An extensive and beautiful journey across Kenya experiencing all the highlights of these vast, game rich plains, encountering some of Africa’s most magnificent wildlife on your adventure. Big Five Safari has been a long time favourite with safari enthusiasts and covers all the main parks and reserves of this wild and wonderful country.
Arrival / Nairobi / Fairview Hotel
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be welcomed by a member of Elyon Tours team, who will transfer you to the Fairview Hotel, for check in. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening you are free to dine on your own enjoying the hotel’s exceptional cuisine.
Tsavo West National Park / Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Your safari begins this morning with a drive south to Tsavo West National Park. After lunch you will experience your first game drive and a visit to Mzima Springs frequented by hippos and crocodiles and if you are lucky you will see them wallow and retreat around the crystal-clear waters. Stay overnight at the Kilaguni Serena Lodge
Amboseli National Park / Oltukai Lodge
After breakfast, drive to one of the most popular parks in Kenya, Amboseli National Park, home to around 900 elephant. Located near Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, weather permitting you will be able to witness the snowcapped peak. Amboseli National Park offers the chance to encounter magnificent herds of elephant. Following an exciting afternoon game drive, you will spend two nights at Ol Tukai Lodge. Experience early morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli National Park, where, with its low vegetation, it is renowned as one of the best wildlife viewing areas in Africa. Look out for lion, buffalo, zebra and a diverse range of birdlife. The park’s dry and dusty form is due to the volcanic ash that came from Mt. Kilimanjaro on its last eruption, yet the lush green areas are a result of a continuous water supply from the mountain’s melting snow.
Aberdares National Park / Treetops Lodge
Drive via Nairobi to the Aberdares National Park, with lunch en route in Nairobi. You will then check in at the Outspan hotel, and leave the majority of your luggage here in order to transfer to Treetops Lodge, your spectacular viewing perch for the night. This unique property is famous as the place where Princess Elizabeth ascended to the British Throne in 1952. Game is attracted by the saltlick and waterhole and with four spectacular viewing decks and a rooftop platform, it is the ideal place to capture incredible close-up photographs
Samburu Game Reserve / Samburu Game Lodge
Enjoy an early morning tea at Treetops then return to the Outspan hotel for breakfast and to collect your left luggage. Drive north to Samburu National Reserve where you will spend the next two nights at Samburu Game Lodge situated on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River. Experience the African desert at its best and as a lesser known park it is less crowded, with game drives on both days giving you the opportunity to hopefully spot leopard, lion and cheetah. This is the dry, north of Kenya and the reserve attracts wildlife not often seen elsewhere, so be on the look out for gerenuks – a unique gazelle with a long neck that stands on its hind legs to feed
Ol Pejeta Wildife Conservancy / Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Drive south to the sweetwaters for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Visit the remarkable Chimpanzee and Rhino Sanctuaries. Incorporated within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the sanctuary is the only place in Kenya where the highly endangered and remarkably intelligent chimpanzee can be seen and houses the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Dinner and overnight stay at Sweetwaters Tented Camp, experiencing the charming ambience of under-canvas living
Lake Nakuru National Park / Lake Nakuru Lodge
Drive via Thomson's Falls to Lake Nakuru National Park for lunch. Here, due to an abundance of algae in the lake, flamingoes famously line the shores. Sometimes (in season) all that can be seen is an incredible moving mass of pink! Enjoy an afternoon game drive hopefully spotting beautiful flamingos on the lake and the resident rhino. Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge
Masai Mara Game Reserve / Keekorok Lodge
Drive to the awe-inspiring Maasai Mara and take an afternoon game drive. The most famous game reserve in the world, the Maasai Mara is what safari dreams are made of - rolling grasslands, wide open savannah and rich in African wildlife. Spot prides of lions basking in the shade, seek out an elusive solo leopard and have your camera at the ready for other spectacular wildlife including cheetah and hyena. The Maasai Mara is also renowned for the incredible annual migration of zebra and wildebeest. Your accommodation for the next three nights will be at Keekorok Lodge.
Early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives in the Maasai Mara game reserve or perhaps take an optional balloon safari
Check out after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward journey.
NOTE: Passengers should bring only soft sided bags on safaris. Baggage on Domestic flights is strictly limited to 15kgs per person (including hand luggage). Any excess cargo/baggage will be charged by the respective airlines at check-in counter at rate of $3.00 per 1kg