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Kenya Private Classic Safari

Masai Mara, Amboseli & Samburu

7 days, 6 nights | Safari from $6,698 per person
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Overview

Fly into Wild Kenya

Discover Kenya’s finest parks and reserves—and maximize your time in each—on this unforgettable fly-in safari. As you wing your way from Amboseli to Samburu to the Masai Mara, your light chartered aircraft makes every aspect of travel a pleasure—from personalized meet-and-greet services to elegant lodging in some of Kenya’s most luxurious tented camps.

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Your dreams take wing in Amboseli, with an airborne safari that guarantees sightings of large elephant herds against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Flying on, discover the rugged beauty of the arid northern frontier. A day later, fly southwest to the remote Tanzanian border. Here, where the Masai Mara and Serengeti share the same massive ecosystem, the thundering migration of great wildebeest sends clouds of red-clay dust across the endless plain.

Safari Style: Private Classic Safari
Activities: Game drives, nature walks, bird-watching, cultural visits
Accommodation: Deluxe tented camps
Getting Around: 4x4 safari vehicles, light aircraft
When to Visit: Year-round; Jun–Sep for Great Migration Read More
Meeting & Departure Point: Nairobi, Kenya

Tour Highlights:

  • Spot giant tuskers and mesmerizing Kilimanjaro vistas in Amboseli
  • Track rare desert species through the varied landscapes of Shaba and Samburu
  • Feel Africa’s grandeur amidst the big skies and vast savannas of the Masai Mara
  • Listen and look for lions at your exclusive tented camp, once home to Born Free author Joy Adamson
  • Discover traditional song, dance, and culture during a visit to a Maasai manyatta
  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides
  • All meals
  • Deluxe tented camps (with private baths) while on tour
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flights
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
  • Guest Rating:

    Great! Our guide James, at the Kichwa Tembo, was excellent, knowledgeable and accommodating. Vehicles were clean and tours were always on time. We saw the Big Five, which was more than exciting, but we put a lot of time in looking for them, which I found fascinating because if there was a lull in the animal sitings our guide, be it James or Kenny, would come up with either a historical fact of the area or the Maasai people. There wasn't a moment of down or boring time
    S. Gross, Texas, August 2012

Dates & Prices

Private Classic Safari 2015 Pricing

Seasons Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Jan 1 - Feb 28 $7,698 $7,598 $7,598 $7,598 $7,598 $665
Mar 1 - Mar 15 $7,298 $7,198 $7,198 $7,198 $7,198 $625
Mar 16 - Mar 31 $6,798 $6,798 $6,698 $6,698 $6,698 $535
Apr 1 - May 31 $6,698 $6,698 $6,698 $6,598 $6,598 $535
Jun 1 - Jun 30 $7,598 $7,598 $7,498 $7,498 $7,498 $665
Jul 1 - Sep 30 $8,598 $8,598 $8,498 $8,498 $8,498 $825
Oct 1 - Oct 31 $8,098 $7,998 $7,998 $7,998 $7,998 $735
Nov 1 - Dec 14 $7,598 $7,598 $7,498 $7,498 $7,498 $665

*Pricing based on double occupancy. Reserve early for best pricing; prices and dates are subject to change.

Itinerary & Accommodations
Day 1 Amboseli National Park

Your safari begins with a flight from Nairobi’s private Wilson Airport to Tortilis airstrip in Amboseli National Park. Meet-and-greet services will soon have you comfortably ensconced at Tortilis Tented Camp. After lunch, experience the thrill of your first game drive in Amboseli.

Amboseli is best known for its local elephant population and unrivalled views of Kilimanjaro. There are over 1,000 elephants in the park’s ecosystem, featuring some of the largest specimens in Africa, and other plentiful game.

As the sun sets, enjoy exclusive sundowner cocktails before majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, followed by dinner.

Included: Game drive and internal flight / lunch and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

Day 2 Amboseli National Park

The day is yours to explore as you wish. Perhaps an early-morning, Maasai-guided nature walk before or after breakfast. Or a morning game drive in the park—an International Biosphere Reserve featuring the dry lake-bed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah, and lush green swamps. On the plains you may sight antelope, spotted hyena, jackal, warthog, olive baboon, vervet monkey…and even an elusive lion, leopard, or cheetah. Observation Hill, a conical peak, is easily climbed to attain stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

After lunch (which can be taken as a picnic lunch on safari), enjoy your afternoon with another game drive, a guided nature walk, or both—all are inclusive. Another exciting option is a cultural interaction at an authentic Maasai village where warriors greet visitors with displays of dance and song.

Sundowner cocktails, which can be taken on safari or in the camp’s Rondavel Bar, are followed by dinner and an evening relaxing at camp.

