park Area, Kenya

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Kilima Safari Camp is shaded by mature black-barked acacia trees with uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The camp features an elegant bar, shop, outdoor pool, massage room, dining room, and an outdoor area for campfires. Electricity is provided during limited hours: 5:00 am - 9:00 am, 12:30pm - 3:00pm & 6:30 pm - midnight.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service

Samburu National Reserve Area

Ashnil Samburu Camp

Ashnil Samburu Camp Buffalo Springs Game Reserve, Samburu National Reserve Area,  Kenya

Buffalo Springs Game Reserve
Samburu National Reserve Area, Kenya

Ashnil Samburu Camp sits in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve which takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. Enjoy the quiet serenity of the African wilderness and first-class accommodations in this remarkable place. Electricity is provided during limited hours: 5 am to 10:30 am, 12 pm to 4 pm & 6 pm to midnight. 24-hour power may be requested for breathing machines.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Superior First-Class

Sweetwaters Serena Camp , Ol Pejeta Conservancy,  Kenya


Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

Lake Nakuru National Park Area

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp Lake Elmenteita, Lake Nakuru National Park Area,  Kenya

Lake Elmenteita
Lake Nakuru National Park Area, Kenya

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp offers traditional safari luxury with 24 spacious tents. It is an oasis of comfort and excellent service situated strategically on a cliff near Lake Elmenteita in Soysambu Conservancy. The conservancy has been identified as a Ramsar Site, a wetland of international importance. The lake is an important stop for over 350 bird species including lesser flamingos. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail

Maasai Mara National Reserve Area

Ashnil Mara Camp

Ashnil Mara Camp , Maasai Mara National Reserve,  Kenya


Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

The Ashnil Mara Camp property is comprised of 40 luxury tents overlooking the plains of the Maasai Mara and includes luxury ensuite bathrooms, walk-in closets and a sun deck for relaxation while watching game. Electricity is provided during limited hours: 5 am to 10:30 am, 12 pm to 4 pm & 6 pm to midnight. 24-hour power may be requested for breathing machines.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries

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