Welcome to an incredible safari adventure in Kenya, where you’ll embark on a 6-day journey filled with breathtaking wildlife encounters, stunning landscapes, and unforgettable memories.
This budget-friendly itinerary takes you to some of Kenya’s most renowned national parks and reserves, offering an immersive experience in the heart of East Africa’s abundant wildlife.
Below is a sample itinerary for you to consider. We at Mara Gates Safaris (based in Nairobi) can customise it to suit your budget and preference.
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you’ll be warmly welcomed by your guide. Transfer to your accommodation in Nairobi, where you can relax and prepare for the thrilling days ahead.
You might choose to explore the vibrant city of Nairobi, visit the Giraffe Centre, or enjoy a cultural experience at the Maasai Market.
Day 2: Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve
On day two, after breakfast, depart from Nairobi towards the legendary Maasai Mara National Reserve. The journey takes you through scenic landscapes, with opportunities to spot wildlife en route.
Upon reaching Maasai Mara, settle into your comfortable lodge or camp and enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, head out on your first thrilling game drive in Maasai Mara, known for its incredible abundance of wildlife, including the famous Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino).
As the sun sets, return to your accommodation for dinner and a restful night’s sleep.
Day 3: Full Day in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Prepare for an exhilarating day as you embark on morning and afternoon game drives in Maasai Mara. The reserve is known for its vast savannahs, dotted with acacia trees, which provide the perfect backdrop for wildlife sightings.
Keep your eyes peeled for the majestic lions, graceful cheetahs, towering giraffes, and a myriad of other fascinating animals and bird species. During the game drives, you’ll also have the chance to visit a traditional Maasai village and learn about the rich culture and traditions of the Maasai people.
After a thrilling day, return to your accommodation for a sumptuous dinner and a well-deserved rest.
Day 4: Maasai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast, bid farewell to Maasai Mara and embark on a scenic drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, Lake Nakuru is also home to a variety of wildlife, including rhinos, lions, leopards, and giraffes.
Enjoy a game drive upon arrival and explore the park’s diverse ecosystems, from the lake’s alkaline waters to the surrounding woodland.
In the evening, relax at your lodge or camp and relish a delicious dinner.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru to Amboseli National Park
After breakfast, depart from Lake Nakuru and head to Amboseli National Park, located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.
Amboseli is famous for its large elephant herds, offering excellent opportunities for up-close encounters. Enjoy a game drive en route to your accommodation, and immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife of this unique park.
In the evening, marvel at the awe-inspiring sunset over the savannah, followed by a delightful dinner.
Day 6: Amboseli to Nairobi
On the final day of your safari adventure, wake up early to witness a breathtaking sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro. After breakfast, embark on a morning game drive, exploring the park’s diverse habitats and searching for wildlife.
Later, bid farewell to Amboseli and begin your journey back to Nairobi, where you’ll be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or your preferred destination within the city
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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