An African elephant herd advances across the plains of Samburu National Park in Kenya
Caption: An African elephant herd advances across the plains of Samburu National Park in Kenya
Caption: Giraffe below a distant hot air balloon above the Masai Mara, Kenya
Caption: A mother cheetah and cubs, Masai Mara
Caption: Up close with the giraffes
Caption: Maasai Kudu Horn Blowing
Caption: African jewellery on a woman from the Samburu tribe in Kenya
Caption: A lioness waiting for her next catch in the undergrowth
Caption: Elephant at sundown
Caption: Out on safari

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Activity level: Level 1 Involves some moderate physical activity over short periods of time, such as short walks, on relatively level surfaces and gentle terrain.
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Flight information: Please arrange your flights to arrive into Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO] on Day 1, and depart from Nairobi Airport [NBO] on Day 9
Pickup location: Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]


Choose your own departure date for your group.

This safari is probably the most extensive safari available in Kenya - a truly magical adventure!

Kenya is the ultimate safari destination - by day we'll see a host of wildlife whilst keeping a look out for the "Big 5" Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino. By night, enjoy spectacular African sunsets, nocturnal wildlife and luxury accommodation. A truly unforgettable journey deserving of the number one spot on your bucket list.
You will travel to many different eco systems where you will see animals specific to those area. Crossing the equator, you will see hot desert, jungle and savannah. Your specially modified 4x4 vehicles and expert driver guide takes you into the heart of the bush and the great Masai Mara. The word safari means journey in Swahili and this journey ia a truly magical journey that will alter you soul forever.


Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Welcome to Nairobi
DAY 2 - Samburu National Reserve
DAY 3 - Samburu National Reserve
DAY 4 - Sweetwaters & Ol Pejeta Conservancy
DAY 5 - Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha
DAY 6 - Masai Mara
DAY 7 - Masai Mara
DAY 8 - Masai Mara
DAY 9 - Nairobi and Home
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DAY 1 - Welcome to Nairobi

Nairobi is the largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg. Just south of the equator, Nairobi enjoys a spring-like climate. It is a modern city with its main avenues ablaze with colour from tropical bushes and vines.

Less than 100 years ago, there was a river in an empty wilderness where Nairobi now stands Nairobui has long attracted world attention as the centre of big-game safaris for the rich and famous. Perhaps the most famous historical safari was that of Teddy Roosevelt, who had 500 porters.

On arrival you will be transferred to the hotel where you will meet your Big Journey Company representative.

Accommodation: Nairobi 

DAY 2 - Samburu National Reserve

We have an early departure from Nairobi as we head north to Samburu by safari vehicle. We make a stop in Nyeri, a town in the Central Highlands, where we have lunch in a local restautant.

Samburu National Reserve (225 sq. km) offers what is arguably Kenya’s greatest - and least changed - encounter with wild Africa. This harsh, savagely beautiful wilderness depends on the steady flow of the Uaso Nyiro River for its existence; the river waters a wide variety of animal species not found south of the Equator, including the majestic Beisa oryx, the reticulated giraffe, the thin-striped Grevy’s zebra, and the ‘giraffe-necked’ gerenuk antelope, which stands on its hind legs to feed.

Elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard can all be seen along the river, and the 400-plus species of birds are positively spectacular. Together with neighbouring Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves, this area comprises 844 sq. km of protected semi-desert land.

This area is also the home of the Samburu tribe, cousins of the Masai, who share the same nomadic, cattle-herding existence, and an even stricter adherence to their age-old rites and customs.

In the late afternoon, depart from camp to undertake a game drive in the reserve.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Samburu National Reserve 

DAY 3 - Samburu National Reserve

Morning and afternoon game drives.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Samburu National Reserve 

DAY 4 - Sweetwaters & Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After an early breakfast we say goodbye to Samburu and drive to Sweetwaters (approx. 31/2 hours by safari vehicle).

Situated between the foothills of the Aberdares and the picturesque Mount Kenya in Laikipia, Ol Pejeta is a private wildlife conservancy located on 90,000 acre ranch in Central Kenya. Here there is a strong commitment to endangered species and it is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa.

Ol Pejeta is home to all of the ‘Big 5’, including the endangered white rhino. Other highlights include the Jackson hartebeest and the spotted hyena.

We have lunch at Sweetwaters Serena Camp before we head out again on a game drive in Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Dinner will be served back at the Camp.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Sweetwaters & Ol Pejeta Conservancy 

DAY 5 - Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha

Today the road leads us to the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley, arriving for lunch at our lodge.

We will explore the area of Lake Naivasha, the highest and most beautiful of the lakes which form the Great Rift Valley. It is surrounded by a series of volcanoes and calderas, most notably Mount Longonot, an extinct volcano.

Lake Naivasha’s name comes from the masai word En-aiposha meaning “heaving” or “to and fro” in reference to how turbulent the waters can get in the afternoons. This area is home to resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys and is also a night stop for hippos.

Lake Naivasha is an ornithologist’s paradise, as well as having excellent fishing with tilapia and black bass first introduced by the early settlers. This is the perfect place to relax, walk with a guide or just sit under a canopy of mature shady Yellow Fever trees and listen to the sound of the animals and view the rich bird life.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Lake Naivasha 
Optional extras: Lake Naivasha Boat Ride: Take to the water for an hour-long cruise on mighty Lake Naivasha. Spot families of hippos cooling off by the lake shores, flocks of pelicans, lofty cranes and storks and mighty African fishing eagles swooping down to catch their lunch and a whole host of other birds and animals grazing away. The lake is teeming with wildlife and you can see if from a different and relaxed perspective from the water as you sail quietly along. 

