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Big 5 Safari in Kenya

Enjoy this amazing 10-day safari that starts with a visit to Masai Mara National Reserve where you will venture out on game drives to track down the Big Five. Then, go to Lake Nakuru and see flamingoes and rhinos at close range. You proceed to Lake Naivasha for a boat safari, where you can get close to hippos and see many species of birds. You'll also stop off at Hell's Gate National Park, the only park where you can walk, drive, or ride a bicycle. The safari then heads to Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro to see a jumbo elephant at close range. After returning to Nairobi, visit the Giraffe Center and Elephant Orphanage, then Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya will drop you off at the airport to connect your flight back home.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 2 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Nairobi
  • Languages: English-speaking guides

Highlights

  • This is a private tour / activity, only your group will participate
  • Easy activities, most travelers can participate
  • Explore Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate, and Amboseli
  • Opportunity to see the Big 5 animals, flamingos, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, etc.
  • Visit the Giraffe Center and Elephant Orphanage
  • 9 nights accommodation

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9 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
17:00

During the holiday, you will stay at various accommodations arranged by Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya.

  • Nairobi: Boma Inn Hotel or similar.
  • Masai Mara Sopa Lodge or similar
  • Lake Nakuru Lodge / Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge or similar
  • Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar
  • Amboseli Kibo Safari Camp or similar

Program

Day 1: Arrival Nairobi

  • Stop at: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya

Upon arrival at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will find your driver-guide waiting for you with a big sign reading your name. The guide will assist you with your luggage to the waiting car and drop you at the Nairobi Hotel.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: Boma Inn Hotel or similar

Day 2: Nairobi to Masai Mara

  • Stop at: Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya, Narok 00100 Kenya

You will be picked up at 8 a.m. from your hotel and commence the drive to Mara via the Great Rift Valley view point where you will have a breathtaking view of the floor of the Rift Valley. Lunch will be a picnic on the way. In the afternoon after you check in depart for a game-viewing drive in the Mara Reserve

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Masai Mara Sopa Lodge or similar

Day 3: Full day in Mara (optional hot air balloon safari available)

  • Stop at: Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya, Narok 00100 Kenya

Spend the full day exploring Mara in search of the Big Five. You will have picnic lunches in the Reserve as you scale the Mara beauty, located at the banks of Mara River. Optional: In the evening, visit the Maasai village for a Maasai cultural tour at 20 USD. Learn about the Masai community and interact with the local Maasai people. An overnight at the Masai village can be organized upon request.

A balloon safari at 450 USD per person can be organized early morning on this day then proceed with the normal program. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place: the great migration. You will have picnic lunches in the Reserve.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Meals included: • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Masai Mara Sopa Lodge or similar

Day 4: Masai Mara full day

  • Stop at: Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya, Narok 00100 Kenya

After breakfast, enjoy the second full-day game drive in the reserve.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Masai Mara Sopa lodges or similar

Day 5: Maasai Mara to Lake Nakuru

  • Stop at: Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

You will enjoy the last early morning game drive in Mara Reserve followed by breakfast. Thereafter commence the drive to Nakuru.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar

Day 6: Nakuru to Naivasha

Stop at: Lake Naivasha, Naivasha Kenya

You will have an early breakfast and depart by 7 a.m. to straight to the park. It is a small park with magnificent, rare white rhinos which form part of the Big Five animals. There is also a possibility to see the pink flamingos. The game drive lasts 3 hours, after which you depart on a 3-hour drive back to Naivasha to arrive in time for lunch at your hotel. After lunch, you will go to Hell's Gate for a biking safari. If you are too tired, you will be driven into the park by a car. You will later go for an hour-long boat ride on Lake Naivasha for bird watching and hippo viewing.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort or similar

Day 7: Naivasha - Hell’s Gate - Amboseli

  • Stop at: Amboseli National Park, Kenya

After breakfast, the team will pick you up from the hotel in the morning and drive you to Hell’s Gate National Park. Once at the Park, you have the option of a game drive in a safari vehicle or taking bikes into the Park. Cycling in the Park is a great adventure as you get to ride the bikes for 7 kilometers before resting at a ranger’s post. After a brief stop at the ranger's post, you leave the bike and start a walking safari.

Enjoy the spectacular views of the gorge. Then drive to Amboseli National Park. It is famous for its scenery with a backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, which dominates the landscape, and open plains. Arrive with more game drive proceeding to your camp.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Kibo Safari Luxury Camp or similar

Day 8: Amboseli full day

  • Stop at: Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Enjoy an early morning game drive. Later return back to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, a full day is spent in the park with a packed lunch in search of its popular residents like the well-known predators and their opponents like the Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, and Hippo with a view of Mt Kilimanjaro.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation included: Kibo Safari Luxury Camp or similar

Day 9: Amboseli - Nairobi

  • Stop at: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya

Enjoy an early morning game drive. Later, return to your camp for breakfast. After breakfast, check out Amboseli and drive to Nairobi for lunch.

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
  • Accommodation included: Boma Inn Hotel or similar

Day 10: Nairobi Giraffe Center, Elephant Orphanage, and airport drop-off

  • Stop at: Giraffe Centre, Duma Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

After breakfast, the driver will come to pick you up at 8 a.m. to tour the Giraffe Center and Elephant Orphanage. Then, after lunch enter Kazuir Beads Factory to buy gifts and then be dropped back to the airport to connect your flight back home.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • No meals included on this day.
  • No accommodation included on this day.

Location

This safari will take place in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha National Park, Hell's Gate National Park, and Amboseli National Park. You'll also visit the Giraffe Centre and Elephant Orphanage.

Food

The package includes 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 7 dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 7 dinners, 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches
  • Safari activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • Service of a driver-guide

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Balloon safari (450 USD per person)
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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