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Experience Kenya on an intimate level on uncrowded private conservancies. Featuring game drives, nature walks, off-roading, village visits and more!

BORN FREE TRAVELER’S #1 SAFARI!

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $10490 - $10990
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 10 days
Best months: January - February, May - December
Countries visited: Kenya Kenya
Parks visited: Amboseli, Laikipia Plateau, Masai Mara
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Night drive
  • Cultural
Hidden Kenya will take you to game rich areas that are off-the-beaten path, away from the crowds. It is a safari that is elevated to another level in accommodations and experiences. The areas visited are relatively remote but always in reach of the more popular game viewing areas. Travel to the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the scenic and game rich area of Laikipia and the jewel of Kenya, the Maasai Mara. Experience Kenya on an intimate level on private concessions and conservancies where vehicles are strictly limited. Here you will be able to do game drives in open vehicles, travel off-road, take nature walks and more. We have selected a grouping of boutique safari properties that must meet the following standards: excellent wildlife regions, enriching activities, an African décor that echoes all that is Africa, excellent food, and personalized services. If you only go to Africa once, do it right. Be in the best camps, have the best guides and experience Africa in all its glory. The advantage of being in the concessions and conservancies is the ability to do game drives where vehicles are limited but wildlife is not. There are also off roading, night drives, walks and visits to authentic Maasai villages visits- all are part of the Hidden Kenya safari.

DAY 01

Nairobi, Kenya  |  WELCOME!

Step off the plane and into Africa! Receive a warm welcome from our VIP host who will escort you to your hotel for the evening and fill you in on the upcoming journey. Get a good night’s sleep... the adventure begins in the morning!

Nairobi is a surprising city, with excellent large hotels, small boutique properties and world-class restaurants. There is a strong British influence with everything from high tea to their bit of formal friendliness.

With an extra day, we can arrange for visits to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center. Sheldrick's is located in the Nairobi National Park. It is here that orphaned or hurt baby elephants and rhinos are taken to rehabilitate back into their natural habitats.

Giraffe Center or AFEW, is a non-profit organization that has been established to educate Kenyan school children on their country's wildlife and environment. It is on the grounds of the world famous Giraffe Manor.

 

DAYS 02-03

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK  |  ON SAFARI

A short flight takes you to the Amboseli Game Reserve and the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. 

The highlight of any visit to Amboseli is the great elephant population, one of the largest in East Africa. The elephants here have been poached for many years until researchers came into the park to protect these very special creatures. 

Amboseli's permanent swamps keep the elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe and a profusion of bird life enjoying its waters. This is also the home to a large cheetah population.

Cap off a rewarding first day on safari with sundowners (cocktails) as you marvel at views of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, in the twilight.

BREAKFAST / LUNCH / DINNER

 

DAY 04

LAIKIPIA PLATEAU  |  LEWA CONSERVANCY

Rise early this morning for a dawn game drive, the best time to see the snow-capped Kilimanjaro and perhaps catch the morning predator activities.

After breakfast, board a scenic flight northward to the Lewa Conservancy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of Born Free 'star' properties, always a favorite. The 65,000 acre wildlife conservation area is the home to 130 rare Black and White rhino populations as well as Grevy’s zebra and Reticulated giraffe and long-necked Gerenuk which are not found in the southern regions. The Wildlife Conservancy is also the home to lion, leopard, elephant and jackal.

With three days at Lewa, you will be able to take full advantage of the numerous activities. Primarily the activities are centered around game drives in open vehicles.

There are also bush walks, horse riding safari, camel experiences and bush breakfasts and sleep outs in starbeds which must be prebooked.

There are areas that are set aside just for families with younger children. There are special activities that will involve youngsters in tracking, learning about traditional ways and visiting a local school.

There is a nearby site of ancient man. You can also visit the local community where there is a school and orphanage.

Dinner is relaxed and the feel is that of a private homestead.

On chilly evenings there is a roaring bonfire and sometimes enchanting Maasai dancers.

BREAKFAST / LUNCH / DINNER

Lewa Wilderness Trails (Platinum accommodations) includes all activities: game drives, camel experience, horseback riding, community visit, bush meals. 

Lewa Safari Camp (Silver & Gold accommodations) is inclusive of walks and game drives. Activities such as the camel experience and horseback safari are at an additional cost.

