The one-week Classical Kenya Lodge Safari explores Kenya’s top game parks and Great Rift Valley lakes on a scenic game viewing adventure.

Starting and ending in Nairobi, this budget lodge safari includes:

  • Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Lake Naivasha game drive and boat cruise
  • Game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Walking safari in Masai Mara private concession

Day 1: Nairobi – Kenya

Arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport inNairobi on the evening of day one, our guide welcomes you to Kenya and transfers you to the first overnight hotel in the city.

Spend the evening resting after your flight and relaxing at the comfortable hotel set in lush gardens. The hotel is spcaious and modern, yet retains a distinctive colonial charm, offering warm hospitality and a quiet retreat from the bustling city.

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Nairobi (en suite rooms, lounge, pool, bar and restaurant)

Day 2: Lake Nakuru National Park – Kenya

Day two of this Classical Kenya Lodge Safari starts with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.

Leaving Nairobi we travel northwest towards Lake Nakuru National Park, driving into the scenic Great Rift Valley. Travelling through the eastern branch of the extensive East African Rift system we pause to take photographs and admire the beautiful views of this natural wonder bordered by escarpments.

We continue to the Kenyan Rift Valley lake, called Lake Nakuru, which is set inside a national park. Entering the Lake Nakuru National Park we enjoy some game viewing as we make our way to our tented camp, where we have lunch.

In the afternoon we embark on a game drive, exploring this wildlife-rich Kenyan game park.

Lake Nakuru Park was founded as a bird sanctuary, but has since expanded to incorporate the grasslands surrounding this shallow soda lake. The park is home to almost 450 bird species, including five internationally threatened species, and is a Ramsar wetland site. Lake Nakuru Park is best known for the thousands, sometimes millions, of greater and lesser flamingoes that fringe the lake’s shores in a sea of pink.

In addition to the flamingoes and other water birds, Nakuru also shelters around 56 mammal species, most notably endangered black and white rhinos. Along with rhinos, Lake Nakuru National Park was expanded to protect Rothschild giraffes, which were relocated here.

On our game drive you can expect to see antelopes, buffalos, zebras, baboons, monkeys, hyenas, jackals, hippos and pythons, as well as the rhinos and giraffes of Nakuru. We keep our eyes open for the diverse birdlife, including water birds such as fish eagles, pelicans and storks.

After our game drive we return to our eco-friendly camp, located inside the Lake Nakuru National Park, for a tasty dinner and a restful evening in this lovely wilderness area.

  • Accommodation: Tented Camp (en-suite tented rooms, swimming pool, bar, lounge and restaurant)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Lake Naivasha – Kenya

Our day starts with a breakfast buffet at the tented camp, before we set off on a morning game viewing drive in Lake Nakuru National Park.

At around noon we drive to the nearby Lake Naivasha arriving in time for lunch at our next overnight lodge.

This afternoon we visit the Crescent Island National Park of Lake Naivasha on a relaxing boat cruise.

We explore this beautiful Island on foot, spotting the numerous birds and wildlife found here. Crescent Island is home to some 200 species of birds, including healthy numbers of fish eagles, cormorants and pelicans, among others.

Wildlife sightings include wildebeests, giraffes, zebras and a variety of antelopes, such as waterbuck, gazelles, elands and impalas. The lake is inhabited by an abundance of hippos, which can also be spotted from the boat and the island.

Our afternoon boat cruise is followed by dinner at the lodge, overlooking the lake and its surrounds. The safari lodge is set around the original trees on its now rolling lawns, amid grasslands. Spot giraffes, monkeys and waterbuck at the lodge as well as visiting hippos.

  • Accommodation: Lodge at Lake Naivasha (en suite rooms with balconies or verandas, restaurant, bar and lounge area, pool, sauna and gym)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve – Kenya

Today we travel south to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s leading national park.

First we head to our luxury camp for lunch and then we venture out on an afternoon game drive in Masai Mara.

The Masai Mara Reserve is most famous for the Great Migration that takes place here annually. The Great Migration sees hundreds of thousands, even millions, of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra migrating across the plains between Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serenget in Tanzania, in search of grazing.

Maasai Mara is one of Africa’s most renowned and best-loved game parks, not only because of its rich wildlife but also for its magical spirit and truly African feel. Exploring Masai Mara we experience the endless savannahs and wide-open skies that make this the archetypal African safari land.

Home to Africa’s Big Five and an abundance of other wild animals, we can look forward to superb wildlife sightings in Masai Mara. Big cats are often sighted on game drives, with the Mara being known for its exceptional big cat populations, including lions, leopards and cheetahs.

We return from our rewarding game drive, to tuck into a hearty dinner at the luxurious tented camp. This intimate safari camp is located along the banks of the Talek river overlooking the plains of Masai Mara, offering comfortable accommodation and top-class service.

  • Accommodation: Safari Camp (en suite tented rooms on raised decks, bar, dining area and lounge)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 & 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Kenya

We spend the last two days on this Classical Kenya Lodge Safari exploring the Masai Mara National Reserve on morning and afternoon game viewing drives.

The Masai Mara National Reserve hosts numerous birds, including over 50 species of birds of prey, along with its spectacular wildlife. Aside from the Big Five, we go in search of zebra, giraffe, jackal, cheetah, bat-eared foxes, hyena and numerous antelopes, from topi and impala to gazelles. In the rivers of Mara we spot plenty of wallowing hippos and Nile crocodiles waiting for prey.

On either day five or six we head into the bush on foot, for an exciting game viewing walk.

The walking safari takes us into a private concession area next to Masai Mara, to discover the finer details of the African bush and hoprefully encounter wildlife and birds on foot. The morning game walk is a great way to ease into the unrushed pace of African life gaining knowledge about animal tracking and behaviour up close.

Masai Mara is also home to the proud Masaai tribe of Kenya, with communities of these traditional people living inside the national park. The game reserve is named after the distinctive Masaai nomads, who can be seen herding livestock in their bright red robes.

  • Accommodation: Safari Camp (en suite tented rooms on raised decks, bar, dining area and lounge)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (x2)

Day 7: Masai Mara to Nairobi – Kenya

One last game drive in Masai Mara this morning takes us back into the wild for a final dose of wildlife action and inspiration from nature.

We then travel back to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, where we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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