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Journey Highlight:

  • Encounter the “Samburu Special Five” – Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, and Beisa oryx.
  • Discover the legendary Masai Mara with its abundant wildlife and stunning landscapes.
  • Exciting game drives to witness the Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos.
  • Engage with the Maasai community and learn about their traditional way of life and customs.

Day 1: Nairobi to Aberdare’s Solio Ranch

Your thrilling 9-day Big Five Safari with Nature Expeditions begins as you depart Nairobi and head towards Aberdare’s Solio Ranch. This day is dedicated to fostering rhino conservation as you embark on an exciting game drive within the ranch’s boundaries. Witness the majestic rhinos and other remarkable wildlife in their natural habitat while taking in the stunning landscapes. Capture the beauty through your lens and engage in discussions about the vital conservation efforts in this region. 

Meal Plan: [Full Board]
Accommodation: Lodge/ Camp 

Day 2: Aberdare to Samburu.

Leaving Solio Ranch behind, your journey continues towards the captivating Samburu Game Reserve. This land is not only rich in unique wildlife but also vibrant Samburu culture. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the exceptional birdlife, diverse landscapes, and captivating wildlife during a game drive. As you traverse this extraordinary land, you’ll begin to understand the enchanting connection between the wildlife and the indigenous Samburu people. Your night will be spent in the heart of the Samburu Game Reserve where the magic of Africa truly comes alive.

Meal Plan: [Full Board]
Accommodation: Lodge/ Camp 

Day 3: Samburu Game Reserve.

Spending another day in Samburu offers even deeper exploration. Delve into the reserve’s remarkable birdlife, unique wildlife, and the colorful culture of the Samburu people. Game drives provide opportunities to encounter Africa’s iconic animals and capture the extraordinary landscapes through your lens. The day will be a testament to the diverse beauty that Kenya’s landscapes and wildlife offer. In the evening, relax and recount the day’s experiences in the enchanting surroundings of the Samburu Game Reserve.

Meal Plan: [Full Board]
Accommodation: Lodge/ Camp

Day 4: Samburu to Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Bid farewell to the Samburu Game Reserve and continue your adventure as you journey to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. This conservancy is a haven for the Big Five and a host of other remarkable creatures. Here, you’ll have the chance to embark on thrilling game drives that unveil the wonders of the animal kingdom. The day will be filled with encounters with Africa’s most iconic animals against the backdrop of Ol Pejeta’s pristine landscapes. Your night at Ol Pejeta’s Conserverncy promises the symphony of the wild as you rest in the heart of this remarkable conservation area.

Meal Plan: [Full Board]
Accommodation: Lodge/ Camp 

Day 5: Ol Pejeta to Lake Naivasha.

Leaving Ol Pejeta Conservancy, you’ll travel to Lake Naivasha, a tranquil freshwater lake surrounded by lush greenery. One of the highlights of the day is a relaxing boat ride at Lake Naivasha’s Crescent Island, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot a variety of bird species and enjoy the serene beauty of this unique ecosystem. As you venture deeper into the Kenyan landscape, you’ll appreciate the diversity and tranquility that this region offers. Your night will be spent near Lake Naivasha, setting the stage for more exploration.

Meal Plan: [Full Board]
Accommodation: Lodge/ Camp

Day 6: Lake Naivasha to Maasai Mara.

Your journey takes you to the iconic Maasai Mara, the jewel of Kenyan safaris. Here, thrilling game drives and optional hot air balloon rides will unveil the true splendors of the Maasai Mara’s wildlife. Spend the day immersed in the animal kingdom, seeking out the Big Five and perhaps witnessing the awe-inspiring Great Migration if your timing aligns. Picnic amidst the wilderness and soak in the magic of the Mara’s landscapes. As the sun sets, return to your comfortable Mara accommodation and gather around the campfire to share stories and experiences with fellow travelers.

Meal Plan: [Full Board]
Accommodation: Lodge/ Camp

Day 7 and 8: Maasai Mara

The next two days are dedicated to exploring the wonders of the Maasai Mara. Engage in thrilling game drives that bring you closer to the Big Five and other incredible creatures that call this reserve home. The vast savannahs and dramatic landscapes of the Mara create the perfect backdrop for wildlife photography and unforgettable encounters. If you’ve chosen the optional-extra cost hot air balloon ride, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the Mara’s beauty from the skies. In the evenings, relax and relish the magic of the Mara, as you share stories and experiences with fellow travelers around the campfire.

Meal Plan: [Full Board]
Accommodation: Lodge/ Camp

Day 9: Masai Mara to Nairobi.

On your final day, wake up early and embark on a last-game drive in the Masai Mara to make the most of your remaining time in this wildlife haven. After your game drive, return to your camp for a satisfying breakfast and check out. Bid farewell to the Masai Mara as you start your journey back to Nairobi, reminiscing about the incredible wildlife encounters and stunning landscapes you’ve experienced over the past few days. Arrive in Nairobi by late afternoon, marking the end of your safari adventure. Reflect on the memories and photographs you’ve collected as you head home or continue your travels. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation and meals as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • Transport in a chauffeur-driven Land cruiser with a pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography.
  • Services of an English-speaking driver-guide.
  • Game viewing drives and park entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All Government taxes and levies.
  • Mineral water during drives only.
  • All meet and greet services.
  • All arrival and departure transfers.
  • 24-hour stand-by contact number.

What’s Excluded?

  • Visa fees and travel insurance.
  • All items of personal nature e.g., telephone call bills, fax/email bills, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff, and driver-guide (s)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Any local or international flight and departure taxes.
  • Laundry services.
  • Holiday supplement over Easter, Christmas, and New Year.
  • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
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