Taste of Kenya Safari
8 days/7 nights
By air and road
Nairobi, Mount Kenya National Park, Tsavo West National Park, Amboseli National Park & Masai Mara National Reserve
This road safari includes one night high on the slopes of Mount Kenya in our ‘tree hotel’, Serena Mountain Lodge, two nights in our traditional safari lodge in Tsavo West National Park, two nights in world-famous Amboseli followed by two nights in the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve.
From $ 3,819.00 per person sharing
Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights Days
Nairobi to Mount Kenya
0800hrs After a Pre-Safari briefing, depart with your Safari Driver Guide and drive depart via the Great North Road, through the famed Kenyan highlands onto Mount Kenya National park. Drive on to the Serena Mountain Lodge – located at 2,134 meters on the slopes of Mount Kenya.
Serena Mountain Lodge - “Tree Hotel”
Sailing like an ark amid the primeval forests of Kenya's highest mountain, Mount Kenya, this timbered tree hotel offers champagne-clear mountain air, sweeping views across the tree-canopy, sparkling trout streams, and gentle forest walks. On the lower slopes of the mountain, the lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-sightings. The open-air viewing-deck looks down on to its own water hole and salt-lick, which attracts numerous animals. Elephant, buffalo and waterbuck are regular visitors to the waterhole. The surrounding dense rainforest comes alive at dusk with a myriad of sounds that make the African bush so special and exhilarating!
There is also a tunnel leading to a photo-hide, which offers spectacular viewing and photographic opportunities just metres away from the wildlife at the water hole. Activities include guided walks through the forest, trout fishing in the clear mountain streams, trips to the high moorlands of the mountain, and 5-day luxury climbs of the mountain.
Mount Kenya at 5,199 m is Kenya's highest mountain, a national icon, a climbers' Mecca, the nation's namesake, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and a wildlife stronghold. One of the world's highest National Parks, it is also an extinct volcano some three and a half million years old and the sacred home of Ngai, God of the Kikuyu people.
Lunch in the lodge followed by an afternoon at leisure or you may opt to take one of the optional activities offered at the lodge.
Dinner and Overnight at the Serena Mountain Lodge.
Mount Kenya to Tsavo West National Park
0700hrs After an early breakfast, depart and drive to Tsavo West National Park to arrive at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge in the late afternoon.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Superbly situated in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro and sheltered by the volcanic splendour of the Chyulu Hills, this classic stone-built lodge overlooks its own water hole, which is visited daily by elephants, buffalos and a wide variety of plains game. One of the first lodges ever to be built in a national park, the lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing. It is also ideally placed for visits to all the park's prime attractions.
Lunch in the lodge followed by an afternoon at leisure to enjoy a swim in the lodge pool.
1600hrs Afternoon game viewing drives in the park returning to the lodge in time to refresh for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight at the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.
Tsavo West National Park
Full day in Tsavo with morning and afternoon game viewing drives in the park. Tsavo West National Park offers some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world with large herds of dusty-red elephants, hippopotamus, giant crocodiles, black rhinoceros and African buffalos. The park includes also the lion, the cheetah, the leopard. The "big five" can be seen in Tsavo. Other animals commonly seen in the park are the zebra, the antelopes and gazelles, the mongoose, the hyrax, the dik-dik and the lesser kudu. Birdlife is abundant as more than 600 species of bird have been recorded
Some of the interesting areas to be visited are the Mzima springs, Roaring rocks, Chaimu and Shetani Lava sites to mention a few.
“Mzima” , meaning alive in Kiswahili is a peaceful oasis at the heart of red-dusty Tsavo and this magical place is not to be missed. The pure water of the three Mzima's pools filtered by the porous sponge-like soil of the Chyulu and the Shetani lava flow brings life to an unique ecosystem at only 40 km away from the Chyulu Hills. With a daily supply of more than 250 millions liters of fresh water, the pool provides an oasis of green, an heaven for fishes, birds, monkeys, crocodiles and hippos. The main attractions are the two nature trails leading to an underwater viewing tank build to allow visitors to watch hippos - if your are very lucky - and fishes (the most common fishes being the "barbel" of grayish colour and the "mud sucker" with developed lips and a large mouth.
Once climbed, the the Roaring Rocks will give you magnificent panoramic views, usually only seen by the eagles and buzzards that fly around these cliffs, over the plain called Rhino valley and the Ngulia The Roaring rocks, located near the Rhino Sanctuary, has been for long an observation point for the protection of black rhinoceros and the fight against poaching. The eerie Roaring Rocks are named after the buzz of cicadas that inhabit them and the howl of wind that hits the bare rocks by producing a roaring sound.
The Shetani flow
A black lava flow of 8 km long, 1.6 km wide and 5 meters deep, is the remain of volcanic eruptions which were subject of tales among local communities who named the flow "shetani" meaning evil in Kiswahili after it spewed from the earth just 240 years old. Climbing the flow is not an easy task as the thick black soil is composed of uneven chunks of solid magma.
All meals and Overnight at the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.
Tsavo West to Amboseli National Park
0730hrs after an early breakfast in the lodge, depart and drive to the Amboseli National Park. On entry into the park, enjoy a game viewing drive en route to the Lodge to arrive for lunch.
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge - In Kilimanjaro's Kingdom
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, the glittering Mount Kilimanjaro, the Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park. Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, the lodge looks out over the golden savannah plains.
Close by are a series of emerald green swamps, which are fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. These, the only sources of water in this otherwise starkly beautiful but arid park, attract a variety of game that include wallowing elephants, hippos, buffalos and plains game.
Afternoon at leisure to enjoy a swim or magnificent views from the lodge before embarking on an afternoon game drive at 1600hrs. Return to the lodge in the early evening in time to refresh for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Amboseli National Park
Full day in Amboseli National Park with morning and afternoon game viewing drives. Look for the elusive kudu, a delicate antelope with long spiral horns and a beautifully striped body that enables it camouflage among branches of acacia and trees and other shrubs.
You may certainly see families of giraffe, herds of zebra and antelope — and if you are lucky, you may spot the rare Serval cat. Elephant are a dominant presence in Amboseli; they are tracked almost constantly by researchers thus, the reason they have largely escaped the ravages of 1980s poaching. Here, you are able to spot some of the older “tuskers” lumbering almost delicately before the backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You’ll be fascinated by the abundance of bird life — from the colourful little lilac-breasted roller to the comical guinea fowl to vicious hawks and eagles.
All meals and Overnight at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Amboseli to Nairobi & onward to Maasai Mara
0730hrs After an early Breakfast at the Lodge, depart and drive to Nairobi to arrive at the Nairobi Serena Hotel in the early afternoon for a quick lunch.
1315hrs Transfer to Nairobi Wilson airport for your scheduled flight to Masai Mara game reserve departing at 1515hrs. You will be met on arrival by your Lodge Driver Guide and proceed to Mara Serena Safari Lodge for check-in and thereafter depart for game viewing drives in the reserve.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Perched on the saddle of a hill, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge has one of the most spectacular views imaginable across the vast plains, forests and rivers that make up the Maasai Mara – one of the world’s richest wildlife sanctuaries. It is on this very terrain that the annual migration takes place when millions of zebra, wildebeest and gazelle cross the plains below, on their way to the rich new grasses of the Serengeti. This is a spectacle that should be witnessed at least once in a lifetime. (End of July/August is an ideal time to witness the spectacle though timings may vary depending on natural reasons i.e the rains).
The lodge has been designed to mirror a traditional Maasai village or Manyatta and all the guest rooms are located in individual domed huts grouped in a circular manner. The furnishings of each room have been inspired by traditional Maasai art and each one has a private balcony with views that stretch over the vast African landscape.
