Location of Adventure
Kenya, East Africa
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 4–10 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 four to seven 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 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 9 in Nairobi, internal scheduled flights and transfers as noted, accommodations, meals and drinks as specified in your confirmed proposal (included at most safari camps), scheduled daily wildlife drives and activities as described in the itinerary, services of a private NHA-approved safari guide, services of 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.
Moderate to Difficult
This foot-based safari includes varied terrain and hiking conditions. When arranged on a custom basis, the physical requirements can be adapted to meet the needs of the participants to a degree, but in any case, participants should count on six to seven hours daily of rather rigorous hiking, at times through muddy terrain and thick brush that may include nettles. Our Maasai hosts arrange for our gear to be transported by on donkeys, so guests are required to carry only a daypack with a rain jacket, binoculars, personal items and water. We recommend both a closed-toe sport sandal (such as Keen brand) as well as hiking boots or trail shoes for this trek's varied terrain.
In order to fully enjoy this adventure, guests need to be in good physical condition. The best exercise for this trek is to go hiking with a daypack. Strengthen your legs, back and cardiovascular system by walking up hills and taking the stairs, if you work or live on an upper floor. Tackle some preparation hikes, and step off the trail to traverse uneven terrain while wearing your day pack. Add some hill climbs. The more fit you are, the more you will enjoy this physically demanding adventure. Safari accommodations and vehicles are not heated, and several of our adventures take place during the winter months in Africa, so it is critical that travelers come prepared.
Important Information About This Trip
While you will encounter wildlife on this journey, it is also meant to be an overall immersion in nature during which you will see more evidence of wildlife than actual animals while on foot in the Loita Hills. The first few days of the trip center on walking and light hiking, and accommodations will be very simple dome-tent camping. While on safari in the Maasai Mara, your wildlife viewing happens during the wildlife drives, and you will see more large animals while also having more permanent and even luxurious camp or lodge facilities.
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 your camp as well as share a naturalist guide on wildlife drives, walks and other activities. Meals in camp are often, though not always, served family-style, where all guests sit at one large table and dine together, while private meals can also be requested. Private vehicles can sometimes 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 on this extension are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, 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 Natural Habitat’s medical evacuation policy 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, to lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation or comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer through Travelex by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive Nairobi, Kenya anytime on Day 1. Depending on your return flight time from the Maasai Mara on the final day, you can typically depart Nairobi after 5 pm. Most flights depart in the evening. 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.