Our 9 Days Best of Kenya Safari takes you to both the most famous parks like Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara as well as the less travelled / off the beaten track wildlife area in Kenya like the Samburu National Reserve and its sister reserve Shaba, but also Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy as well as the Aberdares National Park.

Highlights of our 9 Days best of Kenya wildlife safari

Day 1: Arrival into Nairobi

Day 2: Drive to Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy

Day 3: Transfer to Samburu & Shaba Game Reserves

Day 4: Spend a full day safari in the Samburu and Shaba Game Reserves

Day 5: Transfer back to the Aberdares National Park

Day 6: Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park

Day 7: Drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve

Day 8: Full day Safari at Masai Mara Game Reserve

Day 9: Drive back to Nairobi for Departure

Rare Reticulated Giraffes at Samburu National Reserve

It is a safari tour in Kenya that gives un-matched wildlife experience in Africa, taking you from the bustle and hustle of the City of Nairobi towards Northern Kenya with great scenery and landscapes views that are next to none. Get unbelievably clear sights of the Mount Kenya (second highest in Kenya after Mt Kilimanjaro) on the way north before you settle down at Ol Pejeta for the rarest chance of seeing the last remaining Northern White Rhinos and the rare Chimpanzees in the Chimpanzee sanctuary that is located inside this private wildlife conservancy.

This safari package does not take you to the whole of Kenya but covers the highlights of a Kenya Safari toward the North, Central Kenya and the Great Rift Valley. In 9 days it is a true wildlife safari experience that takes you not only to the usual National Parks and Reserves of Masai Mara, and Lake Nakuru but also to the Aberdares Mountains, The Northern Frontier in Samburu and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is not an ordinary park but a private Conservation Area where you get to see the rare rhinos as well as the unfamiliar chimpanzees in Kenya.

This Kenya Tour is a full safari package starting with your arrival into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and drop of at the same airport for your flight back home. We do not include your International flights.

Accommodation, 9 Days Best of Kenya Safari

Accommodation during this 9 day best of Kenya safari will be in comfortable mid-range lodges and tented camps located both inside the parks and reserves and also some are located in the concession areas in the boundaries of parks and reserves, therefore offering the same wild feeling of being in the middle of the African wilderness.

Best time to visit, 9 Days Best of Kenya Safari

This safari can be taken at any time of the year but some parks like Masai Mara and Samburu Game Reserve as well as Aberdare National Park could be avoided in the long rains season of April and May if possible. The best time to visit would be Jan – March, and again June – October, but also October to December can be an Ok time to visit these parks.

Apart from game viewing (traditional safari), this package allows for walking safari, horseback safari, village walks in the Masai Mara as well as hot air balloon safaris if you like, all at extra cost.  Get in touch with our Kenya safari experts for more information on our 9 days Best of Kenya Safari!


Additional information

Duration9 Days
LocationSamburu, Ol Pejeta, Aberdares, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara
PhysicalityPartly – Long Drives

9 Days best of Kenya safari – Detailed itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Nairobi

Arrival day when you fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, we meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Nairobi City also known as the City in the sun. Our Safari Manager will be there to meet you at the hotel lounge and have a short safari briefing then leave you to relax for the rest of the day/night. Overnight at Trademark Hotel. Booked on Bed and breakfast.

Middle-class / cheaper Options also available.

Day 2

Nairobi– Ol Pejeta / Sweetwaters Camp

Early morning breakfast then you will be picked from your hotel in Nairobi and embark on our journey up north. We drive via the beautiful country side of the Mount Kenya Region and via the town of Nyeri, and Naromoru and after about 3.5-4 hours we reach Olpejeta Conservancy just near the Nanyuki town. ON a clear day we will enjoy the sights of the snow capped Mount Kenya. We will have a brief stop at the Equator line for some demonstrations of the proof of the North Pole and South Pole at the Equator point then enter the Olpejeta Conservancy. After registration we head straight to the Sweetwaters Tented Camp where we will check in and have lunch then go for an afternoon game drive in search of among other animals; the rare white rhinos. Later in the afternoon we will drive to the Camp for dinner and overnight at the Sweetwaters Tented Camp. All meals included.

Day 3

Ol Pejeta Camp – Samburu Game Reserve

After an early breakfast in the morning we will go for to visit the Chimpanzee Center where we will see the apes and take some pictures as we are lectured by the resident guides. We will then check out and drive further north to the Kenyan Northern Frontier districts via Isiolo town arriving at Samburu Game Reserve in the afternoon. Lunch we take picnic lunch on this day so on arrival we register at the Gate and start on straight the afternoon game drive. We will then check in at the lodge/camp in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Ashnil Samburu Camp. All meals included.

Day 4

Full day safari Samburu / Shaba Game Reserve

Early morning game drive if you wish at the Samburu National Reserve then return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast you will go out for a fun-filled day of game drives exploring the Samburu National Reserve and its sister reserve that is Shaba Game Reserve. These national reserves share one border so animals move from one site to the other freely.  You expect to see many animals among them; lions, elephants, hippos, buffaloes but also the rare species like the Grevy’s Zebra, the Gerenuks, the Beisa Oryx, reticulated giraffes as well as rare birds like the Somali Ostrich Dinner and overnight will be at Ashnil Samburu Camp.

