Kenya Explorer

7 days from $3,108 per person*
  • Led by expert guide, enjoy game drives to spot wildlife in the Masai Mara.
  • Meet orphaned baby elephants and seek out endangered wild rhino.
  • Choose to visit the larger-than-life giraffes at Giraffe Manor.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected value accommodations.
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Begin your love affair with East Africa with some of the best game viewing in the world on this value-packed safari tour through Nairobi, Naivasha and the Masai Mara.

As the sun rises over the savannah and the animals stir from their slumber, feel the call of the wild. Here in the birthplace of the safari, you’ll have an experience like no other. Watch hippos bask in clear lake waters, and enjoy daily game drives with your private vehicle and guide as you discover the Africa you only dreamed of. In the evenings, gather around a traditional “boma” fire-pit as the stars above Africa shimmer overhead.

You'll be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel, followed by a day of discovery in Nairobi, with sightseeing at the Karen Blixen Museum, feeding giraffes at the Giraffe Center, and more. Next, head off to begin your safari at Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley. Stroll along the lakeside and view hippos resting in the shallows, and enjoy Kenya's only boat tour to nearby Crescent Island for a rare game trek. In Masai Mara, you’ll enjoy spectacular days of game viewing. Survey open grassy plains and watering holes for lions, rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants. As the setting sun drapes its golden light across the expansive landscape, you’ll wish your time here never had to end. ... Show More »

This trip offers unparalleled game viewing with evening relaxation in excellent quality tented camps and game lodges. 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. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Nairobi
    Nairobi
    • VIP Meet and Greet - Assist
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance - Plane(0)
  • Day 2 Nairobi
    Nairobi
    • Tour - Private - Transportation - Game Van/Guide(6)
    • Tour - Shared - Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (11am) - Entrance
    • Tour - Private - Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen House & Kazuri Beads - Entrance
  • Day 3 Nairobi to Naivasha
    Nairobi to Naivasha
    • Transfer - Nairobi - Naivasha [1.5 Hour Drive] - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Tour - Shared - Crescent Island - Boat Tour
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Naivasha to Masai Mara
    Naivasha to Masai Mara
    • Transfer - Naivasha - Masai Mara [5 to 6 Hour Drive] - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Box Lunch - Included
    • Tour - Private - Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara(0)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Tour - Private - Morning Game Drive 2 - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Optional activities
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara(0)
    • Tour - Private - Afternoon Game Drive - Big 5
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Tour - Private - Morning Game Drive - Migration - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara(0)
    • Tour - Private - Afternoon Game Drive - Rhino
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Masai Mara to Nairobi
    Masai Mara to Nairobi
    • Transfer - Masai Mara - Nairobi [6 Hour Drive] - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Tour - Private - Souvenir Shopping
    • Kensington Office
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Nairobi

Upon arrival into Nairobi, Kenya you will be met inside the airport by a professional airport assistant upon disembarking your flight. You will then be escorted through passport control, assisted with immigration and baggage reclaim, and on to your waiting transport for your onward journey.

This is a concierge service designed to take care of all airport formalities so you can look forward to a completely stress-free airport experience.

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.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Nairobi

Situated in the trendy new Upper Hill financial district of Nairobi, Crowne Plaza Nairobi is the model of modern five-star elegance.  The property embodies an ideal fusion of thoughtful design and indulgence and comes ripe with opportunity to discover nearby Nairobi National Park and the Masai Mara game reserve to see big cats and giraffes.  Earthy textures and dark wood throughout Crowne Plaza Nairobi evokes the wild plains and acacia trees of Kenya's big game reserves.  The property offers a host of amenities and facilities including a luxurious health club, a stylish unisex hair salon, a 24-hour state of the art gymnasium, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Five floors comprised of Rooms, Suites, and Club Rooms are all equipped with the latest in technology, high speed complimentary Internet, Wi-Fi, mini bar, in-room safe, tea and coffee facilities, and 24 hour room service.

Wildlife of Nairobi
Wildlife of Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi

Day 2: Nairobi

A privately driven vehicle with guide is made available for your use today in Nairobi.

Stop in for a visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage at the Nairobi Game Park headquarters. The elephants are fed from 11am to noon. Visit these and other endangered animals like the black rhino. This is an open visit and there is no need to be a foster parent on this shared visit.

Enjoy a visit to the Giraffe Center where you can hand feed the giraffes. After you’ll stop at the Karen Blixen house, once lived in by Karen, and made world familiar as the movie set for “Out of Africa” with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford (Try to see the movie again). Ms. Blixen’s good works, among and for the local people, have made her into a legend. If you are interested in the local jewelry you can visit the Kazuri Beads, an all-woman craft workshop that is renowned for making handmade ceramic jewelry and pottery. Kazuri, which means “small and beautiful” in Swahili, is a co-operative enterprise founded several decades ago by an English woman who wanted to help single mothers become self-supporting. The clay beads, jewelry and pottery are as amazing as the story of its people – the perfect place to shop and make a difference!

