A traditional seven-night safari visiting Samburu, home to unique wildlife, followed by the Rift Valley Lakes where thousands of pink flamingoes often tint the horizon. The final destination is the Masai Mara where vast numbers of plains game and spectacular big cats abide.
Day 1 Sunday Heathrow–Nairobi
Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.
Day 2 Monday Aberdares
Transfer to the Somak Safari Lounge, where you can freshen up and store any additional luggage before departing for the Aberdares (180 km – approximately 4 hours). Arrive in time for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing, or on a nature walk with the resident naturalist (weather permitting). Overnight: Outspan Hotel. (l,d)
Day 3 Tuesday Samburu
Drive north across the equator to the Samburu National Reserve (190 km – approximately 4 hours). Lunch. Late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp. (b,l,d)
Day 4 Wednesday Samburu
Morning and late afternoon game drives in this open savannah which is traversed by the Ewaso Nyiro River. Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp. (b,l,d)
Day 5 Thursday Aberdares
Drive to Mountain Lodge on the slopes of Mount Kenya in time for lunch (240 km – approximately 4 hours). Spend the afternoon viewing game from the lodge, or join a nature walk led by a local guide (payable locally and weather permitting). Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge. (b,l,d)
Day 6 Fridayi Lake Nakuru–Lake Naivasha
After breakfast, descend into the Great Rift Valley and continue to Lake Nakuru Lodge (240 km – approximately 4 hours) for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the national park. Drive to Lake Naivasha (80 km – approximately 1 hour). Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. (b,l,d)
Day 7 Saturday Masai Mara
Drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve (320 km – approximately 5.5 hours). Arrive in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp. (b,l,d)
Day 8 Sunday Masai Mara
Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Alternatively, take an early morning balloon flight over the Mara followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). After lunch, relax before a late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp. (b,l,d)
Day 9 Monday Extension or Heathrow
After breakfast, return to Nairobi by road (300 km – 5 hours), or fly from the Mara to Nairobi: morning flight (from £170); lunch in the Mara and afternoon flight (from £240). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b)
Alternatively, fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa, including lunch in the Mara (from £370).
(15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft).