10-Day Explorer Kenya Safari – Deluxe

10-Day Explorer Kenya Safari – Deluxe

Spend 10 Nights exploring the safari gems of Kenya. You will spend 2 Nights in Nairobi before going to Ol Pejeta Conservancy for 1 Night, Samburu for 2 Nights, Lake Nakuru for 1 Night, the Maasai Mara for 2 Nights and Naivasha for your final night.

11 Days / 10 Nights

Reference No: KE10C2

Group Size: Minimum 2 PAX

High Season

U$D 6,340 Per Person

Low Season

U$D 5,340 Per Person

*Please contact us for exact pricing based on travel dates and group size (all prices are based on 2 people sharing)

Included

Half Board Accommodation at Karen Blixen Coffe Garden and Cottages in Nairobi

Full Board Accommodation at Sweetwaters Serena Camp Morani Wing, Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Full Board Accommodation at Ashnil Surana, Samburu

Full Board Accommodation at Sarova Lion Hill, Lake Nakuru

Full Board Accommodation at Eagle View Camp, Naboisho Conservancy, Mara

Drinks – Soft drinks, beers, house wines and selected House spirits at Eagle View Camp

Shared day and night game drive safaris in open-sided safari vehicles at Naboisho Conservancy

Sundowners in the Maasai Mara

Bush Meals in the Maasai Mara

Guided Bush walking safaris in Naboisho Conservancy

All-Inclusive Accommodation at Chui Lodge, Naivasha

Return Airport Transfers in Nairobi

Park Entrance and Conservation Fees

Nairobi Activity Entrance Fees

Private Game Drives in a 4×4 Landcruiser

English Speaking KPSGA certified Driver-Safari Guide

VAT and Taxes

Amref Flying Doctors Medical Evacuation Cover

Excluded

International Flights

Drinks

Personal Travel Insurance

Tips and Gratuities

Extra Activities

Journey Details

DAY 1: NAIROBI

Situated along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place to be. There are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably, just 20 minutes from the city centre, wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for a once in a lifetime experience.

Where you will stay: Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages

The reception at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, Ltd. is the Historic Swedo House which was the original hunting lodge/farmhouse, built between 1906 and 1908. It is located approximately half a mile from the Karen Blixen Museum (Bogani House from the film “Out of Africa”) and is a 30-minute drive from downtown Nairobi.

The luxury hotel cottages were built in 2001, and are adjacent to the Karen Golf and Country Club where guests can enjoy a host of leisure activities, including golf, tennis, and squash. A host of other amenities such as shops, restaurants, and financial services can all be found nearby, within the Karen suburb.

DAY 1 : KAREN BLIXEN COFFEE GARDEN & COTTAGES • NAIROBI

Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met at the airport by your guide who will transfer you to Karen Blixen Cottages. Check in to the hotel and rest before the start of your safari. Dinner and overnight at Karen Blixen Cottages.

  • Your Stay: 2 Nights, Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
  • Your Rooms: 1x Standard Cottages
DAY 2

Breakfast, followed by a morning tour of Nairobi, you will visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Giraffe Centre followed by optional lunch at a local restaurant. After you will return to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Karen Blixen Cottages.

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Founded in 1977 by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the DSWT claims a rich and deeply rooted family history in wildlife and conservation. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and it’s wilderness, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

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Giraffe Centre

The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya (A.F.E.W. Kenya) also known as the Giraffe Centre is a non-governmental, non-profit making organization, which was founded by Betty and Jock Leslie-Melville in 1979. This was in a bid to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, which had lost its natural habitat in Western Kenya to agriculture and there were only 130 left in the wild. Funds were raised and 4 herds of the Rothschild giraffes were moved to 4 parks namely Lake Nakuru National Park, Mwea Game Reserve, Ruma National Park and Nasalot Game Reserve.

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DAY 3-4: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Resting at the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain Range, in central Kenya’s Laikipia County, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to some of the last remaining northern white rhino in the world. Originally a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya and now a pioneering wildlife conservancy, Ol Pejeta works to protect wildlife and provide a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. The Conservancy is a popular safari destination and is home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as a wide selection of other African animals including zebra, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, jackal, serval, hyena, vervet monkey, and many more. Visitors can look forward to an assortment of outdoor activities such as horse rides, game walks, and nocturnal game drives.

Where you will stay: Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Nestled in the picturesque Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Camp is an ideal destination for those seeking an unforgettable holiday experience. Surrounded by breathtaking views of Mount Kenya, this sophisticated tented accommodation offers tranquil respite in the wild. Each of the 39 luxury tents features an ensuite bathroom, free Wi-Fi, and a private balcony or veranda overlooking the waterhole. Enjoy delicious meals and scenic views at the light-filled Rhino Restaurant or relax by the pool.

  • Your Stay: 1 Night, Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
  • Your Rooms: 1x Morani Wing Tent

DAY 3

Breakfast followed by check-out, transfer to Ol Pejeta Conservancy (3 Hours 40-minute drive). Check in to Sweetwaters Serena Camp and have lunch before an afternoon-sunset game drive. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters.

DAY 4-6: Buffalo Springs National Reserve

Situated in northern Kenya, Buffalo Springs National Reserve is a protected area in the Isiolo County. Buffalo Springs, along with Samburu and Shaba make up a trio of adjoining reserves. Buffalo Springs National Reserve features wildlife viewing, and is renowned for its magnificent leopard sightings. This is a remote, hot and arid landscape boasting rugged hills and undulating plains. Forming the boundary with Samburu National Park, the Ewaso Ngiro River runs through the terrain flanked by riverine forests. Visitors can look forward to spotting reticulated giraffe, the long necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich and Grevy’s Zebra.

Where you will stay: Ashnil Surana Buffalo Springs

Ashnil Surana Buffalo Springs is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River within the Buffalo Springs National Reserve in Kenya. The unique tents with individual plunge pools are modern, light and well-appointed, equipped with elegant furniture, comfortable beds, minibars, coffee machines, hairdryers and private bathrooms. Guests can enjoy dining at the on-site restaurant serving delicately prepared meals or unwind with a refreshing drink from the bar while enjoying the spectacular views. Additional amenities and services include a swimming pool, sunbeds, a spa and safaris, with e‐mails, internet browsing and general services available at the reception.

  • Your Stay: 2 Nights, Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
  • Your Rooms: 1x Standard Room

DAY 4

Breakfast followed by check-out, transfer to Buffalo Springs Conservancy, Samburu (3 Hours 40-minute drive). Check in to Ashnil Surana and have lunch before an afternoon-sunset game drive. Dinner and overnight at Ashnil Surana.

DAY 5

Full day in Buffalo Springs with Morning and Sunset Game Drives. All meals at Ashnil Surana

Optional Activities: Sundowners by the river, Samburu Village Visit, Bush Meals

DAY 6 - 7: Lake Nakuru National Park

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Where you will stay: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is set along “The Lion Hill” in Lake Nakuru National Park. Concealed amidst lush vegetation, the safari lodge features a classic aesthetic and timeless design with a sense of calm and relaxation. It offers the most scenic and spectacular views of the Lake and the National Park from 67 chalet-style rooms, each with its own terrace. Beyond the stunning views and amazing wildlife, the lodge offers world-class cuisine, a panoramic bar terrace, an organic garden, a swimming pool, an outdoor spa and several activities ideal for the family.

  • Your Stay: 1 Night, Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
  • Your Rooms: 1x SAROVA LION HILL STANDARD ROOMS

DAY 6

Breakfast followed by check-out, transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park (3 Hours 40-minute drive). Check in to Sarova Lion Hill Lodge and have lunch before an afternoon-sunset game drive. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge.

DAY 7 - 10: Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve to the southwest, the Olare Orok Conservancy to the west and the Ol Kinyei Conservancy to the east, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is comprised of over 50 000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness in Kenya’s Greater Mara Region. The area is renowned for its bountiful biodiversity and breathtaking natural beauty with a wide range of wildlife on offer including lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, wild dog, and a host of plains game. Visitors can look forward to guided walking safaris, spending the night in a transient fly camp, heading out on a night game drive in search of elusive nocturnal creatures, joining the Mara Naboisho Lion Project as they track lions across the conservancy, or visiting Maasai villages to learn about the fascinating indigenous culture.

Where you will stay: Saruni Eagle View

Saruni Eagle View is located on a panoramic escarpment in Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara, with sweeping views over the open savannah in what is one of the most beautiful and protected areas of the Mara ecosystem. Its natural salt lick and watering hole provide both a busy hunting site for predators and unique game viewing perspectives for our guests. In fact, Mara Naboisho Conservancy is one of Africa’s prime game viewing destinations. It is home to all year abundant wildlife and amazing rich Maasai heritage.

  • Your Stay: 3 Nights, All Inclusive – Bed and All Meals
  • Your Rooms: 1x Luxury Tent

DAY 7

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast and check-out, transfer to Naboisho Conservancy Mara (4 Hours 10-minute drive). Check in to Eagle View Camp and have lunch before an afternoon-sunset game drive and sundowners. Dinner and overnight at Eagle View Camp.

DAY 8

Full day in Naboisho Conservancy with morning and sunset game drives. All meals at Eagle View Camp. Bush Meals, Sundowners and Guided Walking safari included.

Optional activities: Hot Air Balloon Safari

DAY 9

Full day in Naboisho Conservancy with morning and sunset game drives. All meals at Eagle View Camp. Bush Meals, Sundowners and Guided Walking safari included.

