Kenya Explorer

7 days from $3,178 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
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Day 2 Nairobi
    Nairobi
    • Private Tour - Transportation - Game Van/Guide
    • Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (11am) - Entrance
    • Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen House & Kazuri Beads - Entrance
  • Day 3 Nairobi to Naivasha
    Nairobi to Naivasha
    • Transfer - Nairobi - Naivasha [1.5 hrs] - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Shared Tour - Crescent Island - Boat Tour
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Naivasha to Masai Mara
    Naivasha to Masai Mara
    • Transfer - Naivasha - Masai Mara [5-6 hrs] - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Box Lunch - Included
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Private Tour - Morning Game Drive 2 - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Optional activities
    • Park Fee - Included
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive - Big 5
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Private Tour - Morning Game Drive - Migration - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Park Fee - Included
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive - Rhino
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Masai Mara to Nairobi
    Masai Mara to Nairobi
    • Transfer - Masai Mara - Nairobi [6 hrs] - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Souvenir Shopping
    • Kensington Office
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Day 1: Nairobi

Enjoy a private airport transfer between your hotel and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

While you are in our care your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all 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.

Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kenya Wildlife of Nairobi
Kenya Wildlife of Nairobi
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Feeding Time
Feeding Time
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 one hour and 30 minutes 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. 

Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kenya Naivasha
Kenya Naivasha
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 approximately five to six 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).

Accompanied by an experience guide, head out this afternoon on an exciting game viewing adventure. The locations visited will be determined by your expert guide as they have an intimate understanding of the daily routines of animals and how best to track them, and your afternoon excursion will visit several wildlife hot-spots with an aim to spot elusive animals such as the leopard. These spotted cats blend almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot when in their favorite hangout, the trees. Exploring the region, your guide will take you to nearby watering holes where on a hot day you’ll spot many birds and mammals, including, with luck, the elusive leopard. After a thrilling afternoon game drive, you will be returned to your lodge in time to freshen up for a delicious safari dinner.

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.

Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kenya Masai
Kenya Masai
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mara West
Mara West

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 explore to maximize your chances of seeing some of the many animals that call this land their home. Be sure to have your camera handy as amazing photo opportunities will present themselves; elephants on the riverbanks and hippos in shallow waters are common sights in this area.

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
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Grandfather and Granddaughter
Grandfather and Granddaughter

Day 6: Masai Mara

Set out in the early morning on a "migration" inspired game drive with your tracker-guide. The journey today will take you into the heart of the Masai Mara plains in search of the many grazing species that take part in the annual migration, an event that has been occurring for centuries. Massive herds of zebras, gazelles, impalas, and of course wildebeest furiously feed and thunderously march from the Serengeti and through the Mara area every year from July to October. Today, set out to spot these enormous herds for yourself, an incredible experience few will ever have the privilege of witnessing firsthand.

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
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 six 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: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Masai Market, Nairobi
Masai Market, Nairobi
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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.

Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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. 

Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha
Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Simba Lodge Pool
Simba Lodge Pool

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.

Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mara West
Mara West
Kenya Explorer Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mara West
Mara West

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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    Everything was seamless! The itinerary covered all of the highlights of Casablanca and Marrakesh with enough time for us to wander at our leisure. Our driver, Rashid and tour guide, Achmed were very knowledgeable and fantastic.... always on time, extremely well informed, tremendously kind, humorous and always flexible to our wants and desires.

  • Manuel G — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Our guides, George, Ben and Michael were fantastic. Both George and Ben were amazing at spotting animals and knowing where to find them.

  • Barbara H — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Trip of a lifetime! Our guides, George (Kenya) and Raymond (Tanzania), were both outstanding- knowledgeable, personable, patient, and accommodating.

  • Roxann Z — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Your Egyptian team is fantastic. We loved Garonga safari camp.

  • Brian T — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Our agent, Chelsea, made several suggestions that proved to be both 100% accurate / insightful and critical to the success / enjoyment of our trip. Our Kensington employed guide in Tanzania, Martin, was awesome and worked tirelessly to meet our desires and did everything in his power to find game and make our trip as easy as possible.

  • William H — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Christine Richmond was a terrific asset in assisting our plans for a customized Africa trip. Every detail came off as planned and the entire trip was well organized.

  • Natalie D — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    The trip was amazing. The itinerary worked out great, even with a slight change. Our primary driver was Javier who was always pleasant and a joy to be with. Our primary guide was Marcos Jimenez. He was an excellent ambassador for Kensington and represented you very well. He was the consummate professional and was always very attentive and accommodating with Janice and I. In its entirety, Kensington organized a great trip that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you again for all of your help in planning this adventure.

  • Jeffrey G — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    We had a great trip. It was well planned and every detail was considered. The pre planning discussion with Kensington was methodical and they exercised great patience as we went back and forth on plans. The guides were terrific and the overall experience was very enjoyable. We’ve used Kensington on two safaris previously and we weren’t disappointed with their quality during our trip to Brazil. We will use them again and again...

  • Barbara H — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    All in all a fabulous trip! Loved every day of it! The Kensington agent I spoke with to coordinate this trip was fabulous and responsive. She did a marvelous job!

  • Robert Z — October 23, 2017 — Africa

    Sarah Roberts was fantastic, very available and responsive, also calls from in country rep we're nice. Drivers and guides all top rate, knowledgeable, friendly, patient.

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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