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A Conservation Crusade – 11 Days / 10 Nights

$9,678.00

Safari means journey in Kiswahili, the language of East Africa, and Kenya is the home of safari. Its varied ecosystems and landscapes mean that the biodiversity here is higher than any other country in Africa. It has been the natural home of celebrity safaris, big game hunters and royalty since the 18th century and remains the most spectacular safari destination with unparalleled wildlife viewing.

A complete safari includes at least three of the main ecosystems: the semiarid dramatic landscapes of the north, the tropical woodlands of the Rift Valley and the lush savannahs of the Masai Mara. We recommend booking three nights in each area in order to give your guests the best possible safari.

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Introduction

Safari means journey in Kiswahili, the language of East Africa, and Kenya is the home of safari. Its varied ecosystems and landscapes mean that the biodiversity here is higher than any other country in Africa. It has been the natural home of celebrity safaris, big game hunters and royalty since the 18th century and remains the most spectacular safari destination with unparalleled wildlife viewing.

A complete safari includes at least three of the main ecosystems: the semiarid dramatic landscapes of the north, the tropical woodlands of the Rift Valley and the lush savannahs of the Masai Mara. We recommend booking three nights in each area in order to give your guests the best possible safari.

  • These four locations are some of the most exclusive and spectacular safari destinations in Kenya.
  • Experience the first black rhino tracking experience in East Africa, in Africa’s first community owned and run conservancy.
  • On both Sera Community Conservancy and Lewa Conservancy gain first hand knowledge of their award winning conservation efforts.
  • Encounter the tribal inhabitants of Samburu, Lewa and the Mara, whose authentic, traditional and colourful tribal ways remain relatively untouched.
  • There are a number of conservation and community opportunities, including the Mara Elephant Project, Pack For A Purpose, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary and Il Ngwesi Cultural Boma.

Full Itinerary – What to Expect.

11 Days / 10 Nights

Special Interests: Couples, Families, Active, Adventurers, Birding, Photographers, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Naturalists

Day 1 to 2Saruni Sumburu
Arrive Nairobi fly to Samburu
2 Nights
Day 3 to 4Saruni Rhino
Drive to Sera Conservancy
2 Nights
Day 5 to 7Elewana Kifaru House
Drive to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
3 Nights
Day 8 to 10Richard’s River Camp
Fly to Mara North Conservancy
3 Nights
Day 11Fly to Nairobi Day room at Hemingways Nairobi

Transfer to Nairobi International Airport

2 Nights in Kalama Conservancy

Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, an exclusive and collectively-owned 95,000 hectare-large wildlife Conservancy, borders the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya. It also borders Ngutuk Ongiron Group Ranch to the west, Namunyak Community Conservation Trust to the north and Sera Community Wildlife Conservation to the north east. Kalama is part of Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT).

The Samburu ecosystem is a well-known area in central Kenya comprising of Buffalo Springs National Reserve, Samburu National Reserve and Kalama Conservancy. The natural environment is arid and semi-arid; open scrub and grasslands with significant environmental variation based on altitude. Highlands of the Leroghi Plateau (Ldonyo) are relatively cool and well-watered. Lowlands (Lpurkel) are quite dry and hot, semi-desert. The area is home to the ‘Samburu Special Five’: indigenous species only found in this area namely the Beisa oryx, the gerenuk, the Somali ostrich, the Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe. Guests visiting this pristine conservancy can encounter the abundant wildlife away from the crowds and uninterrupted by other vehicles as only the lodges and camps situated in the conservancy have the right to game drive in this area.

Saruni Samburu Activities Mount Ololokwe Excursion

You Stay at Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu Single Villa View

Your Stay

2 Nights

Boutique Safari Lodge, No. Rooms: 10 | Spoken Languages: English, Swahili

Special Interests: Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

Saruni Samburu’s six luxury villas are open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over the Northern Frontier and Mount Kenya. The lodge is celebrated for its innovative eco-chic design as well as its Italian-inspired cuisine. Guests can enjoy vast panoramas from the dining and lounge area, two infinity pools and a spa. The warm hospitality creates an intimate and exceptional experience. Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in Kalama Conservancy, bordering Samburu National Reserve, with over 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness teeming with wildlife. Guided by Samburu warriors passionate about their land and culture, you learn first-hand about their fascinating customs and gain ancient knowledge about the land and animals.

Other Recommended Experiences

  • Day & night game drives
  • Guided bush walks
  • Bush meals & picnics
  • Sundowners
  • Cultural community visits
  • Massage treatments
  • Photographic-hide & waterhole
  • Birding
  • Warriors academy
  • Spa treatments
  • Helicopter & Bi-plane tours

Excursions: local caves with historic rock art, Mount Ololokwe Hike

2 Nights in the Sera Community Conservancy

Located in northern Kenya’s East Samburu District, the Sera Community Conservancy is one of fifteen conservancies operating under the Northern Rangelands Trust. The local Samburu communities formed the conservancy with the common aim of conservation, development and the sustainable use of natural resources.

This protected area, which stretches over 30 000 hectares, is the first in East Africa to operate and own a black rhino sanctuary. The conservancy covers an impressive expanse of wilderness featuring extraordinarily scenic landscapes including: the natural springs at Kisima Hamsini as well as the mountains of Longtopi, Ol Kanjau, Ol Doinyo and Warges, which serve as the perfect backdrop to view an iconic Kenyan sunset. Commonly spotted wildlife species include: grevy’s zebra, black rhino, elephant, wild dog, lion, gerenuk, oryx, buffalo, and reticulated giraffe.

Saruni Rhino Activies – Samburu cultural immersion at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Highlights

  • Dramatic scenery of semi-arid desert intersected by the Ewaso Nyiro River
  • Traditional homeland of the nomadic and pastoral Samburu people
  • Discover the ‘Samburu Special Five’; Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx and Gerenuk antelope.

You Stay at Suruni Rhino

Saruni Rhino Accommodation – Family Banda Double or Twin Bedroom

Your Stay

2 Nights

Safari Lodge, No. Rooms: 3 | Spoken Languages: English, Swahili

Special Interests: Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

The secluded three-banda camp of Saruni Rhino, in partnership with Sera Community Conservancy, offers the first rhino tracking experience in East Africa, an amazing experience that provides a uniquely thrilling experience, but also allows guests to actively contribute to the protection of this iconic species. Comprised of three elegant ‘bandas’ (rustic stone cottages) and a main ‘mess’ cottage for dining and relaxing, Saruni Rhino is nestled amidst swaying doum palms dotted along a dry river bed with sweeping views of a nearby waterhole and dramatic landscape so typical of the north. There is also a beautiful infinity swimming pool, built in harmony with the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. The dry river bed proves the quintessential torch-lit bush dinner location under the vast African skies.

Special Interests: Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine

Recommended Experiences

  • Day Game Drives
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fly-camping
  • Camel Trekking
  • Cultural Community Visits
  • Quad Biking Safaris

3 Nights in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

Supporting the second highest density of wildlife in Kenya, the vast 9,500 square kilometres Laikipia plateau stretches from the slopes of Mount Kenya in the south east to the edge of the Great Rift Valley in the west.

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy lies at the heart of Laikipia. The Conservancy is an international model for the conservation of wildlife through modern and sustainable methods, that include the traditions of the people living in the area. For the peoples living on the boundaries of the conservancy, Lewa has offered improved livelihoods through the provision of education, micro-credit programmes, community-managed water projects and access to health services.

Elewana Kifaru House Lewa activities – bush walk

Highlights

  • The second highest density of wildlife in Kenya
  • Experience the “Big 5” and the endangered Grevy’s zebra, Reticulated giraffe, Lewel’s hartebeest, Patas monkey and African wild dog
  • Visit and participate in ground-breaking conservation and community projects

You Stay at Elewana Kifaru House

Elewana Kifaru House Lewa – swimming pool

Your Stay

3 Nights

5 Star Boutique Safari Lodge. No. Rooms: 6 | Spoken Languages: English

Special Interests: Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Flora, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

Taking it’s name from the Kiswahili word for rhino, Kifaru House sits on the northern foothills of Mt. Kenya on the 65,000 acre privately owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – home to East Africa’s healthiest black and white rhino populations.

