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18-Day Kenya Wildlife Adventure & Beach Safari

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This journey is designed for those eager to immerse themselves fully in nature, as you traverse nine national parks before unwinding on the pristine beaches of Diani.

If you’re aiming to see the Big Five, this trip offers prime opportunities. It starts at Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy, renowned for its rhinos. Next, you’ll visit Samburu National Reserve, a great place to spot elephants. In Solio Game Reserve, observe rhinos and other wildlife coexist peacefully. Lake Nakuru also provides another chance to see rhinos, while the Masai Mara National Reserve is home to lions, buffalo, and leopards. At Lake Naivasha, you’ll find hippos, and in Amboseli, elephants often cross your path. The adventure culminates in Tsavo, where all of the Big Five are likely to make an appearance, just before you relax on the beautiful beaches of Diani.

This exclusive, private safari lets you travel at your pace with several benefits: Enjoy the luxury of a private safari vehicle and a personal guide, allowing you to choose your daily schedule based on expert advice. Within the parks, you have the freedom to watch specific animals or herds for as long as you wish, without rush. Your personal guide will cater to your preferences, ensuring a memorable adventure that begins tomorrow morning!

Cities & Landmarks

Nairobi, Ol Pejeta, two days Samburu, Solio GR, two days Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, two days Amboseli, Tsavo and Diani

Time of Year

All Year Round

Route overview per day
Tour Features
Mid-range tour
This mid-range tour includes lodges and tented camps.
Private tour
This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won't be shared with others.
Can start any day
This tour can commence on any day, subject to availability.
Can be customized
You can request minor changes to the accommodations and destinations of this tour.
Suitable for solo travelers
Solo travelers are welcome to book this private tour.
Minimum age of 1 years
The minimum age for this tour is 1 years.
Activities & Transportation
Activities: Game Drives & Beach Time
Game Drives: Pop-up Roof 4x4 Vehicle
Getting Around: Pop-up Roof 4x4 Vehicle
A transfer from and back to the airport is included
Accommodation & Meals

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

Day

Accommodation

Meals

1
Somerset Westview Nairobi
Mid-range Hotel located in or within Nairobi city
None
None
2
Sweetwaters Serena Camp
Luxury tented camp located inside Ol Pejeta (Laikipia)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
2
Samburu Sopa Lodge
Mid-range lodge located inside Samburu NR
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Samburu Sopa Lodge
Mid-range lodge located inside Samburu NR
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Rhino Watch Safari Lodge
Mid-range lodge located outside Ol Pejeta (Laikipia)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Mid-range lodge located inside Lake Nakuru NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Zebra Plains Mara Camp
Mid-range tented camp bordering Masai Mara NR without fences
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Zebra Plains Mara Camp
Mid-range tented camp bordering Masai Mara NR without fences
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Sawela Lodges
Mid-range hotel located at Lake Naivasha (Naivasha)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Kibo Safari Camp
Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Kibo Safari Camp
Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Luxury lodge located inside Tsavo West NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Sentrim Tsavo Camp
Mid-range tented camp located inside Tsavo East NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Papillon Lagoon Reef
Mid-range hotel located at Diani Beach
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Papillon Lagoon Reef
Mid-range hotel located at Diani Beach
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Diani Beach
Papillon Lagoon Reef
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
Papillon Lagoon Reef
Mid-range hotel located at Diani Beach
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
18
No Accomodation
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Arrival

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You'll be collected from the airport.
Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.
Day 1
Nairobi City
Day 1: Arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

As you leave Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, your guide from Africa Safari Trips greets you with a warm smile and a cheerful "Karibu Kenya – welcome to Kenya!"

Your guide will immediately escort you from the airport to your hotel, introducing you to the vibrant scene of Nairobi. As you journey through the city, you'll observe towering skyscrapers, the energetic flow of motor taxis and colorful matatus (local public transport), and the bustling daily life of its people.

Don't hesitate to ask your guide any questions that come to mind; he is knowledgeable about all facets of Kenyan life and culture and is enthusiastic about sharing insights into the spectacular national parks you will visit. Your guide is dedicated to providing detailed answers to ensure your experience begins positively and informatively.

