Travelling through some of the richest game areas in the world, the Masai Safari presents excellent opportunities for viewing the big five. It includes the Masai Mara, home to the greatest wildlife show on earth. The Samburu Reserve, home to the colourful Samburu people, is a dramatic and rugged landscape which is truly rewarding. A host of plains game along with the big five are accompanied by a variety of exotic birds including eagles, falcons and bateleurs. As you approach Lake Nakuru, you may be fortunate enough to witness a pink cloud on the horizon which gradually reveals its source, thousands of pink flamingoes, a magnificent sight of immense beauty. Around the lake a game reserve has been created where the endangered black rhino is protected and may be seen along with antelope, giraffes, lions and hyenas. 1 night Nairobi (Nairobi Serena Hotel) 2 nights Samburu (Samburu Simba Lodge or Ashnil Samburu Camp) 1 night Aberdares (Serena Mountain Lodge) 1 night Lake Nakuru (Lake Nakuru Lodge) 2 nights Masai Mara (Mara Serena Safari Lodge) DAY 1 SUNDAY - HEATHROW-NAIROBI - Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. DAY 2 MONDAY - NAIROBI - On arrival transfer to your hotel for a day at leisure or choose from a selection of optional excursions (book and pay locally). Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel. DAY 3 TUESDAY - SAMBURU - Travel to the Samburu National Reserve (360 km) and check in to your lodge for lunch. A late afternoon game drive with possible sightings of species which are seldom seen elsewhere, including Grevys zebras, reticulated giraffes and blue-legged Somali ostriches. Overnight: Samburu Simba Lodge or Ashnil Samburu Camp. DAY 4 WEDNESDAY - SAMBURU - Morning and late afternoon game drives. Overnight: Samburu Simba Lodge or Ashnil Samburu Camp. DAY 5 THURSDAY - ABERDARES - Drive to the slopes of Mount Kenya and check in to Mountain Lodge (240 km) where lunch has been arranged. Spend the afternoon viewing game from the lodge or join a nature walk (weather permitting) led by a local guide. Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge. DAY 6 FRIDAY - LAKE NAKURU - After breakfast continue to Lake Nakuru (240 km). Lunch at the lodge, which enjoys spectacular views of the lake and often a flamboyance of flamingoes. An afternoon game drive with possible sightings of the endangered black rhino. Overnight: Lake Nakuru Lodge DAY 7 SATURDAY - MASAI MARA - After an early breakfast descend to the floor of the Great Rift Valley and into the Masai Mara (370 km). Lunch will be taken en route to your lodge. A late afternoon game drive in one of the worlds richest wildlife reserves will prove to be an exhilarating experience. Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge. DAY 8 SUNDAY - MASAI MARA - An opportunity to enjoy an early morning balloon flight over the Mara and a bubbly bush breakfast (optional extra), or an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Time to relax by the pool and marvel at the endless panorama which stretches out before you. A second game drive will take place this afternoon. Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge. DAY 9 MONDAY - EXTENSION OR HEATHROW - Return to Nairobi (360 km), then proceed with your chosen extension or return to Heathrow. Option to fly from the Mara to Nairobi on day 9 or from the Mara to Mombasa (includes lunch in the Mara) - prices on request. Light aircraft baggage allowance - 15 kg. Please note. Children aged 7 and below are not permitted on this safari.
at a glance
The suggested Safari itinerary has been put together after years of experience. However, we are able to amend the itineraries in order to tailor-make your very own holiday. You can add in alternative accommodation, stay extra nights in a favourite place or follow the route in a different order to the one shown.
- 1 night Nairobi (Nairobi Serena Hotel)
- 2 nights Samburu (Samburu Simba Lodge or Ashnil Samburu Camp)
- 1 night Aberdares (Serena Mountain Lodge)
- 1 night Lake Nakuru (Lake Nakuru Lodge Video)
- 2 nights Masai Mara (Mara Serena Safari Lodge)
- Southern Palms
- Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
- Serena Beach Hotel & Spa