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Vessel Africa Safaris
Vessel Africa Safaris
Vessel Africa Safaris
Vessel Africa Safaris
Vessel Africa Safaris

Classic Kenya Safari

Trip Summary

This 10 day trip takes you to Amboseli National Park, Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary, Samburu Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve.


Nairobi / Amboseli / Sweetwaters / Samburu / Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara


Day 1: Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and assisted by Vessel Africa Representative. After a brief introduction, you will be transferred to the Boma Hotel.


Day 2: Amboseli

After breakfast drive through the rugged landscape of the Kenyan plains to the Amboseli National Park situated in the north at the foot hills of Mont Kilimanjaro (19430ft) the highest Mountain in Africa. Amboseli is famous for its vast herds of elephants and stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Be sure to have your camera ready this afternoon game drive in search of elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and much more, lunch will be served at the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge.


Day 3: Amboseli

You will spend a full day in Amboseli with morning and afternoon game drives. Meals and overnight stay at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge to the 392 sq km Amboseli National Park lies due south of Nairobi, within clear sight of Mt Kilimanjaro. The waters of the mountain feed the seasonal swamps and marshes on which the game and birds, which live in the park, rely. It is here that photographers will hope to shoot the classic picture of the elephant or giraffe standing against the dramatic backdrop of the snow capped mountain.


Day 4: Amboseli - Sweetwaters

After breakfast you will depart for Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary via Nairobi for lunch at the Pampa Grill Restaurant. Enjoy a leisurely and scenic drive trough fertile vegetation lands and to Sweetwaters in time for a game drive in search of wildlife. Later on proceed to your camp where you will have dinner and spend your overnight at the Sweetwaters Tented Camp.


Day 5: Sweetwaters - Samburu

After breakfast you will depart to the Samburu Game Reserve via the small town of Isiolo. Arrive and check-in then have lunch at your Lodge. Proceed on your first afternoon game drive in the reserve. Return to the lodge before sunset for dinner and overnight stay at the Samburu Sopa Lodge.


Day 6: Samburu

You will spend a full day in Samburu with morning and afternoon game drives. Meals and overnight stay at the Samburu Sopa Lodge to the North of lush Mount woodland and rugged ranges that average only 14" (350mm) of rain a year. Samburu Game Reserve (40,800 acres/16,500 hectares) flows the Uaso Nyiro River, rimmed with towering river acacias and palms. The river and several springs attract much wildlife, especially in dry periods. Mammals restricted to the Masai arid zone are found here, such as Gravy's zebra, the reticulated giraffe, the beisa Oryx, Guenther's dik-dik and the gerenuk. Also present are lesser kudus, elephants, grant's gazelles, lions, cheetahs, leopards and 350 bird species, including the blue-flushed Somali ostrich and the bristle-crowned starling.


Day 7: Samburu - Lake Nakuru

After breakfast at the lodge, proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park situated in the Rift Valley Region. From the North to the South of Kenya the valley is lined with a series of freshwater and soda based volcanic lakes. Arrive, check-in your Lodge and have lunch. Go on a game drive later in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lake Nakuru Lodge. Lake Nakuru the worlds famous haunt for pink flamingoes is a shallow alkaline lake in Kenya's Rift Valley and some 62 km2 in size. The landscape is picturesque, area of marsh and grassland alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrop also home to both the White and Black Rhinos. Lions, leopards, hippos, giraffes, waterbucks are equally at home in this unique park.


Day 8: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara

After breakfast, depart for the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Arrive at your lodge for check-in and have lunch. The lodge blends in perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape. The accent here is on the Masai people and the wealth of wildlife, birdlife, and natural flora to be found in the fabled Masai Mara Game Reserve. Enjoy an afternoon game drive around the world famous Mara. Dinner and overnight stay at Mara Sopa Lodge.


Day 9: Masai Mara

Full day spent in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. All meals and overnight stay at the Mara Sopa Lodge. Masai Mara offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers, full of crocodiles and hippos. The abundance of water and excellent availability of food are the reasons why the Masai Mara, which in fact is a continuation of the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park, has the greatest population of wild animals in the whole of Africa. There is a particularly dramatic "spectacle" from July to November, the annual migration of huge herds of Gnus and zebras. Predators such as Hyenas, Jackals, Leopards and Lions of course, closely follow these herds. Gigantic herds of over 200 buffaloes can also be observed. Plenty of food is available for elephants, giraffes, and the many species of antelopes.

OPTIONAL: (hot air balloon taking off in the beautiful early morning, you drift above the browsing game and have tremendous opportunities for unusual photographs. What could be more uplifting than an early morning safari in a hot air balloon flying over the vast plains of Africa? Witness an African sunrise as a plethora of wildlife roam the land beneath you. At the end of the flight you land on the plains, in the midst of this enchanting savannah a champagne breakfast is laid out with the mouth watering aroma of sausages, eggs, and bacon, sizzling over a charcoal fire. Drive in a leisurely fashion with game viewing on your way back to your camp).


Day 10: Masai Mara - Nairobi (Departure)

Have breakfast at the camp and depart for Nairobi. Kenyans most colorful city, from here you will proceed to the famous Carnivore Restaurant for a mouth watering barbeque lunch. Later on you will be transferred to the Airport for your onward flight.


  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 01 Night accommodation at the Boma Hotel on a BB Basis
  • 08 Nights accommodation at Safari Lodges/Camp on a FB Basis
  • Lunch at the Pampa Grill Restaurant
  • Lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant
  • Transport in a safari minivan with pop up roof
  • Game drives
  • Park entrance fees
  • Services of an experienced English speaking driver guide
  • 01 litre mineral water per person per day while on safari


  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks
  • International and local flights
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Entry visas and fees
  • Balloon safaris
  • Masai village visits
  • Nature walk
  • Items of a personal nature and any other not mentioned above