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Kenya driving safari holiday

Marvel at Rift Valley lakes, beautiful wildlife conservancies and remote wilderness

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Guide Price

From £3,865 | $5,250 per person (based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12)

Duration

8 nights

Best Months

July - March

Country

Kenya

At-a-Glance Trip Summary

Experience incredible wildlife, vast wilderness and tranquil lakeside abodes on our Kenya driving safari holiday.

Day Destination Accommodation Basis Nights
Day 1 Nairobi Hemingways Nairobi FI 1 Night
Day 2 - 3 Lake Naivasha Loldia House FI 2 Nights
Day 4 - 6 Ol Pejeta Conservancy Kicheche Laikipia FI 3 Nights
Day 7 - 8 Samburu Saruni Samburu FI 2 Nights
  • Day 1
    Destination Nairobi
    Accommodation Hemingways Nairobi
    Basis FI
    Nights 1 Night
  • Day 2 - 3
    Destination Lake Naivasha
    Accommodation Loldia House
    Basis FI
    Nights 2 Night
  • Day 4 - 6
    Destination Ol Pejeta Conservancy
    Accommodation Kicheche Laikipia
    Basis FI
    Nights 3 Night
  • Day 7 - 8
    Destination Samburu
    Accommodation Saruni Samburu
    Basis FI
    Nights 2 Night

Key

  • FI: Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
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    Nairobi

    Not only is a city stopover a great way to decompress on arrival, but Nairobi’s dynamic diversity makes it a destination in its own right.

    Museums, markets, and buzzing metropolitan vibe add a delightful dose of something different that perfectly complements a Kenya family safari.

    If Kenya is the safari capital, it’s entirely fitting that Nairobi boasts a national park close to the city centre’s skyline. At 5,500ft it can get cool up here, and the city, which began as a colonial railway settlement in the 1890’s, takes its name from ‘enkare nairobi’ — the Maasai term for ‘cold water’.

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    Lake Naivasha

    Located in the Rift Valley and only a couple hours drive North of Nairobi, Lake Naivasha is a world away from the bustling city.

    Renowned for its pristine beauty, this freshwater lake provides a stunning backdrop for a luxurious retreat. Families can revel in the comfort of exclusive safari lodges, where spacious suites offer panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness.

    A boat safari on Lake Naivasha unveils a diverse array of wildlife, from majestic hippos to a myriad of bird species. Private guides ensure an intimate exploration of nearby Hells Gate National Park and Crescent Island, crafting an unforgettable blend of luxury and untamed nature.

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    Ol Pejeta Conservancy

    Ol Pejeta Conservancy, cradled in the heart of Kenya’s Laikipia County, stands as an exceptional destination for family safaris, blending conservation with immersive experiences.

    Spanning over 90,000 acres, it’s a haven for the ‘Big Five’ and a sanctuary for endangered species, including the last two northern white rhinos. Families can embark on captivating game drives, encountering elephants, lions, buffaloes, and the elusive leopard, while expert guides narrate the wonders of the African wilderness.

    Ol Pejeta’s commitment to sustainable tourism and community engagement ensures that families not only witness the marvels of Africa’s wildlife but actively contribute to its preservation. From thrilling game adventures to educational initiatives, Ol Pejeta Conservancy crafts an enriching, harmonious, and memorable safari for families seeking both connection and conservation in the heart of Kenya.

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    Samburu

    Samburu, an oasis of luxury in northern Kenya, beckons families to a safari experience that seamlessly blends opulence with untamed beauty.

    Amidst the striking landscapes, luxury lodges provide a comfortable retreat, offering panoramic views of the Ewaso Nyiro River and the surrounding arid plains.

    Families can indulge in exclusive game drives, encountering the Samburu Special Five—Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, and gerenuk. Expert guides lead intimate explorations, sharing insights into the unique wildlife and the cultural richness of the Samburu people.

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    Hemingways Nairobi

    This is without doubt one of our favourite hotels in Kenya – elegant in an understated way, Hemingways Nairobi delivers it all, all of the time.

    Perfect for a night between safaris, or on arrival and departure, it also lends itself to a longer stay if Nairobi is to be explored. From Hemingways Nairobi, guests can easily access Nairobi National Park, as well as the shopping districts of Karen and the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage. The proximity to Nairobi Wilson Airport also makes transfers for domestic flights for safari destinations very convenient.

    The service and food are second to none, meaning a relaxed and enjoyable visit, every time.

    The suites are delightfully comfortable with gloriously spacious bathrooms, and all are named after a notable person in Kenya’s history. The hotel’s grounds are luxuriant, full of birdlife and begging to be explored. A dip in the outdoor pool is also very welcome in the warm Nairobi afternoons.

