Kenya Explorer

15 Day 14 Nights

Rates are per person (pp) and based on 2 people sharing 1 room
Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)

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Overview

The 15 day safari can be done by those interested in game, flora, fauna, nature walks, cultural interactions and birding. This is a relaxed safari and allows the client to achieve maximum enjoyment without any rush. You will be able to visit Sweet Waters Game Reserve and Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Samburu Game Reserve National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Park. You will be able to do Game drives and Bird watching, Camel Safaris, Boat Cruises, Cultural Encounters and visit a chimpanzee sanctuary.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival into Nairobi

On arrival in Nairobi,you will be met and assisted. Transfer to Nairobi Hotel for an overnight dinner and sleepover.

Accomodation: Tamarind tree Hotel or Similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast


Day 2: Explore the stunning Nairobi National park and excursions

Early pick up at 0600hrs by our driver tour guide from Hotel/apartment, drive to Nairobi National Park, registration at the KWS gate and start the game drive. Spot the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded.

At 1100hrs up to 12.30hrs visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary, after that you will be taken the Giraffe Centre at Karen, later you will check put and drive to carnivore restaurant for lunch then after lunch drop back to your pick point. At 15 00hr to 16 00hrs drive back to the pick-up point/Hotel.

Accomodation: Tamarind tree Hotel or Similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast


Day 3: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Pick from your hotel by 7 am in the morning, drive South wards to Amboseli National Park through the Maasai countryside. Do game viewing en route to your lodge with the gigantic views of Africa’s highest peak- Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.  Afternoon at leisure by the poolside & safari game viewing.

Accommodation: Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board


Day 4: Amboseli National Park

Today you will have full day in Amboseli with game drives both in morning and in the afternoon- being the very best time to see animals while they are still active; especially the cats at hunt . If lucky, you might see a kill. The snow-capped peak of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro dominates the scene here at Amboseli National Park. 

Accomodation:  Amboseli Sopa Lodge.

 Meal Plan: Full board


Day 5: Amboseli – Nairobi – Mount Kenya safari tour

After breakfast, you will drive to Mount Kenya via Nairobi arriving evening at outspan hotel Nanyuki for overnight and dinner at outspan lodge.

Accomodation: Outspan

Meal Plan: Full board


Day 6: Explore Sweetwaters/ Ol Pejeta Sanctuary Game Sanctuary

Today we explore exotic Sweetwaters Sanctuary on two extensive game runs. Our camp also overlooks one of the busiest waterholes in the area and offers elephant, giraffe and myriad plains game.

This is Africa as Teddy Roosevelt saw it years ago when he led one of the first safaris to tour Africa in comfort and splendor. 

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp or Similar.

 Meal Plan: Full board


Day 7: Sweetwaters – Samburu Game Reserve

Today we drive further northwards past the Equator to Samburu National Reserve, arriving at Samburu in time for lunch. The Samburu National Reserve is a place of dust-red plains, palm-fringed rivers, and endless skies, lie on the bounds of the vast and arid desert once named as the Northern Frontier District. The heat-scorched scrublands of the Samburu extend beyond the Lake Turkana and its jade-green waters.

Samburu is one of the Kenya’s few sanctuaries for the near extinction the blue-shanked Somali ostrich, Grevy zebra, and the rare Beisa Oryx. While on this safari,  large herds of elephant roam the gaunt hills. You will have an afternoon game drive safari with dinner and overnight will be at Samburu Sopa Lodge.

Accomodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge.

 Meal Plan: Full board


Day 8: Full day Samburu Game Reserve

Today you will spend entire day in this majestic reserve. Do both Morning and afternoon safari game drives in Samburu. You will explore and take game drives across this savannah. In this reserve, animal sightings intensify as you approach the Uaso Ng’iro River. The Nile crocodiles wait patiently in the muddy waters as the reticulated giraffe or beisa Oryx wait for a calm time to come and drink. Lion prides patrol the clearings or sleeps lazily on tree shades. 

Accomodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge.

Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 9: Samburu to Ol Pejeta Game Sanctuary

Today you will have breakfast, transfer to Ol Pejeta private game sanctuary with en-route game viewing.

There is an optional walking safari or night game drives, which can be booked locally at the camp. Game viewing drives include visit to chimpanzee sanctuary. High chances of sighting the “Big Five”, that is leopard, rhino, elephant, lion, and buffalo and plus an exciting catalog of zebra,  giraffe, waterbuck, eland, oryx, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, silver-backed jackal, hartebeest, cheetah, baboon and several hundreds of bird species. Ol Pejeta is one of Kenya’s private game reserves which allows an unforgettable optional pleasure of night game drives, guided bush walks, and both horse or camel riding. 

Accomodation: Serena Sweet waters Tented Camp

Meal Plan: Full board


Day 10: Ol Pejeta Conservancy to the Great Rift Valley at Lake Nakuru National Park

Today, you re-cross the Equator as you travel by road to Lake Nakuru National Park with a stop at Nyahururu falls arriving at Lake Nakuru in time for a sumptuous buffet lunch. Set high on a plateau in an elevation above this alkaline Lake Nakuru overlooking your lodge. This is a perfect location to explore one of the world’s leading ornithological displays for the Pink flamingos plus rich concentration of wildlife such as the colobus monkey and a famed Rhinoceros Sanctuary. In the afternoon proceed on a safari game drive in this famous ornithological spectacle for flamingos. 

Accomodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge.

Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 11: Lake Nakuru – Bagoria

After early morning breakfast, depart lake Nakuru with a short game drive with packed lunch and proceed to Lake Bogoria- This is 3 hours’ drive to main gate Bogoria with a stop at the Equator towards the northern side; the water spins clockwise. After equator experience, proceed to Bogoria which is a shallow soda lake with a beautiful scenery and home of lot of flamingos and hot springs the geysers.

Accomodation: Soi Safari Lodge located at Baringo.

 Meal Plan: Full board


Day 12: Lake Baringo – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, do a short game drive at the lake, check out and drive to Lake Naivasha .

Accommodation: Naivasha Sopa Lodge or Burch resort.

Meal Plan: Full board


Day 13: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara( 5hour drive)

Early morning breakfast after which you will leave Lake Naivasha for Masai Mara via Narok town- a famous Masai town proceeding to Masai Mara Park. You will arrive in time for lunch Check in at Mara Sopa lodge or Siana Springs tented Camp. Afternoon, do a game drive through the park in search of the Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Buffalo and other members of the Big five plus other animals. 

Accommodation: Ashnil Mara camp or Mara Bush Camp / Base Camp.

Meal Plan: Full board


Day 14: Full Day Masai Mara

Early morning game drive and return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, spend full day in the park with packed lunch in search of its popular residents. The Masai Mara plains are full of wildebeest during migration season early July to end of September such as zebra, impala, topi, giraffe, Thomson’s gazelle are regularly seen, leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetah, jackal and bat-eared foxes. Hippos are abundant in the Mara River plus large Nile crocodiles laying in wait for a meal as the wildebeest cross on their annual quest to find new pastures.

Accomodation: Mara Bush Camp

Meal Plan: Full board


Day 15: Depart Masai Mara to Nairobi to end the safari( 5hours )

After breakfast, check out of the camp and drive to Nairobi with lunch en-route and you will be dropped off at your respective hotel or Airport for your flight out.


This is a private safari and can be booked by an individual or a group of people. Please contact our Safari consultants for a quote

Cost Includes

  • Meet and greet services
  • Airport transfers
  • All park entry fees
  • Transport in a 4×4 Vehicle customized for safari
  • Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Cost excludes

  • International flights
  • All expenses of personal nature such as drinks and tips

Safari Vans

STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people

Safari land cruiser

UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER

We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop-up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smartphones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.

New Normal Travel Guidelines (SOPs)

At Encounter Africa Safaris our core value is to provide you with an authentic safari experience during these new and changing times when the whole world is alert about the ongoing pandemic of the Coronavirus. Encounter Africa Safari Travel SOPS have been put in place to ensure the wellbeing, safety and health of our clients and as such guidelines and measures have been put in place as we return to the new normal post covid-19. All these are in line with advice, guidelines and procedures for a post covid-19 traveler put in place by WHO, UNWTO, UWA, AUTO, UTB and Civil Aviation.

