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

Fly into Nairobi’s concrete jungle, taking a whistle-stop tour of its food and music scene before flying north to the high plains of Laikipia – one of Kenya’s upcoming safari destinations. Laikipia is home to half of Kenya’s 600 black rhinos, wild dogs, zebras and more than 2,000 elephants. Try the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for its chimpanzee sanctuary, which is open to visitors twice a day. From here, fly to the Masai Mara National Park, where you can see the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant – as well as experience Mara village life. Fly back to Nairobi for your departure.

Suggested Itinerary

Recommended route & experiences

See a conservation success story at 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.

See the rhino sanctuary of Ol Pejeta

See the rhino sanctuary of Ol Pejeta

Kenya’s rhino population is critically endangered, but the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia provides sanctuary for 110 black rhino and is home to two of the world’s remaining white rhino.

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 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.

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.

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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Mugie House
Deluxe

Mugie House

Set in a 40,000 acre private wildlife conservancy, Mugie House offers a myriad of activities by which to explore and enjoy its vast open landscapes and abundant wildlife...

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Price guide

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators may cost between $3,229 and $4,546pp. 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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