This mammal-watching safari will explore two of the richest areas, Lake Naivasha, which sits within the spectacular Rift Valley, and the open grassy plains of the Masai Mara. We start at Elsamere on the shores of Lake Naivasha, once home to Joy and George Adamson, but today home to Hippos and Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys. We then move to the world-famous Masai Mara where we stay for 5 nights at the luxury Ilkeliani Camp. Here, on a series of game drives and bush walks, we go in search of the abundant mammals that have made the Mara so famous, including Elephant, Burchell’s Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Thompson’s Gazelle, Masai Giraffe and predators such as Cheetah, Lion and Spotted Hyena.
- Visit the world famous Masai Mara
- Exceptional wildlife of Lake Naivasha
- Abundant African mammals including Elephant & Masai Giraffe
- Spectacular Rift Valley scenery
- Two nights at Elsamere, former home of Joy & George Adamson, authors of ‘Born Free’
- Five nights at the luxury Ilkeliani Camp
- Lion, Cheetah & Leopard all possible
- Expertly guided by local Kenyan naturalists
All meals included, except dinner on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 9.
In Nairobi we use a comfortable tourist hotel. For the 2 nights at Lake Naivasha we stay at Elsamere, the former home of Joy and George Adamson. Ilkeliani Camp is a small permanent bush camp on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Additional information can be found in the detailed tour itinerary.
African Elephant (Simon Woolley)
Day 1 Depart London. Overnight Nairobi
This is a traditional African safari, covering all aspects of general wildlife including both mammal viewing and bird watching. You will spend seven nights in Kenya in a truly spectacular game viewing area, surrounded by traditional flat-topped acacia trees, thorny scrublands and the bright red-cloaked Masai people dotted across the plains. Vast herds of antelope, zebra, elephants and prides of lions share their home with hundreds of bird species.
The hotels/tents were fantastic, when someone says tent you think of getting on all fours and crawling in - these were like bungalows and the view from all tents and dining tent, as well as the hotel where we stayed at Elsemere. Words can't describe the views, and the birds were fantastic. Not to forget the 3 drivers/guides, their knowledge was amazing, and they helped me so much as everyone else who needed it.
I enjoyed every aspect of this holiday and it exceeded my expectations. It was my first visit to Africa and managed to see both Cheetahs and Leopards at close range. The guides were particularly good not only for their knowledge but also the care they showed towards each member of our party. I felt very welcomed in Kenya. This holiday was perfect for me. The accommodation and food were also excellent.
The guides were very knowledgeable and worked hard to find all the animals that lived in the areas we visited. They were patient when the photographers wanted to get just the right picture. Their driving skills were impressive and I always felt safe with them. The holiday fulfilled all my expectations.
Mr & Mrs B.
The three guides were exceptional, very accommodating, courteous and did their level best to ensure we saw as much as we possibly could, going to great lengths to find the leopard - without, unfortunately, success! Their knowledge and enthusiasm was amazing and from a photographic point of view, were mindful to place us in the best position possible - bearing in mind the angle and light.
Our Naturetrek holiday exceeded our expectations, the tour leaders were fantastic and highly knowledgeable. The accommodation was fantastic and the local people always friendly and helpful. The wildlife was fantastic and scenery beyond beautiful. All in all the perfect trip for us.
The trip was better value than I expected.
Wonderful people, knowledge of the guides/drivers very impressive. Learnt a lot about the area - saw three leopards - fabulous. Wonderful experience. Will book with Naturetrek again.
Excellent trip, great wildlife, great accomodation, great food.
I had a fantastic time. We saw excellent wildlife and our local guides were very knowledgeable. Lake Naivasha was superb. The other people on the trip were really nice, we gelled very well and I think we have made new friends that we will see again. Overall and excellent holiday that I would not hesitate to recommend. Even the food was fantastic!
Thanks for a great holiday, the accommodation far exceeded our expectations, as did the food. Our game trips were spectacular and the guides extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Special mention to Zachary who obviously takes great personal pride in ensuring his charges get the most from his country and its wildlife. We are busy narrowing down the potential short-list for our next Naturetrek trip. Thanks again!
Thank you for a wonderful holiday. Special thanks to Zachary our guide, whose passion and knowledge of the local fauna made the holiday exceptional.
I enjoyed this trip very much. As I am a photographer I was very pleased to get a wide range of shots including mammals and birds. Lots of zebra, wildebeest, Thompsons gazelle, impala, giraffe, waterbuck, eland and hippo... and a 15 strong pride of lions. I am most delighted with the shots. I am trying to organise some fellow photographers to make a trip in the near future. I cant wait.
For me it was magical - a trip I have wanted to do since early childhood. The drivers were friendly and worked tirelessly to find all of the mammals. I have no hesitation in recommending this holiday.
The guide, Charles, was excellent throughout the trip. The camp and all staff had excellent communications skills and their duties were executed with attention to detail. The access to wildlife and sensitivity of approach was good. The group was a great plus, with mixed interests and ages.
As first timers on safari it was great to be in the company of so many specialists and we learned a great deal from them. The wild animals were magnificent.
An excellent trip. The unfenced campsite allowed a remarkable experience with the wildlife, you felt part of their environment. The guides were very knowledgeable not only on birds and mammals...The trips to the Masai village and local school were enjoyed by all. A trip that managed to pack an awful lot into a short space of time. Very memorable.
D. & H.S.
This was a fantastic trip, a truly magical experience. We had great company and saw a wealth of wildlife, not to mention the stunning scenery. The trip was extremely well organised and run; the local agents were so helpful and obliging and our particular leader was always ready to go the extra mile to ensure our satisfaction. We couldnt have asked for more. We look forward to travelling with Naturetrek again.