9 Days & 8 Nights | Kenya

Nairobi, Meru National Park, Tsavo West National Park & Mbirikani Group Ranch



Families – A fun-loving time for those who enjoy the outdoors

Honeymooners – Romantic camps in off-the-beaten track locations

Photographers – Time in one of Kenya’s less explored national parks


Game drives

Night drives

Nature walks


Seasonal catch-and-release fishing


Cultural tours


Kids’ club

Horse riding 


Hide viewing


High Season:  July to October

Green Season:  November to June


Kenya is a paradise for those passionate about wildlife and safari. This itinerary idea takes you off the well-trodden path and swaps it for one you may not have considered. Meru and Tsavo National Parks may not be the most famous in the country but this is precisely why they’re such great finds: lower visitor numbers, fewer vehicles and three lodges that will surprise and delight you.

Starting in Nairobi, you wing your way to Meru and then onto Tsavo West (the park is so massive, it’s split into two). From there, the Mbirikani Group Ranch is an enormous slice of private land between Tsavo and Amboseli National Park, giving you the best of both worlds, including the Chyulu Hills.


Kenya lodged itself firmly in my heart after I spent nearly a month travelling through Amboseli, the Masai Mara, Samburu and onto Diani and Galu on the coast. Two stand-out experiences were seeing black rhinos in Lewa (their horns are incredibly long) and photographing Grevy’s zebra, of which only a handful are left. It was also a kick to see my first gerenuk, an antelope that can stand on its hind legs for minutes at a time to feed!



8 Nights / 9 Days


Nairobi, Kenya

Meru National Park, Kenya

Tsavo West National Park, Kenya

Mbirikani Group Ranch, Kenya


The gates to Hemingways Nairobi open to usher you into a haven of calm and tranquillity. Lying in the upscale and storied neighbourhood of Karen, this is one of the city’s hotels that is most popular with high-flyers and other luminaries.

You will have been collected from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by your driver-guide. Once settled in, have a swim, go for a massage or unwind on the terrace with a G&T. Tomorrow you begin your offbeat Kenya safari…

Why we love Hemingways Nairobi:

  • Arguably Nairobi’s finest modern hotel
  • Dinner in the fine-dining restaurant
  • A view to the Ngong Hills from the balcony
  • Butler service, serene spa and swimming pool

Today you are taken to Wilson Airport to fly to Kinna Airstrip in Meru National Park. Although it’s a compact park by African standards, it receives good rains and thus has rivers, rainforest, grasslands and wetlands to support a wide variety of species.

Elsa’s Kopje is named after Elsa, a lion cub who was saved and then released into the wild rather than be kept in captivity, the genesis of the Born Free Foundation. The camp is home for two nights.

Why we love Elsa’s Kopje:

  • Steeped in history of lion conservation
  • One of only two lodges in Meru
  • Sensitively designed around Mughwango Hill
  • Family cottage, honeymoon suite and private house

Because it is the regional transport hub, today sees you return to Wilson Airport to catch your flight to Tsavo West National Park. With its eastern counterpart, Tsavo West makes up one of the biggest and most diverse conservation areas in Kenya.

For three nights, Finch Hattons will be your sanctuary. Like Elsa’s Kopje, it also has a share of Kenyan history, being named after early safari explorer Denys Finch Hatton. You have over 400 000 hectares to explore here.

Why we love Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp:

  • See elephants made red with volcanic dust
  • Multi-storey lookout tower for game watching
  • Spa, boma, gym and swimming pool
  • Dedicated children’s play area and helipad

A short hop back to Wilson Airport sets you up for your final two nights in Kenya; this time at Ol Donyo Lodge on the Mbirikani Group Ranch, a large tract of private land adjacent to Amboseli National Park.

Ol Donyo has been crafted to offer total comfort in the heart of this wilderness. Enjoy time at the log-pile hide to photograph elephants up close, get the bird shot you’ve been wanting or simply enjoy whatever wildlife comes down to drink.

Why we love Ol Donyo Lodge:

  • A night under the stars in the Sambu Suite
  • Every room has a refreshing plunge pool
  • Experienced riders can enjoy a horse safari
  • Set out on an exciting mountain bike safari

A week in two of Kenya’s most beautiful national parks will hopefully leave you feeling inspired, rejuvenated and refreshed. From the gentle hills and rolling grasslands of Meru to the wide rivers and craggy peaks of Tsavo West, this itinerary provides stunning backdrops for a passing parade of elephant, giraffe, zebra, hippo, leopard, lion, buffalo and so much more.

Today you return to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. We can easily rustle time on one of Kenya’s sublime beaches afterwards for you.


  • All activities specified
  • All transfers specified
  • All meals, drinks and sundowners specified
  • Laundry if specified


  • International flights
  • Items from the safari shop
  • Pre- and post-itinerary accommodation
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance, tests and vaccinations where stipulated
  • Tips / gratuities

* Subject to change. Your personal consultant will confirm all the details with you while helping you plan your safari to Africa so you have a full understanding of costs with no surprises.


This itinerary is here to inspire you and prices may change due to availability, season and the year that you plan to travel.