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Kenyan Safari

10 Day Escorted Tour

Kenya, Africa
23 Meals Included
12 Excursions
Intermediate Pace

Journey through Kenya's rolling grasslands and open savannah on a wildlife adventure in the birthplace of the modern safari. Search for the Big Five in the tropical highlands of Aberdare, embark on safari across the vast plains of the Masai Mara, and spot flamingos perched in Lake Naivasha as you experience Africa's unsurpassed natural beauty.


  • Embark on fascinating safari drives in a 4x4 in search of the Big Five
  • Witness Thomson Falls, Kenya's most beautiful waterfall
  • Visit a traditional village and learn about the Masai tribe
  • Visit to David Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre and enjoy a up close encounter with young orphans
  • Embrace the private island sanctuary of Crescent Island Game Conservancy
  • Sample freshly brewed coffee, Kenya's finest exports on a coffee plantation tour
  • Observe a variety of animals gather in the evening at a watering hole in Aberdare

Map Key

Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Nairobi

Depart on your scheduled flight to Nairobi.

Day 2

Breakfast & Dinner

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and check-in. Enjoy a quick breakfast and some time to freshen up before setting out on your first adventure. Visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and enjoy an up-close encounter with young, orphaned elephants at the most successful elephant rescue and rehabilitation programme in the world; the centre helps vulnerable animals intending to reintroduce them to the wild. Head back to the hotel for an afternoon of leisure and dinner.

Day 3
Nairobi to Aberdare National Park

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, travel from the urban energy of central Nairobi into the contrasting greenery of the outlying coffee-growing region. The area produces much of Kenya's 'black gold' - the robust coffee beans that are its greatest export. Tour a local plantation and learn more about its cultivation and harvest processes before sampling some freshly brewed coffee. Continue to the Aberdare Highlands, passing open plains and vast stretches of grassland before ascending into the verdant, tropical forests of Aberdare National Park. After lunch, transfer to your hotel and set out on a guided bush walk along one of the many trails winding across this wildlife-rich region. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through lush vegetation in search of elephants, buffalo, rhinos and the unique, red bongo antelopes which inhabit the park.

Day 4
Aberdare National Park to Lake Nakuru National Park

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. Stop en route at Thomson Falls where you'll witness the mighty roar of this waterfall as it cascades down over 74 metres. Arriving into Lake Nakuru National Park, check into your hotel before embarking on a late afternoon safari through the wetlands. This bird lover's paradise, located in the Rift Valley region, is one of Kenya's finest safari areas. Amongst others, it boasts white rhinos, the endangered Rothschild giraffe, lions and it's best-known residents - vast flocks of pink flamingos perched in a central lake.

Day 5
Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Naivasha

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Observe the park's wildlife stirring from their sleep on today's early morning safari. Return to your hotel for breakfast, then depart for Lake Naivasha. Enjoy a scenic drive, with the chance to spot animals dotted along the passing landscape, before arriving at your final destination in time for lunch. Lake Naivasha is the Rift Valley's highest lake, renowned for its shimmering expanse of water and the multitude of animals residing along its tree-lined shores. An afternoon at leisure allows you to relax and soak in the beauty of your natural surroundings.

Day 6
Lake Naivasha Region

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, journey to the private island sanctuary of Crescent Island Game Conservancy, located in the middle of Lake Naivasha. With its flat topography, a dense concentration of wildlife and unique island location, the reserve is often referred to as Naivasha's best-kept secret. Travel into the heart of the island as you search for animals and over 200 species of bird life. Return to the lake's shores and continue onward to Elsamere Lodge Conservation Centre. Refresh yourself with high tea at Elsamere Lodge and the visit the adjoining Joy Adamson Museum, dedicated to conservation heroes Joy and George Adamson. Browse through the museum exhibits which depict the Adamsons' conservation efforts and their experience raising the orphaned lion cub which later inspired the book and movie 'Born Free'. Later this afternoon, return to the main lake area for some time at leisure when it is possible to see hippos, buffalo, giraffes and colobus monkeys along the shore.

Day 7
Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara Game Reserve

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, depart on a drive through the savannah as you make your way to Masai Mara Game Reserve. One of Africa's most famed wildlife reserves, Masai Mara is home to a fantastic year-round concentration of wildlife and the annual Great Migration. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch before an afternoon safari carries you into the depths of the reserve. Go in search of the Big Five and over 450 species of birds and wildlife; the rolling grasslands allow for easy viewing, and the reserve offers some of the highest odds for spotting big cats.

Day 8
Masai Mara Game Reserve

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Witness the Kenyan landscape bathed in an early morning glow as you set out on a sunrise safari. Sunrise is one of the most picturesque and rewarding times to spot wildlife, who congregate around waterholes in large herds. Enjoy breakfast al fresco in the bush, before enjoying a visit to a traditional Maasai Village and immerse yourself in the song, dance, colourful robes and everyday activities of the local villagers. After lunch at your lodge, enjoy the last safari of your trip.

