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This 8-day adventure encompasses four of Kenya’s iconic wildlife treasures, with an ideal blend of driving and flying between far-flung destinations.

Begin the adventure at the unique Nairobi Tented Camp, a wildlife reserve just minutes from Nairobi airports and one of the only national park in a major city. Continue to the iconic Amboseli National Park, renowned for its big tuskers and stunning backdrop of glacier-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. The journey then takes you and your family to the Samburu Reserve, home to amazing wildlife and statuesque warriors, before the journey ends on the fabled plains of the Masai Mara.

Whether you are keeping watch for the colourful narina trogon in Nairobi National Park or ticking off the ‘Special 5’ of the Samburu, astonishing game viewing and the lure of adventure are never far away.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Excellent Big 5 wildlife viewing
  • Family-friendly accommodation
  • Secluded honeymoon suites
  • Day & night game drives
  • Safari walks & cultural visits
  • Witness the Great Migration in season

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

A warm welcome to Kenya

On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by a guide and driven to Nairobi Tented Camp. About 10 minutes after leaving the airport, your game drive begins as you enter Nairobi National Park, which has the unique distinction of being a stone’s throw from a bustling metropolis, yet populated by a great variety of big game. On your way to the camp, you have the opportunity to spot buffalo, rhino and lions lurking in the shade. You have the astonishing opportunity to photograph African plains game with the skyscrapers of Nairobi in the background – giraffes are a popular option! 

Day 2

An Amboseli adventure

After a hearty breakfast, you set off on the drive to Amboseli National Park. As you drive through the changing landscape of villages and farms, your surroundings gradually become more open and rugged, and the bulk of glacier-capped Mount Kilimanjaro looms into view. Drawing closer, you enter the Selenkay Conservancy bordering Amboseli, and shortly thereafter arrive at Porini Amboseli Camp. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the shade of a spreading acacia tree, then settle into your spacious canvas suite. As the afternoon begins to cool down, you wander over to the mess tent for high tea and to meet your Maasai guide, who will guide you for a walk through the wilderness.

Setting off on foot walking through the wilds of Africa is a wonderful experience, enhanced by your guide sharing his vast knowledge of the animals, pathways and plants that you encounter along the way. He will show you which herbs are medicinal, which roots are edible, the footprints of a variety of game and tell you the secrets of a termite mound. The exhilaration of being on foot in the wilderness is a unique experience, where your senses become sharper and clearer, the air takes on a new aroma, and every step leads to new discoveries. Arriving at a Maasai village, or manyatta, you visit the inhabitants and learn of their culture and pastoral way of life that has co-existed with the surrounding wilderness for centuries.

Day 3

Into the Amboseli

Famed for its population of enormously tusked elephants, Amboseli National Park is the place to capture iconic images of Africa’s largest land mammal – the elephant - with Kilimanjaro, Africa’s largest free-standing mountain as a compelling backdrop. After a morning traversing this incredible and varied landscape, you return to camp for an alfresco lunch in the shade, followed by a blissful few hours of rest.

The late afternoon sees out setting off again, this time into the Selenkay Conservancy, where you seek out a multitude of big game in the enigmatic light of an equatorial afternoon. Red dust billows around a herd of buffalo on the move, the sunlight creating an intriguing interplay of shadow and colour.

As the sky changes colour and the landscape before takes on shadowy hues of purples and golds, you salute the glorious African sunset.

As the stars begin to appear in the great arching dome of sky above, you make your way back to camp while your guide deftly wields a spotlight to look for nocturnal animals as they emerge into the darkness. A hyena looks at the vehicle curiously, eyes glowing in the light, before silently melting back into the night. Genets leap acrobatically through the trees, and the thrilling possibility of encountering a leopard keeps your attention riveted to the beam of light.

Days 4-5

A Samburu adventure

Depart after breakfast for your flight via Nairobi to the Samburu National Park. Your guide will meet you at the airstrip and take you on a game drive to Samburu Intrepids Camp. Located high on the bank of the Ewaso Nyiro River, this delightful lodge has fantastic views over the water where animals often come to drink.

The concession is one of extreme scenic beauty, with vast sweeping vistas leading to the mountains of the Northern Frontier shimmering in the distance. It is also an arid landscape where the majority of animals depend on the river to survive. It is here you will discover the ‘Special Five’ of this region: the endangered Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx and the peculiar gerenuk antelope. Game drives allow you to encounter the area’s wildlife, while a walking safari with your Samburu guide will make the intricacies of the wilds come alive. Cultural experiences with the Samburu are a highlight, where you visit a manyatta and learn about a way of life that has largely remained unchanged for centuries.

Days 6-7

The magic of the Mara

Depart Samburu after breakfast and drive to the airstrip, where a plane waits to wing you to the fabled Masai Mara. Your guide meets you and takes you for a game drive through the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, a private concession bordering the Mara, and soon you arrive at Porini Mara Camp. This stylish tented camp is perched on the bank of the Laetoli River, where thirsty animals often come to drink.

During the Great Migration between July and September, in excess of a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles pass through this area, driven by an instinct as old as time to seek out water and fresh pastures.

Outside of the migration period, however, plenty remains to be seen. Resident animals include the Big 5, and wildlife encounters of a first-class nature abound.

Driving through this wondrous landscape of grassy plains dotted with flat-topped acacias that stand like lone sentinels, you feel the immensity of the space that surrounds you. A cheetah sits on a mound, surveying the scene with eyes that can pick out prey at a distance unimaginable to your own. In the glowing light of the early morning, you watch as it sits like a statue, scanning the horizon before gracefully slinking into the long grass, intent on a purpose that is driven by the instinct for survival. First you can see it moving away, then only its head, and finally the white tip of its tail is the last sign of it you see as it disappears among the swaying golden grass.

Under the spell of the endless plains, you watch the herds on the move, find the lurking predators, and wonder at the silent passage of a multitude of elephants. As the sun dips toward the horizon, your guide selects a scenic spot to stretch your legs, and a sundowner hamper appears. You stand gazing at an unending vista, cocktail in hand while the sun paints the sky in otherworldly colours, marvelling at the wildness and beauty of the moment.

Day 8

Homeward bound

After a final hearty breakfast, bid Porini Mara Camp and the Mara farewell as you drive back to the airstrip. As you fly back to Nairobi, you gaze out the window at the endless and primal landscape below. Reminiscing on the adventures of the previous days, you recall the magical moments you have had- the sight of rhinos in the wild, the warm hearts of the people you have met, sunset over the Masai Mara’s plains. All of these will remain with you forever, and compel you to return to Africa again. 

Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommododation on full board basis
  • 1 night accommodation on half board basis
  • Return conservancy airstrip transfers
  • Day and night game drives in open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle with qualified guide
  • Walks with Maasai warriors
  • Selenkay Conservancy fees, Amboseli National Park entrance fee, Samburu park fees, Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Conservancy fees, Masai Mara Game Reserve entrance fee
  • Scheduled flights
  • Shared game drives

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"A 100% authentic safari which takes you from the plains below Kilimanjaro to the rugged northern beauty of Samburu, ending in the Mara with its abundance of the Big 5. To name one highlight would be difficult but one can look forward to the best possible Masai village visit at Amboseli, vast herds of elephant, unbelievable sunsets in Samburu and heading out on foot with the Masai warriors in the Mara. One of our most popular trips and one of my personal favourites."

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