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2-Day Kenya Safari Tours

4.6/5  –  1,357 Kenya Reviews

A 2-day safari in Kenya is possible in a lot of the country’s parks and reserves. It’ll be a short safari, but it can be done. You’ll be amazed at how much you can experience and see in just an overnight trip. It will take some careful planning though. With only two days available it is important not to get overambitious or you risk spending most of your time driving between destinations. For ideas, have a look at safaris offered on and check out the travelers’ reviews as well. Whether you’re looking for a budget camping trip or an all-inclusive fly-in break to one of Kenya’s top lodges, there is something here for everybody. Here are answers to some of the questions you might have.

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6 Questions About 2-Day Kenya Safaris


6 Questions About 2-Day Kenya Safaris

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

Is a 2-day Kenya tour too short?

“A 2-day/1-night safari in Kenya is short, but if that’s all the time you have, it is definitely worthwhile. If at all possible, I would recommend adding a few extra days though. You need at least a couple of nights to settle in and get into the rhythm of the bush. However, if time or budget constraints push towards a short trip, you should go and make the most of it. You’ll be surprised at how much you can see on a 2-day safari in Kenya, and you’ll get a taste of what it is all about. Who knows, you might be able to return one day for a longer safari. You should never try to cram too much into your itinerary. With only 2 days available, settle on one park you would like to visit and spend some quality time there. So long as you are realistic about what you can achieve on a 2-day safari, it is surely worth going.”


What are the options for a 2-day safari in Kenya?

“There are multiple options for a 2-day safari in Kenya. Many 2-day packages include an overnight stay in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Timed right, you might see one of Africa’s most exciting wildlife spectacles here, the wildebeest migration. The bumpy drive takes about five hours, so the return trip takes up a lot of valuable time. A return flight may be a better option. Amboseli National Park offers a different kind of experience. While the Mara is famous for its big cats, you can count on excellent elephant sightings here. Views of Mt Kilimanjaro are a bonus on a clear day. Lake Nakuru National Park is very suitable for a 2-day road safari from Nairobi. The drive only takes about three hours on an easy tar road. This scenic national park is centered around a shallow lake supporting flocks of pelican, flamingo and other birdlife. You should see several rhino here and, if you’re lucky, a pride of tree-climbing lion. If you’re based in Mombasa or any of the beach resorts south of the city, your best bet is an overnight visit to Tsavo East National Park. This extensive wilderness area is home to all the Big Five. Large herds of elephant covered in red dust and graceful giraffe are especially noticeable. For a low-key bush experience, you could leave the beach to stay a night in the nearby coastal forest of Shimba Hills National Reserve. Forest elephant are regular visitors to the waterhole, and you’ll be charmed by the red squirrel and bush baby that visit the lodge. ”


What accommodation can I expect?

“There are lots of different accommodation options in most parks and reserves in Kenya for a 2-day safari. Camping is always a good budget option. It adds a sense of adventure to your trip, and the campsites are often in prime locations. Note though, that for 1 night only, a lodge safari might be more practical. Other budget options are mostly guesthouses and basic tented camps just outside the parks. No-frills mid-range hotels or lodges offer more comfort and are usually in better locations inside the parks or reserves. If you decide to splurge, you can choose a luxury lodge or tented camp. These can be conventionally luxurious, offering all mod cons, or they can be stylish rustic establishments focusing on exclusivity, excellent service and food. Lodgings on the luxury end of the scale are usually fully inclusive fly-in destinations that take care of your activities as well. ”


Which animals am I likely to see?

