(Nairobi, Lewa Conservancy, Masai Mara)
Experience a tailor-made luxurious adventure that will seem more like a dream than a safari.
To the Kiswahili people of Kenya, the word safari means “journey.” Take a luxurious journey through the boundless wilderness of Kenya and Tanzania. Enjoy the very best game parks such as the unique Lewa, legendary Masai Mara, the vast Serengeti, and fabled Ngorongoro Crater, and experience the natural world unchanged by the passage of time with every comfort and amenity available to you. Your private guide and 4x4 vehicle will take you out each day for thrilling game drives in search of lions, rhinos, zebras and more. In the evenings, relax in luxury tented camps and lodges set in idyllic surroundings and listen to the wild night sounds come alive around you.
Discover Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, one of the first conservation efforts in Africa, home to both the black and white rhino and the world’s largest single population of Grevy’s zebra. Enjoy time here exploring the rolling hills of the savanna as the snow-tipped peaks and glaciers of Mount Kenya provide a dreamlike backdrop. Continue on to the astounding Masai Mara reserve where your expert guide will take you out for personalized game drives in search of packs of hunting lions. Take a sunrise hot air balloon ride and watch as the day’s first light drapes itself across the golden plains, then enjoy a champagne breakfast fit for a king. Cross over into the famed Serengeti and set out accompanied by an experienced tracker-guide into its seamlessly never-ending expanses for a chance to glimpse the Big 5. Spend time at the bottom of Ngorongoro Crater, the World’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera, for a chance to get up close to over 20,000 mammals. This luxury safari spares no expense and promises to deliver grand moments that will last a lifetime.
Kensington Tours offers local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Kensington Tours has its own offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and Arusha, Tanzania (click on the KT Nairobi video). Our prices include the support of our own dedicated team on the ground! Another reason we deliver unbeatable value.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the hotel and airport. After your guide has loaded up your luggage you will be driven through Nairobi admiring some of the sights (time permitting). Your guide will brief you on your itinerary en-route.
While you are in the care of Kensington Tours, your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all Kensington Tours clients are covered by “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment. This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.
Take your flight from Nairobi to Lewa Downs today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hr. On all services the luggage allowance is 15 kilos in soft bags. This allowance shall include all hand baggage.
A representative from your lodge will pick you up and transfer you between the lodge and airstrip.
Borana has a fleet of radio-linked, custom-built, four-wheel drive, open-sided vehicles that are driven by supremely knowledgeable driver/guides. Since Borana is private property, there are no game park rules and no one else will ever obscure your view of the big game that lives here. Enjoy shared game drives in the morning and afternoon when animals are more active.
Night game drives - when most animals are active - are very popular, allowing guests an insight into the nocturnal life of the bush that is denied them in most of the parks. Our hugely experienced guides know the ranch intimately and can usually find the animals that guests most want to see.
With the snow-tipped peaks and glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south and a panorama of mountains and desert to the north, Borana provides an idyllic setting for any African experience. Home to the Dyer family for three generations, Borana takes its name from the native Boran cattle farmed on these arid grasslands. The ranch sits within a vast conservation area and the Dyer family is dedicated to working alongside its neighbours to preserve the natural environment and to promote economic and social improvements in the area.
Come to Borana and draw on the Dyer’s knowledge of this magical land to create the ultimate safari experience. Or just relax in the luxury and harmonious comfort. During your stay enjoy day and night time game drives, guided bush walks, mountain biking, horseback riding safaris, visit the lodge's ranch, sign up for cultural tours, biplane safari, quad biking and more. Since Borana is a private property, there is guaranteed exclusivity, making every aspect of the safari experience personal, peaceful and uninterrupted - giving guests the rare opportunity to be totally immersed in nature. But don't let us hold you back - you can always go fishing, rock climbing or even paragliding, make the suggestion and we will try to make it happen.
If you would like to give something back to the community during your stay, simply speak to the staff. Borana directly contributes to several health, education, and environmental projects such as: Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Seven Elephants Tree Nursery, Borana Mobile Clinic, Education Support Programme, Borana Forestry Project, and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
One of the most tranquil ways to see wildlife is on a guided bush walk. Your experienced guides lead these hikes and share their extensive knowledge of the land and its wildlife, flora and fauna and birds. Seeing big game on foot is extremely satisfying and allows you to track game in completely safety. The slower pace means that you also have a chance to see smaller animals that they would miss or scare off if traveling at a faster speed.
