Masai Mara, Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha, Hell’s Gate, Amboseli, Tsavo West & Tsavo East National Parks

Starting from Nairobi area hotels, airport, or location of your choice.

Finishing up by luxury train to Diani Beach on the Kenya Coast.

You can also request drop-off at Mombasa, Kilifi, Malindi & Watamu.

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

Map of route for a 9 day Kenya safari tour

Are you looking for the ultimate Africa safari? Our Total Expedition features Kenya’s premier parks – a literal who’s who of African wildlife. The big cats like lions, leopards, and cheetahs; elephants, buffalo, and wildebeests without end; spectacular birdlife, monkeys, baboons, and so much more.

This all-inclusive journey starts at Kenya’s most famous park, the Masai Mara, home to vast prides of lions and the Great Migration, a storm of millions of animals flooding into the park. The Rift Valley Lake parks of Nakuru and Naivasha are colorful treasures filled with grazers and exotic birds like pelican, ostrich, and pink flamingoes.

Amboseli rests at the foot of mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro and holds all of Africa’s big game in a busy but compact setting. The sister parks of Tsavo West and Tsavo East are Kenya’s largest and the place of legends, especially their unique lions and red-dusted elephants.

Nine full days of excitement and discovery, exploring savannahs, lakes, forests, and acacia woods. And then: from land to sea as we take you by rail to the Kenya coast on the luxury Madaraka Express for some surfside relaxation at lovely Diani Beach. We designed this safari as the ultimate adventure – join us!

What’s Cool About These Parks?

Is there a cooler name than the Masai Mara? This incredible park boasts the densest collection of wildlife in the region. During the Great Migration (July – October) get ready to see tens of thousands of wildebeests and zebra crossing into the park. And the lions, leopards, and crocodiles waiting for them.

You’ll find endangered species like Rothschild’s giraffe and rhinos at Lake Nakuru. And nearby Lake Naivasha and Hell’s Gate Parks offer all kinds of safaris – water, walking and even bicycling safaris past gently grazing wildlife.

Amboseli is home to so many free-ranging elephants that you are guaranteed to see them marching before the backdrop of iconic Mt. Kilimanjaro. Tsavo West surprises with odd volcanic formations and crocodiles at lush Mzima Springs. And the red rusty soil of Tsavo East adorns the big elephants here who like to give themselves a dirt bath makeover.

A leopard takes a drink from a watering hole in the Masai Mara National Park

Fast & Flexible

At AKS you write the rules. Travel and explore at your own pace in you own way. We’re fast, flexible, and always ready to respond to your requests. Book in advance or even the day before. We’ll get you out on safari – pronto!

Mara Sopa Swimming Pool

The Extras

Depending on your choice of accommodation you can enjoy extras like a bush breakfast/lunch/ dinner, traditional dances around the boma, bush dinner, evening bonfires, massage, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, special dietary menus, dinner at a Maasai homestead, game walks, babysitting, children’s pool, night game drives, and evening sundowners.

Stay Connected or Not. Your Choice.

We realize you’re on safari to get away from the usual. Still, there are times you may want to go online… perhaps to share your photos and adventures with friends. Our safari vehicles connect with Wi-Fi, about 75% of the time so you can usually connect when you want.

The Details

No one is more important to the success of your safari than your guide. At Africa Kenya Safaris, we have the friendliest, most experienced driver/guides. They will guide, host, inform, and look after you like the special guest you are. That’s our guarantee.

You’ll safari in style out to the parks in your own private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep – the best way to experience Africa with its higher seating for better views and its rugged all-wheel drive.

We give you more at AKS – customization, flexibility, and lots of choices. Your safari includes park entrance fees, game drives, accommodations, and meals. Plus, we always offer economy, comfort, or luxury safari lodges or tented camps.

