8 days from $3,840 per person*
  • Seek out the Big 5 during game drives in Masai Mara.
  • Visit the chimps at Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
  • Choose to embark on the Crescent Island boat tour.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Enjoy expertly selected hotels.
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Kenya is a land that will captivate your heart, stir your soul, and inspire your mind.

See Africa's legendary "Circle of Life" on this safari through the best parks of Kenya led by expert guide in the comfort of your private safari vehicle. Enjoy a chimpanzee sanctuary, craft shops, daily game drives and so much more. Trek from desertscapes to the lush green hills of the Great Rift Valley, one of the world’s natural wonders, and on to the Masai Mara, Africa's best game park. Scouting lions, elephants, giraffe and rhinos your personal guide will take you out each day through some of the best game parks in all of Kenya. In the evenings, relax in charming tented camps and lodges. Watch the sun set over the plains and the stars come to life as you enjoy drinks by the fire.

Take a picturesque drive through idyllic Kenya and head for Laikipia, where you can track rare game and visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, the only place in Kenya this extraordinary species can be seen. Head for Lake Naivasha and boat across to Crescent Island to get you up close with some portly hippos and all variety of birdlife. Cross into Masai Mara for the best game viewing in the entire world. Survey open grassy plains and watering holes for lions, rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants. And, if visiting during the months of July – October, behold one of the grandest spectacles Africa has to offer, the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeests. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Nairobi
    Nairobi
    • Welcome to East Africa
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance - Plane
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(6)
  • Day 2 Nairobi to Laikipia
    Nairobi to Laikipia
    • Nairobi - Laikipia [3 Hour Drive] - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Chimpanzee Sanctuary
    • Park Fees - Laikipia
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Laikipia
    Laikipia
    • Ol Pejeta Game Drive - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fees - Ol Pejeta
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Laikipia to Naivasha
    Laikipia to Naivasha
    • Laikipia - Naivasha [5 Hour Drive] - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Shared - Crescent Island - Boat Tour
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Naivasha to Masai Mara
    Naivasha to Masai Mara
    • Naivasha - Masai Mara [5 to 6 Hour Drive] - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Morning Game Drive - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Big 5
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Morning Game Drive 2 - 4X4 - Kenya(6)
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Rhino
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Masai Mara to Nairobi
    Masai Mara to Nairobi
    • Masai Mara - Nairobi [6 hours ] - 4X4/Guide - Kenya(6)
    • Private - Souvenir Shopping
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Day 1: Nairobi

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.

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.

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 to see big cats and giraffes at the Masai Mara game reserve.  Earthy textures and dark wood throughout Crowne Plaza Nairobi evoke 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, minibar, 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 - Laikipia

This morning you'll meet up with your guide and head off to Laikipia. The drive from the urban center of Nairobi, through the fertile highlands, the semi-arid frontier of Kenya is breath-taking and great way to see the countryside. The drive will be about 3 hours.

You will have the option of visiting the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary today. The sanctuary is the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species can be seen.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. Here the animals are carefully nursed back to health and integrated into families. The chimpanzees live in two large groups separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River. Watch them romp and play, visit the local shop, or even sponsor a chimp!

Visitors to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy have free access to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, which is open daily from 9:00am to 10:30am and 3pm to 4:30pm.

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Serena

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. Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant is housed in the former manager's house of this once colonial farm, and offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centres on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching.

Laikipia Wildlife
Laikipia Wildlife
Sweetwaters Serena
Sweetwaters Serena

Day 3: Laikipia

Enjoy a great game drive in Ol Pejeta. The conservancy is host to all the members of the ‘Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard). With a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park, it is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya. At the forefront of the Kenyan conservancy programme, the conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species.

Enjoy afternoon game viewing in and around the Laikipia region. You can stop for a visit at the chimp sanctuary as well. This region has more endangered mammals within its borders than any other area in East Africa. Half of Kenya's black rhino resides here, along with other endagered and northern species: Grevy's Zebra, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe... Just imagine what you'll see!

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Serena
The Elusive Black Backed Jackal
The Elusive Black Backed Jackal
Black Rhino
Black Rhino

Day 4: Laikipia - Naivasha

<p>Your guide will drive you from Laikipia to Lake Naivasha, through the rift valley. This drive will take about 5 hours.</p>

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 is situated not far from Nairobi, surrounded by gardens on the serene Lake Naivasha. 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 is not far, and there are plenty of activities such as cycling and rock climbing there. Otherwise, take a boat ride or nature walk during your free time. 

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

Day 5: 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.

Head out this afternoon, accompanied by an experience tracker-guide, on an exciting game viewing adventure.  Search some of the area`s wildlife hot-spots determined by your guide, as they`ve learned and now understand the games daily routines through tracking.  Some wildlife is more difficult than others to spot, for instance the Leopard.  These spotted cats blends almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot up in their favorite hangout, 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 this, 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 6: Masai Mara

Just like the local wildlife, you’ll head out bright and early this morning, alongside an experienced tracker-guide for the day’s first game drive.  The eco-diversity and sheer size of the Masai Mara Game Reserve provides the necessary requirements to house a wide range of animal species.  The most recognized are known worldwide as the African Big 5, which includes the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhinoceros, Leopard, and the King of the beasts, the Lion.  The term Big 5 was coined by big-game hunters, as these species were the most difficult and dangerous to track and hunt.  Subsequently, the term was adopted by the tourism industry for marketing purposes, spinning a web of positivity opposed to the negative effect portrayed by the original terminology.  Numerous other species of bird and wildlife inhabit this dynamic location including Hyenas, Gazelles, Impalas, Giraffes, Zebras, Vultures, Cranes, Eagles, Falcons, and Ostriches.

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.

Accommodation: Mara West
Bateleur or Short Tailed Eagle
Bateleur or Short Tailed Eagle
The King and Prince
The King and Prince

Day 7: 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.

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.

Accommodation: Mara West
Rhino
Rhino
Hippo
Hippo

Day 8: Masai Mara - Nairobi

Transfer between Mara Park and Nairobi by road. Includes stops at souvenir shops and refreshment stands. One hour of road is badly potholed.

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. 

Accommodation:
Masai Market, Nairobi
Masai Market, Nairobi
Kenya Souvenir Stand
Kenya Souvenir Stand
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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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 to see big cats and giraffes at the Masai Mara game reserve.  Earthy textures and dark wood throughout Crowne Plaza Nairobi evoke 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, minibar, in-room safe, tea and coffee facilities, and 24 hour room service.

Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Pool
Pool

Sweetwaters Serena: Laikipia

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. Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant is housed in the former manager's house of this once colonial farm, and offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centres on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching.

Sweetwaters Serena
Sweetwaters Serena

Naivasha Simba: Naivasha

The Simba Lodge is situated not far from Nairobi, surrounded by gardens on the serene Lake Naivasha. 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 is not far, and there are plenty of activities such as cycling and rock climbing there. Otherwise, take a boat ride or nature walk during your free time. 

Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha
Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha

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 this, 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.
  • Cathleen Werblin — July 07, 2015 — Africa

    The entire trip went without a flaw. Everything lived up to my dreams and Kensington did an outstanding job in arranging tours and guides to exceed our expectations.

  • TiaRazon — May 11, 2015 — Africa

    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!

  • JamesSmith — May 12, 2015 — Africa

    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.

  • EarleBarnwell — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment.

  • StephenReeves — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    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 — Africa

    We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip.

  • Ronald Jones — December 12, 2014 — Africa

    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!

  • RonJones — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    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 — Africa

    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.

  • AlbertLind — December 09, 2014 — Africa

    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.

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