Dinner and Overnight at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Full day in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives in the Reserve. Certainly the most frequented game reserve in Kenya, Masai Mara is a magnificent landscape of open plains bisected by the
Mara River and its tributaries, and punctuated by marshes and forests. This 650 sq kilometer reserve supports the highest density of game to be seen anywhere considering its size. During the seasonal migrations, Masai Mara is home to up to a million wildebeest and an equally impressive number of zebra that move into the area from neighbouring Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania. The reserve is home to all the “big five” and it is also possible to observe; baboon, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal, Cheetah, and the rivers abound with hippos and crocodiles.
The Mara is also noted for its abundance of lions - particularly the superb black manned males. You'll see
lots of elephants here often in large herds, as well as - if you're lucky - leopard, cheetah and rhino. All of
the Big Five are residents. You're sure to see the African buffalo. Get the cameras ready, stock up on Film
and enjoy yourself!
This morning, crown your game viewing experience with a “Bush Breakfast” by the Mara River Hippo Pools! A 15 minutes drive gets you to a hearty welcome; one cannot resist the charming “Jambo” from the chefs as they welcome you to our wonderfully set breakfast buffet of hot dishes made to your specification as you wait. The hippos keep you company and only say “Kwaheri” after you have had enough.
All meals and Overnight at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Masai Mara to Nairobi & Departure
Breakfast at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge.
1000hrs Transfer to the Mara Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Nairobi departing at 1015hrs to arrive at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport 1145hrs. Met on arrival at the airport and transfer to the Nairobi Serena Hotel or to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home.
Alternatively, you can add an extension trip to our fabulous Serena Beach Hotel & Spa, on Kenya’s stunning Indian Ocean coastline.
The package cost offer will include following services
- 07 nights on full board basis at the Serena Mountain Lodge, Kilaguni, Amboseli and Maasai Mara Serena Safari Lodges.
- Lunch at Nairobi Serena Hotel
- Ground transportation in a specialised 4x4 Landcruiser on exclusive use and “seat in vehicle” basis in Maasai Mara with services of English speaking driver guide.
- Park entrance fees.
- Return local air fare from Wilson Airport to Maasai Mara
- Airport and Airstrip transfers as stipulated in the itinerary
The package excludes the following services
- International Airfares, and Visa entry charges to Kenya
- All items of personal use i.e. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, gratuities, personal travel insurances- e.t.c
3rd Jan - 31st March 2013
US $ 4,004.00* per person sharing
US $ 4,497.00* per person in a single room
1st April - 31st May 2013
US $ 3,666.00* per person sharing
1st June - 30th June, 1st Nov - 22nd Dec 2013
US $ 3,884.00* per person sharing
US $ 4,243.00* per person in a single room
1st July - 31st Oct. 2013
US $ 4,453.00* per person sharing
US $ 5,033.00* per person in a single room
*Minimum 2 pax
US $ 40.00 per person per day applicable on 24th , 25th , 26th & 31st Dec 2012 – 1st Jan 2013
US $ 35.00 per person per day
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Terms & conditions
All rates quoted are on a per person basis unless otherwise stated, and are inclusive of the relevant taxes, levies and service charge. These rates are subject to change without prior notice though rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honored. During high season period a non refundable deposit equivalent to the cost of the first night's accommodation will be required to secure your booking.
Where rates are affected by changes in Government taxes, we reserve the right to pass on such increases. No credit can be given for meals not taken for pre-booked accommodation plans which include meals.
We regret that we cannot accept either personal cheques unless cleared in advance of arrival. We are pleased to accept to accept the following cards: Visa, Access/Master Card, American Express, JCB, Senator, Diners International as well as well as proprietary travelers cheques.
Child under 2 years sharing a room with 1-2 adults is accommodated on a complimentary basis, Child 2 to 12 years of age sharing a room with 2 adults is charged 50% of the per person adult rate. If own room is required 75% of the adult rate is charged., Young adult 13 to 17 years of age is charged 75% of the per person adult rate whether sharing or on their own. Please note these rates are not applicable to air flights and park entrance fees.