Kenya Maasai Mara Big Five Safari

This unforgettable journey takes you through three of Kenya’s most breathtaking regions, each offering unique and exotic encounters with their natural wonders. Get up close with the fantastic wildlife of the swamps of Amboseli and experience the beautiful pink waters of Lake Nakuru. Travel through the vast plains of the Maasai Mara and get a chance to meet the famous “big five” of Africa. With our sustainable tourism approach, your adventure contributes to the preservation of these incredible ecosystems, ensuring they continue to thrive for generations to come.

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HIGHLIGHTS

View exotic wildlife against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro

Full day game drives in Amboseli, observing and scenic landscapes and elephant herds

Enjoy bird watching and hippo viewing at Lake Naivasha

A visit to Lake Nakuru and its pink flamingos

Journey to Maasai Mara, known for its big and majestic cats

Experience the extraordinary natural spectacle Wildebeest migration from July to October

The Wonders of Amboseli, Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru

Your adventure takes off in the iconic Amboseli National Park with exciting game drives by the majestic views of Mount Kilimanjaro. This is a part where you will not only experience some of the most breathtaking sightings in the world, but also dive into the cultural heritage of the local tribes. Next stop is Lake Naivasha where a unique boat ride offers a new perspective on wildlife, and the same afternoon the adventure continues with game drives at Lake Nakuru National Park where you will witness the miracle of thousands of beautiful flamingos lining at the shore of pink shimmering waters.

 

Explore Maasai Mara Game Reserve and The Big Five

The journey continues through Kenya’s fertile highlands and down the Rift Escarpment, on a historic road constructed by Italian prisoners during World War II, leading you to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. This is the time for the wildlife enthusiasts to finally experience the extraordinary sight of the Big Five in their natural habitats. This is also the spot where you have the chance to witness the spectacular annual wildebeest migration.

 

Please check out our classic combo safari to both Tanzania and Kenya or our Kenyan Savanna and Ocean Safari in Amboseli, Tsavo and Diani Beach for more adventures!

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Day 1

ARRIVE IN NAIROBI | TAMARIND TREE HOTEL/SIMILAR

Upon arrival, our representative will meet you, transfer you to your hotel for check-in, and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight Tamarind Tree Hotel/ Sarova Stanley Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) or Similar.

Day 2

NAIROBI TO AMBOSELI | AA AMBOSELI LODGE/SIMILAR

After your breakfast, you will be met by our driver to take you through your safari briefing before departing to Amboseli National Park. You will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Enjoy some time to cool off before departing and proceed on your first game drive in Amboseli National Park later in the evening. Come back to your lodge as the sun sets.

Overnight at AA Amboseli Lodge/Sentrim Amboseli (Full Board) or Similar.

Day 3

FULL DAY IN AMBOSELI | AA AMBOSELI LODGE/SIMILAR

Enjoy a full day in the park filled with game drives in the early morning and in the afternoon in Amboseli National Park. Keep an eye out for the magnificent views from the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, also known as “the roof of Africa.” The best time to catch a view of the tallest free-standing mountain in the world is during early morning or just around sunset. Game drives with all meals and overnight at the Camp on a full board basis.

Overnight at AA Amboseli Lodge/Sentrim Amboseli (Full Board) or Similar.

Day 4

AMBOSELI TO LAKE NAKURU VIA NAIVASHA/LAKE NAKURU LODGE/SIMILAR

After an early breakfast, you will depart and drive to Lake Naivasha via Nairobi with lunch enroute the freshwater lake for an hour boat for bird watching and hippo viewing. arriving in the afternoon and proceeding directly for an afternoon game drive at Lake Nakuru National Park. The waters here are often colored shimmering flamingo pink from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. Later, drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge/Flamingo Hill Tented Camp or Similar.

Day 5

MAASAI MARA | ENKOROK MARA CAMP/SIMILAR

After breakfast, you’ll travel towards Kenya’s fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on the road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment. You’ll pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok, and then travel across acres of wheat and barley fields before you reach the Maasai Mara and be at your camp in time for lunch. There will be an afternoon game drive to introduce you to the park.

Overnight at at Enkorok Mara Camp/Simba Orxy Camp (Full board) or Similar.

Day 6

FULL DAY IN MAASAI MARA | ENKOROK MARA CAMP/SIMILAR

Begin your day with a refreshing morning tea or coffee at the camp, and then set out with a packed bush breakfast for a captivating morning game drive, where you’ll witness the savanna coming to life. Return to the camp for lunch, and take it easy until 4 o’clock. In the afternoon, you can choose to embark on another game drive, savor the mesmerizing sunset, or simply relax at the camp.
The Maasai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti ecosystem to the south, renowned for its abundant lion population, especially the striking black-maned males. Witness the Great Migration, an awe-inspiring spectacle where over 1.5 million wildebeest and other antelopes cross the vast Mara River, showcasing the constant battle for survival in the savanna. In this area, you’re also likely to encounter numerous elephants, often in sizable herds, and if luck is on your side, you might spot leopards, cheetahs, and rhinos. All members of the Big Five call this place home, and the African buffalo is quite sociable, so you’re sure to meet a few. Don’t forget your cameras to capture these incredible moments! In the evening, you have the option to visit a Maasai village for an additional fee.

