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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.

Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

4. Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

The first pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you will experience a wildlife viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective. Your hot air balloon flight lasts approximately one hour and 10 minutes, drifting wherever the air currents take you, with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. When your Kenyan hot air balloon safari finishes you will toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. Your hour hot air balloon safari ends with a transfer back to your accommodation at in an open Jeep for easier game viewing.

From Nairobi: Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Day Trip

5. 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

6. 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: 3-Day Maasai Mara Group Camping or Lodge Safari

7. Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Group Camping or Lodge Safari

Day 1: Nairobi to Maasai Mara Your tour will begin as you depart from Nairobi towards the Maasai Mara Reserve via the Great Valley Viewpoint, where you will have a stopover for sightseeing (weather permitting). From there you will arrive in a tented camp in time for lunch and will later enjoy a game drive in this breathtaking land to truly enter the wild. You can hunt for the "big five", as well as the plain game such as the gnus (which are are abundant in this area). Day 2: Masai Mara On your second day you will enjoy a full day of game viewing through the rolling grass of the Mara, which consists of endless plains where more than 2 million wild beast gnu's migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania with their calves. You will then visit the banks of the Mara River to try and spot hippos, before having the option to visit a Maasai village to learn of their unchanged traditional culture. Day 3: Maasai Mara to Nairobi Your day will begin with a morning drive to try and search for what you have not spotted so far, before you return to the camp for lunch and checkout. It will then be time to say "kwaheri", a Swahili word for good-bye, to the pastoral Maasai as you depart for your return trip to Nairobi.

Nairobi: Overnight Safari Trip to Amboseli National Park

8. 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

9. 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

Kisite Marine Park and Wasini Island Private Tour

10. Kisite Marine Park and Wasini Island Private Tour

Get ready to board an exclusive private boat and sail for about one hour searching for dolphins, before snorkeling and swimming in the Kisite marine national park. Kisite Marine national park is the second most famous marine park in the world, after the Australian Marine Park. Explore 30 kilometers of turtles, marine tortoise, bearreeffs, coral reefs and different types of marine fishes. Next, sail to Wasisni Island where your lunch of sea food and Swahili dishes will be served. After lunch, you’ll have the option to stroll around the island and experience the local Swahili culture, visiting the beautiful coral garden, mangrove forest and fishing village to learn more about the Swahili people and their history. Your local guide will give you an in-depth explanation and background throughout the tour. Alternatively, you can relax at the restaurant, enjoying the sea view and the breeze.

Kenya is one of the few places that offers such extraordinary opportunities to view exotic wildlife in its natural habitat. This is a region of dramatic contrasts and extraordinary wildlife on display with landscapes of great beauty and variety. Kenya offers scenic safari tours, lounging on pristine beaches, and a broad range of sporting activities with an endless list of adventures.

The annual Wildebeest Migration at the Masai Mara is a natural cycle that replenishes and renews the grasslands of East Africa. Each June, around 1.3 million Wildebeest gather in the Serengeti to calve. Your senses are constantly stimulated by the sights, smells, and sounds of the Mara and its many inhabitants.

You can view a wide variety of wildlife hiking through Hell's Gate National Park. The cliffs are dotted with nesting raptors. The picnic area above the gorge offers a panoramic view of the towers and the gorge. This hike is highly recommended for anyone who wishes to get off the beaten track and head into a truly unique Kenyan landscape.

Mombasa is the largest city on the Kenyan coast, but if you want to hang out there is a wide array of restaurants, clubs, pubs and discos to choose from in the city of Nairobi. While in Nairobi be sure to visit the City Market, the National Museum, the Arboretum and the Kenya Railway Museum.

While in Kenya, you don't want to miss the view of Amboseli's big skies and far horizons combined with swampy springs and dry and dusty earth trampled by hundreds of animals. Amboseli has an endless underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro's ice cap.

Indeed the very word safari was invented in Kenya where in Kiswahili it means ""journey." The boundless wilderness and big game of this region has long attracted adventure seekers from all over the globe.

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