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8-day Kenya: Big Five Special – Diamond Class

Head north of Nairobi on this amazing 8-day journey, in search of the famous Big Five.

This route first takes you to the Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy – a beautiful park where you can see both black and white rhinos. Next you go chasing waterfalls in the Aberdare National Park, followed by a special touch of pink: hundreds of flamingos on the mesmerising Lake Nakuru. En route to the Masai Mara National Reserve you pass by Lake Naivasha for a boat safari in between hippos. Last but not least, you submerge yourself in an abundance of wildlife while roaming the Masai Mara for two days.

This is an exclusive, private safari that allows you to travel at your own pace. This has a few advantages. First of all: you have a private safari vehicle and a personal guide. This allows you to decide what time to leave in the morning and what time to come back, with the advice of your guide. Also, once you are in a national park, you can observe a specific animal or herd for as long as you like. No one will push you to move along. And lastly, your personal guide knows your wishes and will advise accordingly, turning your trip into an unforgettable experience… which begins tomorrow morning!

The hotels shown below are from our Diamond Class. These are the most luxurious hotels Kenya has to offer…! They are usually located on amazing locations, serve the most exquisite food and offer the best possible service.

Day 1: Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

‘Jambo!’ As you walk out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, your personal Africa Safari Trips guide greets you with a big smile on his face. ‘Karibu Kenya – welcome to Kenya!’

Our Africa Safari Trips guide takes you straight from the airport to your hotel, which gives you the first impressions of the vibrant city of Nairobi. You take in the skyscrapers, the traffic with the motortaxis and colourful matatu’s (local public transport), and the hussle and bussle of people living their every day life…

Ask your guide anything that comes to mind, because he knows all about Kenyan life and culture. But not only that; he also gladly tells you everything about the beautiful national parks you are about to visit. So ask whatever you want – he will do his utmost best to answer all your questions…!

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Hemingways Nairobi

Day 2: Ol' Pejeta Conservancy

At a three to four hour drive from Nairobi you will find yourself in what we call heaven on earth for rhino fans. With a population of 140 black rhinos the Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy is the largest sanctuary for these massive animals in East and Central Africa.

Black rhinos are critically endangered since 1993. Back then, there were only an estimated 2300 left worldwide. These days their number is up to over 5000 again. In Ol’ Pejeta, their number grew steadily from 20 in 1995 to a population of 140 today. Besides, it’s also home to the last two remaining northern white rhinos in the world and 39 southern white rhinos.

To top it off Ol’ Pejeta also hosts a sanctuary for abused chimps, and in the park itself you can spot the Big Five and many more animals.

 

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Day 3: Aberdare National Park

Not your traditional savannah but still a chance to see all of the Big Five – at a three hour drive from Ol’ Pejeta you find yourself in the mountains of the Aberdare National Park. With its highlands, moorlands and rainforest with many waterfalls in between, this park gives a different experience than most. It stretches over 766 square kilometers with altitudes varying between 2000 en 4000 meter. This means temperatures are generally lower, and it’s wise to take some warmer clothes.

Despite the many trees it’s relatively easy to spot wildlife in Aberdare. Bush elephants, the occasional lion and rhino, buffalo’s, several monkeys and leopards live here, as well as many different species of birds. The usual game drives are alternated with hikes to the different waterfalls, the tallest of which almost reaches 300 meters in height…!

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Ark Lodge

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park

Picture yourself as you drive above the hills of the Great Rift Valley, bend a corner and see a glimmering lake in between the hills. Welcome to Lake Nakuru! At a mere four hour drive from Aberdare, this 45 square kilometer big lake lies at the bottom of the Lake Nakuru National Park. With its 88 square kilometers, this national park is relatively small but home to four of the Big Five.

Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the soda lakes in the Great Rift Valley. It used to have millions of flamingos, but ten years ago, rising water levels caused these birds to move elsewhere. Fortunately, they slowly came back again.

Besides, Lake Nakuru is famous for its population of black and white rhinos (introduced in the 1990s), giraffes, buffalos, lions, leopards, baboons and over 400 different bird species. It’s especially easy to spot the white rhino on the edge of the lake – a unique sight!