Overnight at at Enkorok Mara Camp/Simba Orxy Camp (Full board) or Similar.

Day 7

MARA – NAIROBI AIRPORT | DEPART

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll head back to Nairobi and arrive in the afternoon. You can either enjoy a farewell lunch or dinner in the city (OPTIONAL).

Finally, you’ll be transferred to the terminal for your flight as per your schedule.

Experience Kenya’s Natural Wonders: Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Amboseli 

A safari to the Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Amboseli National Park is an opportunity to experience some of the world’s most incredible wildlife and scenery while supporting conservation efforts and learning about a fascinating culture.

  • The accommodation is well chosen and comfortable and will give you an incredible Kenya safari experience.
  • The safari guide is knowledgeable and English-speaking and will give a deeper understanding of the parks.
  • Visit the must-see parks in Kenya at a great price.

 

Explore the Rich Wildlife and Cultural Tapestry of Kenya

Maasai Mara is known for its big cats, such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, and the annual wildebeest migration. The Maasai Mara is a wildlife reserve in southwestern Kenya, named after the Maasai people who inhabit the region and the Mara River that flows through it. It is one of Africa’s most famous and popular game reserves and is renowned for its spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. You also get to visit Lake Nakuru, famous for its large population of pink flamingos, while Amboseli is known for its large herds of elephants. The parks are set against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery, from rolling hills to acacia forests, making for a truly unforgettable experience. The Maasai people are known for their unique and colorful culture. A safari to these parks provides an opportunity to learn about and interact with their way of life.

Kenya Activities

Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Visit Day Trip $282 See what conservation work is all about. Read more
Biking in Hells Gate Park Day Trip $60 Bike and explore Hells Gate Park. Read more
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Lake Chala Safari Kayaking with AWAT Boat Ride in Lake Naivasha Day Trip $24 Book a boat Ride in Lake Naivasha. Read more
Walking Safari in Crescent Island in Naivasha Day Trip from $72 Enjoy a walking Safari in Crescent Island in Naivasha. Book now! Read more
Maasai Mara Balloon Safari Day Trip from $455 Get a birds eye view of the vast Maasai Mara! Book now! Read more
Maasai Culture with World Adventure Tours Maasai Village Visit Day Trip $25 Visit a Maasai Village during your Kenyan safari. Read more
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Do I need a visa to travel to Nairobi?

Yes, visitors to Kenya need a visa to enter the country. You can apply for a visa online before your trip or upon arrival at the airport in Nairobi. Applying for the visa online before your trip is recommended to avoid any delays or issues upon arrival.

What vaccinations do I need to travel to Nairobi?

Several recommended vaccinations for travel to Nairobi include yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis A and B, and tetanus. It is recommended to consult with your doctor or a travel health clinic to determine which vaccinations you need based on your specific travel plans and health history.

What kind of wildlife can be seen in the Maasai Mara?

The Maasai Mara is known for its abundant wildlife, including the “Big Five” (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinoceros, and buffalo) as well as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, cheetahs, and hyenas. It is also a popular destination for birdwatching, with over 500 species of birds found in reserve.

When is the best time to visit the Maasai Mara?

The Maasai Mara can be visited year-round, but the best time to see the wildebeest migration is between July and October. This is also the peak tourist season, so expect higher prices and larger crowds. The rainy season runs from November to May, and while it can make the roads difficult to navigate, it is also a great time to see the lush green landscapes and newborn animals.

What is the Maasai Mara Conservancy?

The Maasai Mara Conservancy is a collection of private game reserves adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. These conservancies offer a more exclusive and personalized safari experience, with fewer vehicles and more flexible game viewing opportunities. Many of the conservancies also work with the local Maasai communities to promote conservation and sustainable tourism.

What cultural experiences can be had in the Maasai Mara?

The Maasai Mara is home to the Maasai people, who are known for their distinctive dress, customs, and traditional way of life. Visitors to the Maasai Mara can participate in cultural experiences such as village visits, traditional dance performances, and visits to Maasai-owned businesses. It is important to respect the local culture and seek responsible and sustainable tourism opportunities.

What kind of wildlife can be seen in Lake Nakuru National Park?

Lake Nakuru National Park is known for its abundance of birdlife, including thousands of flamingos that flock to the lake to feed on the algae. The park is also home to over 50 species of mammals, including white rhinos, lions, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, and baboons.

When is the best time to visit Lake Nakuru?

Lake Nakuru can be visited year-round, but the best time to see the flamingos is between November and February, when the lake is at its highest level, and the algae is most abundant. The rainy season runs from March to June and October to December, and while it can make the roads difficult to navigate, it is also a great time to see the park’s lush green landscapes and newborn animals.

