This safari will take you to some of the best wildlife and scenic highlights of Kenya. Samburu National Park in northern Kenya hosts a number of species that are found nowhere else in the country. Lake Nakuru National Park is renowned for its large numbers of lesser flamingos and great sightings of white and black rhinoceros, and the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Our safari continues to the Masai Mara for the Great Migration. This is one of the best spots in Africa to observe big cats and spectacular river crossings that occur during the migration.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Local transportation
Professional guide
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

Letters correspond to points on the map found at the bottom of this page.


Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

Upon arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International airport, we transfer to our Nairobi hotel for our first overnight stay at Macushla House in the heart of Langata, a 20-minute drive from the city. No meals included as this is considered a travel day.

Full day in Nairobi with excursions

After breakfast at our hotel, we can enjoy the rest of the morning at our leisure before reconvening for lunch at the Talisman Restaurant. Then, we depart for the Daphne Sheldrick Orphanage for a private visit with baby elephants. This visit is exclusive for our group alone, and provides an intimate interaction with the baby elephants, while the elephant caretakers are there to provide information about the calves. Next, we visit the Giraffe Center where we can see and hand-feed Rothschild’s Giraffes, a rare and charismatic species. We return to the Sheldrick Center as official foster parents to watch as the young elephants are being put to bed. In the evening, we return to the Macushla House for a delicious dinner, overnight, and full breakfast.

Day 3: Drive to Samburu Game Reserve

Breakfast is at our hotel between 6:00 to 7:00 am. At approximately 7:15 am, we depart for Samburu Game Reserve arriving at our lodge in time for lunch and to enjoy an afternoon game drive in the reserve. Samburu is famous for its rare Northern species seen nowhere else in the world. We will likely see the Somali Ostrich with its bluish legs, the Gerenuk, the Reticulated Giraffe, and the Grevy Zebra. Dinner and overnight at Samburu GameLodge, overlooking the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the arid heart of the reserve.

Day 4-5: Full Days in Samburu Game Reserve

We spend the next two days in Samburu Game Reserve to experience several game drives. Depending on our morning, we may choose to return to the lodge for breakfast after our morning game drive or take a packed breakfast. Most animals rest during midday heat, so we can look for game once again in the afternoon. The landscape is stunning and beautiful – with a bit of luck we may see elephants in the mighty Ewaso Nyiro River. Meals and overnight at Samburu Game Lodge.

Day 6: Drive to Nakuru National Park

In the morning we drive across and down into the Great Rift Valley to visit Lake Nakuru National Park, which is famous for the numerous pink flamingos that gather on the shallow shores. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, overlooking the pink-rimmed lake and the silhouetted hills beyond.

Day 7: Full Day in Lake Nakuru National Park

Aside from the flamingos, we can also see multitudes of pelicans and a wide variety of birds. We have the opportunity to see the Black and White Rhino, the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe, Waterbuck, Rock Hyrax, a Euphorbia forest and other wildlife. Overnight stay at Sarova Hill Game Lodge.

Day 8: Drive to Maasai Mara Game Reserve

After an early breakfast, we set off for the highlight of our trip – the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. We arrive at Camp in time for lunch. The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary with abundant wildlife and gentle rolling grasslands, which ensure that animals are never out of sight. We hope to witness and photograph the greatest spectacle in Africa – the great migration. The Maasai Mara has the highest concentration of land mammals compared to any other park or reserve in Kenya! An afternoon game-drive will follow our afternoon coffee and tea. Dinner and overnight at Little Mara Bush Camp, overlooking a large hippo pool on the banks of the Olare Orok River.

Day 9-11: Drive back to Nairobi and outbound departure

We will be searching for wildlife from our vehicle during the next three days, with the highlight being the annual Wildbeest migration with river crossings and the predators that follow them. We leave camp each morning before sunrise to look for active predators and then finish our days relaxing around the fire. All meals are provided at the camp, unless packed meals are requested. Overnight at Little Mara BushCamp.

Day 12: Return to Nairobi

In the morning we return to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi for our international flights.