DAY 6 - Masai Mara

We enjoy an early breakfast this morning before heading out to Kenya’s richest game reserve: the Masai Mara.

The jewel in Africa’s crown, Masai Mara is host to the most spectacular array of wildlife. Here, 1,510 square kilometres of open savannah, woodlands and tree-lined rivers create an eco-system which supports huge numbers of bird and mammal species. The western border of the park is the spectacular Siria Escarpment, and together with the acacia dotted plains, creates scenery of stunning beauty across the whole region. Lion are found in abundance throughout the park as are elephant, giraffe, a variety of gazelle species and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly seen and, if lucky, you may also find rhino.

Game viewing is never dull in the Mara, and patience is often rewarded with unique sightings: a pride of lion stalking their prey; a solitary leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree; male wildebeest sparring to attract females into their harem; even a herd of elephant protecting their young from opportunistic predators. The annual wildebeest migration traditionally is present in the Mara from July-September and at this time nature’s dramas unfold before your very eyes at every turn.

As well as wildlife, the Masai Mara is also home to many members of the colourful Masai tribe who may be seen around the borders of the park - morans (warriors) loping across the plains, young boys herding goats, or elders grouped under a tree discussing matters of the day.

Check-in and lunch upon arrival at the camp (approx. 5 ½ hours by Safari Vehicle).

In the afternoon, depart from camp to undertake a game drive in the reserve before returning to camp early evening for dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Masai Mara 

DAY 7 - Masai Mara

Day spent undertaking morning and afternoon game drives.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Masai Mara 
Optional extras: Masai Village Cultural Visit Discover the Maasai culture as you visit a traditional Masai village. The Masai, a nomadic tribe, used to move with their herds across the Mara, searching lush pastures for their animals to graze. However, in recent times they have built permanent huts or bomas and prefer to stay in once place. Their cattle are the measure of a man’s success, as well as a vital food source and income for all the tribe. A loud and colourful welcome awaits you as the tribe come to greet you, dancing and singing in their brightly coloured robes. Be welcomed by the tribe as they invite you into their village and tell tales of their day to day lives, rituals and struggles to retain their culture faced with the modern world. You may even be invited into their houses, where you can see how they live, work and play along with their cattle and other animals. You’ll also get the chance to browse their handicraft and purchase artefacts made by the people you encountered, the proceeds of which go directly to the community and local school. This glimpse of the Masai culture is a fascinating insight into a unique way of life. 

DAY 8 - Masai Mara

Day spent undertaking morning and afternoon game drives.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Masai Mara 
Optional extras: Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne Breakfast. Few balloon trips are as breathtaking as the one over the Masai Mara, Kenya's famous game reserve. Setting out just before dawn, you are driven to the launch site, where the balloons are already up, just as the sun peeps over the horizon. Hear the burners firing as they raise you gently skyward where, depending on the wind speed, you’ll remain for forty minutes to an hour. Mother Nature will ultimately determine what wonders you will see on your flight. To give you the best possible views of the Mara, the pilots rotate the balloons and skilfully manoeuvre them up and down – bringing you almost literally face to face with life, undisturbed, in this richly diverse land. As you drift silently on the breeze, absorbing the sights and sounds of your early morning air-borne safari, you may forget about the second part of this fantastic excursion - your champagne breakfast! Close to where you land, breakfast awaits – time for good food, a glass or two of champagne and the chance to reflect on a trip we doubt you’ll want to forget. 

DAY 9 - Nairobi and Home

An early morning wakeup call before undertaking a last game drive in the Mara. Return to camp for breakfast, departing thereafter to Nairobi and drop off at the airport for onward flight arrangements.

Flights home on this final day must depart after 6pm local time so that the morning’s last game drive can be enjoyed.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: None 
Optional extras: Fly back from the Masai Mara to Nairobi, enjoy lunch in the Karen region of Nairobi before heading to Giraffe Manor to see the Giraffes up close. Optional shopping time permitting. 


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What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • Meet & Greet at the Nairobi Airport on arrival
  • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • Transport in 4x4 vehicle
  • Park Entrance Fees into specified Parks and Reserves
  • All activities, visits and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • 2 x ½ litre Mineral Water Bottles per person, per day in Safari vehicle
  • National English speaking tour guide
  • Tour Director from The Big Journey Company as well as the local tour guide (subject to minimum group size being reached.)

What's not included

  • ATOL Protection
  • Return flights to/from Nairobi Airport [NBO] - Please contact us for a flight quotation
  • All entrance fees to non-stipulated attractions
  • Visa entry to Kenya
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities 
  • Visas, travel and medical insurance
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above
  • Any meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Any optional activities offered
  • Any COVID tests or related entry & exit requirements

Important information

  • Please note, flights to/from Kenya are not included in this package. The Big Journey Company would be happy to provide a quotation for your flights - please contact us for further details
  • Vaccinations are recommended for Kenya. Please consult your doctor for advice
  • British and US Passport holders require an E-Visa to visit Kenya
  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary
  • Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance payments due 14 weeks prior to departure
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Journey Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited

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