The Big Five

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The Big Five

Kenya's winning combination of stunning wildlife parks, fantastic game lodges and laid-back beach life make for a memorable holiday.

10 days from

£1,977

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 27/11/2017 from London Gatwick Airport

View Dates
  • Samburu National Park Samburu National Park
  • Aberdare National Park Aberdare National Park
  • Flamingos, Lake Nakuru Flamingos, Lake Nakuru
  • Tribesman, Masai Mara Tribesman, Masai Mara
  • Zebras, Masai Mara Zebras, Masai Mara
  • Cheetahs, Masai Mara Cheetahs, Masai Mara
  • Lion, Masai Mara Lion, Masai Mara
  • Masai Mara Masai Mara
  • Masai Mara Masai Mara

Itinerary Map

Kenya's winning combination of stunning wildlife parks, fantastic game lodges and laid-back beach life make for a memorable holiday.

DAY 1 : Depart UK.

DAY 2 : Arrive Nairobi - Nyeri.

On arrival in Nairobi, drive through rich farming land to Nyeri, and your hotel where you can enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Includes Dinner

DAY 3 : Nyeri - Samburu Game Reserve.

We head towards the Equator and the magnificent Samburu National Reserve, a hot, arid area on the edges of Kenya's northern frontier. After lunch, there's a game drive providing the chance to see Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, lion, crocodile and the blue-legged Somali Ostrich. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Samburu Game Reserve.

We begin the day with an early morning game drive, arriving back at the lodge for breakfast. The rest of the morning is yours to relax and enjoy the facilities at the lodge. After lunch enjoy another game drive. Dinner will be at the lodge. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Samburu Game Reserve - Aberdare National Park.

After an early breakfast, we head for the highlands and the Aberdare National Park, part of the Aberdare mountain range, with peaks rising to 14,000 feet. It is here that you may see the endangered Black Rhino, along with elephant and buffalo. Your luggage will be stored at the Aberdare Country Club where we will have lunch. Afterwards, continue with an overnight bag to Aberdare. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru.

After collecting your luggage from the Aberdare Country Club, travel to Lake Nakuru, the first national park to be declared an Important Bird Area. This beautiful lake measures 40 square kilometres and is set just north of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Teeming with birdlife, it is home to pink flamingos and in the surrounding wetlands, you may spot white and black rhinos, buffalo, leopards and zebra. In the late afternoon enjoy another game drive. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara.

After an early breakfast, we descend the Rift Valley into one of the most popular and renowned reserves, the Masai Mara Game Reserve, arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon, you'll enjoy a game drive around this amazing reserve, one of Africa's oldest, largest and most impressive. Comprising over 1,672 square kilometres of acacia-spotted savannah and rolling hill country, it is home to a splendid array of wildlife including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo and zebra. In the autumn, you may be lucky enough to witness one of the world's great natural spectacles, the migration of thousands of wildebeest. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Masai Mara.

After another early morning game drive, you'll arrive back at the lodge for breakfast and have the rest of the morning and afternoon at leisure to enjoy your surroundings. In the evening, enjoy another game drive before relaxing over dinner and perhaps sharing stories for the last time with your fellow travellers. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : Masai Mara - Nairobi - UK.

Return to Nairobi for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10 : Home landing in the UK.

Hotels on Tour

  • Lake Nakuru:Lake Nakuru Lodge
  • Masai Mara:Keekorok Lodge. <note>
  • NOTE:Safari hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.</note>
  • Nyeri:Aberdare Country Club
  • Samburu Game Reserve:Samburu Intrepids Camp
  • Aberdare National Park:The Ark Lodge

Safari Information

On our safaris there is a maximum of seven passengers per safari bus and the vehicle is specially designed so that you have the best possible view from each seat. Occasionally it may be necessary to accommodate guests in 'Tented Camps', which offer similar standards and facilities as the Safari Lodges. We recommend that you take comfortable clothing and sensible shoes, binoculars and a good camera. It may occasionally be necessary to amend itineraries due to adverse weather conditions.

NOTE: You may take only one small piece of luggage on safari, as there is insufficient room in vehicles to carry all luggage.

Visa Information

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on safari - 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Services of a driver-guide
  • Transfers
  • All airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable

Holiday Highlights

  • Samburu Game drive
  • Aberdare National Park
  • Aberdare Mountains
  • Lake Nakuru
  • Masai Mara
  • Acacia-spotted savannah

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday
Itinerary Map

Kenya's winning combination of stunning wildlife parks, fantastic game lodges and laid-back beach life make for a memorable holiday.

DAY 1 : Depart UK.

DAY 2 : Arrive Nairobi - Nyeri.

On arrival in Nairobi, drive through rich farming land to Nyeri, and your hotel where you can enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Includes Dinner

DAY 3 : Nyeri - Samburu Game Reserve.

We head towards the Equator and the magnificent Samburu National Reserve, a hot, arid area on the edges of Kenya's northern frontier. After lunch, there's a game drive providing the chance to see Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, lion, crocodile and the blue-legged Somali Ostrich. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Samburu Game Reserve.

We begin the day with an early morning game drive, arriving back at the lodge for breakfast. The rest of the morning is yours to relax and enjoy the facilities at the lodge. After lunch enjoy another game drive. Dinner will be at the lodge. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Samburu Game Reserve - Aberdare National Park.

After an early breakfast, we head for the highlands and the Aberdare National Park, part of the Aberdare mountain range, with peaks rising to 14,000 feet. It is here that you may see the endangered Black Rhino, along with elephant and buffalo. Your luggage will be stored at the Aberdare Country Club where we will have lunch. Afterwards, continue with an overnight bag to Aberdare. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru.

After collecting your luggage from the Aberdare Country Club, travel to Lake Nakuru, the first national park to be declared an Important Bird Area. This beautiful lake measures 40 square kilometres and is set just north of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Teeming with birdlife, it is home to pink flamingos and in the surrounding wetlands, you may spot white and black rhinos, buffalo, leopards and zebra. In the late afternoon enjoy another game drive. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara.

After an early breakfast, we descend the Rift Valley into one of the most popular and renowned reserves, the Masai Mara Game Reserve, arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon, you'll enjoy a game drive around this amazing reserve, one of Africa's oldest, largest and most impressive. Comprising over 1,672 square kilometres of acacia-spotted savannah and rolling hill country, it is home to a splendid array of wildlife including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo and zebra. In the autumn, you may be lucky enough to witness one of the world's great natural spectacles, the migration of thousands of wildebeest. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Masai Mara.

After another early morning game drive, you'll arrive back at the lodge for breakfast and have the rest of the morning and afternoon at leisure to enjoy your surroundings. In the evening, enjoy another game drive before relaxing over dinner and perhaps sharing stories for the last time with your fellow travellers. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : Masai Mara - Nairobi - UK.

Return to Nairobi for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10 : Home landing in the UK.

Hotels on Tour

  • Lake Nakuru:Lake Nakuru Lodge
  • Masai Mara:Keekorok Lodge. <note>
  • NOTE:Safari hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.</note>
  • Nyeri:Aberdare Country Club
  • Samburu Game Reserve:Samburu Intrepids Camp
  • Aberdare National Park:The Ark Lodge

Safari Information

On our safaris there is a maximum of seven passengers per safari bus and the vehicle is specially designed so that you have the best possible view from each seat. Occasionally it may be necessary to accommodate guests in 'Tented Camps', which offer similar standards and facilities as the Safari Lodges. We recommend that you take comfortable clothing and sensible shoes, binoculars and a good camera. It may occasionally be necessary to amend itineraries due to adverse weather conditions.

NOTE: You may take only one small piece of luggage on safari, as there is insufficient room in vehicles to carry all luggage.

Visa Information

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on safari - 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Services of a driver-guide
  • Transfers
  • All airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable

Holiday Highlights

  • Samburu Game drive
  • Aberdare National Park
  • Aberdare Mountains
  • Lake Nakuru
  • Masai Mara
  • Acacia-spotted savannah

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (3 reviews)

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26-Mar-2017

Apologies but everything I have written above is supposed to be here as this is my comments on the big five and not customer experience

27-Sep-2016

Lots of travelling between destinations but well worth it to embrace the different areas and wealth of wildlife. Accommodation excellent as was our driver and tour guide who looked after us throughout.

09-Jul-2016

This was the holiday of a lifetime!! Absolutely fabulous. However I would warn anybody thinking of doing it that you will be subjected to a lot of travelling including bone jarring roads which provide a full body massage! However it's all worth it be...

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Big 5

01/05/2012

My wife and I have recently returned from our latest Archers tour, chasing the Big Five round Kenya.  The holiday proved to be a real success and lived up to expectation.  With only 5 adults on the tour, the opportunity was there to form a tightly integrated group with surprisingly similar backgrounds and expectations.  However, as with previous comments about this holiday, the real success hinged on the quality, enthusiasm and professionalism of the driver guide who accompanied us over the full eight days. Evans, from the safari company SOMAK, was a mine of information about mammals and particularly birds and, throughout, needed no second bidding to share his knowledge.  The group enjoyed highly successful visits to a wide range of Kenya's finest game parks including the Aberdares, Samburu, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara.  Each park has its own delights but seeing the Big 5 was never in doubt and we had some wonderful moments for close up photography including the lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffes and hippos.  Only the shy leopard proved somewhat elusive but things came good long before the end.  Expect bumpy roads (that leading to the Mara, is a national disgrace!) but it's all part of the fun. Its well worth phoning or reading up on the SOMAK website about the finer details.

Big 5

Maria & David Schusler 01/03/2013

We have recently returned from our first African adventure with very special memories.
 
Our first morning in Samburu was wonderful as we spotted a Leopard on the ground stalking it's prey & subsequently catching it. We were amazed at how close we got to the animals. Our Safari guide was Richard Okubo who went out of his way to make our holiday memorable. We were lucky enough to spot the Big Five & many, many more.
Everything about the trip was fantastic, including our beach stay at the Southern Palms, Diani Beach. Just what the Doctor ordered!
 
We enjoyed ourselves so much on our "Once in a lifetime trip to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary" that we are repeating  it again in next year!
 
Our friends were so impressed by our tales that they are booking the same tour with Archers too.
 
Thank you Archers for an unforgettable experience!!!!!
 

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