8 days

Kenya Lodge Safari

Kenya Lodge Safari

Game drives in the Masai Mara

Masai Mara's mammal migrations

Tented camp stays

The flamingos of Lake Nakuru

Trip rating
  • Live a real Lion King moment on this eight-day safari in Kenya's famous parks. Not only will you get up close with Simba and Pumba, you'll meet some amazing children at the East African Mission Orphanage whose smiles will shape your African experience.


    This itinerary will no longer visit Meru National Park. As a result, you will now be visiting Aberdare National Park for 2 nights.


    Day 1 - Nairobi

    On arrival in Nairobi, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel by our Peregrine representative. You may wish to speak to our representative regarding any additional tours or activities that you might wish to do while you’re in Nairobi. There will be a trip briefing at the hotel at approximately 6.00pm this evening. The rest of the day is spent at your leisure. Please note this is an arrival day – you can arrive at any time. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, was established at the turn of the 20th century by Europeans as a stores depot during the construction of the East African Railway. Without plan or design, it established itself as the capital of the British protectorate, and today has a population of around three million.


    Panafric Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Meru National Park

    Our safari departs from the hotel at 7am, so please be ready in the lobby on time where you will find our safari guide waiting for you. From Nairobi we travel north, skirting the jagged peak of Mount Kenya, en route to the dry, ochre plains of Samburuland. Green hills and fertile countryside gradually give way to more arid surroundings, as we descend into the northern frontier region.

    After passing Mount Kenya we veer right and continue on to Meru National Park in time for a late lunch at our lodge. A little later in the afternoon we set out on our first game drive. Located 350 kilometres from Nairobi and 80 kilometres east of the town of Meru, this interesting reserve attracts elephant, lion and a variety of antelope, whilst the trees conceal a sizeable leopard population. It was here that George and Joy Adamson raised the famous lioness, Elsa, who featured in their best-selling book 'Born Free', later made into a popular movie.

    We return to the lodge for dinner. Peregrine's eco-lodge is set snug amongst the lush forest and small streams right at the edge of Meru National Park. Each of the fifteen discrete rooms is well-appointed with ensuite and modern décor, and has been designed with sustainability in mind; they are built on stilts to minimise environmental impact and are made entirely of recyclable materials. Central is a bar and restaurant, serving only fresh produce sourced from neighbouring farms. Guests can walk through these farms during their stay if they wish.

    Murera Springs Eco Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Meru National Park

    Meru has one of the most varied landscapes of all the national parks in Kenya, encompassing forest, savannah and swamp. Its appearance also changes with the seasons; after the rains the grass can grow quite tall, whilst in the dryer months it can take on quite an arid appearance. The park supports an excellent variety of animals including the beautiful Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx (similar to the gemsbok) and graceful gerenuk. There is also a sizeable elephant population and it is not uncommon to see family groups down by the river, where crocodiles may also be observed lurking in the shallows.

    Our afternoon game drive takes us into a specially designated rhino "sanctuary" in the swampy north-western corner of the park. Here beneath the distinctive doum palms, both white rhinos and black rhinos can be found in an area that affords them greater protection.

    The rhino sanctuary is a secure area within the park, beside the western boundary near the main gate. This area is protected by fencing that allows free movement to smaller animals, and by numerous rangers, so rhino sightings should be fairly good within the sanctuary.

    As evening approaches we may be lucky enough to spot cheetah or leopard, both of which are common in the reserve.

    Murera Springs Eco Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Nakuru

    Returning along the shoulder of Mount Kenya where there are often good views of the twin snow-capped peaks, we drive across the Great Rift Valley toward Nakuru.

    We will stop for lunch at Thomson falls Lodge situated at the world famous Thomson’s Falls discovered in 1883 by Joseph Thomson, a Scottish Geologist and Naturalist. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to visit the Menengai Crater, one of the largest in the world, which affords us breathtaking views of the Great Rift Valley.

    We stay in a very welcoming bush lodge for the next two nights. The Lodge is perfectly situated in the naturally beautiful surroundings of Nakuru, Kenya. Assembled in amongst the African trees It offers a luxurious place to stay. It is a traditionally built lodge situated on the edge of a pond where trees are in abundance as well as the bird life.

    Before or after dinner you may take a short stroll up to see EAMO’s remarkable children. Or you may wish to simply sit back and relax in the lounge area of the dining or the privacy of your own room and enjoy everything Ziwa Bush Lodge has to offer.

