Masai Mara and Lake Nakura Safari

4-Day Safari Tour of Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha, Crescent Island & The Masai Mara


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

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

Map showing route of Africa Kenya Safaris 4 day safari from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and the Masai Mara

This Kenya discovery safari packs so much into 4 active days – endangered rhinos and rare giraffes, colorful birdlife, and the big cats of the Masai Mara National Reserve. You’ll start your tour at the Rift Valley lakes of Nakuru and Naivasha and nearby Crescent Island. By Jeep, boat, and guided walking tour, you’ll safari into a world of leopards, zebras, waterbucks, wildebeests, lions, crocodiles and so much more.

And the land… you’ll dive into deep acacia forests, and cross by waterfalls and shorelines painted with innumerable birds, vast rolling hills, and deep golden savannahs.

At Lake Naivasha, we’ll take a colorful boating safari past hippos while antelope graze nearby on the shore. Crescent Island offers special moments to discover giraffe, zebra, gazelle, impala, dik-dik, and even hippos.

Lake Nakuru is a waterscape of pelicans, cormorants, and kingfishers. But this pretty park will also bring opportunities to spot rhinos, giraffe, monkeys, and even cheetah and lions. We’ll wrap up this 4-day safari encounter at the Masai Mara National Reserve, an eco-system blessed with the densest concentration of big cats in the region. All of Africa’s “Big Five” roam these savannahs plus thousands of wildebeests, zebra, and some 95 other mammals and wildlife.

What’s Cool About These Parks?

The Rift Valley lakes are a busy palette of birdlife and sometimes even showing off bright pink flamingoes. Lake Nakuru is especially versatile with its distinct worlds of water and inland forest. You can find rare and endangered black rhinos here in the protected sanctuary and also monkeys, baboons, and sometimes lion and leopard.

Crescent Island Game Sanctuary is a gem of a park and a nicely held secret. There’s plenty of birdlife like pelicans and cormorants but its biggest attraction is the chance to walk past grazing wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, and buffalo.

And then there’s the call of Kenya’s most popular park, the Masai Mara. This is the home of the Great Migration, a yearly outpouring of millions of herding animals streaming through the reserve, the site of which is unequaled on the planet. Throw in lions, cheetahs, leopards, and crocodiles and your safari experience may just be transformational.

The Great Migration of wildebeests through the Masai Mara National Reserve

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 traditional dancing, custom menus, outdoor dining, massage, bush barbecues/breakfast/lunch/dinner, picnic lunches, sundowners, traditional dances around the boma, massage, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, special dietary menus, dinner at a Maasai homestead, game walks, overlook a natural watering hole, and more.

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 - Lake Naivasha - Crescent Island - Lake Nakuru

3-Hour Drive

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

7:00 am – Your Africa Kenya Safaris driver/guide will pick you up in a private 4 x 4 Safari Jeep for the easy and scenic road trip along the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Along our route, we’ll take in the dramatic rise of the escarpment walls.

We’ll make stops to rest and enjoy the natural expanse of the land.

Arriving at Lake Naivasha, we’ll take a fun sailing safari across this freshwater lake, gliding past hippos and catching sight of pelicans, cormorants, and maybe some antelope grazing on the shore.

Then we’ll hop over to nearby Crescent Island for a guided walking tour of this unique private reserve. This is the best way to get close to gently grazing zebra, buffalo, giraffe, impala, and gazelle.

Our third park of the day takes us to Lake Nakuru – a visual feast with the lake bordered by acacia forest, towering rocky escarpments, waterfalls, and wooded hills. The bird and wildlife are just as diverse – pelicans, kingfishers, storks, herons, eagles, and sometimes even bright flamingoes.

On land, we’ll be on the lookout for rare Rothschild’s giraffe and Kenya’s largest population of black rhino. Sometimes the park will treat us to views of lion, leopard, and cheetah.

We’ll spend our first safari evening at your choice of lodge or tented camp.

Day 2

Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Reserve

5-6 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We’ll be up early for a game watching drive around the park and then we’ll head out to the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Along our route, we’ll make stops to relax and to enjoy the vistas as we head into Masai country.

