7 Nights Kenya Safari – Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Naivasha & Masai Mara
Embarking on a safari through the heart of Kenya is not merely a journey; it is an odyssey into the raw, untamed beauty of Africa. From the bustling cityscape of Nairobi to the sprawling savannahs of the Masai Mara, each step on this expedition is a brushstroke on the canvas of an unparalleled adventure. As you prepare to delve into the tapestry of Kenya's diverse landscapes, wildlife, and cultures, be ready to surrender to the enchantment of the safari experience.
Nairobi: Gateway to the Wilderness
Your safari begins in Nairobi, a city that pulsates with the rhythm of modern Africa. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is a melting pot of cultures, blending the contemporary with the traditional. As you touch down, the bustling energy of the city provides a stark contrast to the serene landscapes that await you. Nairobi is not merely a stopover; it is an introduction to the coexistence of urban and natural worlds.
The journey commences with a visit to Nairobi National Park, a unique sanctuary where the wild meets the urban. Imagine capturing the silhouette of a giraffe against the backdrop of skyscrapers or witnessing a lion's majestic stride with the city's skyline on the horizon. Nairobi National Park serves as a prelude to the wilderness, a teaser of the untamed beauty that lies beyond the city limits.
Samburu: The Rhythms of the Savannah
Leaving Nairobi behind, the road winds its way northward to Samburu, a realm where the heartbeat of Africa resonates in the rustle of acacia leaves and the call of exotic birds. Samburu National Reserve, with its arid landscapes and winding river, introduces you to the unique "Samburu Special Five." This is no ordinary safari; it's a journey into the rare and the extraordinary – the reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, and the elegant gerenuk.
As the day unfolds, immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Samburu culture. A visit to a local village allows you to connect with the indigenous Samburu people, gaining insights into their traditional way of life. The evenings in Samburu are a spectacle of their own, with the African night sky serving as a canvas for the constellations, a celestial display unmarred by city lights.
Ol Pejeta: Conservation Chronicles
From Samburu, the safari trail leads to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a haven for wildlife conservation and a testament to human dedication. Ol Pejeta is not just about game drives; it's a narrative of conservation success. The conservancy hosts the last two northern white rhinos on Earth, a poignant reminder of our responsibility to protect endangered species.
Your days in Ol Pejeta unfold with game drives revealing the "Big Five" in their natural habitat. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary beckons, offering an intimate encounter with our closest relatives. This is more than a safari; it's a journey of coexistence, understanding, and contributing to the preservation of Earth's precious biodiversity.
Naivasha: A Lakeside Interlude
As the safari continues, Lake Naivasha emerges on the horizon – a freshwater oasis nestled against the backdrop of rolling hills. Your accommodation by the lake invites you to unwind amidst tranquility. A boat safari on Lake Naivasha reveals the secret lives of hippos, while the shores echo with the calls of diverse bird species. Optional explorations to Hell's Gate National Park or leisurely lakeside strolls offer a gentle interlude in your safari odyssey.
Masai Mara: The Grand Finale
The final leg of your safari leads to the crown jewel – the Masai Mara. As you traverse the landscapes that have graced countless documentaries, you'll find yourself amidst a spectacle of nature's grandeur. The Masai Mara isn't just a destination; it's an immersion into the theater of the wild.
The days in the Mara unfold with game drives, each revealing a chapter of the Great Migration if you visit during the season. Your lodge or camp, strategically placed in the heart of the reserve, becomes a sanctuary between your safari adventures. A hot air balloon safari provides a panoramic perspective, elevating your connection with the Mara to new heights.
As the sun sets on the vast savannah, your safari experience culminates with a sundowner – a celebration of nature's masterpiece. Around the campfire, under a sky adorned with stars, stories of the day's encounters intertwine with the ancient tales of the Masai Mara.
A Safari Unveiled: A Symphony of Nature, Culture, and Conservation
This safari is more than a vacation; it's an immersion into the soul of Africa. It's the symphony of nature, the mosaic of cultures, and the dedication to conservation. Each destination unfolds a unique chapter, contributing to a narrative that transcends mere sightseeing.
Prepare to be captivated by the raw beauty of Nairobi National Park, enchanted by the rhythms of Samburu, awestruck by the conservation efforts in Ol Pejeta, and serenaded by the tranquility of Lake Naivasha. The grand finale in the Masai Mara is not just a conclusion; it's a crescendo, a culmination of the experiences that define a safari.
This is not a scripted tour; it's an expedition where every sunrise and sunset paints a new canvas, and every encounter with wildlife becomes a personal story etched into memory. Kenya's safari isn't just a journey through landscapes; it's a journey into the essence of life, where the untamed spirit of Africa beckons you to join the dance of the wild. As you set forth on this safari odyssey, be prepared to be transformed by the whispers of the savannah, the rustle of acacia leaves, and the timeless allure of the African wilderness. Welcome to a safari that transcends expectations and unveils the true magic of Kenya.
