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9-Day Big Cats Safari with First Night in Nairobi

Duration

9 Days

Max People

12

Min Age

3+

Pick Up

Airport

Overview

Embark on a 9-Day Big Cats Safari with First Night in Nairobi, an incredible safari adventure with Exodus Safaris and immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural landscapes and diverse wildlife that Kenya has to offer. Our safari tours are designed to showcase the best of Kenya's iconic national parks and reserves, ensuring an unforgettable journey through some of Africa's most stunning environments.

Exploring Tsavo Parks: Begin your safari by delving into the vast wilderness of Tsavo Parks. Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks collectively form one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Here, you'll encounter a rich tapestry of wildlife, including elephants, lions, buffaloes, and a variety of bird species. The parks also boast diverse vegetation, ranging from open plains to volcanic hills and lush riverine forests.

Spectacular Amboseli: Journey to Amboseli National Park, renowned for its mesmerizing views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. The backdrop of the snow-capped mountain against the savannah plains creates a stunning setting for wildlife photography and game viewing. Amboseli is famous for its large herds of elephants, as well as other wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and predators like lions and cheetahs.

Birdwatching at Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha: Experience the beauty of Kenya's birdlife at Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. Lake Nakuru National Park is a haven for flamingos, with thousands of these elegant birds creating a pink spectacle along the lake's shores. Lake Naivasha offers serene boat rides where you can spot diverse bird species and even encounter hippos and other aquatic life.

The Great Masai Mara Experience: No Kenyan safari is complete without a visit to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Here, you'll have the opportunity to witness the renowned Big Five β€” lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinos β€” along with a plethora of other wildlife such as zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, and antelopes. The Masai Mara is also famous for hosting the spectacular annual Great Migration, where millions of wildebeests and zebras cross the Mara River in search of greener pastures, accompanied by predators like crocodiles and lions.

At Exodus Safaris, we are dedicated to providing you with an authentic and enriching safari experience. Our knowledgeable guides and comfortable accommodations ensure that your journey through Kenya's natural wonders is both thrilling and memorable. Join us for a safari of a lifetime and discover the magic of Kenya's wilderness.

Tour Features

Customize your holiday experience with this mid-range private tour. With the ability to start any day and minor changes to accommodations and destinations, this tour has something for everyone other than solo travelers - a minimum age of 3 years is required.

Activities and Transportation

Going on game drives is an exciting way to explore and observe the sights of the wilderness. To make the most out of your game drives, why not rent a minivan with a pop-up roof to get an even closer look? Plus, when you book a game drive package with us, we'll include a transfer from and back to the airport so that you don't have to worry about the details.

Getting There

Start your tour in Nairobi and end it there, too. Assistance is available to help you book your international flights, though you will have to do so independently. The Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) is your destination when flying in and out of the capital of Kenya. Transportation to and from the airport is included. If you require additional lodging prior to and after the trip, fees may apply.

Included/Excluded

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • Professional driver/guide
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal and baggage insurance
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Tour Plan

Day 01 Arrival JKIA - Nairobi Hotel

Upon your arrival, one of our courteous driver representatives will extend a warm welcome to you at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). Following a brief overview of the safari program, you will be escorted to your reserved accommodation in Nairobi, where bed and breakfast arrangements have been made for your overnight stay.

Day 02 Nairobi - Tsavo West National Park

Begin your day with a delectable breakfast at the hotel before being picked up by your knowledgeable driver/guide for the journey to Tsavo West National Park. Upon arrival, embark on a captivating game drive en route to your camp/lodge, where you'll enjoy a leisurely lunch and time to relax. Later in the afternoon, venture out for another exhilarating game drive, seeking out sightings of lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceroses, hippos, buffaloes, and more.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Ngulia Rhino sanctuary, a protected area where the endangered black rhino population thrives without the threat of poaching. Keep an eye out for Mzima Springs, a remarkable underground water source from the Chyulu hills, and the Shetani lava flow, believed to be the handiwork of the devil, "Shetani" in Swahili.