General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one meter from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travelers and even those without symptoms. These include:

  • Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred and are not easily soiled. All travelers are advised to carry with.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene; the recommended type of mask is the N95.
  • Refrain from touching mouth, eyes and nose, in general areas of the face.
  • Postponing travel plans in cases of illness, and avoiding contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, hence social distance of at least one meter apart and if you are not sure of your health then postpone travel until you feel

On arrival at the airport or any entry point

  • Mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at the key tourism gates at the Airport.
  • Clients are required to have tested for the Virus prior to travel dates and should carry with medical documents supported by medical evidence and consistent with health best practices.
  • A non-contact system (digital travel) has been introduced at the Airport for clients to check in and out and at visa points, you will be attended to by someone behind a glass shield and they will also wear face masks and protectors to maintain as little contact as possible.
  • It’s now a must for all travel bags to be wrapped in plastic bags for travelers who are checking in at the Airport.
  • Mandatory hand washing / sanitizing at all entrances of the Airport for all travelers and staff.
  • Face masks are a must for all travelers, the recommended mask is an N95.
  • Tours should not exceed more than 4 in a group to maintain social distancing and walk marks in place around the airport.

In the vehicle while traveling.

  • Regular communication of safety protocols and responsibilities to clients, and to keep them informed and reminded to stay vigilant while enjoying.
  • Onboard sanitizing tissues and/or fluids to clients (travelers) and staff (driver guides and the like) will be available and we encourage you to use them.
  • Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces. Hence we will minimize the stops and set designated stopping areas that we prove to be safe for our health and we will encourage a takeaway food system to seating in hotels during stops. We rather encourage picnic eating along the way.
  • Cleaning all surfaces more frequently, using products and disinfectants that meet requirements with special attention to high-touch surfaces like vehicle door knobs, picnic boxes, hand rests, refrigerators, etc.
  • Redesigning all processes towards a more digital and touchless approach in all possible touch-points. Like cashless payment points as money has been found to spread the virus.
  • Reduce the number of objects on board. Limit luggage quantities while traveling to only what is enough for your tour.

At the lodge.

Encounter Africa Safaris is working with only those lodges that have proven to uphold the health of our clients first and practicing as per the guidelines of WHO as below;

  • Our partner hotels, lodges and restaurants are those that have increased the frequency of cleaning in common areas and contact surfaces and rooms. The lodges have also gone further to put hand sanitizers in both the common room and in bedrooms.
  • Social distancing is a must in lodges we use of at least one meter which is the standard around the world.
  • Upon arrival standard safety protocols will be outlined and how the lodge is practicing them to prevent spread of the virus in case a person is found to be sick.
  • Our partner hotels and lodges keep spare rooms for possible sick or quarantine guests that are suspected to have the virus and later inform authorities about it.
  • The hotels and lodges we use have implemented contactless check-in and provide guests with a hygiene welcome kit where possible (this may include gloves, masks, and sanitizers).
  • Where possible temperature will be taken using a contactless infra-red thermometer as a basic standard for checking the common symptom of covid-19.
  • The partner lodges have adopted new services such as room service or picnic takeaway to reduce convergence in the common dining area at the lodge and also you are encouraged to avoid buffets while ordering for meals as these attract many people.
  • Our partners lodges and hotels foster flexibility in all their operations, such as those that can amend bookings if clients are not able to make it at suggested times and those that can keep credit for the client until when they are fit to travel.

At the national parks.

  • All Staff and visitors shall wear the right face masks that have been prescribed by Ministry of Health (Visitors will carry their own masks an N95).
  • Staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority will inform the visitor of the general government approved covid operational guidelines. They will explain to the visitor the UWA safety COVID measures (DOs and DONTs) during their tour and stay within the protected areas.
  • The tourists shall be required to provide a certificate that shows that they are COVID negative, either provided by our Ministry of Health or the relevant authority from the country most recently visited.
  • Temperature screening will be done at the key tourism gates of the different National Park. Those with temperatures above 37.6 degrees Celsius shall not be allowed into the protected areas and shall be advised to seek medical help through the mechanisms set up by authorities to get to the nearest quarantine location.
  • Every tourist shall have wash and disinfect their hands at all entry points to the protected areas. Sanitary alcohol sanitizer dispensers as well as hand washing facilities with soap shall be installed at all entry points.
  • There will be regular disinfecting of common areas with heavy tourist contact before, during and after visiting hours. These include information counters, service desks, waiting areas, park offices and toilets. Toilets in particular should be cleaned at least every 2 hours
  • Where applicable, transparent screens will be fitted at all, park gate counters. The staff manning the gate will only allow visitors who have the prescribed face masks and who have washed/ sanitized to enter the park

