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Essence Of Kenya Safari

Starting From $2,499 Per Person

Journey Style: Private (Fully Escorted)

Accommodation Style: Mid-Range

Duration: 8 Days

Highlights: Samburu Game Reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara National Reserve

This 8-day safari takes you to Kenya’s northern frontier, where your adventure will begin searching for elusive predators in Samburu Game Reserve. From there, we continue on to Olpejeta Conservancy to visit the last remaining rhinos and exciting game drives. After a visit to the vibrant wildlife of Lake Nakuru, spend your remaining days traversing the endling plains of the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve.

Day One: Arrive Nairobi

Following your flight, the Odyssey Safari staff will greet you at the airport and load your bags for transport to the Safari Park Hotel. Once you are settled in, you may select an optional activity or simply relax at the hotel for the trip ahead. Some of the possible optional activities include: The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the Karen Blixen Museum, and Langata Giraffe Center.

Destination: Nairobi, Kenya

East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, Nairobi is Kenya’s beating heart, an exciting, maddening concrete jungle that jarringly counterpoints the untrammelled natural beauty to be found elsewhere in the country. Nairobi’s polarising character ensures that the city is reviled and loved in equal measure, and even those who love it might well admit that it’s the kind of place many rave about only once they’re away from it.

Overnight: Safari Park Hotel

Surrounded by 40 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, the Safari Park Hotel & Casino combines the elegance of African architecture and art with an infrastructure at the leading edge of technology. Located only 15 minutes from the Nairobi city centre, the hotel offers calmness and serenity away from the fast pace of the city.

Day Two: Nairobi – Samburu

This morning you will travel by road to Kenya’s northern frontier. Wild and rugged, Samburu is fiercely beautiful with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Uaso Nyiro River. It is also one of Kenya’s most protected areas and home to species only found north of the equator, from the reticulated giraffe to Grevy’s zebras and Beisa Oryxes.

Destination: Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Samburu National Reserve is situated at the southeastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by Ewaso Nyiro River, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The reserve is reach in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (Also referred as Samburu Special). 

Overnight: Samburu Tented Camp

Ashnil Samburu Camp is a luxury tented set in the spectacular backdrop drop of the Mighty Ol Olokwe mountain fronting Ewaso Nyiro River. The 30 exclusive luxury Tents are spread out along the shady banks of the river under a thick stand of doum Palms. It features an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun lounges, a garden and a Lounge bar offering views of the African savannah. Each tent features a decked Terrance with views of the Ewaso Nyiro River.

Day Three: Exploring Samburu Game Reserve

Dawn breaks in golden bands as we start our day in the bush by scanning the river from our tent’s veranda with a cup of steaming coffee in hand. Before the dew is off the grass, we’re off in pursuit of the elephants, lions, leopards, and cheetahs that thrive in the reserve’s grasslands and acacia woodlands. The day is spent in alternating pursuits of exploration and relaxation in the cozy camp.

Destination: Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Samburu National Reserve is situated at the southeastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by Ewaso Nyiro River, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The reserve is reach in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (Also referred as Samburu Special). 

Overnight: Samburu Tented Camp

Ashnil Samburu Camp is a luxury tented set in the spectacular backdrop drop of the Mighty Ol Olokwe mountain fronting Ewaso Nyiro River. The 30 exclusive luxury Tents are spread out along the shady banks of the river under a thick stand of doum Palms. It features an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun lounges, a garden and a Lounge bar offering views of the African savannah. Each tent features a decked Terrance with views of the Ewaso Nyiro River.

Day Four: Samburu Game Reserve – Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Today we travel to the Sweetwaters Tented Camp in the secluded heart of Ol Pejeta Ranch and Rhino Reserve. Here, these magnificent beasts are given sanctuary from those who would take their lives to sell their horns. Here too, the Jane Goodall Institute operates a remarkable Chimpanzee Sanctuary where we meet the primates face to- face. Exciting adventures await.

