SENIOR TOURS IN KENYA
9 days Rift Valley, Swara Plains & Amboseli
Ontdek Kenya is renown for unique senior tours that use private game conservancies giving you a excellent wildlife viewing away from mass tourism. Yes, it is possible to be in exclusive places in Kenya without being surrounded by minibuses and to have some walking in game rich areas so that you are not daily cooped up in a bus. On our guided walks you will see zebras, giraffes and gazelles making your Kenya travel very different from the "Big Five" safari tours. Go directly to the itinerary.
With over a decade of running quality 50 plus travel in Kenya, our senior tours are relaxed giving you enough time to explore the selected parks that you visit. You will visit our popular private game conservancies in the Rift Valley and the Swara Plains - highlight here is the huge numbers of oryx, elands and other plains game. A safari in Amboseli with the snow-capped Kilimanjaro takes 3 days giving us enough time to see huge herds of elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, cats and plains game.
This seniors tour is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers and wildlife photography.
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ITINERARY OF THE 9 DAY SENIOR TOUR IN SWARA, RIFT VALLEY AND AMBOSELI
Day 1. Nairobi
Arrival at the airport at night and reception by Ontdek Kenya. Transfer from the airport to the La Mada or equivalent hotel in Nairobi.
Day 2. Crescent Island Walk
After breakfast there is the briefing by the guide about the program. By 8.30 a.m. we leave Nairobi via the Nakuru road to the Rift valley. The Nairobi - Nakuru road is on a contour along the rim of the Rift valley and on a viewpoint we will be able to see our whole route for the next 2 days.
In the afternoon we go for game viewing walks on Crescent Island which is a private conservancy on the eastern shore of Lake Naivasha. There is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, wildebeests, waterbucks, elands, zebras and impalas. It is also a heaven for birds with +200 species recorded. The walk is gentle and a good introduction to Kenya's wildlife.
We return to the Lake Naivasha Country Club for overnight.
Day 3. Senior Tour: Crater Lake
Full day at the nearby Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. This is another private game conservancy where there are huge numbers of plains game.
Game drives with options for walks give us good sightings of giraffes, black and white Colobus monkeys, elands, hartebeests and a range of gazelles, all which are easily found in the sanctuary.
Overnight at the Lake Naivasha Country Club.
Day 4+5. Seniors Tour: Swara Plains
The latest addition to our portfolio of camps and wildlife conservancies is the Swara Plains just 30 minutes out of the city of Nairobi. This 20,000 acres ranch is old wild Africa at its very best: wide open savanna grasslands, tall yellow fever trees, endless views, over 3000 resident population of easy to see plains game and +270 bird species. Swara Plains is part of the Tsavo-Amboseli eco-system and with exception of elephants, rhinos and buffaloes all the other plains game found in Tsavo and Amboseli are found here. You will see big herds of oryx, elands, wildebeests, giraffes, monkeys, hartebeests, zebras, impalas, Grant's and Thompson's gazelles, warthogs and the occasional gerenuk (= giraffe-neck gazelle) in total absence of mass tourism.
The number of visitors to the ranch is deliberately kept small by having a camp (Acacia Camp) with only 13 rustic but still comfortable bandas (= cottages) making this a place to see game without being surrounded by safari mini buses.
Good food is a big part of a travel experience, and as the owner/manager of Acacia has a long history of managing some of the well known tented camps in Kenya, in Acacia you can expect top kitchen with a touch of home cooking.
For birders, walkers as well as anyone looking for a nature based tour in Kenya, we invite you to Swara Plains for all the right reasons: one-off wildlife viewing experience, guided nature walks, colorful and easily found birds, yes right outside the bandas as you relax e.g. Hoopoe, Hunter's and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, Fisher's Lovebirds, Black-faced Waxbills, Superb, Rüppell's Long-tailed and Hildebrandt's Starlings, Von der Decken's Hornbills, Slate-colored Boubou, White-bellied Canary, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Crested Francolin among others.Days here are for guided walks and game drives. Overnights at Acacia Camp.
Day 6,7+8. Amboseli National Park
Our seniors tour moves south to Amboseli national park at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The magic of Amboseli is seeing the big game including huge herds of elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, impalas, Grant's gazelles and elands with the backdrop of the snow-capped Kilimanjaro. This is a place for great photos justifying our tour as a photography safari.
Should you be a birder Amboseli has +425 species of birds recorded. There are water birds, birds of prey as well as dry scrub birds.
Overnights at the Kibo Tented Camp.
Day 9. Lunch at Acacia Camp + transfer to Nairobi for the outbound flight
Leave Amboseli in the late morning and drive back to Acacia Camp for lunch. Enjoy game drives in the afternoon and leave the ranch for the airport in the evening.
Itinerary changes on your senior tour may be made due to local conditions beyond our control.
PRICE: Our attractive price for senior tours are based on the size of your party includes all accommodation as per itinerary, all meals from breakfast of day 2 through lunch of day 9, all transport Nairobi-Nairobi and airport transfers, bottled water during the walks, services of guides, the park entrance fees and a Flying Doctors Evacuation cover. The only extras on you are spendings on airfare to Kenya, airport taxes, visa, insurance, drinks at the table, tips and expenditure of personal nature.
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