Please give us a shout at Africa Kenya Safaris to set up your personalized safari adventure for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Front of a safari jeep

Check Out Your Ride

Experience your Africa Kenya Safari in a customized pop-top roof 4x4x Safari Jeep that features: Portable fridge/Cooler Box, 4 Binoculars, long-range high-frequency radio, 4G/LTE broadband WIFI connectivity, AC 230 V Power Outlets, First Aid Kit, Safari Guide Books, Baby Seats (on request), Side steps (on request) and most importantly an expert multi-lingual safari guide who will ensure you have an incredible safari experience.

Day 1

Nairobi – Masai Mara

5 – 6 Hour Drive

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

7:30 am  It’s time to start your adventure. From your hotel, residence, or another place of your choosing, grab your bags and hop into your Africa Kenya Safaris private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep.

Your driver/guide will tell you about the park and the homesteads you’ll pass on the way. Entering Maasai country you may spot the herders dressed in their traditional colorful shuka wraps, tending to their cattle.

We’ll arrive at the park in time for lunch. Settle in and refresh at your safari lodge or tented camp. Then we’re off to begin the first of our unlimited game drives during our 9-day expedition.

The Mara is a special and popular park blessed with over 95 mammal species and you’ll find all of Africa’s “Big Five” here – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant. But also, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, and so much more.

As we near sunset, we’ll head back to our accommodation to relax, have dinner and perhaps sit by the fire of our boma.

Day 2

Full-Day at the Masai Mara

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We like to get up early while on safari and you’ll get into that rhythm over the next week or so. This is a full day of game drives, but please know that you can design your safari to your preferences. Want more relaxing time? Just tell your guide. He’s here to customize your adventure to your liking.

Besides its healthy population of big cats, the Mara is known for the Great Migration. This is the annual movement of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles into the park, crossing the Mara River from the neighboring Serengeti plain.

We’ll head down to the river where crocodiles lie in wait for the thousands of crossing animals. Of course, most make it into the park but then they must be wary of waiting lions, leopards, cheetahs, and other predators. It’s a timeless cycle of the drama of nature playing out before us.

For more drama still, experience our optional hot air balloon safari over the park. This pre-dawn flight will take you over the savannah as the sun breaks upon the fields and hills, lighting up the wildlife as it emerges into the new day. An unforgettable adventure.

For a more cultural moment, enjoy an optional visit to a nearby Maasai village. You’ll meet the indigenous people of this area and learn about their lifestyle, customs and ceremonies.

We’ll spend our second safari evening at our Mara accommodation.

Day 3

Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru

6 – 7 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

arise for one last look around the Masai Mara’s horizons of rolling hills and active wildlife.

But then we’re off to our second park, Lake Nakuru. We’ll make stops along our route to rest, admire the Rift Valley formations, and to enjoy lunch.

Arriving at the park in the afternoon, you’ll take in a very different sort of reserve. Of course there’s the high-elevation lake with its rich birdlife, but also acacia forest, waterfalls, and towering escarpments.

At the lake, look for heron, kingfisher, eagle, and possibly some quite dazzling pink flamingoes adorning the shore. This is a gentle park of grazing impala, giraffe, and waterbuck.

It’s also an excellent place for rhino spotting – both the white and black species are found here.

We’ll settle in for the evening at your Lake Nakuru lodge or tented camp.

Day 4

Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha/Crescent Island/Hell’s Gate Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

One of the fun features of this area is the close-by assortment of parks that are easily accessed. In just minutes we’ll arrive at another Rift Valley lake – Naivasha. It’s an easy park filled with wildlife and birdlife. We’ll take a water safari across the lake gliding by swimming hippos with views of nearby pelicans and buffalo, impala, and waterbuck cooling off at the nearby shore.

Then it’s on to the next park, Crescent Island, a private sanctuary where we’ll take a walking tour close to grazing zebra, gazelle, and more birdlife.

