Set Departure Safari

Kenya Horizon’s – 7 Night Budget Safari

“Weekly Set-departure safari – Samburu, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara”

Price $2350 USD (See price tab)
Country
Kenya
When to Go
Every Monday
Duration
7 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge
Location
Kids Min Age
7

Lodges are stylish, guides are knowledgeable and scenery extraordinary. From gerenuk browsing vertically in the Samburu, to the resident hippos of the Mara River, this is an exhilarating safari.

One of the most popular affordable safaris in Kenya, departing every Monday. This safari showcases the famous Samburu Game Reserve, visits the historic Treetops lodge, stops by Lake Nakuru and has you viewing wildlife in the Masai Mara.

The safari starts with a comfortable night in Tamarind Tree Hotel in Nairobi to relax after international flights. The following day heading north to Samburu Game Reserve, arriving in time for lunch and your first afternoon game drive in the area. Spend another full day exploring the area on game drives and relaxing by the lodge. The following day head South and into the forests of the Aberdare Mountain range arriving at Outspan for lunch and then afternoon transfer to Treetops for a night. An early start has you heading to the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park in time for lunch and an afternoon game viewing activity in the park. The next day, another transfer see’s you entering the Masai Mara where you will spend the next 2 nights exploring the area on wildlife filled game drives. With some of the best game viewing in Africa, be sure to bring your cameras! On the final day, a transfer back to Nairobi for onward connections.

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highlights

  • Join a small group of like-minded travellers and enjoy group rates!
  • Outstanding wildlife sightings – bring your cameras!
  • Explore the Samburu Gam Reserve, Lake Nakuru & the Masai Mara!
  • English-speaking driver guides in 4×4 safari vehicles! (other languages on request!)
  • Weekly Departure dates, every sunday – choose the one which suits you!

map and overview

1 Night Tamarind Tree Hotel (Nairobi)

2 Nights Samburu Game Lodge (Samburu Game Reserve)

1 Night Treetops – the Aberdares

1 Night Lake Nakuru Lodge (Lake Nakuru)

2 Nights Keekorok Lodge (Masai Mara)

start dates

This safari departs every Monday.

The below dates are only a few of all the dates for 2020

2 November 2020 - 9 November 2020
16 November 2020 - 23 November 2020
7 December 2020 - 14 December 2020
21 December 2020 - 28 December 2020

detailed itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

Upon arrival into Nairobi, clients will be met and transferred to the Tamarind Tree hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at the Tamarind Tree Hotel in a Standard room on a bed and breakfast basis. (Check in time is 1400hrs approx. and will be adhered to. Clients arriving in the middle of the night must book a pre-night as they will not be permitted to wait in the hotel lobby for check-in at 1400hrs.)

Suggested Optional Nairobi Excursions for Early morning arrivals (clients will be transferred to Eka Hotel on arrival for breakfast on own arrangements and then continue with the excursion).

Daphne Sheldricks Excursion   

Out of Africa Excursion  

Day 2: Nairobi - Samburu Game Reserve

Leave Nairobi after an early breakfast for Samburu, heading north, you pass near Thika and continue north through some breathtaking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and fields of tea and coffee. After Nanyuki town, continue north, eventually reaching a dusty outpost known as Isiolo, the last major stop on the journey into the remote northern frontier district. From here it’s a fairly short hop to Samburu. Arrival at the lodge in time for lunch and then depart for an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.

Overnight at Samburu Game Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 3: Samburu Game Reserve

Early morning game drive is followed by breakfast, and time to relax by the lodge pool or the terrace overlooking the river. After lunch there will be another game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.

Overnight at Samburu Game Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 4: Samburu Game Reserve – Aberdares

Outspan for lunch and then afternoon transfer to Treetops. This is a tree lodge set in a forest glade with a waterhole that attracts all sorts of wildlife during the day and night. The waterhole is floodlit and there is an underground viewing platform.

Overnight at Treetops on a full board basis.

Day 5: Aberdares - Lake Nakuru

An early morning start first takes you north‑west heading towards Nyahururu followed by travel in a southerly direction to your next destination, the spectacular Lake Nakuru.  Once in the park, view game en route to the lodge. Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. The national park, known for its birdlife, offers a possibility to view flamingoes.  It is also home to Black and White rhinos as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.

Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 6: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Game Reserve

After an early morning breakfast, drive to Narok town via Mai-Mahiu with a brief a rest stop and proceed on to Mara arriving in time for lunch at the Lodge. After lunch, depart for an afternoon game drive returning back to the lodge as the sun sets.

Overnight at Keekorok Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 7: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Morning and afternoon game drives. (It is possible to pre-book an optional early morning Balloon Safari at a supplementary cost)

Overnight at Keekorok Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 8: Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi

After breakfast depart the Masai Mara and head across acres of rolling wheat and barley farms to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. From here cross the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley whilst keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle before heading up the rift escarpment. Arrive into Kenya’s bustling capital in the early afternoon. Once in the city, clients will be dropped off at the drop off point in the city centre or at the airport for ongoing travel arrangements.

Suggested Optional Nairobi Excursions on return to Nairobi ex- Safari

Lunch or Dinner at Carnivore

Out of Africa Excursion

Shopping trip to Utamaduni and Kazuri Bead Factory

Use of Pollmans Club Lounge

accommodation

The Tamarind Tree Hotel

Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants.

Tamarind Tree Hotel, with its world-class amenities, is perfect for both the business and leisure traveller.

Samburu Lodge – Samburu National Reserve

Samburu Lodge is set in a rugged landscape with a backdrop of jagged mountains and its own indigenous animals, unique to the region. The landscape, wildlife and vegetation are very different to the lush, rolling grasslands of other national parks. Here you will find thorn-bush, open plains and vast horizons, where one may taste the romance of this desert terrain. The lodge is situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River and offers a wide choice of accommodation spread along the river bank, in cottages, bandas and single or twin rooms. The dining room is open on the river side, with long tables and large buffets offered. The popular Crocodile Bar overhangs the water and has a great vantage point for nightly crocodile feeds. The birdlife is especially notable around the lodge. During the heat of the day you may well be happy to lounge around the pool and after sunset and sundowners, watch traditional dances of the Samburu warriors.

Treetops – the Aberdares

Treetops is Kenya’s original tree lodge, legendary for its historical royal connection, for the animals it attracts and for the sheer joy of exploring a tree house visited by rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, bushbuck, waterbuck and many other species. Guests generally depart the Outspan after lunch for the ten-mile drive to Treetops. Here, guests are met by a ranger who advises guests on common sense rules of behaviour necessary for safety and good animal viewing. The lodge rises dramatically out of the ground on stilts and overlooks a water hole and salt lick. It has four decks and a rooftop-viewing platform. Solely dedicated to game viewing, the accommodation is compact and cosy. At 6,450 feet above sea level it is chilly at night at all times of the year, especially from June to September. During these months, you will need sweaters and hats for comfort and warmth. The bedrooms are small, neat and cosy, like cabins on board a ship. Dinner is served at refectory tables with bench seating which is intimate, relaxed and very friendly.

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Lake Nakuru Lodge is situated in the heart of one of Kenya’s most densely populated wetland National Parks, (Ramsar site) only two leisurely hours’ drive from Nairobi, through beautiful forested uplands and passing a series of lakes. On the outskirts of the bustling market town of Nakuru lies a truly remarkable national park which has achieved international fame. Both black and white rhino are being given a new lease of life in this 188 sq km, fully-fenced park – and they are carefully protected. The present rhino population is over 50 and continuing to multiply. The Rothschild giraffe is another rarity and the park has its fair share of buffalo, leopard, zebra, eland, waterbuck and lion. Lake Nakuru Lodge is in the south-east ecological niche of the park, with commanding views of the lake and the flamingos for which it is justly famous. Lush gardens surround the lodge and cottages. There is a good programme of activities and evening entertainment.