Conclude your day with a return to your lodge for a delicious dinner and a tranquil overnight stay.

Day 03 Tsavo West National Park - Amboseli National Park

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Tsavo West National Park as the sun rises. Known for its iconic Red Elephants, Oryx, Gerenuk, and a plethora of other wildlife, this reserve promises an unforgettable adventure. Following your morning game drive, indulge in a delectable breakfast before setting off for Amboseli National Park, where you'll enjoy lunch and check-in.

Spend the afternoon marveling at the awe-inspiring landscapes, diverse wildlife, and the majestic sight of Mount Kilimanjaro. After a satisfying dinner at the lodge, recharge for another exciting day of exploration and discovery.

Day 04 Amboseli National Park – Kenya

Embark on an exhilarating game drive at the break of dawn, offering you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the majestic peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Following breakfast, the morning presents optional visits to the Masai Village (additional cost). Lunch will be served at the lodge.

In the afternoon, venture into the park, renowned for its magnificent elephant herds and panoramic views of Kilimanjaro. The park's observation hill offers a serene spot to unwind, with refreshing breezes wafting in from the mountain. From this vantage point, witness herds of elephants frolicking and bathing in the wetlands below.

Marvel at the vibrant green African flora teeming with giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, buffaloes, gazelles, hippos, wildebeests, and an array of bird species blending into the natural splendor. Conclude your day with a delightful dinner at the lodge, followed by an overnight stay.

Day 05 Amboseli National Park - Lake Naivasha

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast as you embark on your journey to Lake Naivasha, nestled in the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Arrive at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort in the afternoon and relish its breathtaking views of the lake. After checking in, you have the option to spend the remainder of the day at leisure or opt for a boat ride to Crescent Island (additional fee applies).

Lake Naivasha boasts a picturesque freshwater lake bordered by towering papyrus reeds, stretching nearly 13 kilometers in length and 5 meters deep. The lake serves as a splendid habitat for diverse wildlife, including giraffes, buffaloes, Colobus monkeys, and hippos.

Conclude your day with a scrumptious dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the resort.

Day 06 Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru National Park

Awaken to a serene breakfast at the Lodge before setting out for Lake Nakuru National Park. Upon arrival, embark on an invigorating game drive, arriving just in time for lunch. After check-in, indulge in a delectable meal before unwinding.

Later in the day, partake in an exhilarating game drive, observing wildlife and engaging in birdwatching. The national park is celebrated as one of the world's natural wonders, renowned for its millions of flamingos. Among the myriad bird species that inhabit the lake are the African fish eagle, goliath heron, hamerkop, and pied kingfisher.

Keep a keen eye out for various mammals, including black and white rhinoceroses, Rothschild's giraffes, waterbucks, lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Conclude your day with a delightful dinner at the lodge before retiring for the night.

Day 07 Lake Nakuru National Park - Masai Mara National Reserve

Start your adventure with a hearty early morning breakfast before setting off for the esteemed Masai Mara Game Reserve. En route, traverse the basins of the Great Rift Valley and reach your camp/lodge in time for lunch. Following a satisfying meal, embark on an afternoon game drive, exploring the wonders of the Masai Mara before returning to the lodge/camp for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 08 Masai Mara National Reserve Game Viewing

Start your day with breakfast, then embark on a full day of wildlife viewing in this renowned park. Here, you'll have the opportunity to observe a plethora of animals, including buffaloes, hippos, lions, rhinos, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, leopards, and various antelope and elephant species.

During the months of July to September, witness the remarkable migration of wildebeest and zebras as they seek rich water and pastures in the Mara. Additionally, catch glimpses of the graceful Maasai tribe on the park's outskirts, with Moran warriors striding across the plains, youngsters herding goats, or elders gathered beneath a tree exchanging news of the day.

Return to the camp/lodge for dinner and your overnight stay, concluding a memorable day of wildlife watching.

