Beyond Kenya Safari & Great Rift Valley Kenya


A beyond Kenya safari is more than a holiday. A journey to Kenya involves stepping back in time. Visiting this country is experiencing raw adventure. There are many aspects of African safaris. They include diverse wildlife. It also boasts stunning landscapes and rich culture.

Kenya, a country full of wilderness and natural beauty, is waiting to be explored- a celebration of wildlife in all its vivid forms. This tour promises you days filled with awe and wonder. From the Samburu National Park to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary of the Ol Pejeta, from the varied flora of the Aberdares to the Big Cats of the Masai Mara, Kenya offers a surreal experience of the raw and untamed. Witness the glory of evolution in this tour and take home a broader perspective of life. Witness the Great Rift valley, unforgettable animals, and days filled with pure joy. An unforgettable adventure awaits, get ready!

Kenyan safaris are filled with mind-blowing wilderness. It houses a rustic environment. Visitors can spend a luxurious Kenyan vacation. Guests can enjoy beautiful vistas during such trips. Each safari offers dramatic action.

Visitors can spot the Big Five African animals here. They can also observe endangered wildlife species. These include black rhinoceros and packs of wild dogs. Unique species to spot are Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffes. Colorful birds are found in many regions of the country. This is ideal for avid birders.

The warm Indian Ocean surrounds the Kenyan coastlines. Kenya has white sand beaches. It also has calming blue waters. The country offers a perfect beach vacation. Kenyan beaches like Diani and Watamu are perfect. Visitors can take breaks between safaris. They can be spent on Kenya’s coastlines.

There are various destinations in Kenya. Most are popular during Kenyan safaris. National parks and conservancies are abundant. One cannot miss out on the country’s reserves and sanctuaries. Visitors can experience the vivid ecosystem of Kenya.


Trip Highlights
  • Witness the big cats in their natural glory in the great wilderness of Masai Mara
  • Get close to other splendorous beauties of the parks like Giraffes, Zebras, Rhinos, Hippos, and Elephants.
  • Spend quality time with the Flamingos and Rhinos in Nakuru
  • See the Samburu Special Five animals
  • Lose yourself in the picturesque ravines of Aberdare
  • Experience the wildlife from an insane perspective through the guidance of our expert guides.
  • Feel the beauty of the sun setting on a picturesque landscape with sundowners and bonfires in the evenings.

Day 1

Say Hello to Nairobi

The magical journey begins when you land in Nairobi, where you will be picked up by our representative and transferred to the hotel. First stop in this tour, Nairobi, is an exciting city that offers a stark contrast to the untamed and wild natural beauty found elsewhere in Kenya.

Day 2


An early breakfast will set you right up for the long journey to Samburu. Feast your eyes upon the natural beauty as the road takes you towards the beautiful Samburu National Park. Situated beside the Ewaso Nyiro River, the Samburu National park is teeming with life. Samburu National park is famous for its abundance of rare northern specialist species.

Rest for the day and get ready to experience the wildlife closely on Day 3.

Day 3

The journey from Nairobi to Samburu

Spend the Day having a serene wildlife experience at Samburu National Park. The Samburu Special Five consisting of Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, and the Beisa Oryx, is a special attraction that can't be missed. Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, and Elephants are also major attractions along with more than 350 species of birds and diversified flora.


You can also head out to the Samburu village and meet the Samburu tribe. Experience their unique customs and traditions and learn more about their beautiful way of living.

Day 4

The Samburu Experience

The journey to Ol Pejeta from Samburu is a 3-hour long drive. Nestled between the Aberdares and the snow-capped Mount Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 140 sq mi safe house for the Rhinos and provides sanctuary to the great apes.


Visit the famous Chimpanzee sanctuary, which provides a shelter for the orphaned, abandoned and rescued Chimpanzees and indulge in a feeding exercise. You can also witness the Black and White Rhinos in their full glory and if you are lucky you may have an encounter with your first big cat here itself!

Day 5

Samburu to Ol Pejeta

After a morning safari with a delicious breakfast, it will be time to drive down to Aberdare. End the day in Aberdare, a national park defined by picturesque, steep ravines and open moorlands. A habitat for the Elephants, Leopards, Black Rhinos, Baboons, Giant Forest Hog, Golden Cat, etc with over 250 species of birds, the Aberdare National park is teeming with natural life.

Day 6

Taking the Ol Pejeta to Aberdare Road

After an early morning game drive at Aberdare, it will be time to drive down to Nakuru. A 4-hour long drive, Nakuru is a beautiful National Park. Have lunch and get ready for an adventurous day.


Lake Nakuru National Park, situated on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, this national park is ideal for hiking, picnics, bird watching, and game driving. Offering a picturesque view of the ridges and laden with wide ecological diversity, Nakuru is a paradise for thriving wildlife. Black and White Rhinos, Waterbucks, Rothschild Giraffe, Flamingos, Pelicans, etc are the popular attractions of Nakuru.


Go on a late evening game drive and retire for the day.

