9 Days Magical Kenya Safari
Tour Code: TAS 60 [ Nairobi Serena, Mountain Lodge, Sweetwaters Serena Camp, Mara Serena Safari Lodge ]

At a glance

Hike the Moorlands of Mount Kenya and experience a bespoke safari to some of Kenya’s magical locations! All through a fly in safari is designed for families with older children aged about nine to 12 years two of the lodges on the itinerary welcomes older children and there are dedicated adventure clubs waiting for them that offer child-oriented safari activities with local guides and naturalists. There are walks, sports and adventures to local villages as well as swimming pools and Wi- Fi access – something for every child. And since the lodges also have spa treatment suites and masseuses, there is something for parents and gown-ups, too. Truly a family safari!

Detailed trip itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi, Nairobi Serena Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

Met on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by our representative and transfer to Nairobi Serena Hotel where you have been booked on bed & breakfast.

The Nairobi Serena Hotel
Justly famed for its exceptional standards of efficiency, service and five-star hospitality, the elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena Hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group and is consistently voted ‘Best Hotel” in Nairobi by airlines and international travel magazines alike. Despite its pivotal central location, the Serena remains true to its title and offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of one of Africa's most vibrant capital cities. Overnight at Nairobi Serena Hotel

Day 2: Mount Kenya, Serena Mountain Lodge (Fullboard)

Breakfast in the Hotel and thereafter a pre-safari briefing, depart with your safari driver guide and drive via the Great North Road, through the famed Kenyan highlands onto Mount Kenya National park. Drive on to the Mountain Lodge – located at 2,134 meters on the slopes of Mount Kenya.

Mountain Lodge - “Tree Lodge” Experience!
Standing out amid the primeval forests of Kenya's highest mountain, Mount Kenya, this timbered tree hotel offers champagne-clear mountain air, sweeping views across the tree-canopy, sparkling trout streams, and gentle forest walks. The open-air viewing-deck looks down on to its own water hole and salt-lick, which attracts numerous animals. Lunch in the lodge followed by an afternoon at leisure.

15:00 Depart for a Guided Forest Walk through the forest, accompanied by the Resident Naturalist.
Dinner and Overnight at Mountain Lodge

Day 3: Mount Kenya, Serena Mountain Lodge (Fullboard)

Early breakfast in the Lodge. Mount Kenya Moorland Excursion
Early morning departure for a full day excursion that leads you up to the moorlands of Mount Kenya inclusive of the drive from and back to the lodge. On the drive to the Met Station (3,048 meters above sea level) you may come across wildlife such as buffaloes, waterbucks and syke monkeys as well as experience a change in ecology from the forest zone to the bamboo zone.

The hike continues through the Heather zone to the moorlands where you see some of the endemic plants on Mount Kenya, for example, Lobelia Keniensis which produces beautiful yellow flowers. Experience the vertical bog as the hike continues to higher altitude. For the bird watchers, you may see some of the rare bird species that are only found at this altitude e.g. the Malachite sunbirds.

One of the key highlights of the hike is the visiting of caves (at 3,500meters) where you will be served a packed lunch as you listen to an exciting narration on the history of Mount Kenya by our resident naturalist who will be accompanying you! The hike takes you up to an altitude of about 3,800 meters. Experience and discover a whole new world of insights into the flora and fauna of Mount Kenya! Walk down the same trail for your drive back to the lodge.
Dinner and overnight at Mountain Lodge

Day 4: Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Camp (Fullboard)

After a leisurely breakfast in the lodge, check-out and embark on a scenic drive through the Central Highlands to the Equator Point just before Nanyuki Town for a brief stopover. Here, the locals perform a water demonstration to qualify the position of the equator and for a small tip you will be awarded an ‘equator certificate’. Drive on to the nearby 110,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which lies on the Laikipia plains. Enjoy a game viewing drive en-route to Sweetwaters Serena Camp.

Lunch in the Camp followed by an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the facilities at the Camp that include a swimming pool. Afternoon game viewing drive in the Conservancy. All meals and Overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Camp.

Day 5: Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Camp (Fullboard)

Full day in the Conservancy with morning and afternoon game viewing drives. Host to all the members of the ‘Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard), the conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park and is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya.

At the forefront of the Kenyan conservancy program, the conservancy boasts the largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa, hosts the only Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species.

All meals and overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Day 6: Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Mara Serena Safari Lodge (Fullboard)

Breakfast in the Camp and drive to Nairobi to arrive at Nairobi Serena Hotel for an early lunch at the Café Maghreb Restaurant. Transfer to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Masai Mara National Reserve. On arrival at Mara Serena Airstrip, you will be met by your dedicated Lodge Driver Guide and proceed to Mara Serena Safari Lodge for check-in and thereafter a game viewing drive in the reserve.

Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Perched on the saddle of a hill, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge has one of the most spectacular views imaginable across the vast plains, forests and rivers that make up the Masai Mara National Reserve– one of the world’s richest wildlife sanctuaries. The lodge has recently undergone a refurbishment and new facilities in operation include a new reception, bar lounge, an arrival lobby area and a gift shop.

A Mara Serena Safari Lodge Maisha Health Club and Spa featuring an exciting spa menu, steam, sauna and gymnasium is also now open – an opportunity to have an experience of tranquility and good health whilst on safari. There is a swimming pool and the new terrace gives you an opportunity to enjoy the sweeping views of the of the expansive Masai Mara plains.

The Mara is also noted for its abundance of lions - particularly the superb black manned males. You'll see lots of elephants here often in large herds, as well as - if you're lucky - leopard, cheetah and rhino. All of the Big Five are residents. You're sure to see the African buffalo. Get the cameras ready, charge the batteries and enjoy yourself!

Return to the lodge to refresh for dinner. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Day 7 & 8: Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Mara Serena Safari Lodge (Fullboard)

The full days in the Masai Mara National Reserve with morning and afternoon game drives in the Reserve at 06:30 and 16:00 respectively. The reserve is home to all the “big five” and it is also possible to observe; baboon, eland, ostrich, bat- eared fox, jackal, Cheetah, and the rivers abound with hippos and crocodiles. Certainly the most frequented game reserve in Kenya, Maasai Mara is a magnificent landscape of open plains bisected by the Mara River and its tributaries, and punctuated by marshes and forests. This 650 sqkilometre reserve supports the highest density of game to be seen anywhere considering its size.

During the seasonal migrations, Maasai Mara is home to up to a million wildebeest and an equally impressive number of zebra that move into the area from neighbouring Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania.

Hippo Pool Breakfast
On one of the mornings, crown your game viewing experience with a “Bush Breakfast” by the Mara River Hippo Pools! One cannot resist the charming “Jambo” from the chefs and Masai warriors as they welcome you to our wonderfully set breakfast buffet of cold cuts, fruits, cereals and hot dishes with eggs made to your specifications as you wait. The hippos keep you company and only say “Kwaheri” (good bye) after you have had enough. All meals and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Day 9: Fly Nairobi

Breakfast in the lodge. Transfer to the nearby Mara Serena Airstrip for your schedule morning flight to Nairobi Wilson Airport. You will be met by our representative and transfer to Nairobi Serena Hotel for a farewell lunch at Café Maghreb Restaurant. Later transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your homebound international flight.

End of the safari.

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • One night accommodation on bed and breakfast at Nairobi Serena Hotel
  • Two nights on full board basis at Mountain Lodge “Tree Lodge”
  • Escorted Forest Walk at Mountain Lodge
  • Full Day Trekking Excursion to the Mount Kenya Moorland
  • Two nights on full board at Sweetwaters Serena Camp
  • Three nights on full board basis at Mara Serena Safari Lodge
  • Bush Breakfast by the Hippo Pools of Mara River
  • Lunches at Café Maghreb Restaurant as per itinerary
  • Safari transport and game drives in custom made Safari 4WD Land Cruisers
  • Services of English speaking driver guides
  • Park & Conservancy entrance fees
  • Return scheduled flights from Nairobi City to Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Airport/Airstrip transfers as per itinerary with meet & assist services

Tour Exclusions

  • Drinks
  • Any of excursions while in Zanzibar Island
  • Gratuities for the service
  • Yellow fever vaccination
  • Visa of USD 50.00 as at year 2020
  • Things of personal use

Easter & Christmas Surcharges
A surcharge would be charged per person per night on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Easter Monday and on 24th 25th, 26th, 31st December and 1st January. The Surcharge would be confirmed at the time of booking for clarity purposes.

For optimal enjoyment of your safari, we urge you to carry the following:
All weather firm shoe pair, short and dress to use during the day, trouser for use in the evenings with long sleeved shirt, sweater or jacket, hat, swimming costume, sunglass, camera, binocular, sun protection cream and insect repellent spray or cream.

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