Kenya Wildlife Safari
Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi
Upon landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you’ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free time to explore any way you’d like and if time permits. You might want to rest after the journey or visit some of the city’s produce and flea markets.
Day 2: Transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park – Afternoon Exploration
After breakfast in Nairobi, you will make the journey to Nakuru (101 miles/163 km). You will arrive at the hotel in Nakuru in time for lunch. The afternoon is free time to explore Lake Nakuru National Park. This remarkable park offers beautiful landscapes and is internationally known for its animal sanctuary, which includes both black and white rhino species. You’ll also find herds of waterbuck, leopards, and the endangered Rothschild giraffe.
While exploring the park, you can also discover many different bird species, including the spectacular greater and lesser flamingoes. Lake Nakuru is also home to large flocks of pelicans, so there’s plenty to see.
DAY 3: Transfer to Masai Mara Park
After breakfast in Nakuru, you’ll transfer to Masai Mara National Reserve (157 miles/242 km) near the Tanzanian border. Teeming with wildlife and bird species, Masai Mara is known as “the jewel of Kenya’s parks.” You will arrive at your accommodations in the late afternoon with some time to rest before dinner.The park is an extension of the vast Serengeti ecosystem, which is known for some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing.
Every year, over a million wildebeest, along with zebra, and gazelle migrate from the Serengeti in northern Tanzania across the Mara River and into Kenya in search of fresh feeding grounds. The migration typically takes place between late august and mid-November . During this crossing, hundreds of wildebeests are swept away by the fast-moving Mara River while crocodiles kill others, hence the saying: Only the fittest and luckiest make it to the other side.
Day 4: Big Five in Masai Mara
After breakfast this morning, you will head out to the park for wildlife viewing. Get up close to some wildlife. Masai Mara is an international conservation destination and one of the seven new wonders of the world. A safari offers a unique opportunity to fully experience Africa’s endless plains, an abundance of wildlife, and incredible vistas.
You will have a once in a lifetime experience to observe the ‘Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants, and Cape buffalos in their natural habitat. In the late afternoon, return to the lodge where you can enjoy a hot shower and a relaxing evening.
Day 5: Transfer to Lake Naivasha – Boat Tour
After breakfast at Masai Mara, you will make the drive to Naivasha (152 miles/244 km) situated in the Great Rift Valley and famous for the spectacular freshwater Lake Naivasha.
Upon arrival at your accommodation, you can take some time to relax or get out and explore this picturesque area. An excellent way to spend your afternoon: Join a guided boat tour in the lake for close-up views of hippos, waterbucks, and countless species of birds.
Day 6: Explore Hell’s Gate National Park
After breakfast in Naivasha, you will spend the day visiting the nearby Hell’s Gate National Park (22 miles/35km), where you can expect an exciting day interacting with wild animals.
The park offers several spectacular walking trails filled with wildlife, or you can opt to ride a bicycle along the park’s gravel roads and enjoy the scenic landscapes. You can also climb some of the park’s cliffs and visit a geothermal hot spring called Devil’s Shower (there’s also a natural wonder called the Devil’s Kitchen and Devil’s Bedroom).
In the afternoon, return to your accommodation in Naivasha for some relaxation and dinner.
Day 7: Transfer to Nairobi – Depart Kenya
It’s time to say goodbye to Kenya! After breakfast in Naivasha, you drive back to Nairobi (59 miles/95 km). Here, you can spend your day exploring the bustling city or relaxing as you wait for your flight.
From here, transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.