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Kenya Safari Itinerary, Package Holidays and Lodges

When people think of safari in Africa, a Kenya safari is the one that comes to mind. From the stampeding herds of the Mara to the cultures of the Maasai, Rendille and Samburu, and the Pink Flamingos of the Rift Valley Lakes against the backdrop of the majestic Mount Kenya

Kenya Safari Itinerary

All of our Kenya Safari Itinerary include:

We have the widest choice of Kenya safaris, from 2 day short breaks to 13 day adventures. All can be combined with an Indian Ocean beach stay, for a longer Kenya safari and beach holiday.

Magic of the Masai Mara

You know the images from various documentaries – sweeping savannah plains teeming with over a million Wildebeest, the Maasai tribe and Big Cats. Experience it for yourself on a Masai Mara safari tour. Witness the Migration between August and October plus great game viewing opportunities throughout the year.  

Premier Kenya Safari

Explore Kenya in comfort and style, staying at the very best luxury Kenya hotels, safari lodges and tented camps. These fly-in premier Kenya safari tours allows more time for you to enjoy game viewing and relax…

Classic Kenya Safari

Our selection of affordable Kenya safari tours allow you to experience an array of Kenyan game reserves. Discover the wildlife, culture and landscapes, with a personalised authentic safari experience… 

Luxury Kenya Safari

Your Luxury Kenya Safari allows you to explore Kenya where the safaris there are still truly once in a lifetime experience, with arguably some of the best game viewing, culture and luxury lodges and camps in all of Africa.

Kenya Beach Holidays

From Savannah to Sea, from Bush to Beach. Combine a spectacular Kenya safari with a beach break. After all the dust and heat, enjoy barefoot luxury at a coastal resort with tropical breezes, palm trees and idyllic ocean views.See Kenya Safari and Beach Holidays. 

Shaba and Samburu National Park

Discover the stark beauty of the northern regions on one of our awesome Kenya Samburu safari tours. This region in Kenya is home to abundant big game supported by the Ewaso Nyiro River. See desert adapted animals and delve into the culture of the Samburu people.

Great Rift Valley

The Great Rift Valley is the land of Soda Lakes, including Lake Nakuru, renowned for thousands of Flamingos. These luxury Kenya safaris include tours through Samburu, Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara. Experience these diverse national parks which abound with wildlife.

Amboseli and Tsavo

Explore two iconic destinations – Amboseli and Tsavo with this luxury Kenya safari tour of Tsavo East and Tsavo West, one of the largest conservation areas in the world, while Amboseli is renowned for its large herds of elephants and views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mombasa Beach and Island Resorts

Come and relax on one of these beautiful beaches of the Kenyan coast with our Kenya Beach and Island holidays. These elegant resorts and beach lodges offer a wide array of water-sports and excursions. Explore the vibrant culture of Mombasa and the historic Island of Lamu.

Find a Hotel in Nairobi

Discover the attractions of multi-cultural Nairobi while staying in one of our preferred partner Nairobi hotels in Kenya. One of the fastest growing cities in the world, it is the only city to have a National Park within the city limits. The Karen Blixen Museum, markets, culture and nightlife are all to be celebrated.

Amboseli National park

Known as the best place to get up close and personal with the elephants that roam the region, the Amboseli National Park is arguably one of the best safaris in Kenya. There is a multitude of birdlife and just as much wild game to observe.

Where to Stay

With strict rules to ensure your safety and that of the animals, look no further than the andbeyond Ol Tukai Lodge for a luxury stay.

After a walking safari at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro before breakfast, you can rewrite the definition of peaceful. Experience their candlelit four-course meals or receive a much-needed massage, only four hours away from Nairobi. You might even find yourself around a bonfire watching Masai warriors perform battle songs.

Lake Nakuru

With camping and game viewing as the main activities, this place calls out to the amateur botanist with over 550 varying plant species in the area. If you’re a Euphorbia lover, Lake Nakuru is one of the best Kenya safaris consisting of the biggest Euphorbia forests in Africa. This safari offers you wonderful waterfalls, wildlife, and woodlands to make your stay just that much more mesmerizing.

Where to Stay

Book yourself in at the Lake Nakuru Lodge for an all-inclusive stay that will only set you back by about $690 per night.

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Masai Mara

The Masai Mara and safaris in Kenya are basically synonymous. Expect to be dazzled at Masai Mara National Reserve where you can choose to explore in a hot-air balloon. The local Masai people will welcome you while the quality of services provided will spoil you.

Where to Stay

At the Ashnil Mara Lodge, you’ll experience royalty-level tented camps.  Alongside the warm and friendly locals, you’ll be able to enjoy your safari in a few different ways and delve deeper into the mystical lands of luxury safaris in Kenya for only $225 per night.

Tsavo East

If complete luxury is not your thing, you could always find something a little bit more your style. There are always camping options which are just as safe and exciting but allow you to feel just that much more a part of nature.

Where to Stay

With what they call the ultimate safari experience, Satao Camp on Tsavo East will wake you up with herds of elephants taking their morning bath while you’re sipping your morning coffee. After that, you can head to Satao Elerai camp which is located in Amboseli, feed the nyala, and meet the community.

Kenya Safari Itinerary

If you’re looking for an addition to your regular safari, look no further.

Nairobi National Park

Looking for something a little bit more urban? Book an all-inclusive Nairobi safari package. Can you imagine yourself feeding a giraffe or seeing a rare Sokoke cat? 7km away from the city, there are safari walks and animal orphanages where you can do just that. You could even choose to “adopt” an orphaned animal.

Different Kenya Safari Itinerary & Holiday Activities

Mount Elgon National Park

Seeing the Big 5 and other animals is great. But, the mountains in Kenya can offer you just as much as the grasslands do. For the person that would like another little shot of adventure, see Mount Elgon National Park.

This mountain is halved by the Ugandan-Kenyan border, 87 miles northeast of Lake Victoria. It has a few diverse terrains for you to trek through as well as some caves to find. We haven’t heard of any treasures just yet, except for the salt that herds of duiker, bushbuck, and buffalo head out in search of. In our opinion, that’s quite treasurous in itself.

Kiunga Marine

For those who absolutely adore the ocean – do not fret. Kenya still has you covered. There are coral reefs bursting with fish that are waiting to meet you! They’ve got a multitude of marine sanctuaries as well where you can do all your favorite things like snorkeling, diving, and wind-surfing.

Our favorite is Kenya Wildlife Service’s, Kiunga Marine. It is accessible by speedboat, car, and plane, and $15 gets you in. Why not add this to your safari checklist?

Final thoughts on a Kenya Safari Tour

Well, there you have it. 7 Safari locations in Kenya where you can set up camp, live luxuriously for a few days and see as many animals, birds, or plants as possible. Take your family, your best friend, or your significant other. Spoil yourselves with just about anything that nature can provide – reset your clock and come back refreshed.

It’s okay if Kenya doesn’t seem to fit the bill right now. Africa herself has some rival views and experiences for you to pursue.

EXPERIENCE KENYA SAFARI TOUR:

A ‘circuit’ in Kenya safari tour of 3 to 4 safari destinations combined with Tanzania will give you a wonderful and diverse itinerary in East Africa, particularly with a beach stay in the mix known as the “ocean safari”. Kenya’s coast is its bounty; well known for having some of the best dive sites in the world.

Masai Mara
An area of open savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border. Home to an abundance of wildlife including lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos. Most famous for the huge herds of wildebeest traversing the plains plains during their annual migration.

Amboseli National Park

Located in southern Kenya, Amboseli National Park is well known for its large herds of elephants and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, across the border in Tanzania.

