6 Days Kenya Budget Safari

Welcome to Kenya, a country that encapsulates the true spirit of an African safari adventure. Known for its diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife, and vibrant culture, Kenya offers an incredible safari experience that fits well within a budget.

Embarking on a 6-day budget safari allows you to explore some of Kenya’s most renowned national parks and reserves, encountering the Big Five and other fascinating animals while enjoying comfortable yet affordable accommodations.

Get ready to witness the wonders of Kenya’s wilderness without breaking the bank. Below is a sample 6 days budget safari that we can customize and plan based on your liking

Itinerary: Day 1: Nairobi to Amboseli National Park

Your safari begins in Nairobi, the vibrant capital of Kenya. After an early breakfast, meet our guide and depart for Amboseli National Park, located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

amboseli national park

Arrive at your budget-friendly lodge, settle in, and savor a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a game drive in Amboseli, renowned for its large elephant herds, stunning vistas, and diverse wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for lions, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, and an array of bird species. As the sun sets, return to your lodge for dinner and relax under the starlit sky.

Day 2: Amboseli National Park

Wake up to the majestic sight of Mount Kilimanjaro dominating the horizon. After breakfast, head out for a full day of game drives in Amboseli. Explore the vast grasslands, swamps, and acacia woodlands, searching for wildlife encounters.

Amboseli is famous for its elephant population, and you’ll have ample opportunities to observe these gentle giants up close. Additionally, look out for cheetahs, hyenas, wildebeest, and a myriad of bird species.

Enjoy a picnic lunch within the park and continue your exploration until late afternoon. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast, depart Amboseli and head to Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its remarkable birdlife and rhino sanctuary. Arrive at your budget accommodation and enjoy lunch before starting your game drive.

Explore the shores of Lake Nakuru, where thousands of flamingos create a stunning pink spectacle. Keep an eye out for other bird species, including pelicans, marabou storks, and African fish eagles. As you traverse the park, encounter Rothschild giraffes, zebras, waterbucks, and possibly even leopards and lions.

As the day concludes, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha

Leave Lake Nakuru after breakfast and make your way to Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake surrounded by picturesque landscapes. Upon arrival, embark on a boat safari, gliding through the tranquil waters of Lake Naivasha.

white pelican

Observe hippos wallowing in the shallows, spot a variety of bird species, and enjoy the serenity of the lake. After the boat safari, head to your budget-friendly accommodation for lunch.

In the afternoon, take a guided nature walk in Hell’s Gate National Park, where you can spot zebras, gazelles, and even giraffes. Return to your lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Day 5: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Today, set off for the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve, renowned for its incredible wildlife and annual wildebeest migration. Arrive at your budget campsite and enjoy a tasty lunch.

In the afternoon, embark on a game drive, exploring the vast savannahs in search of lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, and a myriad of other animals. Witness the dramatic river crossings during the wildebeest migration season (July to October).

elephant walking during daytime

Marvel at the immense herds of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles as they navigate the treacherous waters, pursued by crocodiles and predators. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Mara and capture memorable photographs of the wildlife encounters.

As the sun sets, return to your campsite for a hearty dinner and immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of the African wilderness.

Day 6: Maasai Mara National Reserve

On your final day in Maasai Mara, seize the opportunity for an early morning game drive when the animals are most active. Witness the sunrise over the savannah and watch as the wildlife awakens to a new day.

With a bit of luck, you may witness a predator on the hunt or a majestic lion pride lazing in the golden grass. After the game drive, return to the camp for a late breakfast. Spend the rest of the morning at leisure, taking in the beauty of the reserve or engaging in optional activities such as visiting a Maasai village to learn about their rich culture and traditions.

black water buffalo on green grass field during daytime

After lunch, bid farewell to Maasai Mara and begin your journey back to Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon, where your remarkable 6-day budget safari in Kenya comes to an end.

Please note that the itinerary provided is a sample and can be customized to suit your preferences and budget. It’s always recommended to consult with a trusted tour operator to plan your safari and ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.

