The Savannah lowlands of Meru, the plains of Laikipia, Great Rift Valley Lakes & the Masai Mara

Classic wilderness, savannah plains, Rift Valley lakes and the world class Masai Mara...

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$2949 - $3645
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
12 days
Best months:
January - April, July - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Night drive safaris Night drive Cultural safaris Cultural Boating safaris Boating
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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From the classic lowland wilderness of Meru to the savannah plains of the Masai Mara - home to the Big Five, this safari experience will expose you to some real wilderness and great game viewing opportunities. There will be lots of opportunities to see the Big Five, as well as many species of bird and other plains mammals. There will also be a day sight seeing in Nairobi including a visit to the elephant orphanage; a visit to the Ol Pejeta wildlife conservancy and time spent at Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha where you will take a boat safari and go on a guided nature walk.

Accommodation is in a mix of good value and mid-range luxury tented camps and lodges. Transport is in a 4 x 4 converted land cruiser with lifting roof for game viewing.

What’s included in the price?
• All accommodation in a double room or tent all on full board basis
• Transport in a private, safari 4x4 land cruiser or tour van with lifting roof for game viewing (discounts available for tour vans)
• Unlimited game drives
• Experienced driver / guide
• All park fees that are payable to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and private conservancies
• All airport transfers
• All excursions and entrance fees as stated in itinerary
1 night game drive in Ol Pejeta
Boat safari
Crescent Island hike
Sight seeing day in Nairobi
• Drinking water while on safari

What’s not included in the price?
• International flights
• Kenyan tourist visa
• Alcoholic drinks
• Lunch on sight seeing day
• Soft drinks
• Tips & gratuities

Optional extras
• Masai village visit ($20pp)
• Additional night game drives ($40pp)
• Nairobi safari walk ($25pp)
• Flights to Meru ($250pp / £170 per adult)
• Flights from Masai Mara ($180 / £120 per adult)

Day 1 – Nairobi, Wildebeest Eco Camp

Your first day in Kenya after your international flight will be a nice easy one, spent sight seeing in Nairobi visiting the David Sheldrick elephant sanctuary in the morning, followed by lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and then heading over to either the Karen Blixen Museum or the Giraffe Centre in the afternoon (or both), alternatively you could head over to the Nairobi National Park and take a safari walk. You’ll then head to camp for dinner and an evening relaxing.

Day 2 to 4 – Meru, Ikweta Safari Camp

You’ll depart Nairobi for Meru (5 to 6 hours by road, options to fly), a classic savannah wilderness with a diversity of habitats ranging from semi arid, riverine, forest and swamplands to grasslands. You’ll arrive for lunch at Ikweta Safari Camp, which is a small tented camp; each tent has an en suite bathroom and private veranda, there is a also a large pool and a real focus on affordable luxury, with all meals cooked to order!  After lunch you will head into Meru for a game drive, there are some fantastic game viewing opportunities here including cheetah, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk and the distinctive reticulated giraffe as well as the Big Five.

You’ll spend the next two days exploring Meru, with its great views of Mount Kenya, savannah wilderness, riverine habitats and prominent inselbergs, notably Mughwango and Leopard Rock; offering some great photo opportunities. Meru is also the former home of the Adamson’s and Elsa the lioness.

Day 5 & 6 – Ol Pejeta, Sweetwaters Tented Camp

After breakfast you will journey onto Laikipia (3.5 hours) and the Ol Pejeta conservancy, located in a vast plateau which has the highest density of large mammals in Kenya, including unusual species such as the reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra and the Lelwel hartebeest, there are also seven rhino sanctuaries here and you may be lucky enough to see the now rare black rhino. Spend two nights at the stunning, luxury Sweetwaters tented camp, set on the foothills of Mount Kenya and with amazing views and close proximity to wildlife; it’s a wonderful place to stay. You can spend your time here taking game drives, visiting the rhino sanctuaries (optional) or watching the wildlife at the camp’s watering hole. Also on the second evening you will head out for a night game drive that can offer a very different experience.

Day 7 - Lake Nakuru, Sopa Lodge

After breakfast your guide will take you to the Premium Lake Nakuru (3 hours) where you could see over 400 different species of birds, large numbers of white rhinos, the rare Rothschild giraffe and other plains mammals such as lion, zebra and buffalo. On entering the park you will take a game drive on route to your accommodation at Sopa Lodge that has great views over the lake and park; all the rooms are very spacious and are located at the top of a ridge, all with views over the lake. After lunch you'll head out into the park for a game drive before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Day 8 - Lake Naivasha, Sopa Lodge

After breakfast you’ll head out on a game drive through Nakuru park, you'll leave late morning and head down the Rift Valley to lake Naivasha and the Sopa Resort (1.5 hours), where you’ll arrive in time for lunch. The lodge is in a lovely location by the lake and often has wildlife wandering around the grounds such as zebra and giraffe. The main building has an interior garden, fireplace and low comfy leather sofas and the rooms themselves are spacious, Swahili style chalets either with a balcony or a glass fronted lounge area for relaxing and wildlife viewing.

After lunch you’ll take a boat safari across the lake where you may see hippos and many species of birds including fish eagles and pelicans. You’ll also stop at Crescent Island for a guided nature walk where you can get close to some of the less dangerous plains mammals! Then retire to the lodge for the evening where you can take a swim, have dinner and watch the hippos come up from the Lake to graze in Sopa’s grounds.

Day 9 to 11 - Masai Mara, Mara Leisure Camp

After an early breakfast your driver will take you to the open grassland of the Masai Mara (4 hours), rich in biodiversity and home to a large variety of bird species and wildlife, the Masai Mara offers great game viewing and bird watching opportunities. You’ll arrive in time for lunch at Marasa's Mara Leisure Camp, which is situated right on the northern border of the game reserve near the banks of the Talek river. The camp has good facilities, a buffet style restaurant and pool.  After lunch you’ll head out for a game drive and then spend the next two days taking game drives at your leisure, exploring the Mara reserve and tracking down all the Big Five. You are not restricted to times and length of game drives with us and you can spend the whole day out exploring the reserve if you wish. You can of course also spend some time relaxing in camp and enjoying the camp’s facilities.

Day 12. Nairobi transfer

After breakfast and an early morning game drive you will return to Nairobi by road (5 hours) to connect with your international flight. Alternatively, stay for lunch and fly back to Nairobi mid-afternoon (optional extra).

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

  • Wildebeest Eco Camp Nairobi
  • Ikweta Safari Camp Meru
  • Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp Ol Pejeta
  • Sopa Lodge Lake Nakuru
  • Sopa Resort Lake Naivasha
  • Marasa Mara Leisure Camp, Masai Mara

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