A 6 nights/7 days adventure between Samburu and the Maasai Mara
The Maasai Mara: The Maasai Mara is a 5,000 square km ecosystem bordering with the Serengeti in Tanzania and made of a national reserve and several private conservancies. The national reserve covers 1,672 square kilometers (more than 400,000 acres) and is situated between 1,500 and 2,100 meters above sea level. It is part of the Serengeti ecosystem that extends from northern Tanzania into southern Kenya. Of the conservancies, the main one (where Saruni is located) is the Mara North Conservancy, 74,000 acres of amazing wilderness, where the most of the wildlife is concentrated most of the year. The Maasai Mara region is considered the jewel of African wildlife and nowhere on the continent can you find the same abundance and variety of wild animals. Millions of wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, buffalo, impala, topi, hartebeest, giraffe, eland, elephant, dik-dik, hippo and warthog live their natural lifecycle alongside the largest population of lions in Kenya.
For our safaris we use comfortable, fully-open Land Rovers, specially designed to give you maximum visibility over the landscape and the animals. On our foot safaris we walk, on the plains and in the mountains that surround Saruni.
The Samburu Ecosystem: Is one of the most exciting in East Africa and is made of several national reserves, private ranches and communally-owned group ranches that are more and more interconnected. Famous for its large population of elephants, Samburu stands out for the abundance of northern species that cannot be found in other areas of Kenya. Kalama Conservation area, the wildlife sanctuary bordering with Samburu National Reserve where we are located, has an abundance of other rare species, like the leopard, the striped hyena, the civet. We’d love to take you to our secret spots, especially for bush dinner, or to the river for a picnic lunch that allows us to be with elephants, waterbuck, lion, impala, giraffe and all the Samburu species that go and drink water. If you are passionate about birds, Samburu is your preferred park: not only the species are abundant, but the birds are very tame and can be easily spotted and photographed.
ITINERARY COST: From US$ 7,800 Net per person sharing
We arrange for our vehicle to take you from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Wilson airport for a 1.20 hour flight to Samburu. Your adventure begins as soon as you arrive and are welcomed by your Samburu guide and tracker, who will take you back to the lodge for lunch or for a day-long game drive with a picnic lunch. When you arrive at the lodge you marvel at the view and landscape, one of the most iconic of Africa! A massage and a sundowner are offered.
Early morning game drive into Samburu National Reserve and Buffalo Springs National Reserve, with picnic lunch, discovering the Special Five of Samburu: the reticulated giraffe, the Grevy zebra, the oryx, the Somali ostrich and the gerenuk, all rare species that occur only in this part of the country; in the evening game drive in Kalama Conservancy, the 200,000 acres private game reserve where we are located, ending with bush dinner in the middle of a “nowhere full of
Morning walk, learning how to recognize the tracks left by the animals during the night and the famous raptors of Samburu; during the walk we’ll discover the Samburu rock art in some nearby caves; return to the lodge for breakfast; in the afternoon, evening game drive in remote areas where the semi-nomadic Samburu people live and visit to one of their traditional settlements; back to the lodge to admire the stars, exceptionally bright in Samburu;
We game drive to Kalama airstrip for direct flight to the Maasai Mara: it is one more chance to admire the harsh beauty of the Samburu landscape and to spot kudu and Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe and ostrich on the way to the airstrip; after one hour and half, we land in the Mara, normally green, lush and full of herbivores. We can go on a game drive with a picnic lunch to taste under an acacia tree, or go to the lodge for some rest, ready for an afternoon game drive in the heart of Maasai territory; at the evening, a roaring dire awaits in the cool climate of the hills where Saruni Mara is located;
An early morning looking for the predators of the Mara; back to camp for lunch (and treatments at the Maasai Well being Space; afternoon game drive in a special area where the biggest herd of giraffe can be seen; dinner at the lodge and the possibility of a night game drive;
We offer a walk in the forests that surround Saruni or a game drive up the
top of Kilileoni, the highest mountain in the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem: both exhilarating experiences when we feel nature through the eyes and the skills and the knowledge of our Maasai guides; in the afternoon we go on a game drive to look for the lions and other predators that make the Maasai Mara one of the most exciting wildernesses in the world; we are back home for a gourmet dinner and stories around the fire;
Game drive transfer to airstrip for scheduled Safarilink flight to Nairobi Wilson at 11.10 a.m. (55 minutes flight). On the way, the possibility to visit the rhino sanctuary, and of course to admire one more time the hippos and the crocodiles of the Mara River. Depending on your international flights, our vehicle is waiting for you to take you to the international airport or to sightseeing excursion of Nairobi.