8 Days Kenya Odyssey Tour
8 Days Kenya Odyssey Tour
Starting in Nairobi and ending on the shores of the Indian Ocean, this small group safari visits three diverse wilderness areas of Kenya: the lakes of the Great Rift Valley; the open plains of the Mara; and the undulating hills of Tsavo. This is a scheduled group safari accommodating 2-7 passengers and beginning in Nairobi every month.
The majority of the small group safaris that we offer take place in Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Uganda. These are fixed date departures, and typically accommodate no more than 10 passengers each. Ideally suited to solo holiday-makers or couples looking to travel in the company of others, they offer a great option for those wanting to explore in the company of others and avoid the prohibitive costs involved in private solo travel.
While most small group safaris will focus on the popular safari routes, such as Tanzania’s famous Northern Circuit, we also offer a number of itineraries to less-visited regions, including Zambia’s Liuwa Plain. One of the great advantages of joining a group departure is that they can make otherwise difficult and costly to access regions such as Liuwa much more accessible!
Beyond Africa, we also offer small group wildlife adventures in a number of European destinations. These include expert-led wildlife tours in coastal and highland Scotland to search for Golden eagles, dolphins and seals; birding tours in rural Spain; and summer & winter adventures into the Swedish wilderness in search of beavers, wolves, and more.
You’ll find a selection of our small group wildlife itineraries below. If you’d like to join a scheduled departure but are unsure where to start, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be glad to help you choose a suitable itinerary.
You will be met on arrival in Nairobi and transferred to the Hotel, for one night on bed & breakfast basis. Evening at leisure.
You will be met by your chief guide this morning at 7am in the hotel reception, ready for departure at 7:30am. We advise that you request a wake-up call from the hotel staff.
Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, you'll travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look out for the chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment. You'll pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you continue through the Rift Valley to Narok, and then on to the Masai Mara and your lodge in time for lunch. After lunch and a siesta, embark on an afternoon game drive, returning to the lodge as the sun sets.
Embark on early morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara, returning to Lodge in the evening.
Considered by many to be one of the foremost natural wonders of the world, the Masai Mara is a land of breath-taking vistas and varied landscapes, from vast rolling plains, acacia woodlands, and dense thickets of scrub, to the riverine eco-system of the Mara River. Its savannah plains teem with endless herds of grazing game—and their respective predators. You will travel with an experienced guide in a sturdy vehicle ensuring that you have the best chance of seeing and understanding all that the park has to offer, then back to Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you'll travel through what is sometimes referred to as the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley fields define the landscape, as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand.
Continue across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mau Escarpment, before arriving at Lake Nakuru. The waters here are often coloured flamingo pink, reflecting the thousands of birds that line its shores. After lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge, depart for an afternoon game drive in Nakuru National Park before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
After an early breakfast, depart Lake Nakuru with a picnic lunch, leaving the Rift Valley behind and continuing towards Amboseli.
After an early morning game drive in Amboseli, return to the lodge for lunch, before departing from Amboseli for Tsavo West.
It is a drive of approx 2½ hours from Amboseli to Tsavo West, taking you east across the spectacular Shetani lava flow, a reminder of the molten outpouring that spilled down the scenic slopes of the nearby Chyulu Hills over the last three centuries. From there, a zig-zagging road through scrub thorn and acacia leads into Tsavo National Park, the largest of Kenya’s parks. Expect game-viewing opportunities along the way, with lots of gerenuk in this region.
Enjoy a morning game drive in Tsavo, including a visit to the Mzima Springs with their underwater viewing holes.
After breakfast enjoy a morning game drive in the Taita Hills before returning to the lodge for lunch. Following lunch, continue to Mombasa, where you will be dropped off at the airport (if departing this afternoon) or at your hotel if overnighting.