Big 5 Safari

13 days from £6,595pp

Excited to explore the African landscape in a unique and unforgettable way? This trip is for you. From one safari to the next, you will be accompanied by expert guides and local Maasai wanderers as you spot native wildlife, uncover exceptional eco-systems and soak in time-honoured traditions in Nairobi and Tsavo National Park.

There are excursions aplenty on this 13 day trip, where adventure meets relaxation. You can hop onto every game drive on offer, leisurely stroll along on guided safari tours, or split your time between scenic exploration, forming bonds with the native animals, and chilling in the home comforts of eco lodges. Whatever you decide to do, the beauty of the Kenyan landscape will truly capture your heart.

Highlights

  • Hand-feed the gentle giraffes of the Nairobi Giraffe Centre

  • Meet hand-reared orphaned elephants at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

  • Capture local wildlife with unique morning and afternoon game drives

  • Take a game drive through Mara North and look out for elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and cheetahs

  • Enjoy a bush breakfast in the middle of the Mara Plains

  • Visit the resident hippos of Mzima Springs in Tsavo West

Jen
Travel Designer & Safari Expert
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I was born and raised in Africa, and I have spent 25 years living, working and travelling across various African countries including South Africa and Tanzania. I learned how to track wild animals, went on to become a nature guide and later a safari lodge manager, and I can also speak Swahili and Afrikaans.

Big 5 Safari

13 days from £6,595pp
2019 Feefo

Itinerary

This unforgettable trip to Kenya includes international flights, airside assistance, transfers, selected excursions, accommodation, and all breakfasts and dinner, plus some lunches.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.
All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-3

Nairobi National Park

Wildlife

Today marks the start of your once in a lifetime trip to the roaring safari parks of KenyaThis exciting trip begins with a flight to the bustling capital city of Nairobi. Taken from the Maasai phrase ‘EnkareNyrobi’, meaning "cool water", you will be greeted with stunning views, airside assistance, and guide. A 45 minute drive will take you to the spacious Ololo Safari Lodge in Nairobi National Park.

Blissfully located on the banks of the Mbagathi River, Ololo perfectly blends classic old Africa with modern, eclectic twists with individually decorated furnishings welcoming adults and honeymooners alike. And after all of that travelling, you can rest your weary head into dreamy beds, ready to spring into action the very next morning for some unique animal interaction!

Day 2 arrives with a bang. After a scrumptious breakfast, you’ll delight in the nature of Nairobi National Park. Your guided vehicle will stop en route to the outskirts of Nairobi, where you'll interact with hand-reared elephants at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. This is a unique experience to get up close to these marvellous creatures before they get released back into the Kenyan wilderness. You’ll continue on with your journey, stopping off for a delightful lunch at the Tamambo Restaurant in the Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens. The afternoon welcomes you with a visit to the nearby Giraffe Centre, where you can capture the magic of these glorious animals. Enjoy memorable moments, taking delight in hand-feeding the smallest of these gentle giraffes alongside their adult counterparts, before heading back to the lodge for your own tasty dinner.

On day 3, you can revel in the adventure of both morning and afternoon game drives within the park where an exceptional African experience awaits. Get ready to regale in the newfound knowledge of the park’s biggest cats, from majestic lions, to striking cheetahs. Not to mention the quirky characteristics of the rhinos and buffalo residing in their natural habitats! Take the time to enjoy the stunning landscape before heading back to your lodge.

After tucking into the hearty flavours of a home-style lunch on your private deck, you can partake in any of the additional cultural excursions on offer. Whether this be a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum or a separate visit to the elephant orphanage, where you can even adopt your very own baby elephant.

Things to do

4-6

Maasai Mara

Wildlife

Today is the time to explore some of Kenya's most spectacular preserved savannah wilderness in the magical Maasai Mara, where you'll be staying at the Elephant Pepper Tented Camp for the next three nights. This spectacular conservancy is home to Leopard Gorge - famous for countless BBC 'Big Cat Diaries'. In the afternoon, you’ll immerse yourself in a thrilling game viewing drive, before returning to your lodge to take in the sunset with a refreshing local tipple, before feasting on a sumptuous dinner. 