Our last stop on this 3-park day is the aptly named Hell’s Gate, for its busy geothermal hot springs and steam vents. If you want, take a bicycle safari through its canyons, past its cliffs, and pedal by zebra, giraffe, and buffalo. A most unique way to visit the wildlife.

We’ll spend the evening at our Lake Naivasha accommodation.

Day 5

Lake Naivasha – Amboseli

5 – 6 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We’ve got a healthy drive to Amboseli, but we’ll be making stops to stretch, eat and enjoy the sights of the Great Rift Valley all around.

A sign that we’re getting near the park is the iconic form of Mt. Kilimanjaro rising in the distance. Amboseli rests near the base of the great mountain which serves as a most picturesque backdrop to the park’s southern border.

We’ll take a brief game drive and if we’re lucky, the clouds often obscuring Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak may part giving us a glimpse of one of Africa’s prettiest sights.

We’ll rest up at our Amboseli lodge or tented camp.

Day 6

Full day at Amboseli

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This will be a day of game drives, but you can also chill at your accommodation if you wish. Just talk to your guide about how you’d like to plan your time.

Amboseli is famous for its two “giants”. We’ve already talked about one of them, Kilimanjaro. But the vast herds of giant free-ranging elephants here are known throughout the safari world. They are just so numerous you’re guaranteed to see them marching about, going to their waterholes, and practically posing for pictures by the scenic backdrop of Kilimanjaro.

Amboseli also is home to other large wildlife like lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhino, plus many smaller species, as well as birdlife, settled around its marsh areas.

Towards evening we’ll head back to our lodge or tented camp.

Day 7

Amboseli – Tsavo West

2 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We’ve been on safari for a full week and getting into the rhythms of the natural world. As usual, we’ll be up early for another busy day.

We’ll take a short game drive around the park before heading out to nearby Tsavo West.

The park is a gift of unusual landforms like volcanic artifacts, unusual baobab trees, and equally unexpected wildlife. This is the home of the short-maned Tsavo lion of legendary fame.

Not far from the park’s Chyulu Hills we’ll find the lush oasis of Mzima Springs, home to exotic fish, birds, hippos, and crocodiles. We can take a break from our 4 x 4 Jeep here and walk along the shaded palm-covered shores, viewing the park’s wildlife that frequents the springs for its unlimited crystal waters.

Dinner and rest tonight is at our Tsavo West accommodation.

Day 8

Tsavo West – Tsavo East National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Good morning! We’ll take a last turn around the park before heading next door to sister park, Tsavo East.

The reserve is the largest and one of the oldest parks in Kenya. You’ll love its wild, terrain, accented with a rusty red oxide soil. The big elephants here like to roll in the dust, giving themselves a rosy “makeover” which you can’t help but notice as they parade about.

Tsavo East also shows off unique volcanic formations and several unique watering holes – Mudanda Rock and the Aruba Dam – great places for wildlife spotting.

We’ll settle in and enjoy dinner at our last accommodation, here in the park.

Day 9

Tsavo East – Mombasa/Diani Beach

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

It’s our last day on safari after more than a week of traveling, exploring, and discovering so much of Africa’s best parks. We’ll take an early game drive before departing Tsavo East.

However, on our trip to the coast, there will still be more opportunities to spot Tsavo’s wildlife from your train – the Madaraka Express. We’ll head over to the train station at Voi where your guide will make sure you are safely boarded in first-class.

This high-speed train is built for air-conditioned comfort with soft reclining seats. The large picture windows will provide colorful vistas of Tsavo East’s great plains and wildlife.

Should you be hungry or want to stretch your legs, visit the buffet car for drinks and snacks. You’ll soon arrive at the modern train station in Mombasa.

You did it. Nine full days of safari action. Very few have seen what you have and immersed themselves into the heart of Kenya’s brilliant wildlife parks. We’re certain you have volumes of stories to tell and memories to share. Now, onto the Kenya Coast and the diamond sands of Diani Beach. All of us at Africa Kenya Safaris thank you for your time, your trust, and your deep interest in our world.

