Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
Spend 9 days in Kenya on the best safaris in the most famous parks - from Nairobi National Park to the Maasai Mara - this is the best trip to spot The Big Five.
Ahead, I saw the glint of water winking under the sunlight. The scene at the watering hole unfolded before us. A crescent of dark water stretched out, a few trees marking its banks here and there. The bush and grassland around it lay flat to the ground, trampled by the comings and goings of the park's residents. But what the eye was really drawn to were the eight lions crouching beside the waters edge, lapping up the water so gently it was as if they were house cats...
Day 1: Nairobi
Begin your safari in Nairobi National Park, at Ole Sereni, the only hotel in the world that is bordered by a national park. If the captivating views of the park aren’t enough, you might spot giraffe zebra, antelope and buffalo that often lounge near the waterhole in front of the property, beginning the game viewing from your room, the restaurant, bar and even the swimming pool!
Enjoy a drink on the rooftop bar overlooking Nairobi’s skyline to end your first day in Kenya. Wake up for an early breakfast before your driver picks you up and your journey to Ol Pejeta Conservancy begins.
Days 2 and 3: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Travel with your driver-guide toward Ol Pejeta Conservancy, with beautiful scenery along the way. During the 3-hour drive, you’ll pass the region of Neri and be greeted by stunning views of Mount Kenya. After arrival at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, you’ll have time for lunch and then settle into your new surroundings. Choose between relaxing in camp for a few hours or heading out on an afternoon game drive before making your way back to camp for a delicious dinner, and maybe a drink or two.
Ol Pejeta is home to the Big 5, however, one of the main reasons people head here is for the cutting-edge conservation and large rhino population. During your second day at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, choose to visit the endangered species enclosure, to head out on a game drive or to venture out on foot to explore the beauty of the conservancy. You can extend your time out in the bush by enjoying a packed lunch in the plains, or you can head back to camp for a sit-down meal. If you choose to relax in the afternoon, try a night drive before returning to camp for a late dinner!
Days 4 and 5: Samburu National Park
After an early breakfast at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, head out for a 3-hour game drive toward Samburu National Reserve. You’ll arrive in the heart of Samburu just in time for lunch at Elephant Bedroom. This intimate camp offers simple elegance complemented by an exceptional safari experience. The camp is located on the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River, so wildlife is never far. Activities include two daily game drives, and if you’re up for something more adventurous, heading out on a guided bush walk is always a great way to explore the reserve.
Elephant, monkey and impala are among the camp's many regular wild visitors – and the region is known for its lion and leopard numbers, too. Samburu also has more unique wildlife such as the Gerenuk, the Reticulated giraffe, the Somali ostrich, the Grevy’s zebra and the Beisa oryx, which cannot be found in other areas of Kenya.
Days 6 to 8: Maasai Mara
After your final morning at Elephant Room, your driver guide will transport you to either Kalama, Oryx or Buffalo Airstrip, roughly 30-60 minutes from camp. From there, you’ll catch a 1.5-hour flight to the Maasai Mara. You will be greeted by a driver guide who will take you to your next stop in this itinerary: Alex Walker Serian. This is the first of Alex Walker’s camps, and it perfectly captures the essence of its name - ‘peaceful, calm, serene’ - in the Masai language. It is also the ideal place to spend the last few nights of your Kenyan safari. The intimate camp has just five spacious rooms that are set above the Mara River with views over the Oloololo Escarpment.
Located in the private Mara North Conservancy, you’ll feel as though you’re in your very own piece of Africa. You can enjoy daily game drives, however, if you’re looking for something more engaging, head out into the bush on foot or spend a night sleeping beneath the stars in a fly camping experience. Allow yourself to completely disconnect on your last few days of safari before heading home and back to the real world.
Day 9: Mara North Airstrip
Enjoy your last breakfast at Alex Walker Serian before heading off to Mara North Airstrip for your connecting flight back home.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices are per person based on two people travelling together. Travel during some peak season months will incur higher rates.
- Domestic flights.
- All road transfers and airport pickups/drop-offs.
- All accommodation as per the itinerary. Accommodation can be amended based on budget and preferences.
- All camping equipment where necessary.
- Fees for guides, scouts, drivers, and cooks.
- All entrance fees as per the program.
- Meal plan full board.
- Fees for all activities as per the program.
- Conservation charge.
- International flights and visa fees.
- Activities not mentioned or stated as optional in the itinerary.
- Other personal expenses, souvenirs, tips and gratuities, etc.