Custom Kenya Safaris

Cape to Cairo

Where  Kenya excels is in the top safari lodges and guiding that is available.  With a long tradition in scientific wildlife conservation and the safari hospitality for which it is famous, Kenya's private safari lodges and specialist guiding can be matched in few places.  Of particular interest are the private ranches and lodges in the Laikipia region.

This page offers some of the specialty things we can put together, using such well-known guiding companies as:

These itineraries are samples only and can be tailored to suit your individual requirements

East African Ornithological Society
  • Operators of several of Kenya's fine remote Savannah Safari Camps - Sangare , Delamere's Camp, Mara River Camp, Galla Camp and Indian Ocean Lodge.  Each  is wholly or partly owned and operated by the very landowners on who's land they are found - and so their revenues go directly into the conservation of the wildlife that surrounds them. This also means that they are on PRIVATE LAND which generally means there is restricted assess to the less desirable mass   tourism - so you will hardly see another tourist throughout your stay. 
  • Small family run business but with a long list of top quality safari guides (see The Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association Site)


The Dry North - Rift Valley Soda Lake Nakuru 
 The Maasai Mara
Weekly - every Monday.
MINIMUM group size 2 passengers, MAXIMUM 6.
US$ 2100 per person in twin room.

"GAMEVENTURES" is a specialist photographic safari, departing Nairobi every MONDAY of every week THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.It is designed for the dedicated wildlife photographer, who needs to have plenty of roof hatch and window space for those big FD lenses, and the flexibility to be able to spend an extended time in the field waiting for that perfect moment. This itinerary visits the three primary eco-systems in East Africa - the three parks/reserves renowned for some of the greatest game viewing in Africa - The dry north SAMBURU - the Rift Valley Soda lake of Nakuru and of course the Maasai Mara. We then have the opportunity to extend your photographic mission in The Maasai Mara National Reserve for as long as you wish.

Day 1+2 
Every Monday & Tuesday - SAMBURU SERENA LODGE 
Departure from Nairobi at 9.00 am takes us north across the Laikipia plateau  past the colonial settlements of Nanyuki. We climb to some 8500 feet as we ascend the wheat covered slopes of the shoulder of Mt Kenya who's equatorial snow-capped peaks may be seen to the east. We stop for a quick lunch at the Kentrout Grill a quaint little forested hideaway and trout farm, where if we are lucky we may see one of the resident Colobus Monkeys. We descend into Kenya's semi arid northern regions as we continue the short distance north, the terrain drops away rapidly with breathtaking views of Samburu, Ololokwe and the Matthew's Range beyond. The Samburu / Buffalo Springs Reserves supports a myriad of plains game species, all perfectly adapted for the semi-desert environment. The thinly striped and endangered Grevy's Zebra and the chocolate brown Reticulated Giraffe are common. The lance-like horned Beisa Oryx and the rare Greater Kudu are seasonal visitors. Gunther's Dikdik, with its huge nasal swellings, the giraffe-necked Gerenuk and the beautiful blue-legged Somali Ostrich are resident all year. 2 o/n The Samburu Serena Lodge 

Day 3+4 
Every Wednesday & Thursday - LAKE NAKURU LION HILL LODGE 
The Great Rift Valley, the world's largest fault, is 2,500 feet deep, 30 kilometres wide and some 2,500 kilometres long. It is home to lakes such as Magadi, Nakuru, Elmenteita and Bogoria that have no outflows and therefore accumulate mineral salts brought from the highland areas which form an alkaline soup rich in algae. It is this "soup" that attracts millions of Lesser and Greater Flamingoes. Other lakes, such as Naivasha and Baringo, with outflowing rivers and resulting fresh water have their own diverse birdlife. The Nakuru National Park is not only home to hundreds of thousands of Lesser and Greater Flamingos, but also a myriad of large and small game.  2 o/n LION HILL LODGE 

Day 5-7 
Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday - MAASAI MARA RIVER CAMP
Early morning departure by road up over the Kikuyu Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley and onto Nairobi. After lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant we fly to Musiara on the north west boundary of Kenya's famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Mara is undoubtedly Africa's finest game viewing area with an immense array of wildlife, large and small, but most notably large predators; Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Serval Cat, Spotted Hyenas, Jackals and occasionally the endangered Cape Hunting Dog, all accompanied by an equally impressive array of prey species. During the summer months the huge wildlife populations are all supplemented by the massive migratory herds of Wildebeest and Zebra on their annual migrations north from the southern Serengeti plains. Optional hot air ballooning and fishing for monstrous Nile Perch on Lake Victoria are available on request. 

Nestled at the foot of the Oloololo Escarpment on the north west boundary of the reserve, is a beautiful forested bend of the majestic Mara River, this is home to our  intimate tented lodge with only 16 en-suite twin accommodation units; it is one of the few remaining traditional tented lodges. By being on the reserve boundary we have ideal access not only to the inner sanctums, where shyer species seek refuge, but also the outer grazing areas - where less aggressive species such as cheetah take advantage of ideal conditions created by the Maasai cattle and grass fires. The resident Hippo of Mara River Camp have long ruled out any possibility of a swimming pool, while roaming herds of bull Elephant have also put an end to any exotic gardens. Mara River Camp is favoured by naturalists, wildlife researchers, film crews, photographers and conservationists. Our resident ornithologists are always available for informative nature and bird walks in and around the immediate camp area. Being of Maasai origin they delight guests with fascinating talks and discussions on the Maasai culture. Mara River Camp is a tented camp with a difference, it really does blend with the landscape and its wildlife. 

Day 8 
After an early morning game drive and lunch we fly to Nairobi, arriving at 1715 hrs. END GAMEVENTURES . 



The Central Highlands 
The Dry North 
Rift Valley Soda lakes Elmenteita & Nakuru 
The Maasai Mara 
The Indian Ocean
US$ 4,885 per person sharing 
Departs Daily

A fantastic private, fully escorted safari using 4x4 Land Rovers, and staying at Savannah Camps. 

Day 1 
- 0900/1200 Drive to - ABERDARE MOUNTAINS 
 - Lunch & pm game ride on horseback or naturewalk 
 - Evening sundowner overlooking Mt Kenya 
 - dinner and evening NIGHT WALK - with spotlights. 

Day 2 
 - 0630 Early breakfast alongside the Sangare Dam 
 - full am game drive in The Aberdare Salient Forests. 
 - picnic lunch and pm game drive high on Aberdare Moorlands 
 - Evening sundowner overlooking "The White Highlands" 
 - dinner and evening NIGHT WALK - with spotlights. 

Day 3 
 - 0630 Early morning nature walk along the Aberdare riverine forests. 
 - leisurely bush breakfast with the "zebroids". 
 - 0830/1130 drive to Lewa Downs.
  - 1230/1245 fly to Lewa Downs. 
 - Arrival refreshments in the Lewa swamp blind, home to Sitatunga. 
 - lunch at Lerai Camp and pm game drive in search of Rhino. 
 - evening sundowner in the new Lewa Leopard Blind 
 - O/N Lewa Safari Camp 

Day 4 
 - 0630 Breakfast 
 - Early morning game drive in search of Greater Kudu & Grevy Zebra 
 - lunch at Lerai Camp and pm game drive or horseback riding. 
 - evening sundowner overlooking the Northern Frontier.+ night drive 
 - O/N Lewa Safari Camp 

Day 5 
 - 0630 Early morning game walk in the Ngare Ndare River Valley 
 - leisurely breakfast 
 - mid morning departure for the Il'Nguesi tribal community. 
 - A fascinating Cultural immersion with the Ndorobo and Samburu's 
 - picnic lunch and pm game drive back to Lewa Downs 
 - O/N Lewa Safari Camp 

Day 6 
- 0930/1200 Drive to Trout Tree Restaurant near Mt Kenya for lunch
- 1330/1600 Drive to THE RIFT VALLEY
- evening sundowner overlooking "Lake Elmenteita"
- dinner and evening NIGHTDRIVE - with spotlights.
- Crater Lake Camp at Lake Naivasha will be used while Delamere's Camp is closed.

Day 7 
 - 0630 Early morning nature walks and game drives through the Acacia woodlands 
 - visiting the lakeshore blinds. 
 - Lunch, pm activities or climb an extinct volcano 
 - dinner and evening NIGHTDRIVE - with spotlights. 

Day 8-11 
- 0900/1500 Drive to MAASAI MARA with picnic lunch enroute.
 - unlimited game drives in search of big game. 
 - breakfasts & lunches in camp or in the field as you choose. 
 - optional nature walks and cultural immersion with the Maasai 
 - optional hot air ballooning & fishing at Lake Victoria ($345 pp NET) 

Day 12 
 - am game drive & breakfast 
 - 1100/1215 Fly to Nairobi. 

Optional extension to The Indian Ocean. 

Day 12 
 - 1400/1500 fly to MALINDI 
 - pm in the Indian Ocean or our private pool. 

Day 13+14 
 - am The Sokoke Forest, Gedi, Snorkeling, Diving, Fishing etc 
 - Seafood meals - pm swimming, birding, shopping, relaxing. 

Day 15 
 - 1600/1800 Fly to Nairobi. 


