Five Day Great Rift Valley Escape Safari
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.
Details of Five Day Great Rift Valley Escape Safari
DAY 1 - NAIROBI - LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
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.
DAY 2 - LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK - LAKE BOGORIA - LAKE NAIVASHA
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.
DAY 3 - LAKE NAIVASHA - MAASAI MARA
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.
DAY 4 - 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.
DAY 5 - MAASAI MARA - NAIROBI
You'll bid farewell to the Masai Mara after breakfast and return to Nairobi for your onward travel.