Main Destination:
Nairobi City (Kenya)
Accommodation:
Somerset Westview Nairobi
Mid-range Hotel located in or within Nairobi city
Meals & Drinks:
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Meals at own expense
Day 2
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Day 2: Ol` Pejeta Conservancy

Located just three to four hours from Nairobi, Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy is a sanctuary known as a paradise for rhino enthusiasts. Home to 140 black rhinos, it is the largest refuge for these massive creatures in East and Central Africa.

Since being declared critically endangered in 1993, the global population of black rhinos has slightly recovered from just 2,300 individuals to over 5,000 today. At Ol’ Pejeta, the population has impressively grown from 20 in 1995 to 140 now. This conservancy is also the last refuge for the world’s remaining two northern white rhinos and houses 39 southern white rhinos.

Ol’ Pejeta doesn't stop there; it also operates a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. Within the conservancy, visitors can also see the Big Five and a wide variety of other wildlife, making it a comprehensive wildlife observation destination.

Main Destination:
Ol` Pejeta Conservancy (Kenya)
Best Time To Visit
June to September (Dry season)
High Season
June to October and December to March
Best Weather
June to September and December to February (Less rain)
Accommodation:
Sweetwaters Serena Camp
Luxury tented camp located inside Ol Pejeta (Laikipia)
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 2
Samburu National Reserve
Day 3: Afternoon Safari in Samburu

Samburu National Reserve offers stunning landscapes and an abundance of wildlife that makes it akin to a live National Geographic episode. Located a five-hour drive from Ol’ Pejeta, its semi-dry desert and savannah terrain make it exceptionally easy to spot wildlife.

Spanning 165 square kilometers and home to over nine hundred elephants that gather in large families, Samburu is truly a remarkable place to explore. The Ewaso Nyiro River, flowing through the park, serves as a vital water source for the wildlife, especially during dry periods, and offers some of the best game viewing opportunities. Here, you can see four of the Big Five—lions, leopards, elephants, and buffaloes—as well as the Samburu Special Five: the Grevy's zebra, gerenuk, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, and Somali ostrich.

Main Destination:
Samburu National Reserve (Kenya)
Best Time To Visit
June to September and January to February
High Season
December to March and July to October (Busy)
Best Weather
June and December (Cool and fresh after rain)
Accommodation:
Samburu Sopa Lodge
Mid-range lodge located inside Samburu NR
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 4
Samburu National Reserve
Day 4: Full Day Safari in Samburu

During a full day in Samburu, you have the unique opportunity to search for the Big Five and observe the magnificent elephants. As temperatures can rise during the day, the best times for game viewing are in the cooler morning and late afternoon hours. Between these times, you can relax at your hotel or engage with the local Samburu people.

The Samburu, a traditionally nomadic tribe closely related to the Maasai, reside in secluded bomas—small villages encircled by wooden fences. Their huts, characterized by rounded roofs made from cow dung, reflect their pastoralist lifestyle focused on herding cows, sheep, and goats. Samburu women are known for their intricate and colorful necklaces and headwear, crafted from small beads.

Taking a break from safari activities, you can visit one of their bomas to immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle of the Samburu people. This experience allows you to explore their homes, understand their daily routines, learn how they craft their beautiful necklaces, and discover the meanings behind them.

Main Destination:
Samburu National Reserve (Kenya)
Best Time To Visit
June to September and January to February
High Season
December to March and July to October (Busy)
Best Weather
June and December (Cool and fresh after rain)
Accommodation:
Samburu Sopa Lodge
Mid-range lodge located inside Samburu NR
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 5
Solio Ranch (Laikipia)
Day 5: Solio Ranch (Laikipia)

oday, you'll explore Solio Game Reserve, a privately owned sanctuary committed to the conservation of rhinos. Nestled between the towering slopes of Mount Kenya and the peaks of the Aberdare Mountains, just north of Nairobi, this reserve provides a safe haven for 200 rhinos.

Originally a working cattle ranch, Solio was transformed into a wildlife sanctuary in 1973, reintroducing rhinos and other wildlife to the region. Today, it spans 49,000 acres, with 19,000 acres dedicated to protecting both black and white rhinos. These rhinos coexist peacefully with a variety of other wildlife, including buffalos, zebras, giraffes, elands, oryxes, impalas, waterbucks, Thompson’s gazelles, and warthogs. It's quite a sight to see as many as 40 rhinos congregating in one place!

