Overview

If you’re looking for an exciting wildlife adventure, look no further than this popular Kenyan trip. This itinerary is designed to showcase the best of Kenya’s wildlife, including the iconic Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo) and the unique Samburu Special 5 (gerenuk antelope, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, and beisa oryx).

During the trip, you will visit five national parks and private conservancies, including Aberdare National Park, Samburu National Reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Naivasha, and Masai Mara National Park. At Ol Pejeta, you will have the opportunity to visit the last two white rhinos and learn more about their conservation. In Masai Mara, you will have three full days to explore the best game points and witness the Big 5 in action.

In addition to the Big 5 and Samburu Special 5, you may also come across the Ugly 5 (hyenas, wildebeest, vultures, common warthog, and Marabou Storks) during your travels. With expert guides to lead the way, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience exploring Kenya’s stunning wildlife.

By the conclusion of your journey, you will depart Nairobi with unforgettable memories and an urge to revisit and discover even more of the breathtaking beauty of Kenya.

Package Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Private Safari Vehicle
  • Expert Guide
  • Park Fees

Highlights

  • Stay in perfect setting across national parks/conservancies
  • Witness the last 2 white rhinos & learn lot more about rhino conservation
  • Unlimited game drives, cultural tours
  • Best suited for big 5 and Samburu special 5
  • Experience the Kenya moorlands in the backdrop of Mt Kenya
  • Private conservancy visit
  • Best time to go:
  • Best
  • Good
  • Mixed
  • Jan
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  • May
  • June
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Location

Accommodation Visited

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Maasai Mara

Mara Sopa Lodge

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Kenya! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi), you will be greeted by a friendly member of our team. Before setting off on your journey, your captain/guide will give you a brief overview of your itinerary and answer any questions you may have. Take a moment to relax and refuel with breakfast and coffee at a nearby café before hitting the road.

Your next stop is Aberdare National Park, where you will arrive at the Aberdare Country Club for lunch. After lunch, head to your accommodation for the night at Ark Lodge, located near a watering hole for unbeatable wildlife viewing opportunities. This compact hotel offers the perfect blend of comfort and close proximity to nature, allowing you to witness animals come to drink and lick salt from the nearby watering hole.

Spend the evening with your captain, planning the next day’s activities, and end the day with a breathtaking view of the stars. Get ready for a unique and unforgettable experience in Aberdare National Park.

Day 2

The focus is on the stunning Samburu National Reserve, renowned for its vibrant and diverse wildlife. The park is home to rare species such as gerenuk antelopes, reticulated giraffes, grevy’s zebras, Somali ostriches, and beisa oryx. It is also a prime location for spotting elephants, lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

Located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river, the Samburu-Laikipia Ecosystem is teeming with wildlife, including Grant gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, dik-diks, hippos, olive baboons, warthogs, lions, leopards, cheetahs, cape buffaloes, hyenas, elands, jackals, klipspringers, mongooses, and bats. Spend two comfortable nights at the Samburu Sopa Lodge, nestled within the national reserve.

Day 3

Awaken to a breathtaking panorama of the vast lands as you enjoy your breakfast. The endless sights of the unique wildlife in Samburu are sure to leave you wanting more. If you didn’t have the chance to catch a glimpse of the remarkable creatures on your first day, venture out for another exciting adventure on the second day. Indulge in the thrill of animal sightings and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of this semi-arid region located in the Laikipia county.

Day 4

One of the highlights of your stay at Ol Pejeta will be visiting the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, where you’ll get to interact with rescued chimpanzees. These intelligent and social animals will captivate you with their playful antics and endearing personalities.

Another must-visit attraction at Ol Pejeta is the rhino sanctuary, where you’ll get to see some of the last remaining Northern White Rhinos in the world. This species is on the brink of extinction, and the conservancy is doing important work to conserve and protect them.

As you spend time in this unique and special place, you’ll be contributing to the ongoing conservation efforts. The conservancy operates on a non-profit model, and your visit will help support their work in protecting the wildlife and their habitats.

Stay at Sweetwaters’ Serena Camp overnight and enjoy the amazing hospitality of the camp & its staff.

Day 5

Embark on an exciting day trip from Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Lake Naivasha, located in the heart of the Great Rift Valley. The drive will take approximately 3 to 4 hours, allowing you to visit the equator and learn about the fascinating Coriolis effect along the way. Upon arrival at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort, enjoy a delicious lunch and some leisure time at the pool, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Explore the estate and discover an array of wildlife, including giraffes, waterbucks, Colobus monkeys, and Vervet monkeys. Take some time to relax and rejuvenate before starting your next adventure in the Mara.

Day 6

All relaxed & rejuvenated for your ultimate adventure to Masai Mara, start your day with a delicious breakfast and check-out from the camp. During your three-hour drive from Lake Naivasha, enjoy game drives as you make your way to Mara Sopa Lodge, where you’ll have lunch.

Masai Mara is renowned for offering the ultimate safari experience, especially if you happen to choose your travel dates between July and October. During this time, you’ll have the chance to witness the awe-inspiring wildebeest migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes make their way from Tanzania for their annual pilgrimage to Maasai Mara.

Get ready for breathtaking views and a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience. To learn more about the wildebeest migration, click here.

Day 7

Masai Mara is a breathtaking savannah landscape that boasts stunning sunsets and is an ideal place to spot the big-maned lions. To maximize your chances of seeing these magnificent creatures, it is recommended to visit the park early in the morning before they retreat into the bushes. Take advantage of this opportunity by packing a picnic breakfast and enjoying it amidst the stunning scenery.

Get up close with the wild residents of Maasai Mara, including the well-known pride of lions, and learn about their territories. Your guide will have extensive knowledge of the different species and their behavior and is sure to provide a wealth of information and fascinating stories about the Maasai. So don’t be afraid to ask questions and immerse yourself in the wild.

Day 8

With an extra day to spend in Masai Mara, you have the opportunity to experience even more of the incredible sights and activities that the region has to offer. One of the most breathtaking experiences you can have is a hot air balloon ride, giving you a bird’s eye view of the stunning landscapes below. As you rise with the sun, you can observe the animals below going about their daily routines. The beauty of the savannah will be brought to life by the sun’s rays, creating a truly unforgettable moment.

To gain a deeper understanding of the region and its people, consider visiting a Masai cultural village. You will have the chance to learn about the Masai tribe, who have lived in perfect harmony with the ecosystem for generations. Meet the friendly locals, hear their stories, and join them in a traditional singing and dancing ritual in their homes, known as ‘manyatta’.

Other activities to consider include a bush breakfast, sundowners with champagne, nature walks, cultural talks, and more. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to create lasting memories and have an unforgettable experience in Masai Mara.

Day 9

After a leisurely morning and enjoying a delicious breakfast, it’s time to embark on your journey to Nairobi, 3 to 4 hour drive. Before departing from the national park, take a short game drive to experience the wildlife in their natural habitat. Take in all the sights and sounds, capturing them in your memory and camera, as you will have many tales to share with your loved ones about this incredible trip.

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye. Your captain will drop you off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, but not before you snap one last picture and say farewell to your guide. Your captain was the one who made this African safari trip a truly unforgettable experience.

See you soon…..Tuonane Baadae !!

Detailed Tour Price
No. Of Pax Price
Upto 2 pax $2,487
2 to 4 pax $2,174
4+ pax $1,966

Above mentioned rates are per person rates on sharing basis. These are indicative prices & not actuals.

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