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    Loldia House

    There are not too many spots to stay in where hippos come to graze on the lawn at night – the beautiful Loldia House is one of them.

    The lakeshore setting here is truly unique, and with the beautiful gardens to stroll in, diverse activities and excellent cuisine, you will find it hard to tear yourselves away for the next destination on your journey.

    You have the choice here of staying in the old farmhouse itself, or in the cottages in the grounds. The cottages are most suitable for families, but all accommodation either has views of Lake Naivasha, or Mt Longonot. Activities from this lodge mainly centre on the game viewing in the national parks close by, as well as such lakeshore pursuits as birdwatching (flamingo heaven!), boat trips, sundowner cruises and fishing. There are also farm walks to be had, past cattle and farmed ostrich, interspersed with plains game.

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    Kicheche Laikipia

    In the heart of Kenya’s Laikipia region, Kicheche Laikipia offers an intimate and authentic safari experience.

    This comfortable and understated camp, set against the backdrop of Mount Kenya, seamlessly blends into the natural landscape, providing a peaceful retreat for wildlife enthusiasts. With spacious tented accommodations, guests enjoy comfort without compromising the exhilaration of being surrounded by untamed wilderness.

    Kicheche Laikipia is renowned for its exclusive Big Five game drives, revealing the secrets of the savannah with expert guides. The conservancy’s commitment to sustainable tourism ensures minimal impact on the environment, creating a harmonious space for both wildlife and visitors.

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    Saruni Samburu

    Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in the 200,000 acres of wilderness that make up the Kalama conservancy, close to the Samburu National Reserve.

    Built amongst a rocky hill formation, the lodge affords expansive views across the conservancy, giving a feeling of living on the top of the world.

    Accommodation is provided in stylish and eco-friendly villas that have been built into the rock formations, achieving a quite remarkable design that delivers a real sense of serenity. Of the six villas available, four have been built for families with separate ensuite bedrooms.

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    Cultural Immersion

    Nairobi boasts a vibrant array of cultural activities beyond its renowned National Park.

    Visitors can contribute to wildlife conservation by supporting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where orphaned baby elephants can be visited and even adopted. Giraffe Manor provides an exceptional opportunity to feed giraffes through manor windows, creating unforgettable moments.

    Beyond wildlife, the Maasai Market beckons with its cultural richness, offering an irresistible shopping experience with unique treasures and gifts.

    The suburb of Karen, named after ‘Out of Africa’ author Mrs. Blixen, is a picturesque area near the domestic airport, featuring charming artisan shops, cafes, and restaurants.

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    Boat safari

    Enjoy exclusive boat safaris and sundowner cruises on the picturesque Lake Naivasha.

    Situated at an altitude exceeding 6,000 feet, this Rift Valley gem is not only the highest lake but a breathtaking panorama.

    Edged by papyrus and framed by the extinct Mount Longonot, it provides a picturesque habitat for over 400 bird species. A resident ornithologist enriches the experience, guiding guests through the diverse avifauna.

    On a boat safari, witness Cormorants in their wing-drying ritual, Pink Backed Pelicans, Herons, Kingfishers, and majestic Fish Eagles. Immerse in the melodies of Goliath Herons, Jacanas, White Fronted Bee-eaters, and Saddle-billed Storks, as Lake Naivasha unfolds its avian wonders effortlessly against a backdrop of natural splendor.

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    Big five safari

    Discover the iconic Big Five amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

    Renowned for its commitment to wildlife conservation, Ol Pejeta provides a sanctuary for these majestic species – lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinos. Expert guides lead exhilarating game drives, unraveling the stories of each creature against the backdrop of Mount Kenya.

    The real stars, however, are the rhinos, with Ol Pejeta standing as a stronghold for both black and white rhino populations. Guided by seasoned experts, immerse yourself in the intricacies of each species’ behavior and the ongoing conservation efforts that make Ol Pejeta a haven for the Big Five.

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    Walking safari

    Explore the untamed beauty of Samburu with guided bush walks, where Samburu guides lead you through the arid landscapes, unraveling the secrets of the region’s unique flora and fauna.

    For those seeking a more elevated adventure, mountain hikes offer breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness, providing a perfect vantage point to appreciate the vastness of the Samburu terrain.

    Delve into the region’s cultural and geological history with cave visits, uncovering hidden chambers and ancient formations.

    Whether on foot through the bush, ascending mountains, or exploring mysterious caves, Samburu’s diverse experiences promise an enriching journey, blending nature, culture, and adventure in Kenya’s northern wilderness.

     

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