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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 $981 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

7/10

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.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 494 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan B reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

  • Speke's camp was absolutely ideal - small and personal, with great hosts. We'd definitely recommend the "tented safari" experience to others. The kid's didn't miss having a pool (too interested in Safari). Speke's camp give you your own landrover and driver/guide, which gave us great flexibility (much better I suspect than what is offered by some of the larger camps). Our guide was brilliant. See below for the review we just posted on rip Advisor.

    I think the only negative of the trip was getting through Nairobi airport (multiple security checks, and they ask you to "board" two hours in advance, which in fact means going into crowded transit lounge with no facilities), but there's not anything anyone can do about that

    It's also worth saying that Peponi really is a unique experience. It's a proper East African institution, with all the locals dropping into the bar. It's the perfect antidote to anyone wanting to get away from the soulless all inclusive resorts which could be absolutely anywhere in the world (which seem to be a bit of a feature of Zanzibar). Lamu is still amazingly undeveloped.

    We stayed at Speke's camp for 4 nights in August 2018 - a family of two adults and two children. For us it was the perfect location to experience the Mara. The camp is only a short drive outside the main Mara reserve and is in an amazingly picturesque location, set by a small river in the shade of trees. Wildlife roams near (and sometimes through!) the camp. You get to feel very close to nature when you have a buffalo rooting up grass just outside your tent in the middle of the night!

    The camp itself is small and has a very personal feel to it. There are only eight or so guest tents, so you get to meet everyone passing through. One of the great pleasures was getting to chat to other guests over the evening meal or round the camp fire, swapping stories of the day's sightings. If you do want a little more privacy, then it's absolutely fine to eat in your own group.

    Whilst you do sleep and eat under canvas, it is an extremely civilised experience: the beds are comfy (with hot water bottles provided to ward off the chill of the evenings); there are bucket showers which sound much more primitive than they really are; the communal area is very elegantly laid out; tea is brought to the tent before setting out on early morning game drives, and the food was fantastic.

    What really makes the experience however are the wonderful hosts. Both Adrian and Veronique made a real effort to get to know us and ensure we were well looked after; and it's certainly worth picking Adrian's brains on the history of the region (it's not called Speke's camp for nothing)

    The final word must go to our wonderful guide/driver Ambrose and our Masai spotter Marco. It was a real privilege to have our own land-rover and to be shown the reserve by such knowledgeable and charming individuals. Ambrose is a proper naturalist, can identify a lilac breasted roller at 200 yards, and knows where to see the best wildlife without simply following other trucks. On our final afternoon, with 30 minutes before we had to leave the Mara Triangle, we had seen every animal and bird that was on our wish list (including a live Cheetah kill), but had not seen a rhino. Marco saw a speck on the horizon, Ambrose drove like the clappers and as a parting gift we were able to see this most elusive animal up close. Notwithstanding all the awe-inspiring nature, I think my wife's personal highlight was driving the land rover back to amp along the dirt track through herds of zebra and ambling giraffe. A truly amazing experience all round.

    MissingJonathan I reviewing Laikipia & Masai Mara Safari on 24 August 2018

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