Train schedule

Nairobi to Mombasa Schedule (InterCounty)

Nairobi (Intercounty)Emali (Near Amboseli)Mtito Andei (Tsavo West)Voi (Tsavo East)Mombasa

A representative from Africa Kenya Safaris will meet you for the transfer to your Diani Beach hotel. We can also bring you to the beach towns of Kilifi, Malindi & Watamu.

Jeep option to the coast

If instead of the train you wish to continue in your Jeep to the Kenya coast with your guide, you can choose to do so at no extra cost. You’ll arrive at your beach resort at approximately 5 pm.

Tour Highlights

– Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve
  • 3 action-filled days for wildlife sighting
  • Unlimited game drives in your own comfortable Safari pop-up top vehicle
  • The Big 5 – elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo & leopard… Plus zebra, cheetah and much more
  • Experience the Masai Mara, home to an ancient culture
  • Your choice of accommodations – from budget to luxury – stay in lodges or tented camps
  • Optional Masai village – Please arrange with your driver/guide – $20 per person
  • Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride – please ask us about this unique opportunity – $420 per person
– Lake Nakuru Park
  • Bird watching
  • Rhino sanctuary
  • The Great Rift Valley escarpment – dramatic towering formations & scenery
– Lake Naivasha
  • Boat safari past hippos & wildlife
  • Guided walking safari at Crescent Island Sanctuary
  • Exotic bird watching
  • Bicycle Safari/Game walk at Hell’s Gate
– Amboseli Park
  • Large Elephant herds – guaranteed sighting
  • Snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro (weather permitting)
  • Lion, leopard, buffalo, and elephant
  • Marshlands host many elephants, buffaloes, hippos, and a variety of waterfowl like pelican and Egyptian goose
  • Observation Hill – view the entire park, especially the marshlands with the elephants
– Tsavo West National Park
  • Scenic green hills and valleys
  • Unlimited game viewing drives
  • Rhino sanctuary
  • Crocodile, hippo, exotic fish, and migratory birds at the Mzima springs
  • Lava flows
  • Recent volcanoes
– Tsavo East National Park
  • Unlimited game viewing drives
  • Lion, elephant, cheetah, giraffe, buffalo, antelope, warthog, ostrich, baboon, bird, and more
  • Herds of dust-red elephants
  • The beautiful Aruba Dam on the north bank of the Voi River – fantastic for game viewing
  • Mudanda Rock – whale-shaped rock towering over a natural dam – a draw for thousands of elephants


Masai Mara

Room with double bed in a Masai Mara safari lodge
Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options

Ashnil Mara Camp, Mara Eden Safari Camp, Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Sarova Mara Game Camp, Mara Engai Lodge, Ilkeliani Camp, Mara River Camp, Tipilikwani Mara Camp, Matira Camp, Wilderness Camp, Keekorok Lodge

Bedroom in Masai Mara safari accommodation
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options

Zebra Plains Mara Camp, Osero Camp, Mara Sopa Lodge, Losokwan Luxury Camp, Enkorok Mara Camp, Elangata Olerai Camp

View into national park from a Kenya safari tented camp
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options

Mara Chui Camp,  Jambo Mara Safari Lodge

Lake Nakuru

Restaurant in luxury safari accommodation in Lake Nakuru in Kenya
Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp accommodation

Sarova Lionhill Game Lodge, Flamingo Hill Tented Camp

Double bed in mid-range safari accommodation in Lake Nakuru in Kenya
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp accommodation

Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge.

Budget safari accommodation with pool in Lake Nakuru in Kenya
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp accommodation

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Lake Naivasha

Luxury safari accommodation with outdoor swimming pool in Lake Naivasha in Kenya
Lodge/tented Camp options

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge.

Mid-range safari accommodation in Kenya's Lake Naivasha
Lodge/tented camp options

Lake Naivasha Country Club.

