Highlights of Kenya

This classic Kenya itinerary takes in the country’s finest destinations: the beautiful semi-desert wilderness of Samburu National Reserve in the north with its specially adapted wildlife; the lush forests around lofty Mt Kenya; alkaline Lake Nakuru famous for its birdlife, and the undulating grasslands of the Masai Mara, which hosts the largest wildlife migration on earth and is home year-round to a huge population of resident game.

Take this opportunity to encounter the “Big 5” (elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and hippo) as well as to observe the “Samburu 5”: Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and reticulated giraffe. You may also have the chance to meet the proud Maasai warriors who inhabit the rolling plains and the semi-nomadic Samburu, who often wear exquisite beaded necklaces and headpieces.

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7 days/6 nights
Lodges & Tented Camps
Departs by road daily ex Nairobi


  • Arid Samburu National Reserve with its unique dry-country species
  • Iconic Mount Kenya, the country’s highest peak
  • The Rift Valley’s magical Lake Nakuru, renowned for its rich birdlife
  • The Masai Mara, home to vast herds of game and large numbers of attendant predators

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Highlights of Kenya Sample Itinerary

7 days/6 nights Tour

Days 1/2 – Samburu
Early departure by road for Samburu, home of the nomadic Samburu tribe. Enjoy 2 exciting days of gameviewing, searching for elephant, lion and leopard as well as endemic species such as Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe. Accommodation at Ashnil Samburu Lodge (Silver) or Elephant Bedroom Camp (Gold) or similar.

Day 3 – Mt Kenya
Leaving Samburu, drive past small farms, fruit and coffee plantations en route to Mt Kenya. Overnight at Mountain Lodge (or similar) overlooking a waterhole where forest game comes to drink.

Day 4 – Lake Nakuru
Descend into the Rift Valley’s Lake Nakuru, famous for its millions of pink flamingos. The surrounding park supports many birds and animals, including waterbuck and the endangered white rhino. Afternoon game drive in the park. Overnight Sarova Lion Hill Lodge (Silver) or Mbweha Camp (Gold) or similar.

Days 5/6 – Masai Mara
Early departure by road to the Masai Mara, Kenya’s best known game park, renowned for its migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra which come between July and September. Resident game include giraffe, elephant, crocodile, hippo and predators like black-maned lions, cheetah, leopard and hyena. Overnight Sarova Mara Tented Camp (Silver), Tipilikwani Tented Camp (Gold) or similar.

Day 7 – Return Nairobi
Morning game drive then depart for Nairobi. Tour ends. (Optional flight Masai Mara/Nairobi).

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Kenya Overview

Why Kenya: Since the early 19th century Kenya has captivated visitors with its astounding quantity and diversity of wildlife as well as with its majestic scenery. The country has well-established tourist infrastructure and a good standard of accommodation.

Game Viewing: Excellent game-viewing year round. Jul-Sep is popular when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara.

Culture: Maasai and Samburu pastoralists who continue their traditional way of life.

Climate: Temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to high altitude but hot in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). Hot and humid along the coast. “Long rains” take place in Apr/May, whilst “short rains” occur in mid-Oct to mid-Dec.

Combine With: Tanzania, which is situated on Kenya’s southern border and is easily reached by road or air from Nairobi. Mt Kilimanjaro straddles the two countries and Kenya’s Masai Mara is part of Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem, the arena for the wildebeest migration.

Getting There: The gateway to Kenya is Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Nairobi is linked by daily air services from Australia via the UAE or Qatar in the Middle East or via Johannesburg in South Africa.

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