Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
When you choose Natural Habitat Adventures for your custom Kenya safari, you may select from a wide range of smaller luxury and deluxe safari camps and lodges, with each property comprising 4–18 guest rooms or tents. As the world’s premier nature travel company, we focus solely on small-group journeys and avoid the large impersonal hotels that devalue an authentic safari experience. Please consult with one of our Adventure Specialists to determine which camps and lodges can best accommodate your group’s size and preferred travel style.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Quality vehicles are an important component of your safari experience. The vehicles provided are designed especially for adventures in Kenya, with two goals in mind: comfort during overland drives on sometimes-rough roads, and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The camps you visit will use several different sizes of Toyota Land Cruisers and Land Rovers. Depending on the group size, you may have a vehicle that seats seven or five passengers, plus a driver, and each traveler is always assured a window seat. All vehicles have roof hatches that are open during game drives for 360-degree viewing and photo opportunities, but which can be closed for comfort (including air conditioning) on longer drives. In certain areas you will be in open-sided vehicles, either with or without a canopy overhead, and each row is raised slightly higher than the one in front of it, allowing for unobstructed views of scenery and wildlife. All vehicles have 4-wheel-drive and are fitted with high-quality imported tires to enable us to press on through rough spots. As is the case with all of our vehicles, these safari trucks are enhanced with specialized suspensions to ensure the most comfortable ride possible in the wilds of Africa.
Our Private Leaders
Meet & greet facilitation services on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 10 in Nairobi, internal scheduled flights and transfers as noted, accommodations, meals from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 10, non-alcoholic beverages with meals and on the vehicles, scheduled daily wildlife drives and activities as described in the itinerary, services of local camp guides and staff at each stop, all park, camping and conservation area fees and taxes, emergency evacuation coverage from the Flying Doctors Society with which we hold a membership (please note: the latter does not preclude the need for all guests to hold personal travel insurance including evacuation coverage for transport home or to a major medical center).
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, any meals and drinks not specified in your confirmed proposal (some camps do include house alcoholic beverages), services of an NHA Expedition Leader (this can be booked upon request at an additional cost), gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, any increase in park, camping or conservancy fees, optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.
A safari vehicle frequently offers a bumpy ride. Wildlife drives often involve long hours of sitting and sometimes bouncing around. While we don't consider this strenuous, it can be uncomfortable and pose a particular type of physical demand on the body. All travelers must be able to climb into and out of the raised 4x4 trucks that we use for safari vehicles. They must also be able to walk to and from the vehicle to our camp accommodations, which sometimes involves walking over uneven ground or on boardwalks. Additionally, while any short walks are considered optional, you will get the most out of your safari experience if you can walk a mile or two over uneven ground without assistance. Days spent on safari can be long, as mornings typically start before daybreak and evening meals are served after sundown. We recommend that all travelers have an adventurous spirit, as they will often enjoy the closest animal encounters.
Important Information About This Trip
Kenya, teeming with wildlife, is among the original safari destinations, and rightly so. This itinerary takes you to Kenya's Amboseli National Park, where elephants are abundant and closely researched for conservation. The Laikipia Plateau is a region that is home to Kenya’s largest population of black rhino, as well as elephant, cheetah, lion, leopard and the rarer Grevy's zebra, Jackson's hartebeest and Beisa oryx. The Maasai Mara is home to world-famous wildlife, and you can experience it from both a private conservancy and the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Because this is a custom adventure, we will check availability on your dates of choice, and while you will be traveling independently you may accompany other guests from each camp as well as share a naturalist guide on wildlife drives, walks and other activities. Meals in camp are often, though not always, family-style, where all guests sit at one large table and dine together, while private meals can also be requested. Private vehicles can often be booked in advance at an additional cost if you prefer to have independent activities. Our recommended accommodations are located in areas that limit the number of people while boasting the most abundant wildlife populations. These camps and lodges combine comfort and style with the highest quality nature and wildlife experience. Depending on the time of year and the movement of wildlife, camp selection will heavily influence the quality of your safari. Our team of professional safari consultants can help you choose the best camp combination for your specific dates. Call our experts at 800-543-8917.
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive Nairobi, Kenya anytime on Day 1. We often recommend coming in a day early to adjust to the time difference before embarking on your safari. Depending on your return flight time from the Maasai Mara on the final day, you can typically depart Nairobi after 5 pm. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of these programs and can arrange the most efficient and cost-effective travel.