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    Kenya & Maasai Mara Grand Safari

    Resort:Kenya & Maasai Mara Grand Safari
    Operator: Great Rail Journeys
    Destination: Kenya
    Price From: £2895.00

    Overview

    Immerse yourself in the wildlife and culture of East Africa on
    this unforgettable safari adventure. Uncover captivating history,
    explore wild Kenyan landscapes, and spot the majestic ‘Big Five’ at
    some of the most celebrated game reserves in the continent.

    Highlights

    • Nairobi
    • Nairobi Railway Museum and Karen Blixen Museum
    • Journey on the Madaraka Express
    • Tsavo West National Park
    • Boat ride on Lake Naivasha
    • Maasai Mara Safari
    • Visit to the Giraffe Centre sanctuary in Nairobi

    whats Included

    • First Class Rail
    • 3-4* Accommodation
    • Selected Porterage
    • Return Scheduled Flights
    • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
    • Journey on the Madaraka Express

    Itinerary

    Day 1 – To Nairobi

    Our East African adventure begins as we board our flight from
    London to Nairobi, Kenya’s thriving capital city which offers a
    blend of modern African culture with a unique wildlife influence.
    Just outside the sprawling centre lies Nairobi National Park, an
    expanse of rolling plains where lions, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs
    and the endangered black rhinoceros roam the vast grasslands, set
    against a dramatic urban city backdrop. We arrive this evening and
    transfer to our hotel, the 4-Star Sarova Panafric.

    Day 2 – Nairobi Railway Museum and Karen Blixen Museum

    We uncover the culture and history of dynamic Nairobi, the
    beating heart of Kenya, with a morning of sightseeing. Our first
    visit of the day is to the Nairobi Railway Museum, the only Railway
    Museum in East and Central Africa. The museum was opened in 1971 by
    the now-defunct East African Railways who, as a result of the rapid
    changes in the railway industry, felt it was important to create
    lasting, tangible links to the past. Today, the museum houses many
    fascinating relics from years gone by, including a number of
    locomotives, and exemplifies the profound development of Kenyan
    engineering over the decades.

    We continue to the Karen Blixen Museum, the former coffee
    plantation and home of the renowned Danish author, tucked away in
    the verdant foothills of the Ngong Hills. Blixen is most famous for
    penning the 1937 memoir ‘Out of Africa’, which chronicles the
    seventeen years of her life spent in colonial Kenya, then known as
    British East Africa, and presents a lively recollection of everyday
    life here. A film adaptation was released in 1985 and won an
    incredible seven Academy Awards, including the Oscar for Best
    Picture. Take a step back in time to early 20th century Kenya as we
    explore the peaceful house and grounds, furnished in much of its
    original decor and featuring props from the film.

    This evening we are treated to a special dining experience at
    the Carnivore Restaurant. Taking inspiration from Brazillian
    Rodízio restaurants, the restaurant serves a variety of meats
    including crocodile and ostrich, skewered on Maasai swords and
    grilled on an enormous barbecue pit before being served
    table-side.

    Days 3-4 – The Madaraka Express to Tsavo West National Park

    After breakfast, we transfer to Nairobi Railway Station for our
    journey on The Madaraka Express, a modern train that is an
    incredible feat for Kenya Railways. Built in 2017 to replace the
    colonial era Uganda Railway, the line runs between Nairobi and
    Mombasa and provides the fastest rail travel the country has ever
    seen. We enjoy a comfortable journey to Mtito Andei, travelling in
    air conditioned First Class carriages with spacious, reclining
    seats. The views are unparalleled; dramatic mountain ranges,
    villages which grant a unique glimpse at rural Kenyan life, and
    grasslands in which we may spot distant elephants, giraffes and
    zebras.

    We transfer to the 3-Star Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, which
    offers views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. The
    hotel is set within the magnificent Tsavo West National Park, a
    wildlife conservation area that is home to Africa’s ‘Big Five’ game
    animals; the lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo.
    We journey into the heart of the park this afternoon on our first
    game drive, hoping to catch a glimpse of these mighty creatures,
    along with the plethora of other fascinating animals and birds that
    make their homes here.

    We head out early on Day 4 for another game
    drive, enjoying the exhilarating feeling of building excitement as
    we travel through the park in search of wildlife. We return to the
    lodge in time for breakfast, followed by time at leisure. After
    lunch, we are treated to a cultural talk on the local area during
    which we learn about the ‘maneaters of Tsavo’, a notorious pair of
    lions responsible for a number of deaths in the late 1800s. This
    afternoon brings with it another game drive, further increasing our
    chances of observing rare wildlife.

    Days 5-6 – Lake Naivasha

    This morning, we drive back to Nairobi, where we enjoy lunch at
    the Big Five Restaurant. Sitting on the edge of Nairobi National
    Park, the restaurant boasts a 300-foot veranda which offers
    magnificent views over the wild scenery, giving us the chance to
    spot animals as we dine. We continue to beautiful Lake Naivasha, a
    calm lake surrounded by volcanic rock, grassy banks and lush
    forests. We enjoy dinner at our hotel.

    After breakfast on Day 6, we take to the waters
    for a boat ride across serene Lake Naivasha. The combination of
    freshwater and rich flora here attracts wildlife including
    hippopotamuses, hundreds of species of birds, including pelicans
    and kingfishers, along with animals such as zebra and buffalo who
    use the lake as a drinking hole. If we’re lucky, our cruise will
    provide us with an up-close view of bathing hippos and an array of
    exotic birds. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    Days 7-8 – Maasai Mara Safari

    We set out to the Great Rift Valley this morning, where our
    destination is the 4-Star Sarova Mara Game Camp in Maasai Mara.
    Perhaps the jewel in the crown of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas,
    Maasai Mara is one of the most popular game reserves in Africa and
    is revered around the world for its exceptional wildlife, as well
    as its annual wildebeest migration. We are indulged with another
    chance to see the ‘Big Five’ as we head to the plains on safari.
    Animals here are free to roam beyond the unfenced confines of the
    reserve, resulting in a symbiotic relationship between the wildlife
    and local Maasai tribes whose villages dot the grasslands and
    creating a truly authentic wildlife viewing experience for
    visitors. Here, we may see lions striding proudly across the
    plains, herds of elephants bathing in the shallow waters and
    giraffes grazing at the lofty trees.

    Day 8 is dedicated to wildlife viewing as we
    embark on both a morning and afternoon game drive. Look out for the
    resident big cats – lions, cheetahs and leopards, which were the
    stars of the long-running BBC nature documentary, ‘Big Cat Diary.’
    After dinner at our hotel this evening, we delve into the
    fascinating culture of Maasai Mara with a cultural talk about the
    area.

    Days 9-10 – To Nairobi and home

    After breakfast, we leave Maasai Mara and transfer to Nairobi,
    where we visit the Giraffe Centre. Dedicated to the conservation of
    the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, the park has bred and released
    more than 40 calves into safe game parks across the country. Enjoy
    some free time here. You could visit the information centre and
    educate yourself further on wildlife in Kenya, stroll along the
    scenic nature trail, or even hand-feed a giraffe. We continue to a
    local restaurant for a delicious farewell dinner, before
    transferring to the airport for our flight to London. Our tour
    concludes on arrival on Day 10.