The Plains Of Africa

Nairobi, Aberdare National Park, Buffalo Springs Reserve, Shaba Reserve, Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Amboseli National Park

An unforgettable safari adventure waits for you in Africa. In Swahili, "Safari" means Journey. To you, it will mean just that – and so much more. Explore the magnificent vistas of Kenya, home to incredible wildlife, from cheetahs to wildebeests. Discover the thriving cultures and innumerable natural wonders that make this one of the most popular African countries to visit. Go in search of elephants, lions, buffalo, rhinos, and leopards – collectively known as the "Big 5" and other animals on 11 game drives. Feed Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Sanctuary. Visit the beautiful Masai Mara Game Reserve, and top off a full day game drive with a traditional dinner in the bush and a Masai dance performance. Meet a member of the Samburu tribe who opens you up to the culture.

Our prices start from

$ 4,299 LAND ONLY

14 Days • GUIDED • 33 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used.
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees, including on-tour flight
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Overnight Flight

Prepare to see an Africa you've only known in your dreams, and one you never knew existed. Explore Kenya's wildlife, up close and personal, against stunning vistas across the plains of Africa.

Day 2 - Nairobi, Kenya - Tour Begins

Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi

A continent of adventure stirs the soul in Kenya, the heart of safari country. Spend the night at Nairobi's first luxury hotel, the Sarova Stanley.

Day 3 - Nairobi - Aberdare National Park

Aberdare Country Club, Nyeri

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Set out to the mists of Aberdare National Park in the central highlands. Inside this isolated volcanic range, peaks reach as high as 14,000 feet. Indigenous forests surround you on all sides, and red soil stirs under brilliant waterfalls. Set your eyes on Mweiga Hill, where a welcome party of giraffes wait to greet you at your lodge. Overlooking the park, enjoy the lodge's amenities at leisure this afternoon. Unwind on a nature walk, or tee up for a round of golf – it's up to you. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 4 - Nairobi - Aberdare National Park - Buffalo Springs Reserve - Shaba Reserve

Set out on numerous game drives in search of lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos.

Sarova Shaba Lodge, Shaba Reserve

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Discover the magic of the Shaba, Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves – home to some of Africa's most exotic wildlife – particularly two species you can only find north of the Equator: Grevy's zebra and the reticulated giraffe. Arrive at peaceful Shaba National Reserve, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon, head for Buffalo Springs – a starkly beautiful semi-desert that's a mecca for birds and wildlife. On your game drive in this remarkably serene landscape, see if you can spot the "Big 5" – lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 5 - Shaba Reserve - Samburu National Reserve - Shaba Reserve

Learn the traditions of the Samburu people during a visit with a tribe member.

Sarova Shaba Lodge, Shaba Reserve

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Marvel at the striking contrast of sand, sky, and bush during a morning game drive inside Samburu National Reserve, a tiny gem of Kenya's North Country. Return to Shaba Reserve for lunch before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Bring your camera as you continue searching for the elusive "Big 5." Make sure to look up for the approximately 350 species of birds that call this region home. As the sun sets over the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River, enjoy a traditional Sundowner, and relish the chance to deepen your cultural experience. In the company of a Samburu tribe member, learn about the culture, traditions, and folklore of the Samburu region and its people. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 6 - Shaba Reserve - Aberdare National Park

See wildlife from your treetop lodge, The Ark.

The Ark Hotel, Nyeri

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Journey to the forests of Aberdare National Park in the heights of the Aberdare Mountain Range. An amazing experience awaits you upon arrival to your lodge, The Ark. This incredible place is an experience all on its own. Surrounded by forest and wildlife, The Ark offers four viewing decks that make it easy to watch the game go by. Tonight, learn more about the conservation efforts and anti-poaching measures in the region. Many animals visit the salt lick and the Ark's floodlit water hole throughout the night. So you don't miss any of the action, you can choose to be notified through the unique buzzer system of any wildlife sightings. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 7 - Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, Lake Nakuru

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

To the middle of the Earth and beyond! Hit the road for a spectacular, mountain-kissed journey on the way to Nyahururu waterfalls. One of the Great Rift Valley's soda lakes, Lake Nakuru is a haven of ecological diversity surrounded by picturesque ridges and wooded, bushy grassland. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 8 - Lake Nakuru

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the bush, surrounded by nature.

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, Lake Nakuru

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Wake up in the embrace of Nakuru's acacia forest. During this morning's game drive, make sure your binoculars are ready – this is rhino country. Find this park absolutely brimming with wildlife, on the ground and in the air. Regale in a true taste of Africa: a traditional breakfast prepared right in the bush. Unwind at your lodge before continuing your journey through the park on an afternoon game drive. Return just in time to witness one of Nakuru's unforgettable sunsets. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 9 - Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Game Reserve

Indulge in a traditional dinner in the bush with Masai entertainment.

Sarova Mara Camp, Masai Mara

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Welcome to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, one of Kenya's best spots for game viewing. Your tented accommodations in the Mara provide you with all the deluxe amenities of a proper lodge, with the added adventure of being on level with the wild. Graced with an astounding collection of wildlife including lions, giraffes, zebras and elephants, the Mara offers an unsurpassed safari experience on your game drive this afternoon. Enrich yourself in the Masai culture during a visit to a local village (an enkeng in Maa, the Masai language). Tonight, indulge in a traditional bush dinner, complete with a Masai dance performance. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 10 - Masai Mara Game Reserve

Sarova Mara Camp, Masai Mara

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Ernest Hemingway said, "I never knew a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy." Wake up happy, refreshed, and ready for your morning and afternoon game drives through the grassy plains and rolling hills of the Masai Mara. This is truly nature's greatest theater, where savanna, cloud shadows and amazing wildlife spot the horizon. During a picnic stop, take in the vast landscape and discover for yourself why the ancestors described this place as Mara, meaning "spotted" in Maa. After a Mara sunset, head over to your incredible tented camp and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the animals in the distance. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 11 - Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi

Explore the farmhouse of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa.

Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Return to Nairobi and visit the farmhouse of Karen Blixen for a true Out of Africa experience. Have Rothschild giraffes eating right out of your hand (literally!) at the Giraffe Sanctuary. Get an up-close-and-personal meeting with these fantastic creatures while feeding them from a platform that stretches as far into the sky as they do. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 12 - Nairobi - Amboseli National Park

Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

This morning, you will visit Ocean Sole, a social enterprise that turns ocean debris into colorful works of art. Learn about their mission to clean the waterways and grow the Kenyan economy. You'll also get a chance to peruse their collection of products before continuing on to Amboseli National Park. Take to the plains for an afternoon game drive in the breathtaking aura of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro. Complement your journey with an opportunity to give back to nature with a "seedball." The compact balls of seed limit the cost of planting indigenous trees around the world. A moment of impact can grow into a lifetime of change, so toss your seedball out the window anytime during your stay in Amboseli. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 13 - Amboseli National Park

Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

All of Amboseli is at your feet today during morning and afternoon game drives. Derived from the Masai word meaning "salty dust," this unique corner of Kenya is one of the best places in Africa to see hundreds of elephants up close. Wildebeests and zebras are ever-present, plus there's a good chance you'll see a cheetah and a hyena or two. Today is your last full day on the continent and your last chance to spot some more members of the elusive "Big 5." If you haven't tossed your "seedball" into the wilds yet, now's your chance to make an impact on the continent you've grown to love. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 14 - Amboseli National Park - Nairobi - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Return to Nairobi for your departure home. You may choose to reserve a day room to freshen up prior to your flight. Today breakfast will be included.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on June 20, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $1,000. International airfare is additional.

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