10 Days Maasai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli, Tsavo East, and Diani Beach Safari in Kenya

  • Masai Mara Sopa Lodge, Kenya

Stunning Kenya Safaris

You are invited to come and join a once in a lifetime experience in the Kenyan land. Prepare to be amazed by all the beauty and wild animals that surround Maasai Mara National Park, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli National Park, Tsavo East National Park, and Tiwi Beach. You will immerse in this prime wildlife area and you will connect with nature on every level. You will leave with unforgettable memories and with a great desire to come back. Embark on this wild journey!

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • Boat ride in Lake Naivasha
  • Glimpse of the African Big Five
  • Exceptional variation of abundance of wildlife
  • Game view in an open-roof minivan
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 9 activity days
  • English
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Masai Mara Sopa Lodge (2 nights)

Located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, the Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. The lodge has 50 guest cottages divided into two wings to either side of the main public areas.

Each of these houses has two spacious guest rooms with queen and king size beds, mosquito nets, electronic safes, dressing tables, en-suite bathrooms, and sheltered verandas that all have views over the gardens and the game reserve beyond.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort (1 night)

Set on 120 acres of Lake Naivasha’s southern shoreline in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, with acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to the resident giraffe, waterbuck, and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos. The guest cottages, with their ingeniously designed roofs, gently sweep away from one side of the main building to form a crescent which leads towards the lake shore.

Kibo Safari Camp (2 nights)

The Kibo Safari Camp lies within the Amboseli National Reserve with splendid views of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. The camp has 73 self-contained tents for single, double, triple, and family accommodation. The beds have been custom designed and locally made, using bush logs and will ensure a good night’s sleep. All tents have flush toilets, showers, and wash basins.

Voi Wildlife Lodge (1 night)

It is located in the Savannah grasslands of Tsavo East, Kenya, just five kilometers off the main highway connecting the Nairobi to Mombasa. Designed to blend unassumingly into the surrounding environment, the lodge boasts a natural look. All rooms have spacious en-suite bathrooms and are furnished in African decor. The luxury rooms comprise two four-poster beds and views of the Savannah, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your balcony or terrace.

Amani Tiwi Beach Resort (3 nights)

Located on the Diani Beah, Amani Tiwi Beach Resort is a breathtaking five-star hotel, offering a beautiful blend of eco, African, and Swahili influences in design, lushly landscaped gardens, and a private white sandy beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. Stroll along the soft white sands, take a cool dip in the pool, relax on the beach, watch the sunrise, and sit back and enjoy the charms of the African wilderness.

All rooms enjoy split unit of air conditioning, LCD satellite TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, telephone, mini-fridge, safes at the reception, tea or coffee making facilities, hairdryer, mosquito net, and a balcony.

Day 1: Nairobi - Maasai Mara National Reserve

You will be driven from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Skirting around Mount Suswa, the road first heads north to Maai Mahiu, south of Lake Naivasha, before turning west to Narok and continuing west and then south to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. A highlight of this journey is the first glimpse of the huge Rift Valley's emptiness just past Limuru, at the top of the escarpments of the valley.

Mount Longonot, Hell’s Gate National Park, and Lake Naivasha may be glimpsed to the north, while the plains seem to sweep on forever to the south. The drive will take approximately four to five hours before you will arrive at Mara Sopa Lodge for check-in and to enjoy lunch later in the afternoon. After that, you will go for your first evening game drive and then you will enjoy dinner.

Variety is what distinguishes the exceptional from the mundane and this reserve offers copious amounts of variation. This is the best time of the day to see nocturnal hunters preparing for their nightly expeditions. Watering holes are also usually busy just before sunset, as animals, such as hippos, return to their resting spots while others congregate to drink before retiring for the night.

Day 2: Maasai Mara National Reserve

You will enjoy a full day of amazing game drives. Discover the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. Covering an area of 1510 square kilometers, the Maasai Mara reserve is, in fact, the extension in Kenyan territory of the vast Serengeti Park in Tanzania. Together, they constitute a huge ecosystem in which animals move freely. All large African animals are present.

Famous for its rich wildlife, the Maasai Mara is home to not only the Big Five but also many birds, over 500 species have been recorded. Along the rivers, crocodiles and hippos lie in wait. Composed of vast rolling plains and hills, the Maasai Mara is dotted with umbrella thorn acacias and thorny thickets.

