This is an extensive and beautiful journey across Kenya, travelling both north and south of Nairobi to experience the diversity of its game-rich parks and encounter some of Africa’s most magnificent wildlife. Leopard Safari has been a long-time favourite and covers all the main parks and reserves of this wild country.

• Nairobi: 1 night

• Tsavo West: 1 night

• Amboseli: 2 nights

• Aberdares: 1 night

• Samburu: 2 nights

• Ol Pejeta: 1 night

• Lake Nakuru: 1 night

• Maasai Mara: 2 nights

12nights Safari
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This is an extensive and beautiful journey across Kenya. You’ll travel in a 4x4 vehicle to many of the main parks, culminating in the rolling plains of the Maasai Mara. As well as wildlife viewing, insightful excursions range from a full day discovering Nairobi’s attractions – including the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage – to visiting a local school and lion-proof boma supported by Born Free.

• Nairobi: 2 nights
• Amboseli: 2 nights
• Aberdares: 1 night
• Samburu: 2 nights
• Ol Pejeta: 2 nights
• Lake Nakuru: 1 night
• Maasai Mara: 2 nights

13nights Safari
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CULTURE
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ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Nairobi Depart the UK on your flight to Nairobi. On arrival, transfer to the Nairobi Serena Hotel for a good night’s sleep ahead of your safari. Stay: Nairobi Serena Hotel.

Day 2: Nairobi to Tsavo West Set off this morning, driving south to Tsavo West National Park. After lunch you’ll head out on your first game drive and also visit Mzima Springs – if you’re lucky you might spot hippo and crocodiles. There’s also the chance to descend to an underground viewing chamber to see colourful fish close-up. Tonight you’ll stay at the Kilaguni Serena Lodge; one of Kenya’s first ever lodges, with a tranquil atmosphere and uninterrupted views of Kilimanjaro. Tonight there’ll be a welcome dinner for you and your group. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Kilaguni Serena Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 3: Tsavo West to Amboseli After breakfast, drive to one of the most popular parks in Kenya – Amboseli National Park, known for its huge elephant herds and dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Following an afternoon game drive you’ll head to the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. This is a traditional lodge, where the dining area is reached by a timbered bridge over a meltwater stream and rooms are housed in single-storey buildings. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 4: Amboseli Head out on early morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli. The low vegetation makes for excellent wildlife spotting. Look out for lion, buffalo and zebra, as well as hippo in the swamplands. The park’s dry and dusty form is due to the volcanic ash that came from Mount Kilimanjaro on its last eruption, yet the lush green areas are a result of a continuous water supply from the mountain’s melting snow. Stay: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 5: Amboseli to Aberdares After breakfast travel back to Nairobi and then out towards the Aberdare Mountain Range, with lunch en route at the Safari Park Hotel. 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 a whole host of game both 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’ and are set over three ‘decks’. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: The Ark. B, L, D.

Day 6: Aberdares to Samburu Travel back to the Aberdare Country Club for check-out and continue north to the Samburu National Reserve where you’ll spend the next two nights at the comfortable Samburu Game Lodge on the western banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. Experience the African desert at its best – as a lesser known park, Samburu is less crowded, with game drives giving you the opportunity to spot leopard, lion and cheetah. This is the dry north of Kenya and the reserve attracts wildlife not often seen elsewhere. Look out for the gerenuk – a rare gazelle with a long neck that stands on its hind legs to feed. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Samburu Game Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 7: Samburu Make the most of a full day in Samburu with early morning and afternoon game drives with your group offering further chances to seek out the Samburu ‘special five’: the gerenuk, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and Somali ostrich. Stay: Samburu Game Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 8: Samburu to Ol Pejeta Drive south to Sweetwaters Serena Camp for lunch and an afternoon game drive, then visit the remarkable Chimpanzee and Rhino Sanctuaries. Incorporated within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy – one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya – the sanctuary is the only place in Kenya where the endangered chimpanzee can be seen. It also houses the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, where you can see the world’s three remaining northern white rhino. Head back to Sweetwaters for dinner and to experience the charm of under-canvas living. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Sweetwaters Serena Camp. B, L, D.

Day 9: Ol Pejeta to Lake Nakuru Drive via a photo stop at Thomson’s Falls to Lake Nakuru for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge. Lake Nakuru National Park offers one of the best chances to see herds of rhino as well as migratory birds. Enjoy an afternoon game drive and take in the views from the park’s viewpoints. You’ll stay at the Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge which has stunning far-reaching views. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge. B, L, D.

