Land in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi before making your way to Kitich Camp within the Samburu National Reserve. Situated on the upper slopes of the Mathews Mountains, a prime activity here is walking through the valley accompanied by Samburu guides, who share their extensive ecological knowledge as you track big game through the rainforest. Enjoy refreshing dips in crystal-clear streams that run down the mountain, and even in the springs and rivers around the camp.

The next leg of your Kenyan safari takes you to Shaba National Reserve, built on the site where Born Free author Joy Adamson first set up camp. The reserve is a twitcher’s paradise with sightings to rival even the very best of Kenya’s many wildlife sanctuaries. Antelope, including the rare desert Beisa oryx and gerenuk, are also on the list of must-sees. Excursions to the glorious Penny’s Drop waterfall, lavish bush breakfasts and walking safaris along the Ewaso Nyiro River gorge are among the other activities on offer.

End your Kenyan vacation in the heart of the Masai Mara, site of the Great Migration in season and classic Big 5 country. Elephant Pepper Camp merges 21st century eco-friendliness with 19th century antiques to create a romantic ambience that is perfected by personalised service and exclusive game drives in the Mara North Conservancy.

  • Tour duration: 10 days
  • Start: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • End: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Destinations:
       Masai Mara,
  • Accommodation:
    3 nights at Kitich Camp
    3 nights at Joy's Camp
    3 nights at Elephant Pepper Camp
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable
  • Type of Tour: Packaged Tour
  • Type of Accommodation: Mixed

Itinerary Highlights

  • Walk with Samburu guides in the Mathews Mountains
  • Swim in crystal-clear streams near Kitich Camp
  • Excellent birding in Shaba National Reserve
  • Witness the Great Migration in season
  • Rare sightings of Beisa oryx & gerenuk

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

Welcome to Kitich

On your arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you board a flight from Wilson Airport to Samburu, and then are driven the remainder of your fascinating journey to Kitich Camp. Situated on the upper slopes of the Mathews Mountains in the Laikipia district, this superbly secluded laid-back camp comprises just six tents in a gorgeous forest glade overlooking the Ngeng River. Kitich Camp has been designed to blend into its forested surroundings, which are inhabited by buffalo, elephant, lion, bushbuck and other antelope.

Each day take walks through the valley and along the Ngeng River accompanied by Samburu guides. Learn about species of butterflies, birds, insects and fish – a number of which have evolved independently due to the altitude and have thus become endemic to the area. Enjoy a sumptuous picnic with magnificent wilderness vistas followed by a refreshing dip in a crystal-clear stream which runs down the mountain. Without any hippos or crocodiles to worry about, it is safe to swim and relax in the springs and rivers around the camp too.

While walking through the forest, elephant and buffalo are never too far away. Guides are passionate about this fascinating ecology and share with you their extensive knowledge of not only animals but about the hardwood trees, junipers, cycads and orchids that grow here. From your canvas home fronting the river, you can also appreciate wildlife as bushbuck – and occasionally a melanistic or darkly-coloured leopard – comes to drink from the water’s edge while above you the forest canopy hums with birdlife. Lion are spotted only occasionally on walks but are often heard during the night while you are tucked up in your tent after dinner. Market day is a great time to take a guided tour of Lokunuyani village, where you can interact with the local Samburu people and shop for a memento to take home.

The main camp features a comfortable lounge with an open fire, where you can recline in sheepskin-covered safari chairs overlooking the river. The atmosphere at night is magical as the glade is lit up to allow you to observe nocturnal visitors who come out of the forest to drink and hunt at the river. Dinner fare has a distinctly Italian slant and is often enjoyed with the camp owners in the cosy dining area where you are able to socialise with other guests.

Days 4-6

Shelter in Shaba

Check out after breakfast for your transfer to the lesser-known Shaba National Reserve where your stayover is Joy's Camp built on the site of Born Free author Joy Adamson’s original canvas home. This lavish tented safari camp’s unique position overlooking a large natural spring provides magnificent views across the plains which were once home to Elsa the lioness, made famous by Adamson’s novel and the smash-hit film. The rocky hills, acacias and grasslands of this landscape are guarded by the Bodich and Shaba Mountains, which glow brilliantly at dusk. This is a birder’s paradise, with sightings to rival Kenya’s more avian-rich sanctuaries.

Explore the Shaba plains on a 4x4 game drive, your expert guide pointing out reticulated giraffe nibbling on acacia trees and impressive herds of Grevy’s zebra. Your main prerogative is bird watching – and you have never seen this many starlings in your life! Since leaving the camp you can already tick off two of the ‘northern five’ and you have spotted the yellow-billed hornbill – a signature species in this region of Africa. From your suite’s spacious verandah under the acacias you are able to soak up breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, rocky river gorges and a spring where antelope lazily come to drink. Feeling inspired to paint, you set up an easel in front of this splendid African landscape and begin working the provided pigment onto paper.

Visit Penny’s Drop waterfall, topping off the experience with a lavish bush breakfast. One afternoon, swap the 4x4 for your feet and explore the reserve on foot, learning about its micro-ecosystems on a guided walking safari along the Ewaso Nyiro River gorge, where you spot crocodiles sunbathing on the muddy banks. Take a day trip to the natural salt pans of the Magado Crater with a picnic lunch or swim in the camp’s pool surrounded by loungers which overlook the life-giving spring. Reflect on the day’s events over a splendid 3-course dinner before retiring to your walk-in tent and gently shutting your eyes to the captivating sounds of the Shaba plains. 

Days 7-9

Into the ancient Masai Mara

After breakfast you are transferred to the airstrip for your flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve, where you are met on arrival and transferred to Elephant Pepper Camp in the heart of the Mara North Conservancy. This tented eco-camp – bordering the main reserve – is a luxury safari retreat that offers exclusivity and the utmost privacy for a bespoke African safari experience. On expertly guided 4x4 game drives from May to October you are able to witness the migration of thousands of zebra and wildebeest as they traverse the magnificent plains in search for fresh grazing lands and water.

Your elegantly appointed tent boasts a private verandah equipped with a hammock overlooking the captivating wilderness, while its interior of 19th century campaign furniture, antique ornaments and beautiful lanterns creates the most idyllic sanctuary in the heart of the Mara wilderness.

The camp’s environmental responsibility extends further than its completely removable tent structures and the fact that the camp is reliant on solar-powered LED lighting. It also has a longstanding relationship with the local Maasai community, guaranteeing landowners stable revenue, transparent financial management and the preservation of the balance between wildlife and traditional pastoralism. A guided tour of the nearby Maasai village is a fantastic cultural experience and intriguing introduction into their traditional way of life. 

Day 10

Homeward Bound

This morning after breakfast transfer to the Mara North Airstrip where you board your flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. On arrival you are met and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your connecting flight back home. 


  • 9 nights accommodation on a full board basis
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Membership
  • Park and conservancy fees
  • All domestic flight departure tax & All statutory taxes
  • Safari activities, including game drives


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Dec 2016 - 20 Dec 2016 $6105

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

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"If you're adventurous at heart, this incredible journey offers contrasting landscapes and a range of activities and wildlife."



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