Day 7

Aberdare to Nakuru

Pack your breakfast and get ready for the journey to Masai Mara. Visit the Great Rift Valley in between and gawk at its splendid beauty. After the 6-7 hour journey, rest by having a delicious lunch and get ready for the game drive which will last till sunset.


The Masai Mara which is famous worldwide for its rich wildlife, is a once in a lifetime experience, one which will stay with you for a long time.

Days 8 - 10

Nakuru to the Great Masai Mara

Hailed as the 'Mother of all national parks', the Masai Mara offers you a chance to get a closeup of the rare wild encounters in the most vivid form. Big Cats, Antelopes, Hippos, Zebras, Giraffes, etc rule this land. Masai Mara has over 450 bird species like the Crown Crane, Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird, and the list goes on.


Crowned as the newest 7th Wonder of the world, Masai Mara offers something that is both primal and beautiful, raw and ecstatic. Go on three game drives during the day and follow the activities of these animals.


You can also give a visit to the Maasai village and experience their culture and way of life. Take the balloon safari early in the morning and enjoy a champagne breakfast. You can also enjoy breakfast alongside the hippo pool enjoying the beautiful Savannah.


A Sundowner experience and bonfires coupled with a special bush dinner and Maasai dances on the last day will make this journey unforgettable.

Day 11

Around the Masai Mara in 3 days

The trip ends at Nairobi.

Here you will bid adieu to this beautiful place and make your way home with memories to last for a lifetime.

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Famous Places to visit during a Beyond Kenya Safari

Certain destinations are a must-visit. Here are some of them.

Aberdare National Park

Aberdare is a protected area. It is situated right in the Aberdare Mountain Range. The park is an unusual wilderness area. The park covers the higher areas of the region. It also includes parts of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya.

Aberdare breaks away from the typical savannah safaris. Its game drives take place above the range of 4,001 meters. Numerous wildlife species have adapted to the mountains. Colorful birdlife is also seen in the park. Visitors can spot elephants, leopards, and spotted hyenas. One can also see olive baboons and colobus monkeys. Other primates also live in the park.

Aberdare National Park has many cultural sites. Aberdare has isolated Mountain ranges. It also has plateaued. It is the best site to enjoy adventurous hikes. One can also opt for mountain climbs.

Lake Nakuru National Park

A beyond Kenya safari involves trips to rift lakes. Lake Nakuru National Park is one such site. It flourishes with rich biodiversity. It boasts an abundance of wildlife. Visitors can enjoy the scenic vistas of the park.

The lake is known for housing more than 450 species of bird life. They live near the water banks. The most famous birds seen are the flamingoes. They tend to feed on the lake’s algae. Lake Nakuru had a huge flamingo population. The birds covered the lake like a pink carpet. However, recently their numbers have since reduced.

Travelers visiting the park can see rich wildlife. One can spot the rare rhinos near the lake. It is a highlight of a beyond Kenya safari. Other animals seen in the park include cheetahs and lions. One can also observe Rothschild giraffes. The park has many mammal species too.

Masai Mara National Park

Masai Mara is a famous national park. It is well-known all around the world. The park is situated along the western Great Rift Valley area. It is found in South Western Kenya. The park is nearby many conservancies. It is close to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

The reserve is dotted with acacia trees. It also displays the classic open grasslands. Big Five African animals roam freely in Mara. There are countless other mammals in the park. Colorful avifauna is also found here.

There are many reasons to visit Mara. The biggest is the wildebeest migration. This is an incredible annual wildlife event. It involves millions of wildebeests. They are joined by other plain animals. The animals begin from Serengeti. They travel to the Mara for food.

Travelers can witness the migration live from the Mara. It serves as a surreal experience. It can only be lived during a beyond Kenya safari.

A Mara trip taken during the migration season is exciting. It exposes guests to exhilarating game action. It includes deadly river crossings. These sights are never seen anywhere else in the world.

Travelers can enjoy unique activities here. These include game drives and hot-air balloon rides.


The modern city of Nairobi has huge skyscrapers. Nairobi is also one of the known capital cities. It is home to museums and important monuments. Nairobi captures the hustle and bustle of local life. The city displays modernity. However, it also has lush landscapes.

The Nairobi National Park is a unique park. In it reside various species of animals. These also include the big cat species. Animals are witnessed against buildings in this national park.

There are various attractions to visit in Nairobi. Among them is the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage. It runs a rehabilitation program for elephants. The Karen Blixen Museum is a well-preserved farmhouse. Visitors can stay at Giraffe Manor. In the manor, giraffes poke their heads through the windows. They try to steal a bite of food. Giraffe Manor is a unique place.

Other places in Nairobi include Karura Forest Reserve. One can also enjoy visits to the Nairobi National Museum. Visitors can also visit Kenyatta University. It is a renowned university in Nairobi.

Samburu National Reserve

The Reserve is one of the famous safari destinations. It is an exclusive game reserve in East Africa. The Ewaso Ng’iro River is found in the reserve.