In the Maa language, Mara means "spotted" and may refer to the colorful landscapes. Alternatively, the name may refer to the arrival of over two million herbivores during the annual migration (wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras). You will spend another night at Mara Sopa Lodge, where all your meals will be served.

Day 3: Maasai Mara National Reserve - Lake Naivasha

You will be driven from the Maasai Mara National Reserve to Lake Naivasha. The road first heads north and east to Narok, before turning east to Maai Mahiu, south of Lake Naivasha. The drive will last between four and nine hours. Route details and journey times may vary depending on road conditions. You will arrive at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for check-in and to enjoy lunch later in the afternoon.

You will also enjoy a fun boat ride to discover Lake Naivasha. Spread around the lake are rich green plains supporting zebra, hartebeest, waterbuck, buffalo, impala, giraffes, monkeys, and, at night, hippos. There is also an important bird population (over 300 species of birds), including African fish eagle, osprey, jacana, and black rail.

Lake Naivasha covers nearly 139 square kilometers and is surrounded by a marsh of 64 square kilometers. You will spend the night at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, where all your meals will be served.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha - Amboseli National Park

You will be driven from Lake Naivasha to Amboseli National Park. The road linking the lakes runs south from Baringo and Bogoria to Nakuru, before turning southeast to Elementaita and Naivasha. From Naivasha, the road ascends the Rift Valley escarpment before reaching Limuru, known for its tea plantations, and continuing down to Nairobi.

From Nairobi, the road leads south and east, mainly through open grassland, descending to an altitude of 1145 meters at Amboseli. The journey will last between six and eight hours. The route details and journey times may vary depending on road conditions. You will arrive at Kibo Safari Camp for check-in. Then, later in the afternoon, you will enjoy a game drive through the Amboseli National Park.

Day 5: Amboseli National Park

You will enjoy a full day of game drives. Located along the Tanzanian border, the park derives its name from the Maasai word "Empusel," meaning salty, dusty place. Declared a national park in 1974 to protect its unique and fragile ecosystem, the Amboseli National Park offers landscapes of remarkable contrasts: arid zones alongside the lush oases of the swamps. The ecosystem of this low rainfall region depends on water from Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 meters).

A particular feature of Amboseli is the possibility to take picture postcard photos of elephants against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro. Covering an area of 392 square kilometers, the park is, in addition to elephants, home to numerous animals as well as 400 species of birds who live alongside the Maasai villages. You will spend the night at Kibo Safari Camp and you will also enjoy delicious meals.

Day 6: Amboseli National Park - Tsavo East National Park

You will be driven from Amboseli National Park to Tsavo East National Park. First, you will be traveling in a south-easterly direction, where the route will pass to the north of Mount Kilimanjaro before branching north to Emali. From there, the main Nairobi - Mombasa road leads southeast to the Tsavo East National Park, entering Voi Gate. The journey will last approximately four hours and a half. The route details and journey times may vary depending on road conditions.

You will arrive at Voi Wildlife Lodge for check-in and then, later in the afternoon, you will enjoy a game drive through the Tsavo East National Park. Tsavo East is separated from the western part of the park by the railway linking Nairobi to Mombasa. No fence separates the two parks at present, allowing animals to move freely from one place to another.

Day 7 to 9: Tsavo East National Park - Diani Beach, South Coast, Kenya

You will enjoy breakfast, then you will enjoy the en-route game drive in the Tsavo East National Park as you head to Mombasa. The main Nairobi - Mombasa road runs between Tsavo East and Tsavo West and is joined typically at either Voi or Manyani. From here, the road leads southeast through the Taru Desert, an arid, scorched wilderness.

Thereafter, the scenery will become progressively more tropical, the heat and humidity will increase, and the landscape will change to coconut palms, papaya, and other coastal vegetation. The journey will last approximately four hours. The route details and journey times may vary depending on road conditions.

Here, you will enjoy a coastal beach holiday and relax on the beautiful white sand, while sipping a refreshing cocktail. You will have the next three days at Amani Tiwi Beach Resort, where you will enjoy at your leisure the African beach lifestyle. For these three days, you will enjoy delicious meals.

