7 Days Big 5 Kenya safari (Mount Kenya, Samburu national park, Lake Nakuru national park, and Masai Mara national reserve)

7 Days Big 5 Kenya safari

7 Days big 5 Kenya safari is a perfect safari package for big five lovers as it is tailored to offer sights of the big five that is lions, elephants, lions, buffaloes, and leopards. This Kenya safari package offers a visit to 4 amazing national parks which include Mount Kenya national park, samburu national park, Lake Nakuru national park and Masai Mara national reserve. This safari starts and ends in Nairobi city.

Highlights of the 7 Days Big 5 Kenya safari 

  • Day1: Arrival in Nairobi and optional city tour
  • Day 2: Transfer from Nairobi to Mount Kenya  national park 
  • Day 3: Transfer from Mount Kenya national park to Samburu national reserve 
  • Day 4: Transfer from Samburu national reserve to Lake Nakuru national park 
  • Day 5: Transfer from Lake Nakuru national park to Masai Mara national reserve 
  • Day 6: Full day in Masai Mara 
  • Day 7: Transfer back to Nairobi

Detailed itinerary

Day1: Arrival in Nairobi and optional city tour

  • Arrival in Nairobi and optional city tour: On the 1st day of 7 days big 5 Kenya safari your are to arrive in Nairobi using Jomo Kenyatta international airport, upon your arrival you will be picked from the airport by your safari driver and head to Nairobi. If time allows you will have a short city tour in Nairobi, on this tour you will visit sites like Bomas of Kenya, Elephant orphanage and many more. In the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight at a hotel in Nairobi

Accommodation is got from 

  • Luxury: Villa Rosa Kempinski
  • Midrange: Swiss Lenana Mount Hotel 
  • Budget: Jamhuri homes

Meal Plan: half board (lunch and dinner)

Day 2: Transfer from Nairobi to Mount Kenya national park 

  • Transfer from Nairobi to Mount Kenya national park: On the 2nd day of 7 days big 5 Kenya safari you are to transfer from Nairobi to Mount Kenya national park, after early morning breakfast at your hotel in Nairobi you will embark on your journey to Mount Kenya national park . when you arrive in the park you will have lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon you will go game viewing in the forests of the park in which you will enjoy sights of elephants, leopards, white tailed mongoose, tree hyrax, mole rats, bushbucks, black fronted duikers, elands, waterbucks, black rhinos  and buffaloes. In the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight at your lodge. 

Accommodation is got from 

  • Luxury: Serena Mountain Lodge 
  • Midrange: Fairmount Mount Kenya safari club 
  • Budget: Castle forest lodge

Meal plan: full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 3: Transfer from Mount Kenya national park to Samburu national reserve   

  • Transfer from Mount Kenya national park to Samburu: On the 3rd day of 7 days big five Kenya safari you are to transfer from Mount Kenya national park to Samburu national reserve, after early morning breakfast at your lodge you will depart from Mount Kenya national park for Samburu national reserve. Upon arriving in the park in the afternoon you will check-in, have lunch and in the afternoon you will have an afternoon game drive on which you will spot many animals such as zebras, giraffes, blue legged Somali Ostrich,  lions, Tanzanian cheetahs, elephants and many more. in the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight at your lodge. 

Accommodation is got from 

  • Luxury: Samburu Intrepids Luxury tented camp 
  • Midrange: Sasaab
  • Budget: Elephant Watch camp 

Meal plan: full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 4: Transfer from Samburu national reserve to Lake Nakuru national park  

  • Transfer from Samburu national reserve to Lake Nakuru: On the 4th day of 7 days big five Kenya safari you are to transfer from Samburu national reserve to Lake Nakuru national park, after early morning breakfast you will check out of the lodge then embark on your journey to Lake Nakuru national park. Lake Nakuru national park is a great birding spot famous for its great birdlife which include millions of lesser and greater flamingoes, the park also consists of a Rhino sanctuary habiting both black and endangered white rhinos. 
  • Upon your arrival in the park you will check-in at your lodge and in afternoon you will head to the park for an afternoon game drive, on the game drive you will spot animals such as giraffes, cheetahs, lions, white rhinos, hyenas, wildebeests, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and olive baboons. When you visit Lake Nakuru you will spot many birds such as the lesser and great flamingoes creating a pink shade on the lake, pelicans, cape pigeon duck, eagles, vultures and many more. In the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation is got from 

  • Luxury: Lake Nakuru sopa lodge 
  • Midrange: Flamingo hill camp
  • Budget: Mbweha camp

Meal plan: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 5: Transfer from Lake Nakuru national park to Masai Mara national reserve 

  • Transfer from Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara: On the 5th day of 7 days big five Kenya safari you are to transfer from Lake Nakuru national park to Masai Mara national reserve, after early morning breakfast you will checkout of your lodge saying goodbye to Lake Nakuru national park and head to Masai Mara national reserve. On your way you will pass through the Great Rift Valley and upon your arrival you will have lunch at your lodge after checking in. You will have an afternoon of rest and in the evening you will go for a night game drive for sights of nocturnal predators such as rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephants. 
  • In the evening you will head back to your lodge, have dinner and stay overnight. 

Accommodation is got from 

  • Luxury: Masai Mara Serena Safari lodge
  • Midrange: Jambo Mara safari lodge 
  • Budget: Talek bush camp

Meal plan: full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 6: Full day in Masai Mara national reserve 

  • Full day in Masai Mara: On the 6th day of 7 days big five Kenya safari you are to have full day of exploring the spectacular Masai Mara national reserve on game drives, after early morning breakfast at your lodge you will leave exactly at 06:30 am to Masai Mara national reserve for a full day of adventure.  As you spend a full day in Masai Mara be ready to enjoy sights of lions, cheetah, buffaloes, elephants, leopards, roan antelopes, Thomson’s gazelles, elands, topis, rhinos, hippos and many more. if you are lucky enough you might witness the great annual wildebeest migration which involves the migration of over 100,000 wildebeests, 50000 Thomson gazelles, thousands of zebras and elands.  These animals are best sighted around Mara River and along the shores of Talek river, you will drive back to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you will drive back to the reserve for an afternoon game drive. 
  • In the evening you will return back to the lodge, have dinner and stay overnight.
  • Meal plan: full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

 

Day 7: Transfer back to Nairobi 

  • Transfer back to Nairobi: On the 7th and last day of 7 days big 5 Kenya safari you are to transfer back to Nairobi from Masai Mara national reserve, you will have early morning breakfast at your lodge, checkout and depart for Nairobi. when you reach Nairobi you will have lunch and then be dropped either at the lodge or at Jomo Kenyatta international airport from your departure flight back home. 
  • Meal plan: half board (breakfast and lunch)

End of the 7 days big 5 Kenya safari

Safari inclusions 

  • game drives as detailed by the itinerary 
  • park entry fees 
  • accommodation as per itinerary 
  • meals as per meal plan 
  • all activities detailed by the itinerary 

Safari exclusions 

  • tips 
  • laundry 
  • extra safari activities 
  • extra accommodation 
  • personal expenses on items like a souvenir, alcoholic drinks
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