Kenya Big Five Safari 8 Days/ 7 Nights

8 Days/ 7 Nights Kenya Big Five Safari guarantees you memorable experiences across spectacular landscapes of Kenya’s Big Five National Parks and Reserves.

Parks to visit: Samburu National Reserve, Aberdares/Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park, Maasai Mara National, Reserve

Activities and What to see: Game drives, large elephant herds, cultural and tribal visits (at an extra cost), birding, photography, scenery viewing,flamingos, rare and unique fauna and flora, big five, annual wildebeest migration (July – October)
Accommodation: Budget, standard & Luxury lodges

Itinerary at a glance

Day        Destination                                           Meal Plan                           Activity
1               Nairobi                                                                                                          Trsf
2              Samburu National Reserve                     BLD                                           P
3              Samburu National Reserve                     BLD                                           EP
4              Aberdares/Mount Kenya                        BLD                                           Leisure
5              Lake Nakuru/Lake Elementaita            BLD                                           P
6              Maasai Mara National Reserve              BLD                                           P
7              Maasai Mara National Reserve              BLD                                           EP
8             Depart                                                         B                                                 Trsf

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner, BB-Bed and breakfast, Trsf -Transfer, Game drive, E -Early morning game drive, P -afternoon game drive

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Nairobi

On arrival into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you are met by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Optional excursions can be booked and paid for locally.
Overnight at a city hotel on bed and breakfast basis

Day 2: Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast, depart Nairobi and drive north to Samburu on the south bank of the Uaso Nyiro River, downriver from Archer’s Post. North of the Equator some of the animals and vegetation are a little different from those commonly found south. Elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and cheetah and the usual buck and antelopes are common to both north and south of the equator. However unfamiliar animals are the Grevy’s zebra, the reticulated giraffe and the Somali ostrich. There is also the long neck gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, and hunting dog. Crocodiles in the river can be seen from the lodge/tented camp. The vegetation is usually dry grass with a few swampy patches. There is some forest cover along the Uaso Nyiro River and an abundance of doum palms.
Overnight at a Lodge/ camp (BLD)

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve

Another day in this harshly beautiful terrain where wildlife abound especially near the river which is their only source of drinking water. The Uaso Nyiro River flows gently through the dry landscape sustaining life in this harsh land. Samburu National Reserve is where the famous conservationist George Adamson did his research on lions. Lunch and an afternoon of leisure at the pool.

Overnight at a Lodge/ camp (BLD)

Day 4: Aberdares /Mount Kenya (Tree Hotels)

After breakfast, drive to the fast growing market town of Nyeri in time for lunch. This is where Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boys’ Scout movement spent the last years of his life. He is buried in a cemetery just outside the town. After lunch at the base hotel, drive through to the tree hotel where you spend the afternoon comfortably watching the forest animals that come to the waterhole and saltlick. In the late afternoon the waterhole is floodlit so that the tourist is able to watch in silence and undercover. As night falls the place gets crowded with large and small forest animals. In the case of Serena Mountain Lodge you arrive directly at the lodge for lunch.

Overnight at a tree hotel (BLD)
You are required to pack an overnight bag when you transfer to the Ark or Treetops for the night.

Day 5: Tree Hotel -Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast, depart for Nakuru via Thompson’s Falls which is at an altitude of 7,738 feet. The falls are named after the Scots explorer Joseph Thompson who was the first European to discover the falls in 1884. Lunch is at your lodge. Enjoy an afternoongame drive at Lake Nakuru National Park. This Park is truly a bird watchers paradise. The game animals include hippo, waterbuck, gazelles, colobus monkeys, bufallos, leopards and Rothschild Giraffe. It is also a sanctuary for the white rhino. The Park has an abundance of acacia trees, both yellow barked (fever tree) the umbrella -topped acacia and the candelabra cactus.

Overnight at a lodge/camp (BLD)

Day 6: Nakuru – Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, proceed to Masai Mara National Reserve which is arrived in time for lunch at the camp. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive in this park which is famous for huge black -manned lions. This reserve has a hilly savanna rolling grasslands, gallery forest on the Mara River and its tributaries. The smaller predators are the hyena and jackal. The large herbivores are the elephant, rhino, Burchell’s zebra,hippo,buffalo and giraffe, The smaller herbivores are antelopes and bucks. The Maasai ostritch, the world’s largest bird is found in the park.

Overnight at a Lodge/ camp (BLD)

Day 7: Maasai Mara National Reserve

On this day you will enjoy a full day early morning and afternoon game viewing and exploration in this part of the Northern Serengeti Ecosystem where the great wildebeest migration takes place. Months before the actual migration the herds ‘assemble’ in Serengeti in readiness for the crossing into the Masai Mara. The plain is literally covered with these animals. Grunts and other animal sounds are heard, and territorial fights are common place. The migration now declared the Seventh Wonder of the World takes place from end of June to beginning October.

Overnight at a Lodge/ camp (BLD)

Day 8: Depart

After breakfast, you will return to Nairobi via the Mau Escarpment. Having just crossed the Rift valley and passed Mt. Longonot it would be interesting to view the crater from a different angle, via the tip. Arrive Nairobi in time for lunch at a local restaurant (lunch on own). Later you will be transferred to JKIA for your onward flight. (B)


Nett Cost in US Dollars starting from:

Per Person Twin or Double Sharing Single Room Supplement
Peak 01.07.2017 – 31.10.2017 2045 285
High 01.11.2017 – 15.12.2017 1670 100
Peak 16.12.2017 – 01.01.2018 2045 285
Child under 12 years sharing a room with 2 adults pays 50% of the adult rate (children below 6 years not permitted at Serena Mountain Lodge and below 7 years not permitted at The Ark)

Christmas Supplement – USD 55.00 per person per night on 24, 25, 26, 30 Dec to 01 Jan

*A maximum of 3 singles per group will be charged a single room rate. Any additional singles will be charged at
double room rate

NB: The above rates are subject to availability at the time of booking. Also kindly refer to our terms of use on this link  so that u can
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Included features:

  • Meet and greet service by our local representatives at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Round-trip transfers airport/hotel in Nairobi
  • Accommodation as described (or similar) based on double occupancy
  • Meals as described by B (Buffet Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)
  • 1-litre bottled mineral water per person per day whilst on safari
  • Transportation by specially equipped non air- conditioned 7 seater safari minivans with pop up roofs
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
  • Game drives, sightseeing and excursions as described in the itinerary, inclusive of applicable entrance fees
  • Temporary membership to Emergency Medical Evacuation Service whilst on safari
  • Applicable local and government taxes on accommodation and transportation

Not included:

  • International or domestic airfare, airport taxes and security related fees unless mentioned above
  • Meals not described in the itinerary above
  • Tips and gratuities to driver/guide; hotel/camp and restaurant staff; room service etc
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature i.e., telephone/internet usage, laundry, bottled water and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages etc.
  • Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above