This morning we travel by road to Kenya’s northern frontier. Wild and rugged, Samburu is fiercely beautiful with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Uaso Nyiro River. It is also one of Kenya’s most protected areas and home to species only found north of the equator, from the reticulated giraffe to Grevy’s zebras and Beisa oryxes. We also enjoy Larsens Tented Camp or Samburu Intrepids, our luxurious hostelry set beneath a canopy of acacia trees along the banks of the river. Overnight at Umoja Camp.
Dawn breaks in golden bands as we start our day in the bush by scanning the river from our tent’s veranda with a cup of steaming coffee in hand. Before the dew is off the grass, we’re off in pursuit of the elephants, lions, leopards, and cheetahs that thrive in the reserve’s grasslands and acacia woodlands. Therefore, the day is spent in alternating pursuits of exploration in the bush and relaxation in our cozy camp or Lodge. Overnight at Umoja Camp
Overland drives are a pleasure in themselves and we drive to another legendary safari setting where the vast ecosystem plays host to the planet’s most awesome wildlife spectacle. Arrive in time for lunch at Sabuk. Unpack, relax, maybe swim in the river or just enjoy the uninterrupted view across the Laikipia plains towards the distant mountains. Enjoy an early evening bush sundowner a short walk from camp, high on rocky crags watching the sun set behind the hills. Sabuk is an alluring haven on the edge of the Northern Frontier District offering stunning views of the Laikipia plains. This intimate camp is a unique community experience offering a wealth of safari activities. Overnight at Sabuk Camp
Set off in the cool early morning for a morning’s walk with camels. Alternatively, you can ride a camel if you feel tired or want an even better view! Led by a professional safari guide and his team of trained Laikipia Masai warriors, the walk takes you across the hills with glimpses of the Ewaso River as it twists and tumbles its way across the highland plains. A picnic brunch under the thorn trees is a treat or picnic lunch on the river banks and a swim as the waters tumble into a natural rock pool. Laze by the river or in the airy mess or your own cottage for the afternoon before campfire sundowners. Overnight at Sabuk Camp
Depart after breakfast, descending from the Laikipia Plateau onto the Rift Valley floor, heading for Lake Naivasha arriving in time for lunch. After lunch enjoy a guided walk or drive across this beautiful private ranch with views across to Lake Naivasha and Longonot, an extinct volcano on the ranch border. Horse riding is available at the ranch – a great way to get up close to the Zebra, Giraffe and other plentiful plains game here. Overnight at Taphe Resort
Depart Lake Naivasha for Masai Mara Game Reserve-jewel of Kenya’s Game Park. This enormous Reserve actually part of the vast Serengeti plains is famously known for it’s spectacular great wildebeest migration and is a true home of the big five-Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Cape Buffalo. Upon arrival, lunch will follow. After lunch, explore the reserve on a late evening game drive. In the evening, we relax around the camp/Lodge fire before an excellent dinner. Overnight at Mara Sidai Camp or Enchoro Camp
The Masai Mara is one of the greatest wildernesses of the world. We spend the next two days on morning and afternoon ‘Spice’ game drives. Large mammals are varied, abundant and easy to see. Residents among the Parks mammals are; Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Impala, Zebra, Topi, both the Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelles. The best Hot Air Balloon rides are available on this day at an additional cost. Overnight at Mara Sidai Camp or Enchoro Camp