Aeriel view of Lake Naivasha budget safari accommodation
Lodge/tented camp options

Naivasha Kongoni Lodge, Elsamere Lodge


Elerai Camp Amboseli - Amboseli National park, Kenya
Lodge/tented Camp options

Oltukai lodge, Kibo Safari Camp, Amboseli Serena lodge, Kilima Safari Camp – Milima Tents, Tulia Amboseli Safari Camp, Elerai Camp*, Tawi lodge*, Tortilis Camp*, Porini Amboseli camp*

Amboseli Sopa Lodge - Amboseli National park, Kenya
Lodge/tented camp options

Sentrim Amboseli Camp, AA Amboseli Lodge

AA Lodge Amboseli - Amboseli National park, Kenya
Lodge/tented camp options

Amboseli Sopa

Tsavo West

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge in Tsavo West National Park

Comfort / Luxury

Lodge/tented Camp options

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, Voyager Ziwani Safari Camp, Severin Safari Camp, Salt Lick Safari Lodge.

Lounge area in Tsavo West luxury safari accommodation

Comfort / Luxury

Lodge/tented Camp options

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Ngulia Safari Lodge in Tsavo West National Park
Lodge/tented camp options
Ngulia Safari Lodge

Tsavo East

Double bed in a luxury safari lodge in Tsavo East
Lodge/tented Camp options

Satao Camp, Ashnil Aruba Tents

View of safari park and elephant from a room in comfort rated safari accommodation
Lodge/tented camp options

Ashnil Aruba Lodge, Ngutuni Safari Lodge, Sentrim Tsavo Camp, Voi Wildlife Lodge

Aerial view of economy safari accommodation with swimming pool and holiday apartments
Lodge/tented camp options

Voi Safari Lodge


Please check out our prices for these private safaris – you’ll see they are the most reasonable anywhere for each tour. There are no hidden fees, plus you’ll travel in safari-style in a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep.

Prices are in USD per person for a double/twin en-suite room.

To view our tour prices for the 3 Safari Seasons, please click High, Peak or Low

High Season (3rd Jan-31st Mar) & (16th Oct-22nd Dec)

No. Of PaxEconomyComfortLuxury

Peak Season (1st Jul-15th Oct.) & (23rd Dec-2nd Jan)
Xmas Supplement to apply on selected hotels on 24th -26th Dec & 31st Dec-1st Jan

No. Of PaxEconomyComfortLuxury

Low Season (1st Apr – 30th June Excluding Easter Weekend)

No. Of PaxEconomyComfortLuxury

*Easter Supplement: USD 35 Per Person Per Night.
*Christmas / New Year Supplement on Dec 25th, 26th, 31st and Jan 1st: USD 35 Per Person Per Night.

NOTE: Masai Mara Reserve & Conservancies

  • Visitors staying in safari lodges and tented camps within the Mara Triangle, Mara Conservancy and Masai Mara Game Reserve shall pay an extra USD 100 per person per day From 1st July – 31st December.

Your Tour Includes

  • Transport in a private 4 x 4 Landcruiser Jeep
  • Stay in economy, comfort or luxury lodge/tented camps (your choice)
  • Our experienced and friendly English speaking/other language guide/driver
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game viewing drives
  • First class train tickets to the coast
  • All meals on Safari
  • Government taxes and local levies
  • The Flying Doctors emergency medical evacuation/rescue insurance cover
Not Included In the Tour Price:

– Bottled & Soft Drinks
– Items and services of a personal nature
– Tips & Gratuities

Lots of Ways To Stay

Safari Lodge or Tented Camp?
Economy, Comfort, or Luxury?

We offer lots of ways to settle into your safari evening. Some people like the familiar four walls of a traditional lodge. Others go for the outdoors feel of a tented camp. Either way, both lodge or tented camp come in economy, comfort, and lux editions. Choose the accommodation style that suits your needs. And then, which level of service works for you.

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