8 days from $3,832 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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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
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 2 Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Conservancy
    Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Conservancy
    • Transfer - Nairobi - Ol Pejeta Conservancy [3 hrs] - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Chimpanzee Sanctuary
    • Park Fees - Ol Pejeta
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Ol Pejeta Conservancy
    Ol Pejeta Conservancy
    • Ol Pejeta Game Drive - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fees - Ol Pejeta
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Naivasha
    Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Naivasha
    • Transfer - Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Naivasha [5 hrs] - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Shared Tour - Crescent Island - Boat Tour
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Naivasha to Masai Mara
    Naivasha to Masai Mara
    • Transfer - Naivasha - Masai Mara [5-6 hrs] - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Private Tour - Morning Game Drive - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive - Big 5
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Private Tour - Morning Game Drive 2 - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Game Drive - Rhino
    • Park Fee - Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Masai Mara to Nairobi
    Masai Mara to Nairobi
    • Transfer - Masai Mara - Nairobi [6 hrs] - 4X4 - Kenya
    • Souvenir Shopping
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Day 1: 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.

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

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 Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kenya Wildlife of Nairobi
Kenya Wildlife of Nairobi
Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi

Day 2: Nairobi - Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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 three 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 unrivaled wildlife viewing.

Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kenya Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Kenya Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sweetwaters Serena
Sweetwaters Serena

Day 3: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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 endangered and northern species: Grevy's Zebra, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe... Just imagine what you'll see!

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Serena
Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Black Rhino
Black Rhino
Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Elusive Black Backed Jackal
The Elusive Black Backed Jackal

Day 4: Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Naivasha

Your guide will drive you from your lodge in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Lake Naivasha, through the rift valley. This drive will take about five 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. 

Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kenya Naivasha
Kenya Naivasha
Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 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.

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

Day 6: Masai Mara

Just like the wildlife, your day’s adventure will begin bright and early this morning. Alongside an experienced tracker-guide, set out for the day’s first game drive and discover the dazzling bio-diversity of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The most recognized animals are known worldwide as the African Big 5, and this group includes the African elephant, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard, and the king of the beasts, the lion. The term “Big 5” was first coined by big-game hunters as a way to acknowledge that these species were the most difficult and dangerous to track and hunt, however, in subsequent years the term has been adopted and re-purposed by the tourism industry and painted in patently positive light, focusing now on the preservation and protection of these magnificent creatures. Numerous other species of bird and wildlife also inhabit this dynamic region, including hyenas, gazelles, impalas, giraffes, zebras, vultures, cranes, eagles, falcons, and ostriches, many of which you’ll spot on this morning drive through the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

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 Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Male Lion and Cub
Male Lion and Cub
Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 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.

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 Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus
Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Rhino
Rhino

Day 8: 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. 

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Masai Market, Nairobi
Masai Market, Nairobi
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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 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 Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pool
Pool

Sweetwaters Serena: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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 unrivaled wildlife viewing.

Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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. 

Kenya Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha
Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha
Kenya Highlights 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 Highlights Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mara West
Mara West
Kenya Highlights 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.
  • Sarah J — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    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.

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