 

DAY 05

LEWA CONSERVANCY  | 

Start the day with a morning safari, either by open vehicle or guided nature walk. Stop for breakfast in the bush and continue game viewing.

Back at the lodge, you can meet with anti-poaching rangers to learn about their work.

This afternoon offers more active options- from the afternoon traditional game drive to the horseback safari or camel-back experience where you can usually get quite close to the giraffe and zebra.

BREAKFAST / LUNCH / DINNER

 

DAY 06

LEWA CONSERVANCY  | 

Do not miss the early morning game drives- this is when the wildlife is most active. We also suggest a visit to the community project in the late afternoon.

Meals always include some of the fresh produce that is grown on the property. Stop by to see what fresh ingredients will be used in tonight's dinner.

Afternoon activity of your choice.

Game viewing is included at all properties. Other activities included will vary at lodges, where you can choose your own adventures!

BREAKFAST / LUNCH / DINNER

 

DAY 07

MAASAI MARA - CONSERVANCY  |  OFF-ROAD SAFARI, BUSH WALKS

Your journey continues as you take flight over the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara. This is Kenya’s premier game reserve and the northern extension of the Serengeti Plains.

 

Upon landing, you are met by your guide and head out on an afternoon game drive. In one sweep of the binoculars one can see elephant, giraffe, zebra, antelopes and Cape Buffalo.

Over the next three days, discover the savanna, river area and the woodlands. With your expert driver-guide you may sight a leopard in the branches of an acacia tree or a pride of lions hunting for the days food.

Hidden Kenya features selected properties that will optimize game viewing and migration opportunities during the time of year you're are traveling.

BREAKFAST / LUNCH / DINNER

 

DAY 08

MAASAI MARA - CONSERVANCY  | 

Up at dawn as you are greeted with your choice of tea or coffee. Head out as the sun comes up on the golden plains. Search for lion, cheetah, hyena. You may also encounter hippo, warthogs, giraffe and an abundance of colorful bird life.

Hidden Kenya accommodations are all on conservancies, so vehicles are limited and off-road game drives supported. This will allow you to get much closer to the wildlife than in the crowded areas of the Mara. During your stay you will visit the Maasai Mara central area as well, depending on the location of the herds.

BREAKFAST / LUNCH / DINNER

 

DAY 09

MAASAI MARA - CONSERVANCY  | 

With your camera ready, set out across the rolling golden grasslands for a full day in the bush with unlimited game drives and picnic lunch.

All suggested properties are located on conservancies that adjoin the Mara and work in partnership with Maasai landowners. Visitors now contribute to the local communities with a portion of each bed night as well as a conservation fee going back to the Maasai.

A highlight of your safari will be your interactions with the wonderful Maasai. You will be welcomed to the community to hear about their traditions and daily lives.

Certain areas will allow night game drives.

BREAKFAST / LUNCH / DINNER

Optional Special Activity: Hot-Air Balloon Safari

We highly suggest the balloon safari at dawn over the Maasai Mara with a champagne bush breakfast, from $500 per person.

 

DAY 10

YOUR JOURNEY ONWARDS  |  FLIGHT TO NAIROBI

Bid a fond farewell to the bush and the friends you have made at camp as you take a short flight back to Nairobi. A dayroom has been provided for you to relax and pack before you are transferred to the airport to connect to your onwards international flight. Take with you the memories of a truly magical African experience.

BREAKFAST / LUNCH

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • PLATINUM - The Highest Level of Accommodations available.
  • Recommendations:
  • Nairobi: House of Waine, Giraffe Manor, Hemingways
  • Amboseli: Ol Donyo Lodge
  • Lewa Conservancy: Lewa Wilderness Trails, Lewa House
  • Mara Conservancy: Mara Plains, Ngare Serian
  • GOLD - Excellent standards.
  • Recommendations:
  • Nairobi: Norfolk Hotel, Palacina, 148 Hotel
  • Amboseli: Tortilis Tented Lodge, Camp Ya Kanzi
  • Lewa Conservancy: Lewa Safari Camp, Sirokoi
  • Mara Conservancy: Mara Bushtops, Naboisho Camp, Mara Nyika
  • SILVER - Very good standards.
  • Recommendations:
  • Nairobi: Serena Hotel, Karen Gables
  • Amboseli: Satao Elerai Camp
  • Lewa Conservancy: Loisaba Tented Camp
  • Mara Conservancy: Serian, Encounter Mara, Karen Blixen Camp

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