Destination: Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 400 square kilometer safe haven for wildlife, including rhino, in the Laikipia region of Kenya. Ol Pejeta is home to the largest population of black rhino in East Africa, and conversely, the last two northern white rhinos in the world. In addition, Ol Pejeta has some of the highest predator densities yet still manages a successful livestock program, a ground breaking model now being replicated by other conservancies across Africa.

Overnight: Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Embrace the awe-inspiring natural beauty of your surroundings, and set the stage for a visit you won’t soon forget. Located within the sprawling Ol Pejeta Conservancy, one of Kenya’s most noteworthy conservancies and home to the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard), Sweetwaters Serena Camp offers a safari experience unlike any other.

Day Five: Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Lake Nakuru

Today we travel to the Lake Nakuru National Park located in the Great Rift Valley. After lunch we will depart for the afternoon. The game in this park is plentiful and the magnificent bird watching will make a devotee out of even the most reluctant. The Park is a home to stunning flocks of lesser and Greater Flamingos. The bird life here is world renown and over 400 bird species exist here.

wildlife at lake

Destination: Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking, picnics, and game drives.

Overnight: Sarova Lionhill Lodge

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. A short two-hour drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is a favorite with residents and visitors to Kenya.

Day Six: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara National Reserve

This morning we will drive through the dramatic Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve. This enormous reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains, famously known for its spectacular great wildebeest migration and is also the home of the Big Five: lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino.  Arrive in time for lunch at the camp, then depart on an afternoon game drive.

close up of lion

Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya- Africa. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland. Wildlife tends to be most concentrated on the reserve’s western escarpment. There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded on the reserve.

Overnight: Ashnil Tented Camp

Ashnil Mara Camp is located in the Masai Mara National reserve a 4 – 5 hour drive from Nairobi. There are daily scheduled 45 mins flights from Nairobi to the Masai Mara and just 2 hrs from Mombasa. The camp has 50 luxury tents. This luxury Masai Mara Camp is arguably in one of the very best positions in the Masai Mara. 

Day Seven: Exploring The Masai Mara

Wake up to the sights and sounds of one of the world’s premier wildlife destinations. In the Masai Mara Reserve live 95 species of mammals and 570 species of birds; an impressive number, making this area a unique destination for game safaris, one of the best places in all of Africa. On the plains are enormous herds of grazing animals plus the elusive cheetah and leopard.

close up of lion

Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya- Africa. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland. Wildlife tends to be most concentrated on the reserve’s western escarpment. There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded on the reserve.

Overnight: Ashnil Tented Camp

Ashnil Mara Camp is located in the Masai Mara National reserve a 4 – 5 hour drive from Nairobi. There are daily scheduled 45 mins flights from Nairobi to the Masai Mara and just 2 hrs from Mombasa. The camp has 50 luxury tents. This luxury Masai Mara Camp is arguably in one of the very best positions in the Masai Mara. 

Day Eight: Masai Mara – Nairobi – International Flight Home

Enjoy an early breakfast at the camp, checkout and conduct a game drive en-route with an optional opportunity to visit a village of the Maasai people to witness the singing and dancing that is part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. Take a scenic stop at the edge of the Great Rift Valley before arriving Nairobi between 3 and 4 PM, then transferred to the airport for your international flight.

What’s Included

  • A fully-escorted adventure with a warm welcome at the airport or at your accommodation from one of our representatives.
  • Breakfast each morning at your accommodations, along with lunch and dinner as per your detailed itinerary.
  • Local and seasoned expert private guides take you through your itinerary highlights and experiences.
  • All accommodation stays, tours and transfers for scheduled activities are covered unless otherwise listed in the itinerary.

What’s Not Included

  • Your international airfare (unless noted in the itinerary) Please let one of our safari experts know if you’d like to receive pricing for airfare.
  • Visas (our team will assist in the application process and advise what visa is best based on your destination).
  • Travel insurance, which is required and can be purchased from us after you’ve secured your trip with us.
  • Additional sightseeing, activities, and experiences outside of your itinerary along with gratuities.

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