Kenya leopard

Kenya Wildlife Safari with AWF

10 days
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$14,749 USD
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Wildlife
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
WYR
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Safaris
Group size:
6–10
Ages:
16+

This luxury safari showcases the absolute best of Kenya, with time spent in three of the most renowed wildlife rich areas: Amboseli, Samburu and the Masai Mara. On this expedition we observe wildlife in its natural habitat and gain a real understanding of some of the key conservation issues facing the parks, conservancies and reserves. All amongst a backdrop of Kenya's vast and iconinc landscapes. 

This Kenyan safari is led by a highly skilled and qualified guide from the African Wildlife Foundation, who possess an incredible passion for Africa's wildlife and vast knowledge of the natural world, history, and culture of Kenya. 

Highlights

  • Join this special departure in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation and learn more about their important conservation work throughout Africa.
  • Take comfortable charter flights and airstrip transfers to maximise time spent in wildlife rich areas 
  • Enjoy luxurious accommodation throughout, such as the highly regarded Governors Camp nestled in the forest alongside the banks of the Masai Mara 
  • 4WD game drives in Amboseli, Kalama Conservancy (bordering Samburu) and the Masai Mara with sundowners included 
  • A visit to the Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Key information

  • Travel by 4WD vehicle and charter flight
  • 9 nights in wonderful premium accommodation: hotels, lodges and safari camps
  • Accompanied by AWF leader throughout 
  • Countries visited: Kenya

What's included

  • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

Nairobi, Kenya
to
Nairobi, Kenya
  • Day 1

    Nairobi

    Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya, and join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at your hotel. Meet your African Wildlife Foundation leader – Carter Smith or Craig R. Sholley – for a briefing on your journey ahead. 

    Carter Smith and Craig R. Sholley share a passion for wildlife conservation in Africa which has spanned decades. From Carter’s years living in the bush rehabilitating birds of prey and working closely with Sir Iain Douglas-Hamilton on Save the Elephants, to Craig’s work studying Mountain gorillas with Dian Fossey at Rwanda’s celebrated Karisoke Research Centre, acting as scientific advisor for the award-winning IMAX film, Mountain Gorilla, and most recently, serving as senior vice president of AWF, they each have a long-standing love affair with this spectacular continent making them the perfect guides for your adventure.

    Accommodation: Palacina Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Nairobi

    Today we spend time at the AWF Conservation Centre for a behind the scenes look at the African Wildlife Foundation’s global headquarters, the operational base for their work throughout Africa. We'll also visit the Giraffe Centre, an environmental conservation centre for the Rothschild Giraffe, and spend time at the Karen Blixen Museum - author of the famous memoir Out of Africa. In the afternoon you'll visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, highly regarded for its rescue and rehabilitation work with orphaned elephants. You'll have the opportunity to adopt an elephant for yourself at the SWT.

    Accommodation: Palacina Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 3-4

    Amboseli National Park

    Board a short flight to Amboseli National Park, renowned for its variety of wildlife and the iconic landscape dominated by the majestic snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro. Your luxury eco-accommodation, the award winning Tawi Lodge, sits in the middle of the Kilitome Conservancy. This conservancy was created by the AWF and the local Masaai landowners and helps to ensure it is in the community’s economic interest to protect the wildlife for the future. Spend your days here exploring the private Kilitome Conservancy and the Amboseli ecosystem searching for giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah.

    Accommodation: Tawi Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 5-6

    Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy

    Fly north to the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy bordering the Samburu National Reserve. Our eco-lodge, perched high atop the hills of the Northern Frontier, offers luxurious accommodation in open villages with unforgettable panoramic vistas. Home to elephant, leopard, reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra, we are guided by Samburu Warriors passionate about their land and culture. We will learn first-hand about the fascinating customs and gain local knowledge about the land and animals. Learn how the Conservancy (with the support of the Northern Rangelands Trust) is facing the challenges of poaching, conflict, degrading land and poverty and the critical role tourism plays in creating revenue for conservation and community development projects. 

