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4 Days Private Safari in Samburu Game Reserve and Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

Samburu Simba Lodge, Kenya

Big Five Safari in Kenya

If you are looking for the safaris experience along the North of Kenya and the park of the Mount Kenya region, you will have the best experience when you tour around Samburu National Reserve and Olpejeta Conservancy. Meet the famous Big Five as well as Samburu Five during your morning and afternoon game drives. If you are a big fan of rhino, Olpejeta Conservancy will surely amaze you with its rare white and black rhinos. Safaris to Kenya are cherished experiences perfect for families, honeymooners, first-time travelers and well-versed explorers of the bush.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum group size: 1 person
  • Maximum group size: 8 persons in a safari van with an open roof
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 4 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Nairobi
  • Languages: English speaking guides. For foreign guides, an extra 30 USD per day per group or private tour is applicable.
  • All park entrance fees are included.

Highlights

  • 2 game drives in Olpejeta Conservancy
  • 2 game drives in Samburu National Reserve
  • Chance to see the rhinos, the Big Five, and Samburu's Five
  • Possibility to visit the Equator as well as the Kenya highest point Mt. Kenya
  • Specially equipped non-air-conditioned 4WD 7-seater safari minivans with pop-up roof
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a bottle or mineral water
  • Complimentary airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
00:00
Check-out Time:
20:00

Your accommodation will be in standard rooms with self-contained rooms as described (or similar) with private en-suite facilities, hot water showers, and washrooms.

Samburu Simba Lodge (two nights)

Watch the fiery sunset as you enjoy a cocktail by the pool and watch when nature plays the evening trumpets or close your eyes and drift off into the African dreamland. This is the place where you can call a day unforgettable yet still realize its an understatement.

  • Accommodation level: Luxury

Facilities

  • Safety deposit box
  • Swimming pool
  • Gift shop
  • Non-smoking area
  • 24-hour room service
  • Restaurant
  • Massage parlor
  • Banqueting facilities
  • Meeting rooms
  • Dry cleaning/laundry
  • Currency exchange
  • Pool/snooker
  • Wi-Fi available
  • 24-hour reception
  • Multilingual staff
  • Facilities for disabled
  • Cultural visits
  • Bush dinner/breakfast
  • Bar and lounge TV

Sweetwater Serena Camp (one night)

Embrace the awe-inspiring natural beauty of your surroundings, and set the stage for a visit you won’t soon forget. Located within the sprawling Ol Pejeta Conservancy, one of Kenya’s most noteworthy conservancies and home to the Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, and leopard), Sweetwaters Serena Camp offers a holiday experience unlike any other.

  • Accommodation level: Luxury

Facilities

  • Swimming pool
  • Extensive grounds
  • Private waterhole and night viewing bar
  • Conference room
  • Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
  • Gift shop, business center, and Wi-Fi

Program

Day 1: Nairobi - Samburu Game Reserve

After breakfast, pick up at your Nairobi hotel, a safari briefing will follow on the adventures ahead. After the briefing, your safari adventure will begin as you depart by road driving across the equator from the Southern to the Northern Hemisphere, and onwards to the semi-arid region of the Samburu Game Reserve.

Arrive at the camp or lodge in time for lunch, followed by some leisure hours for a siesta or swim before you depart for an afternoon game viewing drive, and return back to the camp or lodge before sunset. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Simba lodge 4* or similar

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Explore Samburu Game Reserve

This full day in the Samburu Game Reserve will be spent searching for the Big Five, the Samburu five and observing the vast unspoiled scenery during morning and afternoon game viewing drives. The park is plentiful with crocodiles that bask on muddy riverbanks and velvet monkeys that frolic in the late afternoon sun.

A camel-back safari is a specialty in Samburu, as well as a cultural visit to the Samburu people who depend on their cattle, goat, sheep, and donkey can be arranged. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Simba lodge 4* or similar.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Samburu - Olepejeta Conservancy

Have your breakfast followed by a depart to Olpejeta. You will arrive for lunch and relaxation and later proceed with an afternoon game drive. Meals and overnight at Sweetwater’s Serena Camp 5*.

Day 4: Olepejeta - Nairobi

Breakfast will be served at the camp, followed by the last game drive, after which you will depart by road to Nairobi. The driver will drop you at your hotel at Nairobi or transfer you to the airport for your homebound flight. No lunch on the last day. End of the safari.

Location

Samburu National Reserve

The name Samburu is of Maasai origin, a ‘samburr’ is a traditional leather bag the Masai use for carrying honey and milk. This region is characterized by vast, open landscapes, dried riverbeds (depending on the season of the year) and its red volcanic soil.

Rock outcroppings contrast against the dense woodland vegetation along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, the river that gives life to the reserve. The area is home to the Samburu tribe, who are ‘cousins’ to the Maasai people with their own distinct cultural traditions.

Samburu is renowned for its rare species of fauna known as the ‘Samburu five. These five particular animals are usually only found north of the equator – the long-necked gerenuk, the reticulated giraffe which is characterized by its liver-colored geometric patches defined by narrow white lines, the Grevy’s zebra which is smaller than the common zebra and looks more like a horse, the beisa oryx with black horizontal stripe running across its lower flank and the Somali ostrich males which have blue-grey necks and thighs.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 364-square-kilometer wildlife conservancy situated between the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares and its game-to-area ratio tops the Kenyan park and reserve league.

Ol Pejeta has over 10,000 large mammals and it is the only park where the Big Five and chimpanzees can be seen. It is also where the fastest-growing population of rhino in Africa can be found. There are southern white rhinos, about 80 endangered black rhino and in a special sanctuary, there are three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino.

Food

Tsavo Cats Tours & Safaris serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Gluten meals are also available on request. During the safari, each person will also be provided with one bottle of mineral water per day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Masai village visit
  • Hot air balloon
  • Shopping for souvenirs

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals a day as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation by specially equipped non-air-conditioned 4WD 7-seater safari minivans with pop-up roof, suitable for game viewing and photography (a Land Cruiser is available upon your request)
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
  • Game drives, sightseeing, and excursions as described in the itinerary
  • All park entry fees (non-resident)
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day
  • 2 airport transfers - on arrival and return
  • All government taxes

What's not included

  • Visas
  • Optional activities
  • Hotel at Nairobi before the safari
  • Masai village visit
  • International or domestic airfares, airport taxes, and security-related fees unless mentioned here
  • Meals not described in the itinerary above
  • Tips and gratuities to driver/guide; hotel/camp and restaurant staff; room service, etc.
  • Items of a personal nature i.e., telephone/internet usage, laundry, bottled water and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, etc.

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. Transfer from and to the airport is included. Tsavo Cats Tours & Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Transfers from other points are available on request extra charges depending on distances.

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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