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.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Travel to Kenya
Travel to the airport today for your overnight flight from the UK to Nairobi.
Day Two: Journey to Samburu National Reserve
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.
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.
Day Three: Enjoy game drives in Samburu
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 Four: Travel to Treetops lodge in Aberdare National Park
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 Five: Travel through the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru 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 Six: Continue through the Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara
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.
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.
Day Seven: Game drives in the Maasai Mara
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 Eight: Travel back to Nairobi
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 Nine: Travel back to the UK
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.
Kenya Safari Hotels
Small group tours
Group sizes on each departure of this tour are restricted to a maximum of 24 people. The usual group size is between 16 and 20, with most travel undertaken in smaller six-seater vehicles meaning you can enjoy experiences and encounters (and in some cases even stay in wonderful little places) that are denied to larger groups.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately five hours.
Passports and visas
British Citizens require a visa to travel to Kenya, which can be applied for online. We will send you details prior to travel. Passports must be valid for six months beyond your return date and have two adjacent blank pages available for arrival in Kenya.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.