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Born Free Safari

8 days Safaris

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The Born Free Safari combines the lesser known park of Shaba and Ol Pejeta, the ‘Big Five’ destination of the Masai Mara and the luxury of staying in iconic Serena and Sarova hotels, lodges and camps. A country so vast, rich in culture and enjoying an abundance of wildlife, Kenya has so much to offer. Experience dramatic scenery and close encounters with the ‘Big Five’ in Nairobi’s best game reserves.


Day 1: Monday

Jambo and warm welcome to Kenya! This morning you will be met at Nairobi Airport on arrival by our uniformed staff from Rhino Safari’s and transferred to the Sarova Stanley or similar for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Tuesday

After breakfast you will be met by your safari guide and set out for Shaba National Reserve for your 2 night stay at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge or similar, arriving just in time for lunch (approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes) and an afternoon game-drive in the reserve. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Wednesday

After a special al fresco breakfast served in the grounds of the lodge, set out on a morning game-drive. Return to the lodge for lunch before setting out again on an afternoon game-drive in the Shaba Reserve. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Thursday

After breakfast (inside the lodge) set out from Shaba and drive southwards around the foot hills of Mount Kenya to the famous Ol Pejeta Game Sanctuary (approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes) located in the heart of the Laikipia plateau, an area second only to the Masai Mara for concentration and diversity of wildlife, for an overnight stay at Sweetwaters Tented Camp or similar. Enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon game-drive in the Ol Pejeta Game Sanctuary. (B/L/ D)

Day 5: Friday

After breakfast the safari leaves Sweetwaters and continues to Lake Nakuru in the Rift Valley (approximately 3 hours) for an overnight stay at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge or similar. On route we will stop to admire the spectacular Thompson Falls. Lunch will be followed by an afternoon game-drive. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Saturday

After breakfast continue to the Masai Mara (approximately 6 hours) for your 2 night stay at the Sarova Mara Game Camp or similar. Lunch and afternoon game-drive. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Sunday

Enjoy a full day in the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game-drives. A 'Dinner under the Stars' will be served on one of the 2 evenings spent at Sarova Mara Game Camp, or similar. (B/L/D).

Day 8: Monday

After breakfast the safari returns to Nairobi (approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes), dropping off at Nairobi Airport. From Nairobi you will either connect on to your onward travel arrangements back to the UK or we highly recommend extending your stay with a few nights on the beautiful island of Mombasa. (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

The first day of the tour is at leisure but if you wanted 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

  • 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

7 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.


We recommend taking soft sided holdalls as this can be transported more easily in the 4x4 vehicles. Excess luggage can be left in Nairobi (a local nominal charge may apply). We recommend packing one bag between you for the safari and a second for your beach stay which can remain in Nairobi to be collected on return.

Group size

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