Take this scheduled flight from Lewa Conservancy to Masai Mara. This flight takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Includes your transfer from the lodge to the airport.
Your flight will depart at 9:35 am from Lewa and arrive into the Masai Mara at 11 am. Please note flight times can change.
Your expert guide will meet you and other guests at your lodge for an afternoon game viewing drive in and around Masai Mara. See if you can spot lions in the park today. Lions live for 10-14 years in the wild. They typically inhabit savannah and grassland, although they may take to bush and forest. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats. A pride of lions consists of related females and offspring and a small number of adult males. Groups of female lions typically hunt together. Highly distinctive, the male lion is easily recognised by its mane, and its face is one of the most widely recognised animal symbols in human culture.
The lion (Panthera leo) is one of the four big cats, 3 of which are found in Africa - lion, leopard, cheetah. With some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, lions are the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Until about 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans. They were found in most of Africa, across Eurasia from Western Europe to India, and in the Americas from the Yukon to Peru. However, the lion is a vulnerable species, having seen a possibly irreversible population decline of thirty to fifty percent over the past two decades in its African range. Outside of designated reserves and national parks, you will rarely, if ever, see a lion. Although the cause of the decline is not fully understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are currently the greatest causes of concern. Reserves have helped to boost the lion population and help to bring back their numbers.
Early this morning you will meet up with others at the lodge for your game drive. Drives are typically done in the morning at 6:30 a.m. for a few hours. See if you can spot the elusive leopard.
The smallest of the four "big cats," the leopard was once distributed across eastern and southern Asia and Africa, from Siberia to South Africa, but its range of distribution has decreased radically because of hunting and loss of habitat. It is now chiefly found in sub-Saharan Africa. Because of its declining range and population, it is listed as a "Near Threatened" species. Compared to other members of the Felidae family, the leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull. It is similar in appearance to the jaguar, but is smaller and more slightly built. The species' success in the wild is in part due to its opportunistic hunting behavior, its adaptability to habitats, its ability to run at speeds approaching 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph), its unequaled ability to climb trees even when carrying a heavy carcass, and its notorious ability for stealth. The leopard consumes virtually any animal that it can hunt down and catch. These stealthy animals are one of the prized sightings you may see in Masai Mara.
As the concession is outside the game parks, guided walks and night drives are allowed and highly recommended. By walking, guests can get that much closer to nature, and if an opportunity to track wild game presents itself, their trained trackers will take guests even closer. On a more self-indulgent note, their masseuse will now be based full-time at the camp for complimentary massages, manicures and pedicures. Any other needs that guests may have will be met by butlers who have been trained to provide guests with discreet, yet attentive service. Activities also include game drives in 4-wheel drive vehicles, night game drives, guided bush walks, river swimming, river fishing and swimming pool.
On today’s afternoon game drive, the choice is up to you: search for the Big 5 or expand your horizons to discover something different. Masai Mara not only has a rich mix of animals – it also has an incredible array of bird life with almost 450 different species.
Depart early this morning to meet up with others for your sunrise hot air balloon ride. Soar into the skies and watch as the sun dawns across the plains. The balloon will float up for a wide view of the park, and then sweep down almost to the treetops so you can see the animals up close, sometimes dropping to just inches above the animals and ground. This ability to quietly ascend and descend allows you to get closer to the animals, affording some of the most incredible views of game and the park. Afterward, enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast right in the middle of the game park complete with champagne. This is one of our most highly rated activities.
Set out this afternoon accompanied by your guide on another exciting game drive through the Masai Mara Game reserve. The Mara area is one of the few places left in Africa where one can still spot Rhinos in the wild. Your guide will take you to locations where Rhinos have been recently reported to see if you can snap some photos of these elusive lumbering giants.
Today you will drive to the local airstrip to catch your charter flight to Migori, Kenya. You'll be met upon arrival and driven to Isebania, at the border between Kenya and Tanzania.
Be sure to have your passport, money for your visa along with your Yellow Fever Certificate handy, as you will pass through a customs office to clear Kenya immigrations and enter Tanzania. Visas can be purchased at the border: Tanzania $100pp for Americans, $50pp for other nationalities. After this, you'll continue on to the Tarime airstrip, where you'll board your charter flight to continue your safari in the Serengeti.
