Kenya has been welcoming tourists for longer than virtually any other African country, and is known for its superb service, tried and tested itineraries and the belief that its people are as important as its wildlife.

Seriously good safaris

Come with us on this memory-making trip and stay at luxurious, exceptionally placed properties and experience the highest calibre of professional guiding. At Bucket List Travel in Orewa, we cater for the serious safari aficionado. Because of the small number of guests and custom-designed vehicles we use, your wildlife experiences will be up-close and personal, and the memories of these safaris will live with you forever.

Why go on a Kenyan Safari with us?

To ensure you can make the most of that most precious commodity – your time away on holiday – we take advantage of Kenya’s excellent light aircraft network. Your time will be spent doing what you came to Kenya to do, enjoying yourself, not getting there.

Also, based on our experience at Bucket List Travel, we feel the quality of the guiding you get can really affect your holiday experiences. As a general rule of thumb, the quality camps and lodges in Kenya, such as the ones we use, are the places that attract and retain the top guiding talents. In our opinion, there really is nothing better than a knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guide to teach you about the wonders of their land.

  • Tailor-made journey with expert game rangers and local guides 
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Light aircraft domestic flights
  • Included safari activities
  • National Park and conservancy fees
  • Beverages (except premium top shelf brands)
  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners

Our Kenyan Safari | Masai Mara • Chyulu Hills • Laikipia Plateau

Masai Mara:

This national reserve is synonymous with both wildlife – including the Big Five – and the Maasai tribes. During the great migration, the Mara sees some two million wildebeest and zebras spilling into it from Jun-Oct . The Maasai conservancies in the region provide the chance to meet these fascinating people, with bushwalks and village visits.

Chyulu Hills

Described by Hemingway as ‘the green hills of Africa’, these epic hills stretch across 150km and up to 2,188 metres in height. Verdant rolling hills of endless green, great blue skies and spectacular landscapes are what the Chyulu Hills provide to nature lovers. Savanna grassland and acacia woodlands dominate the low-lying areas while black frozen lava studded with blazing red-hot poker trees, and dense forest hung with Spanish moss wreath the sides of the extinct volcanoes.

Laikipia Plateau

Despite Kenya being one of Africa’s top tourist destinations, the centre and north of the country remain relatively untouched. Laikipia is a patchwork of communal conservancies, where local communities manage the land. Forming part of the northern border, it stretches from the slopes of Mount Kenya across open plains to the rim of the Great Rift Valley. Conservationists and locals have worked tirelessly to create a place for communities and wildlife to exist hand in hand to maintain and protect biodiversity.

Your Kenyan safari tinerary

Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara
After a short flight to the Masai Mara, transfer to Mara Plains camp situated in a glade of trees and in the heart of predator country. Custom designed tents of flowing canvas and canopied ceilings, en-suite flush loo, bucket showers – what we like to call ‘glamping’. Enjoy your first afternoon game drive and sundowners to toast the African sun.
Days 2 & 3: Masai Mara
Spend your days out exploring the 70,000-acre private Mara North Conservancy, shared with just a handful of other small camps or go into the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve to catch the river crossings during the great Migration season.
Day 4: Masai Mara to Chyulu Hills
Fly to Amboseli via Nairobi and upon arrival you will be transferred to Ol Donyo Lodge for the next 3 nights. Located in the Chyulu Hills between Tsavo and Amboseli, the camp has all the wildlife action with the bonus of the impressive Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. The lodge has 10 suites, all with inspiring views across the expansive plains, plus world-class service and food.
Days 5 & 6: Chyulu Hills
Your days can be spent on game drives, walking with expert trackers, horse riding, mountain biking, or with Masai interactions and more. While the “Big Five” are here – they can be masters of elusiveness; however, cheetah, elephant, fringe-eared Oryx, gerenuk, and giraffe make for easy viewing. This area is exclusive to lodge guests and has no other tourists, no fleets of mini-buses – just private, pure and wild.
Day 7: Chyulu Hills to Laikipia Plateau
Transfer to the airstrip for the flight to Nanyuki then transfer to Segera Retreat. The six timber and thatch villas are solar powered and use rainwater harvesting and recycling systems to limit their impact on the surrounding environment. Each villa has a private Jacuzzi bath sunk into the deck, offering a unique vantage point over the Laikipia Plateau towards the spectacular Mount Kenya.
Day 8: Laikipia Plateau
Activities are tailor-made to your preferences, including day and night game drives, picnics and sundowners, hides / lookout points, guided walks, camel walks, and a variety of community and environmental based options. Segera has become a sanctuary for elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, eland and a wealth of plains game.
Day 9: Laikipia to Nairobi
Transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi.

When to travel to Kenya

At Bucket List Travel, we can organise safaris to Kenya year-round.

The rains from March to May can make travelling harder, but those stormy skies and lush landscapes are really dramatic.

From July to October you can catch the wildebeest migration, but wildlife can be seen all year, with babies born during spring.

The short rains during November and December aren’t too disruptive and freshen the vegetation.