This is the ultimate itinerary for an authentic, adventurous and responsible safari. With Porini, it’s all about wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism – they use local guides and lease Maasai land for their small eco camps. Sleep in canvas tents and enjoy exceptional wildlife viewing without the crowds.
Suggested route & duration
7 nights from Nairobi
• Nairobi National Park: 1 night
• Amboseli (Selenkay Conservancy): 2 nights
• Mount Kenya (Ol Pejeta Conservancy): 2 nights
• Maasai Mara (Olare Motorogi Conservancy): 2 nights
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this safari
• Get straight out on safari in Nairobi National Park
• Sleep under canvas in authentic safari tents – even in Nairobi
• Be guided by some of the most knowledgeable guides in the world
• Support wildlife conservation and local communities
• Mix it up with activities like guided bush walks and night drives
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: Nairobi Go straight from arrivals to wide open plains in under an hour with a stay inside Nairobi National Park. Stay at Nairobi Tented Camp.
Day 2:Selenkay Conservancy (Amboseli) Fly on a light aircraft to Amboseli. Spot huge herds of elephant, go on guided walks with Maasai warriors, visit a local village and soak up sunset views over Mount Kilimanjaro. Head off the beaten track and stay in the wilderness of the Selenkay Conservancy. Stay 2 nights at Porini Amboseli Camp.
Day 4: Ol Pejeta Conservancy (Mount Kenya) Fly to Nanyuki to visit East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary that’s also home to the last two northern white rhino on Earth. The conservancy employs rhino protection squads to work to conserve these incredible species. Visit a chimpanzee sanctuary, go on game drives and stay in a hidden valley. Stay 2 nights at Porini Rhino Camp.
Day 6: Olare Motorogi Conservancy (Maasai Mara) Fly to a conservancy that borders the famous Maasai Mara. Highlights include scenic sundowners, guided walks and unforgettable game drives seeking out big cats. Stay 2 nights at Porini Lion Camp.
Day 8: Nairobi Fly back to Nairobi.
Night game drives
Head out after dark to try and see nocturnal animals like aardvarks, bat-eared foxes and serval cats
Rhino & chimp sanctuaries
Take a trip to the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and visit a sanctuary for rescued chimps
Visit the home of many of the camp’s staff and learn about the traditions of Maasai culture
Sleep under canvas at small eco-friendly camps with rustic charm
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
Staying in conservancies just outside of the national parks offers a quieter safari experience. Porini’s remote, comfortable tented camps are designed to have minimum environmental impact with no permanent structures and each has just 7 to 10 spacious tents.
Talk to us about arranging extra special experiences. On this itinerary, because you’re staying in conservancies it means you can do activities that aren’t allowed inside national parks, like thrilling night game drives and guided walks with Maasai warriors.
We’ve suggested 2 nights in each area so that it fits into a week’s holiday. You could stay an extra night in each place so that you have plenty of time to explore the conservancies and national parks. Extra nights will also give you time to just sit in camp with your binoculars, spotting the wildlife that wanders by.
There are lots of other great places you can include in this itinerary so if you want to stop somewhere else, just let us know. We recommend finishing your African adventure with a beach stay on the Mombasa coast.
Good to know
When to go
• There’s great wildlife watching all year
• The Great Wildebeest Migration is usually July to October
• July and August are the most popular and most expensive
• Rainy seasons are April to May and November to December – a good time to see new-born animals and get the best value