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Kenya Birding & Big Five Safari

KY01: 7 Days Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve - Lake Nakuru National Park - Masai Mara National Reserve - Nairobi

Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, with an expert English-speaking driver guide.
Accommodation: Carefully selected hotel & lodges, also open to your own choice.

  • Visit Samburu National Reserve, a dreamland for wildlife photographers.
  • Experience the joy of standing in both hemispheres at the Thompson Falls.
  • Explore Lake Nakuru National Park to admire a large number of flamingos.
  • Witness the wildebeest's great migration in Masai Mara National Reserve.

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi, Airport pick-up
Welcome to Kenya and enjoy an exhilarating journey. As soon as you arrive at Nairobi International Airport, you will easily find our local Safari representative waiting for you outside the customs. After a warm greeting, you will be transferred to the hotel in downtown Nairobi. The rest time will be at your disposal and you're suggested to have a good rest at the hotel to restore energy for the following exciting tours in Kenya.

Accommodation: Sarova Stanley Hotel (5 stars)

Day 2: Transfer to Samburu National Reserve, Afternoon game drive
Please get up early this morning and have a substantial breakfast as we will drive for around 5 hours to the Samburu National Reserve, which is one of the three dreamlands for wildlife photographers. Upon your arrival in the national park, you will be guided to check into the camp and enjoy a hearty lunch. 

In the late afternoon, you are about to embark on your first adventurous game drive. Although only for a short time, it will be exciting to seek some rare wild species, such as antelopes, birds, and elephants. You may be lucky enough if you can witness the spectacle of an animal hunting its prey. After that, you will be escorted back to the camp for dinner and for a unique overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ashnil Samburu Camp (4 stars)

Day 3: Enjoy a full day game drive in Samburu National Reserve
After a big breakfast, you will be guided to enjoy a full day game drive in Samburu National Reserve. Samburu area is located in the north-central of Kenya, away from the central highlands. There are lush shrubs in the north and bushy trees in the south, especially along the banks of the river inside the natural reserve. You will drive through the thick forest and seek many kinds of wild animals in the beautiful reserve. The Samburu region rivals the Masai Mara in the south with the "Big Five" of reticulated giraffes, zebra, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and Beisa Oryx.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ashnil Samburu Camp (4 stars)

Day 4: Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, Birds Paradise
In the early morning, we will depart for the Lake Nakuru National Park, which has been given the nickname of Birds Paradise. After driving for around 4.5 hours, we will first arrive at Nyahururu, where we will enjoy the spectacular view of the Thompson Falls, Kenya's second largest waterfall. It's also the world's famous equatorial waterfall and you could experience the fun of having one foot in the southern hemisphere and the other in the northern hemisphere. Then after around 2 hours' drive, we will get to the Lake Nakuru, which boasts a vast variety of bird species. Seen from afar, the lake seems to be pink on account of the large number of flamingos. In addition, you can also see leopards, giraffes, black and white colobus monkeys, otters, hyraxes, hippopotami, antelopes, impalas, gazelles, hyenas and other wild animals inside the lake reserve. After finishing the guided safari, return to the lodge and have a good dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge - one of the best lodges in Lake Nakuru

Day 5: Depart for Masai Mara National Reserve, Afternoon game drive
After breakfast, we will head to the most favorable safari paradise, Masai Mara National Reserve, which borders the Serengeti Reserve in Tanzania. You're highly recommended to come here in July and August when the amazing and exhilarating yearly wildebeest's great migration through the Mara River occurs. You'll be lucky to see a wildebeest struggle with a crocodile as it crosses the Mara River. After about 4.5 hours driving, we will reach the lodge inside the reserve. After settling down, enjoy a good lunch. Then, you will be escorted to enjoy a short safari in this beautiful area to look for the rare animals and feel the charm of Africa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ashnil Mara Camp (4 stars)

Day 6: One day exploration of Masai Mara National Reserve
The whole day today will be devoted to exploring Masai Mara National Reserve, which is home to over 90 species of mammals and 400 species of birds, making it one of the best wildlife reserves in the world. Under the company of your guide, you will enjoy a morning game drive and a late afternoon safari as it's very hot in the middle of the day and all the animals are sunburned and drowsy. The famous Big Five, namely lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and cape buffalo, are the highlights of today's Kenya sightseeing. Your guide will take you to find them as well as other rare wild animals on the endless grassland. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Ashnil Mara Camp (4 stars)

Day 7: Morning game drive in Masai Mara, See-off at Nairobi airport
After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, we will drive for around 5 hours back to Nairobi International Airport where your Kenya travel packages will conclude. Your English-speaking driver guide will see you off there, and we sincerely wish you a nice homeward flight!

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Prices

2023 Special: 10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before

Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec$2639 $2375$2149 $1934
Apr-Jun$2309 $2078$1909 $1718
Jul-Sep$3149 $2834$2659 $2393
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • All park entrance fees.
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary.
  • Services of English-speaking experienced driver/guide.
  • Drinking water station in your vehicle (bring water bottle).
  • Exclusive use of a 4x4 safari vehicle with RF radio to locate wildlife.
  • First Aid Kit & emergency number 24 hours.
  • All government taxes and levies.
What's Excluded
  • International/domestic airfare and visa fee.
  • Balloon safari and Masai village visit.
  • Easter, Christmas and New Year supplement.
  • Tips for driver/guide.
  • Personal insurance and expenses (laundry, drinks, etc.).
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Why Travel with Us?
  • One-to-one Customer Service
  • 100% Tailor Made by Insiders
  • Expert Local Guides
  • Hand-picked Hotels
  • No Hidden Charge
  • Your Money Fully Protected

Tour Reviews

4.97 Reviews
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  • Zaw Thet from the United StatesPosted on January 16, 2020
    Amazing African Big Five! Kenya is really a natural paradise, you must experience the animal safari in your lifetime!
  • Bobette from SingaporePosted on December 31, 2019
    We went to Kenya at the end of June, sorry for the late comment...
    We went there just in time for the end of the great migration! We saw a large number of rare and unique animals. It was spectacular and so exciting! The local guide in Masai Mara was very responsible, telling us animal stories, carrying our luggage and taking photos for us. Her service was very thoughtful. We have had a wonderful time in Kenya with all considerate staff!
    The roads in the Masai Mara were not very good, thanks to skilled drivers that the roads were not very bumpy...
  • Genevieve Martin from SpainPosted on November 19, 2019
    Our guide was a talented, humorous young guy.

    While visiting Masai Mara National Reserve, he had been sharing the stories about the animals with us in a funny way.

    We all enjoyed it! Overall, the itinerary of the 7-day Kenya tour with Masai Mara was reasonable. It was an awesome experience!
  • Maria Pereira from SpainPosted on October 23, 2019
    A very worthwhile 7 day Kenya tour! The tour guides were very kind and responsible. His explanations were detailed. We had a fun time on Lake Nakuru National Park.

    From a long distance, the lake seemed to be pink due to a large number of flamingos. It was quite spectacular and beautiful!
  • Randlinger Verma from FrancePosted on September 19, 2019
    I got a pleasant 7 days Kenya tour! The tour arrangement was quite reasonable and the tour guides had professional knowledge. The friends I met on the trip were all travel lovers and we also shared a lot of interesting stories about previous travels.
  • Mary Stimac from the USAPosted on August 03, 2019
    On this journey, we met rare animals in three nature reserves, including famous African Big Five: elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion and rhino. On the vast grasslands, we saw the herds of elephants walking leisurely; zebras and giraffes grazing easily; lions and cheetahs chasing their prey. When looking at the endless prairie, my heart was full of the sense of freedom. All these made me see a wonderful primitive animal world, see the power of life, and see the beauty of nature. What an amazing land it is! The Kenya tour was highly recommended! It’s a must-see destination in a lifetime!!...More
  • Thomas Miller from AustraliaPosted on May 09, 2019
    I am very happy that I booked this awesome 7-day Kenya tour with Masai Mara on Agate Travel. Due to the outstanding guides, we had seen and learned so many spectacular natural sceneries in Kenya. Great service provided a great experience!
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