Eight-Day Kenya Adventure Safari
For the adventurous at heart, this eight day Kenyan safari combines the thrill of game drives in three of Kenya's parks with the opportunity to hike the nation's tallest mountain, Mt. Kenya.
You'll get your chance to see Samburu's iconic "Special Five" (reticulated giraffe, Besia oryx, Somali ostrich, Grevy's zebra, and gerenuk), chase the Wildebeest Migration and the Big Five on the Maasai Mara, and look for rhinos in Lake Nakuru National Park.
You'll also enjoy a day hike on Mt. Kenya, which at 5,199m is Africa's second tallest mountain behind the Roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro.
Your Journey Mapped Out
Ready to set out? Your adventure awaits!
- DAY 1 - NAIROBI - MT. KENYA
- DAY 2 - MT. KENYA DAY HIKE
- DAY 3 - MT. KENYA - SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
- DAY 4 - SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
- DAY 5 - SAMBURU GAME RESERVE - LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
- DAY 6 - LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK - MAASAI MARA
- DAY 7 - MAASAI MARA
- DAY 8 - MAASARI MARA - NAIROBI
DAY 1 - NAIROBI - MT. KENYA
You'll depart from Nairobi after breakfast and make your way through Kenyan farmlands on your way to the lower slopes of Mt. Kenya, where you'll be overnighting at the luxurious Serena Mountain Lodge.
With its elevated game viewing decks, Serena Mountain Lodge offers you a chance to enjoy a safari from the comfort of the lodge - with salt licks surrounding the lodges attracting elephants, buffalo, and more.
You'll have the afternoon and evening to spend at your leisure.
DAY 2 - MT. KENYA DAY HIKE
After breakfast, you'll set off with day bags and a picnic lunch for your trip to Mt. Kenya National Park. Along the way you'll pass from the southern hemisphere into the northern hemisphere.
You'll enter the park gates at 3,000m and enjoy a leisurely hike along the Naromoru route towards the mountain's peak. While you won't be tackling that lofty goal today, you will get to hike as high as 4,000m for an astonishing view of Mt. Kenya's main peaks and the surrounding land.
With your photos taken and your bellies full from your picnic lunch, you'll then descend to meet with your safari car and return to Serena Mountain Lodge.
DAY 3 - MT. KENYA - SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
You'll depart for Samburu shortly after breakfast.
Upon arrival, you'll enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge, where you'll drop off your belongings and have lunch.
After you've dined and freshened up, you will head out on a game drive in the semi-arid park that showcases the unique wildlife that Samburu is home to. In addition to more 'conventional' safari animal sightings, you'll also have the chance to spot the Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, long-necked Gerenuk and Grevy's Zebra - the famous 'Special Five'.
The park is also home to large herds of elephants, as well as lions, leopards, zebras, and more.
After your game drive, you'll overnight close to the reserve.
DAY 4 - SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
You'll have a full day to explore the park in search of its rarer inhabitants as well as the likes of leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetahs, antelopes, and more.
While Samburu is smaller than other Kenyan parks and reserves, its diverse wildlife tend to cluster closer together near the life-giving Ewaso Ng'iro River, making it an ideal place to set up camp and do some game-viewing.
DAY 5 - SAMBURU GAME RESERVE - LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
You'll set off after breakfast for your trek to Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley.
Formerly famous for its flamingos, the park is now better known for its large herds of buffalo and the presence of both the black and white rhinoceros.
You'll enjoy a hot lunch at your lodge before taking an afternoon game drive along the shores of the lake to spot baboons, buffalo, lions, leopards, eland, waterbucks, and more.
DAY 6 - LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK - MAASAI MARA
You'll depart from Lake Nakuru after breakfast for the drive south to Kenya's most famous park: the Maasai Mara.
Part of the vast Serengeti plains, the Maasai Mara plays host to a chapter of the famous Wildebeest Migration each year as 1.7 million wildebeest and more than 500,000 zebras and antelopes cross the swollen Mara River in hopes of finding safety on the Masai Mara's sweeping plains. Even when the Wildebeest Migration is not occuring, you'll still have the chance to see the entire Big Five as well as Kenya's largest variety of animal life.
After lunch at your lodge, you'll head out for an afternoon and sunset game drive in search of big cats, elephants, giraffes, and more.
DAY 7 - MAASAI MARA
Wake before the dawn for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a Maasai Mara sunrise. After a quick cup of coffee, you'll head out into the park to watch as the sun sets fire to the savannah and the big cats take advantage of the morning cool to search for a meal.
Alternatively, you can take to the skies with a hot air balloon safari that will see you soar above all of the action before setting down on the plains for a champagne breakfast among the wildlife. Ask your safari expert about adding a hot air balloon adventure to your safari.
You'll then return to your lodge for a late breakfast before packing a picnic lunch and heading back out into the park for a day-long exploration of the Maasai Mara. You may also opt to relax at your lodge in the morning, enjoy lunch on site, and then head out again in the afternoon once the weather has cooled off a bit.