Cultural Excursion

Wildlife Paradise Safari

Nairobi, Kenya

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Prices From: $2,428 per person

Embark on a 7 day safari allowing you the opportunity for a close-up encounter with the “big five”. With big game roaming the plains against an iconic backdrop of Mount Kenya, this is the perfect safari for nature photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. Solio and Ol Pejeta conservancies are private wildlife parks which have for many years provided a safe breeding environment for black and white rhinos. As such, these are the two best places in Africa to watch rhinos. Having game drives in these wonderful destinations is the closest you can get to the horned beasts. But there's much more: elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena etc. Several species of birds also live in these areas. We then travel north to Samburu, the homeland of the nomadic Samburu people. This is where we'll come across the endemic northern wildlife-reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx and gerenuk, in addition to a great variety of other wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard, crocodile etc. The combination of wildlife and picturesque landscapes including Mount Kenya makes this safari an unforgettable experience.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Nairobi - Mt. Kenya

From Nairobi, drive for three hours through agricultural country to Mount Kenya region. Have lunch at the Rhino Watch Safari Lodge then embark on a 3 hour afternoon game walk amongst herds of giraffe, zebras, warthog and antelopes. There are also several species of birds to watch. Stay overnight at the Rhino Watch Safari Lodge.

Overnight: Rhino Watch Safari Lodge (Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 2 - Solio Ranch

Drive to the nearby Solio Game Reserve for game drives. With a large wildlife population, Solio is the best place in the world to watch rhinos and leopards. There are also many other animals including zebra, lion, cheetah, hyena, as well as two northern species, the reticulated giraffe and the beisa oryx. The area is also a bird watcher’s paradise with over 100 species of birds so far recorded. Return to the lodge for lunch and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (It’s possible to do a late evening/night game drive at extra cost).

Overnight: Rhino Watch Safari Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Mt. Kenya - Ol Pejeta

Drive to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for game drives. This is the perfect place to watch wildlife in a less crowded environment. Large populations of wildlife including black rhino, elephant, cheetah, lion, leopard, zebra, hartebeest reside here. The conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species..

Overnight: Sweetwaters Tented Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Ol Pejeta - Samburu

Drive north for 3-4 hours to Samburu National Reserve. After a delicious lunch, enjoy the remainder of the afternoon game driving around the reserve.

Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Samburu

Today you'll embark on a full day of game drives in Samburu. Samburu reserve is arid bush country whose lifeline is the Uaso Nyiro river that flows through the reserve. Some endemic animals found here are found nowhere else on our tour circuit. These include the Grevy zebra, oryx and gerenuk. Along the river, marked by Doum palms, we may find lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, crocodile etc.

Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Samburu - Nairobi

Leave after breakfast for a morning game drive as we exit the reserve. Transfer to Nairobi for your ongoing departure.

Accommodation Information

Rhino Watch Safari Lodge

The Rhino Watch Lodge is a natural paradise of untouched forest of euphorbia trees, orchids in full bloom and birds everywhere. There are 14 rooms in total, seven luxury rooms in the lodge (Chalets), and seven luxury tents situated in the lower area of the resort. The chalets have a panoramic view from the bed, overlooking Mt. Kenya, the very high roof ensures natural ventilation and a private terrace overlooks glorious gardens. Large windows offers attractive views of Mt. Kenya and and the Solio Plains. Two of the Seven chalets are Family chalets which can occupy up to a family of 5. All the chalets are spacious and have a king size bed with very fine linen, and spacious bathrooms with African decor. Well-made paths will guide you to a campfire, the dining area, and other parts of the resort. All the tents are fully furnished with flush toilets and warm water showers.

Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Located on the plains of Mount Kenya in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury. Thirty-nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda, were thatched using sustainable harvested local grass using traditional methods of local workers. The camp offers a wide range of family-friendly tent options; children's dining; baby-sitting, and plenty of adventure, sports and educational entertainment for children of all ages. The central Rhino Restaurant offers Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centers on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching.

Ashnil Samburu Camp

Ashnil Samburu Camp sits in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve which takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. It is separated from Samburu National Reserve by the Ewaso Nyiro River. There are 24 deluxe tents, each is spacious and consists of a dressing area, sitting area, luggage rack and en-suite facilities to provide a memorable stay close to nature. Each tent is situated with perfect views of the river and surrounding landscape. The Ashnil Samburu Camp offers bush breakfasts with sparkling wine and bush dinners where you can try surprising, international, oriental, and African traditional cuisines. In the evenings at the camp you can enjoy a cocktail in nature, and relax as you watch the breathtaking sunset on the reserve, a truly heavenly place.

Location

Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern

Address:
Nairobi
Kenya

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

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Wildlife Wildlife

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General Information

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in charming lodges and safari tented camps
  • All meals for duration of safari
  • Professional English-speaking guide: all guides are local experts and have also taken several language and wildlife courses
  • All National Park entrance and camp site fees
  • Private vehicle during safari
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation before and after the safari in Nairobi
  • Taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Expenditure on all drinks
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature