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Destination: Kenya
Travel Style: Local Expedition
Accommodation: Hostels
Activity Level:  • • 3 • • (Medium)
Group Size: Min 1, Max 16
Age Range: 18 to 65+

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Itinerary Overview

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Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
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Arrival Airport: Nairobi International Airport (NBO)

Welcome to Kenya! On this eight-day adventure, you will be introduced to all types of wildlife that Kenya has to offer. We will start this excursion in Kenya's capital.

Enjoy a free evening to get settled in after a long flight, or take some time to explore Nairobi. Try a tasty dinner at a local restaurant or at your hotel.

Accommodation: Leon Villas Guest House or similar

Day 2: Nairobi, Kenya
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Today, you will have the chance to enjoy Nairobi at your leisure. There are many opportunities to take in the local culture. Try the traditional food and coffee, or explore some of the spectacular landscapes. You may also choose to add on a wildlife tour of Nairobi, where you can visit the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage, see the Giraffe Center, and explore Karen Blixen’s home from the movie "Out of Africa."

After lunch, you may continue to explore the city at your leisure. If you’re looking to delve more into the culture of Kenya, you may add on a tour of a local coffee farm. Kenyan coffee has become very popular and is exported to countries around the world.

Accommodation: Leon Villas Guest House or similar

Day 3: Nairobi - Maasai Mara, Kenya
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Today, you will make our way to Maasai Mara Game Reserve. You will be picked up at your hotel, and you will drive to your camp (6 hours), arriving just in time for lunch and free time.

Later in the afternoon, you will depart for our first game drive. The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is characterized by its vast acacia-dotted plains cut by ox-bow lakes, spectacular escarpments where scenes from the movie "Out of Africa" was filmed. The animals of the Maasai Mara are the star of the show, providing drama and intrigue against a backdrop of spectacular scenery. You might notice a Masai Moran standing on one foot herding hundreds of cow or shepherding goats and sheep holding a single stick or a spear.

Accommodation: Semadep Mara Camp or similar

Day 4: Maasai Mara - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
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You will enjoy breakfast at your camp, then you will board the safari vehicle and drive overland to Lake Nakuru National Park (6.5 hours). Lake Nakuru is a shallow alkaline lake famous for its flamingo population (estimated to be more than a million) — so this locale is referred to as a ‘Bird's Paradise’ by bird watchers. This park is also home to a substantial rhino population. You'll arrive in time for lunch and an early afternoon nap.

Depart for an afternoon game viewing, and return back to the camp before sunset. In addition to the flamingoes, the lake draws more than 450 species of birds. There are no elephants in the park, but the other Big Five species can be spotted, including tree-climbing lions. You also might spot arge animals that live in the dry land surrounding the lake — such as Rothschild giraffe, cape buffaloes, waterbucks, gazelles, leopards, and primates.

Accommodation: Kambi Amani or similar

Day 5: Lake Nakuru - Amboseli National Park, Kenya
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After breakfast, you'll depart by road (6.5 hours) and return to Nairobi, then proceed overland through Kamba land dotted with circular houses, as well as Masai land. Eventually, you'll arrive at Amboseli National Park, situated at the foot of the highest mountain in Africa. (In fact, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world!) You will arrive at the camp in time for lunch and some afternoon relaxation.

This afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to relax at the lodge or add on a game drive. The park has large herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, giraffes, lions, and many other animals and birds, all of which are attracted to this park due to its permanent supply of water from Mount Kilimanjaro’s melting snow. The elephant population in Amboseli is one of the few that has been able to live undisturbed, and these elephant families have been studied by world-renowned researcher Cynthia Moss.

Accommodation: AA Lodge Amboseli or similar

Day 6 & 7: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
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During these two full days in Amboseli National Park, you'll spend your time searching for big cats and elephants.

What's more, during your early morning game drives, you will have a golden opportunity to photograph the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in beautiful lighting.

Of course, Amboseli National Park is also the home of the famed Maasai people, those tall, proud nomadic warriors whose legendary prowess in battle and single-handed acts of bravery in fights with wild animals have spread across the world. You'll visit their village to see the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. You'll also have the chance to visit a few villagers at home and learn about their social structures and traditions. The Maasai people live in close harmony with the environment and the animals that surround them.

Accommodation: AA Lodge Amboseli or similar

Day 8: Nairobi, Kenya / USA
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After breakfast, you'll pack your bags, check out, and make the three-hour trek back to Nairobi, where you will catch your flight home. Of course, if you're not quite ready to say goodbye to stunning Africa, you could always extend your trip and join us in Tanzania on a Serengeti Wildlife and Wonders trip!

Departure Airport: Nairobi International Airport (NBO)

Extension to Tanzania

Trip Inclusions

  • Travel Style: Local

  • Service Level: Simple (comfortable and clean accommodations; public and private transport)

  • Route: Nairobi, Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli National Park

  • Accommodation: Hostels, safari camps

  • Transport: Motor vehicles

  • Meals Included: One meal per day

Expedition Route

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This Acanela Local Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort and adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical and culinary highlights along the way.

Dates & Prices

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From $1,200 / person | Comprehensive package including accommodation for all nights; in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight; lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides; all activities; and one meal per day. *International airfare and visa fees are not included. 

+ Single Room Supplement: $200 / person

Please note: Solo travelers are required to choose a single room when they make their booking.

Single Room Supplements and Extension add-ons become available after you select Book Now and hit continue. *Extensions are not eligible for discounts or promotions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ What vaccinations should I get before my trip?

It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information before departing for Africa. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. We can provide some general guidance on what websites to check, but these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional.

+ Can you help arrange my Kenya travel visas?

If you are an American traveler joining this trip, you will need a visa to visit Kenya. You must obtain this visa before you arrive.

If you are not an American citizen, or if you would like to verify your visa requirements, please refer to VisaHQ.

+ Do your tours include international airfare?

Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours, and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

+ What do I need to know before I join this trip?

Please see our blog article for travel tips to Kenya. We will also email you more information and travel guides to help make your trip preparations as smooth as possible.

+ What should I pack for my Kenya wildlife safari?

Please see our blog article on safari packing tips.

+ I'm a solo traveler — will I be charged a single supplement?

We are happy to accommodate single travelers! Please note that we will add a single supplement charge to your trip cost. We look forward to putting together your dream trip!

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