This comprehensive and leisurely paced 11-night road safari will take you around the country’s breathtakingly diverse landscapes. Explore vast national parks and sprawling lakes, and get up close to enchanting and lesser-spotted animals. It’s great if you want to experience more of Kenya.
Suggested route & duration
11 nights from Nairobi
Nairobi: 1 night
Aberdares: 1 night
Samburu: 2 nights
Ol Pejeta: 2 nights
Lake Elmenteita: 2 nights
Maasai Mara: 3 nights
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this safari
Travel in your own private safari vehicle (seating up to six) at your own pace and let your guide know which animals you’d like to see
Discover more of the country by road
Look out for the Big Five in the Maasai Mara
See the lesser-spotted ‘special five’ in Samburu
Spot rhinos at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Stay in a safari tent with sweeping views
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: Nairobi Arrive in Nairobi. Optional experiences today include visits to the Karen Blixen Museum, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery and the Giraffe Centre. Stay at the Nairobi Serena.
Day 2: Aberdares Spot elephants, lions, black and white colobus monkeys and the lesser-seen bongo in Aberdare National Park. Stay at Serena Mountain Lodge.
Day 3: Samburu Discover the ‘special five’, rarely found outside Samburu: the long-necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe. Stay 2 nights at Samburu Intrepids.
Day 5: Ol Pejeta The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is famous for its rhinos and spectacular views over Mount Kenya. Stay 2 nights at Serena Sweetwaters.
Day 7: Lake Elmenteita Visit the Soysambu Conservancy on the west of this sapphire-blue soda lake – it protects over 450 bird species and is East Africa’s only nesting site for the great white pelican. Stay 2 nights at Lake Elmenteita Serena.
Day 9: Maasai Mara See leopard, cheetah, impala and topi wandering freely through the most famous national reserve in Africa. Visit a local Maasai community; and from July to October, watch countless wildebeest reach the Mara after an 1800-mile journey from the Serengeti. Stay 3 nights at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge.
Day 12: Nairobi Head back to Nairobi.
See more of Kenya’s glorious lakes with day trips to Nakuru and Naivasha
Hot-air balloon safari
Drift over the plains at sunrise with game roaming below, before landing for a Champagne breakfast
Visit a Samburu community to meet the local people and learn about their fascinating culture
Cocktails with a view
Watch local wildlife gather by the waterhole while sipping sundowners at Serena Mountain Lodge
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
We’ve included great quality Serena properties – Mara Serena Safari Lodge sits high on a central hill with great views of the reserve (particularly for migration watching from July to October). Enjoy guided morning bush walks and sleep in stylish raised tents with thatched roofs at Samburu Intrepids.
Talk to us about adding on unforgettable experiences. You could visit an elephant orphanage, take a trip to a Giraffe Centre that’s home to endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, or fly over the Maasai Mara at dawn on a hot-air balloon safari.
We’ve included 2 nights in most places and 3 nights in the Maasai Mara to maximise your wildlife viewing time. This is a longer, slower-paced and road-based safari for those who want to soak up all that Kenya has to offer, but you can choose to fly or cut out stops if you’re short on time.
Combine Complete Kenya with our Amboseli, Tsavo & Beach itinerary (p74) for an epic 21-night trip that takes in 7 national parks and reserves and ends with a relaxing beach stay in Mombasa.
Good to know
When to go
You can take this trip year-round
Travel between July and October to see the Great Wildebeest Migration
July and August are the most popular months
The rainy seasons are from April to May and November to December – this is a good time to see new-born animals and get great offers