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Set off in search of Kenya's Big Five
Enjoy close-up encounters with some of the world's greatest wildlife on this small group tour of Kenya. Beginning in Nairobi, you'll travel to a quartet of protected national parks and reserves, passing through the beautiful forested highlands and the Great Rift Valley along the way. You'll get to spend a night at famous Treetops, go on game drives in the Samburu National Reserve and the world-famous Maasai Mara, and visit a local Maasai village, all while looking out for East Africa's 'Big Five' on this once-in-a-lifetime safari holiday.
Travel to the airport today for your overnight flight from the UK to Nairobi.
Day One: Travel to Kenya
After arriving in Nairobi early this morning, travel north on a scenic journey past the soaring twin peaks of Mount Kenya and into the high plain, an area of rolling grasslands dotted with market towns. We'll then cross the equator and take in the magnificent panorama of the northern Laikipia plateau, before continuing to Samburu National Reserve.
Day Two: Journey to Samburu National Reserve
Enjoy lunch, and take in the beauty of rugged Samburu, home to an array of wildlife including elephant, cheetah, leopard, crocodile, reticulated giraffe, blue-legged Somali ostrich and the 'giraffe-necked' gerenuk gazelle. Go in search of these local residents on your first game drive this afternoon, then return to the lodge in time for dinner and a first night under the starlit Kenyan sky.
Enjoy a day exploring the reserve. Set off on morning and afternoon game drives, choosing either to return to the lodge for lunch or to spend the full day out and take a packed lunch with you.
Day Three: Enjoy game drives in Samburu
Our journey today takes us back across the equator as we head towards Nyeri, resting place of Lord Baden-Powell, and the eastern fringes of the Aberdare National Park. Here, you'll enjoy an afternoon and overnight stay at Treetops, a stilted lodge that has welcomed the British Royal Family in its past and is regarded as one of the most atmospheric game-viewing locations in the world. Head to the lodge's impressive viewing platform to see animals visit the watering hole at night.
Day Four: Travel to Treetops lodge in Aberdare National Park
Settle in for a spectacular journey today, as we travel via Kenya's highest town, Nyahururu (formerly Thompson's Falls), en route to the Great Rift Valley. By lunchtime we'll arrive in Lake Nakuru National Park, set around the picturesque shores of the soda lake. Look out for grazing black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and leopard, as well as an array of colourful birdlife on this afternoon's game drive, then enjoy a relaxing evening at Lake Nakuru Lodge.
Day Five: Travel through the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park
As we continue our journey through the Rift Valley, we'll make a call at Lake Naivasha for a boat cruise on its rippling waters. Marvel at wallowing hippos on the shores and spot countless bird species circling the lake, then re-join the safari vehicle and continue south towards the Maasai Mara.
Day Six: Continue through the Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara
Considered the ultimate safari destination, the Mara is hailed as one of the greatest spots in the world for game viewing. From July to September it becomes the stage for the great wildebeest migration, a phenomenal spectacle that takes place annually, but even outside these months the wildlife viewing opportunities are unparalleled. Look out for giraffe, zebra, hippo, buffalo, elephant, ostrich, lion, cheetah and much more on our afternoon game drive, then continue to the Keekorok lodge for a two-night stay.
Spend the day exploring the reserve, setting off on morning and/or afternoon game drives in the Mara's vast grasslands. We'll also pay a visit to a Maasai village for the chance to meet locals and perhaps buy handmade souvenirs. This evening, spend a final night in the bush as you enjoy dinner and share memories of the trip with your fellow travellers.
Day Seven: Game drives in the Maasai Mara
After breakfast, we'll travel back to Nairobi. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at the famous Carnivore restaurant (vegetarian options are available), then pay a visit to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife's Giraffe Centre, which houses protected Rothschild giraffes. Your final night will be spent at the sumptuous, five-star Fairmont Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, where you'll be treated to some last-minute luxury at the end of your safari adventure.
Day Eight: Travel back to Nairobi
After an early breakfast, we'll transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your return, and you'll arrive back in the UK late this afternoon.
Day Nine: Travel back to the UK