8 Days Kenya Explorer Safari - Samburu -Lake Nakuru - Naivasha - Masai Mara

Samburu -Lake Naivasha-Lake Nakuru - Masai mara

From Nairobi / to Nairobi-Kenya 

Explore the breath of Kenya on an 8- day/ 7 night tour of  Samburu game reserve,Rift valley lakes Naivasha &  Nakuru culminating with a visit to  Masai Mara.

Easy paced park connecting drives and well staggered  safari overnights  make this a friendly family or seniors holiday safari.

Safari leaves from  Nairobi and spends 2 days  at the Samburu game reserve in the Northern arid frontier district

Tour progresses to Lake Naivasha to spend a night and enjoy a boat ride and nature walks.

Tour visits the Hell’s gate national park on a short hike and bicycle ride that brings you closer to Nature

Lake Nakuru  national park and world famous bird haven is the next stop of the tour

Here you view  flamingoes,pelicans  and other bird species.

There shall be a guaranteed spotting of the  endangered black and white Rhino.

The World famous Masai Mara game reserve is the  last tour stop with  3 nights & days of wildlife viewing on rewarding game viewing drives in search of Big five.

Tour accommodation is in a selected  economy,standard or luxury safari lodges & tented camps depending on your budget & safari style.

Transport is in pop up  safari  tour minivans

Option of a land cruiser 4 x 4 jeep is available at an extra cost.


  1. safari is flexible-you can extend safari tour by suggesting extra nights/days
  2. safari is flexible-you can suggest to include local domestic flights to cut on road journeys
  3. safari is flexible -you can customize tour by suggesting adjustments suitable to you

PRIVATE SAFARI TOUR-decide your safari dates


Kenya explorer Safari highlights

    1. Samburu game reserve. 2 days
    2. Mount Kenya & Equator views  ( highest mountain in Kenya).
    3. Lake Naivasha (fresh water rift valley lake)
    4. Bird spotting boat ride & Hell’s gate visit  (the lake Naivasha)
    5. Lake Nakuru National park:
    6. The Great Rift Valley escarpment.
    7. Thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and other bird species.
    8. Rhino sanctuary visit at the lake Nakuru.
    9. Masai-Mara game reserve
    10. Game and scenery viewing and the Masai tribesmen.
    11. Option of Masai village visit –arrange with your driver guide)
    12. Option of hot air balloon ride at Masai Mara


Day 1: Nairobi- Samburu: (320 km:6 hrs drive)

0730hrs: Pick up from a Nairobi hotel or Nairobi airport

Proceed to  the Samburu game reserve

The scenic drive to Samburu is  via the central highlands of Kenya with stops at a large local market and the Equator crossing

Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive in this semi -arid wildlife reserve.

Overnight at  your Samburu safari  lodge or tented camp.

What you may  see at Samburu game reserve  ......

Elephants, Zebra,Bufallo,Warthogs, Antelopes,Oryx,reticulated giraffe,Grevy’s Zebra,Somali ostrich etc

Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Samburu game reserve -full day

Spend entire day at the Samburu game reserve with extended game viewing drives to Shaba and buffalo springs reserves

More game in this scenic and arid reserve is  concentrated along the banks of the Ewaso ngiro river.

Elephants, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Cheetah, Buffalo, Oryx and other animal species may be seen.

Overnight at your Samburu  luxury lodge or camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3: Samburu- Lake Naivasha - (340 km: 5-6  hrs)

Early morning game  and scenery viewing drive as you exit  the Samburu

Proceed to  Lake Naivasha at the floors of the Great Rift Valley.

There shall be a stop to view the Thompson falls at Nyahururu

Afternoon boat ride at the Lake Naivasha where you view exotic birdlife and  hippos amid the  serenity of this freshwater rift valley lake.

Overnight at a Lake Naivasha resort / tented camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 

What you may do at Lake Naivasha .......

Boat ride, bird watching,nature walks,visit to hells gate

Day 4: Lake Naivasha Lake Nakuru: (80km:1 hr)

The day starts with a nature cum bird walk in naturally scenic settings at the shores of Lake Naivasha.

Take a bike and cycle to the nearby Hells gate national park where you explore on foot this canyon as you spot small game.

Later a  short 1 hour drive takes us to the lake Nakuru national park.

Birdlife abounds with flamingoes seen in their  thousands together with pelicans and other bird  species.

The lake is host to  the black and white rhino species, warthogs, lions, zebras, giraffe and many more.

Overnight at a lake Nakuru safari lodge / tented camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

What you may  see at Lake Nakuru Nationa Park ..........

Flamingo , Makalia water falls, Unique vegetation, Lion . White rhino, Black Rhino, Giraffe, about 450 species of terrestial birds,waterbuck.

Day 5: Lake Nakuru- Masai mara: (285 km:5.5 hrs.)

An early bird and game viewing drive as you exit  the lake Nakuru national park.

Proceed to the Masai mara game reserve.

Arrive Masai Mara and proceed on an afternoon game viewing drive.

Overnight at a Masai Mara safari lodge or tented camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 6: Full day -Masai mara 

Today shall be a game viewing extravaganza!

Masai Mara Game reserve remains the most exciting wildlife eco-system in the Natural world.

It is host to  the highest and most varied concentration of wild animals than any other wildlife park in the region. 

The scenic appeal of the tree studded savannah plains, the  moderate climate and diversity of wild game species makes it a one stop shop for game viewing activities.

We shall traverse the Masai Mara reserve on a full day of unlimited game viewing   encountering the big five and more of the lesser game.

Picnic lunch shall be by the Mara river as we watch hippos & crocodiles or maybe the great migration (July – October)

Overnight shall be at a Masai Mara safari lodge/ Tented camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 7:Masai mara game reserve

Extra day shall be spent at the Masai mara with game viewing drives. 

Overnight at your Masai mara safari lodge / tented camp. 

Meal plan.Breakfast,lunch,dinner.

Day 8: Masai Mara - Nairobi: (265km:5hrs)

Early pre-breakfast game viewing drive.

Depart Masai Mara with an exit game viewing drive.

Proceed to Nairobi to arrive in the late afternoon.

Drop off at a Nairobi hotel / Nairobi airport

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch.

Chose economy,standard or luxury accommodation option depending on safari budget / style

Luxury lodge / tented camp accommodation

Samburu Game reserve:

Ashnil Samburu, Samburu lodge, Samburu Simba Lodge, Sarova shaba

Lake Naivasha:   Lake Naivasha sopa  , Lake Naivasha country club

Lake Nakuru National park: Sarova Lion hill, Lake Nakuru sopa lodge, Flamingo camp

Masai Mara: Mara simba lodge , Mara sarova camp, Mara serena, Ashnil Mara, Keekorok lodge 

Standard lodge / tented camp accommodation

Samburu game reserve: Samburu Sopa lodge 

Lake Naivasha: Naivasha Sopa Lodge,  Elsamere Lodge

Lake Nakuru National Park: Lake Nakuru Lodge 

Masai Mara game reserve : Mara sopa Lodge, Mara Leisure camp , AA lodge/camp, 

Economy lodge / tented camp accommodation :

Samburu:  Sentrim Samburu camp

Lake Naivasha: Naivasha Kongoni Lodge 

Lake Nakuru National park: Lake Nakuru lodge

Masai Mara: Elangata Olerai Camp, Olmoran tented camp, Sentrim Mara camp