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From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

1. From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

Take a 3-day tour to discover the Masai Mara Reserve, the most popular tourist destination in Kenya. Located in the Great Rift Valley, the reserve is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration, involving over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November, is a phenomenal spectacle that can only be seen in the Maasai Mara. Most visitors will have the opportunity to spot one of the Big 5—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Nairobi city center at 8 AM, then drive to Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Pass the great Rift Valley viewpoint for breathtaking views and stop for lunch on the way. After check-in at your hotel, depart for a game viewing drive in the Mara Reserve. Return back to the camp for a sumptuous buffet dinner. Stay overnight in a big tent that has a bed, linen, shower, and toilet inside. Mosquito nets and a hot shower in the evening are provided. Day 2: Spend the full day exploring Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. Enjoy picnic lunches in the Reserve as you discover the beautiful banks of the Mara River. After the game drive, you will return back to the camp for dinner and an overnight. Day 3: Enjoy the last early morning game drive in Mara Reserve followed by breakfast. Then, drive back to Nairobi where upon arrival you will be dropped back at your city center accommodation. Upgrade your tour to include a hot air balloon ride. Get picked up by the balloon safari vehicle and drive to the launching area. Drift over the park as you view the animals, take in the amazing sunrise with a buffet breakfast and champagne. Alternatively, include an evening visit to the local Masai village for a cultural tour. Learn about the Masai community and interact with the local people.

Nairobi National Park Half-Day Game Drive

2. Nairobi National Park Half-Day Game Drive

Your 40-minute trip to Nairobi National Park will be in an open-roofed van, allowing you the best opportunity to see the spectacular views of the wilderness on the way there. Upgrade to the private open-sided jeep option for more comfort and to go deeper into the bush.  Your professional and experienced guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and give you an informative overview of the game drive.  Once you arrive at Nairobi National Park, you'll start your 4-hour game drive in the same open-roofed van, perfect for getting a 360-degree view of the scenery. Keep your eyes peeled in search of lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, jackal, and many other animals. You should easily spot the monkeys near the gate - have your camera ready to catch these playful creatures. Standing, you'll be able to spot animals from afar in their natural habitats.  After a half-day on this exciting safari adventure, your driver will drop you off at your hotel.

Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

3. Nairobi National Park, Elephant Sanctuary and Giraffe Center

Embark on a guided trou of Nairobi National Park and get an intimate look at the local wildlife that calls this place home. Make new friends with the baby elephants, feed the towering giraffes, and more. Start your trip early in the morning with pickup directly from your hotel, hostel, private home, apartment. Then, head out to begin your tour of Nairobi National Park when the animals are at their most active after a night of hunting. Continue to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to meet baby elephants that have mostly lost their mothers to poaching, death, or another tragedy. Next, meet the majestic Rothschild giraffes of the Giraffe Center, opened to protect and breed endangered animals. Hand feed the giraffes in safety from a raised observation platform that allows for eye-to-eye interaction. Learn all about giraffe conservation and the various activities of the center. At the conclusion of your trip, you can choose to be taken back to your accommodation or to the airport to catch your flight home.

From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

4. From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

After getting picked up from your hotel in Nairobi, head to the Giraffe Center, where you can see giraffes living in a semi-wild state. Learn about their behaviors, traits and conservation efforts.  You will also get the opportunity to feed these gentle giants.  Next, head to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Take a walk through the center where baby elephants wait to be fed. Watch them play in the water and gargle their milk and discover each of the elephant's personal story. Once the youngest are fed, its time to feed the 2-3-year-olds, some of whom are old enough to feed themselves. Watch as they hold their giant milk bottles in their trunks and make quick work of several gallons of milk.  Your final stop before heading back to Nairobi will be the Kazuri Beads Factory. Get the opportunity to admire the beautiful beads and pottery which have been handcrafted by African women.

From Nairobi or Mombasa: Amboseli National Park 3-Day Tour

5. From Nairobi or Mombasa: Amboseli National Park 3-Day Tour

A 3-day tour of Amboseli National Park is a fantastic way to discover some of the most beautiful parts of Kenya. Begin your adventure with pickup from Nairobi or Mombasa, where you will be driven along the Mombasa Road, arriving in time for lunch. In the evening you will embark on your first game drive, which will be followed by dinner and an overnight stay at a lodge. Your second day will begin with an early morning game drive and your first glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This will be followed by breakfast. You'll then have the opportunity to enjoy a guided safari walk or swim before lunch. In the afternoon/evening you'll have the chance to go on a game drive once more, and try to spot all the wildlife that comes out at dusk. On the final day, you will have breakfast and enjoy one final game drive before being taken back to Nairobi or Mombasa where your tour comes to an end.

Nairobi: Overnight Safari Trip to Amboseli National Park

6. Nairobi: Overnight Safari Trip to Amboseli National Park

Your tour will begin when you’re picked up from your Nairobi hotel or Nairobi airport at 7:30 AM and begin traveling to Amboseli National Park. Along the morning drive, you’ll admire a typical African savanna landscape punctuated with local homesteads and colorful Masai herdsmen grazing their cattle. After arriving at Amboseli National Park just in time for lunch, you’ll then take a midday rest before venturing into the park for an exciting afternoon of game viewing. Together with you’re guide, you’ll search for elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, cheetahs, warthogs, ostriches, and more. The beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the skyline and surrounding countryside of this remarkable location. Following this adventure, you’ll then spend the night at AA Amboseli Lodge. The next morning you’ll enjoy another early pre-breakfast game viewing adventure in search of predators and grazers before driving back to Nairobi during the late afternoon.

