12-Day Kenya Best Safari Tour with Amboseli

Craft cherished memories on this private vacation.

This is the best choice to witness the Big Five in their natural habitats and experience the Massai tribe at one time.

  • Experience the African wilderness like never before with boating, biking, bush walking, and night game driving in different National Parks.
  • Discover Kenyan diverse landscapes with our custom 4x4 safari jeeps and the efficient fly-in safari for seamless exploration.
  • Indulge in the enchantment of Kenya safaris alongside our private driver-guides. They will expertly lead you to encounter wildlife and ensure you capture unforgettable moments with stunning photographs.

We happily customize this itinerary to accommodate your interests, adjust schedules, and plan special themed events for celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, retirement or bucket list experiences.

Days:

12±

Price:

from US$7,117 p/p

Best For:

First-timer

Best Time:

Jul. - Oct.

Flights:

Domestic flights included, international on request

Cancellation Policy:

100% Refund 22 Days before Arrival

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Journey Map (Suggested Route)

Kenya 12day tour map

Brief Itinerary for 12 Days in Kenya

Day Highlights
1
Nairobi
Nairobi Arrival
2-3
Lake Nakuru
Explore Highlights of Nairobi and Lake Nakuru
4-5
Lake Naivasha
Boating, walking and biking in national parks
6-7
Masai Mara
Enjoy unlimited Safaris in Masai Mara
8-9
Lemek Conservancy
Enjoy a night safari and visit the Massai community
10-11
Amboseli NP
Quest for free-roaming elephants
12 Nairobi Depart
This itinerary offers a Classic and Captivating experience for first-timers. If you are looking for a remarkable Kenya vacation that seamlessly combines safaris, exquisite cuisine, and thrilling adventures, I am here to assist.
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Tour Highlights

Learn the traditional cheese-making methods at Brown Cheese Farm, enjoy eight cheeses and a local lunch.
Brown Cheese farm
Indulge in full-board meals and savor unique dining experiences during your thrilling safaris in Masai Mara.
brush breakafast
Explore the Elephant Orphanage and make a meaningful connection by adopting one for the following year.
elephant orphanage
Opt for a fly-in safari and immerse yourself in a captivating wilderness with breathtaking panoramas.
fly-in safari
Indulge in unlimited game drives in Masai Mara and Lemek, spotting Big Five and other fascinating wildlife.
Masai Mara game drives
Embark on a captivating night safari, encountering gazelles, roaring lions, and mysterious hyena calls.
night safari
Explore Lake Nakuru's wildlife wonderland, where pink flamingos grace the lake and diverse animals roam freely.
biking in hells gate national park
Experience Lake Naivasha's enchantment on boat and walking tours, encountering hippos, and exotic fish.
biking in hells gate national park
Explore Hell's Gate NP on guided biking and walking tours to see captivating wildlife like zebras and giraffes.
biking in hells gate national park
Witness the free-roaming elephants in the Savanna, with the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop.
brush breakafast
Explore Maasai culture by venturing to their community and immersing yourself in their traditions and way of life.
Maasai community

