The Classic Kenya

A 13-day private Kenya driving classic safari that lets you experience Kenya. Enjoy peace of mind that your tour is being handled by Kenya experts. Enjoy quick & thorough communication: avoid surprises in Kenya.

Experience sleeping in the bush of Africa…


Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your Nairobi hotel. Depending on your arrival time in Kenya, you could have a half day visit to the Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage and Kizuri Beads.


After breakfast, you will be picked up by your private driver and set off for Amboseli. Amboseli National Park is located on the foothills of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Arrive at the lodge/camp in time for lunch. After lunch, you will be able to go explore the park with a driver guide. You will be amazed at the sights and sounds of Kenyan wildlife! Meals and overnight at camp or lodge.


Full day in this exciting game park with morning and afternoon game drives. Amboseli is a land of giants. This is a place of wide dry plains, where the horizons stretch into the furthest distance and become one with the sky. It is renowned for its elephant populations and large herds, including some impressively tusked bulls who are drawn to a series of large, lush swamplands. But the most impressive giant of all is Mt Kilimanjaro. Africa’s largest mountain lies just over the border in Tanzania, but the most impressive views of its snow-capped peak are to be found in Amboseli. The early light of dawn turns the mountain a dark hue of purple and its snows into an ethereal pink. The sight of Kilimanjaro high above herds of elephant crossing the plains of Amboseli is a timeless African image. Meals and overnight at camp or lodge.


After breakfast, you will set off for a longer drive up north towards Mt Kenya. You will have lunch in Nairobi before finishing your driver to Sweetwaters. You will have an afternoon gamedrive before returning to the camp for the night.


The privately owned, 24,000 acre, Sweetwaters game reserve and chimpanzee sanctuary has an abundance of wildlife and tropical vegetation and offers unparalleled views across the bush to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya. It boasts all of the “Big 5” game – Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo. It is in this beauty-saturated location that you will take a game drive until dusk. Meals and overnight at camp or lodge. Meal plan FB.


Your guide will drive you down the cool slopes of Aberdare Moutains, across the plain of Laikipia, to your final destination, the sandy desert region of Samburu. A species unique to the Samburu region is the Gerenuk. With luck, you’ll see some while on your game drive. It’s amazing to watch them stand on their hind legs to eat! The Gerenuk, also known as the Waller’s Gazelle, is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry bushy shrub and steppe in East Africa. The word Gerenuk comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked”, and leads to another common name, the Giraffe-necked Antelope. Later in the evening, watch the expansive skies change color as you witness a vivid African sunset.


Waking up early has never been so rewarding! Meet up with your guide for your game drive so you can ride alongside fascinating animals in the cool morning air. One of the amazing things about Samburu is that you’ll see species that are unique to this region! The Grévy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi), also known as the Imperial Zebra, is the largest species of zebra. It is found in the Samburu area as well as parts of Ethiopia. Compared to other zebras, it is taller, has larger ears, and its stripes are narrower. Grévy’s Zebra is considered endangered, partly due to hunting for its skin, which fetches a high price on the world market. There are estimated to be 17,000 Grévy’s Zebra still living in the wild. Keep an eye out for these as you explore today! Enjoy lunch and dinner at the lodge.

DAY 08: SAMBURU / LAKE NAKURU (4hrs drive approx)

After breakfast depart for Thomson’s Falls, named by Joseph Thomson, the first European to walk from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the early 1880’s. You will pause here to enjoy the gorgeous falls and greenery surrounding it. After taking in this beauty, you will then proceed to drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. This park provides sanctuary of Rothschild giraffe, black and white rhino and the elusive leopard. Arrive in time for lunch. Take as much time as you need to rest before your afternoon game drive, where you will be treated to the sight of many bright bird species. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner. Meals and overnight at camp/lodge.


This will be a full day at Lake Nakuru enjoying the park especially as you look to find the leopard. You will have morning and evening game drives in Nakuru.

DAY 10:: LAKE NAKURU / MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE (4hrs drive approx)

Breakfast then commence drive to Masai Mara National Reserve. This reserve has recently been named one of the Seven Wonders of the World, due to the crossing of the River Mara by the thousands and thousands of wildebeest, a truly impressive sight to behold. Arrive in the late evening. Enjoy lunch and an afternoon game drive till dusk. Masai Mara is at the northern most extension of the Serengeti Plains and one of the richest wildlife game reserves, allowing you to see plenty of majestic animals up close! Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.


Masai Mara is named after the traditional inhabitants (Masai) and the Mara River. At some point during your stay in the Mara, you’ll drive by the river which is a great place to spot wildlife. This area is a photographer’s delight where with any luck you’ll be able to take amazing pictures of the hippos and elephants in the water. Spend a full day at the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives in search of the ‘big 5’. Masai Mara is home to the splendid black–maned lion, the elusive leopard, stately giraffe, vast bulk of elephants, rhino, thundering herds of zebra, migrating wildebeest and numerous other game. The small size funnels animals into a tight space, and park rules allow for off-road driving which means that guests can venture into plains covered with hundreds or even thousands of animals. Take an optional hot air balloon ride over the plains, with the opportunity for amazing pictures of the animal herds below. After the drive, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

DAY 13:: MASAI MARA/ DEPART (5 hr drive)

After breakfast at your lodge, you will commence your drive back to Nairobi. Arrive late afternoon for your drop off at the airport.

  • Eco-Friendly Camps
  • Park Fees
  • Nature Walks
  • English-Speaking Guides
  • All Meals
  • Shared Game Drives in Open Sided 4×4 Vehicle

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Day 1: Arrive Nairobi
Day 2: Nairobi / Amboseli
Day 3: Amboseli (Land of Giants)
Day 4: Amboseli / SweetWaters Games Reserve
Day 5: SweetWaters Games Reserve
Day 6: SweetWaters / Samburu
Day 7: Samburu
Day 8: Samburu / Lake Nakuru
Day 9: Lake Nakuru
Day 10: Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara
Day 11-12: Masai Mara
Day 13: Masai Depart

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