If you are looking to tick lots of wildlife off your safari bucketlist of sightings, why not consider this 7 night itinerary combining a safari in Samburu and the iconic Masai Mara. The vast Mara plains are home to the Big 5 but a safari in Samburu will enable you to hopefully spot some unique animals - the ‘Samburu Special Five’ - which can only be seen in this area. This unique list of species includes the blue necked Somali ostrich, the curious looking long necked gerenuk, the reticulated giraffe which has very distinct markings, the Grevy’s zebra which has very narrow stripes which stop at the belly and at the tail, and the Beisa oryx.
Located in the northern part of Kenya, Samburu is a fairly remote area which means the reserve is not as busy as other safari destinations in Kenya. The Ewaso Nyiro River is a permanent water supply for the wildlife in the area, and it acts as a magnet, making this a great safari destination for people who want to get away from the crowds. Lion, cheetah and leopard can often be seen on game drives, as well as elephant, hippo, and buffalo. Giraffe, waterbuck and zebra wander the open plains, alongside gerenuks - rather odd looking members of the gazelle family, who are easily distinguishable by their extremely long necks, and their ability to stand on their hind legs to reach high into bushes in order to skim the leaves off the branches with their rough tongue. The river itself is home to a large number of Nile crocodiles too. Over 365 bird species have been identified, including secretary birds, sunbirds, bee-eaters and the blue necked and legged Somali ostrich.
After 3 nights here, a direct light aircraft flight takes you to the Masai Mara where you will spend 4 nights in a tented camp overlooking a hippo pool in the heart of the reserve. The Masai Mara offers what some consider to be the best game viewing in Africa. Big cats dominate game drive viewing, but in addition the plains are roamed by elephants, cheetah, giraffe, zebra - and from August through to October, the plains are alive with millions of wildebeest who have migrated here from the neighbouring Serengeti National Park in Tanzania in search of fresh grazing grass.
You will be met once you disembark from the plane and assisted through Immigration (including help if required with visa application and processing), luggage collection and Customs (luggage screening). You will then be accompanied to meet up with your driver/Customer Services representative.
You will then be transferred to Wilson Airport, where you will board your flight to Samburu.
Safarilink 021 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Wilson Airport (WIL) departing at 08:00 to Samburu/Lewa Downs Airstrip, arriving at 09:20
You will be met and transferred to your safari camp. Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs sits the small and exclusive Elephant Bedroom Camp, consisting of just 12 luxury tents - all furnished in rustic African style while offering all the comforts expected of a luxury camp. Huge herds of elephant, prides of lion or the solitary leopard amongst other game are regular visitors around the camp providing excellent game viewing in spectacular scenic background of rugged rolling hills.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip, where you will board a flight down to the Masai Mara.
Safarilink 031 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Samburu/Lewa Downs Airstrip departing at 09:30 to Masai Mara Airstrip, arriving at 11:00
You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your camp. In a spectacular location in the heart of the Masai Mara where the Talek River meets the Mara River and overlooking a hippo pool, you will find the intimate and luxurious Mara Ngenche Camp. The incredible surroundings of the Masai Mara make this a spectacular safari experience. Game drives are always thrilling and are guided by qualified local Masai guides in open-sided 4WDs, with a maximum of just 6 guests per vehicle.
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya for 7 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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