Arriving at the reserve in the afternoon we’ll break for lunch amidst the rolling hills and golden grasslands of the great park. The Masai Mara is home to thousands and sometimes hundreds of thousands of herding wildlife crossing its timeless plains.

We’ll set out on the first of many game drives on our three days in this world-famous reserve. If there are any special requests you have, please share them with your driver/guide. He’s only too happy to make your stay in the park unforgettable.

We will spend the first of two nights here at your Mara lodge or tented camp.

Day 3

Full Day at Masai Mara Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We’ll get up early to start our full day at the park – a day spent having as many game drives as you wish.

If you are here during the season of the Great Migration (June – October) you’ll witness an endless flow of herding wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles, streaming into the park over the Mara River.

But at any time of the year, be ready to discover the widest variety of animal life in the region, especially the big cats. The park is also home to buffalo, elephants, rhino, giraffes, and countless more wildlife.

We’ll have a picnic lunch at the Mara River, scene of the animal crossing, and also home to hippo and waiting crocodiles.

If you’d like to create some other unique memories, we offer several optional activities like a cultural encounter with the local Maasai people. Visit their nearby village, meet the original inhabitants of these lands, and learn about their herding lifestyle.

For a soaring adventure over the park, ask your guide about an early morning hot air balloon safari. You’ll sail above the dawn as it lights up the sprawling fields and first stirrings of wildlife.

Our final safari evening will be at your Mara lodge or tented camp.

Day 4

Masai Mara - Nairobi

6-Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Let’s rise early to get in all the game viewing we can with a pre-breakfast game drive. By now you’ve surely seen lots of wildlife but there’s always a new vista to discover and more wildlife to check off our list.

We’ll settle back for a safari breakfast at our accommodation and then enjoy the fun of a final game drive as we exit the park, on our way back to Nairobi.

Heading back to town we’ll pause to enjoy the views and lunch at a scenic location.

We should arrive in Nairobi in the late afternoon.

Four days – four wildlife parks. You will feel like you’ve set upon every natural environment and the wildlife on which it thrives. We hope you took lots of photos and gathered plenty of memories as well. On behalf of your driver/guide and the team at Africa Kenya Safaris, we thank you for allowing us to show you our Africa!

Tour Highlights

– Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Bird watching
  • Views of the Great Rift Valley
  • Both black and white rhinos
  • Sailing safari at Lake Naivasha – a bird watcher’s paradise
  • Crescent Island guided walking safari – walk amongst giraffes, zebra, etc.
– Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve
  • Unlimited game viewing drives
  • Experience the Big Five
  • World-famous Mara – rolling grassland, acacia trees & immense herds of zebras, and wildebeest
  • Exciting and colorful Maasai culture
– Optional Masai village – Please arrange with your driver/guide – $20 per person

– Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride – please ask us about this unique opportunity – $460 per person


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

Masai Mara

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

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

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

Zebra Plains Mara
Osero Camp
Enkorok Mara Camp
Mara Sopa Lodge
Emayian Luxury Camp **
Olengoti Eco Safari Camp **
Basecamp Masai Mara**
Losokwan Luxury Camp**

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

Mara Chui Camp,
Orng’atuny Mara King Camp,
Elangata Olerai Camp
Jambo Mara Safari Lodge*

Accommodations with a * attract a supplement. Your tour consultant shall advice on the supplement value.


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 PersonsEconomyComfortLuxury

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 PersonsEconomyComfortLuxury

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

No. of PersonsEconomyComfortLuxury

*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

  • Nairobi airport hotel pick up/ drop off transfers
  • Transport in a customized 4×4 pop up top Land Cruiser jeep
  • Services of a experienced English/other language speaking safari tour guide/driver
  • Stay in economy, comfort or luxury lodge/tented camps (your choice)
  • Private game viewing drives in a 4×4 pop up top land Cruiser jeep
  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat ride at Lake Naivasha
  • Guided Walking safari at Crescent Island Naivasha
  • All meals on safari
  • Bottled drinking water in safari vehicle
  • The flying doctors medical, emergency and rescue cover
  • Pick up/drop off at Nairobi airport, Nairobi hotel or residence
  • Government taxes and local levies
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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