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Highlights

  • Stay at an authentic, comfortable camp when in Samburu
  • Enjoy comfort and convenience at a luxury lodge when in the Masai Mara
  • Explore two of Kenya’s most popular safari destinations
  • Track endangered black rhino
  • See the Great Wildebeest Migration (in season)
  • Fantastic game viewing throughout
  • Visit the Retiti Elephant Sanctuary
  • Cultural experiences with traditional Maasai warriors

Overview

This 9-day itinerary sees you enjoying one-of-a-kind experiences in two of Kenya’s most popular safari destinations. Your first four nights will be spent in Samburu National Reserve, a unique wildlife conservation haven known for its abundance of rare species of animal. The latter half of your journey sees your traversing the iconic plains of the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve in search of the big game that reside here.

While in Samburu, your home-away-from-home will be Saruni Rhino, a charming camp that offers an authentic stay in stylish yet comfortable accommodations. As the camp’s name implies, one of Saruni Rhino’s major offerings is its rhino tracking activity. Guided by an expert ranger, you’ll track down the endangered black rhino and have the unique opportunity to witness this beautiful creature up close.

When in the Masai Mara, you’ll stay at the luxury lodge, Saruni Mara. Intimate, stylish, and comfortable, this beautiful lodge offers the perfect respite after a day spent on game drives in the Mara. And depending on when you go, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 9 Days

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The interior of a Saruni Rhino banda in Kenya.
A sensational sunset by the Saruni Rhino Lodge swimming pool.
Guided bush walk in the wilderness surrounding the lodges in Kenya.
Enjoy sundowners on the dry riverbed near the Saruni Rhino Lodge in Kenya.
Watch wildlife from the comfort of the Saruni Rhino Lodge in Kenya.
Rhino sighting in Kenya.

Day 1-4: Your Adventure Begins,One-of-a-Kind Rhino Tracking Safaris in Samburu

Samburu, Kenya
Detailed breakdown

Day 1-4: Your Adventure Begins,One-of-a-Kind Rhino Tracking Safaris in Samburu | 4 Nights

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Samburu, Kenya

The first stop on your Kenyan safari is the vibrant city of Nairobi. You’ll touchdown at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where a comfortable transfer will take you to Wilson Airport, approximately 27 minutes away. From Wilson Airport, you’ll enjoy a light aircraft flight to Samburu Kalama Airstrip – where the fun starts.

Whether it’s your first-ever safari or your thirtieth, Samburu National Reserve is a destination that appeals to every type of traveler. This Kenyan gem is clustered around the Ewaso Ngiro River and boasts endless savannas and forests – a mix of environments that created the perfect big game country with a diverse range of your favorite African animals. 

As a result, Samburu has become well-known for its first-class, year-round game viewing is renowned for its first-class, year-round game viewing. Keep your eyes peeled for all the big cats (especially leopard), wild dogs, elephants, and the ‘Samburu Big 5’ – Grevy’s zebra, the long-necked gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, besia oryx, and Somali ostrich. 

In addition to impeccable game viewing, Samburu offers a wide selection of incredible adventure activities and fascinating cultural interactions. When not on game drives through the reserve, you can explore the region on foot or by mountain bike. Visit the nearby Samburu villages and gain insight into the local life before enjoying a delicious dinner on the old riverbed. The highlight of your time here, however, will undoubtedly be the incredible opportunity to track endangered black rhinos in Samburu – an activity offered by your home-away-from-home, Samburu Rhino. 

This charming camp offers authentic accommodation in the form of a band – a rustic stone cottage with a thatched roof and canvas zip-down windows and doors. Saruni Rhino is known for its unique rhino tracking experiences, where guests join highly trained rangers to track endangered rhinos on foot. Your participation in this activity contributes to the conservation and protection of this remarkable species. During your stay, you’ll also have the chance to visit the Retiti Elephant Sanctuary, where you’ll learn about the conservation of orphaned baby elephants and their rehabilitation back into the wild. And, before you go, be sure to take a drive to the Singing Wells where you’ll be treated to a unique cultural experience – local pastoralists calling their cattle to drink by singing songs recognized only by their own herd. 

 

The interior of a Saruni Rhino banda in Kenya.
A sensational sunset by the Saruni Rhino Lodge swimming pool.
Guided bush walk in the wilderness surrounding the lodges in Kenya.
Enjoy sundowners on the dry riverbed near the Saruni Rhino Lodge in Kenya.
Watch wildlife from the comfort of the Saruni Rhino Lodge in Kenya.
Rhino sighting in Kenya.

Day 5-8: Spectacular Game Viewing & the Wildebeest Migration in the Masai Mara | 4 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

After breakfast, you’ll head back to Samburu Kalama Airstrip to catch your flight to Mara North Airstrip for the next leg of your journey. You’ll land in the Masai Mara National Reserve – one of Africa’s top safari destinations. An abundance of animals roams the wide-open plains of the Mara, including elephants, buffalo, zebra, giraffes, hyenas, and the famous big cats: lion, leopard, and cheetah.

The Masai Mara is also home to nature’s grandest show: the Great Wildebeest Migration. Between August and November every year, visitors flock to the Mara to see the unending masses of wildebeest and zebra that follow the rains on their death-defying circular journey. It’s a good thing that your accommodation for the next four nights, Saruni Mara, is perfectly placed to enjoy the Wildebeest Migration season. 

Saruni Mara is an intimate lodge far removed from everyday life and is designed to blend in with its dramatic surroundings in a private Masai Mara conservancy. This luxury lodge offers every modern comfort and convenience one would need, with each cottage boasting incredible views of the secluded valley and the Mara plains in the distance. When not enjoying all the lodge has to offer, you can indulge in the Maasai Wellbeing Space, a private treatment spa hidden in the valley’s olive tree and cedar forest. Get an early start in the mornings and join guided game drives to exclusive, sole-use areas to try and spot all your favorite African animals. Or join Maasai warriors on escorted bush walks before exploring the nearby hills on foot. 

 

A hot-air balloon ride over the migration in the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Masai Mara migration predator action.
A themed suite at Saruni Mara in Kenya.
Helicopter transfer between Botswana destinations
A traditional game drive in the thick of the Masai Mara migration.

Day 9: Say Goodbye to Kenya

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Enjoy one last breakfast at Saruni Mara before catching your scheduled flight from Mara North Airstrip to Wilson Airport, where you’ll be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch a plane back home. We can’t wait until your next visit to Africa.

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Inclusions

  • All meals including soft drinks, beers, house wines and select non-luxury local spirits
  • Conservation fees and one Rhino Tracking Experience fee per day, VAT & taxes.
  • Limited laundry service
  • Return airstrip transfers
  • Shared day & night game drives in 4x4 vehicles, guided bush walks, bush meals, sundowner & picnic excursions
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Exclusions

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

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