Kenya Horizons

Kenya Horizons

  • 8 Days
  • From : Nairobi
  • To : Nairobi
  • Tour
  • Guide : English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Minimum age : 7 Years Old

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Kenya Horizons is one of the most diverse safaris in the country, where the lodges are stylish, the scenery extraordinary and the animals roam freely. From gerenuks browsing vertically in the Samburu to the resident hippos of the River Mara, this is an exhilarating adventure. The driver-guides are all skilled experts and will certainly make this safari feel special while the accommodation has been specifically chosen to enhance your experience.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Samburu National Reserve: this amazing park is spread out over a rugged and harsh landscape that is a habitat for rare indigenous animals. The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx.

Aberdare National Park: relax and surround yourself with wild animals in a lodge-inspired by Noah’s Ark: elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs and bushbucks among others.

Lake Nakuru National Park: on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. It is ideal for bird watching and game drives. 

Maasai Mara National Reserve: situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves, and where the world’s largest multi-species migration takes place. Across the vast plains of the Mara, visitors are able to witness lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, and an infinite variety of other species in their natural habitats.

What’s included?

TOUR GUIDE:

  • Operated with bilingual English-, French-, German-, Italian- or Spanish-speaking local driver-guide throughout the tour (The assigned local driver-guide may change during the itinerary. Airport transfers will be operated with English-speaking drivers)

ACCOMMODATION:

  • 7 night’s hotel accommodation

MEALS:

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches 
  • 6 dinners 

TRANSPORT:

  • Arrival and departure shared transfer in an air-conditioning bus from/to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • 4×4 vehicle with a pop-up roof and guaranteed window seat during game drives and all transportation throughout the tour (maximum 7 persons per vehicle)

ENTRANCE FEES & ACTIVITIES:

  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: 1 game drive at Samburu National Reserve (Day 2); 2 game drives at Samburu National Reserve (Day 3); 1 game drive at Lake Nakuru National Park (Day 5); 1 game drive at Maasai Mara National Reserve (Day 6); 2 game drives at Maasai Mara National Reserve (Day 7)

OTHER:

  • Meet & Greet 
  • 1 bottle of mineral water (500ml) per person per day on game drives

Exclusions

  • Visas
  • Domestic flights 
  • International flights 
  • Drinks during meals (unless specified otherwise)
  • City tax not included, payable on the spot
  • Any visit not mentioned in the program
  • Porterage and gratuities  
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
  • Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)
  • Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.

Please note

  • Day 1, the check-in at the hotel is from 02:00 pm, clients arriving in the middle of the night must book a pre-night, as waiting in the lobby is not permitted
  • Day 2, the departure from Nairobi is around 07:00 am
  • Day 8, the drop-off at InterContinental Hotel in Nairobi or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 01:30 pm approx. Flights to be booked 04:00 pm onwards
  • Due to limited luggage space in vehicles, suitcases are unsuitable for scheduled road safaris. We recommend luggage packed in inexpensive barrel/sausage bags or soft-sided bags not exceeding 15kg and 65×46 cm. Excess luggage can be handed over to the representative at the time of briefing. It will be handed over to you on your return from the safari. Additional costs may apply to pick up drop off luggage at specific points
  • No refund for unused services. Splitting of the package is not allowed  
  • We reserve the right to change itineraries and activities due to weather conditions, technical problems or security reasons
  • Early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms in the hotel are subject to availability and not guaranteed
  • This tour is a combination of regular tours and shared arrangements, clients may be required to change vehicles
  • Park fees may change without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will have to be covered by the client

What do I need to bring?

Passengers should bring only soft-sided bags on safari. Passengers arriving to Kenya may be asked to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate. Travellers’ cheques are generally not accepted in East Africa. US banknotes cannot be older than 2004 and must have the latest security markings (large portrait of the president). Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

Accommodation options

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Day 1 Nairobi: 

  • Standard Hotel Category = InterContinental Hotel or similar 3.5*

Day 2-3 Samburu:  

  • Standard Hotel Category = Samburu Game Lodge or similar 3.5*

Day 4 Aberdares: 

  • Standard Hotel Category = Treetops or similar 3.5*

Day 5 Lake Nakuru:  

  • Standard HotelCategory = Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar 3.5*

Day 6-7 Maasai Mara: 

  • Standard Hotel Category = Keekorok Lodge or similar 4*

Cancellation policy

    Once ordered, this tour cannot be cancelled or refund or amended at any circumstances.

Day 1 :  ARRIVAL NAIROBI

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a representative will meet and transfer you to your selected hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at your own leisure, perhaps taking advantage of the modern facilities, which include interesting shops, a swimming pool, and a casino. This centrally located hotel overlooks Uhuru Park and is a brief walk away from landmarks such as All Saints Cathedral, City Hall, and the parliament. A visit to the centre, which is just a 10-minute walk away, is also an option. 

Overnight in Nairobi.

Day 2 :  NAIROBI – SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE (415km – 6 hrs)

Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, very early in the morning, we travel northwards to Samburu. Passing near Thika, we continue driving through breath-taking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and plantations of tea and coffee, and in the shadows of Mount Kenya, the country’s highest mountain and second in Africa only to Kilimanjaro. Circumventing Mount Kenya, pass through the town of Nanyuki before reaching the dusty outpost of Isiolo. From here it’s a fairly short hop to Samburu. Arrive at Samburu Game Lodge in time for lunch and then enjoy an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. The lodge is set in a rugged area with a backdrop of its own indigenous animals, unique to the region, and jagged mountains. The landscape, wildlife and vegetation are in stark contrast to the lush, rolling grasslands of other national parks. Here you will find thorn-bush, open plains and vast horizons, where you can taste the romance of this desert terrain. The lodge is on the banks of the River Ewaso Ng’iro and offers a wide choice of accommodation spread along the river bank either in cottages, bandas, and single or twin rooms. The dining room is open on the riverside while the popular Crocodile Bar overhangs the water and offers a great vantage point for nightly crocodile feeds. The birdlife is especially notable around the lodge. During the heat of the day, you can lounge around the pool and after sunset, watch traditional dances of the Samburu warriors. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the lodge. 

