Kenya’s Big Five

Kenya’s Big Five

It’s likely you’ve come across the iconic image of a lone acacia stoically poised in a distant savannah sunset. Here is your opportunity to visit that breathtaking terrain and admire all East Africa has to offer.

This 11-day journey of a lifetime provides exclusive access to reserves and national parks The Big 5—endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and lion­—call home.

Accompanied by local guides and a naturalist Orbridge Expedition Leader, set out on game drives in comfortable 4×4 vehicles to spot for endless wildlife including cheetahs, impalas, zebras, primates, a myriad of bird species, plus The Big 5.

Each evening, relax and rejuvenate amidst luxurious accommodations—each offering exceptional hospitality and superior amenities.

With an optional post-tour to experience Amboseli, see why Amboseli National Park is known as the best place in the world to see free-ranging elephants in ultra-close proximity. The park also offers magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Trip Itinerary:

June 15 En Route from U.S

June 16 Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

Welcome to Kenya! After arrival, meet your Orbridge representative who will assist with group transfers to the historic Fairmont The Norfolk hotel.
Overnight: Fairmont The Norfolk

June 17 Nairobi

After breakfast and a safari briefing, visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, considered the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. Founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, DBE, in honor of the memory of her late naturalist husband, David Leslie William Sheldrick, MBE, the facility prioritizes the conservation, preservation, and protection of wildlife.

To date, the center has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo.

Then visit the home of the Rothschild Giraffe at the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Centre. Founded in 1979, this non-profit organization's mission is to educate Kenyan school children and youth on their country’s wildlife and environment. The facility also offers visitors an opportunity to see giraffes in close proximity, including the Rothschild Giraffe—named after a British zoologist and considered one of the tallest in the species.

Afterward, take a short drive to the foot of the Ngong Hills to see Karen Blixen's farm house, which gained international fame after the release of the Oscar-winning movie, Out of Africa.
Overnight: Fairmont The Norfolk (B,L,D)

June 18 Nairobi / Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Following breakfast, travel north out of Nairobi through lush tea and coffee estates to Sweetwaters Serena Camp, located in Ol Pejeta Conservancy. This 90,000-acre, non-profit, private wildlife facility is situated on the equator in Kenya’s Laikipia District between the foothills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya. Besides endangered rhinos, other rare animals found in Ol Pejeta include the endangered African wild dog, oryx, Jackson’s hartebeest, Grevy’s zebra, serval, cheetah, and bat-eared fox. The Big 5, as well as giraffes, baboons, hippos, impalas, and hyenas—plus more than 300 bird species—also call Ol Pejeta home.
Overnight: Sweetwaters Serena Camp (B,L,D)

June 19 Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Today's highlights include a full day exploring Ol Pejeta Conservancy featuring morning and afternoon game drives.

Stop by the conservancy's rhino sanctuary to see some of the protected and critically endangered rhinos living here.

Continue on to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary—established with an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service, and the Jane Goodall Institute—with the mission to provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. This facility is currently home to 43 chimpanzees and is the only place in Kenya where they can be seen.
Overnight: Sweetwaters Serena Camp (B,L,D)

June 20 Ol Pejeta Conservancy / Lake Nakuru National Park

Depart for Lake Nakuru National Park, described by Roger Tory Peterson as the greatest ornithological spectacle in the world, arriving in time for lunch. Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes at an elevation of 5,755 feet above sea level. It's best known for its thousands—sometimes millions—of flamingos nesting along the shores. Other bird species also inhabit the lake and the surrounding area, including African fish eagle, Goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher, and Verreaux's eagle.

This afternoon, explore the park during a game drive with opportunities to observe black rhinos, Rothschild giraffes, and a multitude of birds.
Overnight: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge (B,L,D)

June 21 Lake Nakuru National Park / Maasai Mara National Reserve

This morning, travel along the Rift Valley's western rim into the Maasai Mara National Reserve—a northern extension of the Serengeti ecosystem and one of the world’s most rewarding wildlife observation sites. The rich savanna is known for its concentration of plains animals. There have been approximately 95 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles and over 400 bird species recorded on the reserve.
Overnight: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp (B,L,D)

Days 8-9: Maasai Mara National Reserve

June 22 Maasai Mara National Reserve

- Enjoy two full days of wildlife viewing throughout the Maasai Mara to spot for the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, black rhino, and elephant).

Head out with picnic lunch boxes to spend most of the day in the park, returning to camp late in the afternoon. Or take a pre-breakfast game drive and another game drive in the late afternoon.

While in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, you can opt to take a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon safari. Enjoy a dawn ascent to experience incredible birds-eye views over the wildlife and vast landscape. (Note: This excursion must be purchased in advance to guarantee availability and is non-refundable inside 90 days to departure.)

Tonight, enjoy a special farewell meal celebrating this wonderful adventure in Africa.

Overnight: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp (B,L,D daily)

June 23 Maasai Mara National Reserve

After an early morning game drive and breakfast, return to Nairobi for lunch. Afterward, you'll have access to a day room at the hotel for comfortable downtime until your transfer to the airport for evening departures.

Guests continuing on to the post-tour will partake in a mid-morning game drive after breakfast, then take a flight from Maasai Mara to Amboseli.
Day Room: Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport (B,L)

June 24 Maasai Mara National Reserve / Flight to Nairobi / Depart for U.S.

June 25 Arrive in U.S.

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