Saruni Samburu | Serena Mountain Lodge | Flamingo Hill Camp | Governors IL Moran Camp
- Air Transfers to and fro Destinations
- Use of 4X4 open Landcruisers for Game Drives
- Use of charters & schedule flights where possible
- Park Entry Fees
- All Inclusive Accommodation as Stipulated
- Luxury Safari Experience
- Travel Insurance within East Africa
- International Flights
- Select Premium Alcoholic Drinks
- Activities not stipulated in itinerary
- Medical Insurance
- Tips & Gratuities
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This package carries visitors through the full spectrum of Kenyan landscapes on a stunning weeklong adventure in the bush. Beginning in the arid plains of Samburu National Park, guests will enjoy intimacy and solitude with the region’s unique wildlife. Moving on through the slopes of Mount Kenya towards the flamingo-filled floor of the Great Rift Valley, you will enjoy the lushness and freshness of these Great Rift Valley regions. The tour culminates with the quintessential Kenyan experience: safaris across the Masai Mara alongside the treasured Big Five. This tour gives you a taste of all the magic the country has to offer, from the comfort of a variety of stunning lodges.
Day by day itinerary
Day 1: Arrive, Nairobi, Samburu National Reserve
Upon arrival into Nairobi, you are met by our representative and ushered into your 4X4 Landcruisers. Driving north out of the city, you will move through the Kikuyu tribal lands of the central province. As the landscape becomes increasingly more arid, you will know you are approaching your first destination: Samburu National Reserve.
Arriving in the afternoon, you might enjoy spending the remainder of your day relaxing on the lodge grounds. With a spa on site, a massage may be the perfect way to unwind from all the travel. Alternatively, you may enjoy quietly relaxing with a book near the pool. However, if you are especially excited to get into the bush, it is always possible to join a late afternoon safari that will set out into the arid plains. The remainder of the day is spent entirely at your leisure. Enjoy your first bush buffet dinner with the lodge under the starry night sky, before returning sleepily to your bed.
Stay: Saruni Samburu
Day 2: Full Day Samburu National Reserve
Rise early this morning to begin your explorations of Samburu National Park. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to venture out into the bush, given that these periods are when the wildlife are most active. The wildlife in these northern lands is among Kenya’s most unique, and we recommend scanning the plains for the ‘Samburu Special Five:' the reticulated giraffe, the gerenuk, the grevy’s Zebra, the Somali ostrich and the beisa oryx. An especially lucky few may even have the chance to see the endangered African wild dog. These packs of fierce spotted hunters are among the continent’s most successful predators, and are capable of tackling prey as large as wildebeest. They are, however, endangered as a result of a decline in territory, and their susceptibility to domestic animal disease. Elusive and ingenious, a moment with a wild dog would be a truly coveted sighting.
Stay: Saruni Samburu
Day 3: Mount Kenya National Park
This morning you will rise early to retrace your steps from the first day, driving back towards stunning Mount Kenya. Pause on route to hop out of the truck on the equator, straddling yourself between the northern and southern hemispheres. Carry on into the shadow of the mountain, eventually arriving midday at the Serena Mountain Lodge. Located on the slopes of Mount Kenya with an ever-refreshing breeze, your time in Mount Kenya National Park will sit in perfect contrast to the dryness of Samburu. After a fresh lunch, spend the afternoon soaking in the tranquility and serenity of this forest oasis.
Towards the end of the day, return to the lodge rooftop for a delightful dinner under the stars. Head to your private log cabin to spend a few final moments looking out over the illuminated watering hole, before slipping into a cozy bed heated by a hot water bottle.
Stay: Serena Mountain Lodge
Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park
Rise early this morning to catch the sunrise over the peak of Mount Kenya, while sipping on a hot cup of coffee in the brisk morning hours. Return to your private vehicle to continue on with your journey westwards, descending from the plateaus to the floor of the Great Rift Valley. After a couple of hours of this stunning landscape, you will approach the shores of Lake Nakuru – a flamingo-fringed alkaline lake on the valley floor. Upon entering the National Park, you will wind your way towards Flamingo Hill Camp, which is perched perfectly on a hill in the region with panoramic views. You will arrive at the lodge just in time for lunch and a bit of poolside relaxation.
Stay: Flamingo Hill Camp
Day 5: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Wind your way out of Lake Nakuru this morning and move towards the epic finale of this adventure - safaris through the Masai Mara. Passing through the Masai heartland, you will drive towards this famous park over the course of a couple hours, with plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing along the way. You will arrive at the Governors IL Moran Camp by midday, just in time lunch.
Stay: Governors IL Moran Camp
Day 6: Spend a Full Day on Safari Exploring the Masai Mara
You will undoubtedly wake early this morning in anticipation of a full day’s safari throughout the world famous plains of the Masai Mara. After sipping on warm coffee, set out in a private 4x4 vehicle with a packed picnic breakfast in search of the quintessential Kenyan wildlife. It will only be moments before you find yourself surrounded by herds of grazing gazelles and zebra, and only a few moments more before you see your first elephant. During these early hours, you will drive across the dusty trails that intersect the Mara, enjoying the cool air and the ever-transforming skies. If timed correctly, it will not be long before you find yourself at the edge of the Great Wildebeest Migration, marked by tens of thousands of wildebeest walking northwards towards greener pastures. Whether you opt to break today up into two safaris – or dive into the wilderness on a full day adventure – today will be spent intimately exploring this remarkable ecosystem.
For your final evening in the bush, you may be interested in indulging in a private bush dinner. Venture out to the traditional boma (open-air venue) to enjoy a customized meal, complete with traditional Masai performances. Lit with candles and starlight, this will be the perfect way to conclude your African adventure.
Stay: Governors IL Moran Camp
Day 7: Return to Nairobi by Road, Arriving in Time for Your Flight Home
This morning you will rise before the sun in order to squeeze in a few final moments in the bush. Enjoy a final game drive against the backdrop of a stunning sunrise, and observe the bush at one of its most active points. Whether you opt to spend the morning in search of a few final unseen species, or simply absorbing the resident wildlife as it appears, this final game drive will be spent entirely as you wish. Return to camp for a final bush breakfast before you begin your journey back to Nairobi.
Depending on the timing of your outbound departure, you will either drive directly to the airport or will spend some time at a local hotel. Early morning travelers will likely spend a final night in the capital.