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Enjoy the original classic safari

No country, perhaps, is more synonymous with a classic African safari than Kenya. With endless grasslands sprinkled with acacia trees, this is ‘Out of Africa’ and ‘Born Free’ country. Whether it’s exploring Lake Nakuru N.P., the best small park in East Africa, or the emblematic Masai Mara, wildlife abounds year-round. The Mara, as it is affectionately called, is also home to one of the greatest sights of the natural world: millions of wildebeest and zebra crossing a crocodile infested river on their great migration through the savannah.


  • Comfortable safari at an intimate tented camp with walk in tents and en suite facilities
  • Prolific wildlife of the Masai Mara including lion, elephant, hippo, and giraffe
  • Lake Nakuru, famed for its wonderful Black and White rhino population
  • Game drives, game walks and optional cultural village and walking excursions

Key information

  • 3 nights luxury tented camp, 2 nights lodge, 1 night hotel, all en suite
  • Travel by private safari minibus with good viewing space
  • Some long drives

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 


  • Day 1

    Depart London.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Nairobi; to Lake Nakuru N.P; optional afternoon game drive.

    On arrival, we meet with those not travelling on the group flight at the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel in Nairobi. We drive north to the edge of the escarpment over the Rift Valley before descending into the valley and running parallel to Lake Naivasha, arriving at Lake Elementaita after approximately three hours. This is one of Kenya's famous lakes and home to many flamingos, though their population has been dwindling. After lunch at the lodge there is plenty of time for an afternoon optional game walk (recommended) on which you might see plains game including gazelle, impala and sometimes giraffe, as well as plenty of birdlife. Alternatively you can simply relax by the pleasant hotel swimming pool with views down to the lake.

    Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar
    Comfortable Lodge

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Morning and afternoon game drives in Lake Nakuru N.P.

    Early start today with a morning game drive through the park, on which we hope to see many plains game including gazelle, impala and giraffe. We will also be on the look-out for predators as well as unique bird life. Lunch is taken at the lodge, and the afternoon is free to relax with afternoon tea. We will go out on a second game drive in the afternoon, heading back to the lodge at dusk.

    Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar
    Comfortable Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 4-6

    Masai Mara

    A long (aprox. 7.5hrs including stops), beautiful and bumpy drive to the Mara on which we stop for lunch in Narok (at own expense). We will arrive in the Mara mid to late afternoon and do game drive en route to camp. This is the first of several game drives in this remarkable game area. During time off you can relax in your private tents, the lounge tent or watch game go by from the deck of your tent. If you fancy a lie-in one day or an optional nature walk, this can easily be arranged.
    It is the game and scenery that make this area so incredible: huge prides of lion feasting on an abundance of plains game. Once a year the plains darken with the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. This is an astonishing spectacle of almost two million plains game searching for the best grass. It is impossible to predict the scale or the exact timings of the migration into the Mara as this varies from year to year, but it occurs some time between July and October. At this time the plains game are relentlessly pursued by the big predators, including lions, leopards and cheetahs.
    As a climax, there is the also the option of taking a sunrise balloon ride over the African plains (subject to the weather conditions and availability).

    Accommodation: Ilkeliani Tented Camp or similar
    Luxury Tented Camp


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Early morning game drive or optional walk; transfer to Nairobi.

    We leave after breakfast heading back towards Nairobi. A picnic lunch will be taken en route.We spend our last night in Nairobi.

    Accommodation: Eka Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Fly to London.

    Fly to London

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info



Most nationalities do now require a visa for Kenya, including Britons, most EC nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians.From September 2015 it will no longer be possible to obtain a visa on arrival. Instead you must arrange for an eVisa. For information about the application process please visit Kenya Visa applications (you can apply via the button at the foot of the page). Please ensure that you have at least one blank page free of immigration stamps in your passport to enter Kenya.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included.

Typical meals

Breakfasts are buffet style though at Lake Nakuru Lodge it consists of cereal, fruit and breads with spreads whilst at Ilkeliani it also includes a hot option such as eggs, sausages and beans. In the Mara hot drinks with freshly baked biscuits are provided before your game drive. A packed breakfast consisting of fruit, cakes, juice and coffee/tea is taken out on the plains or a cooked breakfast can be taken at camp.
Lunch can be eaten at camp or may be a packed lunch (usually consisting of some cooked chicken, a ham or cheese sandwich, 500 ml of water, a packet of juice, a piece of fruit (banana/orange/apple) and a piece of cake or packet of biscuits) if there is reason (to see the migration, for example) to be out the whole day.
Tea and cakes are taken mid-afternoon before the game drive.
A 3-course dinner is taken each evening in the open dining area. At Lake Nakuru Lodge the food is good but homely whilst at Ilkeliani it is of very high standard.
Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.


Kenya straddles the equator so showers can occur at any time of year, however the wettest period is April and May (we have no departures then) Due to the altitude of both Nakuru (1600m) and the Masai Mara (1550m) the night-time temperature is beautiful, cool yet not cold. Daytime temperatures can get as high as 30 degrees but with low humidity. There can be light rains at the end of the year, but if anything this is a good thing as it cuts down the dust and brings out the colours. In the wet the roads can become difficult and a little patience and pushing may be required! Please be aware that over recent years weather patterns have changed and are now somewhat unpredictable.

Is this trip for you?

A small group safari in safari buses with two long drives. Most of the roads are reasonably good. Driving in the reserves can be quite rough and is often on dirt roads. In wet weather driving conditions do become more difficult and a little patience may be required at times.
As well as some very exciting game drives, there are opportunities for walking both at Lake Elementaita and in the Masai Mara. For both animal and bird lovers there are many chances of seeing countless game and birds as well as rare and endangered creatures.



Lodge & Luxury Tented Camp

For the first two nights we stay in Lake Nakuru Lodge, which is situated in the middle of Lake Nakuru National Park and boasts wonderful views. All rooms are en suite and there is also a well-maintained swimming pool.

In the Masai Mara we generally use Ilkeliani, or similar. Nestled in a river glade in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, the area is a favourite for elephants coming to drink from the Talek River. Ilkeliani camp consists of only 17 tents from which you may see some wildlife action throughout the day.The tented rooms are raised up slightly on earth mounds, overlooking the river and the plains. These mounds are covered in vegetation, and feel quite natural, and each one has been sited under its own cluster of shady indigenous trees and you do feel like you are out in the wilderness. Communal areas include a comfortable lounge, dining area and viewing deck across the plains.

Our last night is in a comfortable hotel in Nairobi.

Single supplement available


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  • Reviewed April 2017
    Petrina Buckley

    Classic Kenya Safari

    This trip exceeded my expectations.We were travelling at the end of the season,just as the long rains were due and I was a little anxious about "what" we would manage to see.We were looked after so well,and everyone did their utmost to ensure we had a perfect and memorable trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The smiling faces and generous hearts of the people we met. The utter beauty of the landscape and unimaginable privilege of seeing wild animals in their natural habitat. Watching from the " observation platform" as torrential rain poured down , after our last game drive was over .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter and Davis were our guides/ drivers.They were awesome.They were friendly, fun kind and thoughtful.Both were a mine of information about anything and everything. They kept us safe,informed and entertained and worked tirelessly to ensure everyone had a perfect trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Loose,comfy clothing that you don't mind getting dusty/ dirty.The trip notes are are little unclear and don't tell you that you will want to consider tipping at both venues - the lodge staff and the camp staff,they only allow guidance for your drivers/ guides and one set of staff. We found our multi plug useful at the lodge as there was only one socket in the room.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Considering all that is included in this trip,it is excellent value.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Terence Lee

    classic kenya

    I have been to africa many times, and this holiday was up there with the best. A excellent trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think seeing 7 cheetahs, and a couple chasing wildebeest. Also watching a leopard pass us by. and then following it along , brilliant

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader, Peter , very good, in fact top marks, and his assistant another peter also

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just sit back and enjoy spectacle, no better show on earth

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Only minor thing flying back to UK, via Amsterdam. Over 3 hours waiting at airport, put bit of dampener on it. I heard BA fly straight back for same price. But would have to fly to fly to Nairobi day earlier, which would have been ok for me. Perhaps it could an option. Otherwise another great trip , Exodus. My 10 th trip with you , each one memorable!
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Colin Baigent

