8nights Safari 4x4
NATURE
CULTURE
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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 rolling plains and big cats of the Maasai Mara. Add on a beach stay or gorilla trek for an extended African adventure.

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

8nights Safari 4x4
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Stay longer

**Uganda gorilla trekking 3 nights **

Day 1: Entebbe Fly from Nairobi to Entebbe and transfer to your hotel for the night. Stay: The Boma Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park There’s an early start this morning as you are picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Kisoro airstrip in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The dramatic landscape of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of the best places in the world for gorilla sightings. This 32,000-hectare national park in south-eastern Uganda has a remarkable biodiversity, with more than 160 species of tree and over 100 types of fern. It’s home to many endangered species, from rare birds and butterflies to the majestic mountain gorilla. Your base here is the peaceful Chameleon Hill Lodge – a quirky and bright boutique hotel with 10 en-suite rooms. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park After an energising breakfast, head out on your gorilla trek. Register at the ranger station for a briefing before heading out into the undergrowth in search of mountain gorillas. Your permit to enter the park is one of a limited number and a non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. After being assigned a gorilla family to visit, you’ll enter the park’s dense rainforest in search of these magnificent creatures, accompanied by experienced guides. Your trek could last anywhere from half an hour to seven hours, depending on the location of the gorillas. You might spot young gorillas climbing and playing, or a mother with a tiny wide-eyed baby. And just being close to a huge silverback is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. All precautions are taken to protect the gorillas. Viewing times are limited to one hour, there’s a maximum of eight people per group, and only one visit to each gorilla family per day. This makes the experience not only exclusive; it offers peace of mind too. This afternoon you'll visit a Batwa pygmy community and learn about the ways they depend on the forest for survival, like harnessing honey, using shrubs for medicine and constructing huts from trees, leaves and climbing plants. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Fly to Entebbe for your return flight to the UK.

Zanzibar 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.

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: Sarova Stanley (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. Approx. journey time: 7 hours.
Stay: Samburu Game Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Game Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. You'll need to pack an overnight bag as you'll leave your main luggage at the Aberdare Country Club. 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. Approx. journey time: 5 hours.
Stay: The Ark (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Aberdares to Lake Nakuru After breakfast, return to Aberdares country club and then depart for Lake Nakuru National Park and lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. After lunch, head out on an afternoon game drive in the park, which 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. Approx. journey time: 5 hours.
Stay: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara Depart early and drive to 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. In the evenings, relax around the roaring camp fire with your fellow guests. Approx. journey time: 6 hours.
Stay: Sarova Mara Game Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Maasai Mara to Nairobi If you’re travelling on to Kenya’s coast, you can fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa in the afternoon or transfer back to Nairobi for a connecting flight to Mombasa. Otherwise, leave the Mara after breakfast, arriving in Nairobi in time for lunch. Approx. journey time: 6 hours.
Meals: Breakfast


Stay longer

**Uganda gorilla trekking 3 nights **

Day 1: Entebbe Fly from Nairobi to Entebbe and transfer to your hotel for the night. Stay: The Boma Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park There’s an early start this morning as you are picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Kisoro airstrip in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The dramatic landscape of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of the best places in the world for gorilla sightings. This 32,000-hectare national park in south-eastern Uganda has a remarkable biodiversity, with more than 160 species of tree and over 100 types of fern. It’s home to many endangered species, from rare birds and butterflies to the majestic mountain gorilla. Your base here is the peaceful Chameleon Hill Lodge – a quirky and bright boutique hotel with 10 en-suite rooms. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park After an energising breakfast, head out on your gorilla trek. Register at the ranger station for a briefing before heading out into the undergrowth in search of mountain gorillas. Your permit to enter the park is one of a limited number and a non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. After being assigned a gorilla family to visit, you’ll enter the park’s dense rainforest in search of these magnificent creatures, accompanied by experienced guides. Your trek could last anywhere from half an hour to seven hours, depending on the location of the gorillas. You might spot young gorillas climbing and playing, or a mother with a tiny wide-eyed baby. And just being close to a huge silverback is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. All precautions are taken to protect the gorillas. Viewing times are limited to one hour, there’s a maximum of eight people per group, and only one visit to each gorilla family per day. This makes the experience not only exclusive; it offers peace of mind too. This afternoon you'll visit a Batwa pygmy community and learn about the ways they depend on the forest for survival, like harnessing honey, using shrubs for medicine and constructing huts from trees, leaves and climbing plants. Stay: Chameleon Hill Lodge (or similar). B, L, D

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Fly to Entebbe for your return flight to the UK.

Zanzibar 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.

ABOUT THIS SAFARI

Is this for you?

This is a rewarding and good-value overland journey visiting four very different national parks and reserves. 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.

Good to know

• For guests over 7 years old
• A maximum of 6 guests per vehicle
• Luggage must be in one soft bag per person – try to pack lightly
• Journey times do not take into account stops or traffic conditions.

What to expect

• Time to get you know your group and guide
• Road journeys can be long (typically 5-7 hours) and bumpy, on a mix of main roads and dirt tracks
• Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

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 simple and unique viewing perch sits overlooking a salt lick and floodlit waterhole – so the wildlife comes to you.

Solo travellers

Sole-use room from £2842

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2021 May 24; Jun 07, 14, 21; Jul 19, 26; Aug 02, 16; Sep 06, 20; Oct 04, 25; Nov 29
2022 Feb 21; Jun 06, 20; Jul 18, 25; Aug 01, 15; Sep 05, 19; Oct 03, 24

Included in price

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

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Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £3442 per person.

Excursions

Day 7: Optional Balloon Safari

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Kuoni highlights

Kuoni highlights

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 Nakuru 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.