The Plains of Africa - Save Up to $250CAD Per Person with Collette
Price: $6,069CAD Per Person
(Price per person, based on double occupancy, land only.)
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Departure Date: October 19, 2023
Return Date: November 1, 2023
Photo: Mt. Kilimanjaro
Enjoy Kenya's scenic vistas and magnificent wildlife as you traverse the African plains on an intimate safari adventure. In Swahili, “Safari” means Journey; to you, it will mean that – and so much more. Explore Kenya, home to incredible wildlife, from cheetahs to wildebeests. Discover the thriving cultures and innumerable natural wonders that make this one of the most popular African countries to visit. Go in search of elephants, lions, buffalo, rhinos, and leopards – collectively known as the “Big 5” and other animals on 11 game drives. Meet a member of the Samburu tribe who opens you up to the culture, folklore, and African traditions. Visit with Rothschild giraffes at the Giraffe Sanctuary. Visit the beautiful Masai Mara Game Reserve, and top off a full-day game drive with a traditional dinner in the bush and a Masai dance performance. These are the plains of Africa, where unparalleled experiences greet you at every turn.
- Stay: 14 days, 13 nights
- Meals: 33 meals (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners)
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Prepare to see an Africa you’ve only known in your dreams, and one you never knew existed. Explore Kenya’s wildlife, up close and personal, against stunning vistas across the plains of Africa.
Day 2: Nairobi, Kenya - Tour Begins
A continent of adventure stirs the soul in Kenya, the heart of safari country. Your adventure begins today!
Day 3: Nairobi - Aberdare National Park
After breakfast, travel to Aberdare National Park. Inside this isolated volcanic range, peaks reach as high as 14,000 feet. Indigenous forests surround you on all sides, and red soil stirs under brilliant waterfalls. Set your eyes on Mweiga Hill, where a welcome party of giraffes wait to greet you at your lodge. Overlooking the park, enjoy the lodge’s amenities at leisure this afternoon.
Day 4: Aberdare National Park - Buffalo Springs Reserve - Shaba Reserve
Discover the magic of the Shaba, Samburu, and Buffalo Springs reserves – home to some of Africa’s most exotic wildlife – particularly two species you can only find north of the Equator: Grevy’s zebra and the reticulated giraffe. Arrive at the peaceful Shaba National Reserve, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon, head for Buffalo Springs – a starkly beautiful semi-desert that’s a mecca for birds and wildlife. On your game drive in this remarkably serene landscape, see if you can spot the “Big 5” – lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos.
Day 5: Shaba Reserve - Samburu National Reserve - Shaba Reserve
Marvel at the striking contrast of sand, sky, and bush during a morning game drive inside Samburu National Reserve, a tiny gem of Kenya’s North Country. Return to Shaba Reserve for lunch before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Bring your camera as you continue searching for the elusive “Big 5.” Make sure to look up for the approximately 350 species of birds that call this region home. As the sun sets over the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River, enjoy a traditional Sundowner, and relish the chance to deepen your cultural experience. In the company of a Samburu tribe member, learn about the culture, traditions, and folklore of the Samburu region and its people.
Photo: Samburu Tribe
Day 6: Shaba Reserve - Aberdare National Park
Journey to the forests of Aberdare National Park at the heights of the Aberdare Mountain Range. An amazing experience awaits you upon arrival to your lodge, The Ark. This incredible place is an experience all on its own. Surrounded by forest and wildlife, The Ark offers four viewing decks that make it easy to watch the game go by. Tonight, learn more about the conservation efforts and anti-poaching measures in the region. Many animals visit the Ark’s floodlit water hole throughout the night. So you don’t miss any of the action, you can choose to be notified through the unique buzzer system of any wildlife sightings.
Day 7: Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru
To the middle of the Earth and beyond! Hit the road for a spectacular, mountain-kissed journey on the way to Nyahururu waterfalls. One of the Great Rift Valley’s soda lakes, Lake Nakuru is a haven of ecological diversity surrounded by picturesque ridges and wooded, bushy grassland.
Day 8: Lake Nakuru
Wake up in the embrace of Nakuru’s acacia forest. During this morning’s game drive, make sure your binoculars are ready – this is rhino country. Find this park absolutely brimming with wildlife, on the ground, and in the air. Regale in a true taste of Africa: a traditional breakfast prepared right in the bush. Unwind at your lodge before continuing your journey through the park on an afternoon game drive. Return just in time to witness one of Nakuru’s unforgettable sunsets.
Photo: Lake Nakuru
Day 9: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Welcome to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, one of Kenya’s best spots for game viewing. Your tented accommodations in the Mara provide you with all the deluxe amenities of a proper lodge, with the added adventure of being on a level with the wild. Graced with an astounding collection of wildlife including lions, giraffes, zebras, and elephants, the Mara offers an unsurpassed safari experience on your game drive this afternoon. After a Mara sunset, head over to your tent and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the animals in the distance.
Day 10: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Ernest Hemingway said, “I never knew a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” During our early morning game drive, enjoy the grassy plains and rolling hills of the Masai Mara. This is truly nature’s greatest theater, where savanna, cloud shadows, and amazing wildlife spot the horizon. Tonight, indulge in a traditional bush dinner, complete with a Masai dance performance.
Day 11: Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi
Return to Nairobi and visit the farmhouse of Karen Blixen for a true Out of Africa experience. Visit the Giraffe Sanctuary and get up close and personal with these fantastic creatures.
Day 12: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park
This morning, experience an impact moment when you visit Ocean Sole, a social enterprise that turns ocean debris into colorful works of art. Learn about their mission to clean the waterways and grow the Kenyan economy. You’ll also get a chance to peruse their collection of products before continuing on to Amboseli National Park. Later, learn about Masai culture during a visit to a local village (an enkeng in Maa, the Masai language). Take to the plains for an afternoon game drive in the breathtaking aura of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro. Complement your journey with an opportunity to give back to nature with a “seedball.” The compact balls of seed limit the cost of planting indigenous trees around the world. A moment of impact can grow into a lifetime of change, so toss your seedball out the window anytime during your stay in Amboseli.
Photo: Masai Mara Reserve
Day 13: Amboseli National Park
Today will start with an early morning game drive followed by breakfast back at the lodge. All of Amboseli is at your feet during morning and afternoon game drives. Derived from the Masai word meaning “salty dust,” this unique corner of Kenya is one of the best places in Africa to see hundreds of elephants up close. Wildebeests and zebras are ever-present, plus there’s a good chance you’ll see a cheetah and a hyena or two. Today is your last full day on the continent and your last chance to spot some more members of the elusive “Big 5.” If you haven’t tossed your “seedball” into the wilds yet, now’s your chance to make an impact on the continent you’ve grown to love.
Day 14: Amboseli National Park - Nairobi - Tour Ends
Return to Nairobi for your departure home. You may choose to reserve a day room to freshen up prior to your flight.