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Kenya Private Classic Safari

Masai Mara, Amboseli & Tsavo

8 days, 7 nights | Safari from $5,298 per person
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Rediscover the Safari’s Golden Age

Step back in time to the golden age of the safari. Travel in comfort from tented camp to camp, partaking in the best Kenya has to offer, from the Maasai culture and game-rich grasslands of the Masai Mara to the dramatic vistas of Amboseli. Here is an experience that truly takes you “into Africa.”

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Witness the volcanic splendor of Tsavo West National Park. See Mount Kilimanjaro—Africa’s tallest peak—rise majestically from your vantage point in Amboseli National Park. Then hop a short flight directly to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve for dramatic sightings of elephant, buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, hyena, giraffes, zebra, and more. Each day’s discoveries are enhanced by the warm, friendly spirit of the Kenyan people. You will arrive as a visitor and depart as a friend.

Safari Style: Private Classic Safari
Activities: Easy nature walks, Maasai village visits, game drives, and sundowners
Accommodation: Premium tented camps
Getting Around: 4x4 safari vehicle
When to Visit: Year-round; each season has it's benefits Read More
Meeting & Departure Point: Nairobi, Kenya

Tour Highlights:

  • Witness the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park
  • Our premium tented camps offer the ultimate Out of Africa experience, in the region where the memoir was set
  • Connect with Maasai herders during a cultural encounter in one of their villages
  • See elephants bathe in red volcanic dust and pods of hippos swim in spring-fed pools at Tsavo National Park
  • Watch hordes of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope run the gauntlet of lions and crocodiles in Masai Mara National Reserve
  • 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 including 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:

    “One of our greatest experiences. CW made the planning and development of our trip a big part of the overall enjoyment. The actual trip went beyond our expectations. Lodging and food was first rate. Logistics where well planned and nearly flawless.”
    C. & M. Freece, Colorado, August 2013

Dates & Prices

Private Classic Safari 2015 Pricing

Seasons Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Jan 1 - Mar 15 $6,698 $6,298 $6,098 $5,998 $5,898 $1,225
Mar 16 - Mar 31 $6,398 $6,098 $5,898 $5,798 $5,698 $1,195
Apr 1 - Apr 21 $6,298 $5,898 $5,698 $5,598 $5,598 $1,195
Apr 22 - May 31 $5,298 $5,298 $5,298 $5,298 $5,298 $1,125
Jun 1 - Jun 30 $6,398 $6,098 $5,898 $5,798 $5,698 $1,155
Jul 1 - Sep 30 $7,498 $7,198 $6,998 $6,898 $6,798 $1,425
Oct 1 - Oct 31 $7,198 $6,798 $6,698 $6,498 $6,498 $1,365
Nov 1 - Dec 14 $6,498 $6,098 $5,898 $5,798 $5,698 $1,155

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

Itinerary & Accommodations
Day 1 Tsavo West National Park

Your safari begins directly from Nairobi. Meet your guides following an early breakfast and drive south across the extensive Athi Plains to Tsavo West National Park. You’ll reach Finch Hatton’s Luxury Tented Camp at the foot of the volcanic Chyulu Hills in time for lunch.

This afternoon, enjoy your first game drive in the magnificent terrain of Tsavo West, one of the world’s largest game parks. Common sightings include lion, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, and plains game. Afterwards, return to camp for a relaxing dinner.

Included: Land transfer and game drive / lunch and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 5 hours

Day 2 Tsavo West National Park

With a full day to explore Tsavo West National Park, your options are plentiful. Both morning and afternoon game drives are offered, which include trips to the famous Mzima Springs hippo pools and the Shetani lava flows. Tsavo provides safari guests with some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world. Vast herds of elephant raise clouds of red dust; fat pods of hippo wallow lazily in the waters; giant crocodile lurk; teeming herds of plains game are suspended in the distance; a fantasia of birdlife and magical flora waits to astound you.

The lush, hippo-inhabited pools of Mzima Springs, fed daily by more than 66 million gallons of water gushing from the lava flows of the Chyulu Hills, create an oasis of green. For your added enjoyment: an underwater hippo-viewing chamber, two nature trails, and several unique picnic spots.

Wind down your day with sundowner cocktails taken on safari or in camp, followed by dinner.

Included: Full day on safari / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 Amboseli National Park

After breakfast, drive through Tsavo West to Amboseli National Park, and receive a warm welcome at Tortilis Tented Camp. After lunch, enjoy your first game drive in Amboseli with the chance of spotting large herds of elephant and plentiful plains game against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. You are in Hemingway country!

The park is an International Biosphere Reserve featuring the dry lake-bed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah, and lush green swamps filled with an exciting variety of wildlifebig game and their natural predators.

The pleasures of the day continue on your return to camp. Consider a swim or visit the camp’s “bush spa.” As the sun sets, enjoy exclusive sundowner cocktails below the splendor of Mount Kilimanjaro, followed by dinner.

Included: Land transfer and game drive / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Day 4 Amboseli National Park

Awakened by the sounds of the bush, choose between an early-morning guided nature walk, before or after breakfast, or a morning game drive in the park. The plains are home to antelope, spotted hyena, jackal, warthog, olive baboons, and vervet monkeys, as well as big cats: lion, leopard, and cheetah. Observation Hill, a conical peak that is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

After lunch (which can be taken as a picnic on safari, should you prefer), experience another game drive or a guided nature walk. Or visit an authentic Maasai village, where displays of dance, song, and cultural pursuits will give you an intimate glimpse into tribal life. The incredible beauty of the tall warrior men chanting and dancing in traditional dress is a sight you will never forget. Enjoy sundowners on safari or in the camp’s rondavel bar, followed by dinner.

Included: Game drive. Other activities available at own expense / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5 Masai Mara National Reserve

Today you’ll enjoy a brief return to “civilization.” After breakfast, drive to Nairobi for lunch at the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant. Then, an afternoon flight from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport brings you to the Masai Mara National Reserve. On landing, you will be met by your safari vehicle and driver, and taken to Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp.

On arrival, relax or take a game drive in this world-famous reserve. With its abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya’s famous big cats, and hosts its largest population of lions. It also offers the best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena. Sundowners can be taken in camp or in a scenic location, followed by dinner.

Included: Land transfer, internal flight, and game drive / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Days 6 & 7 Masai Mara National Reserve

With so much to explore, your two full days in the Mara will be action packed. Morning and afternoon game drives, guided nature walks, and ornithological tours are among your choices.

Teeming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains; also for the pods of hippo that wallow with pleasure 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 boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue- and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. With over 550 resident and migratory species of birds, the bird-spotting is spectacular. Lunches can be taken on safari if you wish, along with sundowners. Dinner is served in camp.

Included: Game drives. Other activities available at own expense / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8 Nairobi

After breakfast in camp, you bid farewell to the beauty of this land and transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. You will be met and escorted either to a city hotel or direct to the international airport for departure, depending on your travel plans.

Included: Internal flight and transfers / breakfast

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

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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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