The following two days will be spent in a unique camp vehicle for more exciting game viewing. Stretching over hundreds of miles, the Maasai Mara is home to an eye-catching array of plants and mammals, from rhinos to wildebeest. If you’re really lucky, you may even spot the elusive leopard.

For more unique experiences, be sure to take a wander throughout Elephant Pepper Camp, as you enjoy the small things from animal tracks to micro-eco-systems. Embark on a Guided Safari Walk with local Maasai people where you can drink in the sights of the ecosystem enveloping you.

Take a moment to indulge in the culinary wonders of the al fresco ‘Bush Breakfast’, smack bang in the middle of the plains, surrounded by colourful wildlife. You can also choose to undertake a Cultural Visit, with the Maasai as your ever indulging hosts. Known for their beautiful beadwork, they come with spear in hand and bright red coloured “shukkas”. 

Things to do

7-9

Amboseli National Park

Wildlife

After a mouth-watering breakfast, you’ll board a short flight to Amboseli National Park ahead of a short game drive en route to Tortilis Safari Camp. Here, you will have the incredible opportunity to spot the Safari "Big 5", with zebras and giraffes also popping their inquisitive heads out for you marvel at. Reflect on your first day with a cocktail and indulgent dinner.

On day 8, you can spring into action with an early morning game drive or opt for a luxurious lie-in. Whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Bask in the hazy midday heat and drape sun kissed skin on loungers by the glistening swimming pool, complete with exceptional bar service and board games for you to enjoy! Shaded by swaying palms and acacia Tortilis, the lush green gardens are a dreamlike haven for tropical birdlife.

After lunch, your African adventure continues with an afternoon game drive. Sink into the seats of your open-sided game vehicle, specifically designed for comfort and photography. With extensive intimacy of their backyard, your guide will take you on a journey of wonderment, teaching you all about the family histories of the elephants they know and adore so well.

When the sun begins to set, make your way back to the lodge, where an awe-inspiring dining experience of cocktails awaits underneath the stars. Enjoy the sights, tastes and smells, as you watch bonfire cinders waft into the indigo night.

On your last day at this stunning national park, you will head out on a final morning game drive as you are taken to some truly special spots in the wilderness. When you arrive back at the lodge, you’ll be treated to a full English breakfast and blissfully chilled glass of Buck's Fizz. Sip and savour is the order of the morning, as you bask in the beauty of your natural surroundings.

Take the next few hours to rest and recuperate ahead of a gentle Guided Safari Walk. You might be lucky enough to spot hippos emerging from the waterholes and swamps, before tucking into a final dinner feast back at camp.

 

Things to do

10-13

Tsavo National Park

Wildlife

On day 10 you will head to the beautiful Tsavo West National Park, where a leisurely drive will take you on a journey through the splendour of Amboseli National Park. While the time away spotting a whole host of diverse wildlife before your final stop at the Severin Safari Camp.

In the afternoon, the crystal clear waters of Mzima springs welcome you with glistening arms. As a series of four natural springs, this spectacular site is an ideal environment for hippos and other aquatic life to bask, and you can catch glimpses of them from a special underwater viewing hide. It's then on to the spectacular Shetani lava flows which spread across the savannah. A wholesome dinner back at the camp rounds up a truly unforgettable day.

Wake up to a game drive, or discover the secrets of the African wilderness as you set off on foot in the early hours, accompanied by one of our reputable Maasais. This stroll will uncover many interesting facts about the local animals and traditional way of native life. After another delicious lunch, you can indulge with a refreshing dip in the pool or a lounge on your expansive sundeck.

On your last activity-filled day, take the time to relax in the comforts of your room or join a KWS Ranger on a 4 hour walking tour for a wonderful chance to watch the wild animals from a close distance.

On your last day you'll fill up on a hearty breakfast before a short drive and internal flight to Nairobi. Here, your guide will take you to the world-famous cuisine of the Carnivore restaurant, before you fly back home with memories that will stay in your heart forever.

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