Across the vast plains of Kenya's national parks, the rich drama of Africa plays out in all its raw majesty. With a superb range of properties to choose from, stunning natural backdrops to enjoy and some of the greatest wildlife experiences on the planet on offer, it provides arguably the continent's most comprehensive family safari experience.
After an overnight stop in Nairobi your journey then whisks you by air across the Great Rift Valley, to the shores of Lake Naivasha. A spectacular base from which to enjoy land and water-based activities, you will track lion and leopard and witness the spectacular sight of the thousands of pink flamingoes that live on the waters of nearby Lake Nakuru.
Flying south from here, the next stop on this breathtaking adventure is the iconic setting of the Maasai Mara, whose vast plains witness the Great Migration between July and October each year, when thousands of game animals head for fresh pastures. The final leg of the journey then takes you to Mfangano Island, set on the waters of Lake Victoria, where you will enjoy the delights of a luxurious rustic paradise before you begin the journey home.
- Track lion and leopard through the wild landscapes of Loldia Ranch.
- Capture the staggering sight of the flamingoes of Lake Nakuru.
- Watch lions hunting and playing on the plains of the Maasai Mara.
- Witness the vast herds of zebra and wildebeest crossing the Mara River.
- Cruise the waters of Lake Victoria in a traditional Arabian dhow.
- 1 night Ole-Sereni Hotel
- 3 nights Loldia House
- 3 nights Governor's Camp
- 3 nights Mfangano Island Lodge
10 nights' accommodation in hotels and traditional lodges & safari camps 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners 4 light aircraft flights (baggage restrictions apply) All applicable road transfers Shared safari activities (excluding Nairobi) All park and conservations fees
*Please note the prices shown above are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin or double room
➕ Day 1: Nairobi
On arrival in Nairobi you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure.
➕ Days 2-4: Nairobi - Lake Naivasha National Park
➕ Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel you will then be collected and driven to the domestic terminal at nearby Wilson Airport, from where you will take a charter flight on to Lake Naivasha. Situated amongst the landscapes of the Great Rift Valley, Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes and a short transfer on arrival will deposit you at the beautifully styled lodge where you will be spending the next few nights. Later you will enjoy an afternoon game drive through the concession. (B,L,D) Day 3: One of the main reasons people visit this area is to witness the astonishing sight of the thousands of flamingoes that thrive on the waters of nearby Lake Nakuru. This vast carpet of pink provides a stunning photographic opportunity, as the birds flock to the algae rich waters to stand out in stark contrast to the surrounding hills and the dark waters. Rhino are also often spotted along the shoreline, affording a priceless opportunity to enjoy some close encounters with these magnificent animals. (B,L,D) Day 4: The game-rich plains of Loldia Ranch are home to a variety of big game, with lion and leopard often spotted tracking the abundant herds. The lodge can offer day and nighttime game drives through the area, as well as opportunities to take a guided tour of the nearby Hell's Gate National Park, where the addition of a picnic lunch allows the chance to spend a full day out exploring. (B,L,D)
➕ Days 5-7: Lake Naivasha National Park - Maasai Mara National Reserve
➕ Day 5: Taking breakfast on the lawns of the lodge, you'll then be transferred back to the airstrip for a flight south, towards the magnificent landscapes of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. A short drive on arrival then brings you to your next lodge, beautifully located on the banks of the Mara River. Lunch will be followed by a restful afternoon, before meeting up later for a game drive in the company of your experienced guide. (B,L,D) Day 6: A full day in the Mara provides a great opportunity to spend some time exploring the area by foot or vehicle. Home to some of the largest populations of big cats on the continent, as well as rhinos, crocodiles and more than 470 species of birds, the game viewing here is excellent. Between July and October each year the gathering herds of the Great Migration congregate on the plains surrounding the camp, providing an opportunity to perhaps witness their chaotic and dramatic crossing of the Mara River. (B,L,D) Day 7: A final full day in the Mara provides a great opportunity to enjoy one of the park's most memorable experiences - a sunrise hot air balloon trip. Leaving camp before dawn, you will soar over the Maasai Mara as the sun begins to appear over the distant horizon, providing a spectacular views of the vast plains below. Breathtaking in its scope, the trip ends with a champagne breakfast on landing, after which you will be driven back to camp. (B,L,D)
➕ Days 8-10: Maasai Mara National Reserve - Mfangano Island
➕ Day 8: After enjoying a final morning's game drive through the reserve, breakfast will be followed by a transfer back to the airstrip for the flight on to Mfangano Island, set in the heart of Lake Victoria. This delightful luxury hideaway will be your home for the next few days and you will be sharing it with a handful of visitors, some giant fig trees and a richly varied population of birds. An oasis of calm, it is the perfect way to finish off the adventure. (B,L,D) Day 9: You can choose from a variety of activities during your stay on the island including guided walks, birding excursions, fishing trips on Lake Victoria and visits to the local villages. Depending on their living from the waters of the world's largest tropical lake, the local Lou people present a very different way of life to the Maasai and your stay provides a unique opportunity to learn more about their customs and lifestyles. (B,L,D) Day 10: A chance to relax after the hectic pace the past few days makes Mfangano the ideal spot to recharge the batteries. From the privacy of your own room, or around the beautifully appointed swimming pool, the pace of life lends itself perfectly to enjoying a good book, a cool drink and the sumptuous views out across the lake. (B,L,D)
➕ Day 11: Mfangano Island - Nairobi
After breakfast you will take a charter flight back to Nairobi, to connect with your onwards flight arrangements. (B)