Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lake lands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It’s also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.
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We’ve designed this trip especially for those who are visiting Africa for the first time. Filled with adventure, game drives, and unique lodgings, this trip is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the treasures of Kenya.
Day 1-2: Nairobi
We begin our journey in Nairobi and settle into the Fairview Hotel. This four-star hotel combines luxury and convenience for a delightful stay. We spend two days exploring the Giraffe Centre, the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the Karen Blixen Museum.
Day 3: Maasai Steppes and Amboseli National Park
Adventure await us with a drive to the grasslands of the Maasai Steppes and Amboseli National Park for a game drive. We relax with a picnic lunch along the way and enjoy a relaxing meal under sweeping skies. Our overnight accommodations are the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. Set against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, the lodge offers sweeping views of the savannah and beautifully appointed rooms.
Day 4-5: Mbahe
The day begins graciously with a leisurely breakfast followed by a border crossing into Tanzania. We tackle the adventure of a lifetime with a slow climb to Mbahe, located on the the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Our active adventures continue with biking, hiking, and visits to local waterfalls. We spend two night at the Mbahe Farm House, an ecologically sustainable organic farm. Guests are encourages to explore the farm and learn more about their farming techniques. We’ll also visit the local primary school and immerse ourselves into this welcoming culture.
Day 6-7: Tarangire National Park
Wild game sightings await as we drive to Tarangire National Park. This area is known for its large prides of lions, leopards, giraffes, buffalos, and various birds. When night falls, we’ll relax at the Tarangire Safari Lodge. Family-operated, the lodge includes comfortable safari tents and bungalows equipped with en-suite bathrooms and solar-heated showers.
Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park
Adventure awaits with a drive to Lake Manyara National Park. We spend the day on a game drive and a delicious picnic in the park. Leopards, lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, gazelles, giraffes and zebras are all possible sightings on our drive. After a busy day, we relax at the Ngorongoro Farm House, a lodge built in the style of an old colonial farm. Accommodations include large rooms with verandahs and en-suite bathrooms.
Day 9-11: Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti National Park/Olduvai Gorge
Our last days in Africa include numerous adventures. We begin with a game drive and picnic in the Ngorongoro Crater, an area known as “Africa’s Eden.” Our afternoon includes a drive to the Serengeti National Park where we visit the Olduvai Gorge, a rich archaeological site holding evidence of the first humans. Other activities include two days of game drives within the Serengeti National Park where we follow daily migration patterns for optimal wildlife viewing. Our home base for this leg of the journey are mobile tented camps, which allow us to follow the movements of local wildlife.
Day 12: Home
One more final morning game drive, and then we say goodbye to Africa. We take a flight to Arusha followed by a connection to Nairobi to catch flights home.