Multi-Day Tour | Locally Hosted

Kenya Safari Family (10 days)

Abercrombie & Kent Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya To Nairobi, Kenya

Valid for Departures Now Through: 21 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Nairobi, Kenya
Southern Sun Mayfair None

Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. After clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be welcomed by an Abercrombie & Kent representative and transferred to Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel.

Nairobi is the largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg. Though just south of the equator, it enjoys a spring-like climate. It is a modern city, yet its main avenues blaze with color from tropical bushes and vines. The nearby Nairobi National Park boasts the presence of all but one of the `Big Five'. Nairobi has a wealth of international restaurants. Cuisine of all types is available from Chinese to French and Italian. Several restaurants also offer local favorites. Nightlife varies from dining out to going to local nightclubs with discos and bands. Shopping in Nairobi varies from African clothing and craft shops to bazaar stalls and open-air markets where souvenir hunters find bargains ranging from woodcarvings to Persian carpets. There are 3 excellent museums, offering insights into the fauna, culture and history of Kenya.

The Southern Sun Mayfair is located in Nairobi's bustling suburb of Parklands, a 20-minute drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. A host of restaurants and Nairobi's largest shopping center are on the doorstep. All 171 guest rooms have colour TV, radio, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom. Two swimming pools, a beautician, hairdresser and a fitness gym provide opportunities for exercise or relaxation, whilst the adjacent Mayfair Casino offers post-dinner entertainment. Restaurants at the Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi cater to every taste and the family atmosphere of the Spur Restaurant is enjoyed by residents and locals alike.

Day 2
Nairobi, Kenya
Southern Sun Mayfair Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Once you have had breakfast your family will head out for the day to get up close & personal with some of Kenya’s most amazing creatures – the Giraffes & Elephants.

Visit the famous Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage. Daphne is the widow of pioneer wildlife ranger David Sheldrick and has set up the orphanage on the edge of Nairobi National Park to successfully raise orphaned wild animals (mainly elephant and rhino) and reintroduce them into the wild. The family will have the chance to wash the elephant calves and feed them whilst learning about their behaviour and histories. It is important to note that entrance is only between 11.00 hrs and 12.00 hrs when these animals come to the waterhole and are bottle fed with milk.

Lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant.

The Carnivore Restaurant is situated at the edge of Nairobi National Park. Its attractive gardens offer an informal indoor/outdoor atmosphere. 'The Carnivore' - as the name suggests - is a meat eater's paradise. The focal point of the main restaurant is the 'roasting pit' where a staggering array of meat is roasted on huge metal spears over charcoal. Waiters serve the meats and keep bringing them to the table until diners surrender. There is also a vegetarian menu.

After lunch you will visit the Giraffe Centre and Kazuri bead factory and some shopping.

Giraffe Centre is the headquarters for AFEW, the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. Made famous by ‘Daisy Rothschild’, a giraffe calf rescued from Soi, on the border of Western Kenya, Giraffe Manor was established in 1983 as a sanctuary for the then endangered Rothschild giraffe. The breeding programme has been a great success and visitors can now watch these gentle giants at eye level from a raised platform. There is also the opportunity to learn more about giraffe at the interpretation centre and hand-feed them whilst watching the semi-tame family of warthogs snuffle around their hooves in search of tidbits.

Kazuri Beads was set up as a small business making beads in a shed, by the late Susan Wood. She started with two single women as assistants but before long she noticed that many women in the villages around Nairobi were struggling single mothers who were in need of jobs. In 1988 Kazuri Beads began its long and successful journey as a help centre for needy women and now employs over 350 local women.

Thereafter return to the hotel for relaxation.

Day 3
Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Sweetwaters Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After being introduced to your A&K driver guide and drive north to Nanyuki to Ol Pejeta Sanctuary. Arrive at Sweetwaters Tented Camp in time for lunch.

Afternoon game viewing drive in the Sanctuary.

The 24,000 acre Sweetwaters Reserve is situated within the sprawling Ol Pejeta ranch with magnificent views across the plains to the peaks of Mount Kenya. A variety of plains game is found within the reserve and the big cats may also be seen. As Sweetwaters is a private reserve, it is possible for visitors to enjoy activities such as escorted bush walks, night game drives and camel riding. Orphaned rhino and warthog (one of which was the model for Pumba, from the movie the Lion King), which have been reared by hand, provide a wonderful treat for children, as does the chimpanzee sanctuary.

