The Samburu are a Nilotic people of north-central Kenya that are related to but distinct from the Maasai. The Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists who herd mainly cattle but also keep sheep, goats and camels. The name they use for themselves is Lokop or Loikop, a term which may have a variety of meanings which Samburu themselves do not agree on. Many assert that it refers to them as “owners of the land” (“lo” refers to ownership, “nkop” is land) though others present a very different interpretation of the term. The Samburu speak Samburu, which is a Nilo-Saharan language. There are many game parks in the area, one of the most well known is Samburu National Reserve.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 0800 hours and depart for the dramatic, semi-arid scrubland of the Northern Frontier. You will arrive in Samburu in time for lunch. After lunch you will embark on a game drive in search of resident wildlife species like the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, and the blue-necked Somali ostrich, all of which are rare elsewhere in the country. Your dinner and overnight will be at the spectacular Ashnil Samburu Luxury Camp.
You will spend the full day in Samburu National Park and participate in early morning and evening game drives. Your meals and overnight stay will be at Ashnil Samburu luxury camp or similar.
The highlights of Samburu Game Reserve include its scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colorful heritage. The reserve has numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife, which includes leopards, hippos, elephants, lions, reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s zebras and crocodiles in the Ewaso Nyiro River. In addition, over 365 species of birds have been identified in the sanctuaries.
You will have breakfast and then go on a game drive as we exit the park and drive to the Mount Kenya region. Lunch will be at Sweetwater’s tented camp before we proceed on an afternoon game drive in Sweetwater’s sanctuary. Your dinner and overnight will be at Sweetwater’s Tented Camp.
Sweetwater’s is the only sanctuary for the rehabilitation of widely abused chimpanzees in Kenya. Two groups of these primates live in an environment as close to their natural habitat as possible. This is also a dedicated black rhino breeding area.
Have breakfast and then depart the lodge for Lake Nakuru National Park, arriving in time for lunch at the lodge. You have a full afternoon game drive followed by dinner and your overnight stay at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge.
Lake Nakuru’s claim to fame is anchored on its flamingos and over 400 other species of birds that are also found there. The lake itself is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley. The sight of millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink. It has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species – particularly the Rothschild’s giraffe and the black and white rhino. Lions, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons are also all residents here.
Have breakfast at your leisure before driving to Lake Naivasha. You can take this opportunity to visit Hells Gate National Park, which can be explored on foot or by bicycle. An optional boat ride to Crescent Island can also be arranged. Your dinner and overnight will be at Naivasha Country Club.
Drive via the Great Rift Valley to Masai Mara Game Reserve, arriving in time for lunch at the lodge. After refreshing, we will take an introductory game drive. Spend the afternoon on a game drive, returning before dusk for dinner and your overnight stay at Keekorok Lodge, which is situated in an excellent location within the reserve.
Spend the full day exploring Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. You can also participate in an optional balloon safari for an extra cost of $450 US dollars per person.
The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that is is difficult to believe. Over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, elephants and many kinds of antelopes. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place: the great migration. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (in Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna – lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, jackals, hyenas and vultures.
After an early morning game drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast and then drive to Nairobi. You will arrive by 1400 hours, at which time your safari will conclude.