This eight days Kenyan safari offers the thrill of game drives in three of Kenya’s national parks with a chance to hike the nation’s tallest mountain, Mt. Kenya.
You’ll get the opportunity to see Samburu’s iconic “Special Five” (Best oryx, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and Grevy’s zebra), observe the great Wildebeest Migration and the Big Five on Maasai Mara national park, and search for African rhinos in Lake Nakuru National Park.
You’ll also get a lifetime experience by taking a day hike on Mt. Kenya, placed at 5,199m make it Africa’s second tallest mountain behind the Roof of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Day 1-8 | Kenya
- MT. KENYA
- SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
- LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
- MAASAI MARA
DAY ONE: NAIROBI to MT. KENYA
You’ll leave Nairobi city after breakfast and make way through Kenyan farmlands to the lower slopes of Mt. Kenya, where you’ll spend overnighting at the luxurious Mountain Lodge.
With its specially designed and elevated game-viewing decks, Serena Mountain Lodge offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a safari from the comfort of the lodge.
You’ll have the whole afternoon and evening to spend at your leisure, relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.
DAY TWO: MT. KENYA DAY HIKE
After early morning breakfast and briefing, you’ll make way with day bags and a picnic lunch for the hike to Mt. Kenya National Park. Along the way, you’ll move from the southern hemisphere into the northern hemisphere.
You’ll then reach the park gates placed at 3,000m and delight in a leisurely hike along the Naromoru route near the mountain’s peak. Though you won’t be attempting that lofty goal today, your hike will go as high as 4,000m for an amazing view of Mt. Kenya’s main peaks and the surrounding land.
After taking in the daily accomplishments and picnic lunch served, you’ll then descend to meet with your safari car and back to the lodge.
DAY THREE: MT. KENYA to SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
You’ll leave for Samburu shortly after early morning breakfast.
On arrival, you’ll enjoy a brief game drive en route to your lodge, where you’ll drop off your possessions and have lunch.
After lunch and refreshments, you will head out on a game drive in the semi-arid national park that portrays unique wildlife that Samburu is home to. Also to more ‘conventional’ safari animal sightings, you’ll also have an opportunity to spot the Beisa Oryx, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, long-necked Gerenuk and Grevy’s Zebra – commonly known as the ‘Special Five’.
The park also provides a home to large herds of elephants, as well as zebras, lions, leopards, and more.
After your adventurous game drive, you’ll spend an overnight close to the reserve.
DAY FOUR: SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
This is a full day to sightsee the national park be part of its rarer inhabitants as well as the likes of cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, antelopes, lions and more.
While Samburu as the national park is smaller than other Kenyan national parks and game reserves, its variety of wildlife tends to gather closer near the life-giving Ewaso Ng’iro River, which makes it an ideal place for camping and does some game-viewing.
DAY FIVE: SAMBURU GAME RESERVE to LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
After early morning breakfast, you’ll set off for your journey to Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley.
Previously famed for its glorious looking pink flamingos, the park is now better known for its large herds of buffalo and the home to both black and white rhinoceros.
Around midday, you’ll enjoy lunch at your lodge then take an afternoon game drive along the shores of the lake to spot buffalo, lions, leopards, baboons, waterbucks, and eland.
DAY SIX: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK to MAASAI MARA
You’ll depart from Lake Nakuru after a morning breakfast for the journey south to Kenya’s most famous national park the Maasai Mara.
Maasai Mara is part of the vast Serengeti savannah plains, the Maasai Mara provide an annual home to a chapter of the famous Wildebeest Migration as 1.7 million wildebeest and more than 500,000 zebras and antelopes perform river crossing at Mara River in hopes of finding safety and food on the Masai Mara’s sweeping plains.
Even when the great Wildebeest Migration is not happening, in Maasai Mara you’ll still have the chance to see the entire Big Five as well as Kenya’s largest variety of animal life.
After having lunch at your lodge, you’ll leave for an afternoon and amazing sunset game drive in search of elephants, big cats, giraffes, and more wildlife species available.
DAY SEVEN: MAASAI MARA
On this day you’ll wake up before the dawn to experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a Maasai Mara sunrise. After a quick breakfast, you’ll head out into the park to watch as the sun sets bright fire to the savannah plains and the big cats take an opportunity of the morning cool to search for a meal.
Otherwise, you can take to the skies with an exciting hot air balloon safari that will see you soar above all of the wildlife action before setting down on the plains for a champagne breakfast.
You can ask your safari specialist about adding a hot air balloon adventure to your safari.
Afterwards, you’ll then return to your lodge for a late morning breakfast then heading back out into the park for a day-long exploration of the Maasai Mara.
You may also opt to use a moment to relax at your lodge in the morning, take your lunch on-site, and then leave in the afternoon once the weather has cooled off.
DAY EIGHT: MAASARI MARA – NAIROBI
Included in the price
• Accommodation as per the itinerary
• All safari transport in fully kitted out 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser safari vehicle
• Game drives as per the itinerary
• Experienced local driver-guide
• Accommodation during the safari on FB
• 1x Ngorongoro Crater tour
• Mineral water during a game drive
Excluded from the price
• Travel insurance
• Accommodation in Arusha before and after the safari
• Airport taxes
• Tips, curios and items of a personal nature
• All not indicated in inclusion portion
• International Flights
This is a private tour and hence there won’t be anyone else except yourself and the people you chose to travel within your group. Our vehicles can take a maximum of 7 people and should your group be bigger than that, more than one vehicle will be used.
Yes, there is and unfortunately, children under the age of 6 years are not permitted to take part in this trip.
You will stay in safari lodges and permanent tented camps (with en-suite bathrooms). Safari lodges are solid buildings, whereas tented camps are permanently set-up, walk-in safari-style tents that offer the same service as hotels and lodges.
During the safari, you will be transported in specially converted 4×4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruiser) that are able to take on the harsh Tanzanian road conditions. Each guest will enjoy a window seat and during game drives the roof will open, ensuring unspoilt views. On the last day, you will board a light aircraft that will take you back to the safari’s point of origin.
“Is the price inclusive of meals and if yes, what kind of food will be provided?”
- Meals are included as stated in the itinerary and mineral water is also supplied during the safari. All other drinks such as soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are excluded and need to be settled by yourself.
- You will dine at the respective accommodations. For breakfast, a buffet is usually set up, whereas a three-course menu is typically served for dinner. Lunch is mostly enjoyed en-route in form of pre-packed lunch (lunch-box) consisting of sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.
- Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our utmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).