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Kenya Safari Adventure

Inspirational safari adventure to Kenya

Travel from north to south in this exciting fly-in Kenyan safari. See Meru National Park, the original home of Elsa the lioness, made famous by the book and movie, Born Free. Track lions and ride horses alongside rhinos in the Laikipia Plateau and fly over the Maasai Mara plains in a hot air balloon.

First up, Meru National Park which offers a thriving rhino sanctuary, and is famous for large elephant herds, hippo, lion, and birdlife. Elsa’s Kopjie is an elegant lodge with endless views. Next, you will stay at Sanctuary Tambarare Lodge in the unspoilt Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Witness the Big 5 on game drives and walks and there’s even a chance to visit a chimp sanctuary.

End this epic safari adventure with 3 nights in the legendary Maasai Mara, best known for its large concentrations of big cats. Even the dramatic arrival of the Annual Wildebeest Migration (June/July - Oct/Nov) merely adds to an already abundant resident wildlife. Game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, scenic flights, and balloon rides at Sanctuary Olonana Lodge will make for a wonderful African safari.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Nairobi International
  • 1 night - Hemingways Nairobi, Nairobi
  • 2 nights - Elsa’s Kopjie, Meru National Park
  • 2 nights - Sanctuary Tambarare, Laikipia Plateau
  • 3 nights - Sanctuary Olonana, Maasai Mara
  • Ends - Transfer to Nairobi International for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Kenya
  • Nights Icon 8 Nights
  • Safari Icon Safari

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Nairobi International

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Day 1

Arrive at Nairobi International Airport where you will be met and driven to your hotel in the city.

  • 1 night

Hemingways Nairobi
Bed & Breakfast | Deluxe Room

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Day 2 - 4

Fly today from Wilson Airport via light aircraft to Meru National Park. A guide will be at the airstrip to take you to your lodge.

  • 2 nights
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Elewana Elsa's Kopje
All Inclusive | Cottage

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Day 4 - 6

Fly from Meru today to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the Laikipia region. You will be met at Nanyuki Airstrip and driven to your camp.

  • 2 nights

Sanctuary Tambarare
All Inclusive | Safari Tent

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Day 6 - 9

Fly today to the Maasai Mara Reserve and game drive to your next lodge.

  • 3 nights

Sanctuary Olonana Camp
All Inclusive | Suite

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Day 9

Bid Kenya goodbye as you fly by light aircraft back to Wilson Airport. After a quick transfer to Nairobi International Airport, you will catch your international flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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  • International flights as detailed
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) except at Hemingways Nairobi
  • Road transfers as detailed
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities
  • National Park Fees
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Entry visas and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any sightseeing activities mentioned
  • Additional activities or options on offer
  • Hot air balloon trips in the Maasai Mara
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Hot Air Balloon Flights Icon Hot Air Balloon Flights
  • Conservation Experience Icon Conservation Experience
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Horseriding Icon Horse Riding
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Wild Dog
    Wild Dog
  • Zebra
  • Wildebeest
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Thompson Gazelle
    Thompson's Gazelle
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Reticulated Giraffe
    Reticulated Giraffe
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Hippo
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Cheetah
  • Buffalo
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
  • Aardwolf
Sample Itineraries


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