Optional activities: Hot Air Balloon Safari

Hot Air Ballooning Maasai Mara

Hot Air Safaris offers balloon flights in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. The Mara is the northernmost part of the spectacular Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, home to the Great Migration and scores of other wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, hippos and crocodiles.

DAY 10-11: Naivasha

Located in the beautiful Kenya Rift Valley basin, Naivasha is a compact market town northwest of Nairobi, best known as a stopping point for spellbinding Lake Naivasha. Aspiring wildlife photographers and nature lovers will marvel at Lake Naivasha and its abundance of wondrous wildlife. Here visitors can spot wallowing hippo pods, clouds of vibrant birdlife, zebra and various other game. The nearby Lake Oloiden and Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary are great spots for those passionate about wild wonders. Shopping in the bustling town ensures unique souvenirs for mementoes as well as restaurants offering delicious local dishes with every taste in mind. Accommodations ranging from lodges to bed and breakfasts provide great conveniences for travellers looking to explore the area.

Where you will stay: Chui Lodge

Chui Lodge is situated just above the shores of Lake Naivasha within the Great Rift Valley -one of the true Natural Wonders of the World. It is set in the privately owned 18,000 acre Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary overlooking a waterhole with the dramatic Mau Escarpment as a back drop.

There are eight individual well-spaced luxurious cottages, each with an en-suite bathroom and delightful verandah. All 8 bedrooms have magnificent four poster king size olive wood beds, roaring log fires, artistically decorated artwork and hand crafted furniture made in our onsite workshop.

  • Your Stay: 1 Night, Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
  • Your Rooms: 1x Standard Rooms

DAY 10

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast and check-out, transfer to Naivasha (4 Hour Drive) and check-in to Chui Lodge. Lunch, followed by a sunset boat ride on the lake and a game drive. Dinner and overnight at Chui Lodge.

DAY 11

Bush Breakfast followed by check-out, transfer to Nairobi (2 Hour drive) for the return flight home. End of Safari

Trip Summary

START DATE
ACCOMMODATION
DESTINATION
BASIS
NIGHTS
Day 1 Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages Nairobi HB 2 Nights
Day 3 Sweetwaters Serena Camp Ol Pejeta Conservancy FB 1 Night
Day 4 Ashnil Surana Buffalo Springs Buffalo Springs National Reserve FB 2 Nights
Day 6 Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge Lake Nakuru National Park FB 1 Night
Day 7 Saruni Eagle View Mara Naboisho Conservancy AI 3 Nights
Day 10 Chui Lodge Naivasha FB+ 1 Night
Key

HB: Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

AI: All Inclusive – Bed and All Meals

FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Transfers

DATE
TYPE
PICK UP
DROP OFF
Day 1 Transfer Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO] Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages
Day 3 Transfer Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages Sweetwaters Serena Camp
Day 4 Transfer Sweetwaters Serena Camp Ashnil Surana Buffalo Springs
Day 6 Transfer Ashnil Surana Buffalo Springs Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
Day 7 Transfer Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge Saruni Eagle View
Day 10 Transfer Saruni Eagle View Chui Lodge
Day 11 Transfer Chui Lodge Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]

1.Booking
In order to make your booking, please make sure that you have the correct names, nationalities and date of birth of all travellers as per their passports. Designer Tours and Travel Ltd. will hold an option of 7 days from the time we have confirmed a tour before the cancellation rules apply. If our service or a tour is booked less than 7 days prior to the date when the service is rendered or the tour commences, cancellation rules will apply immediately. If you need more time please let us know. If a hotel is fully booked Designer Tours and Travel Ltd. will try to offer you an alternative property of a similar standard and location. .
A booking is binding for both the customer and travel agency once the deposit has been paid.

 

2.Conditions of payment
The following rules apply unless other conditions are stipulated in the tour itinerary or practical information relating to the specific tour on our website.
At the time of booking, a deposit on 30% of the total tour price per person, though no less than USD 1,000 must be paid. The remaining payment must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to departure. If the deadline for the remaining payment is exceeded, Designer Tours and Travel Ltd. will be unable to confirm the booking for the client. Please note that some tours have different conditions of payment which may entail stricter conditions for cancellation, e.g. tours utilising luxury trains, flights and certain safari camps and lodges and Group Tours.

 

3.Cancellation
The following rules apply unless other conditions are stipulated in the tour itinerary or the practical information relating to the specific tour on our website.

