Offering a mix of active adventures, cultural sightseeing, and relaxation, this 10-day tour of Kenya has something for everyone. Enjoy a safari experience in Maasai Mara National Reserve, interact with baby elephants at an elephant orphanage, and learn about Maasai traditions at Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp. Wrap up with a few days on the white sands of Diani Beach before heading back to Nairobi.

Highlights

  • Discover Lake Naivasha by boat
  • Spot elephants, lions, and zebras at the Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Interact with the native Maasai community
  • Chill out on the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi  Nairobi
Day 2 Visit an Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Center  Nairobi
Day 3 Tour Lake Naivasha by Boat Naivasha
Day 4 Explore Lake Nakuru National Park Nakuru
Day 5 Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp Maji Moto
Days 6-7 Explore Maasai Mara National Reserve Masai Mara
Days 8-9 Relax on Diani Beach Diani Beach
Day 10 Fly to Nairobi & Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi 

Nairobi skyline
Nairobi's skyline as seen from a wildlife area

Welcome to Kenya! You'll arrive in Nairobi, the capital city, and spend the afternoon getting oriented and adjusting to the time difference. Make sure your hiking boots and camera are ready, then get some rest before the adventure begins. You'll be staying at Waridi Paradise Hotel & Suites — "Waridi" is the Swahili word for "rose" — located in a serene setting right in the heart of Hurlingham

Day 2: Visit an Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Center 

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage
An elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage

Today you'll head out of Nairobi to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage. The project rescues and nurtures orphaned elephants from potential poachers. When they're old enough, they'll be returned to their natural habitat in the jungle. It's an excellent place to learn about elephants; you'll even have the chance to interact with them.

Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Giraffe Center, offering a hands-on giraffe encounter and an educational experience. Onsite, you'll learn about giraffe conservation and the highly endangered Rothschild's giraffe. Take advantage of a one-of-a-kind opportunity to observe and feed these towering animals. If there's time, make sure to check out the walking trail through the nearby Gogo River Bird Sanctuary

Day 3: Tour Lake Naivasha by Boat

Boating on Lake Naivasha

Leave Nairobi behind today for Lake Naivasha, arriving in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon on a boat tour of the lake with close-up views of hippo, waterbuck (a kind of antelope), and a wide variety of birds. Take a walk on Crescent Island, where you might spot a giraffe or some zebras.

In the evening, relax at Camp Carnelley's, a campground on the lakefront. Enjoy an evening on your private deck, taking in views of the lake as monkeys swing from the trees and wild animals emerge to graze. 

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Day 4: Explore Lake Nakuru National Park

A giraffe in Lake Nakuru National Park

Continue your journey to Lake Nakuru National Park, one of Kenya's finest wildlife parks. Characterized by a rocky landscape, acacia forests, and waterfalls, the park is gorgeous year-round. It's home to both black and white rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos, and endangered giraffes. Rising water levels in 2014 forced the park's famous flamingos to flee, although a small number have returned. In the evening, unwind at Lake Nakuru Lodge, a beautiful eco-friendly hotel situated inside the national park. 

Day 5: Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp

Warrior Training
Warriors in training at Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp

After breakfast, you'll travel to Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp to learn about Maasai traditions. Located in the Loita Hills, on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley close to the border of Tanzania, the hills and nearby plains have been the territory of the Maasai people since the 19th century, and it's a great place to get some insight into the culture. Activities today include warrior training, learning about natural medicine, and witnessing tribal ceremonies. You'll experience daily life in a Massai village, visit a local school, walk in the surrounding landscapes, and go for a dip in natural hot springs. At night, after songs and stories around the campfire, you'll sleep in a cottage constructed of traditional Maasai materials.

Days 6-7: Explore Maasai Mara National Reserve

A pair of lions in the Maasai Mara

Today will be your first safari experience at Maasai Mara National Reserve. If you're traveling between July and September, the Great Migration will be well underway, giving you the opportunity to see abundant wildlife on the plains, including elephants, zebras, lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, buffalo, and rhinos. At night, you'll sleep under the stars at a camp near the reserve. The camp features well-equipped tents along the banks of the Talek River, the natural border to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The dense riverbed foliage allows for privacy, comfort, and wonderful views of the surrounding landscapes. 

Days 8-9: Relax on Diani Beach

Diani Beach

Today you'll make your way to Diani Beach. With long stretches of white sand, a lush forest, and surfable waves, this resort is popular with families, honeymooners, backpackers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Doze in a hammock, swim in the sea, go for long walks in the forest, and visit a monkey sanctuary. It's an idyllic place to spend the last part of the trip.

There are many activities to choose from in the area. Ride on a traditional sailboat to Wasini Island and Kisite Marine Park, where you can see dolphins in their natural habitat. Go diving, snorkeling, or boating offshore, and visit Chale Island, with a spectacular white beach beautifully fringed by coral reefs. You could also arrange a camel ride on the beach or detour to Rivas in the evening to spot shy bushbabies (also known as lesser galagos) in the forest. You'll relax at Diani Sea Lodge, just off a white sandy beach, at night. 

Day 10: Fly to Nairobi & Depart

Catch one more morning at the beach before departing
A rainbow over Diani Beach

It's time to say goodbye to Kenya! Enjoy your last morning at the beach before transferring to the airport for a flight back to Nairobi. From here, connect with your departure flight home or to your next destination. Safe travels!

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