Kenya's Samburu, Lake Nakuru & Mara (Shared 4x4)

8 days
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  • Private guide & vehicle throughout
  • Excellent Big 5 wildlife viewing
  • Witness the Great Migration in season
  • Day & night game drives
  • Safari walks


What better way to explore three of Kenya’s most magnificent landscapes than in a private 4x4 safari vehicle, a truly epic ‘road-trip’ through classic savannah-and-safari country. This 8-day safari begins and ends in Nairobi, and encompasses a round trip by road through three of Kenya’s iconic and game-rich areas: Masai Mara, Samburu and Nakuru.

Begin with Elephant Bedroom Camp in the magnificent Samburu Reserve, famed for its spectacular scenery of open plains bisected by the Ewaso Nyiro River, which is a lifeline for a multitude of game. Continue to Mbweha Safari Camp in a wildlife-rich private concession bordering on the Nakuru National Park. Explore the Great Rift Valley before moving on to the famed Masai Mara National Reserve and stay at Tipilikwani Camp, renowned for its location in the heart of Big 5 country.

For eight thrilling days, you and your family or closest friends will be in your own private 4x4 with an expert driver to guide you through the wilds of Africa. Set out at your own pace and linger at a rhino grazing peacefully with her calf or for a particularly spectacular sunset as the acacia trees are lit in an unforgettable rosy gold light…


  • Tour Duration: 8 Days

  • Start: Nairobi
  • End: Nairobi

Accommodations Visited

Kenya, Nairobi

Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi

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Day 1: Karibu Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya
Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Karibu Kenya | 1 Night

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Nairobi, Kenya

On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel for an overnight stay. With a swimming pool in a large tropical garden and a choice of two restaurants for meals, this is an ideal place to relax and acclimatise before your adventure begins the following morning.

Day 2-3: A Samburu adventure | 2 Nights

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Samburu, Kenya

After breakfast, climb into a customised off-road vehicle and set off on the journey to the Samburu National Reserve. Leaving the bustle of Nairobi behind, enter the countryside with its rolling hills, open plains and mountains in the distant haze. Drive past villagers herding their livestock in a scene unchanged in centuries, until the landscape becomes wilder and more rugged, and the plains of the reserve open out before you. A belt of green in the far distance is the ribbon of the Ewaso Nyiro River, which is set about by shaggy doum palms and riverine forest, and is the source of life-giving water for all the wildlife of the region. Home to a great variety of animals, you keep an eye out for elephants, buffalo and giraffe, while herds of antelope are often encountered.

Arriving at Elephant Bedroom Camp is like coming to an oasis after the dry landscape you have been driving through. Set on the banks of the river, this luxurious and intimate camp has spectacular vistas over the water to Mount Kenya hovering in the distance. The delightful suites have private plunge pools on the deck, which are a perfect spot to cool off and take in the wonderful view. Feeling refreshed and settled, indulge in a few treats from the selection at high tea before setting off to explore in the late afternoon. The area is known for its lion population, and in fact this is one of the places where Joy and George Adamson raised the lioness Elsa, of Born Free fame.

With the light shifting to a golden hue, follow the course of the river to see what game you can encounter. Watch as a herd of elephants march from a distance towards the water; kicking up dust as they move along, some break into a run as they pick up the scent of moisture, and ears flapping and bodies rolling from side to side, they go splashing into the water, giving out soft rumbles of delight. Alternating between slurping up trunkfuls of water and squirting them into their mouths or over their backs to cool off, the sense of enjoyment they feel in this is almost palpable. Younger members of the herd roll around in the shallows and wrestle each other, covered in a mixture of water and mud, carefree and playful as any adolescents would be. After a time, a rumble from the matriarch signals them all that it is time to move off and, apart from a recalcitrant teenager or two, they all walk away from the bank and begin the ritual of the dust bath. In the rosy light of the setting sun, the scene takes on an ethereal hue as these massive animals become enshrouded in a backlit cloud of red dust. As the shadows begin to lengthen, they finally move off to feed in the woodlands nearby, and the riverside scene is as good a place as any to climb out for a sundowner drink while the sun sinks below the horizon. Sipping on an ice-cold drink, revel in the moments that have just passed and salute the sun as it disappears behind the distant hills.

Return to camp in the early evening as the stars begin to twinkle above and join the banter in the bar before sitting down to a sumptuous dinner bathed in candle light. Enjoy a nightcap at the fireside while admiring the splash of the Milky Way before slipping off to bed with the sounds of the African night reverberating around you.

Day 4-5: The shores of Lake Nakuru | 2 Nights

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Lake Nakuru, Kenya

After a hearty breakfast, the journey turns southwards, with the enigmatic Lake Nakuru as your next destination. This alkaline lake is home to an astonishing variety of waterbirds but the most spectacular of these are the flamingos that flock here in their thousands, turning the lake and shores pink with their colourful plumage. The surrounding national park also has big game attractions, with populations of leopard, lion, buffalo and a welter of antelope species. Bordering the Lake Nakuru National Park is the picturesque Congreve Conservancy area, which is where Mbweha Camp is located. Taking advantage of spectacular views along the Rift Valley to the Mau and Eburu Mountain Ranges, this rustic lodge offers a host of activities by which to enjoy the splendours of the region. Guided safari walks are a popular option, as well as game drives, with hot-air balloon trips as a spectacular additional activity.

Day 6-7: The splendours of the Mara | 2 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

After a final breakfast on the terrace, bid farewell to Mbweha and once again turn south, your destination this time Tipilikwani Camp in the fabled Masai Mara. Famed for the annual Great Migration, where in excess of a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles pass through the area in search of water and fresh pastures, this region is also home to a significant population of resident big game, including the Big 5, making it a year-round wildlife viewing destination.

Tipilikwani Camp sits on an embankment overlooking the Talek River and boasts luxurious tented suites with splendid views from their private verandas. Despite the enticing comforts of the lodge, you feel compelled to set out and explore the vast plains and dramatic landscapes shimmering in the distance.

After an afternoon of searching out lions and the other denizens of this magnificent region, your guide seeks out a scenic spot where you can stretch your legs and survey the lie of the land. As the sun dips into the horizon, a sundowner hamper appears, and with an ice-cold drink in hand, you toast the spectacular view that spreads out before you in a dazzle of pinks and golds.

You then take a slow drive back to camp as the first stars appear above, and with a spotlight, pick out the eyes of nocturnal animals - like leopards, pangolins, anteaters and bushbabies - as they emerge into the night as the whooping calls of hyenas echo across the river below.

Day 8: Farewell to Africa

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After a final breakfast on the terrace overlooking the river, board your vehicle for the drive back to Nairobi. As the endless landscape rolls past, reminisce on the journey behind you: the vast spaces under an arching dome of sky, the wildlife and the people you have encountered and the adventures along the way, making you wish you could turn around and do it all again.

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  • Game drives in Samburu National Reserve, Congreve Conservancy, Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Kenya government taxes
  • Nairobi airport transfer in a 6-seater minivan on shared basis
  • Park and reserve entry fees
  • Transport in a pop-up roof 4x4 safari vehicle with qualified guide on shared basis
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  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature