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Kenyan Highlights

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The one that gives you a week of pure Masai magic in picturesque Kenya

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  • Duration

    7 days

  • Places

    4 places

  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Minivan + Safari Vehicles

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Elementaita, Amboseli

Kenyan Highlights

7 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Afternoon Game drive in the Masai Mara
  • Morning and afternoon game drives in pop-top Safari vehicles
  • See Lake Naivasha, the film location for 'Out of Africa'
  • Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary visit
  • Get close to giraffes at the giraffe centre
  • Game drive in Amboseli National Park
  • Morning drive in Amboseli

2 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Balloon Safari
  • Maasai Village Tour

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 6 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    1 night in Hotel, 4 nights in Luxury Safari Tent, 1 night in African Lodge

    We'll stay in a comfy hotel in Nairobi on our first night, then the rest of the time we're having the full safari experience in African lodges and luxurious campsites. This is doing Africa in style in twin share raised canvas tents with full bathrooms, patios and all the amentites you would expect of a hotel room. Does it get any better sleeping in luxury under the African stars.

About this trip

From the famous Masai Mara, the setting for the Great Migration, the foreground to Mt Kilimanjaro and the inspiration for the epic film Out of Africa, Kenya has places that will imprint on your memory and heart forever. This trip sees you riding in an open-top vehicle through National Parks and vast plains by day, and sleeping in safari-style lodges at night. Not only will you have a chance to see big game in the parks, you'll get up close to giraffes and elephants for the ultimate African encounter.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Nairobi

  2. 2 2 nights

    Masai Mara

  3. 1 1 night

    Lake Elementaita

  4. 2 2 nights

    Amboseli

  5. Nairobi

DAY 1 - Arrive Nairobi

Nairobi

Your Africa adventure begins as the plane touches down in red-earthed Nairobi. You'll be greeted by a transfer rep at the airport and driven to your accommodation for the night through the modern city centre in private transportation. Set your bags down at the hotel and feel the excitement build as your Trip Manager runs through the itinerary. This evening you'll have a chance to head out for some dinner at a local restaurant, a perfect time to practise your 'Jambo' (hello) and 'Asante-sana' (Thank you very much). Get to know your new mates over a hearty Kenyan meal before a big day tomorrow.

Stay

Jacaranda Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Nairobi to Masai Mara

Nairobi

We start the day with a hot breakfast at the hotel before meeting our local guides and loading up in the safari vehicles for the start of our great Masai Mara adventure.

Masai Mara

We'll pass down and through the Great Rift Valley as we arrive at our classic African safari lodge, just in time for lunch in the famous Masai Mara. After lunch, you'll have time for a quick siesta or a dip in the pool. This afternoon will include your first game drive, seeing some of Africa's vast array of wildlife both big and small on the rolling hills of this magnificent nature reserve.

Stay

Sentrim Mara (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Afternoon Game drive in the Masai Mara

DAY 3 - Masai Mara

Masai Mara

This morning you have the option for a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon Safari experience, or join the early morning game drive - one of the best times to see the wild animals as they relax in the cooler climate before the midday heat. In the late morning we'll all head back to the lodge for some lunch and lounging around the pool, before departing on an evening game drive in search of Africa's elusive big cats: the lion, leopard and cheetah. This reserve is the scene of one of nature's most incredible and humbling events: the Great Migration. During the right season, watch with your jaw open as millions of wildebeest and zebra risk their lives crossing crocodile-infested waters with lions lurking on the banks as they bravely press forward to greener pastures.

Stay

Sentrim Mara (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Morning and afternoon game drives in pop-top Safari vehicles

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Masai Mara Balloon Safari

DAY 4 - Masai Mara to Lake Elementaita

Masai Mara

We'll treat ourselves to one last morning drive in the unforgettable Masai Mara before we head north. Make sure your camera is ready for your last glance of this extraordinary location.

Lake Elementaita

This afternoon we're passing through Lake Naivasha, where some scenes from the epic 1985 film Out of Africa were shot. We end up on the shores of Lake Elementaita for the evening. There'll be time for a rest and revive before we sit down together for a buffet dinner.

Stay

Sentrim Lake Elementaita (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Lake Naivasha, the film location for 'Out of Africa'

DAY 5 - Lake Elementaita to Amboseli

Lake Elementaita

Before we reach our next destination of Amboseli, our route today takes us back past Nairobi where we have the chance to get up close to some of Africa's biggest land mammals. This includes a visit to the giraffe centre for selfies with the world's tallest animal, and a heartwarming trip to an elephant orphanage sanctuary, to see the amazing work being done rehabilitating baby elephants back into the wild.

Amboseli

We'll have a picnic lunch, and the afternoon will take us to our lodge on the edge of the Amboseli National Park with dinner included.

Stay

Sentrim Amboseli (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary visit

  • Get close to giraffes at the giraffe centre

DAY 6 - Amboseli

Amboseli

After our morning's buffet breakfast, we will do a short safari walk to a Masai village, guided by Masaai warriors as they teach us about their culture and everyday lives co-existing with wild animals. After lunch we will head out to Amboseli National Park, famous for its iconic shots of elephants and wildlife feeding in the foreground while the peak of Africa rises in the background: Mt Kilimanjaro. It's a photographer's dream, and it's all yours. Our final dinner in Kenya will be included back at the lodge.

Stay

Sentrim Amboseli (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Game drive in Amboseli National Park

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Maasai Village Tour

DAY 7 - Amboseli to Nairobi

Amboseli

Our last day of this incredible trip will send us off with a bang, including one last morning drive through the Amboseli, and then back up to Nairobi.

Nairobi

With full hearts and memories, here is where we'll say fond farewells to our Africa adventure and our new Contiki family.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Morning game drive in Amboseli National Park

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain African trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included. 
 
You have an included airport transfer from the airport to your start hotel if you are arriving on the day the trip starts or if you have booked a pre night with Contiki at the start hotel. If your arrival flight is delayed, don’t worry, the transfer reps will keep track of flight times. However, if your flight has been cancelled at short notice or you missed a connecting flight and are arriving on a different flight at a different time then we cannot offer a new arrival pick-up. You can easily catch a taxi to the start hotel at your own expense from the airport and claim back on your travel insurance.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain African countries. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What are the luggage restrictions?

Luggage restrictions are due to limited space in safari vehicles – baggage of 15kg in a soft-sided duffel/sports bag and a small day bag. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the mini-vans).

A pair of binoculars is crucial for any safari and your most important tool for wildlife viewing. It is highly recommended to bring a pair with you.

Will there be clean drinking water available?

There will be clean drinking water available at your accommodation, and we recommend bringing a refillable water bottle. Kenya and Tanzania have both banned single use plastics, so please don’t bring any single use food packaging or water bottles with you into these countries. You can order a Contiki travel-friendly foldable waterbottle with built-in filtration system before your trip for just US$15 including free worldwide shipping, from contiki.com/waterbottle

 

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Africa. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it, like when you’re on a safari, and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

How much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
The currency in Kenya and Tanzania is Shillings, however almost all tourist activities & meals are charged in US$. Therefore you must bring US$ in cash when on the trip. This is also in case card machines stop working (this is Africa!). Visas are also paid for in cash on arrival. 

In all areas of the service industry in Africa, whether it’s restaurants, bars, hotels or taxis, it’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Contiki team; if you feel that their service has been exceptional then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest 2.00 US$ per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it’s entirely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

There will be WiFi at some lodges and most hotels, but when you’re staying in safari camps you may be off-grid. But when you’re this close to nature, camping under starswept skies, a mobile detox isn’t such a bad thing. You’ll still be able to upload your best snaps as you travel. 

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From a giraffe centre in Nairobi and an elephant orphanage in Kenya to a community visit in Shanga, we make sure our African experiences give something back to this incredible continent.