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
The Cliff Nakuru

Day 5: Lake Naivasha National Park & Crescent Island

The mesmerizing Lake Naivasha lies in the Kenyan Rift Valley at 1,884 meters above sea level. Today you drive in five hours from Lake Nakuru to this 139 square kilometers large freshwater lake. Nestled in between swamps, forests and rock formations, Lake Naivasha is the perfect place for an amazing boat safari in between groups of hippos…! After that you take a guided walking safari on Crescent Island (the ‘hidden gem of Naivasha’) in the middle of the lake.

In between 1937 and 1950, Lake Naivasha was a landing place for Imperial Airways planes. They flew from Durban to Dublin at a time when this took a several days of flying. Nowadays the lake forms a popular day trip for Nairobi residents. It’s perfect to combine with a visit to Hell’s Gate National Park.

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Enashipai Resort & Spa

Day 6: Afternoon safari in Masai Mara National Reserve

Today you make the beautiful four hour drive from Lake Naivasha through Kenya’s Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Be ready for a  jawdropping sensation when you arrive on the amazingly beautiful savannah plains of the Masai Mara…!

After lunch you will get your first impression of these plains with its abundance of wildlife. The Masai Mara borders Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and together they are home to Africa’s best known natural wonder: the annual great migration. Over 2,5 million animals roam the plains of Serengeti and the Masai Mara together, following the rains in search of green pastures.

The Reserve is named Masai Mara in honor of the Masai people. The Masai (also spelled Maasai) have lived in this region since they migrated from the Nile Basin centuries ago. Mara means spotted in the Maa language and refers to a landscape marked by many short bushy trees scattered all over the outstretched savannah.

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Entim Mara Camp

Day 7: Full day safari in Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara is known for its abundance of wildlife, and today you have a full day to try and see it all! The National Reserve is home to more than 95 animal species and over 400 species of birds. From mid September to mid October the great migration arrives here. This means that huge herds of wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, antelopes and impalas can be seen trying to cross the Mara River.

In other months you can spot the famous Big Five in the Masai Mara, as well as cheetahs, servals, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, black-backed or side-striped jackals, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, warthogs, topis, elands, waterbucks, oribis, reed-bucks and many, many more… A perfect way to end your safari adventure!

Diamond hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Entim Mara Camp

Day 8: Ready for your flight back home...?

Take in the beauty of the Masai Mara one last time, as in the morning of day 8 you leave for a six hour drive back to Nairobi. Here your personal guide drops you at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight back home.

Feel like you want more? Instead of going home it is possible to add more national parks to this program, or to end your holiday on the beach!

Kenya has some amazing tropical beaches to help you unwind after your safari. We at Africa Safari Trips especially like the stunning stretches of beach in the south of Kenya, which are reachable by plane or train. There is the beautiful Diani Beach 20 kilometers south of Mombasa, and lively Bamburi Beach north of the city. Think crystal blue oceans, sandy white beaches, endless pools and colourful cocktails. As a plus, historical Mombasa is just around the corner…!

How to book this safari?

1. Make your choice of Gold, Platinum or Diamond Class lodges at the top of this page.
2. Click on the price button at the bottom of this page.
3. Fill your departure date (approximately).
4. Send…! We will respond with a personal travel offer as soon as possible.

Our prices

8-day Kenya: Big Five Special - Diamond 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons
Low season
(March + April + May + November 1st - December 19th)
Mid Season
(the rest of the year)
High season
(July + August + 20 dec – 10 jan)

* Prices mentioned above are per person.
* Minors (below 16 years of age) travel at a discount. This discount is calculated when you request a personal travel offer.

 

Prices above include:

 

  • Pickup from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer to the lodge.
  • Transfer from the lodge to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when departing.
  • All accommodations.
  • Game drives in the national parks.
  • Park fees for all national parks.
  • Luxurious, private 4×4 safari Jeep with pop-up roof and big windows, designed specifically for high-end safari game drives.
  • Private, English speaking guide for the duration of your safari.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your safari (Full Board).
  • Drinking water in our safari jeeps.
  • 24/7 service from our local office in Kenya.
  • Reservation costs.
  • Fully accredited and bonded under SGR.

 

Prices above exclude:

 

  • International flight tickets and visa.
  • Insurances such as a travel- or cancellation insurance or the Flying Doctors insurance.
from $729 p.p. *