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Saruni Samburu and Mara

7 days from £3525pp 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
Bird watching
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.

Sundowners near Saruni Samburu


You'll be met when you arrive at Jomo Kenyatta airport and transferred to Wilson airport for the 80 minute flight to Samburu. Here you'll be welcomed by a guide and tracker from the lodge for the short drive to your home  for the next three nights. Sit back and relax, taking the panoramic views. This afternoon you'll have a game drive in the Kalama Conservancy - your first safari! You'll enjoy sundowners in a scenic location before a delicious dinner at the lodge. It's been a long day and you're sure to get a good night's sleep in your luxury villa. Lunch, dinner.    
Game drive from Saruni Samburu


You'll be woken early with for a light breakfast before setting off in the safari vehicle into Samburu National Reserve. Your guide will point out the varied wildlife, including Samburu's Special Five: Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, gerenuk and Somali ostrich, species that occur only in this region of Kenya. You'll stop en-route for the specially prepared picnic lunch. You can take it easy at the lodge this afternoon, resting after your early start and taking advantage of the free 30-minute massage, to ease any tired mucsles. Full board.  
Samburu warrior


Your first activity today is a game drive, seeking out the varied wildlife of the reserve. After lunch your guide will lead you on a walk in the bush, showing you to how to use your senses to discern signs of recent wildlife. You'll also see some fascinating examples of Samburu rock art in nearby caves before returning to the lodge for time to rest. In the evening you'll set out on a game drive in Kalama, culminating in a bush dinner beneath a panoply of stars. The Samburu dancing, candlelight and delicious food combine into a magical experience. Full board.  
Picnic lunch by the river


Your drive to the airstrip this morning is another chance to spot Samburu's diverse game before you board your flight to the Masai Mara. You'll be met by your driver and guide for a game drive followed by a picnic lunch in a pleasantly cool and shady spot. Alternatively you can head directly to the lodge for lunch and take a game drive later in the afternoon. Either way you'll have time to settle in to your new lodge and meet the staff. Full board.   
Enjoy a massage at the Masai Wellbeing Space


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.    

Take a walk with your Maasai guide


Today you'll have the chance to accompany your Maasai guide into the bush on a fascinating walk, or, if you prefer, a game drive to top of Kilileoni, the tallest mountain in the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem. In the afternoon you'll have a game drive. This is one of the most famous wildlife reserves in the world and no two drives are ever the same, you can always expect surprises and adventures. If the weather permits you'll be treated to a special farewell dinner in the African bush, with Maasai warriors singing and dancing by the fire. Full board.  
Bid farewell to the staff at Saruni Mara


Bags packed you'll enjoy a tasty breakfast before bidding goodbye to the camp staff and setting out on the game viewing drive to the airstrip. Time permitting you'll visit the rhino sanctuary on the way. Your flight to Nairobi takes just over an hour, arriving around midday. You'll be driven to Jomo Kenyatta airport in time to check in for your onward flight. But if you want to extend your holiday why not head for the beach at Saruni Ocean in Msambweni for some well-earned rest and relaxation - just ask us for details. Breakfast.  
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £3525 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 

2020 guide price pp based on 2 sharing:

01 Jul - 31 Aug & 01 - 30 Sep 2020 (High Season) from £4280
01 - 28 Feb, 01 - 30 Jun, 01 - 31 Oct, 1 - 19 Dec 2020 (Mid-Season) from £3965
01 Mar - 31 May & 1 - 30 Nov 2020 (Low season) from £3525


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.

Getting there: 

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

places you will see

places you will see

Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara National Reserve is probably one of the most famous safari and wildlife regions in the world and provides the most diverse game viewing in Kenya.

Buffalo Springs & Shaba Reserves
Samburu, Buffalo, Shaba and the north
Wildlife in Kenya’s arid northern parks is not as prolific as in the south, but it’s still special, particularly with the dramatic scenery as a backdrop.

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