Encounter the best wildlife viewing destinations Kenya has to offer on this exhilarating 10-day itinerary. Soak up the spectacular landscapes of Lake Nakuru National Park, meet the red-robed Samburu tribesmen while wildlife spotting along the Ewaso Nyiro River and photograph the “Big Five” within the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve.
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Welcome to Nairobi! You’ll be met by a guide who will let you know what to expect on your safari and then whisked out of town. Your destination: Sunbird Lodge. This eco-friendly accommodation is situated in the famous Great Rift Valley along the banks of Lake Elementaita. Enjoy your Luxury Cottage and recuperate from a busy day while preparing for even more to come!
Kenya’s wildlife will be on full display today! After a wonderful breakfast at Sunbird Lodge, you’ll be whisked away to Lake Nakuru National Park. An all day game drive will provide opportunities for viewing lion, buffalo, herd animals, and even rhinoceros! This region of Kenya has one of the most dense rhino populations on the continent. Leopards have even been sighted in the limbs of shade trees.
You’ll be delivered back to Sunbird Lodge in time for dinner and sunset. Images of the day are sure to continue rolling your head as you head back to bed in your Luxury Cottage.
After breakfast at Sunbird Lodge, you’ll make the three-hour drive to Ol Pejeta Conservancy and arrive in time for lunch at your luxury tented property. You’ll have plenty of time to relax as the cool of afternoon sets in, then head out to explore everything this wonderful conservancy has to offer. See some of the last remaining northern rhinos in the wild and enjoy the rare opportunity of seeing both black and white rhinos together.
Enjoy a full day exploring Ol Pejeta Conservancy and take the opportunity to head out with the Anti Poaching Dog Unit. You’ll learn first-hand about the vital work they do in protecting the endangered rhinos within the conservancy, then travel back to the camp to relax for the evening.
Wake early for breakfast before driving towards Samburu National Park and the Elephant Bedroom Camp where you will spend the next two nights. After lunch, enjoy wildlife watching around the Ewaso Nyiro River where the camp is situated to spot unique species like Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Gerenuk gazelle and Somali ostrich.
Enjoy an early morning light breakfast before your first game drive of the day, exploring the acacia forests, grasslands and riverine landscapes of Samburu National Reserve. Then return to camp for a full breakfast and time to relax before heading out again in the afternoon.
Photograph herds of elephant traversing the landscape and catch sightings of the big cats that comprise Samburu’s large and diverse wildlife population. You may also be privileged to witness the red-robed Samburu tribesmen as they bring their cattle down to the river to drink.
This morning you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to the Masai Mara, arriving in time for lunch at the Sentinel Eco Camp. You’ll have time for an afternoon siesta before an evening game drive to catch your first glimpse of this magnificent national park during sunset.
The next two days will be spent exploring the Masai Mara National Reserve, with the opportunity to wake early for a hot air balloon safari on one of the mornings. Float silently above the plains, forests and rivers while spotting wildlife as they traverse the landscape below.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot the “Big Five” on daily game drive safaris and may bear witness to the Great Wildebeest Migration as it slowly makes its way towards the Serengeti. Observe the unique social structure of elephant herds, watch as lions stalk their prey and see hippos slowly submerging themselves in the river waters.
After breakfast, it’s time to fly back to Nairobi where you’ll be met by one of our representatives at the Wilson Airport and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home.
Dates & Rates
Daily departures offered year round; please inquire for specific dates. Note, all departures require a minimum of 2 guests
- Full board accommodation while on safari
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in Nairobi
- Transfers to and from the airport
- A safari briefing at the start
- All game drives and site seeing as per the itinerary in private safari minibus driven by a professional English speaking guide
- Excursions and scheduled activities as per the itinerary
- Park entrance fees throughout
- Flying doctors medical evacuation cover
- I litre of water per person per day while in a Safari vehicle
- Current Government taxes and levies
- International Airfares
- International and domestic departure tax
- Laundry services
- Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above
- Entry Visas to the country
- Travel and health insurance
- Balloon flight in the Masai Mara (additional charge USD $450 per person)
- Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above
- Gratuities (tips) to your guide, hotel staff and porters
- Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry, telephone and postage
FAQ & More
Kenya's international airport is called Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and introduced to your driver/guide who will accompany you on your safari. You will also be transferred to the airport at the end of your safari for your onward arrangements. Depending on your flight timings it may be necessary to have an overnight in Nairobi at the beginning or end of your safari (at an additional cost). Please let us know if you would like to be picked up at a hotel or the airport.
If you have already booked your flight, let us know your flight details.
Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Some nationalities will have to obtain these prior to arrival and others will be able to obtain these on arrival at the port of entry. It is imperative that passports are valid for at least six months and have at least two blank pages, or four, if travelling to both Kenya and Tanzania.
While single-entry visas are available upon arrival at Kenyan airports, Kenyan Immigration plans to arrival visas in the near future so we recommend applying in advance. Kenya is on an advance e-visa system and it's pretty seamless and straightforward. Cost is $51 for a single-entry visa for US and Canadian citizens, valid for 90 days.
Both Tanzania and Kenya are malarial areas and therefore it is recommended that travellers start a malaria prophylactic before and during your visit. Most lodges have mosquito nets or mosquito resistant tents/rooms along with providing insect spray and repellent. However, be sure to bring your own personal repellent as well as long sleeves and pants for the evenings, as these are most effective in protecting you from bites when outdoors.
At present, Tanzania and Kenya require no vaccinations before entering the country except Yellow Fever when flying directly from an YF endemic country. Here is a list of these countries: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow-fever#4728. As Kenya is on this list, you’ll need to present proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination if traveling from Kenya to Tanzania.
Regardless, you should consult your local health authorities prior to your holiday for any updates.
If travelling on a ‘flying safari’, the baggage allowance on small aircraft is 15kgs and all luggage is to be packed in soft duffel bags. This includes hand luggage and camera equipment. Only soft sided bags will be accepted, no wheels, no hard suitcases. This is essential to ensure that everything fits not only into the small aircraft but into the safari vehicles. Please note that any luggage you do not need while on safari will be stored at the office.
Rest assured, our team of Adventure Consultants will send you a full packing list prior to your adventure. However, as a general guide, comfortable, casual wash and wear clothes are recommended. The key is lightweight clothing in breathable materials for the day and warmer materials at night. Bush colours (khaki, brown, dark green) are also highly recommended. These will enable you to blend in with the environment and not draw attention to yourself when on game drives or bush walks.
Being located on or near the equator, East Africa boasts a fabulous tropical climate which is hot and humid on the coast while being dry and arid in the north and northeast and temperate inland. Though days are quite hot it can get pretty cold during the night in areas at altitude such as Nairobi.
There are however two separate wet seasons in Kenya and Tanzania with the longest being from March to May, and the shorter from November to December. Heavy rains can mean that road access becomes more limited making 4x4 more advisable during these periods.
The electricity supply in Kenya and Tanzania is 220/240 v 50hz. Plugs are 3 point square, British Type G plugs (see below). If you are planning to bring any electrical device from USA or Canada, you will need a voltage and plug converter. Additionally, many safari lodges run on generators which are generally switched off between 2300hrs and 0600hrs. If you need to charge any electronics, this can be done in the office.
Both Kenya and Tanzania have a good telephone and internet connection in the main cities and are in the process of improving the network further. Most lodges and hotels offer a fax, international telephone and internet service but make sure to check the rates beforehand as some lodges can impose a surcharge, particularly on international calls. More remote camps and lodges rely on radio for communication and mobile phone coverage is not extensive in most game parks.
When calling Kenya and Tanzania, the international dialling code is +254 and +255 respectively.
Tap water in Kenya and Tanzania is not drinkable and we therefore advise that you drink only sealed, bottled water. Lodges provide water in their safari vehicles. You will almost always find a flask of purified drinking water on your bedside table or in the bathroom.
The unit of currency in Kenya is the shilling. Kenya Shilling notes are available in the denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100. Banks generally offer a better rate of exchange than Foreign Exchange Bureaux and Hotels. Please note duty free goods purchased at the airport can only be purchased in foreign currency and not in Kenya Shillings.
While US Dollars are widely accepted, please note that bills printed before the year 2000 will not be accepted.
A wide range of credit cards are accepted in Kenya, including American Express, Visa and Master Card. Please check with us before heading off on safari and we will confirm what cards are accepted where you are staying.
Tips are not included in the cost of the safari. Tipping is purely discretionary, however if you would like to show your appreciation we recommend $10 - $20 per guest per day for lodge/camp staff, paid in the communal tip box at reception. For guides, we recommend $10-$15 per day, paid directly to the guide. All tipping is in US dollars.
Kenya has been designated Ebola free by the World Health Organization. Many people do not realize the size of Africa and how far the Ebola outbreak is from Kenya. The fact is, all of Europe is actually closer to the Ebola outbreack than is Kenya. In the unlikely event that the WHO changes its stance on Kenya with regard to Ebola, we will refund any guest who does not want to travel to the country.