Samburu National Park
Samburu is different from many of Kenya’s other parks with its dry and dramatic terrain and specially adapted wildlife such as oryx, Somali blue necked ostrich and Grevy’s zebra.

Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru National Park is one of Kenya’s finest parks and a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for the thousands of pink flamingos scattering the shoreline.

Naivasha
Home to a huge array of bird life making it a true bird watchers’ haven .The waters of the lake attract a big range of game including  giraffes, buffalo and hippos.

When to Go

Kenya  Safari Tour provides a wonderful travel experience year-round, however there are certain times of year that are more ideal to visit than others. Because Kenya is located close to the equator, its climate is often warm and pleasant with average temperatures around 82 F with temperatures ranging a little higher on the coast. Rather than experience the traditiona

July through September is the prime time to visit Kenya and its neighbouring Tanzania. This is the dry season and the height of the great migrations which see the thousand heads of wildebeest and other wildlife moving between the Mara in Kenya to the Serengeti in Tanzania. The season is dry, meaning more comfortable travel if travelling by road and wildlife will be easier to encounter as the flora is not as lush, allowing better viewing. January and February is the peak season in terms of tourism, however the prices are highest, the national parks are crowded and the temperatures at their hottest.

kenya safari itinerary

The Great Migration is a nine-month cycle of movement where wildebeest accompanied by zebras, gazelles and impalas are on the move, crossing rivers with hungry crocodiles lurking in the waters, all in search of fresh grazing. Between late June and October the river crossings take place (sometimes backwards and forward over the same rivers!) but it is also good to know that there is wonderful wildlife viewing year-round.

Life and death is played out beneath the great East African skies and to witness this is a spectacle you would never forget.

Helpful Tips for Your Kenya Safari Tour

Kenya’s diverse landscapes, multicultural society, and longevity of traditional ways of life make it a top choice for travelers seeking a rich Africa experience. From the bustling metropolis of Nairobi to the towering snow capped slopes of Mount Kenya to stunning scenery and wildlife in the bush to the stunning shorelines of the Swahili Coast, Kenya has a plenitude to offer. This country has captured the imaginations of dreamers around the world, making it top the bucket lists of many travelers. KIAfrika Adventure is here to turn that dream into a reality, helping you plan a Kenya Safari Tour that is sure to provide memories for a lifetime.

Kenya Safari Itinerary Highlights

  • Track the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mare from July to October – the famous Mara River crossing is usually in late July.
  • Encounter black and white rhinos in the same park, a wildlife experience unique to Kenya.
  • Wander empty white sand with a beach escape in Mombasa or Diani.
  • Gaze up at the snow-capped cone of Mount Kilimanjaro, as elephants and giraffe wander past in the foreground.
  • Experience the thrill of a walking safari, available in all the private conservancies, most famously around Samburu.
  • Get friendly with hippos and rare birds on Kenya Safaris in the Great Rift Valley.
  • Discover one of Africa’s friendliest cities when you layover in Nairobi; here you spot giraffe and rhinos backdropped by city skyscrapers.
  • Hot air balloon above the Masai Mara grasslands.
  • No other country in Africa offers such intimate big cat sightings, with lions, leopards and cheetahs all part of the daily scenery.

Fascinating Facts

    • Kenya’s Great Rift Valley was formed around 20 million years ago when the crust of the Earth was split.
    • Kenya was under British colonial rule between 1895 and 1963.
    • ‘Safari’ is a Swahili word meaning ‘Journey’
    • Kenya shares Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest freshwater lake, with Tanzania and Uganda.
    • Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is located along the border between Kenya and Tanzania.
    • Kenya’s most popular game park is the Masai Mara, which borders the Serengeti plains in Tanzania. Between July and September, visitors can witness the remarkable annual wildebeest migration which takes place in the Mara.
    • Treetops Hotel is where the then Princess Elizabeth of England was staying with her husband when her father died. So she technically became a queen while in Kenya. Kenya still has a special place in the heart of the British royal family.

