TRAVEL DAY DEPARTURE
Depart your hometown for Nairobi. Though airfare is not included in the tour cost, Java Africa Safaris is always happy to assist you
with the necessary travel arrangements. Java Africa Safaris is a preferred partner of Kenya Airways.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL & WELCOME
Java Africa Safaris representative will meet you upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer you and your luggage to the Nairobi Serena Hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in formalities so you can relax and recharge after your journey. Overnight at Nairobi Serena Hotel.
OVERNIGHT - NAIROBI SERENA HOTEL
DAY 2 SWEETWATERS & OL PEJETA
After breakfast this morning, we drive to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a private game sanctuary situated on the Laikipia Plains near Mount Kenya, arriving in time for lunch at the Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Built on the grounds of a colonial-era farm inside the conservancy itself, Sweetwaters is the perfect base for exploring Ol Pejeta. After settling into your accommodations, set out into the bush for your first game-viewing drive. Later this afternoon, you will tour Sweetwater’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary, the only facility of its kind in Kenya. Upon your return to camp, you can relax on your private verandah overlooking the camp’s water hole, take a dip in the pool, or catalog the day’s haul of wildlife photographs. After dinner, relax by the fire or retire to the wonderful ambiance of your tent. The camp’s luxurious tents all feature comfortable beds, electricity, hot/cold running water, and full in-suite bathroom with shower. Overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp.
OVERNIGHT – SWEETWATERS TENTED CAMP
DAY 3 SWEETWATERS & OL PEJETA
Enjoy the entire day at leisure in Sweetwaters with morning and afternoon game drives through the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Boasting an incredible density of wildlife within its borders, the conservancy is also home to a host of endangered species. Ol Pejeta is especially known for its populations of black and endangered northern white rhinoceros. We return to camp for dinner and another pleasant evening. All meals are included with overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp.
OVERNIGHT – SWEETWATERS TENTED CAMP
DAY 4 MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast a short drive brings you to the unique Serena Mountain Lodge inside Mount Kenya National Park. An ancient and long-extinct volcano, the legendary Mount Kenya is Africa’s second tallest mountain. Its jagged central peaks are a stunning sight as we approach from the south. Situated nearly 7,000 feet above sea level on the lower slopes of the mountain, the timbered Serena Mountain Lodge is nestled deep within the primordial rainforest. Perched on stilts high above its own water hole and salt lick, the lodge affords guests a treetop view of wildlife from their rooms, several decks, and even from a secret viewing hide by the water’s edge. Imagine the awesome thrill of being mere feet away from some of the most massive animals on earth! After our arrival in the late afternoon, spend the rest of the evening enjoying a leisurely dinner and taking in the excellent game viewing just below the lodge. Tonight, fall asleep to the symphony of the African forest or simply sit in stillness watching as the animals arrive to drink, bathe, spar, and forage around the water hole. It is an experience you will never forget.
DAY 5 LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
This morning, you may find yourself awakened by the trumpeting of elephants who have come for their morning visit to the water hole. After breakfast, we drive to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in time for lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park, returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Among its wide variety of wildlife, Lake Nakuru is especially famous for its vast flocks of flamingoes. In some months, these birds are so abundant that they seem to form a pink band along the lakeshore. Other notable inhabitants of the park include giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, lion, and rhinoceros.
OVERNIGHT – LAKE NAKURU LODGE
DAY 6 MAASAI MARA
Setting out again after breakfast, we drive across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara, arriving in time for lunch at Mara Serena Safari Lodge. Set high on a hilltop above the Mara, the lodge is blessed with sweeping views of the savannah below. In the distance you can see the meandering coils of the hippo-filled Mara river. The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is widely considered to be one of Africa’s greatest reserves, where the Maasai community co-exists in harmony with the local fauna. The coexistence of man and wildlife makes this one of the world’s most unique wilderness regions. The Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life. The vast grasslands are teeming with herds of zebra, giraffe, gazelle, and topi. The acacia forests abound with monkeys and bird life. Elephants and buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp while the Mara and Talek rivers brim with hippos and crocodiles. From July through October, the Mara plays host to one of the greatest spectacles on the planet as millions of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and topi head north from Tanzania into Kenya. Those fortunate enough to witness The Great Migration are treated to spectacular viewing and photographic opportunities. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in this natural paradise, returning to the lodge for dinner, relaxation around the fire pit, and overnight.
OVERNIGHT – MARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE
DAY 7 MAASAI MARA
Enjoy the entire day exploring the splendors of the Mara with morning and afternoon game-viewing drives, returning to the lodge
for lunch and dinner. Overnight again tonight at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge.
OVERNIGHT – MARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE
BALLOON SAFARI ADD-ON
Optional but highly recommended, the Balloon Safari is a very popular excursion among visitors and can be added to a safari that includes a night at any of the camps/lodges in the Mara. Meeting your pilot early this morning, you will receive a briefing and watch as the balloon is inflated. You lift-off at dawn, rising with the sun and gently float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take you. Below are the majestic plains of the African savannah, teeming with life. At times, your balloon will be piloted at treetop level, offering unique perspectives of the wildlife and many great photo opportunities. Other times, the pilot will ascend to nearly 1,000 feet, offering a breathtaking perspective of the Mara, allowing you to appreciate its profound size. On landing, enjoy a delicious champagne breakfast served in the bush under an acacia tree. Total flight time from lift-off until touch-down is approximately one to two hours
DAY 8 RETURN TO NAIROBI & FAREWELL
We hit the road once again after breakfast for our drive back to Nairobi. Arrive in the afternoon and check in to your dayroom at the Nairobi Serena Hotel which has been reserved until 1800hrs.You will be transferred to the Carnivore Restaurant for a farewell dinner before heading to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you embark for home. Sadly, the adventure comes to an end, but the memories are forever.
The Carnivore Restaurant is renowned for its variety of exotic meats and famous “dawa” cocktails. A uniquely Kenyan take on the Brazilian churrascaria, an enormous variety of meat is roasted on huge metal spears over a hot coal fire and carved at your table onto piping hot plates. Fresh salads, unusual side dishes, and assorted sauces accompany beef, pork, lamb, goat, sausages, chicken, ostrich, and occasionally crocodile.
** End of Arrangements **
Optional Supplements: Balloon Safari: $490 per person | 4x4 Land Cruiser: $600 per person
Note: A supplemental holiday surcharge of $45 per person per night may apply for travel over Christmas and Easter holidays. Accommodations listed are subject to availability.
From the moment you arrive until your departure, we make sure you are free to relax and enjoy your safari!
Exclusive use of an English-speaking chauffeur/guide
Exclusive use of a safari van
Bottled mineral water while on safari
Transfers to/from airport upon arrival/departure
Full board accommodation while on safari
Overnight accommodation and breakfast in Nairobi (Day 1)
Dayroom in Nairobi (Day 8)
Farewell dinner at the Carnivore (Day 8)
All park entrance fees
Game drives as specified in the itinerary
All Kenyan government taxes & service charges
Flying Doctors evacuation insurance
International flights to/from Nairobi (NBO)
All items of a personal nature
Tips and gratuities
Add-ons and supplements (balloon safari, 4x4 Land Cruiser)
All other items not mentioned in inclusion
Highlights of Kenya (8 days)