    The East Africa Mission Orphanage looks after more than 100 children ranging in age from just a few days old to 15 years. The complete needs of the children, including full school education, are provided for by the orphanage. The orphanage is registered with the Kenyan Government and was set up by an Australian couple with the purpose of caring for the thousands of homeless orphans, walking the streets in search of food or turning to prostitution as a means of survival. We are proud to help support the efforts of this family and their incredible orphanage, and is excited to be able to take clients right into the orphanage itself! The children love to practice their English skills and are eager to learn more about the world - so be prepared for some questions!

    Ziwa Bush Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Lake Nakuru National Park

    A short drive takes us to Lake Nakuru National Park, the centrepiece of which is the lake itself.

    Lake Nakuru is a soda lake which is home to massive numbers of flamingos - up to two million on occasion - and thousands of other birds. It has been described as the world's greatest ornithological spectacle and, at times, the lake is literally a sea of pink. In addition, the park itself also boasts substantial numbers of other species, including waterbuck, reedbuck and gazelle. Leopards are also to be found here, providing good chances for sightings (although there are no guarantees!). Perhaps we may also be fortunate enough to again encounter one of Africa's most endangered animals - the rhinoceros. There is quite a good chance of seeing white rhinos, whilst black rhinos may prove to be more elusive. After spending the day in the park, we return to our private lodge.

    After our day in the park, we return to our lodge for the night.

    Ziwa Bush Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - Masai Mara National Reserve

    We head south-west to our next destination, the Masai Mara - arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. The area is known for its rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, and amongst the many species of game, we may be lucky to observe black-maned lion, leopard and cheetah. These predators find an abundant food supply in the massive herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle that roam the grasslands.

    We will have an afternoon game drive on the way to our tented camp.

    The usual routine involves waking up a little before dawn to start our morning game drive as the sun rises; this is often one of the most productive times of the day when most animals tends to be more active. After what is hopefully an exciting morning's drive we return to camp for lunch and to relax during the heat of the day.

    We set off again in the afternoon and expect to return to camp around sunset. However, depending on wildlife movements, we may on occasion do a full day's game drive and in this instance we'll stop en-route for a picnic lunch.

    Accommodation whilst in 'the Mara' is in an intimate tented camp. The camp is staffed entirely by Masai people from within the local community and our stay provides us with a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Masai customs and traditions. Reminiscent of the old safari camps of yesteryear it is very comfortable with each tent complete with ensuite facilities. Each tent has an enclosed bucket shower with hot and cold water, which is prepared on request by the camp staff. The tents are equipped with solar lighting and a supply of water for washing. The camp has a delightful dining tent with lounge area - a great spot for relaxing in the evening.

    There is also an opportunity to visit a nearby Masai village.

    Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Nairobi

    After breakfast, we return to Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon, where our safari ends.

    If you are departing from Nairobi this evening, please do not book a flight to depart prior to 9 pm. To reduce your travelling time back to Nairobi, you may wish to consider a flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi (additional cost). This gives you the chance to catch a late afternoon international flight out of Nairobi. Please note that the flight from Masai Mara arrives at Wilson Airport (Nairobi). International flights leave from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). If staying on in Nairobi, you may require a transfer from Wilson Airport back to our Nairobi hotel. We are able to book the flight and also the transfer to our Nairobi hotel (additional costs involved).

  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local driver/guide
    • Arrival transfer
    • 2 days in Meru National Park; 1 day in Lake Nakuru National Park; and 2 days in Masai Mara National Reserve (including entrance fees where applicable)
    • Authentic accommodation including in an eco-lodge on the edge of Meru National Park; in a lodge with ensuite facilities in Nakuru; and in a permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara
    • Transport in safari vehicles with a pop-top roof system to ensure excellent game viewing, and 4WD vehicles rather than minivans, allowing access to off-the-beaten-track places

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals not specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Kenya Lodge Safari

    Emily - , 29 Dec, 2009
    Overall Rating

    Get a great digital camera! You won't regret it.

    Kenya Lodge Safari

    Gary - East Sussex, UK, 29 Dec, 2009
    Overall Rating

    Our guide on safari was excellent,interesting,informative,got us in some great positions,was caring/observant to enviroment/animals and he really made our safari even better.Thank you James

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFKL
Group size 4 - 6
Start City: Nairobi, Kenya
End City: Nairobi, Kenya
Style: Small Group

What to know

You may choose to fly rather than drive from Masai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi on Day 8. This is at additional expense and subject to availability.

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