Overnight in Samburu.

Day 3 :  SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE (5-6 hrs on game drives)

An early-morning game drive is followed by breakfast, and time to relax by the lodge pool or the terrace overlooking the river. After lunch, there will be another game drive returning at sunset. Samburu National Reserve is home to the Big Five – the wild animals that are hardest to track and catch – of lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinoceroses. Also to be found in Samburu are the unusual-looking gerenuk antelope species, reticulated giraffes, Grevy zebras, Somali ostriches – one of 450 species of indigenous birds – and the endangered wild dog, as well as the pancake tortoise. The reserve features awe-inspiring landscapes such as Kenya’s largest indigenous forest, hot springs and a lake as well as the River Ewaso Ng’iro. Return to the lodge as the sun sets. In the evening, dinner will be served. 

Overnight in Samburu.

Day 4 :  SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE – ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK (270km – 4 hrs)

Bid farewell to Samburu after breakfast and travel south through Isiolo, crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount Kenya. Passing through Nanyuki, and Naro Moru en route to Nyeri, one of Kenya’s major towns, stopping at hotel Outspan for lunch. In this charming relic of colonial times, you’ll enjoy a bounteous buffet lunch amid the beautiful gardens before being transferred to the night’s accommodation at The Treetops. A ranger will meet and advise you on common-sense rules of behaviour necessary for safety and good animal viewing. The lodge rises dramatically out of the ground on stilts and overlooks a waterhole and a salt lick. It has four decks and a rooftop viewing platform. Solely dedicated to game viewing, the accommodation is compact and cosy. At 6,450 feet above sea level, it is chilly at night at all times of the year, especially from June to September. During these months, you will need sweaters and hats for comfort and warmth. The bedrooms are small, neat and cosy. Dinner is served at refectory tables with bench seating which is intimate, relaxed and very friendly. 

Overnight in Aberdare.

Day 5 :  ABERDARES – LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK (170km – 3 hrs)

Rise early for breakfast before continuing the adventure with a north-westerly drive towards Nyahururu, still known by many as Thomson’s Falls because of its 75-metre waterfall, which can be spotted in the distance. Turn south and head to the spectacular Lake Nakuru, reaching it in time for lunch. The waters here are often shimmering pink, from the thousands of flamingos that line its shores. After lunch, depart for an afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. Like all the beautiful flamingos, both black and white rhinos are being carefully protected and given a new lease of life in this fully fenced 188 square kilometre park. The rhino population numbers more than 50 and continues to grow. The Rothschild’s giraffe is another rarity and the park has its fair share of buffaloes, leopards, zebras, elands, waterbucks and lions. Lake Nakuru Lodge is situated in the heart of what is Kenya’s most densely populated wetland national park, which is one of six internationally protected marsh areas, known as Ramsar sites. Lake Nakuru Lodge is in the south-east ecological niche of the park, with commanding views of the lake and the flamingos. Lush gardens surround the lodge and cottages, and there’s an exciting programme of activities and evening entertainment. In the evening, wrap the day up with dinner. 

Overnight in Lake Nakuru area.

Day 6 :  LAKE NAKURU – MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE (315km – 6 hrs)

Have a delicious breakfast before continuing the adventure at the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Drive to Narok town via Mai-Mahiu with a brief rest stop before arriving in time for lunch at Keekorok Lodge. Shortly after, depart for an afternoon game drive, returning back to the lodge as the sun sets. Keekorok is strategically located in the direct path of the annual migration and was the first lodge to be built in the Mara. At the height of the migration, Keekorok is surrounded by a swarming mass of animals and there is hardly a need to go on a game drive. Sandstone, cedarwood and other indigenous materials are used in all rooms and public areas. In front of the lodge, there is a 300-metre-long elevated walkway that meanders through a small riverine forest to a bar. This overlooks a dam where resident hippos and other game are regularly seen. There are no fences around Keekorok and it is not uncommon to see elephants and buffaloes on the perimeter of the grounds or even strolling in – though there are watchmen on the constant lookout! Finish your day with dinner at the lodge. 

Overnight in Maasai Mara.

Day 7 :  MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE (5-6 hrs on game drives)

Enjoy an early breakfast before departing for a morning game drive. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to millions of wild animals, including the fabled Big Five as well as antelopes, gazelles, and wildebeest among others. Go back to the lodge for lunch and perhaps a siesta. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon game drive, returning to the lodge as the sun sets. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a well-deserved rest. 

Overnight in Maasai Mara.

Day 8 :  MAASAI MARA – DEPART NAIROBI (285km – 5 hrs)

Say goodbye to the Maasai Mara before passing through acres of rolling wheat and barley farms, heading to Narok. From here, cross the vast plains on the floor of the Great Rift Valley while keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle. Head up the rift escarpment and then arrive in Kenya’s bustling capital or the airport by 01:30 pm, for drop off and ongoing travel arrangements. Recommended departure flights departing from 04:00 pm