Five charming thatched cottages are tucked away in an oasis of vibrant lawns overlooking the vast Lewa Plains. The elegant dining and sitting room lead out on to a spacious terrace where meals are enjoyed Al fresco while watching wildlife at the waterhole below. A tranquil retreat, Kifaru House provides an exclusive safari experience and opportunity to discover this world renowned wildlife conservancy.

EXPERIENCE IMAGES

Recommended Experiences

  • Game Drives
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Mountain Biking
  • Horse Riding
  • Camel Trekking
  • Fly-camping
  • Fishing
  • Bird Watching
  • Lion Tracking

3 Nights in Masai Mara National Reserve.

The vast open grasslands of the Masai Mara are famous throughout the world as the host of the annual migration, when 1.3 million wildebeest and zebra cross from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in search of greener pastures from June to October.

With high densities of both resident and transient populations of game including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, hyena and over 450 species of bird, the Masai Mara provides unrivaled game viewing throughout the year.

The 1510 square kilometres Masai Mara National Reserve bordering Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is surrounded by approximately a dozen conservation areas. These conservancies have been established as partnerships between the private sector and local Maasai pastoralist landowners to ensure the conservation of the Great Mara-Serengeti ecosystem and the protection of the wildlife within it.

The 70,000 acre Mara North Conservancy (MNC), is one of the largest community and private sector owned conservancies in the world. Regarded as one of Kenya’s most successful conservation models, MNC is an exclusive safari destination in a prime wildlife area, open only to the guests of the 12 member camps within it.

Richards Camp Activities Bush Breakfast

Highlights

  • Classified among the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ as host to the annual migration from July to November
  • Home to resident and transient game including the Big Five and over 450 bird species

You Stay at Richard’s River Camp

Richards Camp Family Tent Interior

Your Stay

3 Nights

Luxury Tented Camp, No. Rooms: 7 | Spoken Languages: English, Swahili

Special Interests: Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Gourmet, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

Situated on the banks of the Njageteck River in the Mara North Conservancy, Richard’s River Camp allows for total privacy and exclusivity. Nearby springs attract wildlife to the camp, which is known for its resident lion pride. With only seven tents, the camp is ideal for those who want to experience the Masai Mara in a personal, intimate setting. Beautifully appointed with furnishings and fabrics collected on the owner’s travels, the casually-luxurious tented camp combines exceptional wildlife with a contemporary Out of Africa experience. Enjoy day and night game drives, birding and scenic bush walks, sundowners, bush meals and cultural visits to a nearby Masai village.

Recommended Experiences

  • Day Game Drives
  • Night Game Drives
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Hot Air Balloon Safaris
  • Cultural Community Visits
  • River Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Stargazing
  • Fly Camping
  • Horse Riding

11 Days / 10 Nights

  • 2 Nights in Saruni Sambura – Kalama Conservancy
  • 2 Nights in Saruni Rhino – Sera Community Conservancy
  • 3 Nights in Elewana Kifaru House – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
  • 3 Nights i Richard’s River Camp – Masai Mara National Reserve

Included :

  • Full board accommodation
  • Day room at Hemingways Nairobi
  • Soft drinks, beer, house wines and selected spirits
  • Park and conservancy fees
  • Safari activities including shared game drives, bush meals and sundowners
  • One rhino tracking experience per person per day and night game drives at Saruni Rhino
  • Night game drives and one complimentary 30 min back massage per room per stay at Saruni Samburu
  • Exclusive use of safari vehicle per group and guided bush walks at Elewana Kifaru House
  • Scheduled flights and domestic flight departure tax
  • Meet and assist at JKIA, airport/airstrip transfers
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Membership
  • Laundry and all statutory taxes.

Excluded

  • Meals, drinks and additional extras at Hemingways, Nairobi
  • Champagne, luxury spirits and select wines
  • Additional activities not mentioned in inclusions
  • All statutory increases beyond our control
  • International flights and visa fees
  • Gratuities.

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