Which Kenya Tour Is Right for You?

Planning to visit Kenya? We break down the Tour options to help you find out which is the right one for you.


1. Harvest in the Savannah


Harvest in the Savannah Tour, Toehold

The ‘Harvest in the Savannah’ Tour, Amboseli, Nakuru and Masai Mara. © Toehold

Destinations: Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara
When: May
Duration: 7 nights and 8 days
Optional extension: Yes; 2 nights and 3 days in Masai Mara
Type of vehicle: 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser
Participants per vehicle: 3
Internal transfers: By road


You should join this Tour if you:

  • Are visiting for the first time
  • Want to see a variety of habitats and enjoy a great introduction to Africa
  • Wish to see Masai Mara at its greenest
  • Seek to visit Kenya during its least expensive time


Kenya is unarguably the crème of wild Africa. In its dizzyingly vast savannahs under remarkable skies, prey and predators team up to make it an incredibly gifted country. If you’ve never visited it before, it’s wise to pick a Tour that serves you a nice cross-section of the great country’s fabulous wildlife and wildernesses. The Harvest in the Savannah Tour is just that.

It starts in Amboseli National Park, perhaps Africa’s best place to photograph elephants. Its marshlands and volcanic meadows, on which massive elephant herds roam free, are out of a dream. It is also the place where you can, famously, photograph elephants against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro, the continent’s highest mountain.

Elephant in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. By Santosh Saligram. Amboseli National Park is one of Africa’s best places to photograph elephants. © Santosh Saligram

After having a jumbo time photographing elephants in Amboseli, we move northward and say ‘jambo!’ to Lake Nakuru National Park. Nakuru is a fever (yellow-barked acacia) forest surrounding the large and saline eponymous-lake. This makes the experience of seeing a lion here very unique, especially in May when it is lush-green. Rhinoceroses – both white and black – thrive here and so do Cape buffalo. Consider all this and it seems merely an incidental bonus that Nakuru is rich to the gills in bird life.

And then we proceed to the venerable Masai Mara. It’s almost an understatement to call it one of the world’s most famous wilderness locales. It is in fact a veritable Mecca of wildlife. Here, the whole experience comes together into a sensational climax. The rolling grasslands serve as a spectacular theatre showing the famous Big Five all year round to rapturous audiences. But the icing on the cake for us here will be the big cats. It’s not uncommon to see a few dozen lions over three to five days, with cheetahs and leopards playing the cherry. This Tour occurs every May, when the weather is dramatic, the environs lush, and prices the lowest.

Join us on this Tour here, and for best results, take the optional extension!

2. The Great Migration


The Great Migration Tour, Toehold

The ‘Great Migration’ Tour, Masai Mara. © Toehold


Destination: Masai Mara
: August and September
Duration: 6 nights and 7 days
Optional extension: No
Type of vehicle: 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser
Participants per vehicle: 3
Internal transfers: By road

You should join this Tour if you:

  • Have visited Kenya earlier or are not keen on other parks in Kenya
  • Want to witness one of Earth’s greatest spectacles and incomparable experiences
  • Want to be in the Mara at the peak of the action
  • Don’t mind bearing peak-season prices

Do you find it hard to imagine nearly two million ungulates including wildebeests, zebras and Thomson’s gazelles congregating in one place? Then you must only be there to see and grasp with your senses to understand what we are talking about. The Great Migration is one of the most overwhelming natural spectacles that occur on Earth. This Tour, timed to coincide with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of animals into the Mara, allows you to witness unparalleled drama in the form of river crossings, hunts and more.

Wildebeest Jump in Masai Mara, Kenya. By Sachin Rai. Witnessing a river crossing in Masai Mara is a never-to-forget experience. © Sachin Rai


And if you’re trying to cork up your emotions, try not. For just when you might think how life thrives here, death visits like a sudden guest. The Nile crocodiles feast on the river-crossing mammals and on land, the apex predators like the African lion and the leopard also feast on the ungulates as they fall prey.

You can see what’s nearly impossible to describe in words on this Tour!


3. Big Cat Week


The 'Big Cat Week' Tour, Toehold

The ‘Big Cat Week’ Tour, Masai Mara. © Toehold


Destination: Masai Mara
When: May and December
Duration: 5 nights and 6 days
Optional extension: No
Type of vehicle: Special open Land Rover Defender or Toyota Land Cruiser
Participants per vehicle: 3
Internal transfers: By air


You should join this Tour if you:

  • Have visited Kenya earlier and/or want to focus on big cats (lion, leopard and cheetah)
  • Want the most comfortable experience
  • Don’t mind paying a small premium for the luxuries

Can’t have enough of big cats? Then you need a Tour that focuses on and optimizes the viewing and photography of lions, leopards and cheetahs. You need Big Cat Week.

This Tour hosts you in camps that are close to the areas of the Mara that have been made famous in television documentaries. And also peaks the comfort quotient by transferring you between Nairobi and the Mara via the aerial route to spare you the bumpy roads. Also, the safari vehicles used on this Tour are open on all sides. This makes photography particularly pleasurable and removes that last barrier between you and the subjects of your admiration.

Start here if this Tour sounds like the one for you!

Lion Hunting Hippo, Masai Mara, Kenya. By Jayanth Sharma. Focusing on the big cats will allow us to witness behaviour. © Jayanth Sharma

Harvest in the Savannah

Every May
$ 3230 per person

Amboseli Elephants, Santosh Saligram

Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara
7 nights and 8 days
2-night optional extension in Masai Mara
4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser
3 participants per vehicle
Road transfers

The Great Migration

Every August/September
$ 4110 per person

Masai Mara
6 nights and 7 days
No optional extension
4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser
3 participants per vehicle
Road transfers

Big Cat Week

Every May and December
$ 2870 per person

Masai Mara
5 nights and 6 days
No optional extension
Open 4×4 Land Rover or Land Cruiser
3 participants per vehicle
Air transfers

This blog is part three of a series on Africa called ‘The Ultimate Guide to East African Safaris’. Read the first and second blogposts if you haven’t.

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