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Feeding Time
Feeding Time
Giraffe
Giraffe

Day 3: Nairobi - Naivasha

Hop aboard a privately driven vehicle with your guide for this transfer from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha.  Admire the scenery as you make your way through rural Kenya onto the Rift Valley, an area boasting quaint little villages which dot the traditional African landscape.  Prepare yourself for you first glimpse of Mount Longonot as you make route through the Hell’s Gate National Park before arriving to Lake Naivasha.  This drive will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete, depending on traffic and weather conditions.

Prepare for an excitingly unique excursion to the Crescent Island Wildlife Sanctuary whilst in the Lake Naivasha area today. Admire the scenery as you take a short boat trip from the mainland to this dynamic location where you’ll have the opportunity to get in some wildlife viewing at a very relaxed pace. As there is little to no threat from some of the “Big 5” predators, the various species of wildlife, birdlife and flora live quite freely here, providing visitors with some great photo opportunities. Some of the many mammals that can be seen here include zebras, impalas, buffaloes, giraffes, and hippos. Resident bird species include herons, black cranes, lily trotters, ospreys and fish eagles.

Accommodation: Naivasha Simba

The Simba Lodge, situated 90 minutes from Nairobi, is surrounded by gardens on the serene Lake Naivasha. You will feel your nerves quiet down as soon as you set your eyes on the lodge’s rich, manicured grounds. Its 70 rooms are spacious and pleasantly decorated to fit in with the light, earthy, and calm surroundings. Dining is an all-around pleasant experience, where one may choose their favorites and make new discoveries at the wide buffet. Traditional and international cuisine is offered, as well as curries, which are popular with the locals. Hell’s Gate National Park is close by and there are plenty of activities, such as cycling and rock climbing, to be enjoyed there. Otherwise, take a boat ride or nature walk during your free time. 

Naivasha
Naivasha
Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha
Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha

Day 4: Naivasha - Masai Mara

Your guide will drive you from Naivasha to Masai Mara. This drive will take about 5 to 6 hours. Drive times may be longer in the rainy season (April to early May and November). Stop for refreshments and souvenir shopping at roadside stands along the way or head straight to the park. Enjoy game viewing as you enter Masai Mara and drive to your camp.

Enjoy a box lunch while you travel (included in tour price).

Head out this afternoon, accompanied by an experienced tracker guide, on an exciting game viewing adventure.  Search some of the area’s wildlife hot-spots, determined by your guide, as have an understanding of the games daily routines through tracking.  Some wildlife, for instance the Leopard, is more difficult to spot than others. These spotted cats blend almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot up in their favorite hangouts, the trees.  Your guide will take you to nearby watering holes, where on a hot day you’ll spot many bird and wildlife species, including the elusive Leopard.

Accommodation: Mara West

Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West combines luxury accommodations with the breathtaking adventures of an unforgettable African safari. The rooms are perched in secluded spots on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, offering guests panoramic views of the Masai Mara Game Reserve below and a sense of exclusive privacy. The camp is home to resident herds of gazelles, impalas, and zebras, as well as an abundance of bird life, and is visited regularly by a variety of wildlife passing to and from the park. The stunning beauty of the Mara, the uninterrupted grazing of the antelope, the night calls of the bush babies, and the early morning chorus of songbirds, all   combined with the comfortable and tasteful ambiance of the camp, is part of the Mara West experience and what makes it a unique paradise for nature lovers.

Masai
Masai
Mara West Main Building
Mara West Main Building

Day 5: Masai Mara

The famed Masai Mara Game Reserve was named after the indigenous inhabitants of this land, the Maasai, and the provider of life to the area, the Mara River.  Game viewing is almost guaranteed at some point along the Mara River, and your experienced tracker-guide will know all the best spots to go to maximize this chance to see some of the many bird and wildlife species here.  Have your camera handy, as some amazing photo opportunities will present themselves from elephants on the riverbanks to hippos in shallow water.

Sign up for optional activities (not included in tour price); guided nature walk, hot air balloon ride, cultural tours and more. You can also arrange to volunteer for the day at Mara West and pay any associated fees directly on-site. Volunteer activities range from individual to community projects.

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. The Masai Mara not only has a rich mix of animals – it also has an incredible array of bird life that includes almost 450 different species.

