Northern Kenya Wildlife Safari
Details & Itinerary
This stunning itinerary combines incredible wildlife experiences, superb national parks, and night game drives, resulting in an unforgettable adventure in Kenya. From the shores of Lake Naivasha to the plains of the Masai Mara, this adventure is full of exciting wildlife encounters that make any dream trip to Africa come to life.
Day One: Arrival Into Nairobi
Following your flight, the Odyssey Safari staff will greet you at the airport and load your bags for transport to the Safari Park Hotel. Upon arrival there will be a short briefing at the front office about the hotel and what is included on the first night.
Your driver will mention on the timing on the morning of the second day, breakfast, checkout and what time to meet at the lobby for the tour debriefing. Some of the possible optional activities include:
- Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
- Karen Blixen Museum
- Downtown Nairobi Tour
- Langata Giraffe Center
Day Two: Nairobi – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
After breakfast our adventures in the bush begin with spectacular Sweetwaters Tented Camp in the secluded heart of Ol Pejeta Ranch and Rhino Reserve. Here, these magnificent beasts are given sanctuary from those who would take their lives to sell their horns. The Jane Goodall Institute operates a remarkable Chimpanzee Sanctuary where we meet the primates face to- face. This camp also overlooks one of the busiest waterholes in the area and offers elephant, giraffe and myriad plains game.
This is Africa as Teddy Roosevelt saw it years ago when he led one of the first safaris to tour Africa in comfort and splendor; tents at Sweetwaters Camp will remind you of this bygone era. After your evening game drive, you will enhance your safari experience with a night game drive. This opportunity is not available in most wildlife conservancies, so wrap up warm and let loose that intrepid explorer inside you.
Day Three: Exploring Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Today we continue our exploration of this wonderful reserve with morning and evening game drives in Ol Pejeta Sweetwaters Conservancy. The Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals including all the “Big Five” (the only three North white left in the wild, and endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion).
We also will be visiting the Rhino Sanctuary and Chimp Sanctuary, two experiences that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. The Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary is an unique opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day care of the chimpanzees in care. This experiences gives you exclusive access to feeding time and the enrichment activities within their enclosures.
The Rhino Sanctuary is home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos, and a sanctuary for over 110 critically endangered black rhinos. The Conservancy employs highly trained rhino protection squads, partners with international veterinary experts and ensures data is gathered regularly on each individual animal. Steps like these ensure we remain a role model for rhino conservation in East Africa.
The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.
Day Four: Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Lake Naivasha National Park
Today we start our day with a morning game drive before heading back to the lodge for a full breakfast. After, check out and depart to make our way to Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. The lake is almost 13kms across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five meters.
The lake and its surroundings are rich in natural bounty, and the fertile soils and water supply have made this one of Kenya’s prime agricultural regions. We arrive in time for lunch at our lodge by the lake and in the early afternoon, there is an optional boat ride should you be interested in viewing the wildlife from a different perspective.
Alternatively, a nature walk at Crescent Island is an excellent way to see wild animals while on foot. The private park hosts giraffes, buffalo, elands, waterbucks, gnus, hartebeests, zebras, pythons, and impalas, while the lake supports a large population of hippos. Fish-eagles, ospreys, pelicans, and cormorants are among the more than 200 bird species observable here. If relaxing is more your style, you may wish to lounge by the pool admiring the view of zebras, Giraffes and waterbuck just outside the fence.
Day Five: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara National Reserve
This morning we will drive through the dramatic Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve. This enormous reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains, famously known for its spectacular great wildebeest migration and is also the home of the Big Five: lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino.
Take your first glimpses of the vast savannah and wildlife on your way to the camp. Lunch at the camp and then depart on an afternoon game run. The Mara Game Reserve is one of the greatest wilderness areas of the world where large mammals are varied and easy to see.
Day Six: Lake Naivasha National Park – Masai Mara National Reserve
This morning we will be waking up at 6:00 a.m. to pack and make our way to breakfast at around 6:30 a.m. We will plan to leave at 7:00 – 7:15 a.m. as we drive through the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara which is known for its spectacular great wildebeest migration.
As we make our way to the main gate, take your first glimpses of the vast savannah and wildlife as you are immersed in the wild of Africa. We will arrive at Ashnil Mara Camp around 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. where you will check in and get settled.
After, embark on an exciting afternoon game drive around 3:30 p.m. exploring some of the best of the Masai Mara. Upon return, enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure including enjoying a wonderful array of dinner options before heading to bed.
Day Seven: Exploring The Masai Mara National Reserve
The search for great predators and perhaps even cubs continues today during extensive game runs. On the plains are enormous herds of grazing animals plus the elusive cheetah and leopard hiding amidst acacia boughs.
Wake up to the sights and sounds of one of the world’s premier wildlife destinations. In the Masai Mara Reserve live 95 species of mammals and 570 species of birds; an impressive number, making this area an unique destination for game safaris, one of the best places in all of Africa.
Day Eight: Dive Deep Into The Masai Mara
Our adventure into the Masai Mara continues today during extensive game runs. On the plains are enormous herds of grazing animals plus the elusive cheetah and leopard hiding amidst acacia boughs. Wake up to the sights and sounds of one of the world’s premier wildlife destinations. In the Masai Mara Reserve live 95 species of mammals and 570 species of birds; an impressive number, making this area an unique destination for game safaris, one of the best places in all of Africa.
Day Nine: Masai Mara National Reserve – Nairobi
Enjoy an early breakfast at the camp, checkout and conduct a game drive en-route with an optional opportunity to visit a village of the Maasai people to witness the singing and dancing that is part of their daily lives and sacred rituals.
A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience. Souvenir shopping and a scenic stop at the edge of the Great Rift Valley before arriving Nairobi between 3 and 4 PM. Day rooms, dinner, and activities can be arranged depending on the timing of your flight (additional cost). We will transfer you from Nairobi to the airport for your international flight.
Day Ten: Arrive Home
Today you arrive back at your home airport. Thank you for joining us for the trip of a lifetime in Africa. We know how precious experiences away from the everyday are, and we hope you made lasting memories on your safari.