Kenya south-west safaris, tours & holiday packages

Masai Mara and Rift Valley lakes

Home to the Masai Mara, Amboseli and the Rift Valley lakes, the area is perfect for anyone on their first Kenyan safari

Kenya's south-west safari circuit is probably the most visited in the country. From Nairobi, you drop down into the Rift Valley towards the town of Narok. This is the gateway to the Masai Mara, Loita Hills and Nguruman escarpment as well as to the Rift Valley lakes, such as Naivasha and Nakuru west of the Mau escarpment. Directly south of Nairobi is Amboseli National Park, with its elephants and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kenya’s south and south-western safari circuit should be your first option in Kenya. It can also be combined with Tanzania’s north-west to include the Serengeti National Park and the annual Great Migration.

Popular Kenya Southwest safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Wilderness safari in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe (10 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Wilderness safari in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe (10 days)

Why not visit more than one exciting African destination? See the Great Migration, Victoria Falls and wildlife-rich Hwange National Park

Price on Request

per person

10 days

Asilia Africa

Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings (10 days)

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River

$ 18,465

£ 15,085

R 299,419


per person

10 days

Masai Mara Safari Adventure (6 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Masai Mara Safari Adventure (6 days)

Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown; the wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve

$ 2,335

£ 1,908

R 37,863


per person

6 days

Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania (8 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania (8 days)

See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle in two countries

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per person

8 days

Best of Africa Safari (16 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration

$ 21,115

£ 17,250

R 342,390


per person

16 days

Our African Travel Expert

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Megan Warrington says

The first choice for many of our travelers is the Masai Mara. Some quiet corners within the Mara are possible to get to if you book your safari the right time and choose the right place to stay. Combining the Mara with Lake Nakuru and Chyulu Hills will give you a well-rounded safari experience.

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The Masai Mara is the highlight of this region of Kenya’s tourist circuits. You can still see some amazing wildlife sightings in the Mara despite the amount of mass tourism. Plan your Masai Mara experience with care to avoid the big commercial hotels and lodges and the mini-bus rush. Ideally, combine the main reserve with time in the surrounding conservancies to get away from the crowds.

There are one or two hidden gems inside the Mara.Two lesser-known Rift Valley lakes in south-west Kenya – Bogoria and Baringo further north up the Rift Valley – are worth visiting if you're overwhelmed by the volume of visitors in the rest of the Rift Valley lakes. These two have less urban development and traffic.The cost and availability of flights from Nairobi’s Wilson airport means that the south-western safari circuit isn't driven from start to finish as much as it used to be, except by group and budget safari options.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kenya Southwest

When is the best time to visit Mount Kenya National Park?

December to March are the sunniest months and perhaps the best time to visit. There are some cloudy periods and rain from March to May, and drizzle from October to early December which may restrict clear views. However, Mount Kenya National… go there.

When is the best time to visit Mokala National Park?

Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year, the dry winter months of May to September are the best. During this season - animals gather at the waterholes and rivers, making them easier to spot. However, the daytime temperature is… go there.

When is the best time to visit Samburu National Reserve?

The months of December through March and July through October are dry, making them by far the best months to visit the Samburu National Reserve. When the wildlife viewing is at its prime. go there.

Do I have to be over 18 to book a trip to South Africa?

Yes, you have to be over 18 to book a trip to South Africa. go there.

When is the best time to visit Tsavo East and West National Park?

May to October is the best time to visit Tsavo East and West National Park. The wildlife is easier to spot - since they gather around the waterhole. go there.

When is the best time to visit Cape Point?

May and October is the best season to visit Cape Point - this time is the best for whale watching. go there.

When is the best time to see the great migration?

Many people think that the Great Migration happens only once a year, but it occurs every year, with each season offering a unique wildlife experience. Although the migrations take place in a clockwise loop between Tanzania and Kenya, the… go there.

What types of plugs are used in the Southern and Eastern African countries?

Botswana: Electric plug M 230V and 50Hz Kenya: Electric plug G 240V and 50Hz Malawi: Electrical plug G 230V and 50Hz Mauritius: Electrical plug C & G, 230V and 50Hz Mozambique: Electrical plug C,F,M, 220V and 50Hz Namibia: Electric plug… go there.

When is the best time to visit the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is an excellent all year safari destination, providing travellers with reliable sightings of it's resident wildlife. However, if you're planning a migration safari, it's best to travel during the months of August and October… go there.

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Since the beginning, agents and staff of Discover Africa already work in a professional way for me to plan the trip. Their quick responses to my questions help us a lot before departing from our place to the Africa continent. When we were…


from Hong Kong

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…


from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…


from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

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