7 days serena experience
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7 Days Serena Experience

Nairobi, Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli

7 Days Serena Experience

Discover Kenya is one of our most popular tours, and a fantastic introduction to the world of safaris, as it takes in many of Kenya's best-known national parks. Your tour will begin on the expansive plains of the Masai Mara before taking in Lake Nakuru's spectacular pink waters, the swamps of Amboseli and the magnificent sight of Mount Kilimanjaro. Look out for the Big Five –  lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants, and Cape buffalo – as well as impala, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffe, zebras and wildebeest. Enjoy a getaway of contrasts by adding a relaxing beach stay after your safari. The nearby Kenyan coast, or Zanzibar or Pemba Island off Tanzania offer plenty of appealing options – call our Destination Specialists and they'll tailor make your dream holiday.

Detailed Itinerary

Day: 1 | Arrival, transfer Nairobi Serena Hotel

On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be warmly met by our representative who will transfer you into the vibrant Nairobi. Spend the night at the Nairobi Serena Hotel. Justly famed for its superlative standards of efficiency, service and hospitality, the elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena Hotel is the proud flagship of the Serena Hotels' fleet of world-class hotels. Considered by many to be Nairobi's finest hotel, the Serena stands amidst lush tropical gardens with panoramic views over Nairobi's Central Park and the glittering downtown skyline. Despite its pivotal central location, the Serena also remains true to its title and offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of one of Africa's most vibrant capital cities. Established in the mid-1970s, The Serena Group was launched with a simple but challenging goal; to become the leading hotel group in East Africa. Today this goal has become a reality.

We recommend you book an optional excursion to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage or the Karen Blixen Museum with Giraffe Centre. Otherwise you may also choose to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Days: 2-3 | Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the rift escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. You'll pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok, before travelling across acres of wheat and barley, arriving in the Masai Mara in time for lunch at Mara Serena Safari Lodge. Following lunch and a siesta, you will embark on an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.

Mara Serena is the largest property in the Mara Triangle - a section of the Masai Mara National Reserve renowned for its animal preservation efforts. The 510km2 Mara Triangle is home to most of the 30-strong population of black rhinos in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Unlike smaller-scale camps, Mara Serena presents 74 rooms and is a popular choice with families, who appreciate the benefits of staying in a hotel complex, such as a fenced perimeter and popular central pool.

Primarily, guests visit Mara Serena to partake in the game drives organized by the lodge. The expert driver guides are very familiar with the reserve and will take you to popular animal grazing grounds and watering holes. Besides the local concentration of black rhinos, you’ll also see lions, giraffes, elephants, and zebras in their natural habitat. The cohabitation of predators and prey can lead to some exciting scenes of Africa’s great wildlife in action. For something truly spectacular, arrange a hot-air balloon flight at dawn (at an additional cost). The hotel has its own hot-air balloon and launch site nearby the main lodge and to watch the hazy orange sun rise over the reserve as animals emerge for their first drink of the day is something you will remember forever.

Day: 4 | Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, depart by road for Lake Nakuru, arriving at your lodge where you will have lunch. After eating you will take an afternoon game drive in the Nakuru National Park. Water birds are the major attractions of the area, with flamingos being in the main attraction, though their numbers have dwindled. White rhino and buffalo are also a great sight to behold, in addition to the 56 different species of mammals. Check in at the Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp. Uniquely situated on the shoreline of sapphire-blue Lake Elmenteita where hundreds of thousands of birds congregate, the small and exclusive Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is evocatively styled to echo the area's rich history. The nomadic Masai had passed through the area for centuries and the name Elmenteita derives from the Masai Ol muteita for “place of dust”.

The camp is located in the 48,000 acre Soysambu Conservancy, which is a RAMSAR site - a wetland of international importance. The alkaline lake's rocky islands are the only East African nesting site for great white pelicans, while its algae and plankton provides food for vast flocks of flamingos and a multitude of other waterfowl, many of them rare. Day game drives offer peace and privacy, with chances to watch vast herds of zebras, gazelles, elands, waterbucks and buffalos, as well as family groups of black-backed jackals, warthogs, dik-diks and baboons. Soysambu protects flourishing breeding herds of endangered Rothschild giraffes, as well as the nationally threatened colobus monkeys. Less common species include the bushbuck, bushpig, steinbok, reedbuck, duiker, caracal, golden and side-striped jackals.

Night game-drives offer a unique opportunity to spot nocturnal creatures including the curious-looking aardvark and elusive leopard. Walking is also allowed, with chances to experience the miracles of the bush close-up. Lake Nakuru National Park and Kariandusi prehistoric site are also nearby.

Days: 5-6 | Amboseli National Park

After an early breakfast leaving the Rift Valley behind, proceed to Nairobi, collect a picnic lunch and then head south towards Amboseli arriving at your lodge by late afternoon. Check in at the famous Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. Amboseli Serena Lodge is influenced by native Masai architecture and decorated with natural woodcarvings, traditional artefacts and local art. The lodge overlooks a saltlick and a floodlit waterhole where you can see gathering herds of elephant, buffalo and wildebeest, to name but a few. This is also an excellent area for bird viewing with over 400 species of bird.

You can enjoy the comforts and the beautiful setting, in addition to the activities on offer which include game drives, morning bird walks with the lodge's resident naturalist and visits to a traditional Masai manyatta. There are also plenty of opportunities to unwind at the lodge itself, including an afternoon spent on the veranda watching the game pass by, taking a dip in the natural spring-fed swimming pool or enjoying a relaxing massage. As part of Serena Hotels' reforestation programme you will be invited to plant a tree to help restore the land that was becoming barren from herds of elephants tearing up the trees for food.

Day: 7 | Transfer Nairobi, Departure

Following an early breakfast, catch your last views of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro as you depart Amboseli. You arrive in Kenya's bustling capital city of Nairobi by lunchtime. Once in the city, you will be dropped off at the airport for your ongoing travel arrangements.

Customize this itinerary

The above itinerary can be custom made using Budget, Midrange and Luxury accommodation options to cater for different budgets based on one's financial strength and accommodation preferences. Let's tailormake for your this itinerary free of charge. - info@wavelanesafaris.com

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions

A number of trips may have deviations from the standard handling and as thus we shall always advise on all our custom safaris if any special handling requirements may be required in place and what those special handling requirements entail. Otherwise most itineraries will include the following and also take not what may not be included in your standard safari package.

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Includes

  • Meet & Greet Services
  • Enough water in your safari itinerary
  • Emergency Evacuation services
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner as per itinerary
  • Accommodation as specified in itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • All specified transfers
  • Road and/or scheduled transport/transfer options
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Excludes

  • Champagne, luxury spirits and select wines
  • Optional activities, spa treatments and all other extras to be settled direct
  • Visa fees
  • Tips and any Gratuities
  • International Flights


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