Carnivore Dinner Experience

7. Carnivore Dinner Experience

Carnivore restaurant is Nairobi's most popular restaurant, where meat is roasted on traditional Maasai swords (skewers) over a huge charcoal pit which dominates the entrance of the restaurant. The waiters serve the customers as they carry around these swords, carving the meat onto sizzling cast iron plates. For vegetarians, the restaurant also offers a vegetarian menu with a wide range of salads and vegetables, along with exotic sauces. The meal is an excellent complement to a holiday especially as a welcome or farewell dinner. Sample Menu (subject to change at any time without notice): Homemade vegetable vinaigrette Soup of the day with homemade fresh brown bread Charcoal roasted meats Leg of Beef Haunch of Venison (Kongoni, Impala, Thompson Gazelle, Ostrich, Giraffe) Leg of Pork Leg of Lamb Pork Spare Ribs Crocodile (When Available) Chicken Tikka Chicken Yakitori Chicken Wings Chicken Livers and gizzards Lamb Sausages Pork Sausages Beef Sausages Salads, side dishes and desserts Mixed salad Rice salad Kidney beans Corn relish Coleslaw Cucumber raita Deserts Apple pie Cheesecake Strawberries Ice creams Kenya coffee

From Nairobi: Masai Village Day Tour

8. From Nairobi: Masai Village Day Tour

Discover a culture almost untouched by the modern world and visit a Masai community village. Enjoy the drive with scenic views, explore the village, how the people live, and learn about Masai daily life. Witness singing, dancing, and browse the community's handicraft market. Begin your journey from any accommodation in Nairobi and take in the stunning panoramic views of the Masai region. Arrive in the village, visit an authentic Masai home, and get to know the people who live in this unrivaled ancient culture. Appreciate a welcome ceremony by the Masai warriors and be escorted into the brushwood enclosure, the center of the community. Meet mothers and children of the village and witness the traditional kindling of fire. Take memorable photos, participate in local ceremonies and dances, and find the perfect souvenir from the craft market.

Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

9. Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

Day 1: Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi at 6:00 AM and travel through the Great Rift Valley valley towards the town of Narok. After a short break to stretch and get some fresh air, enter the Masai Mara National Park by 12:00 PM, where you’ll proceed to the lodge for lunch and check-in. After lunch, relax in the camp until 2:30 PM, at which point you’ll head out on your first safari drive. Drive across the spotted plains, searching for the massive herds of wildebeest who migrate across the national park. With your expert guide, you’ll have the best chance of seeing the exceptionally large population of lions, leopards, and cheetahs that call the vast national park home. After your thrilling exploration of the park, head back to your campsite (one of the following accommodation depending on availability Lenchada camp /Goshen Mara Camp/Miti Mingi Camp) for dinner, and to settle in for a night's rest. Day 2: After an early-morning departure at 6:00 AM,check out of your room and head out on another game drive in time to avoid the midday heat. Gaze out across the savanna which is covered in the vibrant colors of the sunrise. Keep a lookout over the landscape to catch a glimpse of a big cat. On your way back to Nairobi, visit a Masai village to learn about their complex and historic culture. Watch a traditional Masai dance that has been practised for centuries, and learn about the lifestyle of a group who are very much connected to the lands around them. Afterwards, stop in Narok for lunch, before heading back to your accommodation in Nairobi.

Nairobi Highlights Wildlife Safari

10. Nairobi Highlights Wildlife Safari

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or the airport in the early morning, and then take a game drive through Nairobi National Park. Look for leopards, cheetahs and other wildlife in the grass plains and acacia bush. Take stunning photos of some of Africa's most iconic animals, including giraffes with the city skyscrapers in the background. Continue to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see orphaned elephants and rescued rhinos ready for release into the wild. Watch endangered Rothschild's giraffes grazing in a semi-wild enclosure at the Giraffe Centre and get the chance to feed them. Marvel as they lap up the treats with their long, black tongues. Enjoy lunch at the Utamaduni Restaurant with a choice of local and international food, before departing to be dropped off at your hotel or the airport.

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I had an enjoyable experience as I lucked out with a personal tour (no one else came). The staff were very receptive and responsive to my queries. Being picked-up and dropped off at my residence was very appreciated. My guide was knowledgeable in providing me context about the park and driving to find the animals. He was also very patient and made sure I was comfortable throughout the tour.

I flew in for work and really wanted to tour the city in one day, and Ben made it possible! Ben is an amazing tour guide, Ismail is a safe and friendly driver, and they make a perfect duo to make the most of your visit. I definitely recommend booking through them, whether alone or with a group. Kenya is awesome!

Claudia was so amazing, giving me information and helping me throughout. She was a perfect guide

It was very educating and lovely experience I would love to visit again

Joseph is a very nice tour guide. We had excellent time with him