This tour is our typical 5-day safari in Kenya that involves wildlife game viewing in a safari van or jeep with a break that involves a boat safari in Kenya as well as a walking safari. This makes it an incredible five-day Kenyan adventure for the first-timer and seasoned safari goer alike. This 5-day safari adventure starts and ends at Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.
It is best to start early from Nairobi so you will need to spend a night at Nairobi prior to the start of the safari, but you can also start the safari straightaway on arrival in case your flight is arriving in Nairobi early in the morning. That is also possible. Ask our Kenya safari specialists for advice on whether you can start on arrival. This Kenya Safari tour will also end in the late afternoon.
5-day safari Kenya Itinerary at a glance
The best 5-day safari in Kenya is without a doubt the below-outlined safari that takes you to Amboseli National Park, Lake Naivasha on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, and the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Day 1: Pick up from Nairobi, Transfer to Amboseli for safari game drives
Day 2: Transfer to Lake Naivasha. Boat safari and walking safari at Crescent island
Day 3: Transfer to Masai Mara National Reserve. Afternoon safari in Masai Mara
Day 4: Full-day safari in Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 5: Morning safari in Masai Mara on your way back to Nairobi city
5-Day Safari Kenya; Best time to Visit
The best time to take this 5-day Kenya Safari is during the dry season, which also coincides with the arrival of the Wildebeest migration herds; between the months of July to end of September. October to December and there after January to March are also good months to visit the parks.
April & May sees a lot of rainfall in these Parks and it is advisable to avoid this period if you can avoid but if you want to take advantage of the lowest ‘Green Season’ accommodation prices, then this would be your best time to go on this 5 days safari in Kenya.
Where this 5-Day safari in Kenya takes you
This Five-day safari in Kenya starts and ends at Nairobi City; the base town for all the best safaris in the Northern as well as Southern Kenya safari circuits. Kenya is a beautiful country and an iconic destination for wildlife safaris in Africa. Two parks stand out as the most famous parks for wildlife safari; Amboseli National Park & the Masai Mara National Reserve. This 5-day Kenyan adventure takes you to both.
The tour itinerary starts with a visit to Amboseli National Park, a rather small but incredibly beautiful park famous for all the ‘PostCard’ Photos that you may see in the world; featuring elephants with an amazing view of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park as backdrop.
The larger Amboseli Ecosystem is an important area for wildlife conservation with large herds of elephants famous for their extraordinarily large tusks among other large animals. Amboseli has marshy areas and a lake an important habitat for the aquatic birds, but the park is a birding hub in general.
This safari also takes you to Lake Naivasha one of the Rift Valley lakes of Kenya where you will get out of the car/jeep and go on a boat ride in the Lake Naivasha. You will also visit Crescent Island where you will do a walking safari. The 5 days Kenya safari ends with a visit to the most iconic of them all; The Masai Mara National Reserve for the Big Five and Wildebeests Migration Safari.
Where to stay in the 5-day Kenya Safari
Accommodation during this Kenyan safari will be in nice mid-range lodges and tented camps as per the published itinerary. The middle class/comfort category lodges and tented camps included in this published 5-day safari Kenya are our handpicked accommodation but the tour is a private tour.
We can therefore include a different lodge or camp of the same midrange category if you like, or a standard luxury lodge or camp if you want the accommodations upgraded.
In case you are short of time and are spending a beach vacation in Mombasa, you may like our 4 day safari from Mombasa that includes Amboseli and Tsavo East & West.
Please also note that this is a Drive-in safari but we can also offer the same package as a fly-in or fly-out safari depending on your budget and preference.
If you have an extra day then you should try and inquire about our 6-day Kenya safari to Amboseli, Nakuru, and Masai Mara Game Reserve. If you like this one, please get in touch with our experts for free advice on how to book and more information about this incredible 5 day safari in Kenya starting from Nairobi.
Start / Finish
Amboseli, Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island, Masai Mara
5-day safari Kenya Itinerary
Nairobi – Drive to Amboseli National Park
Your 5-day safari in Kenya starts with a pick up early in the morning from your hotel in Nairobi or directly from the airport and start your drive south towards Amboseli National Park. Arriving in time for lunch you will register at the park’s gate and take your first game drive on your way to your lodge / camp (depending on where you are staying) for hot lunch. After lunch and some rest at your lodge you will go out for your afternoon game drive that will go on until late afternoon when you will return to your lodge / camp around 06.00 Pm for dinner and overnight. Your experienced professional safari guide will guide you on the best parts of the park to explore. Overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge or Kibo Safari Camp.
Meal Plan: Lunch and dinner included.
Amboseli – Nairobi - Lake Naivasha
Depart early in the morning from Amboseli and drive through Nairobi City towards the floor of the Great Rift Valley with a lunch stopover at a restaurant for hot lunch or you may also leave Amboseli with packed lunch and take picnic lunch on the way. On arrival at lake Naivasha you will go on an afternoon boat ride in this fresh water located at the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Your boat ride will take you to the Crescent island where you will take an easy walking safari guided by your guide and local ranger as you walk close to animals like Zebras, Impalas, and giraffes. Later on the late afternoon you will check in at a lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Naivasha – Masai Mara Game Reserve
Your 5-day safari in Kenya takes you this day to the World famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. You will wake up for an early morning breakfast this day then after breakfast you will embark on your drive across the Great Rift Valley towards Masai Mara National Reserve arriving in time for hot lunch. You will be transferred to your lodge / camp with game viewing en route. After lunch and some rest you will go out for your afternoon game drive that will go on up to dusk when you will be taken back to your lodge or camp for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Base Camp Masai Mara or Zebra Plains Camp. All meals included.
Full day at Masai Mara Game Reserve
On this day you can go for an early morning safari in case you are Ok with waking up early. This will give you a chance to spot some nocturnal species and especially predators as they retire after a night out of hunting as well as most game that are more active during the morning hours before the sun is too hot for them. You will go back to the lodge / camp for breakfast and rest before going for another game drive in the afternoon. If you wish, you can also go out after an early breakfast for a full day of game viewing. You expect to spot a lot of animals in the Masai Mara and if you travel in good time, you will be able to spot the Big five and witness the Great wildebeests Migration that sees more than 1.5 million wildebeests cross the Mara river in big groups in order to migrate from Serengeti in Tanzania into Masai Mara in Kenya. Overnight at Base Camp Masai Mara or Zebra Plains Camp or similar
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Masai Mara – Back to Nairobi
This is the last day of your 5 days Kenya Safari to Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha and Amboseli National Park, and you will take an early breakfast then check out of your lodge or camp. You will go on a last game drive (wildlife viewing) on your way out of the Masai Mara, as you drive back to the city of Nairobi where safari ends.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch.
This tour is scheduled as a midrange lodging safari but the same package can be offered as a standard luxury lodging safari. Please contact one of our safari experts for free advice and customization of your tour if you need any changes. You may be interested in doing our other package which includes a visit to Lake Nakuru and 3 nights at Masai Mara; 5 days wildlife safari in Kenya that starts and ends at Nairobi.
5 days Kenya safari prices
This safari while staying at these Standard luxury lodges and tented camps (or their equivalent), will cost as below depending on which type of vehicles you are using. You can use a regular safari van or a 4×4 safari land cruiser at a supplement as per below prices.
5 Days Safari in Kenya – prices for using a safari van
2 Persons travelling together 1,595 USD
4 Persons travelling together 1,375 USD
6 Persons travelling together 1,305 USD
5 Days Safari in Kenya – prices for using a 4×4 Safari Land cruiser
2 Persons travelling together 1,680 USD
4 Persons travelling together 1,420 USD
6 Persons travelling together 1,335 USD
5 days Private safari for your group or solo
Transport in a customized pop up top 4 x 4 Land Cruiser jeep
English or other language speaking driver/guide.
Game viewing drives
Park entrance fees
All meals on safari.
Bottled drinking water in safari vehicle.
Pick up and drop off at Nairobi airport or Nairobi hotel