“Jewels of Kenya”

Classic Dry Season Safari
11-day Private Safari

Kenya is a feast of natural beauty with so many diverse landscapes, including a 300-mile coastline along the Indian Ocean. The Masai Mara National Reserve is the northern extension of Serengeti and, as such, offers unparalleled density and variety of wildlife.

In addition, Kenya boasts some of the finest wildlife conservancies in Africa such as in Laikipia and those surrounding the Masai Mara National Reserve. Compared to national parks and reserves, conservancies can deliver a more exclusive safari experience with less restrictions so visitors can experience the incredible diversity of this beautiful country in a myriad of ways. Horseback riding, biking, camel safaris with the Samburu, extended walking safaris, rock pooling and helicopter excursions to remote and otherwise inaccessible areas…all entail getting out of the safari vehicle to experience the bush in the most exciting and immediate ways possible! With so much to offer, Kenya could fill a lifetime of unforgettable safaris.

Our sample itinerary is a great base itinerary as it takes in three (3) of the best game viewing areas in Kenya and offers a perfect balance of classic and unique safari experiences. We have also included several wonderful extensions to consider.

All itineraries are customized to your particular interests and needs as well as the season of travel and length of time available. The itinerary below is a sample of a classic safari for a first-time safari or a seasoned African traveler.

Day 1: Arrive in Kenya

Met upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transferred to the hotel or lodge of your choice. Since most US flights arrive late in the day, consider adding an extra day. Nairobi has a lot to offer! It would afford you time to recharge and give you the opportunity to get a sense of this bustling city with its great food, shopping, history, and unique experiences- such as the Karen Blixen House or the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Day 2: Central Kenya/Laikipia

Today you will fly out or drive to your first safari destination. Transfer to Wilson Airport, fly to central Kenya. Alternatively, we can arrange a private road transfer or charter.

Your destination today is beautiful and rugged Laikipia region. Laikipia is made up of a multitude of private conservancies and ranches, where the wildlife wanders freely between the tapestry of hills and kopjes with rivers winding through. This region is a part of Kenya where, you can really let off steam, walk, ride and swim in amongst nature and experience genuine cultural interactions. Each privately owned and operated property we feature has a unique character and specialty and we can recommend the best fit once you decide on the general itinerary and priorities.

Day 3 and 4: Central Kenya/Laikipia

Two full days of activities in this beautiful landscape with so many options. A stunning black leopard has made this general area her home so there is a good chance you can spot her on a game drive if you are lucky!
Night game drives, wildlife tracking and fishing are among the options you can choose from here.

Day 5: Central Kenya/ Lewa Conservancy

A safari in Lewa Conservancy is one of our top recommendations in any Kenya itinerary. With a limited number of properties on the Conservancy and almost all of these owner-run and managed, you will enjoy a high level of personal hosting. Lewa is a jewel in Kenya’s safari scene and conservation space, boasting year-round wildlife, stunning landscapes, and historical aspects and, offers all of this, while also providing an exclusive setting.

Day 6 and 7: Central Kenya/Lewa Conservancy

Two Full days to enjoy any one of the special activities including horseback riding, or a visit to one of the wildlife hides in the conservancy which is an experience you will never forget.

Day 8: Masai Mara National Reserve

Following your time in Central Kenya, it is time to head down to the famous Masai Mara, world renowned and with good reason; the sheer density of wildlife here is simply breathtaking. This is true of any time of year but, during the dry season, between late June and October, the Great Migration is moving through the Mara so it ramps up to another level.

Day 9 and 10: Masai Mara National Reserve

Two full days to enjoy the area and, depending on the time of your visit, you may just have a front row seat at one the adrenaline-charged, wildebeest Mara River crossings. With so much wildlife and gorgeous scenery all around, you have the option at any time to stay back in camp to enjoy a truly authentic safari experience in one of the most iconic safari destinations in Africa with so much breathtaking beauty at your doorstep!

Day 11: Departure

Fly back to Nairobi after breakfast and enjoy an afternoon in town before departing on your homebound flight. Alternatively, extend to the beach (Lamu / Watamu / Diani / Zanzibar) for 3-5 days or one of the other fabulous extensions we can recommend.

Kenya and the rest of East Africa is blessed with so many varied and beautiful areas, diverse and prolific wildlife and all are available for an extension and relatively easy to add on or to replace any segment in the sample itinerary.

Some of the extensions include:

  • Nairobi (great cultural activities and considered the top culinary destination in East Africa)
  • Samburu and the Big North (special access to unique culture, elephants…)
  • Matthews Range (spectacular views, superb hosting, cultural and outside activities)
  • Amboseli and Chyulu Hills (home of most remaining “Big Tuskers” and beautiful images with Kilimanjaro in the background)
  • Beach and Indian Ocean (Lamu, Watamu, Diani, Zanzibar or Mafia,)
  • Gorilla and Chimp Trekking (easy connections to Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda or Central African Republic)
  • Northern circuit of Tanzania (natural complement to a Kenya safari)
  • Meru National Park, Kenya (less visited)
  • Additional Laikipia properties such as Ol Pejeta (last white rhinos)
  • Neighboring conservancies and the Mara Triangle adjacent to Masai Mara