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Cheetah Safari

By Paul Doig
Africa expert

Discover the very best of Kenya on our most popular wildlife itinerary. Covering a wide area you’ll experience spectacular and diverse scenery, from mist-covered forests and towering waterfalls to acacia trees and endless savannahs. The wildlife itself is equally varied with the opportunity for rich birdlife sightings on Lake Nakuru, as well as Samburu’s lesser-known ‘Special Five’. You can end your adventure on a high, quite literally, viewing wildlife from a hot-air balloon at sunrise across the Maasai Mara – home to The Great Migration.


8 days
Best months to go
January to March, June to October
Guide price range
£2,525 - £3,410pp
Small Group Safari including international flights.

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Itinerary Highlights


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Maasai Mara

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Day by day
Itinerary in detail


Arrival in Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya. Upon arrival in Nairobi, a local representative will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your comfortable hotel. The rest of the day is free to meet your group and relax ahead of your safari adventure. Overnight at Sarova Stanley (or similar).

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Nairobi & Samburu

After breakfast, begin the 7-hour drive to Samburu. Stop for lunch en route at the Trout Tree Restaurant, a unique dining venue set inside and around a giant fig tree. Overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge (or similar).



Today is the real start of your African wildlife experience, with two group game drives into the Samburu reserve. These will take place in the morning and afternoon, leaving the hot middle of the day free for relaxation. Lesser visited than its more southerly neighbours, this relatively small reserve’s arid landscape is home to ‘dry country’ animals rarely found outside the park. Samburu is famous for its own rare species known as the 'special five’, namely the Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, and Beisa Oryx. Spotting one of these highly unusual creatures is a truly memorable experience. Overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge (or similar).

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Samburu & Aberdares

Leaving Samburu this morning, drive south for around 5-hours to the Aberdare Mountain Range. On arrival, check in at the Aberdare Country Club before transferring to its unique sister property, The Ark, which will be your viewing perch for the night. Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark’s design is based on Noah’s Ark. It overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, attracting wildlife day and night. Four viewing decks with balconies allow up-close wildlife viewing without even leaving your accommodation. There’s also a ground-level photo hide and an on-call viewing service to ensure that you don’t miss a thing. The national park was created in 1950 to protect the forested slopes of the ancient Aberdare Range, with wildlife ranging from elephant and lion, to black and white Colobus monkeys, and the beautiful but lesser-sighted bongo – a horned antelope with distinctive white stripes. Overnight at The Ark (or similar).

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Aberdares & Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, return to Aberdares Country Club and then depart for Lake Nakuru, one of the vast Great Rift Valley lakes. After lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, head out on an afternoon game drive into the Lake Nakuru National Park, a haven for bird lovers with over 400 species. The parks habitat also offers a fantastic opportunity of spotting lion, leopard, Rothschild giraffe, and herds of rare white rhino. Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge (or similar).

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Lake Nakuru & Maasai Mara

Depart early today for a 6-hour drive to the Maasai Mara, a spectacular region of rolling plains and open savannah that boasts quintessential African scenery and wildlife viewing. After enjoying lunch at your lodge, head out on an afternoon game drive in search of the Big Five, big cats, and a whole host of other wildlife. You’ll return to camp in time for an excellent dinner, then spend the evening relaxing around the roaring camp fire with your fellow group members. With splendid views across the Mara plains, Sarova Mara Game Camp offers the classic safari experience with the comfort of a hotel-style residence. Overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp (or similar).

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Maasai Mara

Today there’s the opportunity to take a thrilling optional hot-air balloon safari to gain a whole new perspective of the Maasai Mara. Wake early and watch as the balloon is prepared, then take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises. The bright pink-orange haze is visible for miles across the vast savannah, as wildlife roam below you. The memorable flight is followed by an impressive Champagne breakfast that will be set up as your balloon comes in to land. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is our most highly recommended optional experience in Kenya. The rest of the day is spent on morning and afternoon game drives into the heart of this wildlife-rich reserve – a fitting end to an exciting safari. Overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp (or similar).

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Maasai Mara & Departure

Leave the Mara after breakfast and drive for 6-hours to Nairobi, arriving in time for lunch. Alternatively, if you’re travelling on to Kenya’s coast, you can fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa in the afternoon.

Another stop?

We recommend finishing your African adventure with a beach stay on the white sands of Diani or Mombasa, or the marine reserve of Malindi and Watamu on the Kenyan Coast. Zanzibar or its small sister island of Pemba in Tanzania, are also fantastic options only a short flight from Nairobi.




Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 23 May
2023: 08 May


Mid Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 20 Jun, 19 Sep, 17 Oct, 24 Oct, 28 Nov
2023: 09 Jan, 06 Feb, 06 Mar, 05 Jun, 19 Jun, 09 Oct, 23 Oct, 20 Nov


High Season

Small Group Safari
2022: 11 Jul, 01 Aug, 15 Aug, 05 Sep
2023: 17 Jul, 31 Jul, 07 Aug, 21 Aug, 11 Sep


Private Itinerary

This itinerary is also available as a private departure, on the dates of your choice. This option is ideal for families or groups of friends, as the price per person reduces as the size of your group increases.


Alfred & Paul Doig

A passionate globe-trotter, nothing makes Paul Doig happier than straying off the beaten track, meeting local people and learning about their way of life. Africa is one of Paul’s favourite regions and he’s explored everywhere from Tanzania and Botswana to South Africa, Malawi and Zambia. One of Paul’s favourite travel memories was spotting giraffes and elephants on his first ever safari in Kenya.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Paul, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.

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