10-day Samburu Special Five & the Masai Mara Big Five

Diverse habitats from mountains to the savannah plains of the Masai Mara, this safari provides plenty of amazing wildlife spotting opportunities...

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$2619 - $3499
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
10 days
Best months:
January - April, July - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Night drive safaris Night drive Birding safaris Birding Boating safaris Boating
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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A fantastic safari tour with diversified habitats; taking you through the central highlands of Kenya; visiting the Aberdares mountain range with its’ fabulous waterfalls, great views of Mount Kenya and endemic wildlife such as the mountain bongo - then onto the semi-arid Samburu with its’ unusual wildlife species known as the Special Five. You’ll also spend two days in Ol Pejeta conservancy where you’ll have a great chance to see black rhino and the last remaining northern white rhinos and you’ll also go on a night game drive here. The tour will then take you across the Great Rift Valley stopping off at Lake Naivasha with its’ numerous bird species for a boat safari before heading to the Savannah plains of the Masai Mara to track down the Big Five.

Parks and places of interest include; the Aberdares mountain range and national park, Samburu national park, Ol Pejeta conservancy, Lake Naivasha and the Masai Mara. Accommodation is in a mix of game viewing lodges and luxury tented camps and lodges and offers really great value for money with a huge amount of diversity.

What’s included in the price?
• All accommodation in a double room or tent all on full board basis
• Transport in a private, safari tour vehicle with lifting roof for game viewing
• Unlimited game drives
• Night game drive in Ol Pejeta
• 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
• Drinking water while on safari

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

Optional extras
• Masai village visit ($20 / £14)
• Visit rhino sanctuaries ($40 / £28pp)
• Visit chimpanzee sanctuary (Free entry)
• Guided bush walk ($40 / £28pp)
• Local flights from Masai Mara to Nairobi ($180 / £120pp)

Day 1 - The Aberdares, The Ark

You will depart Nairobi for the Aberdares (3.5 hours), a park set in a mountain range with great views of Mount Kenya. There are many waterfalls and mist covered, lichen hung trees and you may see elephant, rhino and leopards here as well as long haired colobus monkeys and the mountain bongo if you are very lucky!  You will arrive at the Aberdares Country Club for lunch after which you will be taken on a game drive on your way to The Ark - a game-viewing lodge, where you will stay for a night. The Ark offers a unique game viewing experience from the comfort of the lodge, with four viewing decks and a hide. Before dinner, the host gives an interactive talk about the local fauna and animals and dinner is served from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. Then continue to watch the wildlife and if you do want to go to bed, during the night the resident ranger stays on watch and will buzz your room if an interesting animal comes to the water hole! 

Day 2 & 3 - Samburu, Sopa Lodge

After breakfast you will be taken on a short game drive in the Aberdares before continuing on to Samburu (3.5 hours) a place rich in wildlife with its rare Northern species; including the gerenuk, Beisa oryx and Somali ostrich. Samburu is a very scenic but lesser known park and is situated along the Ewaso Nyiro River that attracts wildlife in from the surrounding savannah plains.  This is a semi-arid area and can become quite hot but the park is rich in wildlife and is home to a number of large predators including cheetah, lion and leopard. You will arrive in time for lunch and spend two nights at Sopa Lodge where you can dine by a watering hole where the local wildlife may amble in for an evening drink. Sopa Samburu is styled to match the Samburu villages and has 15 cottages positioned around a watering hole, a large lounge area and a pool and is located within the park area.


Day 4 & 5 - 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 6 - Lake Naivasha, Sopa Resort

After breakfast you will leave Sweetwaters camp and take a short game drive through the park before heading to Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley, where you’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Sopa Resort. The lodge is situated right by the lake and has beautiful grounds with huge cactus, many acacia trees and you are likely to see colobus monkeys, bushbuck, zebra and giraffe wandering the grounds, and in the evening you may also see hippos grazing on the lawns. The main building is quite special with an interior garden, fireplaces and low comfy leather sofas. 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 and sometimes flamingoes. 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 7, 8 & 9 - Masai Mara, Sarova Game Camp

After an early breakfast you will leave Naivasha and travel to the open grassland of the Masai Mara (4 hours), rich in biodiversity and home to a large variety of bird species and wildlife and offers great game viewing and bird watching opportunities.  You will arrive in time for lunch at the Sarova Mara Game Camp, situated in the Masai Mara national reserve, before taking a late afternoon game drive. Sarova Mara Game Camp is a high quality tented camp with over 50 standard tents and also club and family tents available. The dining is of a high standard and there are also a number of other activities available such as fishing from the well-stocked pond.

The next two days will be spent exploring the savannah grasslands of the Masai Mara where you may see all of the Big Five, along with many other species of mammals, reptiles and birds. You can spend time in camp and take short game drives at your leisure or take a picnic lunch and explore the reserve for the entire day, it’s really up to you!

Day 10 - Transfer to Nairobi

After taking breakfast and a morning game drive, you will head back to Nairobi (5.5 hours) with a picnic lunch. Alternatively, stay for lunch and fly back to Nairobi mid-afternoon (optional, flights: additional cost approx. $180 / £120 per person), you’ll be picked up by one of our drivers from the local Nairobi airport and transferred to the international airport to connect with your flight. 

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

  • The Ark, Aberdares
  • Sopa Lodge, Samburu
  • Sweet Waters Serena Camp, Ol Pejeta conservancy
  • Sopa Lodge, Naivasha
  • Sarova Game Camp, Masai Mara

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