Main Destination:
Solio Ranch (Laikipia), Kenya
Accommodation:
Rhino Watch Safari Lodge
Mid-range lodge located outside Ol Pejeta (Laikipia)
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 6
Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park

Imagine yourself driving through the hills of the Great Rift Valley, rounding a corner, and suddenly catching sight of a shimmering lake nestled among the hills. Welcome to Lake Nakuru! Just a three-hour drive from Solio Ranch, this 45 square kilometer lake sits at the heart of Lake Nakuru National Park, which, though covering only 88 square kilometers, is home to four of the Big Five.

Lake Nakuru National Park is renowned as one of the soda lakes in the Great Rift Valley. It was famously populated by millions of flamingos, but a decade ago, rising water levels forced these birds to relocate. Thankfully, they have gradually returned.

Moreover, Lake Nakuru is celebrated for its diverse fauna, including populations of black and white rhinos (introduced in the 1990s), giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, baboons, and over 400 different bird species. Spotting a white rhino along the lake's edge is particularly notable, offering a truly unique spectacle.

Main Destination:
Lake Nakuru National Park (Kenya)
Best Time To Visit
June to February (Best for wildlife viewing; little rain)
High Season
July to February (The park gets very busy
Best Weather
June to February (Little rainfall)
Accommodation:
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Mid-range lodge located inside Lake Nakuru NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 7
Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 7: Afternoon Safari in Masai Mara

Today, you embark on a scenic five-hour journey from Lake Nakuru through Kenya's Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Prepare yourself for a breathtaking experience as you arrive at the stunning savannah plains of the Masai Mara.

After enjoying lunch, you'll witness the abundant wildlife that roams these plains. The Masai Mara, bordering Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, is part of the stage for Africa’s most famous spectacle: the annual great migration. This event sees over 2.5 million animals moving across the Serengeti and Masai Mara, following the seasonal rains in pursuit of lush pastures.

The reserve's name, Masai Mara, honors the Maasai people, who have inhabited this area since they migrated from the Nile Basin centuries ago. "Mara" means "spotted" in the Maa language, describing a landscape dotted with numerous short bushy trees across the vast savannah.

Main Destination:
Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya0
Best Time To Visit
June to October (For general wildlife viewing) and August to October (For wildebeest migration)
High Season
June to October and December to March
Best Weather
June to October (Sunny, but not too hot)
Accommodation:
Zebra Plains Mara Camp
Mid-range tented camp bordering Masai Mara NR without fences
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 8
Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 8: Full Day Safari in Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is celebrated for its rich diversity of wildlife, and today you have an entire day to explore and see as much as you can! The National Reserve hosts over 95 animal species and more than 400 species of birds. From mid-September to mid-October, you can witness the incredible phenomenon of the great migration. During this period, vast herds of wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, antelopes, and impalas are often seen making their daring crossing of the Mara River.

During other times of the year, the Masai Mara is a prime viewing spot for the famous Big Five, as well as cheetahs, servals, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, black-backed or side-striped jackals, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, warthogs, topis, elands, waterbucks, oribis, reedbucks, and many more. It's the ideal culmination of your safari adventure!

Main Destination:
Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
Best Time To Visit
June to October (For general wildlife viewing) and August to October (For wildebeest migration)
High Season
June to October and December to March
Best Weather
June to October (Sunny, but not too hot)
Accommodation:
Zebra Plains Mara Camp
Mid-range tented camp bordering Masai Mara NR without fences
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 9
Lake Naivasha
Day 9: Lake Naivasha & Crescent Island

Lake Naivasha, perched at 1,884 meters above sea level in the Kenyan Rift Valley, holds the title of the highest lake in the Great Rift Valley. It takes about four to five hours to drive here from the Masai Mara National Reserve, covering this expansive freshwater lake that spans 139 square kilometers.

From 1937 to 1950, Lake Naivasha served as a stopover for Imperial Airways flights traveling from Durban to Dublin, a journey that spanned several days of flying. Today, the lake is a favored day trip destination for residents of Nairobi, thanks to its proximity to the capital.