Day 10: Tiwi Beach, Mombasa - Moi International Airport

You will enjoy breakfast and then you will be transferred to Moi International Airport (MBA) for your outbound international flight back home.

Kenya

Kenya is a country full of surprises and many are amazed to know that besides safaris and wildlife, the country also has some of the best beaches in East Africa. The beauty of this land is that, besides the assortment of activities and sights it has to offer, it is also easy to enjoy a safari and a beach holiday combination. Kenya’s coastline boasts brilliant blue water, lined with protective coral reefs, creating ideal conditions for swimming, snorkeling, sailing, and water sports.

The palm-lined beaches are the ideal relaxing environment for the end of your safari holiday. Evenings can be spent reminiscing about your adventures through the Maasai Mara or marveling over the enormous red elephants you saw in Tsavo East National Park. Reflect on the splendor of Amboseli National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro and sort through your countless photographs of rare and glorious birds. Finally, take a stroll on the soft white sand before drifting off to sleep.

Amboseli National Park

Located about 250 kilometers from Nairobi and along the Tanzanian border, the park derives its name from the Maasai word Empusel, that means salty, dusty place. Declared a national park in 1974 to protect its unique and fragile ecosystem, the Amboseli National Park offers landscapes of remarkable contrasts, such as arid zones alongside lush oases of the swamps. The ecosystem of this low rainfall region depends on the water from Mount Kilimanjaro.

A particular feature of the Amboseli National Park is the possibility to take postcard photos of elephants against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro. Covering an area of 392 square kilometers, the park is, in addition to elephants, home to numerous animals such as giraffes, wildebeests, antelopes, buffalos, lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas, as well as over 400 species of birds such as pelicans, kingfishers, cranes, hamerkop, and 47 types of raptors that live alongside the Maasai villages.

This compact park is abundant with wildlife and allows for excellent game viewing. Its vegetation consists of a combination of sprawling grasslands, swampy springs, and dry dusty earth. From the observation hill, you will have a view of the entire park and especially the swamp areas where buffalos, elephants, hippos, and a diversity of water birds come to cool off and refresh themselves. Look out for the shy porcupine who only dares to emerge at sunset.

Lake Naivasha

Derived from the Maasai name Nai’posha, that means rough water, in reference to the sudden storms that may come up over the lake, Lake Naivasha covers nearly 139 square kilometers and is surrounded by a marsh of 64 square kilometers. Spread around the lake are rich green plains supporting zebras, hartebeests, waterbucks, buffalos, impalas, giraffes, monkeys, and hippos. There are over 300 species of birds including the African fish eagle, the osprey, the Jacana, and the black rail.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Covering an area of 1510 square kilometers, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is, in fact, the extension in Kenyan territory of the vast Serengeti Park in Tanzania. Together, they constitute a huge ecosystem in which animals move freely. All large African animals are present, such as Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, the impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, the bushbuck, the topi, the buffalo, the ellipse waterbuck, the elands, and giraffes.

Famous for its rich wildlife, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is home to not only the Big five (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino, and leopard) but also to many birds, over 500 species of birds have been recorded here. Along the rivers, crocodiles and hippos lie in wait. Composed of vast rolling plains and hills, the Maasai Mara National Reserve is dotted with umbrella thorn acacias and thorny thickets. In the Maa language, Mara means spotted and may refer to the colorful landscapes.

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is separated from the western part of the park by the railway linking Nairobi to Mombasa. No fence separates the two parks, allowing animals to move freely from one place to another. Equidistant from Nairobi and Mombasa, Tsavo East is the largest of the two Tsavo parks.

Its dry and flat landscapes, excepting the Yatta Plateau, one of the longest lava flows in the world, after the Ol Donyo Sabuk volcano, showcases a rich wildlife. Grant’s gazelles, zebras, impalas, Coke’s hartebeest, giraffes, and lions are easily observable. Elephants and buffalos are very common and often walk in large herds of several hundred animals.

During this safari vacation, you will enjoy daily delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will also be provided with one bottle of water every day.

Hot air balloon ride

You can touch the skies with a hot air balloon safari that will see you soar above all of the action.

Maasai Mara village visit

You can experience how the Maasai people live in the middle of the bush, with zebras grazing and lions roaring just outside their homes and get to know their culture and customs on a visit to the traditional Maasai village.

