The Plains of Africa
From $5,334* pp | 13 Days • 33 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
Enjoy Kenya’s scenic vistas and magnificent wildlife as you traverse the African plains on an intimate safari adventure.
- 13 included game drives.
- Experience unforgettable game viewing from your treetop lodge, The Ark.
- Enjoy a traditional dinner in the bush with Masai entertainment.
- Explore the farmhouse of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa.
Dreams are made of these Experiences
On a fascinating safari adventure, explore the scenic vistas and magnificent wildlife of Kenya. During your exploration, discover the thriving culture and natural wonders that make this one of the most popular African countries to visit. Numerous safari game drives bring you in search of the “Big 5”— lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. You’ll also visit the Rothschild Giraffe Sanctuary. Your stay inside the beautiful Masai Mara game reserve features a traditional bush dinner with Masai dance performance and full day game drive. See all the stunning sights and gorgeous beauty of Kenya on this 14-day adventure.
Day 1. Nairobi, Kenya – Tour Begins
Explore Kenya’s wildlife and stunning natural vistas. Numerous game drives bring you in search of the “Big 5” (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos) on your safari adventure. Arrive in Nairobi, the safari capital of Africa, for your overnight stay. The Sarova Stanley launched into Kenya history in 1902 as Nairobi’s first luxury hotel and was home to the beginning of Nairobi’s first and only stock exchange.
High 24 Low 11 The Sarova Stanley
Today we set off for the mountainous region of Aberdare National Park. This ecologically diverse area boasts lush valleys, and peaks reaching 14,000 feet. Arrive at your hotel situated on the slope of Mweiga Hill overlooking the park. Keep an eye out for the giraffes that welcome you to the lodge. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the amenities of the lodge; perhaps you’ll take a nature walk or enjoy a round of golf!
Day 3. Aberdare National Park – Shaba Reserve
Your morning drive brings you to Shaba National Reserve, home to some of Africa’s most exotic wildlife including Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra. Enjoy a game drive en route to your riverside lodge. After lunch, begin your search for the “Big 5.” Tonight, learn about the culture and traditions of the Samburu – an ethnic group related to the Masai.
Day 4. Shaba Reserve – Samburu Reserve – Shaba Reserve
Bring your camera as you continue searching for the elusive “Big 5” on a journey through this rugged region. The striking contrast of sand, sky and bush will leave you breathless. Look for the spectacular local birdlife; over 350 species of birds are known to inhabit Shaba. Watch for the desert rose plant, splashing colour against its natural surroundings.
Return to Aberdare for an unforgettable experience in a treetop lodge. The national park received its name from Lord Aberdare, one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society. Before arriving, tour Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers, a women’s self-help project, and learn how their crafts have changed their lives. Tonight’s lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of wildlife all night long. Get an up-close look at the wildlife from the four viewing decks that provide an unmatched opportunity for game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. Sit back and let the animals come to you!
Day 6. Aberdare National Park – Lake Nakuru
After your morning game drive, savour a traditional breakfast in the bush. Then have some time to relax and enjoy the amenities at the lodge. Your exciting afternoon game drive returns to the lodge before sunset.
Day 8. Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara Game Reserve
This morning, travel to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Masai Mara – an extension of the great Serengeti Plain – is considered the most stunning game viewing spot in all of Kenya: lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants and other wildlife reside here. Your tent provides all the deluxe amenities of a lodge, complete with the adventure of the wild. Visit a Masai village prior to your game drive. This evening, enjoy a traditional bush dinner featuring a Masai dance performance.
Day 9. Masai Mara
After breakfast, return to Nairobi and travel to Karen, on the outskirts of Nairobi, and visit the farmhouse of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa. Experience the local wildlife first-hand as you have the opportunity to feed the endangered Rothschild giraffes from a raised platform at the Giraffe Sanctuary.
Day 11. Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
This morning, depart Nairobi for Amboseli National Park, famous for its open plains where lions and elephants roam and the breathtaking snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro dominates the landscape. Enjoy an afternoon game drive.
Day 12. Amboseli
Day 13. Amboseli – Nairobi – Tour Ends
Meals as per itinerary
Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Items of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, room service
Tips and gratuities
- Kenya is 8 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.
- The highest elevation you will experience on tour is in Kenya – 7,800 feet.
- The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES).
- In Kenya the electricity is 240 volts.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
To truly experience the programme and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
Mar 3 – Mar 13. $3,079
Mar 10 – Mar 20. $2,829
Mar 17 – Mar 27. $2,829
Apr 7 – Apr 17. $2,949
Apr 14 – Apr 24. $2,949
Apr 21 – May 1. $2,949
Jun 6 – Jun 26. $3,979
Jun 20 – Jul 1. $3,979
Jul 18 – Jul 29. $3,979
Aug 8 – Aug 19. $4,299
Aug 15 – Aug 26. $4,299
Sep 5 – Sep 16. $3,979
Sep 12 – Sep 23. $3,979
Sep 26 – Oct 7. $3,979
Oct 10 – Oct 21. $3,979
Nov 7 – Nov 18. $3,469
Mar 13 – Mar 24. $3,469
Mar 27 – Apr 7. $3,599
Apr 3 – Apr 14. $3,729
Apr 24 – May 5. $3,729