Complete Kenya safari

Description of Complete Kenya safari

This luxury Kenya safari holiday offers a first-class safari experience in Africa's original safari destination. You値l start with exceptional game drives in the Kalama Conservancy, Buffalo Springs National Park and Samburu National Park in northern Kenya, before exploring the incomparable big game wildlife experience of the world-famous Masai Mara in southern Kenya.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive in Nairobi & Transfer to Kalama - On this holiday, we offer a "meet and assist" service. As soon as you disembark the aircraft from your international flight, you will be welcomed by a representative who will escort you through immigration, customs and baggage collection, until you meet your driver in the arrivals area. You will then be transferred to the domestic airport where you値l board a light aircraft flight to Kalama Airstrip. Upon arrival at Kalama Airstrip, you will be met by a representative and be driven to your luxury safari lodge in the heart of the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, which is located approximately seven kilometres from the northern border of the Samburu National Reserve.
Day 2-3:Safari in Samburu - During the next two days, you値l enjoy morning and evening game drives in the Kalama Conservancy, Buffalo Springs National Park and Samburu National Park. You can expect to see the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), plus your guide will also expertly locate the "Samburu Five" which includes five rare animals found only in the Samburu ecosystem - Somali ostrich, Grevy痴 zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and Beisa oryx. The Kalama Conservancy also has an abundance of other rare species, including striped hyena, civet and African wild dog. Enjoy a night game drive in the Kalama Conservancy (this activity not permitted in the National Parks), guided bush walks, cultural visits to local villages, trekking excursions up the Samburu tribe痴 sacred mountain, Mount Ololokwe, plus visits to local caves to see fascinating rock art.
Day 4:Fly to Masai Mara - This morning, you will be driven back to Kalama Airstrip, where you値l take a light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival at the Masai Mara, you will be met by a representative and driven to your luxury safari lodge or camp, where you will stay for the next four nights. This afternoon, you値l head out on your first game drive on the plains of the Masai Mara.
Day 5-6:Safari in Masai Mara - Over the next two days, you値l enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve. This iconic reserve offers amazing wildlife viewing opportunities and it痴 highly likely that you値l see zebra, impala, gazelle, wildebeest, buffalo, rhino and elephant, plus lions, cheetahs and leopards. Your lodge or camp may also offer the opportunity for a night game drive, where you値l see nocturnal animals such as aardvarks and honey badgers. As well as game drives, there are a range of other activities that you can participate in during your time in the Masai Mara, including cultural visits to Maasai villages and markets, guided bush walks, horse riding, and black rhino tracking experiences. You can also experience a magical hot air balloon flight over the plains of the Masai Mara followed by a champagne breakfast.
Day 7:Depart from Nairobi - After breakfast, you値l check out of your accommodation and be driven back to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Nairobi. If your international flight from Nairobi departs late in the evening, we can arrange for you to have a car and driver for the afternoon to ensure that you don稚 waste the final day of your holiday. You may wish to visit the endangered Rothschild giraffes at the Giraffe Centre in Lang'ata, or you can visit the Karen Blixen Museum. Or you may wish to do some last minute shopping at the various markets that sell African handicrafts, such as Utamaduni, the Maasai market at Galleria Mall. Alternatively, you may wish to consider fostering an elephant via the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and then you値l have the opportunity to visit the orphanage at 5pm during the foster parents feeding time. Your driver will transfer you to Nairobi International Airport in the evening in time to catch your flight home.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Complete Kenya safari

Environment

We work with selected safari camps who are committed to promoting their local communities and to encouraging conservation efforts. Our recommendations will include camps which are focussed on both responsibility and sustainability.

The camps we work with are specifically selected for their fantastic guides and the conscientious approach they have to wildlife. Guides have perhaps the greatest responsibility in respecting wildlife - unfortunately malpractice, interfering with nature to create a more exciting safari, is still common in many parts of Kenya. We only work with camps we've been to ourselves and in many cases we'll even have specific guides to recommend you, so we know that our recommendations meet our high standards.

Many travel companies offer their customers the chance to offset the carbon emissions from their international flights too but we have gone a step further and offer to share this cost with you 50/50. If you select to compensate for your international flight emissions when you book with us then what you put in, we put in too!

To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. This 層ork also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.

Community

The safari accommodations we promote all have a strong focus on recruiting staff form within their local communities: many aim for at least 75% of their staff coming from their immediate local community. This provides jobs and skills and is one of the most direct ways of positively affecting community development.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.

Holidays are locally-guided by knowledgeable locals who possess a wealth of information on the local environment and culture.

We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children痴 education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Kenya and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


1) seeing all the animals, 2) Meeting some really lovely people and making friends. 3) The guides and trackers were absolutely brilliant and really made the holiday. and 4) The whole organisation of the holiday from the first meeting at the airport to the drop off when we were going home. Brilliant.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just trust that everything is organised so well there is nothing to worry about.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we supported the local people by buying locally made gifts to bring home and ensuring that we looked after the environment while on safari. Learning and understanding local traditions was important to ensure that we all 'sang from the same hymn sheet'.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent Everything was perfect from when I first contacted Rosy to hearing from our tour operator to being met at the Nairobi airport to all the safari's and lodges (so well looked after) to going back to Nairobi and eventually being dropped back off at the airport. No hic-ups, it was so smooth and a real treat not have to worry about anything.

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