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8 Day Samburu Mara 5 Star

Featured Parks: Mt. Kenya > Samburu National Reserve > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Also available: 8 Day Samburu Mara Expedition -
3 Stars
and 4 Stars

During your Samburu Maasai Mara safari you will release notice this place is worlds apart from the any other park anywhere.  It's one of the least known parks in Kenya but probably one of its most interesting ecologically speaking. For those wise souls who venture here they will find their curiosity rewarded by plentiful wildlife unique to this park as well as amazing geography - minus the crowds of those other “popular” parks.

  • This program is 100% customizable.
  • Departing from Nairobi daily with two or more people (no singles).
  • International flight to Nairobi is not included.

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Day 1: Meet, greet, assist and transfer to your hotel.

 

Accommodation: The Boma Nairobi
Activity: Arrive at Nairobi Airport where your host will greet you. Transfer to hotel to rest & relax. 

Your host will be on hand when you arrive at the airport and will take you to the luxurious Boma Hotel. This elegant property, one of Nairobi’s finest, is conveniently located near the airport which means you’ll be resting and relaxing in your room shortly after arrival.

Day 2: Fly to Samburu and Enjoy Afternoon Game Drive

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Accommodation: Samburu Intrepids Camp
 Meal Plan: Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activity: Fly to Samburu and enjoy afternoon game drive.

After breakfast, fly north to the rugged landscape of Samburu. You will arrive time for lunch at Samburu Intrepids Camp. In the afternoon, take your first game drive through this remote, arid and beautiful reserve. Gloriously dramatic, the 104 sq kms of the Samburu National Reserve feature rocky battlements, tumbling scarps, palm-fringed rivers and mile upon mile of dry thorn scrub, which provides sanctuary for an exclusive range of essentially northern wildlife. Several species including the long-necked Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe can be seen on private game-drives that take place in the morning and afternoon. Since the area has very little grass cover, you may be able to see some cheetahs and lions near the river banks. Mount Ololokwe, a tabletop mountain, can be seen across the red plains and scrub that make up the desert scenery in the area. This desert area is home to the Ewaso Ngiro River, which is an important watering hole for the many species in the area and is a large part of what makes Kenyan safaris enjoyable for wildlife enthusiasts.

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve - Morning and Afternoon Game Drive

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Accommodation: Samburu Intrepids Luxury Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activity: Transfer to Samburu, Enjoy afternoon game drive

Wake up in this remote, arid and beautiful reserve. Gloriously dramatic, the 104 sq kms of the Samburu National Reserve feature rocky battlements, tumbling scarps, palm-fringed rivers and mile upon mile of dry thorn scrub, which provides sanctuary for an exclusive range of essentially northern wildlife. Several species including the long-necked Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe can be seen on private game-drives that take place in the morning and afternoon. Since the area has very little grass cover, you may be able to see some cheetahs and lions near the river banks. Mount Ololokwe, a tabletop mountain, can be seen across the red plains and scrub that make up the desert scenery in the area. This desert area is home to the Ewaso Ngiro River, which is an important watering hole for the many species in the area and is a large part of what makes Kenyan safaris enjoyable for wildlife enthusiasts.

Day 4: Morning and afternoon game drives at Samburu National Reserve.

Accommodation: Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activity: Morning and afternoon game drives

Samburu is also home to large herds of elephants, and the reserve is well known for providing the opportunity to see wildlife that only lives in the dry north of Kenya. Be on the lookout for gerenuks - these odd, yet distinguished looking, gazelle have long necks, and stand on their hind legs to feed. For the birders, around 365 species have been recorded and the river area is particularly rewarding.  For those wanting to experience something a little different today, a walking safari, camel ride or a visit to a local tribal village are optional extras. For an unforgettable experience, you could take a guided nature walk.

Day 5: Fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve - Afternoon Game Drive

 

Accommodation:  Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activity: Short flight to the amazing Maasai Mara before an afternoon game drive.

When those of us in the west hear the term “African Safari” the picture that comes to mind is the Maasai Mara Reserve, which is where you are going today.  Here is where you’ll find the grasslands, the lions, the jackals, the wildebeests and more.  This will also be your opportunity to get to know the Maasai, the semi-nomadic natives of Kenya.  These cattle-herding people have managed to preserve their way of life through the centuries; visiting them is an enriching experience. Tonight you’ll stay at the exquisite Mara Intrepids Luxury Camp set on the bank of the Mara River on a truly spectacular location. Throughout the day elephants, giraffes, zebras and impalas come for a drink while a large hippo pod rest lazily in the river. 

Day 6: Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives at Maasai Mara.

 
Accommodation:  Mara Intrepids
Meal Plan: Full Board – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activity: Morning and afternoon game drives.

