Six Day Big Five and Special Five Safari
See the famous Big Five and the less famous, but no less remarkable Special Five in this six day Kenyan safari.
You'll visit the Special Five (reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, Besia oryx, and Somali ostrich) in the wilderness of Samburu before venturing to more conventional game destinations, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara to pursue the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard).
Details of Six Day Big Five and Special Five Safari
DAY 1 - NAIROBI - 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 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - MAASAI MARA - NAIROBI
You'll bid farewell to the Maasai Mara after breakfast and return to Nairobi for your onward travel.