- Nairobi National Park's Urban Safari
- Samburu's Unique Wildlife Encounters
- Ol Pejeta's Conservation Marvels
- Lake Naivasha's Tranquil Retreat
- Masai Mara's Wildlife Spectacle
Price & Inclusions
|Deluxe Luxury Package
* Luxury Package:(Accommodation in Luxury Properties as below; subject to availability)
2 Nights – Ashnil Samburu (or similar a property)
2 Nights – Serena Sweetwaters Camp – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
1 Nights – Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (or similar a property)
2 Nights – Ashnil Mara Camp (or similar a property)
* Deluxe Package: (Accommodation in Deluxe Premium Properties as below; subject to availability)
2 Nights – Elephant Bedroom Samburu (or similar a property)
2 Nights – Serena Sweetwaters Camp – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
1 Nights – Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (or similar a property)
2 Nights – Mara Ngenche Camp (or similar a property)
Please make your booking request with the details of the number of people traveling and we will share a more detailed quotation for your safari. All safari options provided are customizable to meet your needs. Contact us for tailor-made safaris.
The quoted prices are in USD on per person sharing basis. The rates exclude your international flights. The trip cost is derived from rates applicable in the normal season and the high season for accommodation and other pertinent services. The cost is subject to fluctuations based on factors like availability of hotel, currency exchange rates, and the number of individuals traveling together.
- Accommodation and meals as outlined in the itinerary
- Activities and excursions as specified in the itinerary
- Transportation services as outlined in the itinerary
- Your Trip Coordinator, serving as a 24/7 point of contact to assist you during your journey
- Accommodation in Nairobi. (This can be added depending on your arrival and departure timings)
- Park Entrance fees and meals not specified in the itinerary description
- Tips and personal expenses
- Visa and tourism fees
- Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
- International airfare
Day 1: Nairobi - A Taste of the Urban Jungle
- As you step off the plane, Nairobi welcomes you with its lively energy. Check into your accommodation, offering a blend of modern comfort and traditional charm.
- In the afternoon, Nairobi National Park invites you for an exclusive wildlife experience, where skyscrapers on the horizon create a unique juxtaposition with the untamed beauty of African wildlife.
- Your evening is free to explore Nairobi's diverse culinary scene or unwind at your hotel, immersing yourself in the vibrant urban rhythm.
Day 2: Samburu - Into the Heart of Wilderness
- Depart Nairobi early for the enchanting Samburu National Reserve, a rugged expanse where unique wildlife thrives. Check into your lodge, a haven in the heart of nature.
- In the afternoon, embark on a game drive to witness the Samburu Special Five – the reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, and the gerenuk.
- As the sun sets, the night comes alive with the sounds of the wilderness, setting the stage for an unforgettable stay.
Day 3: Samburu - Cultural Encounters and Wildlife Wonders
- Immerse yourself in the Samburu way of life with a visit to a local village, where the Maasai people share their traditions and vibrant culture.
- The day unfolds with another game drive, offering opportunities to witness elusive predators and the unique landscapes of Samburu.
- As the evening settles, enjoy the serenity of the camp and perhaps a traditional meal under the starlit African sky.
Day 4: Ol Pejeta - Conservation and Connection
- Journey to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a pioneering force in wildlife conservation. Check into your accommodation surrounded by the sounds of the savannah.
- Afternoon visit to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, providing a close encounter with our primate relatives and insights into the conservancy's conservation efforts.
- A tranquil evening awaits, offering time for reflection on the conservation milestones achieved in this remarkable sanctuary.
Day 5: Ol Pejeta - A Day in the Wild
- Set out on a morning game drive, where the "Big Five" share their stories against the backdrop of Mount Kenya.
- Afternoon exploration of the Endangered Species Enclosure, housing the last two northern white rhinos. A chance to witness firsthand the efforts to save a species from the brink of extinction.
- Opt for a guided bush walk or choose from various optional activities, adding a personal touch to your Ol Pejeta experience.
Day 6: Naivasha - Tranquility by the Lake
- Depart Ol Pejeta for the serene shores of Lake Naivasha, where your accommodation offers a blend of comfort and lakeside charm.
- Afternoon boat safari on Lake Naivasha, allowing you to glide amidst hippos and a symphony of birdlife, while the surrounding hills create a picturesque backdrop.
- The evening unfolds with optional exploration of Hell's Gate National Park or a leisurely lakeside retreat.
Day 7: Masai Mara - The Crown Jewel of Safaris
- Journey to the iconic Masai Mara, where your lodge or camp provides a luxurious base for your safari adventures.
- Afternoon game drive in the Mara reveals an abundance of wildlife, from prides of lions to herds of elephants, creating a spectacle that defines the African safari experience.
- Dinner by the firelight offers a chance to share the day's highlights, surrounded by the sounds of the savannah.
Day 8: Masai Mara - A Day of Immersive Safari
- Engage in morning and afternoon game drives, delving deeper into the Mara's diverse ecosystems and the spectacle of the Great Migration (if visiting during migration season).
- Opt for a hot air balloon safari, providing a breathtaking aerial perspective of the Mara's vast landscapes and wildlife.
- A sundowner amidst the wilderness marks the end of an exhilarating day, as the African sun sets the sky ablaze with colors.
Day 9: Departure - A Farewell to the Wild
- If time allows, an optional early morning game drive offers a final glimpse of the Mara awakening.
- Breakfast and check-out, as you bid farewell to the captivating landscapes and wildlife.
- Depart for Nairobi with memories of an unforgettable journey through Kenya, carrying the spirit of the wild with you.