Day 4
Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
Sweetwaters Tented Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day in Ol Pejeta sanctuary with morning nature walk or camel ride. In the afternoon, visit the chimp and rhino sanctuary.

The Chimpanzee sanctuary homes chimps mainly from the Jane Goodall Institute in Burundi, where a great many were placed after being rescued. The sanctuary is a non-profit venture, which aims not only to cover the investment and operating costs of the sanctuary, but also to channel funds into the Jane Goodall Institute for conservation projects for chimpanzees in the wild throughout Africa.

Day 5
Naivasha, Kenya
Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive past the Great Rift Valley, arriving in time for lunch at Naivasha Sopa Lodge.

The Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort is set on the banks of Lake Naivasha, a magnificent fresh water lake fringed with clumps of papyrus. Lake Naivasha is the highest and one of the most beautiful of the lakes, which form the Great Rift Valley. It is surrounded by a series of volcanoes and calderas, most notably Mount Longonot, an extinct volcano. Lake Naivasha's name comes from the Maasai word En-aiposha meaning "heaving" or "to and fro" in reference to how turbulent the waters can get in the afternoons. The flying boats of the British Overseas Airways landed on Lake Naivasha on their epic journey from Britain to South Africa via the Nile River, Lake Victoria and Lake Malawi. This lake region was one of the first places to be settled by the colonials arriving after the First World War and subsequently it became home to many of the famed "Happy Valley Set" in the 1920's and 30's and indeed Lord Errol lived for a while in the Djinn Palace on the North Shore.

The Lodge has 42 twin rooms with solariums and 42 double rooms with open-air verandahs. Lake Naivasha is an ornithologist's paradise, as well as having excellent fishing, with tilapia and black bass first introduced by the early settlers. This is the perfect place to relax, walk with a guide or just sit under a canopy of mature shady Yellow Fever trees and listen to the sound of hippos and view the rich bird life. The evenings can be spent in the solitude of your private verandah listening to the sounds of the African night.

In the early afternoon head out onto the lake for an hours boat ride where your guide will show you a wide variety of birdlife as well as magnificent views onto the shore.

Day 6
Naivasha, Kenya
Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day in Naivasha with a chance to either cycle, hike or go on a gorge walk in Hell’s Gate National Park. The area is great for birdwatching and photographic opportunities.

Hell's Gate National Park lies to the south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, North West of Nairobi. The park which is mainly comprised of savannah ecosystem habours a wide variety of wildlife. There are over 100 species of birds in the park, including vultures, Verreaux's Eagles, augur buzzard, and swifts. African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson's gazelle, and baboons are also common. The park is also home to klipspringer antelope and Chanler's mountain reedbuck.

Day 7
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Naivasha, Kenya
Kichwa Tembo Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Masai Mara arriving in time for lunch at Kichwa Tembo Camp.

Overlooking the endless, game-filled grasslands of the Maasai Mara, Kichwa Tembo offers a series of spacious, stylish tents with stunning views across the world's greatest natural wilderness. The 48 tents are a picture of rustic sophistication, with comfortable twin beds, en suite showers and shady verandahs with sweeping views over the surrounding savannah. From your tent, it's possible to see large herds of elephant, prides of big cats, and the world's greatest wildlife spectacle - the migration of over a million wildebeest and zebra, which pass this way between July and September on their instinctive march to pastures new. The camp's expert Maasai guides are on hand to reveal more of this magical wilderness through game drives, bush walks and visits to the villages of the local Ilkarekeshe Maasai.

In the afternoon , enjoy a game viewing drive.

Day 8
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Kichwa Tembo Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day in Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. The staff at Kichwa Tembo camp are particularly good with children. There’s plenty here for them to do, at the acclaimed Wild child Club, including swimming in the large pool and exciting nature walks with experienced guides, making fire and bead making.

The jewel in Africa's crown, Maasai Mara is host to the most spectacular array of wildlife. Her 1,510 square kilometres of open savannah, woodlands and tree-lined rivers creates an eco-system which supports huge numbers of bird and mammal species. The western border of the park is the spectacular Siria Escarpment, and together with the acacia dotted plains, creates scenery of stunning beauty. Lion are found in abundance throughout the park as are elephant, giraffe, a variety of gazelle species and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly seen and, if lucky, you may also find rhino.