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Nairobi Arrival
  • Welcome to the diverse land of Kenya! Once you land at Nairobi airport, our English-speaking representative will be waiting for you at the arrival hall, ready to give you a warm welcome.
  • Enjoy a warm and informative introduction to Kenya, followed by a private transfer to your cozy hotel.
  • Global Highlights guests in Kenya receive "AMREF Flying Doctors" insurance for emergency evacuation flight(s) to Nairobi.
Day 2
Nairobi-Lake Nakuru | Explore Nairobi's Highlights
Giraff CentreFeed the Giraffes in Giraffe Centre
  • In the morning, our private driver cum guide will meet you at your hotel for an exciting Nairobi city tour.
  • Explore the Karen Blixen Museum, housed in the former home of the famous Out of Africa author. Discover the captivating life and inspiration behind her renowned literary work.
  • Experience the Giraffe Centre, witness the conservation of native Rothschild's giraffes, and interact with and feed them. Get lucky kisses from these gentle giants.
  • Discover the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage, and witness elephants being lovingly fed. Engage with knowledgeable keepers and get up close to these gentle giants.
  • Global Highlights will adopt an orphaned elephant in your name for 1 year, along with a special certificate for you to commemorate the particular connection.
  • Learn about traditional cheese-making methods at the Brown Cheese Farm, taste eight varied kinds of cheeses, and savor a lunch with locally sourced ingredients.
  • Discover the Great Rift Valley View Point on the way to Lake Nakuru and be captivated by the awe-inspiring beauty of its dramatic landscapes, towering cliffs, and picturesque lakes.
  • Enjoy dinner and spend the night in your Lake Nakuru hotel.
Day 3
Lake Nakuru | Witness the Pink Flamingos
Crescent IslandThe Pink Flamingos in Lake Nakuru
  • Meet your private driver-guide and enjoy one-day game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park.
  • Enjoy the morning game drive, and witness the breathtaking sight of thousands of birds, including the pink flamingos, foraging and hunting for fish in the water.
  • Return to your hotel to freshen up and indulge in a delicious lunch.
  • Embark on an afternoon game drive to encounter over 50 species of wildlife, including the Big Five, especially the white and black rhinos, while marvelling at impressive herds of zebras, giraffes, impalas, and predators.
  • Indulge in a delightful dinner and unwind for the night at your Lake Nakuru lodge.
Day 4
Lake Nakuru-Lake Naivasha | Boat Cruise Amidst the Hippos
Crescent IslandHippo with a Cormorant on Its Back
  • Immerse yourself in the natural marvels of Lake Nakuru with an early morning safari, offering glimpses of leopards, lions, and a black rhino thriving amidst the African savanna.
  • Take a private transfer to the beautiful Lake Naivasha.
  • Enjoy a 1-hour serene boat ride across Lake Naivasha, where you'll glide past curious hippos and encounter exotic fish.
  • Indulge in a guided walking Safari on Crescent Island, and get up close to giraffes and wildebeests, immersing yourself in a truly unforgettable wildlife encounter.
  • Savor a delectable dinner and relax for the night at your Lake Naivasha lodge.
Day 5
Lake Naivasha | Biking through Hell's Gate National Park
biking in Hell's gate national parkBiking in Hell's Gate National Park
  • Meet your private driver-guide and enjoy a short transfer to the captivating Hell's Gate National Park.
  • Embark on an exciting guided bike tour through the Hells Gate NP and be prepared to witness an abundance of captivating wildlife passing by.
  • Take a guided game walk to explore the park's beauty, where you will be left truly enchanted by the sight of gracefully grazing gazelles, majestic antelopes, zebras, and giraffes.
  • Transfer back to your Lake Naivasha lodge and spend the night there.
Day 6
Lake Naivasha-Masai Mara | First Bite of Masai Mara
fly-in safariA leopard with her cubs in the Savanna
  • Meet your driver-guide in the morning and transfer to Masai Mara National Reserve.
  • Savor a delicious lunch upon arrival at your Mara lodge.
  • Experience an exhilarating afternoon game drive, venturing into wildlife hot spots to spot elusive animals, such as leopards. Your expert guide will determine the locations to visit, leveraging their intimate understanding of animal behaviour and tracking techniques.
  • After the game drive, you will be escorted back to the lodge to freshen up before enjoying a delectable lodge dinner.
Day 7
Masai Mara | Savor Kenya's Flavors in the Savanna
Bush BreakfastA Bush Meal in the Savanna
  • Depart from the lodge with your expert guide for a morning game drive in the crisp air. Watch out for elephant herds, lion pride, and the abundant wildlife in the Masai Mara along the way.
  • Explore the famous Mara River with the guidance of a Maasai warrior dressed in traditional attire, who will lead you to the dwelling place of hippos.
  • Enjoy a bush breakfast in a serene clearing by the hippo pool, with chilled sparkling wine or fresh juice.
  • Discover the iconic Big Five or explore lesser-known wildlife in the dynamic Masai Mara. Keep an eye out for hyenas, gazelles, impalas, giraffes, zebras, vultures, cranes, eagles, falcons, and ostriches.
