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A Guided Journey Through Kenya (Small Group)

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Itinerary Highlights

Hosted by Exeter Safari Company Founder Greg Tepper

All local flights included

2 Nights in Nairobi (One at each end of the tour)

3 Nights in the Lewa Conservancy at Lewa Wilderness

3 Nights in the Masai Mara at Bateleur Camp

2 Nights near the Chyulu Hills National Park at Ol Donyo

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive in Nairobi


    Arriving in Nairobi you will be met by your local assistant who will drive you the 2-minutes to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. Please note the cost of your international flight is not included.

    Depending on your arrival time you may simply want to relax at your hotel and catch up on some rest. However, if you arrive on a morning flight and you feel like getting out and about and exploring what Nairobi has to offer there are several exciting activities available (at additional cost). You could begin with a visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage, an institution in Nairobi that has rescued countless orphaned animals over the years. Here you will have the opportunity to see and interact with some of the rescued elephant and rhinos that will hopefully one day be released back into the wild. For a $50 donation you are even able to adopt your very own elephant for a full year!

    Another great option would be a visit to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s Giraffe Center. This non-profit organization was founded in 1979 and has since dedicated itself to protecting and conserving the dwindling number of Rothschild Giraffes that are found only in the grasslands of East Africa. Here you will find a number of these beautiful animals and if you are lucky you will even have the opportunity to hand feed a few! If you are interested there is also a wonderful walking trail that snakes through the area. The walk is only around a mile long but offers some great opportunities to see a selection of the small bird and animal life that call the area home.

    For a more cultural experience you could visit the Karen Blixen Museum. Here you would visit the homestead of famed author Karen Blixen and enjoy a tour of the estate made so famous in her book and subsequent movie “Out of Africa”. It is highly recommended you read this wonderful book or watch the movie in order to get the full Kenya experience!

    Returning to your hotel you would then enjoy an afternoon at leisure during which you can rest up and relax around the pool as you prepare for the Safari adventure that lays ahead.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
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    • Four Points by Sheraton

Day 2

  • Nairobi to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy


    Following a relaxed breakfast, you will meet your local driver in the hotel lobby and depart for the nearby Wilson Airport. Here you will meet the light aircraft that will transport you high over the African plains and into the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (please note the cost of this flight is included and departs at 10:20AM and arrives at 11:25AM).

    Arriving at Lewa Airstrip you will be met by your local guide and together you will set off through the conservancy. Arriving a short while later at the wonderful Lewa Wilderness you will check in and be given an orientation tour of this lovely property. The Manager of the lodge will explain a few precautions to take during your stay to ensure your safety and wellbeing, as it is worth keeping in keep in mind despite your luxurious surroundings you are in the middle of wild Africa! You will then enjoy lunch before enjoying a bit of time at leisure to relax and unpack. In the late afternoon you will enjoy a casual high tea in the main communal area of the lodge before setting off on your first safari drive.

    During your stay at Lewa Wilderness you will have the opportunity to join two safari drives each day. One in the early morning and then another that leaves in the late afternoon and returns shortly after dark. Please note you are in no way obligated to join both of these daily drives and if you would prefer to sleep in one morning and simply join the afternoon drive (or vice versa) you are of course welcome to do so. As the lodge is located in the middle of the conservancy, you will enjoy fantastic game sightings from anywhere around the property, including the communal areas or even right from your luxury cottage.

    Returning from the evening game drive you will enjoy a splendid African inspired meal prepared by the lodges talented team of Chef’s. After dinner you are welcome to either relax around the communal firepit sipping your choice of beverage or retire to your tent in preparation for the next day’s early start.

    Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
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    • Lewa Wilderness

Day 3

  • On Safari in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy


    This morning you will wake up just as the sun is rising above the horizon and make your way to the main area of the lodge. Here you will enjoy a selection of coffee, tea, fruit and light pastries before hopping on board your safari vehicle and continuing your exploration of this spectacular region.

