December through March are the warmest summer months. July and August are considered their winter and are the coolest months. September and October are springtime and weather again gets a little warmer.
In late July through September, you will see the annual migration of wildebeest into the Masai Mara. Although the sun is intense, early mornings and evenings can get quite cool, especially in the mountain areas.
Kenya is GMT + 3 hours in the winter, and GMT + 2 in the summer
Travel in East Africa normally begins and ends at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi or Kenya Moi International Airport in Mombasa.
Upon arrival, proceed through immigration and baggage claims and customs. Big Five personnel will be waiting for you with a Big Five sign with your name on it. We will help you with baggage and escort you to your hotel and assist with check-in formalities.
Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
Welcome to East Africa to begin your Kenya and Tanzania safari classic adventure. On arrival in Nairobi, you are greeted by your driver after clearing Customs. Your guide will assist with luggage and escort you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax. Ole Sereni Hotel
Day 2: Nairobi / Selenkay Conservancy
Today, fly south to Amboseli National Park and the Selenkay Conservancy. The Selenkay Conservation Area is just north of Amboseli, and offers excellent wildlife viewing to a privileged few. This 15,000-acre private game reserve in the heart of Maasai and admits only 18 visitors per day. Enjoy your first game drive and a picnic lunch in the park before arriving at Porini Camp. In the afternoon, you walk with Maasai warriors to a nearby village for an insight into their fascinating culture and way of life. Return to camp for dinner. Amboseli Porini Camp (B,L,D)
Day 3: Selenkay Conservancy - Amboseli National Park
Awake to a chorus of bird songs. After an early breakfast, drive through the bush on a private track into Amboseli National Park for a morning of outstanding game viewing. Following a picnic lunch, return to the camp, game viewing as you go. Relax this afternoon before venturing out this evening into the conservancy, stopping for sundowners at a scenic spot. On your night game drive, look for nocturnal animals such as aardvarks, feral cats, caracals, bat-eared foxes, and African wild cats, among others. Return to camp for dinner. Amboseli Porini Camp (B,L,D)
Day 4: Selenkay Conservancy / Nairobi / Ol Kinyei Conservancy
After breakfast, fly back to Nairobi and enjoy lunch at the eccentric Carnivore Restaurant. This afternoon, fly from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the Mara, where you are met at the airstrip by Mara Porini staff. Drive to the camp in the exclusive wildlife conservancy of Ol Kinyei, one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. This is pristine wilderness with savannah plains, riverine forest, springs, streams and rivers, rolling hills and spectacular views across the Mara. Ol Kinyei belongs to Maasai communities who recently set aside the conservancy as a sanctuary for wildlife. It holds a wide variety of the animals for which the Mara is famous including a large resident pride of lions. Enjoy lunch and some time to relax before setting out on a game drive. Savor a sundowner at a beautiful location, and then return to camp for dinner. Mara Porini Camp (B,L,D)
Days 5/6: Ol Kinyei Conservancy - Masai Mara Game Reserve
After an early breakfast, drive into Masai Mara for game viewing, on the lookout for the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Each day on safari has its own rhythm. Experience the bush during morning and evening game drives in the rich Mara ecosystem. Following a picnic lunch in the park, return to Porini Camp in late afternoon. In the evenings, you set out on a game drive in Ol Kinyei Conservancy, stopping for sundowners, followed by night game drives to look for nocturnal animals. You may even spot the elusive leopard. Mara Porini Camp (B,L,D)
Day 7: Ol Kinyei Conservancy / Nairobi / Lake Manyara, Tanzania
During a morning walk with Maasai warriors, you learn more about life in the bush, before returning to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi, where you connect with the onward flight to Kilimanjaro. After clearing Immigration and Customs, you are met by a Big Five representative before taking a regional flight to Lake Manyara. Your guide waits at the airstrip to take you to Manyara Ranch, a 35,000-acre wildlife conservancy in the corridor between Tarangire and Manyara National Parks. Originally established as a cattle ranch during Tanzania's colonial period, Manyara Ranch remains an operating ranch with a relatively small herd of beef cattle and black-headed sheep. In 2000, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) obtained management and conservation rights to the ranch to protect these vital wildlife corridors. In so doing, they established a working relationship with the Maasai community, developing conservation projects and rehabilitating the ranch itself. The ranch is held in trust by the Tanzania Land Conservation Trust (TLCT) for the benefit of the local communities and Tanzania. Manyara Ranch Conservancy (B,L,D)
Days 8/9: Manyara Ranch Conservancy Enjoy activities at the ranch today. The conservancy provides guided bush walks, day and night game drives, visits to partner villages (in an authentic setting) and activities including horseback riding with big game and bush breakfasts and dinners. You can also participate in research activities that promote the on-going conservation projects in collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation. There are several large dams on the ranch that attract and help retain the wildlife within the conservancy area. There is a significant resident population of wildlife including groups of large bull elephants, breeding herds of giraffe, many lesser kudu, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, oryx and eland. There are also predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, jackal and bat-eared foxes. For many years, wild dogs have denned on the ranch. The resident game population is continually being increased by wildlife moving through the migratory corridors. There are large numbers of bird species, including many raptors. Manyara Ranch has a variety of habitats, which include open savannah, acacia woodland, bush and riverine forest. These habitats support a large diversity of wildlife. Manyara Ranch Conservancy (B,L,D)
Day 10: Lake Manyara / Nairobi / Depart
This morning you are transferred back to the Manyara airstrip where you board your scheduled flight to Kilimanjaro with onward connection to Nairobi. Here you have a dayroom at the Ole Sereni Hotel for your convenience. This afternoon, you’ll visit the estate-cum-museum of Baroness Karen von Blixen (Isak Dinesen). Then it’s a warm welcome from the long-legged beauties at authoress Bette Melville’s exclusive Giraffe Centre. Here you’ll get up close to photograph the Rothschild giraffe.This evening bid Kwaheri, Swahili goodbye, as you transfer to the airport for your late evening flight. Ole Sereni Hotel - Dayroom (B,L,D)
Land price, per person, double occupancy: From US$900 per person per day