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8 DAY EXPLORER SAFARI – SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE, LAKES NAKURU & NAIVASHA, AND MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE<br /><small>5 National Parks, “Kenya Explorer”, from Nairobi to Nairobi (by 4×4 Land Cruiser Jeep)</small>

5 National Parks, “Kenya Explorer”, from Nairobi to Nairobi (by 4×4 Land Cruiser Jeep)

Private Safari Tour in Pop-Top Jeep

6 Parks – North to South Safari – From Nairobi to Nairobi

Departs from / returns to Nairobi airport / Nairobi area hotels

We’ll pick you up in your own private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep.

From the north to the south of Kenya, you’ll get to explore vast stretches of our country, discovering her great parks, scenic wonders, and fabulous wildlife. This complete 8-day African safari is well-paced for adventure and fun, taking you from the rugged terrain of Samburu Park to the Great Rift Valley Lakes of Nakuru and Naivasha to the savannah of Masai Mara, streaming with wildlife. For over a week, you’ll enjoy the best of Africa.

Enjoy this amazing safari in a customized pop-up roof Natural World 4×4 Safari Jeep that includes: Portable fridge/Cooler Box, 4 Binoculars, long-range high-frequency radio, Sand bags, 4G/LTE broadband WIFI connectivity, Power Outlets AC 230V, First Aid Kit, Safari Guide Books – Baby Seats and Side Steps available on request… and above all, a professional multi-lingual safari guide who will ensure you have an unforgettable safari experience.

North of Nairobi lies Samburu National Reserve, northern Kenya’s most popular park, where lions, leopards and hundreds of elephants ply the deep plains and life-sustaining Ewaso Ngiro River. We’ll pass snow-capped Mt. Kenya on our way to this park that is home to the unusual oryx, gerenuk, and Somali ostrich. The Samburu tribespeople also make their home in this ancient land.

Then we’ll turn and head south to the Rift Valley lakes of Nakuru and Naivasha. Lake Nakuru National Park is a most versatile reserve, home to exotic birds like flamingoes but also a great population of endangered rhinos. Nearby Lake Naivasha and its surrounding parks are a safari treat where we’ll visit the birds and wildlife by jeep, boat, foot, and even bicycle! After our boat safari across the lake we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Crescent Island Game Sanctuary and then take a bicycle ride to Hell’s Gate National Park to get up close to zebra, gazelle, antelope, zebra, and buffalo.

But for game viewing of an even higher order, our final destination, Masa Mara National Reserve is in a class by itself – world-class. This is Kenya’s most popular wildlife park, hosting an unusually large number of big cats. During the migrating season, you’ll see great trains of wildebeest and zebra stretching off to the horizon, a never to be forgotten sight.

From top to bottom we’ll explore Kenya’s most exciting parks for more than a week. Let us know about any special requests you may have for your safari adventure and Natural World Kenya Safaris will work hard to make them happen.

All-Inclusive. Your 8-day Samburu/Lake Nakuru/Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara safari includes all transportation, park entrance fees, game drives, accommodations and meals.

Natural World Kenya Safaris always offers you the most in choice and flexibility. You can even customize the cost of your safari, depending on your choice of season, the number of travelers in your party, and your pick of accommodation. Depending on your style or budget, choose from economy, comfort or luxury safari lodges or tented camps.

But it’s important to know… whatever level of accommodation you choose, your actual safari adventure with us will always be at our highest standards.

Your Guide. For your 8-day Samburu/Lake Nakuru/Lake Naivasha/Masai journey, you’ll be guided, hosted and looked after by your own experienced driver/guide.

Transportation to the park and game viewing will be in a private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep – this vehicle is the safari standard with its higher seating and rugged all-wheel drive. Always included on our tours, the Land Cruiser Jeep is just another example of the value we offer you at Natural World Kenya Safaris.

Customize Your Holiday 

If you’d like to customize your safari or have any special desires, please let us know. We’re here to make your safari wishes come true.

Please check the guide below for your African Safari Costs.

Tour Highlights:

  • Samburu Game Reserve
    - Local cultures, subsistence and commercial farming activities
    - Snow capped Mount Kenya
    - Different climatic and vegetation zones
    - Orynx, Gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy's zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Elephant etc
    - Samburu tribes & culture
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
    - Hundreds of bird species including few flamingos, pelicans and others
    - Rhino sanctuary
    - The Great Rift valley escarpment - Awesome scenery
  • Lake Naivasha
    - Boat safari
    - Guided walking safari at Crescent Island
    - Bird watching (A few flamingoes, pelicans and other bird species -season permitting)
    - Hell's Gate visit with bicycle ride
  • Masai Mara Game Reserve
    - Unlimited game viewing drives
    - Tree studded typical savannah terrain and a multitude of Wild animal species.
    - Colorful Masai tribesmen
  • Masai village visit - (arrange with your driver guide) = $ 20 per person - Optional
  • Hot air balloon ride at Masai Mara (enquire with us ) = $ 420 per person - Optional

8 Day Samburu - Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
  • Collection
  • Safari
  • Overnight
  • Safari
  • Overnight
  • Safari
  • Overnight
  • Safari
  • Overnight
  • Safari
  • Overnight
  • Safari
  • Overnight
  • Safari
  • Overnight
  • Safari
  • Drop Off

Nairobi – Samburu: (320 km – Approx. 6 hrs drive)

Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner

0730hrs: Your driver/guide will pick you up from your Nairobi area hotel, Nairobi airport or Nairobi area residence. We’ll head north in our private 4 x 4 Jeep for Samburu National Reserve.