Note: Visas are paid for, using US cash (no bills older than 2006 due to local counterfeiting safeguards). Single entry visa is valid for 3 months and can be used for multiple entries between Kenya and Tanzania. Please be sure to have your Yellow Fever certificate handy.
A representative from your lodge will pick you up and transfer you between the lodge and airstrip. Depending on time, they will fit in a quick game drive to/from the lodge.
While at Singita, your luxurious all-suite accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, teas and coffees are all included. Along with this, you'll also enjoy two game drives per day in an open Land Rover, accompanied by an experienced game ranger. Other activities include mountain biking, walking, tennis and archery. Laundry and valet services are also included but subject to certain conditions and restrictions. Also included are all of your drinks while on the Land Rover safaris, including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs (excluding vintage champagne and vintage wines on the connoisseurs wine list).
While at Singita, you'll have access to a wide range of activities, including: Game drives and walks with professional guides. Fun activities such as archery, lawn croquet, badminton, star-gazing safaris and mountain biking are all available. There are tennis courts at Sabora Tented Camp and Sasakwa Lodge with a choice of surfaces. Spa facilities are available at all three lodges. Yoga and gym facilities are available at Sasakwa Lodge and Faru Faru. Wireless internet access and satellite television at all three lodges.
You'll join up with others at the lodge for your game drive. Drives are typically done in the morning at 6:30am for a few hours and/or 4pm for a few hours. Head out into the park to explore the vast expanse of the Serengeti.
Get ready for an afternoon to remember as you set out accompanied by an experienced tracker-guide into the seamlessly never-ending expanses of the Serengeti. The park is world renowned for its healthy stock of resident wildlife species, in particular the African Big 5 which or course includes buffalos, elephants, rhinoceros, leopards and lions. Although with sightings considered a rarity, very few black rhinoceros still live within the confines of the park grounds. The Serengeti is also home to the largest population of lions and giraffes in all of Africa. Heavy concentrations of topi, gazelle, waterbuck and Coke’s hartebeest provide an ample food source for local carnivores including cheetah, hyenas and African wild dog. The park is also home to some 500+ species of birds, ranging in size and weights some of these bird including ostrich, crowned crane, marabou stork and secretary bird are the most sought after photogenic birds on the planet.
Time permitting, there are many optional activities. Depending on which lodge you're staying at, activities range from hot air balloon ride, nature walks to cultural village visits. Some of these can be prebooked through your destination specialist while others can be booked directly with the lodge upon arrival.
The most popular activity in Serengeti is going on hot air balloon ride ($550pp). Includes a dawn hot air balloon ride over the plains, with the opportunity for amazing pictures of the animal herds below. The balloon will soar up for a wide view of the park, and then sweep down almost to the treetops so you can see the animals up close. Finish with a freshly cooked breakfast right in the middle of the game park, with celebratory champagne. One of our most highly rated activities.
Spend the day taking in the spectacle of the famous wildebeest migration. This annual migration through the Serengeti and Masai Mara is one of the safari highlights of Africa. The wildebeest migration moves in a basic clockwise direction throughout the year in the Serengeti eco-system and moves north into the Masai Mara in Kenya from June/July through to Sep/October. Sightings cannot be guaranteed as the herds move according to the availability of food sources and migration movements can be erratic. The herds are accompanied by zebras and Thomson's gazelles and are stealthily hunted by local predators such as leopards, lions and hyenas.
Take your flight from Serengeti to Manyara (LKY) today. The flight duration is approximately 1.5 hours.
Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 15kg (32 lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.
Explore one of the most recognized wildlife conservation areas in Tanzania today. Depart your camp or lodge in a privately driven vehicle, along with a local expert guide, towards the Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. This geological masterpiece was formed as a result of an extremely large volcanic explosion which caused the volcano to collapse in on itself, thus creating a crater. The crater is roughly 20 kilometers wide and some 2000 feet deep, making the trip from crater floor to rim around 45 minutes by 4x4. The extremely fertile crater floor is the reason why there is such a highly concentrated amount of wildlife here. Over 20000 mammals call the crater home, including some of the only remaining black rhinos in the world. The crater floor also boasts one of the highest carnivore densities in the world including large prides of lions, packs of hyenas and solitary predators like cheetahs and jackals. A keen eye, and expertly recommended search patterns from your guide may help you spot some of the less common species like leopards, servals, and bat-eared foxes.
