7 days from £2870pp plus international flights.
Taking a wildlife safari in both Samburu in the north and the Masai Mara in the south gives you two very different landscapes in which to enjoy the very special wilderness and wildlife of Kenya. This trip is perfect for anyone wanting a top class safari, but add the 'Warrior Academy' experience and it's also a wonderful family adventure.
The Saruni lodges at Samburu and the Mara are both very high quality independent lodges with an eye for detail, incredible accommodation, great food and offering superb safari experiences. Both are in private reserves outside of the national parks which means that there are far fewer people around and yet the wildlife is free to roam here. In the Mara you can choose from either Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild.
The Samburu region is far drier than the Mara and you will likely see a slightly different range of wildlife here than in the Mara. In the Mara, you could try to see the annual migration if you visit between about July and October, but the resident wildlife is of course here all year round.
There are also lots of activities you could engage in:
Game drives in Kalama Conservancy, Buffalo Springs National Park and Samburu National Park, Mara North Conservancy and Masai Mara National Reserve.
Night drives in Kalama Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy - not allowed in the National Parks.
Guided bush walks
Cultural village or market visits.
Bush meals - take breakfast or dinner out in the bush.
Sundowners - drinks and nibbles as the sun goes down on another superb day on safari.
Swim in the infinity pools at Saruni Samburu with amazing views.
See rock art in nearby caves at Samburu.
Well-being Space - for spa treatments and massages.
Hike up Mount Ololokwe, the Samburu tribe's sacred mountain, or Kilelioni, the highest peak in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.
Helicopter excursion from Samburu or hot air balloon flight from the Mara - exhilarating and unforgettable ways to see a bird's eye view of the region.
The Warrior Academy is a great experience for families with children, and you can add this to your time at either or both Saruni lodges at no extra cost. For half a day or up to 3 days, have fun and learn lots about the bush, wildlife and tribal traditions from your warrior guide. It's great fun.
You'll have an early breakfast so you can set out with your guide for a morning drive discovering the wildlife of the Mara at the start of the day. Be sure to have your camera to hand for those memorable wildlife shots! You'll be back in camp in time for lunch and a siesta, and to enjoy a therapeutic treatment at the Masai Well-being Space. In the afternoon you'll be offered a game drive to an area known for its large herds of giraffe, followed by a sumptuous dinner and an optional night drive. Full board.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2870 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2018 guide price pp sharing: LOW season (March, April, May, November) £2870. MID season (Jan, Feb, June, October, 1-19 Dec) £3510. HIGH season (July-September) £4070.
Accommodation on a twin share basis; transfers per the itinerary; flights from Nairobi to Samburu, Samburu to Mara and Mara to Nairobi and domestic departure taxes; game drives in 4x4 vehicles; conservation/park fees; meals as indicated; soft drinks, beer and house wine; limited laundry service; one massage at Saruni Samburu and Saruni Mara per room.
International flights and taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not indicated; champagne, spirits and luxury wines; optional activities (visit to traditional Samburu village US$10 pp); tips; items of a personal nature.
This safari holiday starts and ends in Nairobi. International return flights from the UK cost from around £700-1000 per person, depending on season and availability.
Departure dates: This is a tailor made safari which we can arrange for you at any time, subject to availability.
LOW season: March, April, May, November 2018
MID season: January, February, June, October, 1-19 December.
HIGH season: July-September
Special ‘book 6 pay 5’ when combining 3 nights at Saruni Samburu & 3 nights at Saruni Mara/Saruni Wild (applicable year round, conservation fees payable for all nights) included in the price.
Honeymoon Offer: The Bride receives a 50% discount of her stay when booking 4 nights or more at Saruni Samburu or at Saruni Mara/Saruni Wild in mid & high season.
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