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Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara & Laikipia Safari

Extended safari in Kenya staying in superb small camps and including three diverse habitats; the wetlands of Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley, the open plains of the Masai Mara & the wild bush of the Laikipia Plateau.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $938 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • See pelican, flamingo and hippo in the Rift Valley Lakes
  • Spot big cats amidst the endless rolling savannah in the Masai Mara
  • Enjoy stunning scenery, good wildlife and a variety of activities on a private ranch in Laikipia

The Great Rift Valley is a spectacular introduction to Kenya, a chance to unwind from your journey but still see some great wildlife. Lake Nakuru is Kenya’s second most popular wildlife park and for good reason. Although small in size it surrounds a beautiful lake that is teeming with pelicans and flamingos. The park plays host to a variety of terrain, shallows, mud flats along with classical African Acacia Woodlands and grasslands. Lake Nakuru is rich with big game and good sightings are virtually guaranteed. Lion, hyena, rhino, buffalo, giraffe and Zebra are all common.

The vast open plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve have year round heavily populated wildlife. Head out in open safari vehicles on guided game drives, either shorter morning / afternoon trips or take a picnic lunch and enjoy a full day on the plains. There is always a good chance of seeing lion, leopard, cheetah and ever present elephant, buffalo and wildebeest.

Once you have made the most of your safari in the Masai Mara, you will appreciate the slower pace the Laikipia reserve has to offer. As this is a private area you will be able to do guided safari walks and night drives. There is good game viewing in this area including lion, endangered African Hunting Dog, Grevy’s Zebra and Laikipia Hartebeeste. El Karama Ranch is set in front of the magnificent back-drop of Mount Kenya and has a gorgeous pool area.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVE NAIROBI AND TRANSFER TO LAKE ELEMENTAITA
On arrival you will be met by your driver and transferred by road to Lake Elementaita. Afternoon at leisure, late afternoon for afternoon game drive and return to lodge for dinner.
Meals included: Dinner and afternoon scheduled shared game activity included
Accommodation: Sunbird Lodge in an en-suite cottage
Transport: Road transfer from Nairobi to Lake Elementaita. Driving time +/-2 hours

DAY 2: SAFARI IN LAKE NAKURU NP & LAKE NAIVASHA
Full day exploring Lake Naivasha and a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru is Kenya’s second most popular wildlife park and for good reason. Although small in size it surrounds a beautiful lake that is teeming with pelicans and flamingos. The park plays host to a variety of terrain, shallows, mud flats along with classical African Acacia Woodlands and grasslands. Lake Nakuru is rich with big game and good sightings are virtually guaranteed. Lion, hyena, rhino, buffalo, giraffe and Zebra are all common.
Meals included: All meals and scheduled shared game activity included
Accommodation: Sunbird Lodge in an en-suite cottage

DAY 3: TRANSFER TO THE MASAI MARA
After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for light aircraft flight across to the Masai Mara, arriving in time for lunch, some quiet time in camp enjoying the views over the Mara River which attracts an abundance of wildlife before your late afternoon game drive.
Meals included: All meals and scheduled shared AM & PM game activities included
Accommodation: Entim Camp in an en-suite tent
Transport: Flight from Naivasha to Masai Mara and airstrip transfers

DAY 4: ON SAFARI IN THE 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.
Meals included: All meals and scheduled shared AM & PM game activities included
Accommodation: Entim Camp in an en-suite tent

DAY 5: ON SAFARI IN THE MASAI MARA
Today you may want to rather do a morning game drive with return to camp to relax before the afternoon game drive, as some of the best game viewing can be done from the camp.
Meals included: All meals and scheduled shared AM & PM game activities included
Accommodation: Entim Camp in an en-suite tent

DAY 6: TRANSFER TO LAIKIPIA
Light aircraft flight to Laikipia via Nairobi. On arrival you will be met and transferred by road 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 included: Dinner and afternoon game activity included
Accommodation: El Karama in an en-suite Banda
Transport: Flight from Masai Mara to Laikipia via Nairobi and transfers from the airstrips.

DAY 7: ON SAFARI IN LAIKIPIA
Start the day with early morning game drive in search of endangered wild dogs, return to camp for breakfast and day at leisure. As this is a working ranch you will be able to take a guided farm tour or guided walk of the gardens. Depart on late afternoon activity, return to the camp for the evening to enjoy dinner and drinks around the fire.
Meals included: All meals and scheduled shared AM & PM game activities included
Accommodation: El Karama in an en-suite Banda

DAY 8: ON SAFARI IN LAIKIPIA
Take an early morning walk and spend the day relaxing around the pool. Final afternoon activity with dinner at the lodge.
Meals included: All meals and scheduled shared AM & PM game activities included
Accommodation: El Karama in an en-suite Banda

DAY 9: FLY BACK TO NAIROBI
Flight back to Nairobi, dinner at local restaurant before transfer to international airport for your return flight home.
Meals included: Breakfast only
Transport: Flight to Nairobi, airstrip transfer and Nairobi transfers.

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.

Sunbird Lodge

Rift Valley

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Small eco lodge
- Beautiful Lake Views
- Swimming Pool
- Warm personal service

Entim Camp

Masai Mara

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Great location for the Migration
- Good quality bush camp
- Located on the Mara River

El Karama

Northern Kenya

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Swimming Pool
- Reasonable Value
- Beautiful Landscape
- Family Ranch

Details

Getting there

International flights from the UK to Kenya typically cost £750 - £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): £750 - £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 peak holiday periods, prices are usually over £1250 return.

Indirect Flights from the UK: £650 - £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 £650 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.

If you book a flight inclusive package with Tourdust, your booking is protected by the ATOL scheme. We charge a £20 per person service charge for researching and booking flights for you. If you wish to book flights yourself, then we are happy to sell a ground arrangement only package.

Price includes

Price includes: meals and activities with accommodation as mentioned, conservation fees, road and air transfers as specified.

Excludes: international flights from UK to Nairobi, airport taxes, visa fees, medical requirements such as malaria, additional tours and transfers, gratuities, drinks and all items of a personal nature.

Price for ground arrangements is valid year round (except Christmas and New Year). Price quoted excludes international flights. Please get in touch for a flight inclusive quote for your dates.

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 602 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • Service rating : Best family holiday ever - and we're fortunate to have had a few. Excellent organisation; very friendly and careful driver/guide. This holiday was itself re-booked after we cancelled two years ago; Tourdust were very supportive during the previous cancellation.
    Product : We did Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara and Zanzibar; a superb combination.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara & Laikipia Safari on 13 September 2016

  • 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

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