Surrounded by swamps, forests, and rock formations, Lake Naivasha offers an ideal setting for an unforgettable boat safari among hippos and flamingos. Along its shores, you might spot zebras, wildebeests, and giraffes. The adventure continues with a guided walking safari on Crescent Island—known as the 'hidden gem of Naivasha'—located in the middle of the lake. This enchanting spot not only provides a serene atmosphere but also has historical significance as the primary filming location for the 1985 romantic drama ‘Out of Africa’.

Main Destination:
Lake Naivasha (Kenya)
Accommodation:
Sawela Lodges
Mid-range hotel located at Lake Naivasha (Naivasha)
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 10
Amboseli National Park
Day 10: Afternoon Safari in Amboseli

Amboseli National Park, located on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, is about a seven to eight-hour drive from Lake Naivasha. You'll arrive just in time for an enchanting afternoon game drive at sunset.

Spanning nearly 400 square kilometers, Amboseli boasts stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is renowned for its vast herds of free-roaming elephants, offering a picturesque setting to capture iconic images of these majestic creatures with Africa’s highest standalone mountain as the backdrop.

Until 2020, the park was also the home of a remarkable bull elephant named Tim, who became one of Amboseli's star attractions. Known for his impressive size and ground-reaching tusks, Tim was a symbol of the park’s wildlife. He passed away in February 2020 at the age of approximately 50 years.

Main Destination:
Amboseli National Park (Kenya)
Best Time To Visit
June to October and January to February
High Season
December to March and July to October (Busy)
Best Weather
June to September and January to February (Little rainfall)
Accommodation:
Kibo Safari Camp
Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)
Day 11
Amboseli National Park
Day 11: Full Day Safari in Amboseli

We recommend rising early today to take advantage of a sunrise game drive when the animals are most active.

Dedicate the entire day to exploring Amboseli National Park. Spanning 392 square kilometers, the landscape is a mix of acacia woodland, rocky thorny bush, swamps, marshland, and a Pleistocene lake. The park is a haven for wildlife, including giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, elephants, and big cats like lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

The local Maasai people, who live nearby, originally named the park. Kioko Lake, located within the park, often dries up during the dry season, leaving behind ashy earth that the Maasai call "amboseli," which inspired the park's name. During your visit to Amboseli, you also have the opportunity to learn about Maasai culture by visiting one of their villages.

Main Destination:
Amboseli National Park (Kenya)
Best Time To Visit
June to October and January to February
High Season
December to March and July to October (Busy
Best Weather
June to September and January to February (Little rainfall)
Accommodation:
Kibo Safari Camp
Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 12
Tsavo West National Park
Day 12: Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West National Park boasts a remarkably diverse landscape, including green hills, savannahs, water features, and lava rocks from nearby volcanoes. Spanning 9,065 square kilometers, it's one of the largest parks and hosts all of the Big Five—lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, and buffalo. These majestic animals share the park with giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and numerous bird species.

Tsavo West is renowned for the Shetani Lava Flows, where fifty square kilometers of volcanic black rock stretch across the terrain. Another must-visit is the Mzima Springs, a collection of four natural springs where fifty million gallons of crystal-clear water burst forth from beneath parched lava rock each day. The clarity of the water makes it easy to spot hippos and crocodiles.

Established in 1948, Tsavo West, along with its sibling Tsavo East, is among Kenya's oldest national parks. They are divided by a highway and railway that link the coastal city of Mombasa with Nairobi, the capital. From Amboseli, it’s just a three-hour drive to Tsavo West, which you pass through on your way to Tsavo East.

Main Destination:
Tsavo West National Park (Kenya)
Best Time To Visit
June to October and January to February (Best for general wildlife viewing; little rainfall)
High Season
December to March and July to October (Busy)
Best Weather
June to September and January to February (Little rainfall)
Accommodation:
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Luxury lodge located inside Tsavo West NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 13
Tsavo East National Park
Day 13: Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park, just a two-hour drive from Tsavo West, is vast and expansive, covering 13,000 square kilometers. It is renowned primarily for its large population of lions and elephants. As you travel across the Yatta Plateau's sprawling savannah, you can witness large herds of elephants roaming the red, dusty plains. Along the way, you'll encounter a remarkable variety of other wildlife. All members of the Big Five reside here, along with zebras, African wild dogs, cheetahs, antelopes, impalas, and more.

