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Family Kenya's Samburu & Masai Mara

Your room is appointed with little extras like a writing desk & a cosy nook for nightcaps.
tour iconTours & Safaris|7 days

Family Kenya's Samburu & Masai Mara

Highlights

  • Perfectly combines fun, adventure, wildlife and culture for parents, children and teens
  • Stay in luxury private villa accommodation in the Mara and Samburu
  • Relax at the Samburu and Maasai Wellbeing Spaces
  • Go on nature walks and view cave paintings
  • Learn more on the Warriors Academy
  • Optional hot-air balloon rides and biplane flips
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Overview

Vacation villas are great for families: like a ‘home from home’, they allow you privacy, comfort and the space to relax away from fellow safari goers. There is a network of luxuriously appointed holiday homes across East Africa that puts you in the middle of the bush without sacrificing any creature comforts.

Imagine an eco-chic villa open to the wide, wild world of the Samburu at Saruni Samburu. Picture dinner under the stars on your private veranda and your children learning about the ways of the warriors and guardians of the remote Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy. Kalama is a crucial elephant migratory corridor and you can watch these gentle giants lumber on their eternal quest for fresh grazing. After a hike up Mount Ololokwe, the Samburu's sacred mountain, wash off the dust of the rocky cliffs in one of two infinity pools.

More adventure beckons as you follow migratory wildebeest to the Masai Mara, where Saruni Mara welcomes you for three unforgettable nights. The villa has everything a traditional safari accommodation should have – and more. Besides unrivalled game viewing, there is a host of adventurous activities, from the Warriors Academy – an interactive learning programme designed specifically for families with children – to summiting nearby Kilelioni. For those who welcome relaxation, there are the therapeutic pleasures of the Masaai Wellbeing Space, before you return ‘home’ to your safari villa for a family feast at dinner time.

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Summary

  • Tour Duration: 7 Days

  • Start: Nairobi
  • End: Nairobi

Accommodations Visited

It’s no secret that these eco lodges have a reputation for absolute client delight. Adventure, explore, learn, have fun - tons of great activities are on offer from warrior programs to wildlife. In between spotting wildlife relax in the privacy of your spacious villa or take full advantage of the pampering offered at the spa.
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Itinerary

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Day 1-4: Samburu sojourn

Samburu, Kenya
Detailed breakdown

Day 1-4: Samburu sojourn | 3 Nights

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Samburu, Kenya

After touching down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, a Saruni vehicle will transfer you to Wilson Airport for your short-haul flight to Samburu. For the next three nights, the spectacular Saruni Samburu's luxury, eco-chic villas are your home. Open and spacious, they offer spectacular views over Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy and to far-off Mount Kenya. Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in more than 800 square kilometres or 497 square miles of pristine wilderness that is chock-full of wildlife, including the astonishing long-necked gerenuk, which can go for days without water and stand on its hind legs for minutes at a time, nibbling on fresh leaves. And it is yours to explore exclusively, guided by Samburu warriors who are passionate about their land and culture. Kalama is also a crucial migratory corridor for large herds of elephants between the northern and southern conservation areas.
You stay in one of four family villas; there are six in total in the intimate camp. Each of the family rooms offers two separate en suite bedrooms joined by a spacious living room and private veranda. The bathrooms have bathtubs and outdoor showers, and the open veranda has a fireplace for the cool Samburu nights. Relax in one of the two infinity pools or enjoy a massage or treatment at the Samburu Wellbeing Space.
For action and adventure, take day game drives through the conservancy and Samburu National Park to discover the Samburu Special 5: reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk - rare species only found in this part of Kenya. Night drives are a special time in the Kalama Conservancy; they are not permitted in the national parks. Go on a guided bush walk with a Samburu warrior or on a culture visit to Kiltimany village. You can visit nearby caves with ancient rock art, and the Warriors Academy boasts child- and family-friendly courses in bush skills and animal tracking. Trek up Mount Ololokwe, the Samburu's sacred mountain, or enjoy helicopter or biplane flip from Mount Kenya to Lake Turkana.

Days 4-7: Migrate to the Mara | 3 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

Depart Samburu on another short-haul flight to the Masai Mara. Your last stop is Saruni Mara, the only boutique lodge in the Masai Mara. It is intimate, with just five elegant cottages, one family villa and one private villa. The lodge is nestled in a secluded valley in the heart of Mara North Conservancy, an exclusive, private wildlife concession bordering the famed Masai Mara National Reserve.
During your three nights at Saruni Mara, Maasai warriors guide you throughout, sharing their ancient wisdom of the area and animals and their fascinating way of life.
Again, there is much to do: game drives in Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve and surrounding conservancies and night drives in Mara North Conservancy; guided bush walks through the forest and valleys around Saruni Mara; bird watching; a Warriors Academy with lessons in animal tracking; hiking up Kilelioni, the highest peak in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem; cultural visits to the local Maasai Market; optional hot-air balloon flights at dawn; and bird watching. For those welcome moments of downtime, there are starlit dinners, sundowners amid the beauty and wonder of nature, and the Maasai Wellbeing Space for massage and treatments.
The Natural History Suite is perfect for families, boasting two en suite bedrooms, a spacious living area and a veranda. A selection of books will teach you more about the mammals, reptiles, trees and birds of the Mara. Samburu Mara is a slice of wild perfection.
During your last morning in the Mara, visit the rhino sanctuary en route to the airstrip and admire the hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River. Hop on a plane for another short-haul flight back to Nairobi.

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Inclusions

  • Conservation fees
  • Guided bush walks
  • One complimentary Back & Neck massage (30 min)
  • Shared day & night game drives in 4x4 vehicles
  • VAT & taxes
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Exclusions

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

Rates

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DatesPrice
2018-03-01 — 2018-05-31 $3,860
2018-06-01 — 2018-06-30 $4,740
2018-07-01 — 2018-09-30 $5,500
2018-10-01 — 2018-10-31 $4,740
2018-11-01 — 2018-11-30 $3,860
2018-12-01 — 2018-12-19 $4,740
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available. RATE NOTE:This tour rate is based on 4 travellers travelling together.