Tour Reviews

5 based on 6 reviews
October 5, 2016

I went on the Kenya Focus Expedition 6/28 – 7/13/16. I’m 82 years young, and got younger on the trip! Jami Tarris planned details for a queen (me)! And taught us much about the wild life and photography! It was THE trip of my lifetime! One would have a difficult time beating it at any price!

October 6, 2016

This was one of the most exciting and well planned trips we have ever taken.
From the time we landed in Nairobi to our departure, the attention to detail was superb. It was a small group which allowed for a great deal of personnel attention.
The trip to the Samburu Village was a great and the people very interested in us as well. They danced for us and were very welcoming.
The Safari covered 3 areas in Kenya, all of which were teeming with wildlife. Our guide Mwashi was top drawer and very well informed. He was patient, spoke perfectly clear English and went out of his way to ensure we saw all different kinds of species. His knowledge of birds was amazing. With so many of them everywhere it just added to the experience. We had the opportunity to see a lion kill in the great migration. Many other very exciting sights on the trail were so easy to photograph given Jami’s and Mwashi’s expertise.
We saw a black rhino which was quite a joy. Giraffes in pairs with babies which was a thrill.
When we got to the Masai Mara, we were fortunate to see lions mating which is quite rare. Herds of Zebra and Hippos were all around us especially in the area we stayed. The river banks were filled with Elephants and their young. We were amazed at every turn. We even saw a Leopard and it was a thrill.
The accommodations were terrific. The rooms were well appointed great attention to detail. The food in the 3 places we stayed was excellent.
Our guide and photography expert Jami was filled with interesting details and facts about the animals and helped us with our photography to ensure we got the best shots possible.

October 6, 2016

After many years of talking to friends and researching safaris to Africa, my husband and I finally decided to go to Kenya with Focus Expeditions. The trip was everything we hoped it would be and more. It’s impossible to explain just how spectacular Kenya is – the animals foremost – the scenery and the hospitality of the locals a close second and third. Our tour organizer and constant companion, Jami Tarris, made everything easy for us in the seemingly effortless way that she has, from the initial travel arrangements to the trip itself. Everything was perfectly planned. I can’t say that I would change anything about it except perhaps to stay longer. The local guides who drove us everywhere were particularly gracious, knowledgeable and personable. The vehicles were comfortable and well-outfitted, the accommodations were good to superior, as was the food. We were sad to leave Kenya, the spell-binding animals, the vast and varied landscape, and the kind, warm-hearted people. We have travelled quite a bit, and we would rank this trip at the very top.

October 7, 2016

Our trip to Kenya was fascinating and great fun. It was very well organized. We learned so much about wildlife and the local culture.
Each park was unique. It left us wanting to see more. I highly recommend this trip and Jami. She is knowledgeable and genuinely cares about both animals and people, and made sure we all had a great time and brought home great memories.

October 12, 2016

My first journey to Kenya with Jami Tarris and Focus Expeditions was way more than I had ever expected. The trip was filled with the beauty of wildlife and the African landscape. Jami is an excellent photographer and was very generous and patient to give me pointers so I would bring back some incredible photographs and great memories.
Jami and our driver Mwashi were considerate and so very knowledgeable that I came back with a greater love and understanding of what exists on our planet.
The accommodations were lovely and the trip was very well organized. I was looking at some pictures the other day and relived the wonder of the experience.

October 12, 2016

It is so challenging to put the experiences of our Kenyan trip into words. It was the experience of cultures, the completion of a 3 credit course in zoology(!), the enjoyment of the cuisine, and the travel over the countryside via Rover (that flying wouldn’t have allowed) that made this such a fabulous trip. Focus Expeditions planned it out SO VERY well.
Our lodging, the journeys, shopping, and communications were PERFECT. Our leader,JAMI TARRIS provided photographic instruction and factual information about the country and wildlife which were SO valuable.. The small group size was perfect and is also a key to success and learning. Well, NOW we are prepared for our next adventure to Norway in May to see polar bears! WHY? because this was $$$ well spent and an opener to continued adventures….the events, places, expert guides and planning made for a TOP NOTCH adventure.

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