Destinations Destinations
Masai Mara National Park, Nairobi, The Great Rift Valley
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Safari, Luxury, Birdwatching, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy
Season Season
January - December

Start in cosmopolitan Nairobi, exploring the Westlands nightlife district or the city’s food scene. Take the three-hour drive to Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley, where you can go wine-tasting at Leleshwa Vineyard, take a dip in thermal spas or look for flamingos. Travel on to Lake Nakuru, where you can see giraffe, rhinos and pink flamingos. Transfer to the Masai Mara National Park by car or plane to spend a couple of days seeing the Big Five, meeting Masai communities and staying in some luxury lodges. Transfer back to Nairobi for your departure.

Suggested Itinerary

Recommended route & experiences

Traverse 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.

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.

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.

Big five safaris in the Masai Mara

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.

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.

See dawn over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon

See dawn over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon

Take to the skies over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon and you’ll see the sun rising over the plains, the Mara River glistening and animals on the move.

Where to stay

Sample accommodation suggested by our Kenya experts.

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Governors’ Camp
Deluxe

Governors’ Camp

Created in 1972, this luxury tented camp is nestled in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, its waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve...

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Little Governors’ Camp
Deluxe

Little Governors’ Camp

Located on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, each of the 17 luxury en-suite tents have wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the large watering hole in front of camp...

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Il Moran Camp
Deluxe

Il Moran Camp

The camp for those who want that extra bit of luxury — Governors’ Il Moran is small, peaceful and intimate, with added touches that place this camp at the top of the safari accommodation range...

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Loldia House
Deluxe

Loldia House

Built during WW2 by Italian Prisoners of War, Loldia House is an original Kenyan home set on an old farm on the shores of Lake Naivasha...

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Price guide

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators may cost between $2,309 and $3,623pp. 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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