Take your flight from Manyara to Nairobi (Wilson) today. The flight duration is approximately 3.5hrs.
Included in your stay, stop at the famous Carnivore restaurant. The Carnivore first opened in 1980 and is a meat speciality restaurant. Commonly referred to as the ultimate 'Beast of a Feast' - here you will enjoy a variety of meat roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Meats commonly include beef, chicken, and options to try game meat such as crocodile or ostrich. Delicious side dishes and an array of sauces complement the meats served. Your meal also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the restaurant remains a local attraction for international visitors.
Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions, requirements or food requests.
Ngong House is a private, serene and luxurious home stay situated in Karen / Langata area of Nairobi. The lodge overlooks the Ngong Hills, only a few minutes away from what used to be Karen Blixen’s coffee farm. Secluded in 10 acres of private land, it is close to Nairobi National Park, 30 to 40 minutes from Nairobi International Airport, 15 minutes from Wilson airport (where all fly safaris depart from) and 20 minutes from the city center.
With the snow-tipped peaks and glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south and a panorama of mountains and desert to the north, Borana provides an idyllic setting for any African experience. Borana takes its name from the native Boran cattle farmed on these arid grasslands. Borana Lodge luxury cottages are on their own private ranch in Northern Kenya on the Laikipia plateau. Overlooking a waterhole frequented by elephant, buffalo & other herbivores, this is an excellent place to catch a glimpse of the endangered Hunting Dogs otherwise known as the Painted Wolves.
Cottar’s Camp is an intimate family built camp located in a private reserve near the Masai Mara National Park, in Kenya. With eighty years of Safari service, the Cottar family leads you by the hand in exploring this diverse landscape. The camp provides tents guests in a relaxing setting built with a 1920's antique charm. Dining consists of local bush cuisine, often taken beside the waterfalls or on game drives. The outdoor veranda offers a stunning view of the surroundings and the opportunity to take a bush bath and perhaps a massage on the doorstep of this backdrop is swoon-worthy. This area has been untouched by any kind of tourism and offers privacy and an abundance of wildlife.
Singita Faru Faru Lodge is set in Grumeti in northern Tanzania, forming part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. Built on a gently sloping hill, this riverine lodge, positioned on the renowned migratory route, is a place where you can quite literally expect the unexpected. Informal, unconventional and surprising at every turn, Singita Faru Faru Lodge is a mix of contemporary, organic style and the quirky practicality of a traditional botanist’s camp. With such close proximity to the river and plains, guests have the unique opportunity to experience a very close connection with the wilderness. Dining is special, with elegant touches and tasteful choices made by the chef to ensure an experience that lingers on one’s palate. Activities at the lodge include game drives for adventurers, while others can stay back and take advantage of the heated plunge pool, spa and gym facilities, or pay a visit to Singita’s Equestrian Centre.
Hanging off the edge of the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater, which is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site, sits the opulent Crater Lodge. On the eastern side of the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania, the lodge is an astonishing example of accommodations somehow built in the great African wilderness. It comprises three separate camps totaling 30 suites of the highest standard and most breathtaking views. Dining is a gala event, where one may put on their best etiquette and flaunt the outfits that have been collecting dust when roughing it during the day. Here, one may feast on cuisine from the American chef’s world-knowledge. Activities include game drives involving visits to the Ngorongoro Crater.
May 11, 2015
"We were a group of 5 to Morocco. We were impressed at how seamless our private guided tour went. Accommodations were five star, the choice of family run hotels, beautifully appointed with Moroccan furnishings and large breakfasts, contributed to our experience. Our guide, Ishmail and driver, Abdul, made us feel like family. Ishmail showed off his country with pride, listened to our needs and was flexible to our style and speed of travel. We couldn't be happier with our Kensington experience beginning with the pre-planning in the US with Lily Baffour. Thank you very much for a memorable experience! "
May 12, 2015
"Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone. "
April 08, 2015
"Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment."
April 08, 2015
"Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington."
Sachi Gowda ,
December 15, 2014
"We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip."
Ronald Jones ,
December 12, 2014
"I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!"
December 15, 2014
"Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.
I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.
Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.
Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!
Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!"
Bruce Lundstrom ,
December 15, 2014
"Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company."
December 09, 2014
"A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation."
Belinda Skelton ,
December 12, 2014
"This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!"
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