Included: Walking safari, game drives, and village visit / breakfast, lunch, and Dinner

Day 3 Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast, a flight from Amboseli to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport will connect you with your flight to the Samburu National Reserve. Immediately on arrival, you will be swept into the beauty of the area with a brief game drive en route from the airstrip to Joy’s Camp.

After lunch at the camp, you are invited on an exclusive game drive in the Shaba Reserve. Vast, magnificent, and still largely unexplored, Shaba displays an evocative mix of uniquely contrasting habitats, from stark cliffs and boulder-strewn scarps to lush swamps and muddy sandbanks. Across the habitat roam large prides of lion and herds of elephant. Return to camp in time for a swim in the refreshing pool. Sundowner cocktails can be enjoyed at leisure on your private veranda, in the camp’s panoramic bar, or at a scenic location in the bush. After dinner, enjoy an evening at leisure.

Included: Game drive and internal flight / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 2½ hours

Day 4 Samburu & Shaba National Reserves

Take the whole day to explore the riches of Shaba. Your options include morning, afternoon, and night game drives; guided nature walks; and cultural visits. Shaba’s dramatic landscape features rocky battlements, dry riverbeds, and extensive thorn shrub against a backdrop of distant hills. The wildlife is equally varied, this being one of the few sanctuaries for endangered Grevy’s zebra, rare Beisa oryx, and blue-shanked Somali ostrich. Large elephant herds roam the hills. Depending on your choice of adventures, breakfast and lunch can be taken in camp, or enjoyed as a picnic in the wild.

End this special day with sundowner cocktails in a scenic bush location, arriving back at camp for dinner. If the spirit moves you, a night game drive can be taken after dinner.

Included: Game drive, nature walk, and bush meals / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5 Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your direct flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Your guide will welcome you and bring you to Saruni Mara Camp.

After lunch, there’s time to relax or spring right into action with a guided nature walk or game drive in this world-famous reserve. An abundance of buffalo, reticulated giraffe, and other herbivores makes the Mara ideal hunting grounds for the famous “big cats.” The reserve hosts Kenya’s largest population of lions and offers the best chance of finding a leopard. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena. Sundowners can be enjoyed in camp or in a scenic location, followed by dinner.

Included: Game drive, nature walk, and internal flight / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

Day 6 Masai Mara National Reserve

Take a full day to explore the wonders of the Mara. Morning and afternoon game drives are offered, as are guided nature walks and ornithological tours. Lunch can be taken “on safari” if you wish.

Teeming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains; also for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-colored topi, Coke’s hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck, and red duiker. The reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue- and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. Bird-watchers will delight in more than 550 resident and migratory species of birds.

Sundowners are served on safari or in camp, as you prefer. Dinner will be enjoyed under the stars in camp.

Included: Game drives, nature walk, and ornithological tour / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7 Nairobi

After a farewell breakfast in camp, you’ll be transferred to the airstrip for your return flight to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. There you will be met and escorted either to a city hotel or directly to the international airport depending on your flight schedule.

Included: Internal flight and airport transfers / breakfast

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

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Guides

Our Guides

Guests who travel frequently with CW Safaris know that our guides truly set us apart from other adventure-travel companies. All CW Safaris guides are locally based and fluent in English, with exceptional knowledge of the region where you’ll be traveling. Their expertise in wildlife and natural history and their keen, deeply rooted understanding of life in the African bush will ensure your safety, well-being, and enjoyment throughout every safari. You could not be in better hands!

Here is a sampling of our extraordinary guides in Kenya:

KE - Stephen Kyengo

Stephen M. Kyengo

Stephen is a proficient safari driver and enthusiastic guide. His wealth of knowledge about the African wild, combined with his fluency in English, Swahili, and intermediate Japanese, make him a most remarkable travel companion. His seven years of experience in safari guiding is reflected in his intimate familiarity with the flora and fauna. His passion for the region may be partly inherited, as his father is also a professional safari guide. Outgoing and lively, Stephen loves meeting new people and is an accredited member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association. His favorite parks are Samburu and Masai Mara; his favorite animal is the giraffe.

Chris Nyambu

Chris brings knowledge and dedication to his career as a safari guide. Highly focused and passionate about his profession, he is accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association with eight years’ guiding experience. Because Chris speaks fluent English and Swahili, he is a perfect bridge between our safari guests and the places they visit. His conversance with the African wilderness—its geography, flora, and fauna—is equally fluent. Driven by his love for wildlife and desire to conserve nature, he became a member of the Friends of Tsavo. Among his favorite places to travel: Masai Mara, Samburu, and Lake Nakuru. When not traveling or guiding, he enjoys football and photography. His favorite subject? The African elephant.

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