Days 1–2: Nairobi, Kenya
Arrive in Nairobi, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Once a rough outpost amid a highland swamp when it was established as the colonial capital of British East Africa in 1907, Nairobi today is the urban heartbeat of independent Kenya and one of Africa’s most important cities. Nairobi has long been a meeting point for adventurers and travelers from around the globe, and most Kenya safaris still originate here. Nairobi offers many sightseeing options that appeal to families, including the national museum, the historic home of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, the Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage, local crafts centers, and a chance to feed Rothschild giraffes at the Giraffe Center.
Days 3–4: Maasai Mara Private Conservancy
Leave the bustle of Nairobi behind today as you drive along the Great Rift Valley to reach the greater Maasai Mara region. The Mara is one of Africa’s most acclaimed wildlife enclaves, renowned for its wildebeest migration,
Rather than stay at a typical large lodge inside the national reserve proper, enjoy the seclusion of a luxury camp in one of the private conservancies that share an unfenced border with the park. While you’ll enjoy the same outstanding wildlife viewing, you have the advantage of far fewer vehicles to contend with, as well as exclusive activities not permitted in the park such as guided nature walks, wildlife drives after sunset to search for nocturnal or hunting animals, and more cultural interactions such as village, school and market visits.
Days 5–7: Maasai Mara National Reserve
Enter the Maasai Mara National Reserve via a less-traveled corridor, and explore the region on twice-daily or full-day wildlife drives, the latter featuring a picnic lunch on the plains, perhaps in the shade of an acacia tree. July to September is the typical season to see huge herds of wildebeest crossing the famed Mara
Day 8: Nairobi / Depart
Fly back to Nairobi today and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for homeward flights.