Samburu Luxury – details

Proposed Itinerary 14night/15 days

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive today into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. After clearing customs and immigration, you will be met and transferred to your Hotel, the Nairobi Serena or Pan Afric Hotel or Fairview. There are a wide range of hotels Guesthouses and apartments that can be recommended for those who prefer Budget safaris. (1 night)

Day 2: Laikipia, Sweetwater’s Tented Camp

After an early Breakfast, Our Guide cum caretaker will meet you at the Hotel Lobby and you depart to Laikipia, northwards of Nairobi. On your way, you will see Pineapple, Coffee, Tea and Corn plantations.

You arrive for an early Lunch at the Tree Trout, a spectacular and strategically located restaurant that has been innovatively established on a wild fig Tree and on the edge of a river. There is a troop of Colubus monkeys that live around the thickets surrounding the restaurant. There is also the Tree hyrax that lives on the same tree on which the restaurant is anchored, not to mention different bird species. The Restaurant is 5k before Nanyuki.

tented_240After lunch, you depart to Sweet water’s Tented camp situated within the Ol Pejeta wildlife Conservancy. The Sweetwater’s Game Reserve and Chimp Sanctuary. While here you will stay at Sweetwater’s Tented Camp that lies in the heart of this 24,000-acre reserve.

This permanent tented camp has magnificent views across the plains to the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya. The 30 luxury tents overlook the waterhole, floodlit by night, providing excellent game viewing as the animals come to drink.

After you check into your tents, enjoy lunch then head out on an afternoon game drive, returning for dinner.

One of the highlights of today’s game drive is a visit to a 200 acre island which serves as a chimpanzee sanctuary. Weather permitting you will take a 30-minute boat ride on the river that winds through the Sanctuary. Another highlight is will be visiting the tame black rhino, Morani at the visitor’s centre.

Overnight – Sweetwater’s Tented Camp (all meals & activities). (1 night)

Day 3 and 4: Il Ngwesi Community Lodge and Leww Downs Conservancy

view-from-swimming-pool_240You will leave for Il Ngwesi lodge in the morning and arrive in time for Lunch, Il ngwesi means ‘people of the wildlife’. This is a pioneering and award winning community-owned and run lodge in the Laikipia region of Kenya. There is a good swimming pool and lounge area, and a waterhole giving you a chance to get closer to the wildlife. Since this is a ‘Big Five’ area, the wildlife viewing can be excellent. There will be a bush dinner, cultural activities, and a late evening or night game drive.

The next day you depart early for a whole day game drive within the neighbouring and magnificent Lewa Downs Conservancy. You will have your mid morning Breakfast in one of the rock out-crops. Lewa has a wide range of wildlife including some of the endangered species, such as the Grevy’s Zebra, black rhino. (2 nights)

Day 5 and 6: Samburu and Buffalo Springs Game Reserves

After an early morning breakfast at il ngwesi, you will drive north, to the Samburu land. Samburu is strategically situated in the northern, arid region of Kenya. The Ewuaso Ngiro sand river runs through the reserve, attracting large numbers of wildlife, including: Lion, cheetah, leopard, and many elephant. You also will see unique northern species of game like the long-necked gerenuk, the reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra, and the graceful dik dik.
Your home for the next two nights is the wonderful Samburu Serena- established in a Riverine forest along the banks of the Ewuaso Ngiro River. It is often a favourite hangout for herds of elephant passing through. After checking in, you will depart on an afternoon game drive returning to the camp for drinks around the fire. The next day you will have an early morning breakfast and depart for a game drive and after which you will visit a cultural centre managed by Samburu women and have a taste of the Samburu culture, the cousins of the Maasai. ( 2 nights)

Day 7: Sarara tented camp, Focus, wildlife safaris and cultural encounters

After breakfast, you will depart for a Sarara Camp situated in the Namunyak Conservancy. Namunyak (meaning ‘a place of peace’) is a vast Samburu tribal community wilderness area administered by the Namunyak Conservation Trust. The camp is situated to the north of Ol Donyo Sabache (Ol Lolokwe), just below Warges peak, in the fabled Mathews Mountains of Northern Kenya. The environment is pristine and has very many attractive natural types of scenery. You will encounter the Samburu who have a very strong cultural heritage evidenced by their colourful regalia. You will get an opportunity to visit a school, clinic and see how the geographically isolated communities lead there lives and in a proud way.
Sarara is a dry season refuge for several hundred elephant and numbers increase dramatically during the rainy seasons. Lion and leopard are resident and there are two separate groups of the endangered African Wild Dog, with one pack numbering at least thirty individuals. Other wildlife species of particular interest include kudu, Grevy’s zebra, striped hyena and gerenuk. There are black and white colobus monkeys in the forest (1 night)

Day 8- 9: Loisaba, Wildlife, bird watching, horse riding

You depart from Sarara after an early breakfast and drive northwest skirting the Mathews range and drive through the undulating terrains of the rift valley with a variety of rock outcrops, plateaus, kopjes. This is area in which the white Maasai film is based upon and also recorded.
You arrive Loisaba wilderness lodge ready for Lunch after which you will relax or re-energise yourself by swimming or he Spa (extra). The lodge is place on the edge of the greater laikipia Plateau and on a 60,000-acre ranch that closely works with neighbouring Maasai and Samburu communities. There will be a late afternoon game drive or night game drives. (2 nights)

Day 10: Lake Baringo Lodge: focus on Bird watching

You depart after Breakfast and you will be driving northwest and descending to the base of the rift valley, where Lake Baringo is situated. This is the traditional home of the Njemps tribe, a unique people who are the only pastoral, cattle herding, tribe who also fish. Among other pastoral tribes such as the Maasai, eating fish is a taboo.
The 129 sq km lake is well stocked with fish, and attracts many Pelicans, Cormorants and Fish Eagles. The Lake is also well populated with Crocodile.

The lake itself is truly beautiful, surrounded by volcanic ranges that stretch as far as the eye can see. Lake Baringo is at the threshold of Northern Kenya, and its freshwaters are an oasis in the arid plains.(1 night)

Day 11: Lake Nakuru/Nairobi

The lake is the home of the greater and lesser flamingos and more than 400 other bird species. The park also has rhinos, lions, and buffaloes among much other wildlife. The park has magnificent viewpoints that you can view the lake, for instance, atop the baboon cliff. After the game drive you will have lunch and drive to back to Nairobi arriving late afternoon.(1 night)

Day 12 and 13: Lamu : Beach sport and relax

You catch a morning flight to mombasa and connect to Kiwayu islands one of the many island in the archipelago. You will stay at the Kiwayu safari village, which has a clean beach frontage and a number of many other water sports and his children friendly.
Kiwayu is located on the Kenya mainland in the most remote Dodori National Reserve some 30 miles north of Lamu Island, in a breathtakingly beautiful bay opposite Kiwayu Island. A 90-minute flight from Nairobi will land you on Kiwayu’s airstrip.

Kiwayu prides itself on being in tune with its pristine surroundings, and most of its big game fishing is restricted to tag-and-release sustainability. (2 nights)

Day 14: Nairobi and City excursions and safari end

Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel, where after freshening up, he will take you for a city tour and shopping. We have the snake park, Karen Blixen museum, the National museum, Giraffe centre. For shopping there are a number of place such as the Maasai market, village market (1 night)

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