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Laikipia, Masai Mara & Nairobi
Best for: Beach, First time, Highlights
Perfect for a romantic getaway or family escape, this itinerary takes in an incredible array of activities in the stunning Laikipia region and some world-class game viewing opportunities in the Masai Mara for an incredible Kenyan safari.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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This is the perfect itinerary for those looking to escape the crowds by visiting the Laikipia region and by staying in a private conservancy to experience some incredible game viewing in the Masai Mara. Spend 3 nights in the beautiful Ol Pejeta Conservancy where you can explore 90,000 acres of wilderness. Home to Kenya’s largest population of black rhino, and large numbers of elephant, cheetah, lion, and even wild dog, Ol Pejeta is a wonderful area to stay. Head out with expert guides and enjoy day and night game drives, bush walks and even activities like mountain biking, canoeing, or visits to the chimpanzee sanctuary.
From Laikipia fly to the Masai Mara where you will stay in the exclusive Mara North Conservancy which offers some incredible game viewing opportunities on a private conservancy, providing a more exclusive experience to find lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, giraffe and much more. The Masai Mara can be visited all year round however if travelling between July and October you may well be lucky to catch the incredible spectacle that is the great migration, as thousands of wildebeest and zebra cross the open plains and brave crocodile infested rivers in search of fresh grass. End the trip back in Nairobi where you will stay at one of Nairobi’s most luxurious properties before flying home.
Days 1 - 4 : Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Stay at Kicheche Laikipia Camp for 3 nights
Your Kenya holiday begins as you land in Nairobi and are met and transferred to Nairobi Wilson domestic airport. Here you will catch a flight up to Laikipia where you will spend your first 3 nights at Kicheche Laikipia with all meals, drinks and game drives and walking safaris included. Nestled in the shadows of Mount Kenya, Kicheche Laikipia is a classic tented safari camp overlooking a watering hole in the stunning wilderness of Ol Pejeta. During your 3 night stay you will be able to head out on day and night game drives, bush walks and for the more active, canoeing and mountain biking, as well as activities like fly-camping, horse riding and day visits, all coming at an extra cost.
Days 4 - 7 : Masai Mara, Kenya
Stay at Kicheche Mara Camp for 3 nights
This morning you will head out on your final drive in Laikipia as you make your way to the airstrip where you will take a scheduled flight down to the world-renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve. On arrival into the Mara you will be met by your guide who will take you to Kicheche Mara camp in the exclusive Mara North Conservancy. You will spend the next 3 nights here exploring this game-rich area in search of the big five and much more. During your time at Kicheche Mara you can head out on game drives in the early morning or late afternoon, or even out on foot with your experienced guide who will be on hand to teach you about any of the wildlife you might find. If travelling during May to October, you may also be lucky enough to witness the great wildebeest migration.
Day 7 - 8 : Nairobi, Kenya
Stay at Hemingways Nairobi for 1 night
Your final morning on safari will be spent on a game drive which will end at the airstrip where you will take your scheduled flight back to Nairobi Wilson. On arrival into Nairobi you will be met and privately transferred to Hemingways Nairobi, located in the exclusive suburb of Karen. You can spend the rest of your afternoon relaxing in this stunning hotel, which boasts an impressive swimming pool, and wonderful spa for some last-minute relaxing before your flight.
Day 8 : Nairobi to London
Early this morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your return international flight back to the UK.
When to go
The Laikipia Plateau has a fantastic climate for much for the year with warm and settled temperatures throughout July and October with cooler conditions at night. The only time to avoid the region is during the long rainy season in April and May as well as November which sees the short rains. During these wet months, the majority of camps and lodges in the area close as roads are impassable and wildlife is harder to spot through the thick vegetation.
The best time of year to visit the Masai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which passes through the Mara between mid July to late October. Travelling in January and February also offers fantastic wildlife viewing without the crowds and the climate is perfect with warm days and bright blue skies. This is also the time of year when plains game give birth to their young meaning predators are never far away. The only time to avoid the Masai Mara is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
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Mara River Crossings
The Masai Mara is the perfect location to see the Great Migration, as 1.7 million wildebeest attempt to cross the river to access the prime grazing land of the Mara. This is an unforgettable experience, dubbed 'the greatest spectacle on earth.'
Diving and Snorkelling on the Kenyan Coast
Diving and snorkelling have become intrinsically associated with this beautiful coastline. With a number of reefs, notably a stunner off Wasini Island (Msambweni), one can marvel in the presence of rays, turtles, huge numbers of fish and octopus.
Nairobi Giraffe Centre
One of the best ways to spend time in Nairobi is by visiting the giraffe centre in the affluent Karen area. Get up close with the opportunity to feed these gentle giants...if you're lucky they may even give you a thank you kiss.
Kitesurfing on the Kenyan Coast
The Kenyan coast is renowned for being one of the best spots in the world for kite surfing. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro you are going to love this high octane water activity. A great way to burn off lunch!
Game Drives in the Masai Mara
Game drives in the Masai Mara is where the safari experience as we know it was born. Every morning and afternoon you will have the opportunity to head into the Mara with your guide and marvel in the multitude of wildlife that call this region home.
Walking Safari in the Mara
If staying in one of the conservancies of the Masai Mara you will have the chance to enjoy a guided game walk. This enables you to explore the Mara from an entirely different perspective and is a great way get closer to the bush
Hot Air Ballooning in Masai Mara
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Masai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust
Visit David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, this is one of the most successful orphan-elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation programs in the world. You will witness baby elephants being hand reared and watch them being fed and playing.
From $6240 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Meals as specified
Selected game viewing activities
Internal flights and transfers
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.