Day 9
Masai Mara Game Reserve to Nairobi

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart Masai Mara Game Reserve in the morning as you travel back to Nairobi. Along the way, stop at the Giraffe Centre established in 1979 to preserve the Rothschild Giraffe. Travel onward to Nairobi for a farewell dinner.

Day 10
Nairobi to UK

An early start to the airport for your flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

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This tour can be booked by calling 0330 818 8907

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The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 10 days before you travel
Eka Hotel
2 nights
Nairobi, Kenya
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The Ark
1 nights
Aberdare National Park, Kenya
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Tour Reviews

Roberta Nancarrow

26 Oct 19

Very comfortable hotels with good choice of quality food

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Important Information

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. The schedules of the domestic airlines in country are subject to frequent changes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local driver guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction &/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

If booking more than 12 weeks before departure a deposit of £295.00pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 12 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 12 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

To enter Kenya, your passport must have an ‘expiry date’ at least 6 months after the date you arrive and at least two blank pages. You will require a tourist visa to enter Kenya, apply for an “eTA” online before you travel. The only legitimate website to apply for the eTA is The cost for the eTA is approximately £40 per person. The visa takes approximately 5 working days to issue and it is only valid for a 90 day single entry stay from the date of arrival. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. When calling the Travel Visa Company they will advise you of any changes to the fees or the procedure, they will also advise you of all information they will require in order to apply for the visa. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding these.

Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 21 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your final documentation. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Luggage information

It is mandatory that your suitcase must be soft-sided (no hard shell suitcases) and should not exceed 60cm x 40cm x 33cm due to limited space on safari vehicles in East Africa.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches, boats and 4x4 vehicles. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The local currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling but USD ($) is also widely accepted. You can exchange money before you leave the UK and there will be access to ATMs in most major cities (not available in the reserves) where you will be able to withdraw money in the local currency. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases.

As normal practice you may be asked for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay. If you do not have a credit card, you may be asked for a cash deposit. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels as well as American Express.

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as tips, souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. We recommend you bring along a minimum of GBP £300 - £400 per person for these extras.


It is at your discretion to tip your driver/guide, waiters, porters, and housekeepers. We recommend to tip approximately $2 per person per day for waiters, porters and housekeepers and $6 per person per day for your driver/guide. This is a total of $56 per person to budget for tips on your trip for the driver/guide plus extra for the other staff. Tips are accepted U.S dollars ($).

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 7, and the maximum will be 20. If in the unlikely event there are less than 7 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

In Kenya, guests will be met by drivers who are fully trained as driver guides with a wide knowledge of each destination.

Private Tour: If you have booked a private tour then you will be accompanied by a Driver Guide or a Driver and Local Guides. These will be available to you during all scheduled sightseeing. Private Tours can depart on any day of the week depending on flight and train schedules and the opening days of the attractions. They will follow the itinerary as described in the brochure unless you have been advised otherwise and you will still have all of the same meals, sightseeing and local excursions included.

Throughout your tour, you will travel in a 7 seater vehicle that is adapted for both open road driving as well as safaris. It is mandatory that your suitcase must be soft-sided (no hard shell suitcases) and should not exceed 60cm x 40cm x 33cm due to limited space on safari vehicles in East Africa.

Your accommodation is selected for convenience, location, comfort or character, and can range from business hotels to lodges and camps. Hotel accommodation is generally rated as local three to four-star standard, but please note there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences in facilities and quality do exist between the UK and Kenya. All group tour hotel have private bathroom facilities, other facilities differ depending on the accommodation. The safari lodges may also have restrictions on electricity accessibility at certain times of the day. If you have booked a triple share please note that your room will be a twin room with a rollaway bed or sofa bed added. This may limit the floor space in the room. Rest assured that all accommodation used by Mercury Holidays is regularly inspected by our staff and partners to ensure that standards meet your needs.

Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner during your tour will be taken in local Kenyan restaurants or at the lodge/ hotel. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes and flavours.

Vegetarian and vegan meals can be catered for. Please contact Customer Experience for questions about other dietary requirements or allergy information.

It is not recommended to drink the tap water, even in developed countries water may contain unfamiliar elements that can cause upset stomachs. In less developed countries water is not filtered in the same way. Bottled water will be available at shops and hotels/lodges.

On your arrival in Nairobi you will be met by a representative from our local agent, Sense of Africa, holding a sign displaying: “Mercury Holidays”. The Mercury Holidays/Sense of Africa representative will show you to your transfer vehicle.

If you need to contact your representative during your stay the details are:

Sense of Africa: Mkungu Close, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya Telephone Number 00254 20 760 6000 E-mail

Emergency contact information: Please find below the emergency contact details Sense of Africa 24 hours Telephone: 00254 710 524 086 Email Address: