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11-Day Magical Kenya with the Samburu Special Five

Duration

11 Days

Max People

12

Min Age

3+

Pick Up

Airport

Overview

This an 11-Day Magical Kenya with the Samburu Special Five exclusive adventure with Exodus Safaris through Kenya's six spectacular national parks, offering a private safari experience that unveils the true essence and beauty of the Kenyan wilderness. Our carefully crafted itinerary ensures that you uncover the richness of Kenya's diverse ecosystems and encounter a plethora of wildlife in their natural habitats.

Begin your journey by delving into the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve, renowned for its vast savannas and abundance of wildlife. Witness the famous wildebeest migration, where thousands of animals traverse the Mara River in a breathtaking display of nature's wonders. Keep your cameras ready to capture the Big Five and a myriad of other species that call this reserve home.

Continue your exploration to Amboseli National Park, where the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro serves as a stunning backdrop. Marvel at the large herds of elephants roaming against the backdrop of Africa's highest peak and spot predators such as lions and cheetahs in action.

Discover the scenic beauty and wildlife diversity of Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, characterized by rugged landscapes, expansive plains, and the enchanting Galana River. Encounter elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes, and various bird species as you traverse these captivating parks.

Explore the lesser-known gems of Kenya's national parks, including Aberdare National Park with its lush forests and diverse wildlife, and Meru National Park, famed for its beautiful landscapes and the story of Elsa the lioness from "Born Free."

Our private safari ensures personalized attention, flexibility in exploring each park, and the opportunity to delve deeper into the natural wonders and hidden treasures of Kenya's wilderness. Expert guides accompany you, providing insights into wildlife behavior, conservation efforts, and local cultures along the way.

Join Exodus Safaris for an extraordinary journey through Kenya's national parks, where every moment is a discovery of nature's grandeur and the untamed beauty of Africa's wilderness. It's a safari experience tailored to create lasting memories and a deep appreciation for Kenya's remarkable biodiversity.

Tour Features

  • This specialized tour is designed for private use and can be tailored to suit individual preferences.
  • You can choose the date of your tour, provided that availability allows.
  • For those travelling alone, this tour is an ideal choice.
  • A minimum age of 3 years is required for this package.

Activities and Transportation

  • Going on a game drive is an extraordinary way to observe African wildlife in its natural environment.
  • You'll experience the beauty of nature while riding in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle.
  • For a more intimate safari excursion, hop on a pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle to get closer to the animals.
  • For added convenience, a transfer from the airport and back is included.
  • An evening or night game drive takes you into the untamed African bush, allowing you to find species that are mostly active at night.

Getting There

Planning a journey? Look no further! Start your adventure at Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, and get ready for the ride of a lifetime. With the help of a trusted tour operator, you can find the right international flights for your ideal trip. And don't forget – transfers to and from the airport are included in the package. If you're interested in extending your stay, additional accommodation before or after the tour can be arranged for an additional fee.

Included/Excluded

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • Professional driver/guide
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Drinking water
  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal and baggage insurance
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Tour Plan

Day 01 Nairobi -Samburu National Reserve

Travelers will embark on a tour of Samburu National Reserve, renowned for its serene and remote ambiance, making it a favored destination among tourists seeking a quieter safari experience with fewer game vehicles compared to other reserves.

Despite its tranquility, the reserve still attracts a significant number of visitors, ranking among the most visited reserves after Masai Mara. The indigenous people of Samburu inhabit rural villages on the reserve's outskirts, relying heavily on the land for sustenance.

Visits to these villages are often included in day-trip itineraries, offering guests opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture.

Moreover, the reserve is celebrated for its association with Joy and George Adamson, renowned researchers and conservationists who famously raised a lioness cub named Elsa. Their remarkable journey was later immortalized in the book, Born Free.

Day 02 Samburu National Reserve

Begin your morning on the right note with a hearty breakfast at 5:50 am. Following this, it's time to venture out and immerse yourself in the wildlife wonders of the reserve!

Samburu offers ample opportunities to observe animals in their natural environment, with most of the Big Five species residing in the area.

You can expect sightings of leopards, elephants, as well as antelopes such as the majestic greater and lesser kudu, known for their impressive horns, among other fascinating creatures. The only missing members of the Big Five are rhinoceros.

Day 03 Samburu National Reserve - Lake Naivasha

On this final day, you'll need to get up at 5:00 in the morning for a meal. After that, you'll take a trip to Lake Naivasha with a break in Nanyuki for lunch. You'll reach the lake in the evening, where you'll be taken to your guesthouse to rest and, if you'd like, take an optional ship cruise.

Day 04 Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara National Reserve

We'll embark on a four-hour journey from Lake Naivasha to explore the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, recognized as a World Heritage Site and one of the contemporary Seven Wonders.

Famed for the breathtaking wildebeest migration, which typically occurs during the peak season from July to March, Masai Mara offers unparalleled opportunities to witness an abundance of wildlife, making it an ideal destination for all wildlife enthusiasts.

Day 05 Masai Mara National Reserve

Dedicate an entire day to uncovering the wonders of the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve! Traverse the expansive grasslands and rugged hills, while observing the diverse array of wildlife species that inhabit the Mara. From leopards and cheetahs to elephants and the renowned black-maned lion, this reserve hosts a remarkable variety of animals.

Moreover, marvel at the incredible herds of plains game that roam these lands. Take full advantage of the opportunity to explore the captivating habitats of the Mara – an experience not to be missed!

