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Big Five Flying Safari

7 Days Safaris

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You are practically guaranteed to see the 'Big Five' in all their natural glory on this incredible flying safari. Samburu Nature Reserve on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River is your first port of call, with game-drives in 4x4 vehicles, bush breakfasts and sundowners very much the order of the day. Hop on-board a light aircraft for the short flight to your second holiday home in the mighty Masai Mara, another national park bursting at the seams with sights to see. Luxury lodge accommodation, delicious food and expert guides add up to a once in a lifetime experience.


Day 1: Samburu

Jambo and a warm welcome to Kenya! This morning you will be met on arrival at Nairobi airport and transfer to Wilson Airport for a morning flight with Air Kenya to Samburu (9:15/10:30am times subject to change). You will be met on arrival by a 4x4 safari car where you will head to the Elephant Bedroom Camp for lunch followed by an afternoon game-drive. Dinner and the next 3 nights will be at Elephant Bedroom Camp or similar. (L/D)

Days 2–3: Samburu

Morning and afternoon game-drives in Samburu in a shared open sided 4x4 safari vehicles. Samburu National Reserve is teeming with big game, from buffalos to rhinos. Home to the 'Big Five' in Kenya there are also many more species to see in this vibrant reserve, including zebras, ostriches and giraffes. Dinner and overnight at Elephant Bedroom Camp or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Masai Mara

After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for a flight from Samburu to the Masai Mara. You will be met on arrival by a 4x4 safari vehicle and transferred to your camp for lunch followed by an afternoon game-drive. Dinner and the next 3 nights will be spent at Tipilikwani Camp or similar. (B/L/D)

Days 5–6: Masai Mara

Morning and afternoon game-drives in shared open sided 4x4 safari vehicles. The Masai Mara is picture-book Africa, endless plains punctuated by flat-top acacia trees and home to an array of wildlife. Dinner and overnight at Tipilikwani Camp or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Depart

Alas, your adventures are over and it is time to head back to Nairobi in the morning. Fly from Masai Mara to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport and transfer to Nairobi airport for your onward flight arrangements or we highly recommend extending your stay with a few nights in Mombasa or on the beautiful island of Zanzibar. (B)

Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Dates & prices

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the tour itinerary and additional tour notes.

Pre/Post Tour Options

If you want to arrive earlier extra nights are available at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi. We recommend a beach stay in Zanzibar or Mombasa after this safari.

Time difference

GMT +2 hours (summer) +3 hours (winter)

Tour inclusions

  • Light aircraft flights between the camps
  • Shared vehicle transport throughout in a 7 seat safari land cruiser with a driver/guide
  • Sightseeing as detailed including entrance fees, park fees and game-drives
  • Road taxes, parking fees and fuel surcharges

Tour exclusions

  • International flight with Kenya Airways in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry or tips and gratuities
  • The required Kenyan visa
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Dining inclusions

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners.

Included activities

Tours and game-drives listed in the itinerary.

Optional activities (not included and bookable locally)

  • Rothschild Giraffe Centre
  • Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage 


Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the lodges with that of a similar standard, also adverse weather conditions could mean a lodge or itinerary needs to be altered.


We use specially designed and strengthened, modern 4x4 safari land cruisers which have large pop-up roofs for extended wildlife viewing and photography. Safari vehicles have 7 seats, all of which are window seats, so you are guaranteed a great view.

Journey times

Kenya is a vast country and hence journey times between resorts/towns can at times be long. Journey times are listed in the itinerary and are approximate.

Group size

There is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 people per vehicle.