The river is a lifeline for many animals. They gather near the river frequently. Visitors can spot lion pride and cheetahs. The rare species of Somali ostrich are also found. Visitors can see the largest population of elephants here.

Samburu is a wildlife ecosystem. It consists of conservancies and group ranches. They surround the main reserve.

Places to see in the Great Rift Valley Kenya

The Great Rift Valley is the world’s most extensive geographic feature. The valley stretches from the Middle East to Mozambique. It covers both northern and southern areas.

The Rift Valley is one of the largest provinces in Kenya. It extends over a wide area. The province has enormous geographical diversity. It is made up of beautiful wilderness areas.

This region is geologically active. It has hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, and other features. There are certain places to visit in the province. These include:

Lake Naivasha

The road to the lake leads to the eastern Rift wall. It then follows an ancient elephant trail. This provides a spectacular view of Lake Naivasha.

Naivasha is one of the few freshwater lakes. It supports a considerable amount of wildlife. One can spot beautiful birdlife here. Visitors can enjoy boat rides on Lake Naivasha.

Hell Gate National Park

The national park is located in the southern part of Lake Naivasha. The park has many wild animals. It is also ideal for short-game drives. Hell’s gate has lofty hills, volcanoes, and rock towers. It also has geothermal streams and water gorges.

A visit to Hell’s Gate National Park is highly recommended. Travelers can visit the park on a day trip. It sits close to Nairobi city.

The park has flourishing biodiversity. Visitors can enjoy adventurous activities. These include rock climbing and mountain biking. In the park, one can also try out natural spas. Hell’s Gate is a beautiful park. Visitors should include it during a beyond Kenya safari.

Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo is a freshwater lake in the valley. The shores of Baringo have various bird species. Its waters are home to lurking crocodiles. One can view hippos frequently grazing near the lakes. They are seen from lakeshore hotels or during boat trips.

Lake Turkana

Lake Turkana was known as Lake Rudolf. It is found in the Kenyan Rift Valley. It is also the world’s largest lake. Lake Turkana is a permanent desert lake. It is the most saline out of Africa’s large lakes. Turkana is an outstanding laboratory for experts.

Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy

The conservancy was founded in 2004. It sits near the foot of Mount Kenya. This site is an important biodiversity area. It acts as a buffer between communities and wildlife. This prevents conflict between humans and wild animals.

Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy is a must-visit. It protects rare wildlife species. One of them includes mountain bongo. The conservancy is located close to Mount Kenya. So, travelers can visit both places during a beyond Kenya safari.

Lake Elementeita

Lake Elmenteita is a soda lake. The lake is found in the Rift valley. It is part of the Soysambu Conservancy. The lake’s shore is an important area for wildlife. It is a natural habitat for threatened species. These include colobus monkeys.

More than 400 birds reside near the lake. These are the greater and lesser flamingos. Other birds also thrive here. One can see a few wildlife species. They come from the Soysambu conservancy. Kikopey hot springs are the best tourist site here. Visitors can enjoy game drives and quad biking. One can also try out camping and bush dining.

What is the Great Rift Valley known as in Kenya?

The Great Rift Valley is known as “Bonde la Ufa” in Kenya, which means “Valley of Hunger” in Swahili. This name reflects the fact that the region has experienced periodic droughts and food shortages throughout its history, despite its rich natural resources and cultural diversity.

The Great Rift Valley is a prominent feature in Kenya, stretching from Lake Turkana in the north to Lake Magadi in the south, and passing through several national parks and game reserves, including Lake Nakuru National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park, and Maasai Mara National Reserve. The valley is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and many species of birds.

In addition to its natural beauty and wildlife, the Great Rift Valley has played an important role in human history, particularly in the study of human evolution. Many important archaeological discoveries have been made in the region, including the fossils of early hominids such as Homo habilis, Australopithecus afarensis, and Homo erectus.

Today, the Great Rift Valley is a major tourist destination in Kenya, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience its natural beauty, cultural diversity, and rich history.

Tourists can take part in a wide variety of activities, including hiking, game drives, hot air balloon safaris, and cultural tours. With its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and fascinating history, the Great Rift Valley is truly a wonder of the natural world.

Why is the Great Rift Valley called the Great Rift Valley?

The Great Rift Valley is called “great” because it is one of the largest geological features on Earth, stretching over 6,000 kilometers from Syria to Mozambique. The term “rift” refers to the geological process that created the valley, which involved the splitting apart of the African continent along a series of faults and fissures.

The Great Rift Valley is the result of tectonic movements that began around 35 million years ago, when the African Plate started to separate from the Arabian Plate. As the plates pulled apart, the Earth’s crust began to stretch and thin, creating a series of parallel fault lines and volcanic activity along the eastern edge of the continent.

Over millions of years, the region gradually sank, forming a vast depression that is now the Great Rift Valley.

The Great Rift Valley is characterized by its steep cliffs, deep valleys, and a series of lakes and rivers that dot its landscape. It is home to a rich diversity of wildlife and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth.

The valley is also an important site for the study of human evolution, as many early hominid fossils have been discovered in the region.

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