11 Days Big Five Safari

11 Day Big Five Safari

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$2495 - $3200
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
11 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Romantic safaris Romantic Cultural safaris Cultural Birding safaris Birding
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An safari that introduces you to the beasts of nature. From the lions that stalks the savannah, free ranging elephants of Amboseli, the elusive leopards and endangered rhinos to the majestic buffalo's of Mara.
Day 01: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park.
Have an early breakfast and leave Nairobi and head to Amboseli National Park, driving through the picturesque southern part of Kenya. Arrive on time for lunch and proceed to an evening game drive in the park. Amboseli National Park is situated against the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain (Mount Kilimanjaro). It’s famous for being one of the few places you can get close to free-roaming wild animals such as the big cats, herds of elephants, zebras, gazelles and buffaloes. Return to Amboseli Sopa Lodge or similar for dinner and overnight.

Day 02: Amboseli National Park-Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Spend the whole day in the park enjoying an early morning and late afternoon game drive in the park. You will have a chance to get a spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro during early morning hours or during sunset when the sky is clear. Arid as it looks the park has supported a diversity of wildlife together with the Masai who grazed their animals across the park thanks to the waters that run off Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to Amboseli Sopa Lodge or similar after the game drive for dinner and overnight in your camp on a full board basis.

Day 03: Amboseli National Park- Aberdare National Park.
0700hrs after breakfast, you will depart for Aberdare National Park via Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at Aberdare Country Club which is a base hotel for The Ark. After lunch you will say goodbye to your driver guide as you will be transferred to The Ark by the lodge vehicle. NB: You will only require your soft bags for the night; the other bags will be left at the base hotel. In the afternoon, you will have time at leisure game viewing from the balcony of the lodge for the animals that comes around the waterholes until evening. You will also enjoy the night game viewing at the water hole which is floodlit.
Meals and Overnight: The Ark (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 04: Aberdares National Park - Samburu National Reserve.
After breakfast at the Ark, you will connect with your driver guide at the base hotel. At 0800hrs, you will drive to Samburu National Reserve. You will arrive at your overnight camp in time for lunch; thereafter at 1600hrs you will depart for a game drive till sunset. You will have a chance to spot the rare Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated giraffe, Somali Ostrich, crocodiles, hippos, herds of elephants, buffalos, lions, hyena, cheetahs and if you lucky enough the elusive leopard. You may also opt to spend the entire day exploring the reserve with packed picnic breakfast and lunch. A visit to a cultural village may be organized if you are interested. Return to your camp or lodge for dinner an overnight.
Day 05: Samburu National Reserve 
You will have a full day in Samburu Game Reserve with a 0630hrs game drive returning to the camp for breakfast. Samburu National Reserve offers distinctive vistas of rugged hills and undulating hills. The mix of grassland and wood with a swamp and a riverine forest makes the reserve home to a variety of animal and birdlife. Game viewing in the reserve is excellent due to its visibility.Thereafter enjoy the camp facilities until lunch time. You will have an afternoon game drive from 1600hrs until sunset.
Day 06: Samburu National Reserve - Ol Pejeta Wildlife Sanctuary.
0730hrs after breakfast, you will have a scenic drive into Laikipia plains in Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy. On arrival, you will check in at your camp and have lunch. After time at leisure, you will have an evening game drive until sunset from 1600hrs. During your game drives, you will also visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
Day 07: Ol Pajeta Wildlife Consevancy – Lake Nakuru National Park.
After breakfast, you will  depart at 0800hrs for Lake Nakuru National Park in the great Rift Valley, renowned for its spectacular flamingo population and as one of the world greatest ornithological.  You will arrive in Lake Nakuru National park in time for some time at leisure before lunch at your overnight lodge. Later, you will have game drive in the park from 1600hrs until sunset. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 08 Lake Nakuru National Park-Lake Naivasha

An early morning game drive followed by breakfast. After breakfast, depart Lake Nakuru National Park and drive to the nearby Hells gate National park. Have a mid morning of game walking/cycling or rock climbing. Lunch will be at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. You may choose to have cycling/walking activities at Hells gate or a boat trip to the crescent Island. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 09 Lake Naivasha – Maasai Mara National Reserve  

Depart from your lodge after an early breakfast and drive through the scenic Rift Valley to Maasai Mara. You will have breathtaking views of hills, grasslands, extinct volcanoes and wheat plantations. Arrive on world’s famous game reserve on time for lunch in a lodge or tented camp and relax getting ready for a late afternoon game drive. Your game drive will definitely make you understand why Maasai Mara is the most famous national reserve in the world. You will be surprised by the concentration of wildlife in this reserve. Return to your lodge or tented camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 Maasai Mara National Reserve

Spend the entire day exploring this world famous game reserve. This reserve is not only the most popular game reserve in the country, it is probably why people visit Kenya. The reserve is set on a classic African savannah and the huge density of wildlife is astounding. Zebras, wildebeest and gazelles graze in large herds and as a matter of fact where prey is in plenty so are the predators. The reserve covers an area of approximately 1510 sq km of open grassland waters by the Mara River and Talek which is a tributary of the former. Here it is very common to see the big cats hunting; they are also in their numbers. The leopard is the hardest to spot of the famous Big Five, but in Mara it not as hard to see it relaxing on a tree. Hippos, buffaloes, elephants, giraffes also exist in large numbers. Return to the camp for overnight (NB: You may opt to forego one of your game drives for a visit to a Masai village for an amazing cultural experience. Balloon Safaris over the reserve are also available at an extra cost) 

Day 11 Maasai Mara National Reserve- Nairobi

Rise up early for your last morning game drive before returning to your camp for breakfast. Later leave this great game reserve and drive back to Nairobi with picnic lunch en-route. Arrive in Nairobi at around 1600hrs. Should there be time before your home flight you might be interested in city tour.  If not you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch your flight bringing to an end what we hope is a safari of your lifetime.

Included in the price of the Safari

Airport transfers in Nairobi

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner whilst on safari

Transport in our 4*4 safari vehicles

Seasoned English speaking driver/guide

Unlimited game drives in the above mentioned parks and reserves (No night game drives)

Park entry fees to the above mentioned national parks and game reserves

Mineral water while on game drive

Not included in the price of the safari

International flights and visa fees or any domestic flight

Laundry, souvenirs and telephone calls

Guide Tips

Change in itinerary

Additional food / beverage such as liquor whiskey or gin

Medical, travel or cancellation insurance

Hot Air Balloon Safari in Masai Mara ($450)

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Amboseli Sopa Lodge
  • The Ark or Treetops Lodge
  • Samburu Sopa lodge
  • Lake Nakuru sopa lodge
  • Maasai Mara sopa lodge

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