Cancellation by the customer
If the customer cancels a tour up to 61 days prior to departure the deposit will be lost. If cancellation is made within 60-31 days prior to departure, a penalty fee of 65% of the total price of the tour will be levied. For any cancellation made within 30-16 days before departure, a penalty fee of 85% will apply. In the case of cancellations made less than 16 days before the start of the tour we are unable to offer any reimbursement. No refunds will be given by Designer Tours and Travel Ltd. for no-shows.
The payment of bank fees for credit card payments and/or bank transfers are the responsibility of the customer and are strictly non- refundable.
The trip may be cancelled with no penalty charge should war, a life-threatening epidemic, or any other natural catastrophe or similar event occur within 14 days prior to departure. This will however be on the condition that your government advises against travelling to the specific area, and that the situation in question has arisen after the booking of the tour was made.
Cancellations must be made in writing and delivered either by hand, post, fax or electronic mail.
In the case of death or serious illness, special cancellation terms can be negotiated if Designer Tours and Travel Ltd. is presented with an officially-approved death/sickness certificate.

Cancellation by the travel agency
In the unlikely event that Designer Tours and Travel Ltd. has to cancel a tour or a service for any reason, we will try to offer the choice of an alternative arrangement; otherwise you will receive a full refund. We will do our utmost to inform you about any cancellations at the earliest possible convenience and at the latest 14 days before the commencement of the tour.
The tour may also be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control and which neither our partners nor we could have foreseen (force majeure). In such cases customers will be refunded the price of the trip but will not be able to claim any extra expenses. Should one of the aforementioned emergency situations arise Designer Tours and Travel Ltd. will always try to offer an acceptable alternative to the customer.

 

4. Travel documents
If travel documents other than an invoice are required, these will be emailed or posted to the booking party upon receipt of the full payment.
Additional travel documents could include detailed flight schedules (if included in the purchase), vouchers and an itinerary that includes pre-booked services for your destination. If you are participating in a tour with a guide or in an event described in the programme, you will not normally be given a voucher beforehand.

 

5. Passports and visas
Unless otherwise specified, obtaining a passport and visa for entry to the country/countries in which the tour takes place is the responsibility of the traveller.
The traveller must ensure that he/she has a valid passport and visa and has given the travel agency the correct information regarding his /her name and nationality, etc. We draw your attention to the fact that the processing of visas may take several weeks. The travel agency cannot be held responsible for travellers who for whatever reason may be denied entry at a border. Some countries require the traveller to be in possession of a suitable amount of currency, as well as a valid return ticket.

Please be aware that rules and regulations may change between the time of booking and the time of departure.

Also, please note that there may be visa requirements when in transit. Your passport must normally be valid for a period of at least six months after returning from your destination.

We are always happy to supply you with any relevant travel documents that may be needed to apply for a visa if you need one. Each country has different requirements that need to be met so please contact your local embassy or go to the following website to find out exactly what visa requirements and processes are applicable: www.projectvisa.com

 

6. Changes in prices
In accordance with legislation, tour operators may raise the agreed-upon price as a result of increased transportation costs (including increased fuel prices), altered taxes, tariffs and fees, as well as fluctuating exchange rates. Unfortunately, many sudden price increases occur as a result of fuel surcharges, and increased taxes and tariffs. Price increases will take place according to the following principles: All prices are based on costs at the time of publication. Designer Tours and Travel Ltd. reserves the right to change the prices at any time before your booking is made. Designer Tours and Travel Ltd. will confirm price changes, if any, together with the confirmation of your booking. Some service prices, such as (but not limited to) park fees, government levies and airport taxes are not in the control of Designer Tours and Travel Ltd.. In the event of these prices being changed at any date Designer Tours and Travel Ltd. will charge the supplement to the client at cost.

 

7. Credit and Debit Card Payments
All Credit and Debit Card payments will be charged a 3.5% Surcharge which is the card processing fee charged by the card processing company.

What our clients say

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Each step of the trip planned in detail for a seamless premium experience. Clear communication before and during our journey.
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Excellent Safari organized by Alex at Designer Safari, everything was taken care of including fantastic lodge and camp selections and our great guide David. Would highly recommend
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I booked a 3 day flying package to the masai mara with designer safari. Everything went according to my itinerary
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We went to Masai Mara safari with Mr Julius Ngure which is a man with extremely high social competence,and a none nonsence approach. Mr Ngure is a high educated person with a long experience of wild life and an network that showes his competence and the respect from his friends . We can only say that we highly recommend him as a guide in the national parks of Kenya.
Thank you very much to Alex who organised the whole trip to the Masai Mara including a comfortable stay at the Deerpark Luxury Hotel. Everything went smoothly! Fam.Karlsson from Sweden
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Mutuma and the team at Designer Safari could not have made the planning of this safari easier for us. The pricing and included aspects of the trip were clear and presented upfront; the communication was transparent and continous; and the chosen safari spot, &Beyond Kichwa Tembo was perfect. I couldn't recommend this team enough!
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Everything was handled, the overnight lodging was great, food fantastic, pace was our own and the locals made the trip, both human and animal kingdom

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