What other attractions are there near Lake Nakuru?

Lake Nakuru is located in the Rift Valley region of Kenya, which is known for its scenic landscapes, cultural heritage, and outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include Hell’s Gate National Park, Mount Longonot, and Lake Naivasha, which offer hiking, biking, rock climbing, and water sports opportunities.

What conservation efforts are in place to protect Lake Nakuru?

Lake Nakuru is a fragile ecosystem that is vulnerable to pollution, habitat loss, and human encroachment. The park has implemented a number of conservation measures to protect the lake and its wildlife, including habitat restoration, anti-poaching patrols, and community education programs. Visitors to the park can support these efforts by practicing responsible tourism, following park rules and regulations, and supporting local conservation organizations.

What kind of wildlife can be seen in Amboseli National Park?

Amboseli is known for its large herds of elephants, often grazing on the open plains. The park is also home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, and a variety of bird species.

When is the best time to visit Amboseli?

Amboseli can be visited year-round, but the best time to see wildlife is during the dry season (June-October and January-February) when the animals are drawn to the park’s water sources. The rainy season runs from March to May and October to December, and while it can make the roads difficult to navigate, it is also a great time to see the park’s lush green landscapes and newborn animals.

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Accommodation

Tamarind Tree Hotel

Close to Nairobi National Park and wildlife sanctuaries, this hotel features a pool, a restaurant serving various international cuisines and a fitness center.

Rooms are comfortable and convenient, including AC, free Wi-Fi, a TV, a safe and a bathroom with shower and air dryer.

 

Sarova Stanley Hotel

This 5-star hotel offers a bakery, three restaurants, an outdoor pool, spa lounge, a fitness center and an outdoor bar with spectacular views of Nairobi.

Every room offers free Wi-Fi, TV, minibars, living area and private bathroom. For more comfort, bathrobes together with a sauna and a steam bath are provided.

AA Lodge Amboseli

A scenic stay with spacious, fully furnished rooms with modern amenities, safe deposits and private bathrooms and balconies. The lodge offers an outdoor pool, a bar, games room, a restaurant, diverse breakfast options and local cuisine with a multilingual staff available 24/7 to assist guests.

This lodge provides the unique option to use their drones for exceptional game drive experiences.

 

Sentrim Amboseli Lodge

Known for its elephant population and views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, this lodge is located right next to Kimana gate and offers 60 tents with the latest in luxury camping such as soft beds and ensuite bathrooms.

Enjoy amenities like free WiFi in public areas, an outdoor pool, restaurant, bar, spa, gift shop, and conference facilities. Rooms include safe and seating area, with free parking and breakfast available.

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Nestled in the heart of Lake Nakuru National Park, this charming property offers stunning views of the lake and wildlife, a pool and a garden. Breakfast is served every morning and the restaurant serves a variety of Indian, African, American and vegetarian food.

Rooms are comfortably equipped with seating areas, TV, Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with a bathtub and hairdryer.

 

Flamingo Hill Tented Camp

Located in Lake Nakuru National Park, this camp offers an eco-friendly stay with spectacular savannah views, 25 luxury tents with a private veranda, mattresses with mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms with a shower and flush toilet.

Enjoy both local and international cuisine at the restaurant, a bar, a cozy lounge, a pool and a spa, a gift shop and a conference room – as well as activities such as game drives, bird safaris, nature walks and romantic sundowners.

Enkorok Mara Camp

Situated in Masai Mara Siana’s Conservancy, along the Oloirigynyisho River that attract wildlife like zebras, wildebeests, and elephants. A restaurant with expert chefs, a bar, a pool and towels awaits!

Rooms are equipped with quality beds, wardrobe, toiletries, a safe, wardrobe and a safe. Enjoy scenic views from the front porch.

 

Simba Oryx Camp

Near the Masai Mara Game Reserve and the Serengeti, this camp offers 10 luxury tents with privacy and wild animals visible through a glass front, solar power for electricity and hot water.

Enjoy the luxury of rainfall showers and free toiletries in the well-kept bathrooms, and in-room Wi-Fi.

Option to a game drive straight from the camp and safely store your items in our luggage storage facilities.

Included in the price:

  • Meet and greet services with assistance at the airport or hotel
  • All transport and game drives on road safaris will be in a 4×4 Landcruiser
  • Services of a professional English-speaking driver-guide on a private basis
  • All transfers in Nairobi
  • Meals and accommodation as specified
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • 2 bottles of 1⁄2 liter mineral water per person per day on game drives
  • Boat ride in Lake Naivasha

Price does not cover:

  • Visas
  • International Flights – please get in touch with us to organize your international flights
  • Airport taxes (clients pay direct)
  • Travel and Health Insurance – We advise our clients to buy insurance from their home countries
  • Balloon Safari in Amboseli
  • Maasai village visit
  • Driver-guide gratuities, dining rooms tips, porterage
  • Drinks (Alcoholic beverages at your own expense)
  • Personal travel, baggage

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