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  • 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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Witness Africa's legendary circle of life on this safari through the best parks of Kenya. Spot elephants, lions, giraffes & leopards while staying at traditional safari camps & lodges.

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. In the Great Rift Valley, visit pristine Lake Naivasha and boat across to Crescent Island to get up close with some portly hippos and incredible birdlife. Cross into Masai Mara for the best game viewing in the entire world. Explore open grassy plains and watering holes for lions, rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants. In the evenings, relax in charming tented camps and lodges. Watch the sun set over the plains and the stars come to life.

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

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Nairobi
    Nairobi
    • 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)
    • Tour - 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 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 - 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 Serena 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 their 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 centers on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife viewing.

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
Black Rhino
Black Rhino
The Elusive Black Backed Jackal
The Elusive Black Backed Jackal

Day 4: Laikipia - Naivasha

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

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 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 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 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. 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
The King and Prince
The King and Prince
Bateleur or Short Tailed Eagle
Bateleur or Short Tailed Eagle

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 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
Hippo
Hippo
Rhino
Rhino

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:
Kenya Souvenir Stand
Kenya Souvenir Stand
Masai Market, Nairobi
Masai Market, Nairobi
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

Sweetwaters Serena: Laikipia

A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena 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 their 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 centers on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife viewing.

Sweetwaters Serena
Sweetwaters Serena

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.
  • Katie M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Our Kensington Tour to Tanzania was excellent. All of our accommodations were top-notch, our flights were fantastic, and every single detail was taken care of. We were extremely impressed with how welcoming and knowledgeable our guides were.

  • Neal F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Best trip ever. Sarah was a delight to work with and answered all of our questions and concerns professionally and courteously. It was a trip of a lifetime and everything was fantastic. Thank u Sarah and thank you Kensington

  • Rachel F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Kensington Tours gave us a wonderful trip with the best guide and accommodations. They helped us book flights to avoid long drives and answered all of our questions going above and beyond. Thank you for all your help giving my family and I a trip of a lifetime! We cannot wait to go back to Africa and do it again using Kensington!

  • Jeffrey L. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We wanted the full safari experience and Kensington was able to deliver it. We had the perfect mix of tents and lodges and honestly can say we saw about everything we could have in our time there. Our Kensington guide Elijah was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was basically a member of the family by the end of the trip. The entire trip was planned out perfectly. Thanks to Kensington and we hope to travel with them again in the future.

  • Sarah M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    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!

  • Sasha T. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We had the most amazing time on our trip. Very grateful to Kensington for organizing all the pick ups and details so we didn't have to think or worry - we could just enjoy ourselves. Will absolutely recommend this trip to family and friends and hope to use Kensington again in the future for our next adventure. Thanks so much!

  • Kristin C. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    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.

  • Eric W. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Madagascar is a very poor country with spotty infrastructure. We used Kensington for their knowledge of the area and their resources and we are very pleased. Our driver for the trip was very professional and knowledgeable of the area and the guide that we used for the rainforest walks was equally knowledgeable and professional. Bari, our guide, had a passion for the area and wanted to make sure we were able to get the best picture of each sighting. Franco, our driver, had a passion for his country and the sights and he was a definite asset on our trip.

  • Tom B. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Guides were incredibly well-informed and taught my wife and I about the environment, animals, and culture. Our tour would have just been commonplace, without them.

  • Mary R. — July 20, 2016 — Africa

    Going with Kensington Tours was a great decision. The transfers between resorts was handled very professionally and extremely smooth. I will plan my next trip to South Africa with Kensington. Money well spent!

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