8 Days Big Five Safari in Kenya’s Samburu

This safari will show you the strange and out-of-the-ordinary species of northern Kenya. It’s designed for the person who is not just after the cats and the Great Migration, but loves remote areas and landscape, and wants to see new species and places that are off-the-beaten track. Apart from Samburu’s Special Five – reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, Somali ostrich and beisa oryx – you’ll also be able to see white and black rhino and the rare bongo at Aberdare.

Summary

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Price: From US $5,920 Per person sharing
  • Destinations: Laikipia and Samburu National Park
  • Accommodation Type: Mid-Range
  • Best time to visit: All year
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INCLUSIONS

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director® and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy® Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day®
  • Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes, and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Itinerary Overview

Day 1

Nairobi

  • Upon arrival at Nairobi International Airport, a representative from Giraffe Manor will meet you and transfer you by road to the manor.
  • Arrive in time for lunch which you can enjoy with the resident Rothschild’s giraffe that give the manor its name and unique character. The giraffes vie for guests’ attention by poking their heads through the dining room windows. After lunch enjoys a stroll through the gardens or visit the Giraffe Centre.
  • In the evening, enjoy a private dinner on the balcony of your room, outside on the terrace or in the dining room.

Accommodation: Giraffe Manor

Day 2

Laikipia

  • Today you’ll be transferred to Wilson Airport for a scheduled flight to Nanyuki. You’ll be collected from Nanyuki airstrip and driven to Solio Lodge.
  • This transfer will become a game drive, arriving at the lodge in time for lunch. Spend the day relaxing and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Solio Lodge or go on an afternoon game drive.
  • In the evening, enjoy a sundowner out in the bush or at the outdoor viewing deck, and finish off the day with a succulent three-course meal and some wine back in the main lodge.

Accommodation: Solio Lodge

Day 3

Laikipia

  • Today you have the option of a morning walk, bike ride or horseback safari in nature, followed by an afternoon or 4×4 night safari.
  • If you’re more adventurous, there’s the option to take a helicopter safari around Mount Kenya to see the breathtaking views of the area, or a day trip to the Aberdares for trout fishing. Note that the helicopter safari and trout fishing must be pre-booked and are at an additional cost.

Accommodation: Solio Lodge

Day 4

Laikipia

  • We recommend that you go to look for the elusive and rare Bongo at Aberdare, after which you’ll return to Solio Lodge for some rest and relaxation.
  • If you haven’t experienced the multitude of activities on offer, today is the perfect opportunity to do so before your departure tomorrow.

Accommodation: Solio Lodge

Day 5

Samburu National Park

  • Have an early breakfast before tyour transfer to Nanyuki for the scheduled flight to Samburu. The flight lands at Buffalo Springs, with a two-hour road transfer to Sasaab through the Samburu National Park.
  • Arrive at Sasaab Lodge for a light lunch and then take a siesta in the heat of the day. In the afternoon you’ll start your quest to find Samburu’s Special Five, with Reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra as rare highlights.

Accommodation: Sasaab Lodge

Day 6

Samburu National Park

  • You can do as much or as little as you want at Sasaab. Morning and afternoon game drives are always on offer, camel trekking, spa treatments and bush walks.
  • A visit to the local Samburu village is recommended to learn about their culture, beliefs and values.
  • A foray into the arid wilderness offer the chance to find the rarely seen gerenuk and Somali ostrich.
  • Sundowners followed by traditional Samburu celebration ceremony with the sounds of Morani dancers fill the night air dinner under the African sky.

Accommodation: Sasaab Lodge

Day 7

Samburu National Park

  • You have the option to go fly-camping (overnight away from the lodge at a specially set-up mobile camp) into the far reaching areas of the conservancy, a fabulous activity if you want to experience an unforgettable night under the stars.
  • You’d probably have to travel a little further into Samburu country to find the last of the Samburu Special Five, the Beisa oryx, but well worth the journey.
  • Enjoy your last evening in this special part of the world.

Accommodation: Sasaab Lodge

Day 8

End of Journey

  • You’ll be transferred to Buffalo Springs to connect with your flight back Wilson airport in Nairobi, followed by a transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International for your flight home.

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The majority of Tanzania’s wildlife is resident year-round, so safari experiences and wildlife viewing can be fantastic year-round. However, April and May can be rainy and are probably best avoided – especially if you are also planning time on the beach. Generally, the best time for dry-season wildlife viewing is from July – October. However, The Great Migration is exceptional in February, as this is calving season, so there are definitely exceptions to this rule! We cannot stress enough that the most effective way to find the best itinerary to suit you is for you to call us and discuss.

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