Visit three of the most iconic private wildlife reserves of Kenya, where you can enjoy unending views of pristine, untouched wilderness in complete seclusion and exclusivity. Meet two of Africa’s most authentic and fascinating tribes – the Maasai and the Samburu, and learni about their cultures, ancient customs and local knowledge of the wildlife and wilderness as they guide you throughout your safari. You will see Africa's most unusual wildlife up close in their natural habitat: the ‘Samburu Special Five’, rare endemic species present only in the arid North, the famously large herds of Samburu elephants and the endangered black rhino, as well as the teeming herds of game in the Maasai Mara.
Included in the cost are the following:
Day 1: Transfer to the Wilson Airport for your morning flight to Samburu. Met on arrival in Samburu and transferred to the lodge, located in the adjacent Kalama Conservancy, comprising of over 200,000 acres of pristine wilderness. Afternoon game drive in the Conservancy, exploring the Conservancy in total privacy and exclusivity. End the game drive with sundowners and unending views of the plains below. Dinner and overnight at Saruni Samburu Lodge.
Day 2: Early morning game drive in the Samburu National Reserve to see the rare and distinctive northern species of game peculiar to this area - reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the long necked gerenuk, as well as the well-known larger wildlife including elephants, lion and leopard. A picnic lunch in the Reserve, then head back to the lodge for an afternoon siesta. Enjoy a complimentary half hour Back & Neck massage at the Samburu Wellbeing Space. The evening game drive will done in Kalama Conservancy and will end with a bush dinner under the stars, in the middle of the wilderness, accompanied by Samburu warriors dancing, candles and fire, making it a truly magical experience. Night drive back to the lodge and overnight at Saruni Samburu Lodge.
Day 3: Depart after a leisurely breakfast, accompanied by Samburu guides, and drive two hours north west to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in nearby Namunyak Conservancy (visit payable & bookable in advance). You will arrive in time for the noon time feeding session of the elephants and the other animals in residence. You can ask the keepers questions about the upkeep of the ellies, learn all about their special milk formulas, and watch the hungry ellies come racing out for their bottles! As the ellies continue to play, bathe and go about their day, we now head towards Saruni Rhino, a 2-hour’s drive away in Sera Conservancy, stopping for picnic lunch enroute. Head straight to the Rhino Sanctuary to start your exhilarating on-foot tracking adventure which will take place in the late afternoon as the temperature lowers. Drive to within a short distance of the endangered black rhino, leaving the vehicle on foot to track the rhino in the safety of a guide and a ranger. Communication between rangers allow you to track as many rhinos as possible in the allotted time. After this ‘up close and personal’ experience, drive to camp where a lantern-lit bush dinner awaits you in the idyllic setting of the dry river bed. Dinner and overnight at Saruni Rhino.
Day 4: Depart with picnic breakfast, for a game drive to the nearby Fifty Wells (Kisima Hamsini) or the Singing Wells, where you will witness Samburu pastoralists watering and singing their uniquely recognised songs to their livestock, at a series of natural wells, bringing water up from the depths as they have done for centuries. (Wells are seasonal). Witness the incredible spectacle of thousands upon thousands of sand grouse dipping to take water in the natural wells and waterholes throughout Sera Conservancy, a veritable vision for birders. On your return to camp, enjoy a refreshing dip in the cooling waters of the natural rock infinity pool overlooking the dry river bed after which lunch is taken in the shade of Swara House, overlooking waterhole frequently visited by herds of elephants and other wildlife. Afternoon siesta in the cool of your stone cottage, watching the waterhole from your shady verandah. For the more adventurous, you can embark on a 2nd round of rhino tracking by returning to the Sanctuary to re-live the experience. Tonight, experience a bush ‘lugga’ dinner under the star-lit African skies before heading to bed for your last night in the remote wilderness of Kenya’s northern frontier.
Day 5: Depart for the airstrip, for onward 90 minute flight to the Mara. Met on arrival and commence a game drive, with a picnic lunch enjoyed under an acacia tree or by the river next to a pod of hippos. Alternatively, head to Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild located in the Mara North Conservancy, for some rest and an exclusive game drive later in the afternoon in the conservancy. The Conservancy borders the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, and consists of over 30,000 acres of plentiful, protected land, brimming with wildlife. Dinner and overnight at Saruni Mara/Saruni Wild.
Day 6: An early morning game drive to look for the big cats and other predators of the Mara, returning to the camp or lodge for lunch and treatments at the Maasai Wellbeing Space. The afternoon game drive will take you to a special area where the largest tower of giraffe can be seen, followed by dinner at the lodge or camp and an optional night game drive. Overnight at Saruni Mara/Saruni Wild.
Day 7: Today, you could opt to walk through the valleys and plains surrounding Saruni Mara, accompanied by a vehicle, or take a game drive up to the top of Kilileoni, the highest mountain in the Serengeti- Masai Mara ecosystem - led by your skilful and knowledgeable Maasai guides. Afternoon game drive in the Conservancy as well as the neighbouring conservancies to experience first-hand what makes the Mara one of the most exciting wildernesses in the world. Weather permitting, experience a bush dinner under the vast African sky, with Maasai warriors singing and dancing around the fire. Overnight at Saruni Mara/Saruni Wild.
Day 8: Visit the rhino sanctuary enroute to the airstrip, as well as the hippos and the crocodiles of the Mara River.The flight is around 60 - 90 minutes, depending on the number of stops, and you will arrive in Nairobi in the early afternoon hours.
Day 01: Saruni Samburu Lodge
Day 02: Saruni Samburu Lodge
Day 03: Saruni Rhino
Day 04: Saruni Mara/Saruni Wild
Day 05: Saruni Mara/Saruni Wild
Day 06: Saruni Mara/Saruni Wild
This itinerary is ideal for: