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From Mara to Mombasa

8 days Safaris

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This popular one-way safari allows guests to experience some of Kenya’s finest game reserves while witnessing the diverse landscapes and changing vistas of this beautiful country. Our ‘From the Mara to Mombasa’ safari takes you one way from Nairobi to the Kenyan Coast, spotting the ‘Big Five’ along the way, before relaxing at one of Mombasa’s beach hotels.


Day 1: Monday

Jambo and warm welcome to Kenya! This morning will be met at Nairobi airport on arrival by our uniformed staff from Rhino Safaris and transferred to the Jacaranda Hotel or similar for an overnight stay. Spend the day at leisure, or we highly recommend the optional excursion to the Rothschild Giraffe Centre or the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage with a delicious lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden.

Day 2: Tuesday

After breakfast drive to the Masai Mara (4 hours/265 km). Lunch followed by an afternoon game-drive. Dinner and overnight Mara Sopa Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Wednesday

Full day in the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game-drives. The Masai Mara is picture book Africa; endless plains punctuated by flat-top acacia trees and home to an array of wildlife. Every year the reserve plays host to one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles, the annual wildebeest migration. Over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain-ripened grass. Dinner and overnight Mara Sopa Lodge or similar (B/L/D)

Day 4: Thursday

Leave the Masai Mara and drive to Lake Naivasha (4 hours/240 km). Lunch followed by an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the lake shore location and hopefully to spot the fish eagle and resident hippo that inhabit the lake. Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Friday

Breakfast followed by a 1 hour boat trip on the lake (subject to the lake level). Chance to spot the resident hippo and prolific bird life around the lakeshore. Afterwards the safari continues to Amboseli with lunch on route at Nairobi's famous Carnivore Restaurant (1 hour 30 minutes/ 90 km). We arrive in Amboseli early evening. Check into the lodge. (4 hours/250 km). Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge or similar. (B/L,/D)

Day 6: Saturday

Morning and afternoon game-drives in Amboseli. Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Sunday

Leave Amboseli and drive to Tsavo West via the spectacular Shetani lava flows in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro (2 hours/95km). Lunch at Kilaguni Serena lodge followed by an afternoon game-drive in Tsavo West including a visit to Mzima Springs where we hope to see hippos 'moon walking' on the river bed from the underwater viewing observatory. Continue to Ngutuni Lodge (2 hours/135k). Dinner and overnight at Ngutuni Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Monday

Early start! Set out on an exciting early morning game-drive in Ngutuni Game Sanctuary returning to the lodge in time for breakfast. Afterwards the safari continues to Mombasa (2 hours and 30 minutes /175 km). Drop off early afternoon at the coast hotels. (B)

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

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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 Nairobi Serena Hotel. We recommend a beach stay in Mombasa after your 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 & 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.


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 seven 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 cannot be left in Nairobi, arrangements can be made with your representative to send luggage ahead to Mombasa by courier service at an extra cost. 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.