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Big 5 in Conservancies (Drive/Fly) Safari

With exclusive Porini camps providing the accommodation and spectacular game viewing on offer at no fewer than three of Kenya's prime game reserves, a deserved sense of excitement runs through this well-balanced safari.

Tucked away in private concessions far from the safari crowds, Kenya's Porini camps have long been a brand synonymous with consistent excellence and personalised service. Blending into their surroundings with minimal environmental impact, these eco-camps allow you to experience the raw drama of a safari under canvas but with all the creature comforts.

Begin in the game-rich Selenkay Conservancy, a private conservation area set just a few miles from famous Amboseli National Park. The emphasis is on spotting the region's big game but you will have time to stretch your legs on nature walks with a Maasai warrior and armed tracker, the best way to discover the secrets of the savannah.

Next you will head for the slopes of Mount Kenya and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. This diverse reserve of wooded grasslands, acacia thickets and evergreen forests is quite simply a wildlife paradise. Home not just to the Big 5, Ol Pejeta is also East Africa's largest stronghold for the highly endangered black rhino and even rarer northern white rhino – there is even a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees!

Wrap up this extraordinary journey in what is often rated as Africa's greatest reserve – the Masai Mara. Game viewing is excellent all year round but little can beat the magical sight of migrating wildebeest and zebra between July and October as they pour nervously onto the Mara plains, followed closely by hungry predators. The tension increases as the migration crosses the Mara River where lurking hungry crocodiles await their next meal – this is an Africa safari at its most dramatic.

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  • Stay at eco-friendly camps
  • Enjoy crowd-free game viewing
  • Go on walking safaris with Maasai warriors
  • Track both black & white rhinos
  • Visit a chimpanzee sanctuary
  • Search for the Big 5 heavyweights
  • Marvel at the Great Migration


  • Tour Duration: 8 Days

Accommodations Visited

Detailed breakdown

Day 1: The adventure begins | 1 Night

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Nairobi, Kenya

Welcome to Kenya! After touching down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be driven to one of the world's most unusual accommodation spots: Nairobi Tented Camp in Nairobi National Park. This is one of the few places where you can experience a traditional under-canvas safari minutes from the hum of a thriving city. You may have to explain to family and friends that your photographs of giraffes with skyscrapers in the distant background are not photoshopped! It is a fitting start to what promises to be the wildlife journey of a lifetime. A night at Nairobi Tented Camp can only whet your appetite for what is to come. Tucked away in a riverine forest, you can undertake traditional game drives or venture out on foot with the trained guides.

Days 2-3: Explore game-rich Amboseli | 2 Nights

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Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Say goodbye to Nairobi Tented Camp with a warm greeting before taking a road transfer to the Selenkay Conservancy and your home for the next two days – Amboseli Porini. With only nine tented suites available, Amboseli Porini is one of Kenya's smallest and most intimate camps, making for a wonderfully unhurried and personal start to your safari. Animals in the Selenkay Reserve are not fully habituated to vehicles and the number of visitors is limited to a maximum of 18 per day to retain the unspoilt nature of the area and minimise the impact on the environment. Such conservation efforts have paid handsome dividends: Selenkay's wildlife is fast on the increase and your day begins with birdsong and the promise of big game. Expert guides will lead game drives in search of animals ranging from elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and striped hyena to jackal, giraffe, warthog and zebra. Bird watchers will be thrilled by the abundant birdlife in the area, especially birds of prey. Your morning will kick off with a hearty breakfast followed by a full morning of game viewing in the famous Amboseli National Park. After a morning of big game and big cats, find a shady spot for a picnic lunch before returning to camp to relax. After a refreshing dip in the pool, catch up on some sleep or set off on a Maasai guided walk to a nearby village for some remarkable insights into local Maasai culture. As the heat of the day ebbs away, set off on an afternoon game drive, stopping for a sundowner drink at a scenic viewpoint. If the weather plays along, you may enjoy breathtaking views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. Heading back to camp, a spot light is used to locate nocturnal animals such as aardvarks, bush babies and serval cats on the prowl. Return to camp for a wholesome dinner around a campfire beneath a canopy of stars, ready to swop stories about the day's adventures.

Days 4-5: See rhinos & chimps | 2 Nights

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After a final night at Amboseli Porini, fuel up on breakfast before a game drive takes you through the Amboseli National Park to the airstrip where your aircraft to Nanyuki Airport awaits. Expect a warm welcome followed by a short road transfer to Porini Rhino Camp, an intimate 6-tent camp located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy on the foothills of Mount Kenya. The conservancy is both home to the Big 5 and a haven for endangered species such as the super-rare black rhino, endemic Grevy's zebra and non-indigenous rescued chimpanzees. Settle in for your 2-night stay and enjoy a tasty lunch followed by a siesta. Having awakened refreshed, you will be ready to hand feed Baraka, the resident blind rhino before you venture out on an afternoon safari activity. Evenings at Porini Rhino Camp are spent around a campfire, sharing and listening to safari stories. Fantastic meals are served as you are serenaded by the sounds of the Kenya wilderness; the star-filled sky provides a suitable backdrop. And if you think that the experience stops there, wait until you return to your tent to find a hot-water bottle tucked cosily inside your bed.

Days 6-7: Search for Africa's big cats | 2 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

Say farewell to your new friends as you leave Porini Rhino Camp for Nanyuki Airstrip and a flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve, watching from your window as the scenery of Great Rift Valley unfolds beneath you. Once you have landed, transfer by road to Porini Lion Camp where you will spend the final two nights of your adventure. Porini Lion Camp is located in the exclusive 8 000 hectare Olare Orok Conservancy, a private conservation area situated along the banks of the Ntiakatiak River, complete with hippo pods and flocks of brightly coloured birds. Settle into your river-facing tented suite and keep an ear out for the hippos grunting outside. Adjacent to the Masai Mara itself and offering year-round game viewing, Olare Orok's open savannah plains teem with huge herds of wildebeest and zebra during the July to October migration season. Needless to say, the reserve is home to the full range of predators including all the big cats for whom the Mara is famous. Lion, leopard and cheetah make up the must-see list but look out for spotted hyena, wild dog, jackal and lurking Nile crocodiles. After a day of exploring, an expertly mixed cocktail finishes things off nicely as the sun sinks below the horizon and your night game drives commences. Your guide will use a spot light to find rare and unusual nocturnal animals before returning you to camp for a grand dinner under the stars.

Day 8: Farewell to Kenya

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Enjoy an early morning game drive and scrumptious breakfast before departing to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to Nairobi's Wilson Airport, arriving in the afternoon. While you wait to board a flight to your onward destination, take a moment to reflect on the best moments of your safari: new friends made, unforgettable sunsets and up-close wildlife sightings. These recollections will last a lifetime or at least until you return to make some more!


Daily Ol Pejeta Conservancy fees at Porini Rhino Camp
Daily Olare Motorogi Conservancy fees and one day Masai Mara Game Reserve entrance fee at Porini Lion Camp
Daily Selenkay Conservancy fees and one day Amboseli National Park entrance fee at Porini Amboseli Camp
Day and night shared game drives in open sided 4×4 safari vehicles with qualified guide
Maasai village visit at Porini Amboseli Camp
Return conservancy airstrip transfers
Scheduled return flights from Wilson Airport to Nanyuki Airstrip and Ol Kiombo Airstrip
Visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Porini Rhino Camp
Walks with Maasai warriors

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