7 Day Magical Kenya Luxury Safari

Nairobi •Lake Nakuru National Park •Masai Mara

7 Day Magical Kenya Luxury Safari

Experience the unforgettable on a 7-day Kenya Safari that will leave you breathless. Stay in top luxury hotels and camps in Kenya’s most famous spots including Lake Nakuru and the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. This safari is perfect if you want a special and cosy trip, just like the old-time safaris from the 1920s. It’s all about uniquely feeling the magic of Kenya, with all the comforts you could wish for.

Information

7 Days / 6 Nights

Reference No: KE7D6NL

Group Size: Minimum 2 PAX

 

Pricing

Green Season – 1st April 2024 – 31st May 2024

2 PAX: $5,155

3 PAX: $4,890

4 PAX: $4,755

5 PAX: $4,675

6 PAX: $4,620

Single Room Surcharge: $ 1,590

Mid Season – 4th January 2024 – 31st March 2024 / 1st June 2024 – 30th June 2024 / 1st November 2024 – 19th December 2024

2 PAX: $5,895

3 PAX: $5,630

4 PAX: $5,495

5 PAX: $5,415

6 PAX: $5,360

Single Room Surcharge: $ 1,875

*Bookings from 1st November 2024 – 19th December 2024 will require a $300 High Season Park Fees Surcharge for the Masai Mara per person

 

High Season – 1st July 2024 – 31st October 2024 /  20th December 2024 – 3rd January  2024

2 PAX: $6,665

3 PAX: $6,370

4 PAX: $6,225

5 PAX: $6,140

6 PAX: $6,080

Single Room Surcharge: $ 2,050

Included

Half Board Accommodation at Hemingways Hotel, Nairobi

Full Board Accommodation at The Cliff, Lake Nakuru

Full Board Accommodation at Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp

Soft drinks, beer, house wines and selected spirits, teas, coffees and refreshments (on the property) at Elephant Pepper Camp

Laundry services at Elephant Pepper Camp

Scheduled and shared game drives in the Masai Mara

Guided walking safari, sundowners, bush breakfast, and transfers to and from designated airstrips at Elephant Pepper Camp

One Way flight from Masai Mara – Nairobi

Return Airport Transfers in Nairobi

Park Entrance and Conservation Fees

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Giraffe Centre Entrance Fees

Private Game Drives in Nairobi and Lake Nakuru National Park 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: HEMINGWAYS NAIROBI

Hemingways Nairobi, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world, is an elegant boutique hotel situated in Nairobi’s Karen residential area with magnificent views of the nearby Ngong hills. Sensitively designed for the discerning business and leisure traveller, Hemingways Nairobi offers the full facilities expected in a modern day luxury boutique hotel. The hotel offers forty-five luxury suites which include the Hemingways suite, The Blixen suite, 19 Executive rooms and 24 deluxe rooms. The Hemingways Nairobi Brasserie serves classic dishes and the very best of local and international cuisine and is open everyday for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Your Stay

2 Nights

Bed and Breakfast

 

Your Rooms

1x Deluxe suite

DAY 1 : Welcome to Nairobi

Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by our representatives who will assist you with immigration before guiding you to your awaiting Airport Transfer driver. After a 40-minute drive, you will arrive at Hemingways Nairobi and check in to your Deluxe Suite. Depending on your arrival time enjoy lunch or dinner before resting at this iconic Nairobi Hotel. Overnight at Hemingways Nairobi.

DAY 2 : Exploring Nairobi

08:00 AM: Wake up and freshen up before enjoying a delicious Breakfast at Hemingways Nairobi –  which includes seasonal fresh fruits, healthy cereals, freshly squeezed juices, homemade pastries and elaborate Viennoisseries, and cold cuts are served buffet style whilst the ‘a la Carte’ hot breakfast menu offers eggs galore, smoked salmon bagels and a stacked bacon sandwich.

10:20 AM: Our safari guide will meet you at the reception before transferring you to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust a 30-minute drive through the Karen suburbs of Nairobi.

11:00 AM: Arriving by 10:50 AM you will be escorted to the morning tour of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trusts Nairobi Elephant Nursery. During the public visit, timed around the Nursery herd’s midday schedule, observers witness the orphaned elephants eagerly running out of the forest in groups for their specialized milk feed. Afterwards, they gather for playtime – some splashing in the mud, others engaging in playful wrestling matches or enjoying a dust bath. Each day with the Nursery herd offers a unique experience. Guided by one of the senior Keepers, visitors are introduced to each orphan, learn about their stories and personalities, and gain insight into the broader conservation work in Kenya. Time is always set aside for questions at the end of the visit.