  • Enjoy a delightful picnic lunch amidst the expansive African savanna, under the shady branches of a beautiful acacia tree, while taking in the breathtaking views.
  • Experience an afternoon game drive, where endless excitement awaits! Discover the rich wildlife diversity of the region, including the renowned Big Five.
  • Savor a delightful dinner and experience an enchanting overnight stay at your Mara Lodge.
Day 8
Masai Mara-Lemek Conservancy | Explore Mara After Dark
Night Safari in LemekNight Safari in Lemek Conservancy
  • Enjoy a serene pre-dawn breakfast by the fire before a thrilling safari adventure.
  • Embark on a captivating 2-hour morning game drive to the Lemek Conservancy, where you'll pass by herds of graceful impala and majestic giraffes grazing on the plains. Keep your eyes peeled for the presence of elusive predators in this wildlife adventure.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant Maasai culture by visiting their community and gaining insights into their rich traditions, unique way of life, and the captivating dynamics of their village.
  • Relish the classic safari experience by enjoying a sundowner from our custom-built 4x4 safari land cruiser, while witnessing the breathtaking sun setting over the rolling plains.
  • Indulge in a unique night safari and experience the magic of the African wilderness after dark: alert gazelles, roaring lions, and the mysterious calls of hyenas.
  • Savor a delightful dinner and enjoy an overnight stay at your Lemek lodge.
Day 9
Lemek Conservancy | Experience a Walk Through the Savanna
bush walkBush walk in Lemek
  • Experience a captivating morning bush walk accompanied by a Maasai warrior. Leave the jeep behind and establish a deep connection with the land, the flora, and the smaller wildlife.
  • Indulge in a delightful lunch amidst the heart of Masai Mara, beneath a tree that provides shade and tranquillity.
  • Enjoy an exhilarating afternoon game drive, where you can spot predators such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, and jackals.
  • Explore the Rhino Sanctuary—a haven for two majestic rhinoceroses, dedicated to safeguarding these incredible creatures from the brink of extinction.
  • Gather around a mesmerizing bonfire and witness an enchanting Massai dance performed by our Maasai friends in your lodge.
Day 10
Masai Mara-Amboseli | A Fly-in Safari Awaits
game driveAmboseli Fly-in Safari
  • Embark on a thrilling morning game drive and keep an eye out for majestic wildlife, including elegant giraffes, powerful elephants, and colourful birds.
  • Return to the lodge to freshen up, then head to the Mara Airstrip for a short flight to Amboseli National Park.
  • Meet your private driver-guide upon your arrival at Amboseli Airstrip and head to your Amboseli Camp/Lodge.
  • Embark on an incredible afternoon game drive through Amboseli National Park and be amazed by the sight of free-roaming elephants and a diverse range of fascinating species.
  • Savor a delightful dinner and experience an enchanting overnight stay at your Amboseli camp/lodge.
Day 11
Amboseli | Quest for Free-roaming Elephants
game driveTwo Baby Elephants Playing in Amboseli
  • Rise early to witness the breathtaking sunrise as it bathes the park in warm golden hues and showcases the majestic silhouette of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Experience the thrill of a morning game drive, with sightings of large herds on the move, and catch a clear view of Mount Kilimanjaro in the cloud-free early morning as it becomes rarely visible in the afternoon.
  • Head back to your camp for a refreshing pause and savor a delectable lunch.
  • Immerse yourself in an extraordinary afternoon game drive through Amboseli's diverse landscapes, allowing you to encounter the majestic Big Five specifically the free-roaming elephants, observe different mammal species, and marvel at a multitude of bird species.
  • Drive up Observation Hill the only spot where you can step out of the jeep for a leisurely walk, experiencing a serene atmosphere with cool winds from Mount Kilimanjaro and breathtaking panoramic views of the park.
Day 12
Amboseli -Nairobi Depart | Bon Voyage!
game driveGiraffes Walking in Amboseli
  • Embrace the thrill of an early morning game drive to search for predators, grazers, and diverse birdlife, immersing ourselves in the awe-inspiring nature that surrounds us.
  • Return to the camp and take a moment to freshen up before treating yourself to a delicious breakfast.
  • Enjoy a private transfer to Nairobi International Airport for your flight back home.

Hand-picked Hotel/Lodges/Camp

Giraffe Manor
Giraffe Manor in Nairobi
Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Losokwan Luxury Tented Camp
Losokwan Luxury Camp
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Sentrim Amboseli Lodge
Sentrim Amboseli Lodge

Price Includes

*Price from: $7,117 per adult

*The price is based on 2 adults in 4-star hotels/Lodges during the low tourist season. We can offer an even more competitive price for groups of 4 or more people. (tour code: gh-ke-2)

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Knowledgeable local guides
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Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
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