• a herd of zebra standing on top of a dirt field

Through the Rift Valley

Through the Rift Valley is a short but extremely rewarding safari which allows visitors to gain a first hand experience of the Rift Valley lakes, famed for their abundance of flamingos and the Masai Mara boasting Kenya's greatest concentration of wildlife. You can add on a beach stay afterwards on the Kenyan Coast or on the nearby islands of Zanzibar & Pemba off Tanzania. Call our Destination Specialists for more information.

5 days
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
a herd of elephants walking across a grass covered field

Trip highlights

  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Nairobi

Transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay and the rest of the day is at leisure. We recommend you book an optional excursion to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage or the Karen Blixen Museum with Giraffe Manor. Please call for details.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Nairobi Serena Hotel or similar

Leave Nairobi after breakfast to travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment. You will pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok and then travel across acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Masai Mara, arriving in time for lunch.

Later, enjoy an afternoon game drive in the reserve as the sun sets.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mara Serena Safari Lodge or similar

Today you will enjoy a morning Masai Village visit and an afternoon game drive. We strongly recommend you pre-book an early morning hot air balloon flight for a truly unforgettable experience.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mara Serena Safari Lodge or similar

Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, travel across acres of wheat and barley as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand.

Now travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mau Escarpment, arriving at Lake Nakuru lodge for lunch. The waters here are often coloured shimmering pink, thanks to the the thousands of flamingos lining its shores.

After lunch you will take an afternoon game drive in Nakuru National Park, returning to the lodge as the sun sets.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Lake Elementaita Serena Camp or similar

After an early breakfast, you will leave the Rift Valley behind, continuing towards Lake Naivasha for a boat ride before proceeding to Nairobi, arriving late morning. Once in the city, you will be dropped off at the drop off point in the city centre for your ongoing travel arrangements. Why not consider extending to the Kenyan Coast for seven nights at the Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa?


  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year).
  • Meals as stated.
  • Non air-conditioned transportation in a safari bus with guaranteed window seat.
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking local driver/guide.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Park entrance fees and government taxes.
  • One bottle of water per person per day on game drives.
  • International flights.

Not included

  • Visa fees.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Tips for the guide or driver.