Day 5

Aberdares National Park

After breakfast at your lodge/camp we drive back on the same highway and drive via Nanyuki town and the Mount Kenya slopes town of Naromoru, and Nyeri to Aberdares Mountains National Park. We arrive in perfect time for lunch at Out spans Hotel if staying overnight at Treetops Hotel or Aberdares Country Club if staying at The Ark Hotel. After a sumptuous lunch at the base hotel you will be collected by the hotel 4×4 vehicle for game drives at Aberdares National Park until late afternoon when you will check in at Treetops Hotel or The Ark Hotel for dinner and overnight. From these Tree hotels you can watch animals at the floodlit water holes and salt licks. Dinner and overnight is at The Ark inside Aberdares National Park. All meals included.

Day 6

Aberdares – Lake Nakuru National Park

Breakfast at the tree lodge in Aberdares then we drive to through the famous Thomson’s falls in Nyahururu and down to the Rift Valleys finest national park; Lake Nakuru National Park. Arrive at mid day and after registration at the gate we drive to the lodge for hot lunch with some game drives on the way. After lunch we head out to the lakeside for wonderful sights of the colorful flamingos and then go for game drives around the park in search of animals like lions, buffalos, impalas, gazelles and the rarest species found here like the white rhinos and the Rothschild’s giraffes. We d game drives till late afternoon when we drive to the lodge or camp for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge inside the park. All meals included.

Day 7

Nakuru – Masai Mara

We leave after breakfast at the lodge or camp for Masai Mara via the Naivasha lakeside town, Mai mahiu and the Masai town of Narok. We will have a brief stop at Mai mahiu to see the hot springs if you wish. We arrive at Masai Mara National reserve in time for lunch at the lodge or Camp and then we go out for an afternoon game drive until late afternoon when we drive back for dinner and overnight. At Masai Mara we also have the option of visiting a Masai Village to learn a bit of the culture and traditions of these nomadic people who have stood the test of time, and wave of westernization to maintain their age old traditions. Overnight at Zebra Plains Mara Camp. All meals included.

Day 8

Full Day safari in Masai Mara

This morning you have every reason to go for an early morning game drive if you wish as it gives you the chance to spot the nocturnal predators returning from a hunting night out and see the diurnal ones wake up for a new day. Some even try to avoid the morning dew making it even easier to spot them along the roads. After breakfast at the lodge or camp, you leave again with a lunch box for a full day of game drives out in the Plains of Masai Mara. Lunch will then be served at one of the picnic sites. Alternatively, you may opt to do a morning and afternoon game drive with a break for hot lunch at the lodge or Camp. Masai Mara is where you can see the Wildebeests Migration believed to be the most amazing wildlife spectacle of the world and the new seventh wonder of the world. Depending on your time of visit you may be lucky to witness this amazing natural phenomenon. Dinner and overnight at Zebra Plains Mara Camp. All meals included.

Day 9

Masai Mara – Drive back to Nairobi.

Breakfast at the lodge/camp then we go for the last game drive before we check out of and drive back to Nairobi where the tour ends. Depending on your schedule you may also be dropped at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international flight back home.

At the end of this tour we if you are flying later in the night we can offer you a complimentary transfer to the fabulous Carnivore Restaurant where you can have dinner and then dropped at the Airport for departure.

This like any other of our tours can be easily combined with a beach extension at the Kenya Coast or Zanzibar Island. The Kenya Coast Comprises of fabulous beaches resorts with nice un-interrupted beaches in Mombasa, Tiwi and Diani in the North Coast and Malindi and Lamu Island to the North.

This safari itinerary to the best parks in Kenya is a private tour which can be taken on any time of the year but if you can avoid the rainy season of April / May especially for the Samburu / Shaba, it is advisable to do so. Being a private safari in Kenya, we can easily customize the tour for you depending on the time of the year that you wish to travel.

We can change the program in anyway in order to come up with the best Kenya Safari tour for you and your travel companions!.

9 Days best of Kenya safari Prices

The prices below are based on Peak safari season that starts on 1st july to 31st September, but we can provide revised pricing depending on your preferred travel dates. We offer this 9 days best of Kenya safari as a private tour, so you can start on anydate. We can also customize the tour with cheaper mid range accommodation or upgraded more deluxe accommodation depending on your needs and budget. 

Peak Season (15th Jul – 15th Sep 2022) 

2 Persons sharing 1 Double / Twin Room USD 2738 per person sharing
4 Persons sharing 2 Double / Twin Room USD 2324 per person sharing
6 Persons sharing 3 Double / Twin Room USD 2186 per person sharing

Prices Include

Transport in a customized pop up top 4 x 4 Land Cruiser jeep

English or other language speaking driver/guide.

Accommodation as per itinerary.

Game viewing drives in the parks and reserves

Park entrance fees

All meals on safari as mentioned.

Bottled drinking water in safari vehicle.

Pick up and drop off at Nairobi airport or Nairobi hotel

Boat ride at Lake Naivasha.

Prices Exclude

Visa to Kenya

Other bottled drinks

Items and services of a personal nature

Packing items on safari

Tips or gratuities

International Air fare

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