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In search of Kenya's Big Five

Enjoy unforgettable close-up encounters with wildlife, the scenic wonders of the forested highlands and the teeming plains of the Maasai Mara.

Discover for yourself what is arguably East Africa’s greatest natural wonderland as you visit a quartet of protected national parks and reserves. You’ll stay overnight in famous Treetops, and have opportunities to view some of the most extraordinary wildlife on earth on a succession of unforgettable game drives. Meet some of Africa's most fascinating peoples, and journey through a country filled with striking and dramatic scenery.

What does this price include?

  • Six nights' full-board accommodation in game lodges
  • One night's bed and breakfast accommodation at a five-star hotel in Nairobi
  • A farewell dinner at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
  • One night on the plane
  • Three game drives in the Samburu National Reserve
  • Three game drives in the famed Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • A boat ride on Lake Naivasha
  • Return flights to Nairobi
  • Travel by 4x4 safari vehicles throughout
  • Fully escorted by friendly, experienced drivers and safari guides

Your Itinerary

  • Fly overnight from the UK to Nairobi.

  • Your driver/guide will be waiting to meet you when you arrive, today, and together you'll head north in your safari vehicle. You'll pass acres of ripening pineapples in Thika, and climb through the forested hills to the eastern fringes of the Aberdare National Park.

    Here you'll enjoy lunch and an overnight stay at Treetops, a stilted lodge that has welcomed the British Royal Family in its past (The Queen was staying here when she learned of her father’s death in 1952), and is regarded as one of the most atmospheric game-viewing locations in the world. Relax and unwind this afternoon at this unique place and enjoy the magical sight of the animals that come to the floodlit watering hole each night.

  • After breakfast, bid farewell to Treetops and drive to Samburu National Reserve, perhaps catching a glimpse of Mount Kenya, often shrouded in cloud, on the way.

    Journey into the high plain, through grasslands dotted with market towns, cross the Equator and take in the panorama of the Laikipia plateau before dropping down onto the arid lowlands to Samburu National Reserve.

    On the banks of the Ewaso Ny’iro River, rugged Samburu is one of Kenya’s most peaceful and beautiful locations. It's also home to elephants, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles, giraffes, zebra, the blue-legged Somali ostrich and the giraffe-necked gerenuk gazelle. After lunch, join your driver/guide for your first included game drive, returning to the lodge in time for a sundowner before dinner.

  • You'll spend today in the reserve. Choose morning and afternoon drives, and return to your lodge for lunch, or spend the whole day out on safari, taking a packed lunch with you.

  • Journey, via Kenya’s highest town Nyahururu (formerly known as Thompson’s Falls after the nearby waterfall), into the Rift Valley. Enjoy lunch at the Thomson Falls Lodge, and an afternoon game drive en-route to Lake Nakuru National Park, a popular grazing ground for black and white rhinos, Rothschild giraffe, buffaloes and several species of gazelle, and similarly popular with leopards. The lake itself is a paradise for birdwatchers, who can expect to see flamingos and pelicans, as well as fish eagles, heron and hundreds of other species.

  • Continue south, pausing at spectacular, freshwater Lake Naivasha - one-time home of Born Free author Joy Adamson. Board a boat to cruise on the lake’s waters, which are home to hippos, and keep a look out for its many bird species, and for giraffe, zebra, waterbuck and wildebeest on the shore.

    By early afternoon you will have entered the Maasai Mara, perhaps the world’s most famous protected game reserve, to enjoy an afternoon game drive en route to your lodge. The Mara is the setting for Kenya's annual wildebeest migration and, thanks to a rigid conservation programme, it's a place where game can be seen in numbers little diminished from the pre-hunting days of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. If you're hoping to see giraffes, zebra, hippos, buffalo, elephants, ostriches - not to mention lions, cheetahs and leopards - this particular corner of Africa offers unparalleled opportunities, and your two-night stay here should leave you with some indelible memories.

  • Enjoy a last full-day of game drives, whether you choose morning and afternoon safaris or spend all day in the reserve. During the day, you’ll visit a Maasai village, and will have the opportunity to meet the villagers, speak to them about their lives here and buy a locally produced souvenir of your stay. Enjoy a last dinner at the lodge.

  • Make the journey up out of the Rift Valley back to Nairobi. After a short visit to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s engaging Giraffe Centre - with its protected Rothschild giraffes.

    Your last night's stay in Kenya will be in the sumptuous five-star surroundings of the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, an historic Nairobi landmark. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner here, this evening.

  • After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to check in for your flight home, which arrives back in the UK late the same afternoon.

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Kenya Grand Safari - Stay at Treetops Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of comfortable hotels that are conveniently located for your tour itinerary.

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Tour Extensions

(2 Available)

Kenya Grand Safari - Stay at Treetops with Mombasa Beach Extension
Six game drives in search of the Big Five - Staying in famous Treetops game lodge - Relaxing in a beachfront resort in Mombasa
  • 13 days from: £3019pp
Kenya Grand Safari - Stay at Treetops with 7 Night Mombasa Beach Extension
Six game drives in search of the Big Five - Staying in famous Treetops game lodge - Relaxing in a beachfront resort in Mombasa
  • 16 days from: £3265pp

Further Information

  • 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.

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 3 hours.

  • 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 from your date of entry into Kenya, and have two adjacent blank pages available for arrival in Kenya.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Why not coincide your safari with the annual Great Migration which sees the largest mass movement of mammals on Earth, travel from Tanzania over the border into Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve and back again? Witness over one million stampeding wildebeest and other wild animals take the journey which usually can be seen in the Maasai Mara from July to September. Prices naturally increase at this time, but the extra cost is more than worth it for the spectacle.

  • Please note the itinerary for this departure has changed, due to it being based on British Airways flights. Your first night will now be spent at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, followed by a night in Treetops. The remainder of the tour and inclusions remain as advertised. Dinner on the final day will be at the Carnivore Restaurant.

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