The Ultimate Kenyan Safari

Duration 12 days
Price guide
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Kenya is famous for its wildlife and it is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to go on safari. Explore its vast national parks and get an insight into Maasai culture on this incredible 12-day adventure. After a night in Nairobi you will head to the Lewa Conservancy, one of the best places to spot black rhino. Your next wildlife encounter will be in the Solio Reserve, exploring the vast plains, forest glades and lakes. From here you will make your way to the famous Masai Mara and the Mara Conservancies where you’ll be exposed to an eye-opening volume of game.

Trip highlights

  • Guided bush walks in Lewa Conservancy
  • Spotting the elusive black rhino in its natural habitat
  • Explore the vast plains and lakes of Solio
  • Take game drives with expert guides in the Maasai Mara

Bespoke safaris with Jacada

We design one-of-a-kind journeys incorporating luxury in all its forms. Our bespoke safaris include:

  • Exclusive luxury camps, lodges and hotels
  • Curated and private experiences
  • Skilled guides and local wildlife experts
  • Decades of experience from our team of experts
  • Full support from your personal concierge based in Africa
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  • Days 1–2 Nairobi
  • Days 2–5 Lewa
  • Days 5–7 Solio Reserve
  • Days 7–9 Maasai Mara
  • Days 9–12 Mara Conservancies
The Ultimate Kenyan Safari
Price guide
  • Days 1–2 Nairobi
  • Days 2–5 Lewa
  • Days 5–7 Solio Reserve
  • Days 7–9 Maasai Mara
  • Days 9–12 Mara Conservancies

Itinerary in detail

Every Jacada trip is tailored to your personal preferences and interests. Below you’ll find a sample itinerary to inspire your own custom-designed journey.

Days 1–2

Overnight in Nairobi

We’ve selected the very best hotels and lodges in Nairobi for you to choose from. This means you’ll have a very relaxing and comfortable stay in the best part of town, refreshed and ready to continue your onward journey. If you have time to venture out to explore for a while, there are plenty of interesting places to visit. Let us know what interests you and we can make some suggestions.

Days 2–5

Three days exploring the Lewa Conservancy

Take in Kenya’s stunning Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and some of Africa’s best rhino safaris. Your time here will be spent enjoying day and night game drives to spot the varying wildlife, horse riding, camel trekking, bush walks as well as archaeological site excursions and lectures on the history of conservancy, which this catchment is known for.

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In the trees

On horseback

Visit Ngare Ndare Forest

Today you will have the opportunity to visit the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust. This forest lies to the southeast of Borana, home to communities who have lived here for centuries. Within the forest there are some magnificent rock pools, filled with clear blue spring water, and a canopy walk to get you close to nature.

Horse riding experience

Riding on horseback through the bush, accompanied by an experienced guide, will give you an unparalleled opportunity to explore the wilderness in its most natural form, without the sound of a car engine or the sight of a road. Many game species allow horses to approach very close, so you may ride next to animals such as giraffe, zebra, impala, waterbuck, eland, ostrich and baboons.

Days 5–7

Two days on safari in the private Solio Reserve

Set in the lush foothills of the Aberdares and close to Mount Kenya, Solio Reserve is the premier place to see black rhino in Kenya and other types of game. Your travel designer will be able to inform you about the activities on offer in this area of Kenya. Some of the activities you might choose to add on to your stay include thrilling helicopter flights over Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Range, or a visit to a local school where you can discover more about some of the projects that trips like yours help to support.

Days 7–9

Two days exploring the Maasai Mara

Spend your time exploring the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve with morning and afternoon games drives. During the Migration season you’ll also be on the look out for the infamous river crossings.

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In the skies

On the ground

Masai Mara hot air balloon

Hot air balloon safari

Enjoy the unforgettable experience of floating gently over the Maasai Mara in a hot air balloon. Wake before dawn with freshly brewed tea or coffee delivered right to your tent, and enjoy the fresh, early morning drive to one of the two launch sites within easy reach from the lodge. Before you know it, the balloon is airborne and you’re floating effortlessly above the Mara.

Visit a Maasai village

Learn about the region’s rich culture by visiting a local village where your Maasai host will show you how they live in harmony with their cattle and the Mara’s incredible wildlife. The Maasai are proud of their heritage, and although they find mobile phones or motorbikes useful – they prefer to continue to live in their traditional way.

Days 9–12

Three days exploring the Mara Conservancies

The Mara Conservancies surrounding the Masai Mara National Reserve offer visitors the ultimate safari: the lowest tourist densities, incredible day and night game viewing, walking safaris and authentic cultural interactions. But above all, these Conservancies are managed according to a model that protects the delicate eco-system and benefits the landowners themselves – the Maasai people.

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An evening

Spend the night

Maasai Kids Silhouette

Maasai cultural evening

Tonight you will join the Maasai warriors as they sing and dance around the campfire. Music and dance is an incredibly important part of Maasai culture and this is a chance to experience something very special as the embers of the fire glow warm and the rhythmic dancing and chanting floats through the still air.

A sleep out in the bush

Many of our favourite camps can arrange a stunning sleepout under the stars, on raised platforms, with stunning views over the savannahs. Some are kitted out with infra-red headlights and night-vision cameras for watching nocturnal creatures. Talk to your travel designer about the possibility of adding this unique experience to your trip.

Why book with Jacada

Pesonalised design

We’ll plan your trip around your personal interests, tastes and preferences, providing honest advice based on first-hand knowledge.

Authentic experiences

Our expert guides and brilliant Concierges are hand-picked for their ability to bring your destination to life with care and passion.

Positive Impact

We seek out unforgettable experiences that benefit both local communities and the environment.