With stays in fantastic kid-friendly camps, this short safari has been created for families. Visit two of Kenya’s breathtaking national parks – Samburu and the Maasai Mara – and make memories together on game drives. We can also make this a more grown-up experience with upgrades to luxury lodges.
Suggested route & duration
7 nights from Nairobi
• Nairobi: 2 nights
• Samburu: 2 nights
• Maasai Mara: 3 nights
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this safari
• Seek out the ‘special five’ in Samburu National Park
• Stay at Intrepids camps, which have tented suites made up of two connected tents, and an Adventurer’s Club for kids
• Spot the famous big cats of the Maasai Mara
• A fly-in safari is scenic and adventurous, with bird’s-eye views and
reduced travelling times
• The joy of seeing your children learn about and appreciate wildlife and nature (recommended for age 7 and over)
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: NAIROBI Spend 2 nights in Kenya’s capital.
DAY 3: SAMBURU Fly to Samburu which sits right at the heart of the country, and enjoy game drives through the open-plain landscapes. Keep an eye out for the ‘special five’ – a group of animals that are rarely seen away from this arid park. Stay 2 nights at Samburu Intrepids.
DAY 5: MAASAI MARA Return south by light aircraft and explore Kenya’s poster-child park, the Maasai Mara, searching for the region’s big cats on game drives. Stay 3 nights at Mara Intrepids.
DAY 8: NAIROBI Fly back to Nairobi.
Samburu’s special five
The long-necked gerenuk and reticulated giraffe are two of Samburu’s ‘special five’ species
With stunning settings and a focus on families, these tented camps are great places to stay
The Mara’s big cats
The acacia-dotted plains of the Maasai Mara are prime lion-spotting territory
Add a visit to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery to watch the baby ellies play in the mud
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. If you don’t have kids, we can also recommend some great grown-up places to stay.
Where to stay
To create the perfect family-friendly holiday, we’ve hand picked Intrepids camps in Samburu and the Mara. Their spacious tented suites are 2 tents joined together that also have a living area. For an extra touch of class and proximity to wildlife in Samburu, choose Elephant Bedroom Camp.
Let us know if you’d like to add on some special experiences such as a hot-air balloon flight over the plains of the Maasai Mara as the sun rises. At the Intrepid camps there are special activities designed for younger guests, hosted by Samburu naturalists.
Following 2 nights in Nairobi, we’ve included 2 nights in Samburu and 3 nights in the Maasai Mara. This will be the shortest amount of time you’ll want to spend in each park. It’s easy to extend your stay in the Maasai Mara and spend some more time seeking out its famous big cats.
If you’d like to add another place, let us know. We recommend visiting Meru, just south of Samburu, to follow in the footsteps of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the lion. It’s also possible to fly from the Mara to Mombasa or Zanzibar, perfect if you’re after some beach time.
Good to know
When to go
• The dry months of June to October and December to March are the best for spotting wildlife, especially towards the end of the period when wildlife crowds round remaining water sources
• There are usually two rainy seasons – April to May and October to December – when low season deals may be available (it’s best to avoid the peak rains in April, May and November)