Accommodation: Mara West
Hippo
Hippo
Masai Mara Balloon
Masai Mara Balloon

Day 6: Masai Mara

Set out bright and early this morning on a "Migration" inspired game drive with your experienced guide.  Your journey today will take you into the thick of the Masai Mara plains, in search of some of the many grazing species that take part in the annual migration yearly, an event that has been going on for centuries.  Exceptional populations of Zebras, Gazelles, Impalas, and of course Wildebeests thunderously feed and migrate from the Serengeti and through the Mara area every year from July to October.

Set out this afternoon with your tracker 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. It is estimated that there are only 4000 black rhinos left in Africa.  Your guide will take you to the locations where Rhino sightings have been recently reported to see if you can snap some photos of these elusive, lumbering giants.

Accommodation: Mara West
Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River
Rhino
Rhino

Day 7: Masai Mara - Nairobi

Your guide will drive you from Masai Mara to Nairobi, with short stop-overs for refreshments and souvenirs. Be aware that during this commute you will drive across some unfinished patches of road. This drive will take approximately 6 hours.

The opportunity to explore the local markets and shops presents itself today as so you can interact with the local vendors in search for the perfect handicraft or souvenir for yourself or your loved ones. 

Before leaving that night, stop by the Kensington office for free use of Internet and lounge. If you like, we can make reservations for dinner at a local restaurant as well. Please let us know in advance and if you are vegetarian.

Accommodation:
Masai Market, Nairobi
Masai Market, Nairobi
Nairobi Office Lounge
Nairobi Office Lounge
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Crowne Plaza Nairobi: Nairobi

Situated in the trendy new Upper Hill financial district of Nairobi, Crowne Plaza Nairobi is the model of modern five-star elegance.  The property embodies an ideal fusion of thoughtful design and indulgence and comes ripe with opportunity to discover nearby Nairobi National Park and the Masai Mara game reserve to see big cats and giraffes.  Earthy textures and dark wood throughout Crowne Plaza Nairobi evokes the wild plains and acacia trees of Kenya's big game reserves.  The property offers a host of amenities and facilities including a luxurious health club, a stylish unisex hair salon, a 24-hour state of the art gymnasium, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Five floors comprised of Rooms, Suites, and Club Rooms are all equipped with the latest in technology, high speed complimentary Internet, Wi-Fi, mini bar, in-room safe, tea and coffee facilities, and 24 hour room service.

Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Pool
Pool

Naivasha Simba: Naivasha

The Simba Lodge, situated 90 minutes from Nairobi, is surrounded by gardens on the serene Lake Naivasha. You will feel your nerves quiet down as soon as you set your eyes on the lodge’s rich, manicured grounds. Its 70 rooms are spacious and pleasantly decorated to fit in with the light, earthy, and calm surroundings. Dining is an all-around pleasant experience, where one may choose their favorites and make new discoveries at the wide buffet. Traditional and international cuisine is offered, as well as curries, which are popular with the locals. Hell’s Gate National Park is close by and there are plenty of activities, such as cycling and rock climbing, to be enjoyed there. Otherwise, take a boat ride or nature walk during your free time. 

Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha
Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha
Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha, Room
Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha, Room

Mara West: Masai Mara

Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West combines luxury accommodations with the breathtaking adventures of an unforgettable African safari. The rooms are perched in secluded spots on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, offering guests panoramic views of the Masai Mara Game Reserve below and a sense of exclusive privacy. The camp is home to resident herds of gazelles, impalas, and zebras, as well as an abundance of bird life, and is visited regularly by a variety of wildlife passing to and from the park. The stunning beauty of the Mara, the uninterrupted grazing of the antelope, the night calls of the bush babies, and the early morning chorus of songbirds, all   combined with the comfortable and tasteful ambiance of the camp, is part of the Mara West experience and what makes it a unique paradise for nature lovers.

Mara West Main Building
Mara West Main Building
Mara West Chalet View
Mara West Chalet View
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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    We had such a tremendous trip! We covered a lot of geography, plants and animals - both aquatic and land based. Every guide we had was knowledgeable and very personable. When Grootbos and then Madikwe found out it was my husband's birthday - our guide at Grootbos "Nita" arranged a private party for him (and us) and our chef and butler at Little Madikwe, Violet and Patience, baked cupcakes and got a small group together to sing happy birthday - in English and Afrikaans! We could never have seen so much on our own. The knowledge we gained about South African people, places, animals and history made this our trip of a lifetime! Thank you!

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    From the minute we landed, everything was taken care of. Every driver and guide we had were very friendly and efficient. The highlight of our trip was our stay at Kapama Southern Camp, everything about this place was amazing. We were all sad to leave and would love to return there in the future. Would highly recommend booking as many people there as possible.

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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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