13nights Safari 4x4
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

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 include a full day discovering Nairobi’s attractions such as the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery.

• 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 4x4
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Stay longer

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.

**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.

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

Day 2: Nairobi Enjoy 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 Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery. 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! 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: Nairobi Serena Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

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. 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. Approx. journey time: 5 hours.
Stay: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Amboseli Head out on a morning game drive before lunch. This afternoon, 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.
Stay: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Amboseli to Aberdares There's a long journey ahead today. After breakfast, travel back to Nairobi and then out towards the Aberdare Mountain Range, with lunch en route at the Ole Sereni 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: 8½ hours.
Stay: The Ark (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. On your afternoon game drive, look out for the gerenuk – a rare gazelle with a long neck that stands on its hind legs to feed. Approx. journey time: 5 hours.
Stay: Samburu Game Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 two remaining northern white rhino. Head back to Sweetwaters for dinner and to experience the charm of under-canvas living. Approx. journey time: 4 hours.
Stay: Sweetwaters Serena Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Ol Pejeta Today offers the opportunity for further game drives in the Ol Pejeta conservancy.
Stay: Sweetwaters Serena Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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: 4 hours.
Stay: Sarova Lion Hill Lodge (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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: 6½ hours.
Stay: Sarova Mara Game Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 and afternoon game drives in the Maasai Mara.
Stay: Sarova Mara Camp (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: 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. Otherwise, return to Nairobi. Approx. journey time: 7 hours.
Meals: Breakfast


Stay longer

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.

**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.

ABOUT THIS SAFARI

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.

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

• For guests over 7 years old
• 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 can be long (up to 8½ hours) and bumpy
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings
• Guests will be asked to make a donation towards the lion-proof boma
• Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

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.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Excursions

Day 12: Optional Balloon Safari

Tour dates

2021 Jun 20; Aug 01; Sep 05; Oct 10
2022 Feb 20; Jun 19; Jul 31; Sep 04; Oct 09

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.

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Excursions

Day 12: Optional Balloon Safari

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