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Our Through the Rift Valley is a short but extremely rewarding tour which will give you a first-hand experience of Nakuru National Park – famed for its beautiful lake and abundance of flamingos – and the Masai Mara, boasting Kenya's greatest concentration of wildlife.
If you'd like to extend your trip then we recommend adding a contrasting beach stay along the Kenyan coast or on the nearby paradise islands of Zanzibar or Pemba, off Tanzania. Call our Destination Specialists to discuss your perfect safari and beach combination.
Departs from Nairobi every Sunday. Different departure dates are available, when staying in alternative accommodation. Please speak to your sales consultant for more information.
- Masai Mara National Reserve
- Lake Nakuru National Park
- Book an early morning Hot Air Balloon flight in the Masai Mara
Start your Journey
Transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay and the rest of the day is at leisure. We recommend you book an optional excursion to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage or the Karen Blixen Museum with Giraffe Manor. Please call for details.
Nairobi to Masai Mara
Leave Nairobi after breakfast to travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment. You will pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok and then travel across acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Masai Mara, arriving in time for lunch.
Later, enjoy an afternoon game drive in the reserve as the sun sets.
Today you will enjoy a morning Masai Village visit and an afternoon game drive. We strongly recommend you pre-book an early morning hot air balloon flight for a truly unforgettable experience.
Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru
Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, travel across acres of wheat and barley as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand.
Now travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, stop enroute for a picnic lunch. Keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mai -Mahiu, before arriving Lake Nakuru National Park for a game drive. The national park, known for its birdlife, offers a possibility to view flamingoes. It is also home to Black and White rhinos as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Late afternoon continue to your camp situated in Soysambu Conservancy.
Rift Valley to Nairobi
After an early breakfast, you will leave the Rift Valley behind, continuing towards Lake Naivasha for a boat ride before proceeding to Nairobi, arriving late morning. Once in the city, you will be dropped off at the drop off point in the city centre for your ongoing travel arrangements. Why not consider extending to the Kenyan Coast for seven nights at the Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa?
- Accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year).
- Meals as stated.
- Non air-conditioned transportation in a safari bus with guaranteed window seat.
- Services of a qualified English-speaking local driver/guide.
- Airport transfers.
- Park entrance fees and government taxes.
- One bottle of water per person per day on game drives.
- International flights.
- Visa fees.
- Optional excursions.
- Tips for the guide or driver.
There’s no question too small. Start planning your dream trip by talking to our Destination Specialists.
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