    Accommodation: Samburu Saruni or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 7-9

    Masai Mara

    From Samburu fly southwest to the heart of Kenya’s most famous game reserve, the Masai Mara. The Mara’s rolling grassland and riverine forests are the northern extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Noted for its predators, large prides of lions, cheetah, hyena and leopard are all found here. Elephant, Maasai giraffe, buffalo, plains zebra and large herds of gazelle are found in the Mara year-round. Here you’ll stay at Governor’s Camp, the first permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara nestled in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River. Each classic safari tent has an en-suite bathroom and private veranda. Take an optional hot-air balloon ride and watch the sunrise while floating above the treetops lining the Mara River for a birds eye view and a lifelong memory. 

    Accommodation: Governors Camp or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Nairobi

    After a final early morning game drive, we fly back to Nairobi in time for lunch at the Ole Sereni Hotel. This afternoon you can relax in your day room prior to your transfer to the Nairobi airport for your onward flight arrangements. We recommend you don't make international flight arrangements until this evening.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Kenya

Most nationalities do now require a visa for Kenya, including Britons, most EU nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians.  From the 1st January 2021 Kenyan entry visas will be exclusively issued electronically, with passengers required to obtain their e-visas before departure. For the latest information please contact your local Kenyan High Commission or Consulate.  
For information about the online application process please visit http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html.
The cost of the visa is US$50 for a single entry visa and US$100 for an East Africa visa (valid to travel in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda).
You will need to first register to the ecitizens website (including needing a photo 500px x 500px) before you can start applying.
For the application process itself you will need details of the accommodation used (which we will send you) and itinerary as well as a photo 5.5cm x 5.5cm and a scanned or photographed copy of your passport’s bio/photo page.
If after visiting Kenya you will also travel to Uganda and Rwanda, you may apply for East African Visa that will cover all three countries. Please contact the Kenyan High Commission to obtain more information about the combined visa from Kenya.

Vaccinations

Kenya

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All meals included: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

Clients who have specialist dietary requirements should contact us in advance of travel to discuss if they can be accommodated.

Weather

Kenya straddles the equator so showers can happen at any time of year, however the wettest period is April and May. Due to the altitude of the Masai Mara (1550m) the nighttime temperature is beautiful, cool yet not cold, although mornings can be quite chilly. Daytime temperatures can get as high as 30 degrees but with low humidity. There can be some light rains at the end of the year, but if anything this is a good thing as it cuts down the dust and brings out the colours. In the wet the roads can become difficult.

Is this trip for you?

This tour has been graded 1: Leisurely with a Safari Rating of 5

This is a busy and active trip with some early starts as we explore as much as we can in wilderness areas.  We maximise our time and chances of wildlife sightings by travelling using small charter flights and comfortable 4WD vehicles.

Please note that a baggage restriction of 15kg (including hand luggage) is applicable on all charter flights and luggage should be packed in small, soft-sided bags. Larger bags will not fit in the aircraft.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel, Lodges & Safari Camp

Palacina Hotel: A great base for visiting Nairobi, providing a calm oasis in the city. This family run boutique hotel offers a personalised, friendly service in a serene setting. 

Tawi Lodge: In the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro, Tawi Lodge sits in its own private conservancy amongst some 3000 acres of wilderness. This eco award winning lodge is an idyllic retreat set amongst dry acacia woodland. Look out for elephants strolling past! Each well appointed cottage has views over the mountain, spacious rooms and private decks. 

Samburu Saruni: The open and spacious luxury villas each have spectacular views over Mt Kenya and Kalama Conservancy. This wilderness area is vast - some 200,000 acres - and as the only lodge in the area this ensures an intimate and exceptional safari experience. The lodge has been built into a volcanic rock face - a fascinating architectural design with incredible views.  

Governors Camp: As the first permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara back in 1972, Governors set new standards in luxury and is still one of Africa's best! Nestled in the forest along the banks of the Mara River, Governors Camp has classic safari style tents, all with private verandahs. A prime location overlooking the Mara River and its prolific wildlife. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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