Kenya Visa & Passport Information

Visas:Citizens of most countries require a visa. Passports must be valid for 6 months from date of entry & have at least 2 blank pages.

A new e-visa service has been introduced via the e-visa portal. Visas are valid for 3 months from the time of entry and cost $50 (U.S. citizens pay $100).

Apply for visas in advance of arrival into Kenya via the e-visa portal.

Is Kenya Safari Safe ?

Yes, Kenya is safe.

Kenya has suffered from sporadic terrorist attacks over the last 15 years. It should be noted that there have been fewer terrorist attacks here than in London; however, these attacks have had a hugely negative impact on tourism. Unlike other African countries, Kenya continues to see a drop in tourist numbers. This is good news for you. The infrastructure is set up for a high-end safari holiday. None of the wildlife has disappeared. But you don’t need to share the safari with dozens of other vehicles. Even better, fewer tourists mean better prices.

These terrorist attacks occurred in Kenya’s cities, absolutely nowhere near the safari destinations. Travel advice from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has never recommended for British citizens to avoid travel to Kenya’s safari destinations. Do note that there is a no-go zone near the Somalian border, which is nowhere near the destinations you would want to visit.

The Best Time for Kenya Safaris

The best months for game viewing are generally the dry seasons, which are January to March and June to September.

July and August are peak seasons for Kenya Safaris. The climate is cool and dry, and the wildebeest are crossing the Mara River. It’s the only time of year when the parks become busy, so we’d recommend using private conservancies for a more personal safari experience.

September and October offer even better game viewing, but the safari will be cheaper and quieter.

January to March is also recommended. During these months the lack of rain makes it the easiest time of year to spot wildlife.

Note that many of Kenya’s safari lodges close during the long rains of April and May. June can also be wet.

November and December are also a good time to visit although some of the parks are inaccessible due to rain – we can advise on the best destinations for these months.

Information on the Great Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara

The rumble of 2 million wildebeest and zebra hooves fill Kenya’s Masai Mara from July to October. These animals charge over the Mara River from the Serengeti in Tanzania, where the migration is in full swing for all the other months of the year. Bear in mind that the Mara has excellent game viewing all year round, it’s only in July and August when it gets really popular with visitors. For these months we recommend small private camps, away from the crowds.

Also note that trying to catch the actual Mara River crossing can be frustrating. The herds gather for many days before actually crossing, so it can mean many wasted hours or days, when you could be enjoying a more diverse safari experience. Travel outside July and October and we can arrange a safari that combines the great wildebeest migration in Tanzania, with destinations in Kenya

Useful Kenya Travel Information

Language:English and Kiswahili (spoken in Kenya Tanzania & Uganda), are both official languages.

Time zone:GMT + 2

International dialling code: +254

Health:Proof of a yellow fever vaccination may be required if arriving from within Africa. Consult your doctor at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to your trip, especially since some vaccines require time to take effect.

Money: The unit of currency is the Kenya shilling (KSH). Major credit cards are accepted by many tourist hotels.

Getting there:International flights serve Nairobi and Mombasa. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is the main point of arrival for most visitors; Moi International Airport in in the coastal area of Mombasa, also sees  international arrivals and ideal if you are beginning with a beach stay before your Safari. 

Getting around:A good network of domestic flights link Nairobi and Mombasa to most other attractions & African destinations. National Parks are easily visited on tailored safaris including internal flights.

How much does a Kenya safari safari cost?

At KIAfrika Adventure our Kenya Safari packages start from as low as $250/day/person to over $1000 per person per day for a super luxury safari package.

We cater to all budgetary classes to ensure there is something for everyone.

The most attractive bit is that we tailor Masai Mara – Serengeti Migration packages to suit your logistical preferences.

Also, these budget-friendly and luxury excursions are conducted by seasoned guides, some with as much as 25years’ worth of experience under their belts.