Tourist vehicles and boats within the national parks

  • The National guidelines issued by MoH shall be enforced by tourists while in visiting the National Parks i.e
    • Saloon cars – 3 persons (This does not include the guide, where one is requested and paid for)
    • Buses, mini buses and omnibuses – Half capacity
    • Overlanders – Half capacity
    • Concessionaire delivery vehicles, pick-ups and lories – 2 persons
    • Private boats and launches – Half capacity
    • Tour operator game drive vehicles and UWA owned game drive vehicles – 6 persons
  • Social distancing should be observed within the vehicles
  • Tour operators and service providers will be regularly reminded to disinfect their cars regularly
  • UWA owned vehicles will be washed every day before use and disinfected daily through spray pumps
  • Every protected area shall provide a safe location where this spraying can be done, and where they tour operators can also park their cars to disinfect them
  • All tour operators shall be encouraged to provide their drivers with an alcohol rub/hand sanitizer for frequently or alternatively wear gloves. Caution should however be taken to remove this sanitizer whenever the car is parked
  • All other precautionary measures have to be enforced ie washing hands, social distancing and cautiously using masks

Key Tourism Activities

Briefing of tourists

  • Before engaging in any tourism activities, the tourists shall be given the usual briefing regarding the activities they are about to engage in. In addition to this, the guides shall remind the tourists about the risk / looming dangers of covid and brief them on the general preventative measures government has instituted and the measure they will be expected to abide by while in the Protected Areas, and remind them that it’s both for their safety and that of the wildlife.
  • These guidelines and measures shall also be printed and displayed in key visible areas within the park such as the briefing areas, the gates, the information centres, the canteens, to mention but a few.

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking

  • The existing gorilla and chimpanzee tracking rules and guidelines (see annex) will remain in force to prevent any human to animal transmissions. These include
    • 8 and 6 tourists will be allowed to track the gorillas and chimpanzees respectively
    • The tourists must keep 7m away from the gorillas and chimpanzees
    • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be overly coughing shall not be allowed to track
    • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be sick shall not be allowed to track. These include tourists with signs flu, and those who report to have diarrhoea and stomach upsets, malaria etc
  • While the forests are dense and don’t have any specific trails for tracking, the assigned UWA guides shall try as humanly possible to ensure that there is social distancing among the tourists while the tracking takes place
  • The tourists shall be encouraged to carry light equipment to minimise the need for potters while they undertake the tracking. This will be communicated to potential tourists through the tour operators and other fora
  • Due to the reported side effects of putting on masks for long periods and in high altitudes, the number of breaks during the tracking shall be doubled to give tourists time to breathe fresh air.
  • During these breaks, social distancing should be observed

Game Drives

  • The regular park rules shall apply
  • The vehicle guidelines above shall also apply
  • Where a guide is requested, the guide shall sit at the front and shall continuously remind the tourists about the need to social distance
  • Masks shall be worn at all time
  • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find a safe and secure place to park the vehicle and allow for the tourists to get fresh air while maintaining social distance

Boat Cruises

  • The regular park rules shall apply
  • The boat and launches guidelines above shall also apply
  • The UWA owned boats must be cleaned and disinfected every day before any boat cruise activity
  • The concessionaire shall also be required to clean and disinfect their boats every day before any boat activities
  • The guide shall enforce social distancing while on the boat.
  • Masks shall be worn at all time while on the boat
  • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find space within the boat for this client to get some fresh air for a few minutes. This shall be away from the other tourists

Anticipated travel needs for anyone traveling post Covid-19

  • Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.
  • Pack enough alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within easy to reach.
  • Bring a cloth face covering to wear in public places. Mask N95 is recommended while traveling to Uganda.
  • Prepare food and water for your trip where possible and avoid eating at places providing buffets.
  • Limit the number of people you get in contact with while on safari.

For more information about safety and healthy responses and updates on Covid-19 in Uganda and East Africa, do not hesitate to contact Encounter Africa Safaris

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