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Vintage Kenya Sopa Safari

A Masai Giraffe on the Maasai Mara, Kenya

Safari Overview

This 8 night, 9 day Safari provides a selection of Kenya highlights in Sopa camps / lodges / hotels.



Accommodation is in four Sopa hotels/lodges/resorts; staying first at the Upper Hill Country Lodge in Nairobi, followed by Amboseli Sopa Lodge in Amboseli, then Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort and finally at Mara Sopa Lodge in the Masai Mara.


Sopa lodges provide excellent value for money without compromising on quality, so you can be assured of a great safari at a lower cost.

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival (Nairobi)

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International (JKI) Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by our customer care representative and transferred to the Upper Hill Country Lodge for check in and overnight stay.

Situated 160 km south of the equator, Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and boasts one of the finest climates in the world.  This modern, cosmopolitan city is the regional headquarters for many African and Indian Ocean businesses.  With delegates attracted here from around the world, they come for the friendliness of the people, the modern hotel facilities and the vast array of fascinating options available throughout the city.  Although this ‘City in the sun’ is relatively young by global standards, it has fascinating history encompassing explorers, missionaries, wars, cultural diversity and politics etc, each leaving their mark on the city centre in some way.

Overnight: Upper Hill Country Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 2 - Nairobi / Amboseli National Park

After your breakfast you will drive to the Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage at the edge of Nairobi National Park, which is a nursery and rehab centre for infant elephants that have lost their families as well as rhino and other wildlife.

Proceed for a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum and the AFEW Giraffe Centre near Giraffe Manor where you may hand-feed the Rothschild Giraffe that live here.  Later, you will have lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens before departing for the Amboseli National Park to arrive in time for check in at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge.

Overnight: Amboseli Sopa Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 3 - Amboseli National Park

Today, you will spend the whole day in the Amboseli National Park with both morning and evening game drives.  In between, you will have an option, at extra cost, of visiting a local Maasai village that will enable you get the chance to interact and learn about the colourful culture of this nomadic pastoralist community.

Amboseli sits on the lower slopes of mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, whose peak lies across the border in Tanzania.  It is quite an experience to see Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds in an early morning.  Pictures of animals against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain will thrill the photography enthusiast.  Amboseli is renowned for its huge elephant herds.  You can also see buffalo, black rhino, zebra, wildebeest and other plains animals and birds.

Overnight: Amboseli Sopa Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 4 - Amboseli National Park / Lake Naivasha

At 07:30 and after your breakfast, you will depart for Lake Naivasha via Nairobi, and a brief stop at the Great Rift Valley view point before proceeding with the drive to arrive in time for check in and lunch at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.  You will then spend the afternoon at leisure followed by an evening boat ride to the crescent island; the park where you walk with the Animals!  There is just one “Crescent Island Game Park” located on Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley.  There are more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Park, hence many film companies have been to the Island to film the herds of Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Zebra and Gazelle.  They are not fenced in, allowing the wildlife on the mainland to come in as they lose their habitat to development and the ever increasing population.  Hippo graze all over them at night then sleep under the acacia or rest in the water by day.  The giraffe who were born on the Island return to give birth; sometimes you see three generations at a time.  Hyena come to hunt at night but are not resident on the island, the many python who do live here can be seen occasionally with a kill.  Groups of Buffalo come and go but they are always monitored.

From the top of the hill there is a 360 degree view across the Lake from Longonot to Hell’s Gate, to the Mau Escarpment to Eburu, and onto the Aberdares.  Walking along the ridge in the golden hour before sunset whilst watching the animals grazing with the water shimmering beyond, is what Africa is all about.  Take a boat back to the lodge.

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort - Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 5 - Lake Nakuru National Park

After your breakfast, depart for Lake Nakuru which is the most famous of the Great Rift Valley lakes and home to a shifting population of over one million flamingos.  You will do a game viewing drive within this wonderful Kenyan National Park and lunch will be served at Flamingo Hill Camp.

Lake Nakuru National Park is a shallow alkaline lake that is world-renowned for its huge concentration of flamingos; at times, hundreds of thousands of these birds give the lake a pink shimmering glow.  The park boasts a huge variety of animals, including leopard which are often found snoozing on the branches of the magnificent yellow-barked acacias, lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, which are only found in this park in Kenya, white rhino and the rare black rhino, which is protected and guarded here.

After the game viewing drive, return to Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort - Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 6 - Lake Naivasha / Maasai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, depart for the Maasai Mara, arriving in time for check in and lunch at the Mara Sopa Lodge.  Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive before returning to your lodge later as the sun sets for dinner and overnight.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is in the south western part of Kenya and forms part of the greater eco-system that encompasses the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.  The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most visited reserves in Africa.  The park is surrounded by concession areas and tribal lands of the Masai tribes people.  These are unfenced from the Mara and act as a buffer zone for the National Park and form part of the migration area.  The Masai Mara consists of open savannah, rolling grasslands and undulating hills.  July to September sees the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle coming from the plains of the Serengeti.  Driven by dry conditions in the Serengeti and led by the lightning and thunder to the north, huge herds of mammals cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara's grasslands.

Overnight: Mara Sopa Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board


Days 7 & 8 - Maasai Mara National Reserve

You will have two more days of wildlife-viewing opportunities in the Masai Mara Reserve, also known as the “Jewel of Africa”, a site with one of the largest and the most spectacular animal migrations in the world.  The reserve is inhabited by many of Africa's most popular wild animals, including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino and hippo.  There are also over 500 resident species of birds in the park including ostrich, lark and sunbird, as well as the lovely Lilac-breasted Roller.

You can also take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot Air Balloon, which is at extra cost.  The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild!  If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game in a balloon is an unforgettable experience.

Overnight: Mara Sopa Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 9 - Departure

After breakfast, at 07:30, you will depart for Nairobi, arriving in time for a farewell lunch at the renowned Carnivore Restaurant.  The Carnivore is the ultimate “Beast of a Feast”.  A variety of meat, including ostrich, crocodile and camel, is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table.  Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee.  Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding.

After lunch you are transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your evening international departure flight back home, or onward to an optional beach extension.



“Safari Njema.  Kwaheri na urudi tena.” – End of Safari.  Goodbye and come back again.

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Please Note

Prices are subject to change without notice, so please ask for an up to date quotation before making commitments.

Confirmation is subject to availability at time of reservation.

In the event that the quoted accommodation is not available at the time of reservation, alternative accommodation of a similar calibre will be provided.

Number in party

2

3

4

5

6

2nd Jan to 31st Mar

16th Jun to 30th Jun

1st Nov to 21st Dec






Cost per person (2 sharing)

US$ 2,456

US$ 2,196

US$ 2,066

US$ 1,989

US$ 1,879

Single Room Supplement

US$ 276

US$ 276

US$ 276

US$ 276

US$ 276







1st Apr to 15th Jun






Cost per person (2 sharing)

US$ 2,218

US$ 1,958

US$ 1,828

US$ 1,750

US$ 1,698

Single Room Supplement

US$ 52

US$ 52

US$ 52

US$ 52

US$ 52







1st Jul to 31st Oct

22nd Dec to 1st Jan 2016






Cost per person (2 sharing)

US$ 2,611

US$ 2,352

US$ 2,222

US$ 2,144

US$ 2,092

Single Room Supplement

US$ 416

US$ 416

US$ 416

US$ 416

US$ 416

Safari Price Guide (2015) for a minibus with pop-up roof