7 Day Wildlife Safari in Kenya

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Explore four major destinations in a week to see the beauty of the Kenya’s landscape and the thousands of species this wildlife safari destination is famous for. Discover both the big five, the rare five species, and hundreds of recorded species of birds that inhabit the plains of Kenya’s main national parks and reserves.

An ideal itinerary for the 7 day safari in Kenya would entail:

Day 1- Nairobi

Arrive in Kenya, through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is the country’s main international airport. Hotels in Nairobi vary from budget hotels to 5 star luxury hotels. Check in at a Nairobi hotel of your choice ready for an adventure-filled afternoon in the city. Popular hotels in Nairobi include Sankara Nairobi, Sarova Stanley Hotel, Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club, Best Western Hotel Nairobi and Silver Springs Hotel.

Beyond the skyscrapers of this rapidly growing city is a myriad of attractions. To learn about Kenya’s wildlife, visit David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or the Giraffe Centre. David Sheldrick is an orphanage for young rhinos and elephants while the Giraffe Centre is a sanctuary for Rothschild giraffes.

If you are on a family safari, visit the Nairobi Safari Walk so your children can see wildlife at close range, from behind a glass wall or a fence. Other places of interest you can visit are the Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi National Museum.


Day 2 & 3- Naivasha

Leave Nairobi for the magical Great Rift Valley to explore Nakuru County. Naivasha is about an hour and a half away from Nairobi. About an hour after you leave the city, you will pass through the scenic Great Rift Valley. Numerous attractions dot this great gorge, and the first to see, at the Great Rift Valley View Point, is a silhouette of Mount Longonot.

Check into a hotel in Naivasha, lodge or camp. Naivasha has a motley of hotels, lodges and camps. They include Naivasha Kongoni Lodge, Enashipai Resort & Spa, Camp Carnelley’s, Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort, Chui Lodge and the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort.

Attractions to visit on your first day in Naivasha include Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate National Park and Ol Karia Geothermal Spa.

The following day, explore Lake Nakuru National Park, which is about an hour away from Naivasha. Wildlife animals to see include rhinos, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, leopards and hundreds of bird species.

lake nakuru


Day 4 & 5- Maasai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, fly from Naivasha to the lush plains of Masai Mara National Reserve. This flight takes about 45 minutes. There are numerous luxury camps and lodges in Maasai Mara such as Sand River Camp, Kicheche Valley Camp, Ngerende Island Lodge and Sentrim Mara Camp.

Embark on an afternoon game drive, and get back to the lodge/camp for a sundowner drink. If the camp/lodge offers night game drives, enjoy a tour of the plains at dusk to see elusive species that hunt in the dark. The next day, wake up to a morning game drive or a hot air balloon safari. Other things to do in this reserve are birding tours, fly camping and cultural safaris.



Day 6 & 7- Samburu National Reserve

Enjoy a morning game drive before bidding the plains of Masai Mara goodbye.  Fly from Mara to the rugged plains of Samburu National Reserve. Samburu is home to the rare five species that are Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich and beisa oryx.

Camps and lodges in Samburu include Sentrim Samburu, Joy’s Camp, Elephant Bedroom Camp, Ashnil Samburu, Saasab Camp and Samburu Intrepids Camp.

Things to do in Samburu include a game drive along the shores of the Ewaso Ng’iro River, camel back riding, cultural visits, walking and birding excursions.

On the second day, explore the plains again then fly back to Nairobi for a flight out of the country.

1 Comment

  1. Yash

    June 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Superb post on wildlife safari rides!!

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