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
Touch down in Nairobi this evening. Welcome to Africa! On arrival in Nairobi, you are met by your Big Five Tours & Expeditions’ driver after you clear customs. Your guide will assist with your luggage and escort you to the hotel. Sankara Hotel
Day 2: Nairobi / Amboseli National Park
This morning, fly to your award-winning camp facing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park. The mountain is a spectacular backdrop for photographing elephant, cheetah, giraffe and plains game. Spot some of the many birds around the spring-fed marshes. More than 7,000 animals make their home in and around the area. Tortilis Camp (B,L,D)
Day 3: Amboseli National Park
Awake to the chatter of birds. After an early breakfast, drive through the bush on a private road that leads into Amboseli National Park for a morning of game viewing. Following a picnic lunch, return to the camp, game spotting as you go. This evening, venture into the conservancy, stopping for sundowners at a scenic spot. Then set out on your night game drive in search of nocturnal animals such as aardvarks, feral cats, caracals, bat-eared foxes, African wild cats, and other even leopards. Return to camp for dinner. Tortilis Camp (B,L,D)
Day 4: Amboseli National Park / Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Fly back to Nairobi where you connect with your flight to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Lewa Safari Camp featuring outstanding game viewing, and spectacular views of Mt. Kenya to the south and the 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 left in the world. Lewa Safari Camp (B,L,D)
Day 5: 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. There is 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. Lewa is home to and protects 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, dik dik and many others. Lewa Safari Camp (B,L,D)
Day 6: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy / Masai Mara Game Reserve
The Great Rift Valley spreads out beneath your small plane as you fly into the heart of big game country – the magnificent Masai Mara National Reserve. This irreplaceable wildlife sanctuary is home to a staggering number of animals, including a large predator population. Gently rolling grasslands stretch to the horizon, intersected by dark green veins of rich acacia woodland. A portion of the 1985 movie "Out of Africa" was filmed here. On arrival, you are transferred to your luxury tented accommodation in the Mara Conservancies. Mara Saruni Camp (B,L,D)
Days 7 & 8: Masai Mara Game Reserve
During game drives on the Mara, you encounter a wide variety of animals, including herds of buffalo, wildebeest, hartebeest, impala, and gazelle. You may glimpse the enchanting rare roan antelope with its long swept-back horns. Dense thorn bush reveal browsing black rhino, and large numbers of giraffe and elephant move along the edge of the riverine woodland. Host to the country's largest predator population, the reserve is renowned for lion prides up to 20 strong. Hippo and crocodile are plentiful in the Mara River. Game viewing in the Mara is a remarkable experience throughout the year, but little can compare to the Mara during the seasonal migration. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra try to make the dangerous river crossing to complete their 800-mile journey in search of green grass. It is, truly, the greatest show on Earth. Everyone should experience this at least once in a lifetime. Mara Saruni Camp (B,L,D)
Day 9: Masai Mara Game Reserve / Nairobi / Depart
After breakfast, return to Nairobi, where the remainder of the day is free. Big Five has a reserved dayroom at the Ole Sereni Hotel for your convenience. This evening, you will savor a final feast at a farewell dinner. As you set out for the airport this evening, bid “Kwaheri,” Swahili for goodbye, to this amazing land. After check-in for your homebound flight, you have time for last-minute browsing at duty-free shops. Ole Sereni Hotel - Dayroom (B,D)
Land price, per person, double occupancy: From US$1000 per person per day