Experience the thrill of the Great Wildebeest Migration and iconic big-game safari encounters.

 Kenya provides an exceptional big-game safari experience. From catching big cat action to heart-stopping and intimate wildlife encounters as you track the progress of East Africa’s annual Great Wildebeest Migration, it offers a fully immersive wildlife-viewing safari that gets you right up close to Africa’s Big Five in their pristine natural habitat.

Join us on a journey that takes in the harshly beautiful wilderness paradise of Samburu National Reserve, and then travel on to the game-viewing mecca of Laikipia Plateau at the foot of Mount Kenya. Round off your safari at the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve, which brings you unparalleled drama as wildebeest in their thousands migrate north from Tanzania’s Serengeti.

Itinerary overview

Duration8 days/ 7 nights
AccommodationSasaab LodgeRekero CampLewa Wilderness
Suited ForFamily & friends; adventure; romance
HighlightsGreat Wildebeest Migration; Big Five encounters; big cats in action

Itinerary in detail

Image of Sasaab Lodge, Samburu National Park

On a rocky outcrop overlooking the banks of the mighty Ewaso Nyiro River in the heart of Samburu lands in northern Kenya is Sasaab. The only lodge in the vicinity, it offers a unique and wild safari experience in an area renowned for a wide variety of game. This remote and untamed corner of Africa is small but richly populated with African wildlife, making for superb game viewing. It is home to countless wild creatures, including plains game, elephant herds, predators and the African wild dog; it also offers you the best chance to view the Samburu Special Six – those rare northern species comprising Grevy’s zebra, the Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, the long-necked gerenuk, Guenther’s dik-dik and the beisa oryx. With just nine luxury rooms – each with its own private plunge pool and panoramic views of game passing by – beautiful, luxurious and intimate Sasaab Lodge offers a personal and uncrowded safari experience.   Activities

  • Expertly guided game-viewing drives in open safari vehicles or by camel • Fly-camping under the stars with guided game walks by day
  • Guided bush walks
  • Birdwatching (over 450 recorded species)
  • Stargazing
  • Cultural visits & community interaction

Image of Lewa Wilderness Lodge, Laikipia Conservancy

The high plains and dramatic landscapes of Laikipia host the biggest game densities in Kenya outside the Masai Mara, all against the backdrop of beautiful Mount Kenya. Deep in this wild place is Lewa Wilderness Lodge, which gives you exceptional and uncrowded access to the area’s unspoilt diversity. Endless African plains, spectacular gorges and extraordinary indigenous forests straddling two different biomes support a unique mix of mammals – from larger species including predators, plains game and predators to fascinating small creatures that are just as elusive to spot and essential to the health of the ecosystem. Situated near the base of Mount Kenya, Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s oldest and most private safari ventures. The lodge – decorated with the owner’s own antique and handmade furniture which gives it the character of a ranch homestead – consists of just nine exclusive rooms: six cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley plus three garden cottages set amid the lush green lawns. At Lewa Wilderness, game viewing is not just done by vehicle. Activities on offer include guided game walks, scenic flights, horseback riding, camel riding and more.   Activities

  • Guided safari drives in open-top 4x4 game-viewing vehicles
  • Guided walks with trained Maasai guides
  • ‘Walking Wild’ walking mobile-camp safari
  • Camel rides led by a Maasai moran
  • Horseback safari rides
  • Fly in open-cockpit biplane with pilot
  • Ngare Ndare Forest and Waterfalls excursions
  • Cultural interaction & local crafts

Image of Rekero Camp, Masai Mara

End your incredible wildlife journey on a high point at Rekero, where Africa’s best guides will ensure you experience an incomparable Maasai Mara safari. Located deep in the Masai Mara Reserve at the confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers, Rekero is in the prime spot for the Great Migration. Watch migrating wildebeest herds thunder across the Mara River from the comfort of the camp’s main deck or traverse the rolling plains on a game drive to find the world-famous Marsh pride of lion. This classic safari camp has just nine spacious, private and simple yet deeply comfortable safari tents, and the emphasis is on old-school hospitality, fabulous food and a truly outstanding and authentic safari experience.   Activities

  • Guided Big 5 game viewing
  • The Great Wildebeest Migration (July/August to November)
  • Guided bush walks
  • Hot-air balloon safaris
  • Cultural experiences
  • Horseback riding

Accommodation in Kenya

Lewa Wilderness

Lewa Downs, the home of the Craig family since the 1920s, has gradually morphed from a family farm to an award-winning and exclusive wildlife conservancy. Set in breathtaking scenery in northern Laikipia, Mount Kenya dominates the views to the south while the stunning northern Kenya drylands stretch north to the Mathews Range. Plentiful African game dots the landscape in both directions. One fifth of all Grevy’s zebra are found on Lewa.   Lewa Wilderness is more than a lodge, it is a home. Three garden cottages were built near the family house to host the first guests in 1972. The…

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Rekero Camp

Located deep in the Masai Mara Reserve at the confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers, Rekero occupies the prime spot for watching the Great Migration. Watch the drama unfold from the comfort of the camp’s main deck or listen to hippo grunts and bird calls out of migration season.   Rekero was set up by Jackson Ole Looseyia and Gerard Beaton, who grew up together in the region. The Beatons pioneered conservation in Kenya. Jackson’s father, Sayole, was a hunter turned game ranger and worked with Gerard’s father, Ron.   As one of the presenters on the BBC television…

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Sasaab Lodge

Located west of Samburu and close to Buffalo Springs in the Westgate Community Conservancy, Sasaab employs Moroccan style with a touch of Swahili influence to excellent effect. The tents are designed to deal with the African heat and offer superb views. Colourful rugs and cushions and low tables carry the North African theme through to the decor of the large rooms, each with its very own private plunge pool and sumptuous open-air bathroom.   Poised high above the Ewaso Ng’iro, guests can watch herds of elephant bathe and frolic in the river while drinking in the fantastic views across the…

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