Our guides not only show you the action, they also share in-depth knowledge about what you are witnessing.

Also, regardless of the package, you go for (whether a budget package or a high-end deal) we always ensure you get the best services no matter the class of package.

How many days do you need in Kenya Safari?

You can never have too much time in the Masai Mara.

At the very least, you should spend 4 days and 3 nights. If you are planning a Kenya Migration package, up to 10 days in Kenya are okay. This increases your chances of witnessing the Great Migration in Africa.

This is the minimum duration within which you can get an overview of the Reserve, particularly during the Great animal’s migration in Africa.

We recommend a longer duration for a more in-depth experience, as the activities to partake in the Mara are greatly varied.

Planning a Kenya Safari

Every Kenya safari should be different. With so much choice over what to do and where to go, we don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach to planning your holiday. We’d like to know your interests, preferences, wishes and questions. Then we can handcraft a holiday a lifetime, one that really makes the most of what Kenya has to offer. This country is the birthplace of African adventure and we will find an adventure that is best suited to you.

*The price is based on two people travelling together and sharing the accommodation and safari vehicle.

Masai Mara Safari | Kenya Safari Itinerary

Duration: 4 nights

4 Days Kenya Migration Safari

Masai Mara National Park, annual migration Mid – luxury $1,050 – $1,550

4 Days Kenya Migration Safari

Masai Mara National Park Mid-range $950 – $1,190 

Per person in mid season based on two adults travelling together and including, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers, transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

For time-pressed safari addicts, it’s entirely possible to whizz down to Africa for a long weekend break, adding a night or two on to a bank holiday to make an extraordinary escape from office life.

PERFECT FOR : Maximum adventure, minimum time off work.

IN THE KNOW IF : you have a longer time available, add on a few days to chill beside the Indian Ocean at Msambweni House.

Overview | Kenya Safari Itinerary

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Kenya safari tours is one of the world’s most magnificent safari and wilderness destinations, known for its remarkable diversity of landscapes that include an endless Savannah, tropical white sandy beaches, coral reefs, dense equatorial forests, and snow-capped mountains.

During this trip, you will focus entirely on tracking African wildlife, while based in Masai-Mara: one of the most exotic and famous ecosystems in the world. Following the footsteps of numerous adventurers and explorers who came before you, you will drive through the wilderness in search of knowledge and an unparalleled connection with nature.

And you may get a chance to stay in Giraffe Manor- an exclusive boutique hotel having breakfast with Giraffe! In the end, you will not only have collected memories and some fantastic photos, but, above all, you will carry a feeling of awe for the grandeur that surrounds us.

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore Masai Mara: one of the most important and famous ecosystems in the world with an astonishing variety of wildlife.
  • Go on several game drives in private 4×4 Land cruisers, in search of the Big 5 and other wildlife of Africa.
  • Relax in one of the most exceptional luxury accommodations of Kenya with breathtaking views over the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.
  • Get acquainted with the traditions and culture of the Masai tribes.
  • Get a chance to stay in Giraffe Manor – an exclusive luxury boutique hotel.
  • Share your breakfast with the resident Rothschild giraffe.

The Summarized, 4 Days, Mara Kenya safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival & Nairobi to Masai Mara by Flight

Day 2:  Full Day Game Drive in Masai Mara

Day 3: Full Day Game Drive + Bush Dinner

Day 4:  Morning Game, Masai Village Visit – Mara to Nairobi.

The Total Trip cost Per person Sharing Per Day

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Pre/Post Extension – 1 night stay at Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, as one of the most instagrammed properties in the world. Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa.

One of the most fascinating things about Giraffe Manor is its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who may visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.

Get a chance to book at Giraffe Manor for a night to have experience like never before!

Extension Cost for one night (Depending on availability at time of booking):

1,095 USD / per person based on double occupancy.

Destination:

Lake Naivasha , Masai Mara Game Reserve

Tour Start Location

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Tour End Location

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport