Ultimate Kenya Safari
Experience two of Kenya’s finest game destinations by combining the exclusive and activity abundant Loisaba Conservancy in Laikipia with the unrivalled wildlife densities of the Maasai Mara.
Prices: On request
Duration: 8 nights
Availability: Year round
Destinations: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Laikipia Plateau
i) A huge range of safari activities in Laikipia
ii) Get behind the scenes at the Loisaba Conservancy with the anti-poaching unit
iii) Observe packs of African wild dogs at Loisaba
iv) Interact with Kenya’s big cats
v) Glide over the Maasai Mara in a hot air balloon
vi) Get up close with the Mara’s semi-habituated wildlife
A superb itinerary of two halves demonstrating the contrast in Laikipia and the Maasai Mara. By blending the exclusivity and wide ranging activities of Laikipia with the absolute abundance of wildlife in the Maasai Mara you will experience the ultimate Kenyan safari experience.
Best time to visit?
So when is the best time of year to take this trip to maximise your overall experience? Without knowing you yet this is a difficult question to answer. With so many variables to consider we need to know what is important to you before we advise on the preferable time for you.
There are many variables to consider when attempting to recommend the best time to visit. Specific considerations include the whereabouts of migratory animals, the effect the density of the vegetation and height of the grass has on wildlife viewing, special wildlife moments such as the birth of baby animals, and the effect weather patterns has on wildlife behaviour. Other factors to consider are the variation in prices at different times of the year, visitor traffic, whether you prefer a lush or relatively arid environment and of course the annual climate, namely temperature and rainfall values.
For this reason we present detailed information for each individual destination in the locations section to help you understand what may work best for you. We will of course have an in-depth discussion with you prior to making a booking so you are completely happy with the time of year you decide to travel.
- Game drives
- Night drives
- Walking safari
- Horseback safari
- Mountain biking
- Camelback safari
- Sniffer dogs anti-poaching experience
- Bush breakfast and sundowners
- Hot air balloon safari
- Samburu village visit
- Masai cultural experience
- Domestic flights as described in the daily itinerary
- Airport transfers in Kenya
- 8 nights accommodation as stated
- Meals and drinks as stated in the daily itinerary
- All included activities as described above
- All relevant taxes and surcharges
- International flight to and from Kenya
- Airport transfers in home country
- Meals and drinks not stated in the daily itinerary
- Optional activities as described above
- Applicable VISAS
- Tips and gratuities
- Health innoculations and medications
Your Ultimate Wildlife Adventure Begins
Your adventure begins as soon as your board your overnight flight to Nairobi, Kenya.
Loisaba Tented Camp, Loisaba Conservancy, Laikipia (B)
On arrival in Nairobi you will be extended a warm Kenyan greeting by one of our representatives who will facilitate your onward journey to the Loisaba Conservancy in Northern Kenya.
On arrival in Loisaba you will be met at the airstrip by your guide and transferred to the beautiful Loisaba Tented Camp. The drive back to camp will double up as your first game drive as your guide will stop and discuss any interesting or special sightings.
On reaching camp you will have the opportunity to freshen up, orientate yourself with your new home, and satisfy your hunger and thirst, before heading out on your first game drive.
Loisaba Tented Camp, Loisaba Conservancy, Laikipia (B, L, D)
These next 3 days will be dedicated to safari and wildlife viewing. With 240 km² to explore and very little human traffic you will feel as though you will have your very own slice of African wilderness to yourself. The beauty of staying at Loisaba Tented Camp is there are an abundance of game viewing activities. You are free to choose whether you would like to observe wildlife on a game drive, on horseback, on the back of a camel, or on foot as part of a walking safari. Other available activities are fishing, mountain biking down the escarpment, or an educational experience as you spend time with the conservancy’s anti-poaching unit.
Wildlife is extremely abundant at Loisaba with recordings of more than 260 species of birds and 50 mammals. Wildlife you are likely to see are large herds of buffalo, dozens of the endangered Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and the greater kudu. Elephant lovers are in for a treat as Loisaba supports up to 800 elephants roaming through the conservancy. Big cat lovers won’t be disappointed as the feline populations are thriving with more than 3 prides of lions within Loisaba’s boundary at any one time. Wild dog, once thought to be extinct in the area, have made a comeback and sightings are once again relatively regular.
Naboisho Camp, Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (B, L, D)
Today you will say farewell to your hosts and the sublime landscapes at Loisaba as you prepare to travel south to the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Enjoy the amazing views over breakfast for a final time before heading off to the airstrip in good time to catch your flight to the Mara.
On arrival you will be met at the airstrip by your guide and as previous the transfer back to camp will double up as a game drive. You will arrive at camp with enough time to leisurely explore the camp, freshen up and enjoy lunch before your afternoon game activity.
Naboisho Camp, Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (B, L, D)
Enjoy three full days exploring the best the Mara has to offer. The Mara, with its abundant wildlife and seemingly endless plains, is considered to be the Mecca of safari Africa by some. Indeed wildlife densities here are among the highest in Africa so at times you may feel as though you are tripping over animals, especially between late July and the end of October when the wildebeest migration is in town. Wildlife is also extremely habituated to human presence in the Mara. The videos and photos of cheetah on top of or even getting into vehicles are usually taken here. This provides a great opportunity for intimate sightings and to go home with amazing photographs.
Safari activities are usually conducted in the morning and afternoon with a break to escape the heat of the midday sun. Game drives including off-road driving, walking safaris, as well as night game drives are on offer in the Naboisho Private Conservancy.
The End Of Your Ultimate Wildlife Adventure (B)
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end but today you will leave Africa with the comfort of having gained experiences that will live in your memory for years to come.
You will be transferred to the airstrip for the short hop back to Nairobi arriving in good time to catch your international flight to your final destination.
Loisaba Tented Camp
Loisaba Conservancy, Laikipia
Overview: Perched on the edge of an escarpment, Loisaba Tented Camp is designed to capitalise on unhindered views across Laikipia’s mottled landscape all the way to Mt Kenya. All accommodations and main areas enjoy a breathtaking vantage point over an expansive panorama. African-themed sophistication and style is the flavour of Loisaba Tented Camp. Spacious and airy tents are custom-built with large floor-to-ceiling doors and windows, high ceilings and polished wood floors.
Accommodation: Twelve incredibly spacious en suite tents, with breathtaking views that can be enjoyed from the verandah area. The bathroom is equipped with double vanity basin, large shower and an enclosed flush toilet. The camp has three family combinations, each comprised of a double tent and a convertible twin/double tent adjoined by a walkway. Each en suite tent enjoys an inside lounge area, verandah sitting area, a bathroom with double vanity basin, large shower and an enclosed flush toilet. One of the family combinations and an en suite tent enjoy exclusive access to a second private infinity pool.
Facilities & amenities: The inviting main areas of Loisaba Tented Camp include a large open dining area, separate open lounge and bar, a large wooden decking area for outside dining, relaxing and enjoying the view, and one of Africa’s most picturesque infinity pools.
Power & communication: The lodge operates on full electric power. WiFi and mobile phone network coverage are available but may at times be unreliable.
Activities: Game drives, night drives, fishing, horseback safari, camel safari, walking safaris, mountain biking and Loisaba Conservancy’s unique anti-poaching unit experience.
Children: Children of all ages are not only welcome but extremely well catered for. The camp accommodates children through special safari activity programmes and children’s menus.
Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya
Overview: Located in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Naboisho Camp offers guests a place of seclusion and tranquility. With resident game in abundance and fellow travellers by the few it offers a truly authentic African safari. With over 100 lions living in the vicinity of the camp, the conservancy has one of the highest lion densities in the world.
Accommodation: 9 spacious en suite tents (including 2 family tents). All en suite bathrooms are equipped with running hot water showers and flushing toilets.
Facilities & amenities: Central lounge and dining area. Swimming pool and complimentary laundry service.
Power & communication: Solar power, with back-up generator. Battery-charging facilities in central lounge area. WiFi is available but at times unreliable. Mobile phone network coverage is unreliable due to the wilderness location of the camp.
Activities: Guided game drives, night drives, walking safaris, fly-camping (at an additional cost), cultural visits, children’s safari programme, hot-air balloon safaris (at an additional cost) and photographic safari.
Children: Children above the age of 5 are warmly welcomed at Naboisho Camp.
- Special Status: National Reserve with adjacent Private Conservancies
- Location: South-west Kenya
- Land mass: 1510 km² (excluding private conservancies)
- Mammal species: 95
- Bird species: 500+
- Big 5 reserve: Yes
- Game drives
- Night drives (private reserves only)
- Walking safaris (private reserves only)
- Hot air balloon safaris
- Cultural visits
- Wildebeest migration (late July to November)
- Exceptional game viewing year round
- Amongst the densest populations of predators in Africa
- Phenomenal big cat populations
- Extremely habituated wildlife
- Superb photography destination
The mere mention of Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, or simply the Maasai Mara as it is more commonly known, immediately conjures up images of quintessential Africa. Its topography is indeed that of endless savanna punctuated with acacia trees and rivers, namely the Sand River, Talek River and famous crocodile-infested Mara River. It is a place where an unprecedented abundance of herbivores graze and predators stalk in the never ending cycle of life.
The Maasai Mara is undoubtedly Kenya’s premier wildlife reserve and one of the most famous in Africa. When asked, the majority of travellers who have experienced safari will have visited the Mara. Its appeal extends from first-timers, to photographers to experienced tourists.
Located in the South-west of Kenya its relative proximity and excellent road infrastructure with Nairobi ensure it is a relatively easily accessible place to safari. This coupled with the promise of outstanding game viewing and relatively low prices ensure it is a favourite amongst many.
The Mara is quite simply exceptional for game viewing. It boasts unprecedented game volumes and biodiversity. It has been estimated the reserve supports a phenomenal 240 large herbivores per square kilometre, this is truly remarkable abundance. Herbivores include impala, giraffe, wildebeest, both Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, common reedbuck, the beautiful Defassa waterbuck, Coke’s hartebeest and bushbuck. Less common sightings are the endangered black rhinoceros, common eland, and topi. The African elephant and common hippopotamus occur in large numbers and are guaranteed sightings on all safari trips to the Mara. A sighting we particularly enjoy is that of the beautiful Klipspringer, a small and shy antelope that prefers the safety of small rocky outcrops.
As an overwhelmingly positive consequence of all this potential prey is the largest density of predators in the whole of Africa. Lion, leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena stalk the plains whilst huge Nile crocodile’s wait submerged in the Mara’s rivers waiting for their next unsuspecting victim. As well as these iconic larger predators the reserve also supports a variety of smaller carnivores. The feline family are also represented by the caracal, African wild cat and serval. The dog family are represented by the bat-eared fox, side-striped jackal, black-backed jackal and the critically endangered African wild dog.
Nocturnal, and therefore more elusive, wildlife include the zorilla, honey badger, aardvark, springhare, Cape pangolin, striped hyena and aardwolf amongst many others.
The real wildlife spectacle is undoubtedly the famous wildebeest migration. Despite excellent marketing which may lead you to believe otherwise, the migration is not present in the Maasai Mara all year round. The animals usually rumble into the Mara in the most spectacular of fashion each year at the end of July. The frantic and dangerous Mara River crossing signals their arrival and those lucky enough to survive this treacherous obstacle are rewarded with fresh vegetation until the rains signal their return back south into the Serengeti. During these 3 or so months the plains are bursting with approximately 1,300,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thompson’s gazelle, 200,000 zebra, 97,000 topi and 18,000 eland.
Best Time To Visit
The Maasai Mara is a year-round safari destination thanks to its equatorial climate and abundance of non-migratory resident wildlife. However, seasons can be divided into the dry season and wet season. Both seasons, and indeed the months within each season, offers you a different experience. There is no time of year that offers you the best of everything so we provide you with a balanced account throughout the year so you are able to make an informed decision on the best time to visit based on your preferences.
The temperatures in the Maasai Mara are relatively stable and unchanged throughout the year due to its location close to the equator. The coolest months of June to August see highs of 25 degrees Celsius and lows of 11 degrees Celsius. Even the hottest months of January and February only brings a 3 degrees Celsius increase for average highs and lows therefore providing comfortable safari conditions year round.
The dry season runs from June to October and is characterised by low rainfall and clear skies. These are the months with the best weather. The driest months are July and August with precipitation averaging less than 30 mm per month.
The wet season is considered to be November to May. Rainfall usually significantly increases at the beginning of November and through December. This period is known as the short rains. It will rarely rain all day and most safari activities will continue without interruption. There is a slight respite in rainfall in January and February before the onset of the long rains from March to May. The wettest month being April. Although rain is rarely persistent all day it is frequent and heavy making roads impassable and being disruptive to safari activities.
Wildlife viewing in the Maasai Mara is excellent year round due to the sheer abundance and variety of non-migratory resident wildlife. However, it is undoubtedly the best as the dry season progresses. The vegetation thins out and the grass is low, therefore making animals easier to spot. The lack of rainfall causes temporary water sources to dry out meaning wildlife have to congregate around permanent water sources. This makes their whereabouts much more predictable and hence game activities much more reliable. The other major advantage for a Maasai Mara safari in the dry season is the presence of the wildebeest migration. The herds usually rumble into the Mara via the treacherous Mara River in late July and can be observed on the plains until late October or even early November.
The wet season isn’t without its highlights however. As with many reserves baby animals are born during the wetter months and migratory birds flock in large numbers during the rains. Resident game remains abundant too.
Unfortunately, but maybe as expected, the premium wildlife viewing months are peak season and this brings higher prices and increased tourist traffic. The reputation of the Mara and the ease of accessibility, combined with its relatively small land mass, ensure it can get overrun with tourists during the peak months. This can certainly detract from the bush vibe and authenticity of your safari experience. If budget allows this can be offset by staying in one of the private conservancies around the main reserve.
The bush is at its most beautiful in the wet season as the bush is verdant, the flowers are in bloom and the animals are relaxed and content. This is certainly the best time of year to appreciate the natural beauty of the land.