    Classic Kenya Safari

    We had been on several Exodus trips before in Africa and the Caribbean. We didn't have enough spare time for one of the longer trips so chose this one. We expected that the guides would be able to find animals in the parks and give advice, including on birds. They exceeded all expectations and more than once we located Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Jackal and Rhino. 194 bird species was exceptional, even though we didn't take a lot of time out specifically for birds. The two locations are brilliant in different ways. Lake Elementaita Lodge has a resident Spotted Eagle Owl. Ilkeliani has a resident Maasai wildlife expert, including copying bird calls!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Leaving a place with a male lion very close and out in the open, to drive quickly to a female leopard and cub which had just lost a kill to a hyena, that was still eating!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The two guides were exceptional. Very knowledgeable, helpful and humorous.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a good camera and some wildlife reference books.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We like to go to different places, but after this trip we are thinking of getting back to this area on the next one!
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Sarah Vallance

    Classic Kenya Safari

    This was my third time on this wonderful tour - everything about it is to be recommended. The accommodation is extremely clean and comfortable, and the tour leaders and all the staff involved at the lodge and the camp are so kind and completely dedicated to giving you a memorable trip. There were 9 of us in the group and we got along really well, which seems to be the way with Exodus groups!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Masai Mara is surely one of the most beautiful, vast and varied places on earth and its' preservation (and the conservation of its' animals) is of the utmost importance. Seeing cheetah cubs for the first time has to come top of my list of 'moments'. Unfortunately we didn't manage to spot a leopard this time, but the other wildlife more than made up for it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Davies and Peter are friendly, knowledgeable, kind and amusing and nothing is too much trouble for either of them. They must be among the best leaders that Exodus have.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a couple of long drives, one of which is very bumpy! They actually go so quickly that you don't really notice them, as there is always something to see along the way. Try to take a long lens (minimum 300mm) - not essential but you will be amazed at the images you can get!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour - it is short but packed with the most fabulous things!
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Gary Begusch

    Classic Kenya Safari

    What a fantastic experience! I had never travelled to Africa before and didn't know what to expect. This trip exceeded all expectations. The wildlife was fantastic, the accommodation great, the tour leader extremely friendly and the group I was with all got on extremely well. I would highly recommend the tour.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me it was the feeling of adventure and anticipation I felt throughout the trip. We saw so much and experienced so many memorable moments throughout that I couldn't pick out one thing. Black rhino, elephants, cheetas, lions.... the list goes on.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Davis was excellent. He was very friendly and full of interesting facts about the area and the wildlife throughout our trip. He made us all feel comfortable from the start and does a great job! Thanks Davis.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go for it! This was my first group trip and my first safari and I enjoyed every minute of it.
  • Reviewed February 2015
    Charlene Skinner

    Classic Kenya Safari

    This was the first time I'd used Exodus and also my first time visiting Kenya and let me tell you, it was brilliant. I had an amazing time. I loved the week away from start to finish. The trip was well organised and having met such helpful, polite people along the way it ticked all my boxes. I met a lovely group of people who were also single travellers so that helped. The Food was excellent and I enjoyed trying new things. The rooms at both hotels were always clean and well maintained. You could not fault the staff. Every ask was not a problem. There is a bit of traveling and on some bad roads but apart from that, this is a trip I would return on again and again. Thank you Exodus and everyone I met!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    To be honest the trip as a whole was my inspiration. Memories I will not forget in a while. The views, the people, the animals even. Completely amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter and Davies were our tour guides and they were fantastic. They had phenomenal knowledge of Kenya and off all the animals we saw. They were so ahead of the game and new where to pin points various animals.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would suggest only going out taking Kenya Schillings rather than Dollars. We dealt a lot in Shillings with some use of Dollars along the way. Also you will need to buy rather a lot of bottled water so having the extra schillings helps.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go, please and really have a great time. Soak it all up because its a must!
  • Reviewed February 2015
    Sarah Burke