Tiwi Beach

Engage in a game of volleyball, take a refreshing dip in the ocean, and take part in a fun activity such sailing, jet-skiing, or snorkeling.

  • 1 bottle of water provided every day
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Boat ride in Lake Naivasha
  • Daily delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily transportation in a private seven-seater minivan with an open roof
  • Game drives
  • Luggage porterage
  • Professional driver or guide
  • VAT or bed levy taxes at the rate of the booking (can change without notice)
  • Vehicle and driver's park fees
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Balloon safari trip in Maasai Mara
  • Park entrance fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Visit Maasai Mara village

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Explorers Wild Adventures will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 20 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Susan L. from Canada

    "Our journey was magnificent. I highly recommended this company to any traveler looking for a safari to Kenya. I enjoyed the diversity of the destinations and Masai was at the top, the duration of the stays, the warmth of everyone involved at the various locations etc. Kenya is extremely adventurous – literally everything exceeded our trip expectation and I was amazed how our itinerary was featured."

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  • Review by Luigi A. from USA

    "Our holiday Experience was one of a lifetime! We certainly will go back to Kenya with Explorers Wild. We absolutely appreciate your help and have no hesitation in recommending you and asking you to organize another trip for us."

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  • Review by Acabel W. from France

    "Every aspect of our trip was amazing. Olare Mara Kempinski in Masai Mara was just the best! animals every where and our room was absolutely amazing with great views! We felt like kings during the entire trip. The lodges and staff were excellent."

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  • Review by Nahariy J. from Germany

    "It was the most relaxing safari we have ever been on! Our guide was extremely pleasant, he figured out our interest to see what we wanted. We managed to come across the big five wild animals. The lodges we stayed were quite awesome as well!"

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  • Review by Karen M. from UK

    "Everything organised by Nelly worked like clockwork. I enjoyed my trip to the various parts of Kenya! I had an amazing time and loved all the destinations you had picked for me and all of the camps! I had a particularly amazing time in Masai Mara."

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  • Review by Michael C. from New Zealand

    "Just to express that we got back from Tanzania and Kenya yesterday, and what a Trip! The lodges and camps we stayed were all luxury; the staff at both lodges were more than friendly, the locations were awesome and the wildlife was incredibly stunning! We arrived at the Keekorok Lodge in Masai Mara, wondering if the migrations would be a very hard activity to follow, only to find was the most stunning wild trail right in front of the lodge with wide views. It was great! We did not experience any troubles during our safari. All the flight connections and tour coordination you arranged went smoothly. The Timings were all perfect. We more so enjoyed the private charter flight back Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and course Wildlife in Masai Mara and Tsavo park was fascinating. We spotted the leopard 12 times in two game parks. Our guide helped us to track down all the big five. Hard to imagine a better experience but this one surpassed it all. We are again planning when we could go back to Amboseli, Serengeti, Rwanda and Zanzibar. We appreciate with a lot of thanks for your travel expert who helped us in exploring many options to put together such a lifetime adventure."

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  • Review by John K. from Australia

    "Thanks for organising my trip to Kenya. By far my safari exceeded my wildest anticipation. I had a great time and Nickson our guide was absolutely a good experienced safari guide. The whole trip was magnificent and I am now going through my photos and so I want to say a big thank you all for accomplishing all the requirements during the trip. I owe Nickson, a next visit with your company. He must be the only guide I have come across who buys the drinks on the last evening prior to departure. Once I hear anyone of my friends or family interested to tour Africa, I will absolutely recommend Explorers Wild Adventures for them. I will certainly visit another trip with you in the future and I will not miss a visit to Rwanda for the gorillas."

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  • Review by Claude S. from USA

    "Hi Johann, Thanks for the email. I have been home for about 14 hours since I departed Nairobi yesterday. To be honest, I had a wonderful trip. David our guide was was fast in finding the animals and he positioned us well up to maximum and capture every photo opportunity we came across with the wild. Then Laibor the local Maasai gave direction to assist me maximize the photographic adventure which was our main interest. David was always helpful with a lot of information. He as well helped me in saving, arranging and making some copies of my photos into Lightroom. At one point, my card reader was unresponsive and he let me use an extra one that he had. I really appreciate everything. I moreover feel like our safari was “down to the ground” amazing – what I wanted. THANK YOU."

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