Walk amongst the Big Five on this breathtaking one-week safari in Kenya and be led by passionate locals across the country’s beautiful savannah.

This soul-stirring one week Kenya itinerary transports you across the nation’s best safari hotspots, Samburu National Reserve and the Masai Mara National Reserve. You will spend three days on each reserve, soaking up the splendour of Kenya’s purest natural landscapes and seeking intimate encounters with elephant, giraffe, lion, cheetah and much more. 

We have crafted the best safari in Kenya for those who love to sleep in style whilst also experiencing culture. Stay in two sustainable Kenya safari lodges and wake up just moments from East Africa’s precious wildlife. Embark on guided safaris led by Samburu warriors and choose from a plethora of other sensational activities whilst on this spell-binding safari in Kenya. 

What's Included:

  • All accommodation fees
  • All entry fees to national reserves and parks, contributing to local conservation efforts
  • Professional drivers and local guides with fair salaries
  • All light aircraft flights
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals and drinks included in the full itinerary

Trip Itinerary

One of the villas at Saruni Samburu overlooks the mountainous landscapes of the Samburu National Reserve.

Days 1-4: Samburu National Reserve

Day 1 - Arrive in Nairobi and Transfer to Samburu National Reserve

Begin your luxury African safari, starting at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before taking a short flight to Samburu. You arrive at Saruni Samburu, a beacon of eco-luxury encompassed by the sheer beauty of the Samburu National Reserve.

This exclusive Kenya safari lodge boasts six eco-chic villas, each offering unparalleled views of the majestic Mount Kenya. Your first night is spent indulging in a private bush dining experience, crowned by a firelit Samburu dance performance.  

A lioness stands ahead of a 4x4 vehicle during a daytime game drive on the Samburu reserve.

Days 2-3 - Safari in Samburu National Reserve

Embark on a captivating two-day safari tour guided by local Samburu warriors, who transport you from the comfort of your Samburu game lodge towards majestic elephants, stealthy leopards and endangered African wild dogs. You uncover an extraordinary blend of wildlife encounters and cultural experiences across the Kalama Conservancy, Buffalo Springs National Park, and Samburu National Park.  

During your safari in Samburu, you will witness unique biodiversity in the presence of the Samburu Five - Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, and gerenuk. You will venture on exclusive nocturnal safaris, unveiling the mysteries of the Kenya wilds. Delving deeper into Samburu’s rich heritage, you can even visit local villages or ascend the sacred peak of Mount Ololokwe.  

A candlelit campfire is set up out the main lodge at Saruni Mara during the early evening.

Days 4-7: Masai Mara

Day 4 - Fly from Samburu to Masai Mara

Journey next to your safari in Masai Mara aboard a smooth-sailing domestic flight. You are transferred to Saruni Mara, a breathtaking Kenya safari lodge nestled into the virgin landscapes of the Mara North Conservancy. Three nights of luxury await you in elegant cottages and villas, each of which are designed with their own distinct character. You are granted exclusive access to a private wildlife area beside the famed Masai Mara National Reserve.  

Begin your stay with a soothing 30-minute massage at the Wellbeing Space, setting the tone for a serene break in one of our favourite Masai Mara lodges. Then, as the African sun dips, embark on a dusk safari, a captivating introduction to the vibrant life and breathtaking beauty that define the Masai Mara.  

a couple gaze at a group of giraffes as they munch on trees in the Masai Mara.

Days 5-6 - Safari in Masai Mara

Over the forthcoming two days in the Masai Mara National Reserve, prepare for an unparalleled Kenya safari tour with round-the-clock game drives. This iconic reserve offers exceptional chances to observe wildlife such as zebra, wildebeest, rhino, elephant, lion, cheetah, and leopard. You can even set off on a nocturnal game drive to discover rarer species like aardvarks and honey badgers. 

But your Masai Mara safari experience offers more than just game drives. Immerse yourself in the rich Maasai culture with visits to local villages or embark on a bewildering African safari on horseback. For a truly unique perspective, track the elusive black rhino or soar above the Mara in a hot air balloon, celebrating the flight with a champagne breakfast.  

A local Maasai man speaks to a couple as they enjoy a private dining experience on a cliffside in the Masai Mara.

Day 7 - Departure Home

As your unforgettable luxury safari in Kenya draws to a close, you'll transfer from the Masai Mara to Nairobi via Wilson Airport, arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward journey.  

Yet, the adventure needn't end here. You can extend your one-week Kenya safari, transforming it with a blissful beach holiday in Zanzibar, or maybe you’ll decide to explore more of Kenya’s beauty in Laikipia or the Great Rift Valley. Whatever you decide, Wayfairer is on-hand to ensure the tailor-made holiday of your dreams. 

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