Along the way, we’ll see the country’s tallest peak, snow-capped Mt. Kenya.

Our route to Samburu is through Kenya’s central highlands, and we’ll make stops at local markets to shop and enjoy the flavor of the markets.

We will also cross the equator and pause to mark this special moment.

At Samburu we will embark on our first game drive, rumbling over the terrain in search of lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, and elephant.

We’ll spend the first of two nights at Samburu at the lodge or tented camp of your choice.

Samburu Game Reserve – full day

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

We’ll arise in time to see the light spreading out on the great plains and delight to the first notes of the birds in the new morning.

Our day will be filled with as many game drives as you wish. Just let your driver/guide know how you would like to plan your day.

Besides the park’s big game, we’ll also be looking for unusual wildlife found here like Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx – a large antelope with a striking appearance.

We will also take drives to nearby Shaba and Buffalo Springs, two oases that are greener than Samburu with forests, woodland, and volcanic formations.

The park also displays over 450 species of avian life, including kingfisher, vulture, guinea fowl, falcon, and eagle. Despite its arid appearance, Samburu offers many surprises for the curious safari-goer.

Our final safari night will be at Samburu at your choice of lodge or tented camp.

Samburu – Lake Nakuru – (250 km – Approx. 4-5  hrs)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 

We’ll be leaving Samburu this morning but first, let’s take a game drive and try to find another elephant or buffalo on its way to a watering hole.

We’re on our way to Lake Nakuru and along our route, we’ll stop at Nyahururu to take in the towering cascade of Thompson’s Falls.

Lake Nakuru National Park is a lovely spot filled with waterfalls, acacia forests and the lake’s blue alkaline waters. You’ll find some flamingoes here along with pelicans, kingfishers, ostriches, herons, and eagles.

But the park is also known for giving sanctuary to a large population of black and white rhinos.

That’s what makes this reserve so special – its great variety of shape, form, colour, and species.

We’ll spend the night at your safari lodge or tented camp.

Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha: (80km – Approx. 1 hr)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

We’ve got lots to see today so let’s start with an early morning safari through the park on our way to nearby Lake Naivasha.

There’s so much to do at the lake and its surrounding parks. We’ll get started with a short bike ride over to Hell’s Gate National Park. We’ll hike through dramatic gorges looking for antelope, gazelle, even zebra, and antelope.

Back at Lake Naivasha, we’ll take a relaxing boat safari across the lake, greeting hippos and the various birds flocking nearby. We might even spot some wildlife grazing on the shore.

This peaceful sojourn will be followed by a guided walk tour to Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, a lovely park that is chock full of gentle wildlife like impala, gazelle, zebra, and waterbuck.

We’ve had a very full day getting close to the animals on jeep, boat, bike, and foot… truly remarkable.

We’ll spend the night at the Lake Naivasha safari lodge or tented camp of your choice.

Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara (285 km – Approx. 5-6 hrs.)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

How about one more game drive around the lake looking for birds and wildlife before we exit Naivasha for the immense spaces of Masai Mara National Reserve?

This is the big one – world-famous and Kenya’s most popular park.

We’ll have time to take our first game drive in the Mara this afternoon. Look for Africa’s Big Five – they’re all here. You’ll have your best chances of seeing lion and the other big cats as sightings are regularly reported.

We’ll spend the next three nights at the Masai Mara at the safari lodge or tented camp of your choice.

Full day – Masai Mara

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We’ve planned this 8-day safari to give you lots of time explore the rolling hills and acacia tree- dotted plains of the Masai Mara.

One of the most unique properties of the Mara is that this ecosystem has the highest concentration of wildlife in this region of Africa. Besides the Big Five, we’ll be looking for gazelle, topi, eland, plus great quantities of birdlife – kingfisher, stork, guinea fowl and plenty of raptors.

You may also see stunning hordes of wildebeests and zebra throughout the park during the Great Migration (July – October). This is the time when uncountable numbers of these grazers invade the park, crossing the Mara River, searching for sustenance.

We’ll take a picnic lunch near the river looking for hippos and crocodiles. And if it is the migration season, look for the vast influx of wildlife streaming into the Mara.

This will be our second night spent here at your Mara accommodation.


It is our second full day at the Masai Mara. If you have any special requests or spots you like to visit or re-visit, just ask your driver/guide. He’ll be happy to help.