Day 10: Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara Drive to the Maasai Mara and explore the rolling plains on an afternoon game drive. Have your camera at the ready for spectacular wildlife viewing. You’re likely to spot prides of lion basking in the shade, and may even be able to seek out an elusive solo leopard and other species including cheetah and hyena. Stay at the Sarova Mara Game Camp – a classic bush camp with traditionally-furnished canvas tents housed under tiled roofs. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: Sarova Mara Game Camp. B, L, D.

Day 11: Maasai Mara Today there’s the option of a thrilling hot-air balloon safari over the Mara at sunrise. Then head out on early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives in the Maasai Mara. Stay: Sarova Mara Camp. B, L, D.

Day 12: 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, return to Nairobi. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Spend the afternoon at the convenient Eka Hotel where you might like to prebook a day room to freshen up 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).

Day 1: UK to Nairobi Depart the UK on your flight to Nairobi. On arrival, transfer to your modern hotel to relax. Stay: Radisson Blu Nairobi (or similar).

Day 2: Nairobi Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before an insightful full day trip to four of Nairobi’s key attractions. Your first stop will be the Giraffe Centre, a conservation centre for the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe where you’ll have the chance to feed these friendly giants. Next you’ll drive to the world-famous Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Spend some time with the elephants as they are fed by staff, who are on hand to answer any questions and talk about their experiences with these rescued baby elephants. The elephants are inquisitive, so expect a trunk heading in your direction! Have lunch at Tamarind Tamambo, and then visit the Karen Blixen Museum; the simple farm house home of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa. Your final visit of the day will be Kazuri Beads – a bead-making shop founded in 1975 to create employment for local single mothers. You’ll see how the beads are hand-shaped from clay, kiln-fired and glazed before being strung together to create a colourful bracelet or necklace. Dinner tonight is at your own arrangement. Stay: Radisson Blu Nairobi (or similar). B.

Day 3: Nairobi to Amboseli After breakfast, drive to one of the most popular parks in Kenya – Amboseli National Park, known for its huge elephant herds and dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ll arrive at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge in time for lunch. This a traditional lodge, where rooms are housed in single-storey buildings. In the afternoon, head out on a game drive. Amboseli’s low vegetation makes for excellent wildlife spotting. Look out for lion, buffalo and zebra, as well as hippo in the swamplands. The park’s dry and dusty form is due to the volcanic ash that came from Mount Kilimanjaro on its last eruption, yet the lush green areas are a result of a continuous water supply from the mountain’s melting snow. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Amboseli This morning you’ll visit Ol Moti School, supported by the Born Free Foundation (you may like to bring small gifts for the children such as pens, books and posters). Then visit one of the lion-proof Maasai bomas created by Born Free in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service. Amboseli is a region of high human-wildlife conflict, with lions destroying livestock, and the local community destroying the lions in return. Typically, Kenyan livestock is held in enclosures made of thorn bushes − which lions can find a way through. The difference with a lion-proof boma is that it is constructed of chain fences. So far, this method – piloted in Amboseli – has proved to be 100% lion proof. Drive back to your lodge for lunch and head out on a game drive in Amboseli. Stay: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Amboseli to Aberdares After breakfast travel back to Nairobi and then out towards the Aberdare Mountain Range, with lunch en route at the Safari Park Hotel. 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. Based on Noah’s Ark, The Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, attracting wildlife both day and night. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: The Ark (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Aberdares to Samburu Travel back to the Aberdare Country Club for check-out and continue north to the Samburu National Reserve and the Samburu Game Lodge on the western banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. This is the dry north of Kenya and the reserve attracts wildlife not often seen elsewhere. Look out for the gerenuk – a rare gazelle with a long neck that stands on its hind legs to feed. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Samburu Game Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Samburu Make the most of a full day in Samburu with early morning and afternoon game drives offering further chances to seek out the ‘special five’: the gerenuk, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and Somali ostrich. Stay: Samburu Game Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Samburu to Ol Pejeta Drive south to Sweetwaters Serena Camp for lunch and a game drive, then visit the Chimpanzee and Rhino Sanctuaries. Within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the sanctuary is the only place in Kenya where the endangered chimpanzee can be seen. It also houses the world’s three remaining northern white rhino. Head back to Sweetwaters for dinner and to experience the charm of under-canvas living. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Sweetwaters Serena Camp (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Ol Pejeta Today offers the opportunity for further game drives in the Ol Pejeta conservancy. Stay: Sweetwaters Serena Camp (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 10: Ol Pejeta to Lake Nakuru Drive via Thomson’s Falls to Lake Nakuru for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge. Lake Nakuru National Park offers one of the best chances to see rhino. Enjoy a game drive and take in the views from the park’s viewpoints. Stay at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge overlooking Lake Nakuru. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Sarova Lion Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara Drive to the Maasai Mara and explore the rolling plains on an afternoon game drive. You’re likely to spot prides of lion basking in the shade, and may even be able to seek out an elusive solo leopard and other species including cheetah and hyena. Stay at the Sarova Mara Game Camp – a classic bush camp with traditionally-furnished canvas tents housed under tiled roofs. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: Sarova Mara Game Camp (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 12: Maasai Mara Today there’s the option of a hot-air balloon safari over the Mara at sunrise. Then head out on early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives in the Maasai Mara. Stay: Sarova Mara Camp (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: 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, return to Nairobi. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Spend the afternoon at the Eka Hotel where you might like to pre-book a day room to freshen up 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?

