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Laikipia & Masai Mara Safari

This safari is a real favourite, featuring the very best of Kenya, from the stunning wilderness safari of the Laikipia region to the incredible wildlife populations of the Masai Mara. This two centre fly-in safari takes in one of our favourite camps in all of Africa, Laikipia Wilderness and the intimate Spekes camp in the Masai Mara.

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Flights are typically an additional $685 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Fly camp & explore the vast wilderness of Kenya's Laikipia Plateau
  • See the big five and massive wildlife populations in the Masai Mara

On the Laikipia Plateau, Laikipia Wilderness Camp offers good game viewing including lion, good population of elephants and the endangered and fascinating wild hunting dog. What makes this area so special is the ability to do more than just game drives. As it is a private area you can head out on your own private adventures, with night drives, guided safari walks, rock climbing, swimming, river tubing, fishing, birding, Samburu village visits and optional fly camping literally under the stars. For those looking for more creature comforts, the nearby Sosian Ranch offers a similar experience from the comfort of a colonial ranch-stead with swimming pool, tennis courts and lovely gardens.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s premier safari experience, a vast expanse of savannah grassland heavily populated year-round with wildlife. There is always a good chance of seeing lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and wildebeest. You will be able to enjoy shared game drive and optional guided safari walks. In the Mara, Speke's Camp boasts a fantastic location and reasonable prices, for an upgrade we recommend Kicheche Mara.

Beach extensions can be added to the Kenya coast or Zanzibar Island, or head off to Indian Ocean Islands such as Seychelles, Mauritius or Mozambique.

Day-by-day

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

DAY 1: Travel to Laikipia
DAY 2: Laikipia
DAY 3: Laikipia
DAY 4: Fly to Masai Mara
DAY 5: Masai Mara
DAY 6: Masai Mara
DAY 7: Depart

FULL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: TRAVEL TO LAIKIPIA
Road transfer to Nairobi's domestic airport for scheduled light aircraft flight to the Laikipia Reserve. You will be met on arrival and transferred into camp which will take about an hour with some game viewing en route. This afternoon will be at leisure until you gather late afternoon for high tea before your first game viewing activity. Meals are simple home-made affairs usually served outside around a camp fire.
Accommodation: Laikipia Wilderness Camp
Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2: LAIKIPIA
Start the day with early morning game drive in search of endangered wild dogs, return to camp for a late breakfast. During the day you will be able to go out and enjoy the conservancy with rock climbing, swimming, river tubing, rafting or even fishing.
A personal favourite is fly camping under the stars, head out late afternoon for a game drive which ends as your camp for the night, enjoy dinner and drinks around the fire before sleeping under the stars. Return to camp for breakfast in the morning.
Accommodation: Laikipia Wilderness Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 3: LAIKIPIA
Your daily schedule will be discussed with you on arrival to try and fit in all the activities based on your interests. Today you could take in a longer safari walk with visit to a local Samburu village
Accommodation: Laikipia Wilderness Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 4: FLY TO MASAI MARA
Transfer to airstrip for scheduled light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara. Arrive in time for lunch and afternoon game drive.
Accommodation: Spekes Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 5: MASAI MARA
Get up very early for a 6am start after breakfast and spend a full day in the Masai Mara reserve on game drives. You’ll take along your picnic lunch to enjoy at the scenic Hippo pool on the banks of the Mara River. Ecologically Masai Mara is an extension of the great Serengeti plains and teems with abundant wildlife. We traverse the park in search of elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and a whole ark-full of other animals. Expert naturalist guides ensure you get the very best chance of seeing most of these animals and understand their habits.
Accommodation: Spekes Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 6: MASAI MARA
Today you may want to rather do a morning game drive with return to camp to relax before the afternoon game drive.
Accommodation: Spekes Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 7: DEPART
After your morning activity and breakfast in camp, transfer to airstrip for scheduled light aircraft flight to Nairobi. On arrival you will be transferred to the international airport.
Accommodation: n/a
Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

10/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Small intimate safari camp
- Superb Wilderness location
- Fly camping & Bush Walks
- Fantastic for Families

Speke's Camp

Masai Mara

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Traditional small safari camp
- Very atmospheric
- Great location
- Good value

Details

Getting there

International flights from the UK to Kenya typically cost £550 - £1250 return per person (see below for more detail) depending on the airline and when you are travelling. Please get in touch for a flight inclusive quote.
Direct Flights from the UK (London Heathrow only): £650 - £1250 return
British Airways and Kenya Airways fly direct from London Heathrow to Nairobi. Prices start from £750 return but direct flights at this price are usually only available if booking very early or for visits out of the school holidays. During school holiday periods, prices are usually over £1000 return.
Indirect Flights from the UK: £550 - £900 return
KLM flights via Amsterdam are a superb alternative to direct flights, particularly if you are flying from Manchester, Glasgow or other regional airports, where you would need to stop anyway. Prices start from £550 return, and are usually available under £800 pp year round as long as you have a little flexibility in your dates. Qatar, Turkish and Ethiopian Airlines offer slightly less convenient one stop flights with longer stop-overs / less convenient flight times (e.g. Turkish lands at 4am in Nairobi). We sometimes recommend these flights for those on a tight budget or those late booking during peak periods when flight prices on BA, Kenya Airways or KLM can double.

Price includes

All accommodation and meals as mentioned, park fees, scheduled shared safari activities and transfers quoted in the itinerary.

Excludes: Visa fees, travel insurance, drinks, items of a personal nature and international flights to Nairobi.

Flight quotes available on request.

When is best?

It is best to avoid the long rains that run from the second half of March, April, May and into early June. During this period it tends to rain through the night and into the morning. It is usually possible to get a dry spell between 10am and 2pm for getting out on safari.

The short rains bring some rain during September and October, but this is less of an impediment and they have usually cleared up by October.

December, January, July and August are peak season, expect flight costs to be substantially higher.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 603 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.

    Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.

    Missingpauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015

  • Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.

    Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.

    Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.

    The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).

    Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.

    Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.

    MissingTim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014

  • If you’re looking for a more personal experience of Kenya, something a little different from the standard safari and beach package holidays, then you should definitely speak to Tourdust!

    We decided to have a family holiday with our two teenage boys in Kenya in 2014, a decision that turned out to be far from straight-forward as the FCO extended their no-essential travel guidance area by area in the months leading up to our holiday. After researching the travel companies specialising in Kenya , we chose Tourdust to organise our holiday, partly based on their highly informative website but mainly based on a conversation with Ben, who within a matter of minutes clearly understood what we were looking for.

    Ben’s recommendation of the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, followed by the Sosian Ranch and then the Msambweni Beach House was absolutely perfect for us. Everywhere we went the experience was personalised, the service was outstanding and the quality of facilities was second to none. Yes, we did safari drives to see the fantastic range of wildlife in the area, but we also swam in the rivers, rode camels, went on game walks and ate delicious meals cooked on an open camp fire before sleeping out under the endless African skies listening to the lions roaring! Then a flight down to the coast and we relaxed in the luxury of the a villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, with massages on the beach, personal staff on hand and nothing too much trouble.

    We knew that we didn’t want a standard package safari and beach holiday but what we got was beyond all our expectations – a truly personal, family experience of Kenya that we will remember forever!

    MissingJoanna Heard reviewing Best of Kenya Family Safari on 07 October 2014

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