Kenya Classic: Masai Mara, Amboseli & Tsavo

Safari, Kenya Classic: Masai Mara, Amboseli & TsavoSafari, Kenya Classic: Masai Mara, Amboseli & Tsavo

Kenya Classic

Masai Mara, Amboseli & Tsavo

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Step back in time to the “golden age” of the safari. Travel in comfort from tented camp to camp, partaking fully in the best of Kenya. Here is an experience that truly takes you “into Africa.” Your visit will encompass a fantasia of birdlife, elephants, hippos, and other big game, and some of Kenya’s tiniest creatures discovered on intimate walks through wild landscapes.

 

Only a journey like this, combining road trip and chartered flight, can take you so deeply into the life of this fascinating country in the course of one perfect safari. Witness the volcanic splendor of Tsavo West National Park. See Mount Kilimanjaro—Africa’s tallest peak—rise majestically from your vantage point in Amboseli National Park. Then hop a short flight directly to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve for dramatic sightings of elephant, buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, hyena, giraffes, zebra, and more. Each exciting discovery is enhanced by the warm, friendly spirit of the Kenyan people. You will arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend.

Activity Level
Limited easy
walking with travel
and safari days
interspersed
Meet
Nairobi, Kenya
Depart
Nairobi, Kenya
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8 days, 7 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides
  • All meals included, except first day’s breakfast
  • Premium tented camps (with private baths) while on tour
  • Airport “meet and greet” service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flight(s)
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
Compare Dates & Prices
2014 Seasonal Pricing Starting From...
Season 2 travelers 3 travelers 4 travelers 5+ travelers Single Supplement
Jan 1 - 31 $5,498 $5,198 $4,998 $4,898 $1,498
Feb 1 - 28 $5,598 $5,298 $5,098 $4,998 $1,598
March 1 - 15 $5,498 $5,198 $4,998 $4,898 $1,498
March 16 - 31 $5,298 $4,998 $4,798 $4,698 $1,498
April 1 - May 31 $4,998 $4,698 $4,598 $4,498 $1,398
June 1 - 30 $5,298 $4,998 $4,798 $4,698 $1,398
July 1- Sep 30 $6,298 $5,898 $5,698 $5,598 $1,798
Oct 1- 31 $5,998 $5,598 $5,398 $5,298 $1,798
Nov 1- Dec 14 $5,498 $5,098 $4,898 $4,798 $1,498

*Price is based on per person, double occupancy.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Nairobi to Tsavo West
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2
Tsavo West
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3
Amboseli
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4
Amboseli
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5
Masai Mara
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6 - 7
Masai Mara
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8
Masai Mara to Nairobi
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Day 1

Nairobi to Tsavo West

Your safari begins directly from Nairobi. You meet your guides following an early breakfast, and drive south across the extensive Athi Plains to Tsavo West National Park, arriving at Finch Hatton’s luxury tented camp in time for lunch. The camp lies at the foot of the Chyulu Hills, one of the youngest volcanic ranges in the world.

Immediately following lunch, enjoy your first game drive in the magnificent terrain of Tsavo West, one of the largest game parks in the world. Common sightings include lion, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, and plains game.

Following this first adventure, return to camp for a relaxing interlude and dinner.

Included: Land transfer and game drive. Meals: LD
Approximate Travel Time: 5 hours

Finch Hatton’s Luxury Tented Camp

Tsavo West, Kenya

The style of Finch Hatton’s Luxury Tented Camp replicates the privileged safaris of the colonial era. Denis Finch Hatton, a famous “white hunter” and model for Robert Redford’s role in Out of Africa, was renowned for the splendor of his camps, which featured cut crystal, silver service, and superb cuisine. The 35 acres that surround the camp are unfenced, allowing wildlife to come and go. Hippo and crocodile live in three huge pools on the site, and hippos often graze around the tents. Enjoy these sights from your private veranda, take a swim in the luxury pool, then indulge in a sumptuous, silver-service dinner in the elegant dining room.

Day 2

Tsavo West

With a full day to explore Tsavo West National Park, your options are plentiful. Both morning and afternoon game drives are offered, which include trips to the famous Mzima Springs Hippo Pools and the Shetani Lava Flows. Tsavo provides safari guests with some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world. Vast herds of elephant raise clouds of red dust; fat pods of hippo wallow lazily in the waters; giant crocodile lurk; teeming herds of plains game are suspended in the distance; a fantasia of birdlife and magical flora awaits to astound you.

The lush, hippo-inhabited pools of Mzima Springs, fed daily by more than 66 million gallons of water gushing from the lava flows of the Chyulu hills, create an oasis of green. For your added enjoyment: an underwater hippo-viewing chamber, two nature trails, and several unique picnic spots.

Wind down your day with sundowner cocktails taken on safari or in camp, followed by dinner.

Included: Full day on safari with nature walks.
Meals: BLD

Finch Hatton’s Luxury Tented Camp

Tsavo West, Kenya

The style of Finch Hatton’s Luxury Tented Camp replicates the privileged safaris of the colonial era. Denis Finch Hatton, a famous “white hunter” and model for Robert Redford’s role in Out of Africa, was renowned for the splendor of his camps, which featured cut crystal, silver service, and superb cuisine. The 35 acres that surround the camp are unfenced, allowing wildlife to come and go. Hippo and crocodile live in three huge pools on the site, and hippos often graze around the tents. Enjoy these sights from your private veranda, take a swim in the luxury pool, then indulge in a sumptuous, silver-service dinner in the elegant dining room.

Day 3

Amboseli

After breakfast, drive through Tsavo West to Amboseli National Park, and receive a warm welcome at Tortillis Tented Camp. After lunch, enjoy your first game drive in Amboseli with the chance of spotting large herds of elephant and plentiful plains game against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. You are in Hemingway country!

The park is an International Biosphere Reserve featuring the dry lake-bed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah, and lush green swamps filled with an exciting variety of wildlife―both big game and their natural predators.

The pleasures of the day continue on your return to camp. Consider a swim or visit the camp’s “bush spa.” As the sun sets, enjoy exclusive sundowner cocktails in the splendor of Mount Kilimanjaro, followed by dinner.

Included: Land transfer and game drive. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Tortillis Tented Camp

Amboseli, Kenya

Tortillis Tented Camp boasts soaring views of the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro. Its on-site waterhole attracts a great diversity of animal life, particularly elephant. The camp is named for the flat-topped, umbrella thorn trees that comprise the surrounding woodland. Tents are large and spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms. The main lounge, bar, and dining area are exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, featuring magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Amenities include pool and “bush spa.”

Day 4

Amboseli

Lulled awake by the morning sounds of the bush, perhaps you will choose the option of an early morning guided nature walk, before or after breakfast. Or instead, a morning game drive in the park. The plains are home to antelope, spotted hyena, jackal, warthog, olive baboons, and vervet monkeys, as well as big cats: lion, leopard, and cheetah. Observation Hill, a conical peak that is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

After lunch (which can be taken as a picnic on safari, should you prefer), experience another game drive or a guided nature walk. Or visit an authentic Maasai village, where displays of dance, song, and cultural pursuits will give you an intimate glimpse into tribal life. The incredible beauty of the tall warrior men chanting and dancing in traditional dress is a sight you will never forget.

Enjoy sundowners on safari or in the camp’s Rondavel Bar, followed by dinner.

Included: Game drive. Other activities available at own expense. Meals: BLD

Tortillis Tented Camp

Amboseli, Kenya

Tortillis Tented Camp boasts soaring views of the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro. Its on-site waterhole attracts a great diversity of animal life, particularly elephant. The camp is named for the flat-topped, umbrella thorn trees that comprise the surrounding woodland. Tents are large and spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms. The main lounge, bar, and dining area are exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, featuring magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Amenities include pool and “bush spa.”

Day 5

Masai Mara

A brief return to “civilization.” After breakfast, drive to Nairobi for lunch at the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant. Then, an afternoon flight from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport brings you to the Masai Mara National Reserve. On landing, you will be met by your safari vehicle and driver, and taken to Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp.

On arrival, relax or take a game drive in this world-famous reserve. With its abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya’s famous big cats, and hosts its largest population of lions. It also offers the best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena.

Sundowners can be taken in camp or in a scenic location, followed by dinner.

Included: Land transfer, internal flight, and game drive. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Camp in intimate elegance under the stars at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, located in the remote northwestern area of the Masai Mara Reserve. Views of both savannah and forest are breathtaking. The luxurious safari tents with private verandas are arranged on immaculate grounds for an extraordinary experience in the great outdoors. In the morning, a gentle knock upon your door delivers fragrant tea or coffee to enjoy as the day awakens.

Day 6 - 7

Masai Mara

With so much to explore, your two full days in the Mara will be action packed. Morning and afternoon game drives, guided nature walks, and ornithological tours are among your choices.

Teeming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains; also for the pods of hippo that wallow with pleasure in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Maasai giraffe, plum-colored topi, Coke’s hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck, and red duiker. The reserve boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue- and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. With over 550 resident and migratory species of birds, the bird-spotting is spectacular.

Lunch can be taken on safari if you wish, along with sundowner cocktails. Dinner is served in camp.

Included: Game drives. Other activities available at own expense. Meals: BLD

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Camp in intimate elegance under the stars at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, located in the remote northwestern area of the Masai Mara Reserve. Views of both savannah and forest are breathtaking. The luxurious safari tents with private verandas are arranged on immaculate grounds for an extraordinary experience in the great outdoors. In the morning, a gentle knock upon your door delivers fragrant tea or coffee to enjoy as the day awakens.

Day 8

Masai Mara to Nairobi

After breakfast in camp, you bid farewell to the beauty of this land and transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. You will be met and escorted either to a city hotel or direct to the international airport for departure, depending on your travel plans.

Included: Internal flight and transfers. Meals: B
Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guides

Chris Nyambu

Chris brings knowledge and dedication to his career as a safari guide. Highly focused and passionate about his profession, he is accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association with eight years guiding experience. Because Chris speaks fluent English and Swahili, he is a perfect bridge between our safari guests and the places they visit. His conversance with the African wilderness—its geography, flora, and fauna—is equally fluent. Driven by his love for wildlife and desire to conserve nature, he became a member of the Friends of Tsavo. Among his favorite places to travel: Masai Mara, Samburu, and Lake Nakuru. When not travelling or guiding, he enjoys football and photography. His favorite subject? The African elephant.

Stephen M. Kyengo

Stephen is a proficient safari driver and enthusiastic guide. His wealth of knowledge about the African wild, combined with his fluency in English, Swahili, and intermediate Japanese, make him a most remarkable travel companion. His seven years experience in safari guiding is reflected in his intimate familiarity with the flora and fauna. His passion for the region may be partly inherited, as his father is also a professional safari guide. Outgoing and lively, Stephen loves meeting new people and is an accredited member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association. His favorite parks are Samburu and Masai Mara; his favorite animal is the giraffe.

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