Kenya Nakuru flamingoes2
Kenya Rift Valley Lake Bogoria
Kenya Lake Turkana

The Great Rift Valley stretches across Africa from Mozambique into Lebanon in the Middle East. Dissecting Kenya in two, it’s a great place to see several lakes supporting more than 500 bird species and crocodiles.

5 days

Fly-in Masai Mara safari plus Great Rift Valley

The Big Five and Kenya’s lakes
Nairobi The Great Rift Valley (2) Masai Mara National Park (3) Nairobi
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8 days

Mara, Laikipia and Great Rift Valley

Kenya’s wildlife hotspots
Nairobi The Great Rift Valley (2) Laikipia (2) Masai Mara National Park (3) Nairobi
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8 days

Kenya for all ages

Family-friendly safari route
Nairobi (1 days) Ol Pejeta Game Reserve (2) The Great Rift Valley (1) Masai Mara National Park (3) Nairobi (1)
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8 days

Amboseli, Masai Mara and the Great Rift Valley

Kenya’s classic safari parks
Nairobi (1 days) Amboseli National Park (2) The Great Rift Valley (2) Masai Mara National Park (2) Nairobi (1)
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8 days

Kenya’s wildlife conservancies

Explore the national parks saving Kenya’s wildlife
Nairobi (1 days) Samburu Game Reserve (2) Ol Pejeta Game Reserve (1) The Great Rift Valley (1) Masai Mara National Park (2) Nairobi (1)
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  • Masai Mara National Park

    Masai Mara National Park

    The world-famous Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most popular destinations, with safari-goers flocking to the reserve to glimpse lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo and elephant...
  • Mombasa

    Mombasa

    Mombasa is Kenya’s largest port and has been a gateway into the country for centuries...
  • Nairobi

    Nairobi

    Most visitors to Kenya simply fly in and out of capital Nairobi – which is a huge mistake...
  • Mount Kenya

    Mount Kenya

    Mount Kenya might only be Africa’s second-highest mountain, but it’s considerably more beautiful than it’s bigger cousin, Kilimanjaro...
  • Lake Victoria

    Lake Victoria

    Lake Victoria is the largest freshwater lake in Africa and is one of the sources of the Nile...
  • Laikipia

    Laikipia

    The high plains of Laikipia offer an excellent alternative safari experience to the better-known Maasai Mara...
  • Gede

    ...
  • Ol Pejeta Game Reserve

    Ol Pejeta Game Reserve

    Ol Pejeta Game Reserve is rapidly making a name for itself as Kenya’s premier conservation site...
  • Meru National Park

    Meru National Park

    Meru National Park is one of the least visited wilderness sites in Kenya, yet it still offers sightings of the Big Five and excellent birdwatching...
  • Amboseli National Park

    Amboseli National Park

    The Samburu are a nomadic people who have lived within the Samburu Game Reserve for centuries...
  • Samburu Game Reserve

    Samburu Game Reserve

    The Samburu are a nomadic people who have lived within the Samburu Game Reserve for centuries...
  • Lamu Island

    ...

Things to do in The Great Rift Valley

Our recommended experiences and activities

Wine tasting in Naivasha
The Great Rift Valley

Wine tasting in Naivasha

Sample some of East-Africa’s fastest-growing wines with a tasting tour at the Leleshwa vineyard. The winery, best known for its light, summery sauvignon blanc, is based in Naivasha, 47 miles north of Nairobi in the heart of the Rift Valley.

Lake Nakuru safari
The Great Rift Valley

Lake Nakuru safari

Go on a Rift Valley safari at one of Kenya’s smallest but best-kept reserves. The park is home to a diverse range of wildlife including the rare Rothschild giraffe, endangered rhinos and, when conditions are right, the amazing spectacle of hundreds of thousands of pink flamingoes feeding at Lake Nakuru, the park’s focal point.

Walk with wildlife on Crescent Island
The Great Rift Valley

Walk with wildlife on Crescent Island

The private sanctuary of Crescent Island in Lake Naivasha is a great place to take a walking safari among giraffe, zebra, impala and even the occasional leopard. Take a guide for a tour lasting a couple of hours.

Where to go in Kenya

Our recommended places

Masai Mara National Park

Masai Mara National Park

The world-famous Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most popular destinations, with safari-goers flocking to the reserve to glimpse lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo and elephant. Come between June and October to see the great migration – when more than a million wildebeest and zebra enter the park from the neighbouring Serengeti.

Mombasa

Mombasa

Mombasa is Kenya’s largest port and has been a gateway into the country for centuries. You can explore Portuguese, Arab and Indian influences, but it is the city’s Swahili history in its Old Town and Fort Jesus that is the main attraction.

Nairobi

Nairobi

Most visitors to Kenya simply fly in and out of capital Nairobi – which is a huge mistake. Yes, it might be a concrete jungle when compared with the rest of Kenya’s natural landscapes, but vibrant Nairobi is a centre of art, music and cultural heritage. Take some time to explore the city’s music and food scene and you won’t be disappointed.

Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya might only be Africa’s second-highest mountain, but it’s considerably more beautiful than it’s bigger cousin, Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya and its surrounding National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and while the highest peaks of Batian and Nelion are only accessible to mountaineers, third-highest Point Lenana (4985m) can be reached by hikers. Most travel up the picturesque Chogoria route, with sightings of elephants, buffalo and impala, before descending to the Sirimon Park gate.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the largest freshwater lake in Africa and is one of the sources of the Nile. Travel here to explore the wildlife around its islands.

Laikipia

Laikipia

The high plains of Laikipia offer an excellent alternative safari experience to the better-known Maasai Mara. Here, adventurers can spot elephants, black rhino and zebra while staying at one of the many conservancies that protect the wildlife.

Ol Pejeta Game Reserve

Ol Pejeta Game Reserve

Ol Pejeta Game Reserve is rapidly making a name for itself as Kenya’s premier conservation site. It is most famous for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which provides sanctuary for Kenya’s critically endangered population of rhino.

Meru National Park

Meru National Park

Meru National Park is one of the least visited wilderness sites in Kenya, yet it still offers sightings of the Big Five and excellent birdwatching. This is Kenya without the crowds.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park

The Samburu are a nomadic people who have lived within the Samburu Game Reserve for centuries. Make sure to visit Samburu villages if you come to the Reserve – unlike other parts of Kenya, the interaction is non-commercial and non-invasive.

Samburu Game Reserve

Samburu Game Reserve

The Samburu are a nomadic people who have lived within the Samburu Game Reserve for centuries. Make sure to visit Samburu villages if you come to the Reserve – unlike other parts of Kenya, the interaction is non-commercial and non-invasive.

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