Leopard Safari is ideal if you have a little more time and are looking for a longer overland safari that takes in Kenya’s key wildlife-viewing areas.

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
• Travel times vary dependent on road conditions and game sighting.

What to expect

• Time to get to know your group and guide
• Journeys of between 3 and 5 hours between destinations
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings.

Accommodation on tour

This itinerary features a mix of tented camps and lodges. At Sweetwaters Serena Camp and Sarova Mara Game Camp, you’ll sleep under canvas in charming bush camps, while at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge you’ll experience a traditional lodge. And then there’s The Ark. Based on Noah’s Ark, with rooms known as ‘cabins’, this is a unique viewing perch where you can watch wildlife from the decks and photo hide.

Single travellers

Single supplement from £46

Is this for you?

Leopard Safari is ideal if you have a little more time and are looking for a longer overland 4x4 safari that combines cultural experiences with iconic wildlife viewing.

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 to know your group and guide
• Journeys of between 3 and 5 hours between destinations
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings
• During visits to the Born Free projects on Day 4, guests will be asked to make a small donation to the Born Free Foundation.

Accommodation on tour

This itinerary features a mix of tented camps and lodges. At Sweetwaters Serena Camp and Sarova Mara Game Camp, you’ll sleep under canvas in charming bush camps, while at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge you’ll experience a traditional lodge. And then there’s The Ark. Based on Noah’s Ark, with rooms known as ‘cabins’, this is a unique viewing perch where you can watch wildlife from the decks and photo hide.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £330

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2017 Minibus departures Apr 30; Jul 09; Aug 20; Nov 12
4x4 departures Jan 15; Mar 12; Aug 06; Sep 10

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local driver/guides
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• 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 tour Upgrade to a private minibus with a driver/guide on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice at a supplement

4x4 safari This itinerary is also available with a 4x4 vehicle from £4061 per person

Excursions

Day 11: Hot-air balloon safari from £375 per person

Day-use room Pre-book a day room to relax and freshen up before your return flight from £80 per person.

Tour dates

2018 Jan 14; Feb 11; Mar 11; Apr 29; Jul 08; Aug 05, 19; Sep 09; Nov 11

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 £559 per person

Private safari Upgrade to a private safari with a driver/guide on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £870 per person

Excursions

Day 12: 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

Why Kuoni?

As this is a more extensive safari, we’ve included a night in Nairobi on arrival to refresh yourself. You’ll also see more than the Big Five: spot rare wildlife in Samburu and visit East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary in Ol Pejeta – home to the world’s three remaining northern white rhino. A stay at The Ark is an experience in itself. Overlooking a waterhole, there’s excellent wildlife watching without even leaving the ark.

Why Kuoni?

As this is a more extensive safari, we’ve included two nights in Nairobi on arrival – one night to relax, and a full day to gain an insight into local cultural and conservation projects. On this safari you’ll also visit a lion-proof Maasai boma project in Amboseli, spot rare wildlife in Samburu and travel to East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary in Ol Pejeta – home to the world’s three remaining northern white rhino.