Start your Kenya trip in capital city Nairobi, where you can explore the city’s markets, museums and nightlife, before heading north to Samburu Game Reserve. Its arid savannahs are home to wildlife such as reticulated giraffes and Grevy’s zebras, as well as elephants, cheetahs and lions. Next, head to Ol Pejeta Conservancy to see what the frontline of wildlife conservation looks like. Explore the Ol Pejeta Rhino Sanctuary to learn more about these critically endangered creatures, or see our chimpanzee cousins at the Jane Goodall Institute. From here, you can travel to the Great Rift Valley and the flamingos of Lake Nakuru, before experiencing world-class wildlife watching in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Home to the Big Five and renowned for the awe-inspiring great wildebeest migration, this is the ultimate place to go on safari. End your trip back in Nairobi.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Masai Mara National Park, Nairobi, The Great Rift Valley, Ol Pejeta Game Reserve, Samburu Game Reserve
Activity Activity Safari, Family, Nature & Wildlife
Physical Level Physical Level Easy
Season Season January - December

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Visit Nairobi’s vibrant communities

Visit Nairobi’s vibrant communities

Day 1 in 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.

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Feed a baby elephant at a Nairobi sanctuary

Feed a baby elephant at a Nairobi sanctuary

Many trips to Kenya start and finish in its largest city and capital, Nairobi. For a shot of cuteness, visit one of its wildlife sanctuaries to see baby elephants — many of which are orphaned due to poachers — feeding and playing happily in the mud.

Meet the Samburu community preserving wildlife

Meet the Samburu community preserving wildlife

Day 2–3 in 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.

See endangered rhinos in Ol Pejeta Game Reserve

See endangered rhinos in Ol Pejeta Game Reserve

Day 4 in 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.

Traverse the Great Rift Valley

Traverse the Great Rift Valley

Day 5 in The Great Rift Valley

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.

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Wine tasting in Naivasha

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

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.

Big five safaris in the Maasai Mara

Big five safaris in the Maasai Mara

Day 6–7 in 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.

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Take a cultural tour with the Masai or Meru peoples

Take a cultural tour with the Masai or Meru peoples

Immerse yourself in local culture with a visit to a traditional village, witnessing daily life and learning more about the lives and history of these semi-nomadic people.

See the famed Mara River crossing

See the famed Mara River crossing

Head to the Kenyan side of the Mara River between July and August to witness the great migration’s premier spectacle – the crossing of the Mara River. All it takes is one wildebeest taking the plunge to spark a frenzy – but beware of the lurking crocodiles.

Return to Nairobi and depart

Return to Nairobi and depart

Day 8 in Nairobi

Enjoy an early breakfast at the camp, checkout and conduct a game drive en-route with an optional opportunity to visit a village of the Maasai people to witness the singing and dancing that is part of their daily lives and sacred rituals.

Transfer to Nairobi in the afternoon, for your onward flight.

Where to stay

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Safari Park Hotel

Nestled within 50 acres of elegant gardens, the Safari Park Hotel offers spacious rooms boasting comfortable African-style four-poster beds, an outdoor swimming pool, spa, casino, tennis court, bar with outdoor terrace and restaurant serving international cuisine.

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Ashnil Mara Camp

Located close to the Mara River — known for migrating wildebeest river crossings — in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Ashnil Mara Camp combines luxurious accommodation with fantastic game viewing. The camp contains 50 spacious tents, an outdoor swimming pool, lounge bar and restaurant serving international, oriental and traditional African cuisine.

Book this itinerary

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from $2,499pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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