“The animals you’re likely to see on a 2-day Kenyan safari depend on where you choose to go. To see the wildebeest migration, you should aim to be in the Masai Mara any time from late September to late October. There is lots of wildlife to be seen in the Mara at any time though. Big cats are particularly prolific. Amboseli NP is a more scenic destination. Early morning is often the best time to see Mt Kilimanjaro. With or without views of the mountain, you’ll have some incredible elephant sightings here. Some of the old bulls carry impressive tusks. Rhino is difficult to spot in the Mara and absent in Amboseli NP, but Lake Nakuru NP and many of the Laikipia Plateau reserves offer great opportunities to see both white and black rhino. When visiting Tsavo East NP on a 2-day safari, you may not be able to tick off the Big Five. Wildlife is a bit more spread out here, but you might well see some very rare antelope, such as the fringe-eared oryx and gerenuk, in an incredibly wild setting. ”


How much will this safari cost?

“The price of a 2-day safari in Kenya varies. Expect a starting price of US$220 per person for a 2-day budget camping tour, going up to US$350 per person for a mid-range lodge tour. Luxury tours start at around US$450 per person. The level of accommodation influences the overall cost. Most budget-friendly is a camping safari. Lodges range from budget to mid-range to high-end luxury. A road safari is usually cheaper than a fly-in safari. And you can save some money by joining a group safari as opposed to booking your own private safari. If your timing is flexible, you can economize on good safari deals in the low season. It’s always a good idea to get a few quotations before making a final decision on your safari operator. ”


What activities are available on a 2-day safari in Kenya?

“While game drives are usually included in your safari package, some extra activities can add variety and interest to your 2-day Kenyan trip. A balloon safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience offered in many popular parks and reserves. Floating above the bush at sunrise offers an amazing bird’s eye perspective. The champagne breakfast after landing completes a memorable morning out. The Masai Mara and Amboseli areas are the homeland of the proud Maasai people. A visit to a traditional manyatta (group of huts) is both educational and a lot of fun. Lastly, a guided nature walk offers a chance to slow down and marvel at the small wonders of the bush. The aim is not to get close to potentially dangerous animals, but to learn about tracks, insects and plants.”


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4.6/5 1357 Reviews
Mark Eveleigh  –  
United Kingdom UK

Mark is a travel writer who grew up in Africa and has written over 700 titles for Condé Nast Traveller, Travel Africa, BBC Wildlife and others.

Home to ‘the greatest wildlife real-estate on Earth’

The Masai Mara has been called ‘the greatest wildlife real-estate on Earth’ and for the sheer density of its wildlife it probably as no competition anywhere in the world. For a first time safari these days you probably still can’t...

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Gloria  –  
Canada CA
Reviewed: Apr 15, 2024
Country worth visiting!

My family visited Giraffe Centre and Snake park in Nairobi.Then we had a 5 day safari (Amboseli-Nakuru-Naivasha-Maasai Mara) with Bigmac Africa Safaris.This tour operator is excellent and they respond quickly to any inquiries.My little boy...

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Eliza  –  
Peru PE
Reviewed: Apr 13, 2024
Amazing to see the wildlife

It was fantastic and overwhelming to see the wildlife in the Masai Mara, and at Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha. I also enjoyed my first afternoon in Nairobi, walking through the city and going up the KICC tower. I found the Masai village visit...

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Frank Kroeze  –  
Netherlands NL
Reviewed: Apr 13, 2024
Extremely scenic country with beautiful nature and spectacular views

Had a very good time in Kenya, climbing Mt Kenya (5 days), doing a safari to spot wildlife (5 days) and have some relaxation time in Mombasa (3 days). Apart from shortening the safari a bit (and extending the time in Mombasa) I would do...

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Shelly R  –  
Australia AU
Reviewed: Apr 11, 2024
Kenya delivers a wonderful experience beyond expectations.

A most amazing experience from start to finish. We enjoyed wonderful views of Kilimanjaro from our Elerai Camp lodgings in Amboseli filled with an abundance of stunning wildlife. Travelling along the expanse of the East African Rift Valley...

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Arie Mulckhuyse  –  
Netherlands NL
Reviewed: Apr 8, 2024
Beautiful nature and a beautiful country to go on safari

From the moment of arrival at the international airport, the transfer to Wilson airport, the flights with ALS, the reception at Little Goverments Camp, the safari, the food, the drinks, the hot air balloon flight. Everything was extremely...

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