7 Days Kenya Safari from Samburu to Maasai Mara

  • Samburu National Park - Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park - Maasai Mara National Reserve

Overview

Big Five Safari in Kenya

On this package, you will visit some exquisite game parks in Kenya. You will visit Samburu National Park, the home of Kamunyak, Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, the home to white rhinos and a huge number of flamingos, and Maasai Mara National Reserve, one of the best place to spot the "Big 5" and witness the wildebeest migration. Join now for an ultimate safari experience!

Highlights

  • Game viewing drives
  • Big 5 safari in Maasai Mara
  • Safari in national reserves and parks
  • 2 liters of mineral water during game drives
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • English speaking driver / guide
  • Transportation and transfers
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 7.

  • 6 activity days
  • English
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Samburu Sopa Lodge in Samburu National Reserve

Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panoramic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond.

The lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the workforce at the lodge. 15 cottages, each with two bedrooms, are built in an arch formation on either side of the public areas surrounding the waterhole but leaving a wide gap to allow the animals free movement to the water.

The Ark or Treetops Lodge in Aberdare National Park

During your stay in Aberdare National Park, you may choose to stay in The Ark or Treetops Lodge. The Ark, set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, is an iconic and quirky accommodation. The Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick which attracts a host of awesome wildlife. Modeled after Noah's Ark, The Ark has four viewing decks with balconies and lounges to provide superb game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. The animals will come to you!

Meanwhile, located in the Aberdare National Park, the Treetops Lodge Nyeri tree-house lodge on stilts is famous as the place where Queen Elizabeth II visited as a princess and left as queen. Originally built in 1932, Treetops Lodge lies in the path of an ancient elephant migratory route between the Aberdare Ranges and Mount Kenya National Park.

It is strategically sited right in front of a natural watering hole and salt lick, making it the perfect place to view game. Treetops Lodge is as much a part of nature as it has an ancient tree growing right through the hotel with the lodge being built around it. It is the perfect fusion of nature and comfort sporting a rustic look that fits right into the Aberdares.

Ziwa Bush Lodge in Nakuru

Ziwa Bush Lodge is perfectly situated in the naturally beautiful surroundings of Nakuru, Kenya. Ecologically assembled among the African trees, they have worked hard to ensure the lodge would not disrupt the environment. It offers a luxurious place to stay far enough away from the “busyness of the orphanage” in a very neat, traditionally built lodge situated in a bushy area on the edge of a pond where the native bird life is in abundance.

Ziwa Bush Lodge offers a personalized boutique experience to their guests with just six double units, three twin units, and one family unit all containing spacious en-suites. Each individual room is made from local stone, canvas, and makuti roofing (folded palm leaves) with its beautifully and uniquely handcrafted cedar furniture made on site by Kenyans living in and around Nakuru Town.

Mara River Lodge or Osero Lodge in Maasai Mara

During your stay in Maasai Mara, you will the option to stay at Mara River Lodge or Osero Lodge. Mara River Camp is nestled at the foot of the Oloololo Escarpment and on the northwest boundary of Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara National Reserve, on a beautiful forested bend of the majestic Mara River. This is one of Kenya’s most charming tented camps.

Meanwhile, Osero is a luxury tented camp located at the western edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, one of the most famous game reserves in the world. They maintain the authentic African safari tradition of elegance, luxury, and style. Enjoy spacious tastefully furnished bedrooms with polished wood floors and tiled en-suite bathrooms in a setting that retains the authenticity of being under canvas.

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    Day 1: Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve

    You will be picked up at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) or your accommodation in Nairobi at 07:30 and driven to Samburu National Park where you will arrive in time for lunch then have an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Samburu Sopa Lodge.

    Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

    Today, you will have a full day game drive in the reserve with a packed lunch provided. You will also get the chance to visit a Samburu tribe. There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several large game species common to Kenya’s northern plains can be found in abundance here, including the following dry-country fauna: gerenuks, Grevy’s zebras, oryxs, and reticulated giraffes. All three big cats, Masai lions, Tanzanian cheetahs, and leopards can also be found here, as well as elephants, buffalos, and hippos.

    Other mammals which are frequently seen in the park include olive baboons, warthogs, Grant’s gazelles, Kirk’s dik-diks, impalas, and waterbucks. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of bird. The Ewaso Ng’iro River contains large numbers of Nile crocodile.

    Day 3: Samburu National Reserve - Aberdare National Park

    After breakfast, you will drive to Aberdare National Park and arrive in time for lunch at Outspan Lodge then transfer to the park. The park provides a habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs, and bushbucks among others. Rare sightings include those of the Giant Forest hogs, bongos, and many types of big cats.

    You can indulge in picnics, trout fishing in the rivers, and camping in the moorlands. You can also enjoy bird viewing with over 250 species of birds in the park. Dinner and overnight stay will be at The Ark or Treetops Lodge.

    Day 4: Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park

    After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Nakuru National Park and arrive in time for a hot lunch and have an afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking, picnic, and game drives. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Ziwa Bush Lodge.

    Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park - Maasai Mara National Reserve

    After breakfast, you will drive to Maasai Mara and arrive in time for lunch and afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Mara River Lodge or Osero Lodge.

    Day 6: Maasai Mara National Reserve

    On this day, you will have a full day game drive including a visit to a Maasai Village with packed lunch provided. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Mara River Lodge or Osero Lodge.

    Day 7: Maasai Mara National Reserve - Nairobi

    You will wake up at 06:00 for an early morning game drive in Massai Mara National Reserve. After that, you will drive back to your accommodation for breakfast and then drive back to Nairobi.

    Samburu National Reserve

    Samburu National Reserve is a rugged and semi-desert park located in Samburu district in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The park neighbors the homes of the Samburu tribe of Kenya, a tribe known for their remote culture, pastoral, and nomadic way of life. Due to its remote distance and the fact that it was inaccessible for many years, the park has retained a naturally serene and quiet feeling.

    Besides a variety of wildlife animals, there are over 350 species of bird in Samburu National Reserve. These include grey-headed kingfishers, sunbirds, bee-eaters, Marabou storks, tawny eagles, Verreaux’s eagles, bateleurs, vulturine guineafowls, yellow-necked spurfowls, lilac-breasted rollers, secretary birds, superb starlings, red-billed hornbills, yellow-billed hornbills, and various vultures including the palm-nut vultures. In addition, The Ewaso Ng’iro River contains large numbers of Nile crocodile.

    Aberdare National Park

    Picturesque, steep forested ravines and open moorland characterize the Aberdare National Park. The park provides a habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs, and bushbucks among others.

    Rare sightings include those of the Giant Forest hogs, bongos, golden cats, serval cats, African wild cats, African civet cats, and the blue duiker. Visitors can indulge in picnics, trout fishing in the rivers, and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding with over 250 species of birds in the park including the Jackson’s Francolin, Sparrow hawks, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds, and plovers.

    Lake Nakuru National Park

    On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. You can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and various habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking, picnic, and game drives. The lake’s level dropped dramatically in the early 1990's but has since largely recovered. In 2013, the lake received an alarming increase in the water levels that led to the migration of flamingos to Lake Bogoria in search for food supply.

    Maasai Mara National Reserve

    Maasai Mara National Reserve is situated in southwest Kenya and is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. Together with Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular ecosystems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system.

    Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 square kilometers (580 square miles) and rises 1,500 - 2,170 meters above the sea level. Add the conservancies, the area is at least twice the size. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and over 570 recorded species of birds. This is the world cup of wildlife and together with Serengeti National Park, there is no better place to witness the best wildlife viewing in the world.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Other dietary requirements on request
    • 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)
    • 6 nights' accommodation
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Complimentary 2 liters of mineral water per person per game drive
    • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    • Game viewing drives in Samburu National Park, Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Massai Mara National Reserve
    • Meet and greet services
    • On safari accessories in each vehicle: first-aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of binoculars, cool box, and fire extinguisher
    • Parks entrance fees
    • Services of an English speaking driver / guide
    • Transportation in a chauffeur driven 4 x 4 safari van with a pop up roof for game viewing and photography
    • Two-way long range high frequency radio communication in each vehicle
    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
    • International flight
    • Items of personal nature such as telephone bills, fax / e-mail bills, etc.
    • Laundry services
    • Tips and gratuities to the accommodation and their staff (2 USD to 4 USD per person) and driver / guide (5 USD to 10 USD per person)
    • Visa fees

    Arrival by airplane

    Please arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) where Travel For Change Africa will pick you up. This pick up service is included in the price.

    Testimonials

    • Review by Charles Kramer from Pala, Karnataka, India

      "Travel For Change Africa provided our family of four with the best possible tour of Kenya that anyone can hope for! Our driver and guide, Patrick, was exceptional with our four- and seven-year old kids, and everyone at the company is forthright and super nice. We traveled on a super low budget and they even granted our request for some home stays where we really got to experience local life there. We explored little-known areas and got discounted admission into Masaai Mara and other parks, which is unheard of in Kenya. Patrick was a safe and friendly guy who knew so much, we barely needed another guide. But they provided specialty guides in areas that needed special focus like Kisumu, Hell's Gate, and the Kakamega forest. This was especially nice because we learned so much about each individual area. One of our local guides even arranged for us to meet Mama Sara Obama, Barrack Obama's grandmother. We love everyone at the company and have so many videos and pictures to post. Thanks again for an amazing trip!"

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    • Review by Aled Jones

      "Thank you for a superb safari. You looked after us from the moment you picked us up from the airport to the minute you dropped us back off there. David, our guide, was superb. He is a true gentleman and knew his stuff. He went out of his way to find things we'd not seen and we managed to see the "Big 5"! The rhino was a challenge. We wouldn't hesitate to use your company again. Hopefully, you'll enjoy viewing my photographs."

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    • Review by Jesse Ondoro from Nairobi, Kenya

      "Travel For Change Africa is the best traveling agent across East Africa."

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    • Review by Silas Mabeta

      "What a wonderful experience. It was a long trip to the Mara but I enjoyed the whole experience."

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