Game viewing is never dull in the Mara, and patience is often rewarded with unique sightings: a pride of lion stalking their prey; a solitary leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree; male wildebeest sparring to attract females into their harem; or even a herd of elephant protecting their young from opportunistic predators. The annual wildebeest migration traditionally is present in the Mara from July-September and at this time nature's dramas unfold before your very eyes at every turn. As well as wildlife, the Maasai Mara is also home to many members of the colourful Maasai tribe who may be seen around the borders of the park - morans (warriors) loping across the plains, young boys herding goats, or elders grouped under a tree discussing matters of the day.

Day 9
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Kichwa Tembo Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You have the full day to explore Maasai Mara on morning and afternoon game viewing drives. There is also an option of taking a balloon safari at an extra cost.

Balloon Safari: As the balloon is inflated against the first rays of sunrise your pilot will go through safety procedures. Once aloft, the balloon floats gently over the plains, giving a bird's eye view of the game below as the sun creeps slowly over the horizon. After around one hour the balloon lands as breakfast is already being prepared and, of course, enjoy a glass or two of bubbly to toast your flight in a tradition initiated by the Montgolfier brothers.

Day 10
Nairobi, Kenya
Maasai Mara, Kenya
None Breakfast

Early breakfast and drive back to Nairobi arriving late afternoon. Lunch on own arrangements.

Afternoon at leisure for last minute shopping. Drop off at EKA Hotel for dayrooms.

Inspired by spirit of location, comfort, convenience and efficiency, Eka Hotel Nairobi waits to welcome you to the Hotel that is uniquely a home away from home.

A landmark along Mombasa road, Eka Hotel Nairobi is ideally located for all leisure and business with easy access to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Wilson Airport, only 5km to the city centre and major entertainment venues.

Eka Hotel rooms are designed to provide comfort, convenience and efficiency supported by the latest in technology. The 170 air-conditioned rooms feature LCD flat screens TVs, Complimentary High speed internet access, personal bar, in room safe deposit facility, tea/coffee making facility, direct dial international telephones, plug and play panels for seamless connectivity of personal devices to the TV, hair dryers and Iron/ironing board on request.

Early evening, transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international departure flight back home.

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As a family destination, Kenya is second to none with various wonderful places to visit and activities that children and adults too will enjoy.

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Abercrombie & Kent Kenya pioneered their first safari in 1962 and, more than 50 years later, they are still a leader in innovative travel. Due to their wealth of experience this onsite can offer your clients unique journeys across Kenya on a variety of budgets – from mid-range to ultraluxury. A&K Kenya is constantly looking for the newest activities throughout the country to ensure that each of their tailor-made trips has a selection of exciting inclusions, guaranteeing your client a vacation like no other. With an online payment option, and dedicated Virtuoso tour consultants, A&K Kenya make your life as easy as possible.

Insider Tip

Helicopter day trips to Mount Kenya or Turkana are a worthwhile safari addition.

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By: Murf


Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2014

Abercrombie & Kent Kenya, especially Fiona and Benton, ensured that our trip to Kenya was an unforgettable experience.  My sister and I went to Kenya to visit animal orphanages. Abercrombie & Kent Kenya met us at the Nairobi airport and made the entire trip a seamless experience.   Abercrombie & Kent Kenya staff drove us to our destinations, took us on game drives and delivered us to our flights. Abercrombie & Kent Kenya's staff brought a wealth of information including knowledge about the animals, history and culture.  I would not hesitate to recommend Abercrombie & Kent Kenya.  The company and staff ensured that our trip was amazing.    
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By: laurarobi


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2014

Thank you for a wonderful vacation! I feel like I attended a semester in college, I learned so much on safari. Our guides were great, accommodations were excellent and connections flawless. Patricia, in Nairobi, was especially fun and extremely helpful. You have a real gem in her! I will recommend your company any time!
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By: Jim H


Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2017

A&K put together, along with my Travel Advisor, a custom 8 week long tour of Africa for me involving 8 countries. It was a great trip. It covered everything I had wanted to see and more, providing great variety. The travel arrangements all worked smoothly, The accommodations, guides, excursions provided were all first rate. I've used A&K on many trips before. This was probably the most complicated one they have organized for me and I am delighted with how smoothly it went.
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