5 Days Special Ol Donyo Wuas

OL DONYO WUAS – CHYULU HILLS, KENYA  - $2300 per person sharing

*Private air charter from Wilson Airport, Nairobi to Chyulus - return 
*Full board accommodation drinks (except champagne) at the Lodge 
*One night fly-camping 
*Day trip to Amboseli 
 The only extras are Park Entrance Fees for Amboseli (currently US$27 per person) and staff tips if guests so wish. 

Day 1.  Flight from Wilson to  Ol Donyo Wuas arriving in time for lunch.  At 4pm depart on a game drive to the Kopjes where we have sundowners.  After sunset, we return to the Lodge on a night game drive when we should see nocturnal animals such as Bat-eared Foxes, Genet Cats, Serval Cats, Spring Hares, Civet Cats and possibly Leopard. 

Day 2.  After an early breakfast at the Lodge we leave for day trip into the Chyulu Hills. The track is rough as very few cars use this area and it takes you from 3000ft ASL (the Lodge) up to 7,000 ft ASL.  The terrain varies dramatically as you climb through different vegetation zones; forests and rolling grasslands littered with wild flowers.  Generally there is not much game in the hills apart from Hartebeest, Eland and Buffalo but this is mre than compensated for by the uninterrupted views across Tsavo to the east and Kilimanjaro to the south. After a picnic lunch in a shady glade in the moist forest on the peaks, you drop down to Lake Empakai, an oasis on the dusty semi-arid plains.  In this area there is some of the densest concentration of wildlife on the ranch that are attracted by the water. The route back to the Lodge brings you through a rugged lava flow that is estimated to be only 300 years old and is a refuge for Elephant.  Again very dramatic country. 

Day 3.  We leave after breakfast for a full day excursion to Amboseli National Park.  The drive is approximately one and half hours and the day is spent following the swamp shores where there is probably some of the best elephant viewing in Africa, with herds of sometimes 300 congregating in the swamps, so unperturbed by humans that they allow one to move amongst them as though you are invisible.  In addition, the swamps draw a huge diversity of bird life and plains game.  After a picnic lunch, we drive back to the Lodge, arriving at sunset. 

Day 4.  No safari in Africa is complete without the experience of a night out in the bush under canvas, or better still, under the stars.  The camp is lightweight but comfortable and positioned and set up by crew consisting of a cook, driver, waiters and led by an experienced guide.  You have the choice of getting to the camp either by horseback, walking or driving and you generally will arrive in time for lunch. 

After lunch and a siesta you go out again for a game drive, returning to camp at sunset for a hot shower and drinks and dinner around the camp fire. 

Day 5.  Leaving camp in the morning, you will take a picnic lunch to our game viewing hide that overlooks a game watering hole.  This waterhole is at its busiest during the hot midday hours and provides a very memorable experience sitting quietly watching the comings and goings at the waterhole. At about 4pm it is time to set out back o the Lodge and it's relative civilisation. 

Day 6.  After a morning activity of your choice, you depart on your private air charter to your next destination. 

Mara addon
Day 6 Charter flight from Ol Donyo Wuas to the Masai Mara.
Days 6 - 9 3 nights in the Masaai Mara full board, morning and afternoon camp activities
Day 9 return flight to Wilson Airport.

Cottars Camp    $1780
Governor's Il Moran  $1325
Cheli and Peacock Mara Camp $1030

The Best of Kenya Luxury Lodges

13 nights flying safari
Safari Camps by Calvin Cottar, Richard Bonham and Oria Douglas-Hamilton
$7150 per person

Day 1  NAIROBI Upon arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport you will be met and transferred to the Norfolk Hotel for overnight, bed and breakfast

Day 2 Transfer to Nairoibi Wilson Airport for scheduled flight to Lewa Downs and transfer to Borana Lodge

Days 2-4 2 nights at  Borana Lodge - Laikipia

Day 4 flight from Lewa to Samburu upon arrival met and transfer to Elephant Watch Lodge

Days 4-6 2 nights at Elephant Watch Lodge  - Samburu

Day  6 transfer to airstrip for scheduled flight to Masai Mara.  Met and transfer to Cottar's Camp

Days 6-9 3 ngihts at Cottar's Camp Masai Mara 

Day 9 transfer to Mara Airstrip for charter flight to Chyulu Hills

Days 9-11 2 nights at  Ol Donyo Wuas - Chyulu Hills

Days 11 charter flight from Chyulu Hills to Wilson airport, Nairobi for scheduled flight to Kiwayu

Days 11-14 3 nights at Kiwayu

Day 14 Return flight to Nairobi

Prices include:

  • Full board and activities and Borona, Elephant House, Cottar's Camp, Ol Donyo Wuas, Kiwayu
  • Park fees
  • Flights and transfers 

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