This one week itinerary offers the best of Kenya's safari adventures. You will discover the country's wildlife and dramatic landscapes at some of the country's best reserves including Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara Park, and Hell's Gate National Park. When you are not coming into contact with the Big Five, flocks of flamingos, wildebeest, and much more—you will get the chance to visit the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivara, and the bustling city of Nairobi.

Highlights

  • Spot endangered white rhino at Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Watch the game species migration as they enter Masai Mara Park
  • Cycle through Hell's Gate National Park while looking out for wildlife

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi Nairobi
Day 2 Transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park Nakuru
Day 3 Discover Masai Mara Park Masai Mara
Day 4 Big Five in Masai Mara Park Masai Mara
Day 5 Transfer to Naivasha Naivasha
Day 6 Visit Hell's Gate National Park Naivasha
Day 7 Optional Nairobi School Visit - Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi

A view over Nairobi city
A view over Nairobi city

Welcome to Kenya!

This East African country is home to diverse wildlife, spectacular lakes, savannahs, mountainous regions, the famous Great Rift Valley holding a volcanic creator mountain, and much more.

After arriving at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, your driver/tour guide will transport you to your hotel in Nairobi. You can spend the afternoon and evening resting or use the time to explore the bustling central hub of Kenya by visiting one of the city's famous flea markets or eating out at an authentic Kenyan restaurant.

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park

A flock of pink flamingos on Lake Nakuru
A flock of pink flamingos on Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, you will depart the hotel for Nakuru. This trip also includes a stopover at a magnificent view of the Great Rift Valley. You will arrive at the hotel in Nakuru in time for lunch.

Your afternoon will be spent exploring Lake Nakuru National Park. This remarkable park is internationally known for its animal sanctuary which includes both black and white rhino species. While exploring the park you will also discover many different bird species including the spectacular pink greater and lesser flamingoes. The park is also home to large flocks of pelicans, waterbuck, leopards, and the endangered Rothschild giraffe.

Day 3: Discover Masai Mara Park

1.8 million Wildebeest crossing Mara River in Masai Mara
1.8 million Wildebeest crossing Mara River in Masai Mara

After breakfast, you will depart for Masai Mara Park which is fondly known as "the jewel of Kenya's parks". This world-famous wildlife reserve is teeming with wildlife and birds. You will arrive at Masai Mara Park in the late afternoon.

The park is an extension of the vast Serengeti Ecosystem which is known for some of the most spectacular game migrations in the world. Every year, over a million animals including wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle migrate from the Serengeti in northern Tanzania across the Mara River and into Kenya in search of fresh feeding grounds. The migration takes place between late June and September.  During this crossing, hundreds of animals are swept away by the fast-moving Mara River while others are killed by African Crocodiles—meaning only the fittest makes it into Kenya.

Day 4: Big Five in Masai Mara Park

Indigenous Maasai people in their village
Indigenous Maasai people in their village

Most of today is spent discovering this spectacular park. You will also be able to pay close attention to the migrating animals and spotting the big five. Because of the thriving wildlife activity, a second day in the park is necessary to witness the natural behavior of the park's wildlife. This can include a lion killing, a cheetah chase or the serene activities of elephants grazing and birds building nests. 

This international conservation destination has been placed as one of the seven new wonders of the world and offers a unique opportunity to fully experience Africa's endless plains, an abundance of wildlife, and incredible vistas. Travelers will have a once in a lifetime experience to observe the big five in their natural habitat including the endangered rhinos.

In the late afternoon, you will return to the hotel where you can enjoy a hot shower and a relaxing evening.

Optional activity:
In the morning, you can visit a Maasai village to discover the wonderful culture of the indigenous villagers. This visit includes personal interactions with "the Morans". These are the young Maasai men trained as soldiers to protect the Maasai communities. The Morans once had to kill a lion as a rite of passage into manhood.

A traditional dance performed by men and women will welcome you to their village and a guide will lead you through the village as you discover how the Maasai live as well as learn about their beliefs and traditions. There are also demonstrations of how the Masaai make fire using just sticks and animal dung. You will get the unique opportunity to go into Maasai villagers' houses and witness the full family set-up. At the end of the guided tour, you will have a chance to buy some gift items and curios made in their village at the market.

Day 5: Transfer to Naivasha

Close up of a hippopotamus in Lake Naivara
Close up of a hippopotamus in Lake Naivara

After breakfast, you will depart for Naivasha, situated in the Great Rift Valley and famous for its spectacular freshwater Lake Naivasha.  You will have the afternoon free to explore the picturesque area and freshwater lake or you can take the afternoon off and relax at your accommodation.

Optional activity:
To discover this "bird's paradise", you can embark on an exciting one hour boat ride in Lake Naivasha. the scenic freshwater lake in the Great Rift Valley.

Day 6: Visit Hell's Gate National Park

Baby giraffe in Hell's Gate National Park
Baby giraffe in Hell's Gate National Park

In the morning, you will depart for Hell's Gate National Park where you can expect an exciting day interacting with wild Kenyan animals in their natural habitat. The park offers a number of spectacular walks including to a hot spring. You can also walk along the various trails filled with wildlife or you can opt to cycle along the park's gravel roads and enjoy the scenic landscape.

You will return to your accommodation in the late afternoon.

Day 7: Optional Nairobi School Visit - Departure

City buildings in Nairobi
City buildings in Nairobi

You will depart from your accommodation early in the morning for the drive back to Nairobi. You can spend your day exploring the bustling city or relaxing as you wait for your flight. There is also the option to visit a local Kenyan school. Visiting this school, which is in a rural part of Kenya out of the city center, is an educational experience that gives you a chance to give back to the community.

You can go straight to the airport from the school you are visiting since is just four miles (seven km) from the airport for your departure.

Map

Map of Kenya Wildlife Safari - 7 Days
Map of Kenya Wildlife Safari - 7 Days