    Note that on both your morning and evening game drives your guide will find a nice area to stop for a half hour where you will enjoy some light refreshments and a chance to stretch your legs. Arriving back at the lodge mid-morning you will then enjoy a lavish brunch during which you can swap stories about that mornings game drive and decide on the plan for the remainder of the day.

    Please chat with your guide if you have any specific interests that you would like to explore while on Safari. These could include interests such as birding or perhaps ask about the possibility of scheduling a nature walk during which you can get up close and personal with the fauna and flora that surrounds your lodge.

    Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
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    • Lewa Wilderness

Day 4

  • On Safari in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy


    Today will be your last full day at Lewa to check off any animal sightings that have so far remained elusive. In addition to the other many animals you will undoubtedly see, the goal on Safari is always to find the “Big Five”. Throughout much of the early 20th century when hunting was still the main reason international visitors made their way to Africa these five animals were considered the most dangerous animals to hunt and were therefore prized as trophies above all others. Fortunately, times have changed and now most guests who go on Safari want to admire and photograph these incredible animals rather than cause them any harm. The “Big Five” are the Elephant, the Rhinoceros, the Leopard, the Lion and the Cape Buffalo and all can be found on the Lewa Conservancy.

    Traditionally leopards can often be the most difficult animal to find on Safari as their patterns allow them to blend into the bushveld at a moment’s notice. Often if you do find a leopard they will be up a tree where they have either pulled their kill to keep it away from the prying jaws of the hyenas or simple resting safe in the knowledge they are out of reach of any larger predators.

    Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
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    • Lewa Wilderness

Day 5

  • Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to the Masai Mara


    This morning you will have an opportunity to enjoy a last safari drive at Lewa before sitting down to a generous breakfast. You will then meet your guide, bid farewell to Lewa Wilderness and make your way back to the nearby Airstrip. Here you will meet your light aircraft flight to Kichwa Tembo (the cost of this flight is included and departs at 09:35AM and arrives at 11:00AM).

    The Masai Mara National Reserve is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife and endless plains. The quintessential Masai Mara safari delivers many attractions, as the reserve is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game, including during certain times of year the more than two million wildebeest, zebras and other antelopes that make up the famous Great Migration.

    The only downside of the Masai Mara National Reserve is just how busy it can get. For that reason, you will be staying at Bateleur Camp, a wonderful tented camp that is ideally located on its own private conservancy. This camp’s location allows you to both visit the main reserve while also enjoying the much more private, wildlife viewing of the private conservancy.

    Having landed at the local airstrip airstrip you will be met by your local guide. Together you will then set off via safari drive and make your way to Bateleur Camp where you will spend the next three nights.

    Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
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    • andBeyond Bateleur Camp

Day 6

  • On Safari in the Masai Mara


    This morning you will wake shortly after sunrise and make your way to communal area of the lodge. Here you will enjoy a quick cup of tea or coffee and some snacks, before setting off in your open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide in search of the incredible wildlife in the Masai Mara.

    andBeyond’s professionally trained guides will ask you about your favorite wildlife and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met. This could mean ticking off as many species as possible or spending more time enjoying each sighting and getting to know the habits of the animals. They will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behavior of the animals that you come across. In some cases, the guides will be able to identify individual animals and let you know about their history and habits.

    Returning to the lodge around mid-morning you will enjoy a sumptuous brunch. Over brunch you can chat about your adventures that morning and discuss your plans for the rest of the day.

    Following a few hours at leisure spent either napping or simply relaxing around the pool, you will then congregate in the communal area of the lodge for afternoon tea. Having enjoyed some tea, coffee and snacks you will then set off on your adventure, be it another safari drive, a bush walk or some combination of the two.

    Arriving back at the lodge you will once again enjoy a wonderful dinner before enjoying an evening at leisure.

    Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
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    • andBeyond Bateleur Camp

Day 7

  • On Safari in the Masai Mara


    This region is a photographer’s and naturalist’s paradise, with abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra. Leopards are frequently encountered; endangered black rhino hide in the dense thickets and large rafts of hippo and enormous crocodiles are found in the nearby rivers. The Reserve is also home to over 450 bird species.

    Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
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    • andBeyond Bateleur Camp

Day 8

  • The Masai Mara to Chyulu Hills National Park


    This morning you will check out of your luxury lodge and enjoy a short transfer back to the nearby airstrip. Here you will board a short flight back to Wilson Airport (the cost of this flight is included and departs at 11:00AM and arrives at 12:15PM) where you will change planes and continue to Chyulu Airstrip (the cost of this flight is included and departs at 2:00PM and arrives at 2:50PM)

    Arriving at Chyulu Airstrip you will be met by your new guide and together you will enjoy a stunning drive to your home for the next few nights, Ol Donyo Lodge located adjacent to Chyulu National Park. Wedged between the Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks in the heart of the Chyulu Hills, the lodge is honed from the ancient lava rock that spewed out of Kilimanjaro 360,000 years ago.

    Here you will enjoy two nights of warm hospitality, incredible wildlife viewing and tantalizing meals always accompanied by an extensive wine list. After a rewarding day of game viewing, sundowner drinks can be savored in the inviting swimming pool. Adventures include twice-daily game drives, guided bush walks, exhilarating horseback safaris (with mounts suitable for both novice and experienced riders), Maasai village visits, fly-camping, day trips to the Amboseli National Park (at an extra cost) and mountain biking. A few nights at Ol Donyo truly is one of Kenya’s most special experiences.

    Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
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    • Ol Donyo Lodge

Day 9

  • On Safari in the Chyulu Hills National Park


    Today you will enjoy a full day of safari activities as you explore this remarkable area. This area is widely regarded as offering some of the most incredible game viewing anywhere on the continent and today you will continue to discover why this reputation is so well deserved. You will work together with your guide to put together the perfect day that will ensure you see the maximum amount of wildlife, while at the same time avoiding other travelers as much as possible.

    However you choose to spend your day, you will end it with cocktails and dinner under a blanket of shimmering stars.

    Meals Included: Full board (Including Local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
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    • Ol Donyo Lodge

Day 10

  • Chyulu Hills National Park to Nairobi


    This morning you may enjoy a last safari drive or a leisurely breakfast before driving the short distance to the local Airstrip. Here you will meet your light aircraft flight back to Wilson Airport (the cost of this flight is included and departs at 8:30AM and arrives at 9:30AM).

    Arriving into Nairobi you will be met by your local driver who will transfer you from Wilson Airport to the Sheraton hotel at JKIA Airport. Here you will have the remainder of your day at leisure in preparation for your flight the following day. If you still felt energetic today would also be a good day for some of the touring mentioned on your arrival day (at additional cost).

    Meals Included: Breakfast
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    • Four Points by Sheraton

Day 11

  • Depart Africa


    Today you will meet your driver in your hotel lobby and depart for the 2-minute drive to the main Airport terminal building. Here you will check in for your return flight home (please note this flight is not included in your program cost).

    Meals Included: None

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Pricing for a Guided Journey Through Kenya: 

Price per person based on two guests traveling together sharing one double occupancy room throughout: $11,925 per person.

Price per person based on one guest traveling occupying one double occupancy room throughout: $12,365 per person 

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Please note this Tour is strictly limited to 12 guests. 

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Why go through a company such as the Exeter Safari Company?

An African safari is, for many people, a once in a lifetime trip and for that reason you will want to be sure the arrangements are flawless. A safari incorporates many different elements including airport arrival and departure services, transfers, light aircraft flights, the routing to remote lodges and the most knowledgeable local guides. Coordinating all these different services, often throughout multiple countries, languages and currencies can be daunting.

By going through an experienced safari company which has a wealth of local knowledge, local connections and years of experience in the region you can be sure you will be receiving the highest possible level of service before, during and after your travels. At the Exeter Safari Company we work with only the best guides, highest quality lodges at every price point, and the most reliable transportation providers in Africa. Our extensive experience and connections throughout the continent will ensure your trip goes off without a hitch.

In addition, you will enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you have access to 24/7 support both before your departure and during your time in Africa.

What should I wear on safari?