    Classic Kenya Safari

    This was my first trip to Africa, so I was really looking forward to it, and it did not disappoint! The animals were so beautiful, and it was lovely to see them in their natural habitat. We saw elephants, lions, warthogs, giraffes to name a few. We were even lucky enough to see a striped hyena, which are very rare - even the tour guides were excited to see him. The hotels, especially Camp Ilkeliani, were amazing - glamping in Africa! We saw beautiful sunrises - once from a hot air balloon - and beautiful sunsets. An amazing holiday, with lovely guides, and a lovely group of fellow holiday makers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many it's hard to know which one to pick - probably the friendliness of the all the local people we met and saw - whether it was the staff at the hotels, who provided service with a smile, or the kids on the roadside who all waved and smiled to see our jeeps go by them.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter and Davies - lovely men, who know their stuff! They gave us lots of information about the animals, and were able to spot animals hiding in the bushes - their expertise definitely helped us to get the most out of our holiday. As they are local guides, they also gave us insights into Kenya, and life there.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take more money than you think you'll need - the cost of bottled water starts to add up when it's 30 degrees! Also, only take Kenyan schillings - you can spend US dollars, but only taking one currency is easier, and occassionally I think schillings were preferred. Our guides advised us to change our dollars to schillings as soon as we arrived. Be prepared for some long drives.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you're thinking of booking this trip - do it! You won't regret it!!
  • Reviewed October 2014
    Karen White

    Classic Kenya Safari

    Fantastic trip from the moment I arrived until I stepped on the plane to come home. Exceeded my expectations which were high as this was my first safari. Tents on the Masai Mara were great, overlooking the river.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many but probably the perfect shot of an African sunset, lion cubs, a python making a kill, the balloon safari, the multitude of other animal and birdlife we saw and just about everything else!! I also enjoyed visiting the Masai Village and the nature walk at Lake Elementaita.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Davies was superb. Apart from being a phenomenal driver, his knowledge and experience was second to none. Nothing was too much trouble. He was polite and cheery and helped to make the holiday a special one.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy every second as the time flies past. Take a decent camera with a good zoom as you can't always get too close to some animals but make sure your camera can cope with close-up encounters too! Keep your eyes peeled all the time - there's more out there than just the big five - saw some beautiful birds too. Talk to the local people when you can - you can learn a lot more from them too. Take a torch for the camp as lighting is low in the tents. Optional balloon safari is expensive but worth the experience - glad I did it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Very impressed with the whole holiday right from the day I booked it. Excellent service throughout. Thanks to Exodus I definitely have the travel bug now and look forward to receiving the 2015 Wildlife brochure!
  • Reviewed October 2014
    Adam Adam

    Classic Kenyan Safari - A fantastic trip

    A 7 day trip with lots of early starts, but that aside it was well worth it, scenery was amazing, and a lot of animals were seen, including cheetahs and a leopard. Considering it was my first safari I was really lucky in what was seen. The guides were great and really knew their stuff, and I also had the other vital ingrediant to a great holiday in that I was with some really fun people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I would have to say one of the most imspirational moments was watching the sunrise on the Masai Maara, just breath taking watching a new day dawn.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was great, knew his stuff was a lot of fun, and drove like a demon when needed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't bother with taking Stirling, just stick to dollars and convert it to shilling there. Always haggle and start really low as they over price (waaaaay over) and try to keep a good idea of the conversion from shilling to pounds/dollars in your head. Otherwise lots of sunscreen and a decent camera and binoculars.
  • Reviewed October 2014
    Barry Tylee

    Classic Kenya

    What a fantastic week. I have to say that it surpassed even my expectations. Previously I had been to Tanzania and that was great, but this holiday will be hard to beat. A great group of fellow travellers coupled with excellent guides in a beautiful setting with a host of various animals.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Driving across the Masi Mari and viewing the big Cats. Not just once, but on several occasions and being just a few meters from them. The seem just not to be bothered. Seeing the "Chase" the "Kill" the "Attack" such photo opportunities, not to be missed.Even sightings of Rhino.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our tour leaders were the "Drivers/Guides". We could not have asked for more from them.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have a good camera. And be prepared for the holiday of a lifetime.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    When you leave, you will know that you want to return. Everything about this trip was first class. (imo).

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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