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    Luis Eduardo Torres R.
    Luis Eduardo Torres R.
    12:29 27 Dec 19
    Unbelievable experience! From planning and booking with Agnes, up to our last day, everything was great!Our driver, Jackson, was AMAZING! He definitely a big factor in making our experience so... unique.read more
    rommel carlos
    rommel carlos
    21:27 17 Oct 19
    Agnes of Mara Gates always responds within 24 hours regarding any of my inquiries. She made the process very easy and always accommodated changes to our itinerary. Ken our driver/guide is very... knowledgeable about animals and their behavior. Will definitely book another Safari trip with Mara Gates.!!!read more
    Robert Schlag
    Robert Schlag
    21:43 14 Oct 19
    Mara Gates provided us with an experience of a lifetime. The places that we visited were breathtakingly beautiful, the variety and number of animals and flora were spectacular. And our guide, Ken,... was so courteous, knowledgeable, and organized. The depth of his knowledge and explanations of animal behavior and the local environments was like traveling with a patient university professor of zoology, ornithology, and botany. Our lodging, food, and their support service staff were excellent. I give this company and its guide my highest recommendation. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.read more
    Malou Carlos
    Malou Carlos
    20:46 10 Oct 19
    We had a wonderful 9-day safari with Mara Gates. My husband found their website and came up with a custom-made itinerary, that Agnes gladly accommodated and made it even better. Communicating with... them was so easy because Agnes responds promptly. As soon as their office is open in Nairobi, they respond to our email inquiries quickly. We also met her at our hotel and we discussed the itinerary and she gave us pointers on what to expect during our trip. On the morning of the beginning of our safari, Ken our guide and driver promptly arrived and packed our van. Ken is a very intelligent, knowledgeable, wonderful person who gave us quick lessons on the different types of animals, birds, reptiles and also gave us lessons on their behavior. We would really like to go back and do another safari with Mara Gates, and most especially with Ken. Thank you so much for a wonderful trip!read more
    Rob Lovemore
    Rob Lovemore
    09:55 07 Oct 19
    our family booked a hot air balloon trip with Mara Gates. A very good driver collected us from our camp in a smart closed body Toyota Landcruiser. Our camp was nearly an hours drive from the balloon... site so it was a good commitment. Hot air ballooning is a must for visitors to the Mara. It's expensive but well worth it. We had a very competent pilot from Switzerland. The open air breakfast on the plains after we landed was also excellent. Then the same driver took us back home again. A great day out. Thanks Mara Gates.read more
    02:36 03 Sep 19
    We booked our African Safari trip with Mara Gates Safaris in May, '19. This was one of the best trips we have made so far and thanks to Mara Gates Safaris, it became the most memorable one. We... received all the help we needed starting from the booking until the end of the trip. Special thanks to our guide Ken who enlightened us so much about the nature and behavior of the animals in the wild and took us to some of the best viewing spots over the different parks.read more
    A Google User
    A Google User
    14:20 29 Aug 19
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our safari with Mara Gates. They were helpful from initial enquiries, through changes, to the final stop of getting us to the airport. The guide, hotels and meals... were all excellent. Our guide took great pains to ensure that we saw 'all' the animals and were able to take wonderful photos. We have great memories of this trip. At 84 and 72, we were comfortable all the way and felt well cared for. We would highly recommend this company and in fact we have to several friends. On another note, we had to cancel an earlier booking with this company because of an unexpected hospitalization. They were most kind and considerate and expeditiously handled refunds of our down-payment. Finally, from what I have seen, their prices are very good and certainly fall into the category of 'good value for the money'.read more
    Maurine Limo
    Maurine Limo
    12:12 10 Dec 18
    I had a wonderful experience with Mara Gates Safaris. I wanted a 5 day trip to the coastal town and they got me a very good safari. They are highly organized, excellent communicators- never once did... I not get my queries answered and very accommodating. Everything went exactly as scheduled and discussed. Ms. Agnes is easy to work with and a professional in her line of duty. First time with Mara Gates and I will definitely be using them.read more
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