12:00 PM: After an unforgettable and educative tour of the Elephant Nurseey, you will depart on a game drive in Nairobi National Park. The park is the only wildlife park in a major city. Wildlife including Lions, leopard, African buffalo, black rhinoceros, giraffe, hippopotamus, spotted hyena, blue wildebeest, plains zebra, cheetah, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, common eland, impala, hartebeest, waterbuck, common warthog, olive baboon, black-backed jackal, common ostrich, and Nile crocodile.

3:00 PM: After your game drive in Nairobi National Park you will be transferred to the Giraffe Centre a 15-minute drive. Here you will have the chance to participate in feeding endangered Rothschild Giraffes and learning about their conservation.

Optional Activity: Lunch at Talisman Restaurant

5:00 PM: After a long day of exploring the best of Nairobi’s Safari activities your guide will drop you back to Hemingways Hotel where you can get to rest and reflect on the journey so far. Dinner and overnight at Hemingways Nairobi.

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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Nairobi National Park

Bordering the capital city of Nairobi, in beautiful Kenya, the Nairobi National Park is one of Africa’s smallest parks and one of the only parks on earth to be in such close proximity to a city centre. It boasts a large and varied wildlife population, amid wide open grass plains against a backdrop of city scrapers. The park is home to one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries with the world’s highest concentration of black rhinoceros. Its wetland areas are abundant with birdlife boasting over 400 bird species. Visitors can enjoy the many facilities the park has to offer such as scenic picnic sites, well-positioned campsites, and hiking trails. Commonly spotted species include lion, hyena, warthog, zebra, giraffe, ostrich, gazelle, buffalo, and sometimes if you’re lucky, leopard and cheetah.

The Talisman

Featuring carved wooden pillars from Pakistan, elegant Afghan rugs, charming fireplaces, sprawling terraces and idyllic gardens, The Talisman restaurant blends fine dining with unbridled eclecticism. Every effort has been made to create the ideal ambience for those seeking a candle-lit romantic dinner, a casual evening drink with friends, an outdoor lunch with family and everything in between.

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.

DAY 3-4: 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: The Cliff

As the sun ascends at 6.30 am, its golden embrace lights up the African landscape, casting a glow on the lake below your cliff top sanctuary. Mirroring a desert rose, the water shimmers into a pink spectacle, reflecting the flamboyance of flamingos heralding a new day.

Each tent, strategically perched on the cliff’s edge, overlooks the lake, offers guests an expansive 180-degree view of this panoramic paradise, all while preserving privacy. Designed to make the most of this captivating view, the tent is spacious, featuring a freestanding bath that faces the lake.

While the exterior of The Cliff resounds Africa’s raw beauty, the interiors seamlessly blend organic chic with international design to fashion the understated charm of a contemporary boutique hotel.

Your Stay

1 Night

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

 

Your Rooms

1x Luxury Suites

DAY 3: THE CLIFF • LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Exploring Lake Nakuru

7:00 AM: Wake up with excitement for the day ahead! After freshening up and preparing your bags enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before checking out of Hemingways Nairobi.

8:00 AM: Your safari guide will meet you at the reception and you will be transferred to Lake Nakuru National Park  (a 4 Hour Scenic drive) with sweeping views of the Great Rift Valley. You will stop for a break at the Rift Valley View Point where you can use the bathroom, take pictures of the valley and buy some curios if you like.

12:00 PM: Arriving in Lake Nakuru in time for lunch you will enjoy a short game drive as you approach The Cliff Lake Nakuru. Check in to The Cliff and enjoy an Al-carte lunch with gorgeous views of the Lake that is a bird watchers paradise.

02:00 PM: Your guide will escort you on an extensive game drive of Lake Nakuru National Park, the park which is widely known for the lesser pink flamingoes that feast on algae in the lake. Beyond birdlife, the park has 56 different mammal species including white rhinos, waterbuck and lions.

06:00 PM: After enjoying your game drive you will return to The Cliff to refresh followed by a delicious dinner at the restaurant and end the day sharing stories over some drinks at the bar. Overnight at The Cliff

DAY 4-7: Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, herds of elephants, as well as giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Where you will stay: Elewana Sand River Masai Mara

Situated along the banks of a river from which it has taken its name, Elewana Sand River Masai Mara is located within the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya on a secluded and picturesque site. The camp enjoys stunning views over the Sand River and out to the neighbouring grassy hills and plains of Tanzania.

The camp sits on the migration route for the millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s gazelle that move between Serengeti and Maasai Mara every year. Guests enjoy the privilege of exclusive views of the plains and hills dotted with thousands of animals as well as being in the thick of the excitement of frenetic and famed river crossings, all from the comfort of camp.

Your Stay

3 Nights

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

 

Your Rooms

1x Safari Tents

DAY 4

Journey to the Masai Mara

06:00 AM: Early wake up for a morning game drive in the park enjoying the swirl of activity of the bush in the early hours.

08:30 AM: Return to the camp for breakfast followed by check-out.

09:00 AM: Your guide will await your arrival at the reception and you will begin the journey to the Masai Mara National Reserve (4 Hours 40 Minute Drive). Upon arrival in the Masai Mara, you will enjoy a brief game drive as you approach Elewana Sand River Camp.

01:30 PM: Arriving in the camp you will say farewell to your guide as you are welcomed to Sand River Camp. After a check-in and a camp briefing, enjoy lunch

03:00 PM – Have an afternoon to sunset game drive enjoying the wide array of wildlife that makes the Masai Mara Kenya’s most famous safari park

1800 –  Sundowners a safari tradition – after a day of safari; stop, and watch the spectacular sunset; traditionally with a gin and tonic in hand! Transfer back to the camp for Dinner and Overnight.

DAY 5

Game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve

05:00 AM- Wake Up call!

06:00 AM- Enjoy an early morning game drive in the  Masai Mara National Reserve and bush breakfast a chance to enjoy a full breakfast, al fresco, in the middle of the plains, surrounded by wildlife.

11:00 AM- Spend mid-morning at leisure

01:00 PM –  Enjoy your scrumptious lunch at the camp

03:00 PM – Have an afternoon to sunset game drive enjoying the wide array of wildlife that makes the Masai Mara Kenya’s most famous safari park

06:00 PM –  Sundowners a safari tradition – after a day of safari; stop, and watch the spectacular sunset; traditionally with a gin and tonic in hand! Transfer back to the camp for Dinner and Overnight.

DAY 6

Game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve

05:00 AM- Wake Up call!

06:00 AM- Enjoy an early morning game drive in the  Masai Mara National Reserve and bush breakfast a chance to enjoy a full breakfast, al fresco, in the middle of the plains, surrounded by wildlife.

11:00 AM- Spend mid-morning at leisure

01:00 PM –  Enjoy your scrumptious lunch at the camp

03:00 PM – Have an afternoon to sunset game drive enjoying the wide array of wildlife that makes the Masai Mara Kenya’s most famous safari park

06:00 PM –  Sundowners a safari tradition – after a day of safari; stop, and watch the spectacular sunset; traditionally with a gin and tonic in hand! Transfer back to the camp for Dinner and Overnight.

DAY 7
Day Notes

Departure – End of safari

07:00 AM: Wake Up call!

08:30 AM: Enjoy a scrumptious last breakfast before leaving for Nairobi

09:00  AM: After your check out, you will be transferred to Keekorok Airstrip for your 10:40 AM flight back to Nairobi with a game drive en route.

12:00 PM: Arrive in Nairobi at Wilson Airport where your transfer driver will be awaiting your arrival, transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport awaiting your return flight home.

End of Safari

Trip Summary

START DATE
ACCOMMODATION
DESTINATION
BASIS
NIGHTS
Day 1 Hemingways Nairobi Nairobi B&B 2 Nights
Day 3 The Cliff Lake Nakuru National Park FB 1 Night
Day 4 Elewana Sand River Masai Mara Masai Mara FB 3 Nights
Key

B&B: Bed and Breakfast

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

Transport Summary

Flights

DATE
FLIGHT
DEPARTURE
ARRIVAL
Day 7 Scheduled Flight Keekorok Airstrip Wilson Airport [WIL]

Transfers

DATE
TYPE
PICK UP
DROP OFF
Day 1 Transfer Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO] Hemingways Nairobi
Day 3 Transfer Hemingways Nairobi The Cliff
Day 4 Transfer The Cliff Elewana Sand River Masai Mara
Day 7 Transfer Elewana Sand River Masai Mara Keekorok Airstrip
Day 7 Transfer Wilson Airport [WIL] 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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4.9 Over 27 Reviews
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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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