Keekorok Lodge – the Masai Mara

Keekorok Lodge was opened in 1965 and lies at the southern end of Masai Mara National Reserve, approximately 280 kilometres from Nairobi. It is sited in the direct path of the annual migration and was the first lodge to be built in the Mara. At the height of the migration, Keekorok is surrounded by a swarming mass of animals and there is hardly need to go on a game drive. Keekorok’s charm lies in the liberal use of local building materials. Sand stone, cedar wood and other indigenous materials are used in all rooms and public areas. In front of the lodge there is a 300m elevated walkway that meanders through a small riverine forest to a small bar at one end. This overlooks a dam where resident hippo and other game are regularly seen. There are no fences around Keekorok and it is not uncommon to see elephant and buffalo on the perimeter of the grounds or even strolling in. Though there are watchmen on the constant look out!

price

Dates 16 DEC 2019

to

02 JAN 2020

03 JAN 2020

to

28 FEB 2020

01 MAR 2020

to

31 MAR 2020

Currency USD USD USD
Per person sharing 2,790.00 2,580.00 2,525.00
Single room supplement 550.00 405.00 360.00
Christmas Supplement: US$ 45-00 per person per night from 24 Dec 2019 to 01 Jan 2020 inclusive
Easter Supplement: US$ 45-00 per person per night from 10 April 2020 to 13 April 2020 inclusive

Minimum 02 pax required to operate tour (single pax on request)

 

Dates 01 APR 2020

to

24 JUN 2020

25 JUN 2020

to

31 OCT 2020

01 NOV 2020

to

15 DEC 2020

Currency USD USD USD
Per person sharing 2,350.00 2,750.00 2,530.00
Single room supplement 145.00 565.00 385.00
Christmas Supplement: US$ 45-00 per person per night from 24 Dec 2019 to 01 Jan 2020 inclusive
Easter Supplement: US$ 45-00 per person per night from 10 April 2020 to 13 April 2020 inclusive

Minimum 02 pax required to operate tour (single pax on request)

Extra transfer requests applicable as per below (min 2 pax):

Arrival transfer included strictly for clients arriving on day 01 of the program as indicated. 

For clients arriving on any other day, a separate transfer cost will apply as per transfer document.

For clients not staying at the featured pick up hotel, supplementary cost applicable:

  • Day 02 Pick up from a city centre hotel                  No extra charge
  • Day 02 Pick up hotel outside city centre USD 30.00  per person

For clients requiring drop off post safari at alternate hotel:

  • Drop off at hotel within city centre                          No extra charge
  • Drop off at hotel outside city centre                        USD 19.00  per person

Separate evening departure transfer cost as per transfer document

Single traveler joining a scheduled departure will need to pay a sole traveler transfer supplement of

Child and Third Adult Policy

  • Children under 7 not permitted.
  • One child aged 7-11 sharing with 2 adults pays 55% of safari cost
  • Children aged 7-11 in own room pay 75% of safari cost
  • Third adult sharing pays per person sharing cost
  • Children under 12yrs pay 50% of festive supplements
  • Transfer Supplements – children under 12yrs travelling with 2 Adults pay 50%

Cost Includes

  • Meet and greet services
  • Airport Arrival Transfers in safari minibus or mini coach on shared basis
  • All transport and game drives on safari sector will be in a 4×4 vehicle with pop-up roof (maximum 7 passengers) with an English / Bilingual (French, German, Italian or Spanish) speaking driver-guide on shared basis
  • Guaranteed window seat
  • Meals and accommodation as specified
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • ½ litre bottled water per person per day on game drives

Cost Excludes

  • Visas and international flights
  • Airport taxes (clients pay direct)
  • Driver-guide gratuities
  • Drinks, dining rooms tips, porterage
  • Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
  • Balloon Safari    

additional information

Additional remarks

  • We may have to re-route the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.
  • Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.
  • Specific language speaking guides must be requested at time of requesting booking and are subject to availability at time of confirmation.

Luggage

  • Due to limited luggage space in vehicles, suitcases are unsuitable for scheduled road safaris. We recommend luggage packed in inexpensive barrel/sausage bags or soft sided bags not exceeding 15kgs and 65×46 cm.
  • Excess luggage can be handed over to the representative at time of briefing for storage in Nairobi.  Additional costs of USD 40.00 per booking will apply to handle excess luggage until your return to Nairobi from the safari. This service can be pre-booked alternatively clients can pay for this directly on the ground.

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