 

You will be glad to have a second day to explore the Maasai Mara Reserve and to stay at the Mara Intrepids.  Today you’ll have both a morning and an afternoon game drive and you’ll marvel at how completely different they are. You will be able to see Kenya's famed wildlife up close; including cheetahs, zebras, buffalo, wildebeests, hyenas, antelope, giraffes and lions. These drives will certainly provide a number of outstanding photo opportunities. The well-appointed accommodations at the Mara Intrepids Camp include private verandas and restrooms located en suite. You can easily catch a quick nap in your room, or visit the pool and bar area while you're waiting for your next game-drive. You can also go on a walking tour with one of the rangers from the reserve, or stop by the Maasai village to experience their hospitality and culture.

Day 7: Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives at Maasai Mara.


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Accommodation:  Mara Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activity: Morning and afternoon game drives.

Once again you will be able to experience game drives in the morning and in the afternoon. Both drives will give you great wildlife viewing opportunities. You will see large herds of local grazing animals going by, and also have a good chance of seeing some of the big cats. If you’re able to visit between July and October, you may be able to witness the Great Migration, when huge herds of Thomson’s gazelles, wildebeests and zebras travel in mass from the Serengeti.  It is an unforgettable experience that is not to be missed.  No matter when you visit, you will also have a chance to take a “walking safari”, or visit a local tribal village if you wish.  You will learn about the Maasai way of life and how they have managed to retain their semi-nomadic customs even in today’s modern world, when so much of their world is at risk.  After all these adventures, you will be more than ready for a mid-day nap, a dip in the pool or laze on the veranda to escape the heat of the day. 

Day 8: Fly to Nairobi. Airport departure transfer.

 
Meal Plan: Breakfast & complimentary farewell dinner.
Accommodation: The Boma Hotel (Dayroom)
Activity: Fly to Nairobi and transfer to your hotel to rest and relax. Airport departure transfer.

A day that seemed a long way off has come much too soon.  Business, work and home await and it is time to return to that other world and bid your travel companions goodbye.  After you enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your camp, you will be transferred to the local airstrip for your flight to Nairobi where you check-in to your hotel to rest and relax. A complimentary farewell dinner awaits you before you depart. You later transfer to the airport in Nairobi and connect with your outbound flight home, carrying a lifetime of memories from your African Safari with you.
Rates from April 01 To May 31
People in Group 2 3 4 5 6
Per person sharing 2 per room (US$) 4002 3841 3760 3712 3680
Single room supplement (US$) 1498 1498 1498 1498 1498
Rates from June 01 To June 30
People in Group 2 3 4 5 6
Per person sharing 2 per room (US$) 4248 4087 3998 3958 3926
Single room supplement (US$) 1810 1810 1810 1810 1810
Rates from July 01 To October 31
People in Group 2 3 4 5 6
Per person sharing 2 per room (US$) 4987 4765 4684 4636 4604
Single room supplement (US$) 2122 2122 2122 2122 2122
Rates from November 01 To December 15
People in Group 2 3 4 5 6
Per person sharing 2 per room (US$) 4284 4123 4044 3994 3963
Single room supplement (US$) 1561 1561 1561 1561 1561
Rates from December 16 To March 31
People in Group 2 3 4 5 6
Per person sharing 2 per room (US$) 4987 4765 4685 4637 4604
Single room supplement (US$) 2123 2123 2123 2123 2123

5 Stars Plus safaris package costs include:

  • Our 5 Stars Plus safaris properties as detailed in itinerary.
  • All meet and greet services.
  • All arrival and departure transfers.
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Complimentary excursions to Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center & Karen Blixen.
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Nairobi.
  • Domestic flights between parks as indicated in itinerary.
  • Transportation in chauffeur driven 4x4 safari land cruiser with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography.
  • Guaranteed window seat in the vehicle.
  • Services of our highest caliber guides.
  • Two-way long range high frequency radio communication in each 4x4 landcruiser.
  • On safari accessories in the vehicles: - First-aid kit, wildlife books, beanbags for easy photography, a pair of binoculars per vehicle, cool box and fire extinguisher.
  • Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Complimentary safari hat.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicle during game drives.
  • Complimentary dayroom in Nairobi on last day prior to international departure.
  • Flying Doctor Service providing air ambulance and evacuation services in case of a medical emergency.
  • All Government taxes and levies.
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number.

5 Stars Plus safaris package costs exclude:

  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s).
  • Nonalcoholic and alcoholic cocktails and any other alcoholic drinks
  • Any international flights and departure taxes
  • Laundry services
  • Holiday supplements: Christmas, New Year and Easter.
  • Visa fees/application
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any other item(s) or events not included in our itinerary.

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