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An African safari is indeed a once in a lifetime experience. If you haven’t been to Africa yet, Kenya is the perfect place to begin your love affair with Africa. This itinerary is all about exploring wildlife, witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration and the famous Mara river crossing spectacle.


8 Days







Day 1 - Arrive in Nairobi City

  • Land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

  • Check-in at The Heron Portico hotel in Nairobi

  • Airport to Hotel Transfer: There is Uber in Nairobi, but with luggage, you should either ask the hotel to arrange a pick-up or take the official airport taxi at the Kenyatta airport after landing

  • Dinner at Mama Oliech restaurant to try local ugali and fish - This is the same restaurant that Mark Zuckerberg visited (if you are into that sort of thing) and it isn't anything fancy but definitely a good place to kick-off the trip with some local dishes!

Day 2 - Nairobi Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe center

  • Book a Nairobi city tour with Heron Portico hotel after arrival.

  • Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage - In case, you are wondering - it is completely genuine and some of the stories are really touching

  • Visit the Giraffe Center to feed the giraffes & if you are up for it, you can kiss one!

  • Lunch at Carnivore restaurant - It is a touristy place, but a must visit if you are a meat lover and open to trying some exotic meat!

  • Check out the local market and head back to the hotel

  • Dinner at Clay Oven Restaurant

Day 3 - Amboseli National Park

  • Check-out from Heron Portico hotel

  • Book a tour from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park which is famous for herds of African elephants with views of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

  • You can look for an all inclusive tour from Nairobi which includes a one hour flight to Amboseli from Wilson airport in Nairobi and a night stay in the Park

  • Check out hotel Amboseli Kilima, if you don’t want to opt for package

Day 4 - Arrive at Masai Mara National Reserve

  • Leave from Amboseli National Park, you will land at Wilson Airport and the best option is to immediately fly out to Masai Mara from Wilson airport to save time

  • Masai Mara is a 40min flight from Nairobi (if direct)

  • The staff at Enkewa Camp will pick you up at the agreed airstrip - Do not even think about staying somewhere else, this is definitely the #1 place to stay in Masai Mara (and no we are not getting paid to say that - just based on our own experience!)

Day 5 to 7 - Enkewa Camp, Masai Mara

  • Once you are with Enkewa, just sit back and let the magic unfold over the next 4 days :)

  • Spend at least 4 nights at the Enkewa Camp which gives you a decent amount of time to spot the big five, witness wildebeest river crossing if you are visiting in Aug/Sep and visit Masai villages and schools

Day 8 - Depart from Masai Mara

  • Take an evening flight back to Nairobi

  • Take the flight back home

Additional Tips - If you have more time

  • Full day trip from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru or Lake Bagoria to watch the flamingos

  • Day trip to the Equator at Nanyuki from Nairobi city if you want a picture next to the Equator sign!

  • Spend one or two nights at the white sand Diani beach - You will need to fly into or take a bus to Mombasa city and then a ferry to Diani Beach

  • Kenya is expensive (puts Scandinavia to shame!) so plan accordingly

Additional Notes - Things to bear in mind

  • For Masai Mara, the best way is to book an all-inclusive safari package which typically includes accommodation, food/ drinks, safari drives, and internal flights

  • There are way too many safari lodges and tour companies offering the same. Spare yourself the research and blindly book with Enkewa Camp! Our trip would not have been as special and memorable elsewhere - Jose, the owner, and the staff were fabulous!

  • Wire-transfer is the most common payment method for safaris, so don’t freak out!

  • Uber in Nairobi works like a charm and we did not have any problems at all

  • During our trip, we met travelers who had also been on a safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa, and the general consensus is this - You can see the animals anywhere, but watching them go about their daily business in the raw expansive lands in Masai Mara is hard to beat

  • Oh and make sure you have plenty of coffee in Nairobi, it is one of the best we’ve had and not surprising that Kenya is a major exporter of coffee to the world

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