- Lions on the Maasai Mara
Grand Safari Kenya
- Small Group 24 or less
- VIP door to door
The classic African safari, including three nights in the Maasai Mara
For the classic romance of an African safari, there’s scarcely a more perfect country than Kenya.
From your room in Aberdare National Park, you can watch elephants and rhinos drink from a watering hole. At Lake Nakuru, you’ll spot exotic bird species, including enormous flocks of blossom-pink flamingos.
You’ll also spend three nights in the very heart of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, spying the Big Five by day and enjoying generous Kenyan hospitality by night.
This Kenya safari experience is ten days of pure wildlife magic.
8 nights in hotels/lodges and 1 in flight
23 meals: 8 breakfasts (days 2-9) 8 lunches (days 2-9) 7 dinners (days 2-8)
Local tour manager/driver
- International flights as detailed†
- Travel in destination in 4WD land cruiser (with Wi-Fi)
Excursions and visits
- Aberdare National Park
- Thomson Falls
- 2 game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park
- Joy Adamson Museum
- Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island
- An afternoon and 2 full-day game drives in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve
- Maasai village visit
- Giraffe Centre
†Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- Day 1 UK to Nairobi
- Day 2 Aberdare National Park
- Day 3 Lake Nakuru National Park
- Day 4 Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Naivasha National Park
- Day 5 Lake Naivasha National Park
- Day 6 Maasai Mara Game Reserve
- Day 7 - 8 Maasai Mara Game Reserve
- Day 9 Maasai Mara to Nairobi to UK
- Day 10 UK
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport Hotel
The Ark Lodge
Lake Nakuru Lodge
Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
Ashnil Mara Camp
Day 1 UK to Nairobi
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Nairobi. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for tonight.
Day 2 Aberdare National Park
This morning, we travel to Aberdare National Park, encompassing the beautiful, forested Aberdare Mountains and the heart of Kenya’s coffee-growing highlands. We arrive at our lodge, built beside a watering hole, for the start of our Kenya safari holidays.
Rhino and families of elephant are relatively common visitors, slaking their thirst as we settle back this evening. You can enhance your visit, by choosing in-room buzzer alerts during the hours of darkness, to let you know whenever a spectacle is unfolding outside.
Day 3 Lake Nakuru National Park
We depart this morning and head west to Lake Nakuru National Park, stopping along the way at Kenya’s most beautiful waterfall - Thomson Falls. Lake Nakuru is an ornithologist’s paradise, for hundreds of exotic species that call its shores home. At ground level, sightings of Rothschild giraffe, black and white rhino, lion and leopard are not unusual.
Our lodge tonight has commanding views over the lake, and is a great base for wetland game drives - we’ll enjoy our first one late this afternoon.
Day 4 Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Naivasha National Park
After another exciting game drive early this morning, we make our way to another of the lakes of Africa’s Great Rift Valley - Lake Naivasha.
This natural oasis teems with animal life, from hippo and buffalo wallowing among the papyrus reeds to giraffes nibbling the acacia, Colobus monkeys leaping from tree to tree and birds adding flashes of colour and exotic calls.
There’s time to relax this afternoon and just listen to the wildlife around you.
You stay at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort (3.5*) or Lake Naivasha Country Club (4*).
Day 5 Lake Naivasha National Park
This morning we explore the Crescent Island Game Conservancy, a reserve located on the eastern side of the lake and a haven for viewing birds and game.
We’ll also make a stop at Elsamere, for a tasty afternoon tea. This small museum is the former home of Joy Adamson, author of ‘Born Free’, which was later turned into a hit film.
Day 6 Maasai Mara Game Reserve
No Kenya highlights tour would be complete without a stay in the Maasai Mara. Renowned not only for its year-round concentration of animals, which we’ll view on our next safari experience this afternoon, but also for its location directly in the path of the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra.
We arrive at our camp, located in the very heart of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, and head out on our first exploration.
Day 7 - 8 Maasai Mara Game Reserve
During our two full days in the Maasai Mara it would be no surprise to see prides of lion on one of our game drives, or the fastest land mammal, the cheetah, hunting gazelle on the open plains.
Keep an eye out too for a host of other large mammals, numerous pods of hippo that patrol the nearby river and a selection of the Mara’s hundreds of species of bird.
Day 9 Maasai Mara to Nairobi to UK
We begin our journey back to Nairobi, stopping along the way at a typical Maasai village to meet the locals and see how their daily life unfolds.
In Nairobi, we’ll visit the Giraffe Centre for an up-close meeting with endangered Rothschild’s giraffes.
Later, transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 10 UK
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
The Great Migration can take place any time from July-October, and it isn't possible to guarantee that your great journey will coincide with that of the wildebeest.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.