Day 09 Masai Mara National Reserve - Nairobi

After breakfast, you have the option to check out of your Camp/Lodge and commence your return journey to Nairobi. During the trip, you can opt to purchase lunch at your own expense. Upon reaching Nairobi, you will be dropped off at a hotel or the airport for your departing flight.

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    Talia Wildridge

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    Journey into the Heart of the Savanna

    The 9 Day Big Cats Safari with the first night in Nairobi transported us into the heart of the African savanna. As we explored the vast landscapes, we were greeted by the captivating presence of lions, leopards, and cheetahs. The knowledgeable guides shared remarkable insights, adding depth to our encounters. A truly immersive safari adventure.

    June 17, 2023

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    Seraphina Lionheart

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    Awe Inspiring Encounters

    The 9 Day Big Cats Safari with the first night in Nairobi left us in awe of the magnificent felines that roam Africa’s plains. We witnessed the intense gazes of lions, the stealthy movements of leopards, and the breathtaking speed of cheetahs. The safari guides were exceptional, making this journey one of the most memorable experiences of our lives.

    June 17, 2023

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    Zephyr Wildeyes

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    Immersed in Wildlife Wonder

    The 9 Day Big Cats Safari with the first night in Nairobi immersed us in a world of wildlife wonder. From the moment we set foot in the Masai Mara to the last glimpse of a cheetah sprinting across the plains, every day was filled with awe inspiring moments. The guides’ passion and knowledge enhanced our appreciation of nature’s grandeur.

    June 17, 2023

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    Nova Savannawind

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    A Safari Adventure of a Lifetime

    The 9 Day Big Cats Safari with the first night in Nairobi was an adventure of a lifetime. We marveled at the raw power of the big cats, witnessed their incredible hunting skills, and soaked in the breathtaking landscapes. The entire experience was seamlessly organized, and the guides’ expertise added depth to our safari journey.

    June 17, 2023

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    Felix Nightstone

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    Nature's Masterpieces

    The 9 Day Big Cats Safari with the first night in Nairobi was a breathtaking escapade. Every day brought us closer to nature’s wonders, with lions, leopards, and cheetahs as our companions. The guides were outstanding, offering deep insights into the animals’ behaviors. I cherished every moment.

    June 17, 2023

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    Kellan Wildbrook

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    In the Footsteps of Giants

    The 9 Day Big Cats Safari with the first night in Nairobi took us on a remarkable journey, following in the footsteps of Africa’s giants. From the majestic lions to the elusive leopards, we were in awe of their magnificence. The safari guides were outstanding, providing valuable insights and making this expedition truly unforgettable.

    June 17, 2023

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    Phoenix Lionheart

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    The Thrill of the Wild

    The 9 Day Big Cats Safari with the first night in Nairobi was an exhilarating adventure. From encountering cheetahs in the open plains to witnessing lions in their regal grace, it was a journey filled with thrills. The accommodations were top notch, and the guides were passionate and knowledgeable. A safari that left me craving for more.

    June 17, 2023

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    Ruby Safariheart

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    Captivated by Nature's Majesty

    From the very first day in Nairobi, the 9 Day Big Cats Safari swept me off my feet with its sheer beauty. Spotting the big cats up close and personal was an experience that words cannot do justice. The tour was well organized, and the guides were exceptional. An incredible journey that will forever linger in my memories.

    June 17, 2023

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    Orion Wilderidge

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    An Unforgettable Expedition

    The 9 Day Big Cats Safari with the first night in Nairobi was an unforgettable expedition into the heart of Africa’s wilderness. We marveled at the raw power and beauty of the big cats, and the knowledgeable guides shared captivating stories about their behavior. This safari exceeded all expectations.

    June 17, 2023

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    Luna Serengeti

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    A Safari Dream Come True

    I had always dreamt of going on a safari, and the 9 Day Big Cats Safari fulfilled that dream beyond my expectations. The first night in Nairobi set the tone for the adventure that awaited us. From the vast plains of the Masai Mara to the stunning views in Amboseli, this journey was pure magic. Highly recommended!

    June 17, 2023

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