The Detailed, 8 Days Kenya Safari and Beach Holidays Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi and Flight to Lewa Downs
On your arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, our private tour director shall be at hand to receive and warmly welcome you to our beautiful country.
For all our arrivals, we are always at the airport at least one hour prior to our clients’ scheduled arrival time to make the beginning of your safari as easy as possible.
After introductions, we shall take a short flight of approximately 1 hour 10 minutes to Eastern Laikipia, where the Lewa Downs Conservancy is located.
Upon arrival, we shall hop aboard our comfortable 4×4 safari cruisers and head for Lewa House for a few hours of rest in readiness for the incredible adventure ahead.
The Lewa conservancy was founded in 1983 to save northern Kenya’s dwindling Rhino population.
At the beginning, Lewa’s Rhino population stood at 15 highly endangered Rhinos.
Today, the 62,000acre conservancy is part of the Mount Kenya’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and a poster child of successful wildlife conservation boasting over 169 Rhinos!
Your 5- star Kenya safari holidays shall commence with a game drive around the conservancy where you will be delighted to encounter Black Rhino herds like never seen before.
The conservancy also plays host to Grevy’s Zebra, the rare Sitatunga, and the Big Five.
Day 2: Game Drives in Ol Pejeta
The fun continues at the Ol Pejeta and Sweetwaters Conservancy which is 70kms from Lewa Downs.
This conservancy is situated smack in the middle of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares ranges.
It has a huge wildlife population but only covers 364sq km, making it the park with the highest game-to-area ratio.
You are therefore guaranteed to see the Big Five once more. as well as Chimpanzees and the world’s last two remaining White Rhino.
Also, in abundance, are Hippos, Hyenas, Bat-eared Fox, Dik Diks, Elands, Impalas, Jackals, Gazelles, African Wild Dogs, and Giraffes.
The conservancy has a wide array of flora and fauna due to its wetlands, semi-arid grasslands, riverine forests, and woodlands.
While the world’s White Rhino population has come down to the two White Rhinos at Ol Pejeta, the conservancy has one of the highest growth rates of Black Rhino populations.
There is, however, an Environmental and Conservation center at the conservancy.
The center is dedicated to promoting ecology, culture, and wildlife management.
It is there that you shall have a chance to learn interesting facts about the area’s people- the Maasai, Pokot, Samburu, and Turkana.
And as a bonus treat, you will have the opportunity to feed Baraka- the blind Black Rhino!
We shall then have lunch at the Morani restaurant and thereafter engage in a host of activities such as visiting the Sweet waters Chimpanzee sanctuary.
We will also go for a night game drive where you get the chance to see nocturnal predators such as the Bat-eared Fox and the Leopard in action.
Day 3: Ol Pejeta to Nanyuki/ Crescent Island Game Sanctuary
On the third day, we head out on a 22-minute drive to Nanyuki and check in at the Sopa Lodge. Once we are done with the logistics at the lodge, we will then continue on our safari adventure by heading to Lake Naivasha, which accommodates over 400 species of birds. Here, Flamingoes dominate the view. They are accompanied by Fish Eagles, Blue Sunbirds, Warblers, Herons, Storks, Grebes, and Pelicans.
Lake Naivasha is a shallow freshwater lake, cocooned by grassy banks. It is the largest lake in the Rift Valley, covering an impressive 139sq Km. To give you a better perspective of the Lake, we shall take you on a boat ride, where you get to see Flamingos up close, witness the Zebras as they idly quench their thirst and marvel at the humongous Hippos as they bask in the sun.
The tranquility of the Lake is only intermittently broken by the sounds of nature, mainly birds flying overhead.
Lunch shall be served at Crescent Island Game Sanctuary which is also by the lake, some 18 minutes away. Here you will sample Kenyan cuisine to the breathtaking panorama of nature, stretching as far out as the eye can see.
There is never a dull moment, because even on the Crescent Island, you will be treated to generous sightings of Antelope, Giraffe, Buffalo, Warthogs, more Hippos and Monkeys.
After lunch, we will take you on a guided tour of the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary where you get an in depth look at its inhabitants, who include Waterbucks, Wildebeest and over 200 bird species. We will then head back to Sopa Lodge for dinner and some well- deserved rest.
Day 4: Hell’s Gate National Park
This park owes its name to the geothermal activities around it. Ol Karia hot springs are located nearby and the park even has a Geothermal station within its boundaries. On the fourth day, we take you on a tour of this major attraction, which is also home to the rare lammergeyer (The Bearded Vulture).
Here, expect to be awed by the park’s towering cliffs, gorges and gushes of geothermal steam. The Fischer and Central towers in particular, will give you vantage points from which to view it all. These two spots are popular with photography enthusiasts and rock climbers from the world over and you too will undoubtedly love the view.
The park is excellent for walking and biking safaris and you get to move around among the Zebra, Gazelle, Giraffe and Eland.
Aside from your walking and biking safari, the park has a host of wildlife on offer, including Buffalo, Hartebeests, augur buzzards, Leopards, Verreaux’s eagles, and swifts which you can sample from the comfort of our 4×4 vehicles.
The park has served as the inspiration behind scenes in some of the world’s blockbuster movies, such as The Lion King and Tomb Raider. Even one of the park’s gates has movie related influences. The gate= Elsa Gate is named after Elsa the Lioness who is arguably Kenya’s most famous Cat. Elsa’s story is chronicled in the movie Born Free by Joy and George Adamson.
We shall then have lunch at the Lazy Bones Bar and Restaurant, then later explore the park’s famous gorges and caves. You will also get to see the hot water springs and sample both the hot and cold waterfalls.
Day 5: Naivasha to the Maasai Mara
An African safari is never quite complete without a visit to the extraordinary Maasai Mara. On the 5th day of your Kenyan visit, we shall go on the longest Kenyan road trip yet, all the way to the Mara. This is a 6-hour drive from Naivasha.
While the trip may appear long, the attractions and scenery along the way will definitely make it worth your while, as will the ultimate destination.
Travelling along the Narok- Maai road, we shall make a brief stop at the Great Rift valley viewpoint, where you can take in the magnificent and breathtaking view that is the Great Rift valley. From this vantage point, you will be able to take in the gorgeous Mount Longonot and Rift Valley escarpment
While at it, you will also have a chance to purchase batik crafts, beadwork ornaments and carving depicting the African spirit. It is also a good spot to take picturesque photos and capture the moment for posterity.
Moving along with our journey, we shall make a stop two hours later at Narok, where we shall have lunch at the Dream King Restaurant. Here, you can sample Kenya’s Ugali and Fish served with indigenous vegetables among other delicacies.
After lunch, we will continue with the trip and arrive at the Maasai Mara some four hours later. Our driver shall stop at the gate for 10- 15 minutes to settle the park fees after which we shall proceed to check you in at the Mara Frontier Hotel for the night.
Day 6: Game Drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve
Our budget Kenya safari continues on the sixth day after a hearty breakfast at the Mara Frontier Hotel. We shall set out on a day long game drive in this African savannah where you will meet the African Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino, also collectively known as ‘The Big Five.’
Of the five, the Lion remains the King of the jungle and Africa’s top predator; although the African Buffalo has been known to kill more humans than the Lion. Unlike its cousin the Water Buffalo, the African Buffalo has never been domesticated and remains wildly aggressive.
As for the Elephants, they have been known to communicate across vast distances simply using foot vibrations! On the other hand, Rhinos are the most endangered of the lot. Did you know that Rhinos have poor vision? -so much so that they have been reported to sometimes attack trees and boulders by mistake!
Of the Big Five, the agile Leopard is the most elusive, a trait enhanced by the fact that the Leopard is a nocturnal hunter. During our Kenya safari holiday tour, you will enjoy witnessing these amazing beasts up- close.
The great wildebeest migration is a great treat for those that book our Kenya luxury safari packages between the months of July to October. Every year, over 2 Million Wildebeest accompanied by hundreds of thousands of other herbivores, make a dangerous voyage from the Serengeti in Tanzania across the Crocodile rich Mara River in search of greener pastures on the Maasai Mara in Kenya
This is the largest overland migration in the world. And the danger for the migrating herds is not limited to the Crocodiles. In fact, over 3,000 Lions follow the migrating herds from Tanzania into Kenya
These migrant herds are all the more amazing because even in their enormous numbers, they cover a distance of 800 to 1000 kilometers at an approximate speed of 64Km/hr.! Even more astonishing is that this thunderous exodus is so synchronized that the animals neither bump into each other nor stray off course! Scientists have termed this phenomenon of organized relocation as ‘swarm intelligence’ and if your visit coincides with this wonder, you shall get to see it up close courtesy of our Kenya safaris from Nairobi.
Day 7: Hot air balloon/ Masai village visit
A hot air balloon cruise is a staple in our Kenya luxury safari package. Nothing is as spectacular as a sunrise or a sunset in the Mara, viewed while aboard a hot air balloon. It is the perfect ride that maximizes on your Kenya safari tour by enabling you to see the nooks and crannies of the Mara that were otherwise invisible while on the ground.
You will be able to see the savannah in all its splendor like never before. The hour-long balloon rides will also be a surreal experience in the sense that even the noise on the ground somehow all seems diminished while one is in the air. It is indeed an opportunity to peacefully float over the drama on the ground without missing a second of the action.
After the balloon ride, we shall take you on a tour of a Maasai village, where you will get to interact with the Maasai, one of Kenya’s most iconic people. You will have an opportunity to witness their simple way of life which belies richness of their culture.
Day 8: Wind down in Diani
We wind down the best 8 days kenya lodge safari tour with a trip down to the Kenyan coast at Diani. Kenyan safaris are not just confined to the jungle and wildlife. In fact, the best Kenya safari tours incorporate beach destinations on the itinerary for that all-important family beach vacation. Kenya has a whopping 1420 Kms worth of coastline, with a couple of islands within its territory.
In this 8 days kenya lodge safari itinerary, we take you to the most popular beach holiday destination in Kenya- Diani. The white sanded beaches and turquoise waters of Diani make it one of the world’s best beaches. So much so, that it was featured among the New York Post’s ‘12 best secret beaches of the world’
This beach getaway boasts of boundless fish and other sea- dwelling creatures in its waters, for you to sample. One such popular player is Ollie the Octopus whom you can encounter when snorkeling in the Indian Ocean at Diani. The town also features some of the best beach resorts on Kenya’s coastal belt.
Thereafter, depending on your travel plans, you will then check in your hotel for the night or be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. This marks the end of your adventure-packed, Kenya beach and short safari.
Kwaheri (Bye). Hope to see you soon