Highlights of Kenya
Explore five of Kenya’s most memorable reserves and national parks on this 11-day guided wildlife safari. Your journey begins in Amboseli National Park, where we set out in search of wildlife beneath the beautiful, yet formidable Mt Kilimanjaro. Unique and fascinating ecosystems await us in Aberdare National Park, our next stop on the Kenya circuit. We conclude our trip at the world-renowned Masai Mara, a place where diverse species and large herds of wildlife roam freely amongst this acacia-dotted grassland. Return home with rich, lasting memories of Kenya, its people, and its wildlife.
Day 1: Arrive in Kenya | Amboseli National Park
Arrive this morning at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on the flight of your choice. Here you will meet your travel representative and driver guide, who will lead you through a short safari briefing before setting out toward Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is located at the foot of Africa’s snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro, and the mountain dominates the horizon beyond this southern park. Amboseli supports a fragile ecosystem of wildlife that is best known for its large herds of elephant. Explore the park with your guide before returning to Ol Tukai Lodge for dinner and a restful first evening in Kenya.
Day 2: Amboseli National Park
Spend today exploring the wild diversity of Amboseli National Park with a morning and afternoon game drive. Set out at sunrise to witness wildlife activity before the heat of the day, returning for breakfast and lunch back at the lodge. Relax before setting out for your afternoon game drive, keeping your eyes peeled for the massive herds of elephant, diverse bird species and other wildlife. Enjoy this exciting day beneath the beautiful backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Day 3: Aberdare National Park
Rise for an early breakfast before setting out in the direction of the beautiful Mt Kenya. Mt Kenya was formed some three and a half million years ago, and this UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site is considered deeply sacred by the Kikuyu people. Enjoy lunch at the Aberdare Country Club before proceeding to your lodge inside the Aberdare National Park.
Located northeast of Nairobi, Aberdare was established to protect the Aberdare Mountain Range, the peaks of which reach 3930 meters. Aberdare’s landscape features steep forested slopes, expansive moors and deep ravines scattered with tumbling waterfalls, clear streams and cascading rivers. Here you will also find elephant, lion, spotted hyena, rhino, black leopard and the elusive bongo antelope.
Settle in at your lodge for the evening.
Day 4: Samburu National Reserve
After breakfast set out for the Northern area of Samburu, arriving at camp in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon acquainting yourself with the lodge and resting up before our evening game drive.Situated along the Ewaso Nyiro River, Samburu National Reserve attracts plenty of wildlife from the surrounding plains and habitats to its remote location. Large herds of elephant, reticulated giraffe, buffalo, gerenuks and big cats are all commonly spotted. You may also have the privilege of witnessing a red-robed Samburu tribesmen bringing their cattle down to the river to drink.
Return back to the lodge for dinner, enjoying uninterrupted views of the beautiful river and wildlife it attracts.
Day 5: Samburu National Reserve
Rise early for a morning game drive, setting out in the coolest hours of the day to maximize your game-viewing experience. Keep an eye out for unique species only found north of the equator, such as the helmeted guinea fowl, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra and Beisa oryx. Find relief from the hot African sun back at the lodge, relaxing for the remainder of the afternoon until the sun sets and the wildlife is active once more. Set out for one last game drive in Samburu, enjoying sundowners at a beautiful location before returning to camp for dinner.
Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park
After a filling breakfast, we leave the unique landscapes of Samburu behind as we set out for the great Rift Valley Lakes. Arrive at the entrance to Lake Nakuru National Park in the late afternoon, heading straight to our lodge for lunch. Enjoy time to rest before setting back out on an evening game drive in the park, exploring the lake and the various species of Lake Nakuru National Park. You will soon discover that this area is teeming with wildlife – keep your eyes peeled for the lions, buffalo and rhino that call this corner of Kenya home. If you’re lucky, you may just spot a leopard relaxing beside the lake.
Return to the lodge for dinner and an evening under the open Kenyan sky.
Day 7: Lake Nakuru National Park
Spend today exploring the game-rich Lake Nakuru National Park with morning and afternoon game drives. Lake Nakuru is a world heritage site, renowned for its diverse birdlife, including the beautiful Flamingo, and picturesque landscape of marshes, woodland, grassland and euphorbia forests. The park also boasts a rhino sanctuary and supports regular sightings of the elusive leopard.
Enjoy a stunning sunset over Lake Nakuru before returning to your lodge for the evening.
Day 8: Masai Mara
Today we are off to the famed Masai Mara National Reserve. Upon arrival at our Mara camp, we will have time to enjoy a relaxing lunch and some rest before the temperatures cool down enough for our afternoon game drive. The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves, and you will soon realize why. Acacia dotted plains jet up against tree-lined rivers and wildlife roams in abundance, creating a memorable wildlife experience for even the most seasoned traveler. Keep your eyes peeled for a pride of lions stalking their prey, a herd of elephants as they stomp through the plains or a pod of hippos almost hidden beneath the water. Game viewing on the reserve is fantastic year-round, and in certain months you can even see the great wildebeest migration.
Return to the camp for dinner and a chance to reflect back on our exciting day.
Day 9-10: Masai Mara
Spend the next two days exploring the wonders of the great Masai Mara. Search for the big five and other notable game, or choose to engage in other optional activities at the camp (please discuss these options beforehand with your Trip Planner).
Day 11: Nairobi | Depart Kenya
Enjoy one final safari breakfast before meeting your transfer back to Nairobi. Stop for lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant en route to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where you are dropped off to catch your outbound flight.