Five Day Great Rift Valley Escape Safari

Five Day Great Rift Valley Escape Safari

Short Overview

See what makes the Great Rift Valley so famous around the world with this tour of two of the region's two most iconic national parks: Lake Nakuru National Park and the legendary Maasai Mara.

You'll also get to visit the huge flamingo flocks of Lake Bogoria and spend a night on the shores of beautiful Lake Naivasha, as well as having the opportunity to see the entire Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration if the time is right.

Why us ?
Unlimited game drives with expert guides
Private 4x4 custom safari vehicles
AMREF air rescue insurance included in each trip


Details of Five Day Great Rift Valley Escape Safari


You'll depart from Nairobi in the morning for the drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. Along the way you'll stop at the Escarpment View Point for a stunning view of the Great Rift Valley with its lakes and volcanic terrain.

From here, you'll descend into the Great Rift Valley for your visit to Lake Nakuru National Park. While the park's flamingos have since moved on, you'll find that this is one of the best places in Kenya to spot buffalo and rhinoceros.

You'll arrive in time for lunch and then set out on a game drive. Not only will you see the park's huge variety of birds, but you'll also get to spot lions, leopards, zebras, baboons, waterbuck, and more. The park is also home to both the white and the black rhinoceros, making it a real treat.


It's a day of lake exploration as you visit two more of Kenya's most beautiful lakes. You'll depart after breakfast with a packed lunch for the day's exploration.

You'll depart from Lake Nakuru after breakfast and head to Lake Bogoria. This area has become the new home of Kenya's famous flamingo flocks, and up to 2 million of the brightly coloured birds can be seen here.

After you've snapped your photos, you'll begin the three hour journey south to Lake Naivasha, where you'll enjoy a boat safari on the lake to see its resident hippos and water birds. You'll also pay a visit to Crescent Island sanctuary for a walking safari among the sanctuary's giraffes, zebras, and antelope.

You'll check in to your lodging in time for dinner.


You'll depart from Lake Naivasha 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.


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.


You'll bid farewell to the Masai Mara after breakfast and return to Nairobi for your onward travel.


Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1 - NAIROBI - LAKE NAKURU Game drive. (L,D)

  • DAY 2 - LAKE NAKURU - LAKE BOGORIA - LAKE NAIVASHA Flamingo viewing. Boat safari. Crescent Island walking safari. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3 - LAKE NAIVASHA - MAASAI MARA Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4 - MAASAI MARA Full day game drive, optional hot air balloon. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5 - MAASAI MARA - NAIROBI Transfer. (B)

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner


  • Big 5 and Wildebeest Migration viewing.

  • More than 1.5 million flamingos at Lake Bogoria.

  • See rhinos and buffalo at Lake Nakuru National Park.

  • Full day on the Masai Mara.

  • Boat safari on Lake Naivasha.

  • Walking safari on Crescent Island.

  • Overnight on the shores of Lake Naivasha.

  • Optional hot air balloon safari.

Why Book with Shadows of Africa?

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We specialize in tailor-making your tour to suit your tastes and budget. We can customize everything from routes to accommodation to optional activities.
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With offices in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, the USA, Europe, and Australia, you have access to Shadows of Africa personnel 24/7. We’ re with you from the planning stages all the way through to dropping you off at the airport at journey’ s end.
World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

Our drivers are all fluent in English and all have at least a decade of safari experience. Our guides are chosen to be personable and knowledgeable, and with no limit on drive distance – you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
Specialized Safari Vehicles

Specialized Safari Vehicles

Our safari fleet is made up of specially customised 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers equipped with large windows, pop up roof, phone charging stations, comfortable seats, and a fully stocked supply of water, coffee, and tea.
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We can arrange safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Kenya, as well as beach getaways to Zanzibar, the Kenya Coast, or the Seychelles.