December through March are the warmest summer months. July and August are considered their winter and are the coolest months. September and October are springtime and weather again gets a little warmer.
In late July through September, you will see the annual migration of wildebeest into the Masai Mara. Although the sun is intense, early mornings and evenings can get quite cool, especially in the mountain areas.
Kenya is GMT + 3 hours in the winter, and GMT + 2 in the summer
Travel in East Africa normally begins and ends at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi or Kenya Moi International Airport in Mombasa.
Upon arrival, proceed through immigration and baggage claims and customs. Big Five personnel will be waiting for you with a Big Five sign with your name on it. We will help you with baggage and escort you to your hotel and assist with check-in formalities.
Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Karibu ni Kenya! Welcome to Kenya! Upon arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Located just off Mombasa road Ole-Sereni is the only hotel bordering a National Game Park. The title of the hotel is taken from the Maasai name for the area meaning 'place of tranquility'. Ole-Sereni captures the essence of Nairobi, which is the only city in the world that boasts a natural game park within its precincts. The hotel offers guests views of animals in their natural surroundings at the waterhole in the park from the restaurants, bar, swimming pool and other parts of the hotel. As 'The City Hotel by the Game Park” Ole-Sereni combines the best features of a modern city hotel and a traditional wildlife lodge where guests can enjoy nature's tranquility from a very close range. Ole-Sereni is strategically positioned close to the airport and the city center, offering world-class facilities and personalized services for business as well as leisure travelers. The hotel also enjoys proximity to the central business district, international organizations, financial institutions, government offices and the industrial areas of Nairobi. Ole-Sereni Hotel Nairobi
Day 2: Nairobi / Kalama Wildlife Conservancy
After breakfast, you will fly to the 240,000-acre Kalama Conservancy adjacent to Samburu National Park. Upon arrival at the airstrip, you are met and transferred to the distinctive Saruni Samburu Lodge within the conservancy. The conservancy is part of the Northern Rangelands Trust, an umbrella organization creating long-lasting local solutions through habitat and wildlife conservation, rural community development projects, protection of endangered species, and environmental education. This is an exciting and pristine wildlife destination in northern Kenya. With the elegant style and private atmosphere of its four villas, Saruni promotes the feeling of exclusivity, of having an incredibly large area all to yourself; and all that with a high level of comfort and tailor-made service. Activities include day and night game drives, professionally-led game walks, and visits to nearby caves where guests can see traditional Samburu rock art. Saruni Samburu Lodge (B,L,D)
Days 3/4: Kalama Wildlife Conservancy
Spend the days enjoying the rhythms of the East African bush – on foot safaris, you walk the Kalama mountains, among the most spectacular in Northern Kenya. See, feel, touch and smell its trees, bushes, rocks and watch for birds. Track animals with your guide, where the tracks and even the animal droppings tell a story that is unique to this area. Walk with Samburu warriors in the wild lands for an intimate and close up experience; and learn how they use berries and leaves, about their traditions and their everyday lives. During game drives, you are accompanied by a professional guide and by a Maasai tracker, a team that will help you to read the book of nature. Enjoy secret moments, especially for bush dinners, or to the river for a picnic lunch that allows you to be with elephants. Visit a genuine Samburu village and, because they are our friends, you will be allowed to share moments of their life. Saruni Samburu Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 5: Kalama Wildlife Conservancy / Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
This morning, travel overland to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Lewa Safari Camp featuring outstanding game viewing, and spectacular views to Mt. Kenya to the south and arid lowlands to the north. The camp is based within the private 65,000-acre wildlife conservancy of the Lewa Wilderness Trust, and is home to about 10 percent of Kenya's black rhino population and the single largest population of Grevy's zebra in the world. Lewa Safari Camp (B,L,D)
Days 6/7: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Spend the day enjoying tailored activities including game viewing in four-wheel drive vehicles, escorted horseback rides amongst the plains animals, and local walks. You can learn to read animal spoor and approach game on foot for exciting pictures. There is even a prehistoric site on the ranch where rough-hewn Acheulian hand axes have been found scattered on the ground, perhaps a half million years old. Animals at Lewa include elephant, numerous reticulated giraffe, eland, lion, leopard, cheetah, Burchell’s and Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, greater kudu, Grant’s gazelle, impala, gerenuk, bushbuck, dikdik and many others. Lewa Safari Camp (B,L,D)
Day 8: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy / Olarro Conservancy
Depart Northern Kenya this morning for the South. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your luxury lodge. Olarro, which means buffalo in Maasai is situated in the scenic Loita Hills on the Maji Moto concession. It is a wilderness of rolling hills and bush-land where Maasai pastoralists co-exist peacefully with wild animals. Your camp comprises of 8 African style cottages with grass thatch roofs. The cottages are constructed using only local materials. Each cottage has en suite showers and toilets. The comfortable lounge, bar and dining areas are found in the open-plan main building. Olarro is known for its personal service and delicious continental cuisine. Fresh herbs from the camp's garden are used to prepare homemade pastas and freshly baked breads. The viewing platform overlooks a waterhole. The camp also has three plunge-pools. Begin enjoying the camp’s activities this afternoon, ranging from walking and night safaris, to tradition game drives. Main Olarro (B,L,D)
Day 9 & 10: Olarro Conservancy
Enjoy the activities at your camp today. Gain firsthand experience of Maasai life and culture. It includes a visit to the local Maasai village to see traditional maasai homes, crafts at work such as beadwork, wood carving and Maasai customs such as the rituals that a Maasai goes through from childhood till they become a Warrior and finally an Elder. You can also see traditional Maasai dances such as the Warrior jumping contest and the women dancers and experience other aspects of Maasai life such as fire making, spearing and archery. These safaris are arranged on special request and the time is ascertained as per the convenience of guests and Maasai hosts. Night game drives are scheduled from 8.30pm to 10.00pm, on request. Guests are taken for a safari within the conservancy where they can view nocturnal animals with night vision goggles. These include the White Tailed Mongoose, Bush Babies, Spring Hare, Feraux Owl and the Montane Night Jar. Alternatively, you can relax at the camp spa. Main Olarro (B,L,D)
Day 11: Olarro Conservancy / Nairobi / Depart
Today you will fly to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. Upon arrival in Nairobi you will be met and transferred to a local restaurant for lunch. Continue to your hotel. This afternoon you will enjoy Nairobi’s Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage where you will have a heart-warming, VIP visit to see an orphaned baby elephant or rhino that has been fostered by Big Five on your behalf. After a farewell dinner you will transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will board your departing flight home. Ole-Sereni Hotel Nairobi (B,L,D)
Land price, per person, double occupancy: From US$800 per person per day