When deciding what clothing to pack for a safari trip your main priority is going to be comfort, coverage, durability and ease of packing. Keep in mind safaris often include light aircraft flights on to which normal hard sided suitcases are not allowed. You will therefore want to pack your clothing and other items into a soft sided duffel style travel bag (no larger than 24 inches long and 15 inches wide) that can be easily stored along with other travelers’ bags in the small luggage compartments on board. Note there is also a strict 15KG (33lbs) weight limit for your luggage.

Regardless of the time of year you are traveling, or the expected temperatures, you will want to be prepared for some cooler occasions. In order to find animals while they are at their most active, safari drives generally take place in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening. You will therefore often be out and about during the cooler parts of the day and this combined with sitting in the back of an open sided safari vehicle means it can get chilly - even in the middle of Summer. Accordingly, you will want to bring one or two light jackets, preferably that can be layered, so when it does start warming up you are able to shed layers and maintain a comfortable temperature.

It is also important where possible to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants to help with both sun and insect protection (fleece is great as insects can’t bite through it). Mosquitoes, Tsetse flies and other small flying insects can be bothersome during certain parts of your safari and preparing for them ahead of time will make your trip that much more pleasant. You will want to avoid bringing dark blue and black clothing as this color is known to attract certain flying insects such as Tsetse flies. You may also want leave behind your favorite white clothing as they can quickly become dirty from the dust in the air and climbing in and out of the safari vehicle. Last you will want to keep in mind you are trying to remain inconspicuous while on safari and so bright colors and loud prints should be avoided. Instead opt for more neutral tones in greens and browns that will help you blend into your surroundings.

When it comes to footwear you will again want to choose an option that covers as much of your bare skin as possible, think hiking boots or closed shoes with long socks rather than flip-flops or sandals. You will also be climbing in and out of vehicles and walking on uneven terrain that could have sharp rocks or thorns and so you will want footwear that is relatively durable. Your safari may include bush walks and so you will want to wear sturdy hiking boots on these occasions. Around the lodge area you will be able to wear more casual and lightweight footwear including flip flops or sandals, assuming you have bug-spray to stop any pesky mosquitoes that may be in the area. While in your rooms you will normally have mosquito nets over the bed area however you may still want to bring some full-length pajamas to ensure you have less skin exposed to any mosquitoes that did manage to sneak in.

When is the best time to travel to Africa?

The short answer is anytime! While there are better and worse times to be on safari throughout the various regions of Africa because the continent is so large and so diverse whenever you are looking to travel there will be a destination that is right for you.

Traditionally, the best time to go on safari is during the dry season that broadly runs from June through October, however this season does vary significantly depending where in Africa you are considering. During the dry season the vegetation is much less dense and because the grass is shorter it is much easier to track and locate wildlife. Additionally, when there is less rainfall there are fewer available water sources for wildlife to gather around. This results in the animals tending to congregate around the same lakes, pans and rivers which again makes for great game viewing (and leads to some interesting herbivore/predator encounters!).

Often during the wet season, also called the green season, when water sources are abundant, the wildlife tends to spread out over an enormous area. Many camps and lodges close during this time of year, often December through February as the dirt tracks that surround the lodges become impassable.

Another aspect to consider, especially if visiting East Africa, is the great migration. Please visit our page that explores this topic at length as it will give you a good idea as to where the migration is located at any particular time of year.

What About Yellow Fever?

Yellow Fever is a disease found in many parts of sub-tropical Africa transmitted into humans through Mosquito bites. As it can be quite a serious illness it is essential you receive a yellow fever vaccination before embarking on a trip to an effected country.

The main safari destinations where Yellow Fever vaccinations are required are Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Other countries such as South Africa and Botswana require you to arrive with a yellow fever vaccination even if you have only transited through or visited a country where yellow fever exists within the past 6 months (keep in mind many of the countries on this list are in South America).

Check with your Exeter Safari Company expert for the specific requirements regarding the destinations included in your program. It is important to note the Yellow Fever vaccine requires 10 days before it becomes effective and so don’t leave it to the last minute!

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