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The Cheetah Safari is our most popular itinerary, covering a wide area and showcasing the very best of Kenya including Samburu, the Rift Valley and the world-famous Maasai Mara. Mileages are quite long and road conditions can be poor on occasion, but you’ll get to see much more of this diverse country and the wildlife viewing is unforgettable.

• Nairobi: 1 night
• Samburu: 2 nights
• Aberdares: 1 night
• Lake Naivasha: 1 night
• Maasai Mara: 2 nights

8nights Safari
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CULTURE
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ITINERARY

Stay longer

Zanzibar beach 3 nights Just a short flight from Nairobi, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. The historic part of its capital (Zanzibar Town) is UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town. This coastal city is a real mix of cultural influences, with labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, weathered historic buildings, intricate architectural details and vibrant markets. Stone Town is where you’ll find Zanzibar’s main cultural sightseeing, but it’s also worth taking a tour of the traditional farms, which grow cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, for an insight into the spices that have such an influence on the local cuisine. The ‘stay longer’ reason here is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, lapped by warm Indian Ocean waters. Regularly voted among the world’s best beaches, you can spend your days soaking up the sun, enjoying pampering spa treatments, trying your hand at watersports and snorkelling among the colourful corals.

Mombasa 3 nights Kenya's tranquil coast offers an affordable beach extension to any Kenya safari. The vibrant city of Mombasa is the gateway to the coast, where over 300 miles of palm-fringed beaches include Diani Beach with its glistening white sands, and where the warm, clear waters are excellent for snorkelling and diving.

Maldives 3 nights With private islands of dazzling white sands and swaying palms surrounded by marine-rich crystal blue waters, the Maldives is the ultimate beach stay following a Kenya safari. This picture-perfect archipelago has a great choice of island resorts and is perfect for honeymooners or those travelling for a special occasion (Flights from Africa operate via Doha).

Day 1: UK to Nairobi Depart the UK on your flight to Nairobi. On arrival, transfer to your comfortable hotel to relax ahead of your safari adventure. Stay: Southern Sun Mayfair (or similar).

Day 2: Nairobi to Samburu Drive to Samburu with lunch en route at the Trout Tree Restaurant – a unique dining venue set inside and around a giant fig tree. When you reach Samburu’s arid landscape, you’ll have an afternoon game drive to get to your accommodation – the Samburu Sopa Lodge, which perches on a hill inside the reserve with far-reaching views and rooms housed in traditional Samburu cottages. Tonight there’ll be a welcome dinner for you and your group. Approx. journey time: 6 hours. Stay: Samburu Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Samburu Head out with your group into the Samburu reserve on morning and afternoon game drives. Lesser visited than its more southerly neighbours, this relatively small reserve’s arid landscape is home to ‘dry country’ animals rarely found outside the park. Its ‘special five’ are the long-necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe. Stay: Samburu Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Samburu to Aberdares Drive south to the Aberdare Mountain Ranges. The Aberdare National Park was created in 1950 to protect the forested slopes of the ancient Aberdare Range, with wildlife ranging from elephant and lion to the black and white Colobus monkey and beautiful but lesser-sighted bongo – a horned antelope with distinctive white stripes. Once you reach Aberdare you’ll check in at the Aberdare Country Club in order to transfer to its unique sister property, The Ark, which will be your viewing perch for the night. In the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark’s design is based on Noah’s Ark. It overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, attracting wildlife day and night. Four viewing decks with balconies allow up-close wildlife viewing without even leaving your accommodation. There’s also a ground-level photo hide and an on-call viewing service to ensure that you don’t miss a thing. Rooms are known as ‘cabins’, set over three ‘decks’. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: The Ark (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Aberdares to Lake Naivasha Have breakfast before driving via Thomson’s Falls – a scenic waterfall on the Uaso Nyiro River – to Lake Nakuru National Park for lunch and a game drive. The park is a haven for bird lovers, with over 400 species of bird, and provides habitat for lion, leopard and Rothschild giraffe. It also offers fantastic chances of spotting herds of white rhino. Continue on to Lake Naivasha for the night and the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, which has resident monkeys, giraffe and hippo inhabiting its 150-acre grasslands. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Lake Naivasha to Maasai Mara After breakfast, set off for the Maasai Mara – home to the Big Five, big cats, and a whole host of other wildlife amongst its rolling plains and open savannah. Arrive for lunch at your lodge, then head out on an afternoon game drive before returning for dinner. With splendid views across the Mara plains, Sarova Mara Game Camp offers the classic safari experience with the comfort of a hotel-style residence. The camp has 73 premium canvas tents with canopied beds, and facilities here include a pool with poolside bar, a wellness tent for massages and a buffet-style restaurant. In the evenings, relax around the roaring camp fire with your fellow guests. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: Sarova Mara Game Camp (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Maasai Mara This may be the last day of your safari, but it could be the most thrilling as today there’s the opportunity to take a hot-air balloon safari to gain a whole new perspective of the Maasai Mara. This is our most highly recommended optional experience in Kenya. Wake early and watch as the balloon is prepared, then take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises; the bright pink-orange haze visible for miles across the vast savannah and the wildlife roaming below you. This will be followed by an impressive Champagne breakfast that will be set up for your group wherever you land. Then head out on morning and afternoon game drives into the heart of this wildlife-rich reserve – a fitting end to an exciting safari. Stay: Sarova Mara Game Camp (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Maasai Mara to Nairobi If you’re travelling on to Kenya’s coast, you’ll fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa in the afternoon. Otherwise, leave the Mara after breakfast, arriving in Nairobi in time for lunch. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. You’ll then be taken to a central hotel for the afternoon where you might like to pre-book a day room before your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B.


Stay longer

Zanzibar beach 3 nights Just a short flight from Nairobi, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. The historic part of its capital (Zanzibar Town) is UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town. This coastal city is a real mix of cultural influences, with labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, weathered historic buildings, intricate architectural details and vibrant markets. Stone Town is where you’ll find Zanzibar’s main cultural sightseeing, but it’s also worth taking a tour of the traditional farms, which grow cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, for an insight into the spices that have such an influence on the local cuisine. The ‘stay longer’ reason here is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, lapped by warm Indian Ocean waters. Regularly voted among the world’s best beaches, you can spend your days soaking up the sun, enjoying pampering spa treatments, trying your hand at watersports and snorkelling among the colourful corals.

Mombasa 3 nights Kenya's tranquil coast offers an affordable beach extension to any Kenya safari. The vibrant city of Mombasa is the gateway to the coast, where over 300 miles of palm-fringed beaches include Diani Beach with its glistening white sands, and where the warm, clear waters are excellent for snorkelling and diving.

Maldives 3 nights With private islands of dazzling white sands and swaying palms surrounded by marine-rich crystal blue waters, the Maldives is the ultimate beach stay following a Kenya safari. This picture-perfect archipelago has a great choice of island resorts and is perfect for honeymooners or those travelling for a special occasion (Flights from Africa operate via Doha).

ABOUT THIS SAFARI

Is this for you?

This is a rewarding and good-value overland journey visiting four very different national parks and reserves, travelling with a small group of like-minded wildlife enthusiasts in a 4x4 vehicle.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 7
• A maximum of 6 guests per vehicle
• Luggage must be in soft bags – try to pack lightly.

What to expect

• Time to get you know your group and guide
• Road journeys can be long (typically 3-6 hours) and bumpy but are scenic and rewarding
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings.

Accommodation on tour

All of the accommodation on this safari is superbly located. A stay at The Ark is an experience in itself. Deep in the forests of Aberdare National Park, this viewing perch sits overlooking a salt lick and floodlit waterhole – so the wildlife comes to you. As is the case at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge where, in the 150-acre lakefront grounds, giraffe and hippo are regularly spotted.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £190

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

Jan 08, 29; Feb 12, 19; Mar 12; Apr 09, 30; May 14; Jun 04, 18; Jul 09, 23; Aug 06, 13, 27; Sep 10, 24; Oct 08, 22; Nov 05, 19; Dec 03

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local driver/guides
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• 4x4 safari vehicles exclusively for Kuoni customers, with guaranteed window seats
• Park fees
• Guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private vehicle Upgrade to a private vehicle on the same itinerary from £712 per person

Excursions

Day 7: Balloon Safari from £462 per person

Day-use room Pre-book a day-room to relax and freshen up on arrival or before your return flight from £85 per person

Special offer
From
£2495
 
ESCORTED SMALL GROUP SAFARI
Price per person for 8 nights
Showcasing the very best of Kenya
including Samburu & the Masai-Mara
Escorted small group safari departs 29 Jan 2018
 
Fly with British Airways from London Heathrow

Why Kuoni?

Why Kuoni?

We’ve chosen a 4x4 vehicle for this safari to offer the ideal balance of comfort and cost. This overland journey – where you’ll have a guaranteed window seat – visits four very different national parks and reserves, including Lake Naivasha known for its birdlife, Samburu with its rare species and finally the most famous wildlife region of all, the big cat territory of the Maasai Mara.