Day 06 Masai Mara National Reserve - Amboseli National Park

Following your morning meal, we'll set off for Amboseli National Park. Upon arrival, if your schedule permits, you can opt for a late evening game drive.

Located in Kenya, this park is renowned for its stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. The name "Amboseli" originates from a Maasai expression meaning "salty dust." It is widely recognized as one of the premier locations in Africa for observing herds of elephants up close.

For those intrigued by the environment, Amboseli offers exploration across five distinct habitats, including the dry bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulfur springs, savannah, and woodlands. Moreover, visitors can engage with the local Maasai community residing within the park and gain insight into their culture.

Day 07 Amboseli National Park

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at 6:30 AM before embarking on a full-day game drive in the park.

Marvel at the diverse wildlife, from fierce predators to graceful giraffes, zebras, hippos, and majestic elephants.

As a special treat, soak in the awe-inspiring vista of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 08 Amboseli National Park - Tsavo East National Park

This morning, you'll eagerly rise early, filled with anticipation for a day of exploration in Tsavo East, Kenya's largest protected wildlife reserve. Not only does it boast the renowned "Big Five" - the black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, and lion - but also a diverse array of other animals such as eland, gerenuk, impala, and Masai giraffe.

But the bird-watching opportunities are equally enticing, with over 500 species from black kite to lovebirds to sacred ibis awaiting discovery. And if that wasn't remarkable enough, a visit to Tsavo East offers the chance to explore the Yatta Plateau - the world's longest lava flow spanning 300km!

Depending on your arrival time, you may enjoy a game drive or dine at the lodge in preparation for an early morning game drive the following day. Bon Voyage!

Day 09 Tsavo East National Park

Embark on your game drive with the chance to encounter several members of the Big Five, from majestic elephants to powerful lions. Explore the unique Aruba dam, home to a plethora of diverse wildlife and flora.

Following this adventure, pause for a delightful lunch before returning to Tsavo East National Park for an exhilarating night game drive, bringing an extraordinary day to a close.

Day 10 Tsavo East National Park - Tsavo West National Park

As the dawn breaks over Tsavo East, join us on a journey to Tsavo West National Park, where you'll encounter exotic wildlife en route to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.

Embark on a full-day adventure exploring the panoramic vistas of Tsavo West. Don't miss the chance to visit Mzima Springs, a tranquil oasis where various species of fish, hippos, and crocodiles gracefully swim in crystal-clear waters! Later, feast your eyes on the Shetani Lava Flow, which also offers breathtaking views of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.

Day 11 Tsavo West National Park - Nairobi

Embark on an exhilarating morning safari to witness the diverse wildlife, from predators in pursuit of their prey to the gentle creatures of the savannah.

After immersing yourself in nature's wonders, retreat to the campsite for a brief respite before departing for Nairobi. It's an adventure bound to leave an indelible mark in your memory!

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    Benjamin Harris

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    Superb Accommodations

    The accommodations provided during the 11 Day Magical Kenya safari were superb. From luxury lodges to comfortable tented camps, each property offered a blend of comfort, style, and a close connection to nature.

    July 5, 2023

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    Benjamin Harris

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    Breathtaking Wildlife

    The wildlife encounters on the 11 Day Magical Kenya safari were truly breathtaking. From graceful giraffes to elusive leopards, we witnessed the wonders of Kenya’s diverse and abundant wildlife.

    July 5, 2023

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    Mia Harrison

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    Exquisite Samburu Scenery

    The scenic beauty of Samburu National Reserve during the 11 Day Magical Kenya with the Samburu Special Five was simply exquisite. The rugged landscapes, acacia dotted plains, and winding rivers created a picturesque backdrop for our safari.

    July 5, 2023

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    Oliver Green

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    Exceptional Safari Guides

    The safari guides on the 11 Day Magical Kenya with the Samburu Special Five were exceptional. Their keen eyes, expert tracking skills, and passion for conservation made each game drive an educational and thrilling adventure.

    July 5, 2023

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    Ava Turner

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    Unforgettable Safari

    The 11 Day Magical Kenya with the Samburu Special Five delivered an unforgettable safari experience. Every day brought new surprises, incredible sightings, and a deeper appreciation for Kenya’s natural treasures.

    July 5, 2023

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    Noah Evans

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    Cultural Immersion

    We had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the rich Samburu culture during the 11 Day Magical Kenya safari. Interacting with the local tribes and learning about their traditions was a highlight of our journey.

    July 5, 2023

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    Sophia Walker

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    Magical Maasai Mara

    The Maasai Mara segment of the 11 Day Magical Kenya with the Samburu Special Five was truly magical. Witnessing the Great Migration, encountering majestic lions, and experiencing the vastness of the Mara were unforgettable moments.

    July 5, 2023

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    Ethan Phillips

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    Expert Samburu Guides

    The Samburu guides on the 11 Day Magical Kenya safari were incredibly knowledgeable about the local flora, fauna, and Samburu culture. Their expertise added depth and understanding to our safari experience.

    July 5, 2023

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    Oliver Davis

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    Memorable Sundowner Moments

    The sundowner experiences on the 11 Day Magical Kenya safari were truly memorable. Sipping a refreshing drink amidst the African wilderness, with breathtaking vistas as our backdrop, was a perfect way to end each day.

    July 5, 2023

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    Mia Edwards

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    Unmatched Safari Experiences

    The 11 Day Magical Kenya with the Samburu Special Five offered unmatched safari experiences. From bush walks to night game drives, we had the opportunity to explore the wild in various ways and create unforgettable memories.

    July 5, 2023

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