Tsavo East also features several prime spots for wildlife viewing: Madunda Rock, Lugard Falls, and the Aruba Dam. The 1.6-kilometer-long Madunda Rock offers excellent views of animals congregating below to drink. Lugard Falls, characterized more by rapids than actual waterfalls, teems with hippos and crocodiles. Lastly, the Aruba Dam on the Voi River forms a basin that attracts numerous animals looking to quench their thirst. Essentially, Tsavo East National Park offers a comprehensive safari experience with its diverse habitats and abundant wildlife.

Main Destination:
Tsavo East National Park (Kenya)
Best Time To Visit
June to October and January to February (Best for general wildlife viewing; little rainfall)
High Season
December to March and July to October (Not busy)
Best Weather
June to September and January to February (Little rainfall)
Accommodation:
Sentrim Tsavo Camp
Mid-range tented camp located inside Tsavo East NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 14
Diani Beach
Day 14: Diani Beach

Diani Beach, located 20 kilometers south of Mombasa, is your next destination after departing from Tsavo East National Park. Today, you'll catch a train to Mombasa.

Upon arriving, a driver will meet you at the train station and take you directly to Diani, a stunning 15-kilometer-long stretch of beach. Lined with coconut trees, this beach features powdery white sand, breathtaking sunsets, luxurious resorts, upscale restaurants, water sports centers, and even some wildlife, offering a comprehensive beach experience.

During your stay, dive into activities like scuba diving or snorkeling to explore the vibrant underwater life. You might also try kite surfing, windsurfing, boat rides, or jet skiing. Alternatively, you can simply relax on the beach, cocktail in hand, and soak in the spectacular sunsets.

Main Destination:
Diani Beach
Accommodation:
Papillon Lagoon Reef
Mid-range hotel located at Diani Beach
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 15
Diani Beach
Day 15: Diani Beach

Diani Beach consistently offers new experiences, from scuba diving and snorkeling to discover the vibrant underwater world, to thrilling activities like kite surfing, windsurfing, boat rides, and jet skiing. Alternatively, you can choose to unwind on the beach, enjoying a cocktail while basking in the breathtaking sunsets.

Main Destination:
Diani Beach
Accommodation:
Papillon Lagoon Reef
Mid-range hotel located at Diani Beach
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 16
Day 16: Diani Beach
Diani Beach

Diani Beach consistently offers new experiences, from scuba diving and snorkeling to discover the vibrant underwater world, to thrilling activities like kite surfing, windsurfing, boat rides, and jet skiing. Alternatively, you can choose to unwind on the beach, enjoying a cocktail while basking in the breathtaking sunsets.

Main Destination:
Diani Beach
Accommodation:
Diani Beach
Papillon Lagoon Reef
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 17
Diani Beach
Day 17: Diani Beach

Diani Beach consistently offers new experiences, from scuba diving and snorkeling to discover the vibrant underwater world, to thrilling activities like kite surfing, windsurfing, boat rides, and jet skiing. Alternatively, you can choose to unwind on the beach, enjoying a cocktail while basking in the breathtaking sunsets.

Main Destination:
Diani Beach
Accommodation:
Papillon Lagoon Reef
Mid-range hotel located at Diani Beach
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 18
Mombasa Airport
Day 18: Ready For Your Flight Back Home

As all good things must come to an end, today marks your journey back home. Savor your final moments on the picturesque Diani Beach before our driver escorts you to Mombasa for your flight.

For those who appreciate historic cities, consider spending your last day exploring Mombasa, located just 20 kilometers from Diani. This charming city is well worth a visit, featuring the renowned Old Town, scenic ocean views, vibrant markets, and numerous historic sites. While smaller than Nairobi, Mombasa's merchant ambiance, old buildings, cobblestone streets, and Arabic influences offer a distinct and memorable experience.

Main Destination:
Mombasa Airport
Accommodation:
No Accomodation
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Meals & Drinks:
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Meals at own expense

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