Two fun activities your guide will let you know about are an optional visit to the local Masai village to meet the tribespeople and learn about their lives and culture. You might even participate in one of their dances!

The other optional event is a pre-dawn hot air balloon safari over the park. Imagine, sailing over the Masai Mara as the sun begins to light up the hills, valleys, and rivers of the reserve. You’ll have a perfect view of the wildlife as it roams over the vast plains. A not-to-be-missed experience, your guide can make all the arrangements.

Our final safari night will be spent here at your Mara accommodation.

Optional Masai Mara excursions

Masai village visit =$ 20 per person (consult your safari driver / guide while on safari)

-Hot air balloon ride =$ 420 per person (enquire with us)

Masai Mara – Nairobi (265km – Approx. 5 – 6 hrs)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch.

This is our eighth day on safari and by now you’re well-traveled and experienced explorers. So, what do you say we jump into the 4 x 4 for another drive through the park to see who we can see? The Mara always offers us fresh surprises.

We’ll enjoy a big safari breakfast at our lodge or tented camp and then an exit safari from the park.

We’re off to Nairobi and should arrive at about 16:30 hrs. (4:30 pm).

We will bring you to your hotel, residence or the airport.

8 days of discovery – lakes, rivers, and acacia dotted rolling hills. And all the wildlife that these lands offer as a gift of the natural world. We hope you took plenty of photos and memories to share back home.

We at Natural World Kenya Safaris appreciate your patronage and thank you for your trust. Until we next meet – Asante!

What you could see and do on 8 Day Explorer Safari...

  • Elephants
  • Zebra
  • Bufallo
  • Warthogs
  • Antelopes
  • Oryx
  • Reticulated Giraffe
  • Grevy’s Zebra
  • Somali ostrich
  • Boat ride
  • Bird watching
  • Nature walks
  • Visit to Hells Gate
  • Flamingo
  • Makalia Waterfalls
  • Unique vegetation
  • Lion
  • White Rhino
  • Black Rhino
  • Waterbuck
  • Giraffe
  • Terrestrial Birds (Up to 450 species)


Safari accommodation options for each location
Lake Naivasha National Park 
Luxury level lodge / tented camp accommodationLake Naivasha sopa, Naivasha Simba resort, Lake Naivasha Country club, Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort
Comfort level lodge / tented camp accommodationElsamere Lodge, Naivasha Crescent Camp
Economy level lodge / tented camp accommodationNaivasha Kongoni Lodge
Lake Nakuru National Park 
Luxury level lodge / tented camp accommodationSarova Lion hill, Lake Nakuru sopa lodge, Flamingo camp
Comfort level lodge / tented camp accommodationLake Nakuru Lodge, Sarova Woodlands, The Pelican Lodge, Sentrim Elementaita
Economy level lodge / tented camp accommodationLake Nakuru Lodge
Masai Mara Game Reserve 
Luxury level lodge / tented camp accommodationMara Simba Lodge/Camp, Mara Siria Camp,Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Ashnil Mara Camp, Mara Sarova Game Camp, Royal Mara Safari Lodge, Kandili Camp, Mara Engai camp, *Karen Blixen, Eagle View Camp , Fig Tree Camp-Ngamboli Tents ,Naserian Mara Camp ,Fairmont Mara Safari Club,Mara Crossings Camp
Superior Comfort level Lodge/Tented CampsKeekorok Lodge, Sekenani Camp, Tipilikwani Mara Camp, Mara River Camp, Matira Camp, Emayian Luxury Camp , Ilkeliani Camp, Loyk Mara Camp, Olengoti Eco Safari Camp,Hammerkop Migration Camp,Wilderness Camp
Comfort level lodge / tented camp accommodationFig Tree Camp, Osero Camp,Zebra Plains Mara, Base Camp Explorer , Losokwan Luxury Tented Camp, AA Lodge,Sentrim Mara Camp, Siana Springs, Mara Sun lodge, Azure Mara Haven, Mara Sopa Lodge, Mara Leisure Camp,La Maison Royale (LMR) Mara Camp, Mara River Lodge
Economy level lodge / tented camp accommodationEnkorok, Elangata Olerai, Ol Moran, Mara Chui Camp, Jambo Mara Safari Lodge, Explore Nature Mara Lodge
Samburu Game Reserve 
Luxury level lodge / tented camp accommodationSamburu Game Lodge, Samburu Simba Lodge, Sarova Shaba Game Lodge, Ashnil Samburu Camp
Comfort level lodge / tented camp accommodationSamburu Sopa Lodge
Economy level lodge / tented camp accommodationSentrim Samburu Lodge

Tour Price Includes

Not Included In the Tour Price:
- Bottled & Soft Drinks
- Items and services of a personal nature
- Tips & Gratuities.

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5 National Parks, “Kenya Explorer”, from Nairobi to Nairobi (by 4×4 Land Cruiser Jeep)
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