Group Size: Based on Minimum 2 passengers
Experience an eco-chic, culture-rich wildlife safari in two diverse regions of Kenya. Delight in unending views of untouched wilderness in total privacy, from the teeming plains of the Masai Mara to the rugged Samburu landscape. Discover two of Kenya’s most fascinating tribes – the Maasai and Samburu – learning about their cultures as they guide you on safari. Saruni offers world-class accommodation; Samburu has stunning scenery and pristine wilderness, Saruni Rhino – whilst simple is elegant and exclusive and Saruni Mara is the only small, boutique lodge in the Mara. Activities include rhino tracking, game drives, the Singing Wells, Reteti Elephant Orphanage, a bush dinner, a picnic lunch and a bush massage.
Day 1 - Sera Conservancy
This morning fly from Nairobi, Wilson Airport, to Samburu. On arriving at the airstrip you will be and transferred you to the lodge. (LD)
This afternoon, start your Rhino Tracking Experience (children under 16 years cannot do the Rhino Tracking). Drive to within a short distance of the endangered black rhino, leaving the vehicle on foot to track the rhino in the safety of a guide and a ranger. After an exhilarating, ‘up close and personal’ experience, game drive back to camp where a lantern-lit bush dinner awaits you in the idyllic setting of the dry river bed, as the night sounds reverberate around you.
The secluded 3-banda camp of Saruni Rhino, in partnership with Sera Community Conservancy, offers the first rhino tracking experience in East Africa, an amazing experience that provides a uniquely thrilling experience, but also allows guests to actively contribute to the protection of this iconic species.
Comprised of three elegant ‘bandas’ (rustic stone cottages) and a main ‘mess’ cottage for dining and relaxing, Saruni Rhino is nestled amidst swaying doum palms dotted along a dry river bed with sweeping views of a nearby waterhole and dramatic landscape so typical of the north. There is also a beautiful infinity swimming pool, built in harmony with the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. The dry river bed proves the quintessential torch-lit bush dinner location under the vast African skies.
Day 2 - Sera Conservancy
Departing early this morning with a picnic breakfast on a game drive to the nearby Fifty Wells or the Singing Wells, where you will witness pastoralists watering their livestock at a series of natural wells as they have done for centuries. Birders and non-birders alike will delight in the incredible spectacle that is thousands upon thousands of sand grouse dipping to take water in the natural wells and waterholes throughout Sera Conservancy, a truly astounding sight and sound show. Game drive into the Rhino Sanctuary from a different entrance, possibly spotting more rhino on the way from your vehicle. Return to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the nearby Reteti Elephant Orphanage (visit payable) before returning to camp for dinner. (BLD)
Day 3 - Kalama Conservancy
Depart Saruni Rhino accompanied by guides for the Kalama Conservancy and your next camp (approximately 2 hours). Enjoy lunch in camp with breathtaking views of a waterhole frequently visited by wildlife. (BLD)
After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive on Kalama Conservancy exploring over 81,000 hectares of pristine wilderness in total privacy and sundowners with a breath taking view.
Saruni Samburu’s six luxury villas are open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over Kenya’s Northern Frontier District and Mount Kenya. The lodge is celebrated for its innovative, eco-chic design as well as its Italian inspired cuisine. Guests can enjoy the vast panoramas from the dining and lounge area, the two infinity pools and spa. The warm hospitality makes for an intimate and exceptional experience. Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in Kalama Conservancy, bordering Samburu Game Reserve, with over 81,000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness teeming with wildlife to explore exclusively. Guided by Samburu warriors passionate about their land and culture, you learn first-hand about their fascinating customs and gain ancient, local knowledge about the land and animals – a truly authentic safari experience.
Day 4 – Mara North Conservancy
You will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to the Masai Mara. On landing you will be met and taken to your next camp for lunch and then an afternoon game drive in Mara North Conservancy – over 12,000 hectares of plentiful, protected land bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. Enjoy a completely different and less-explored corner of the Mara ecosystem in total privacy, brimming with wildlife. (BLD)
Saruni Mara is the only small, boutique lodge in the Mara, with five elegant cottages, one family villa and one private villa. The beautiful rooms are each decorated to a unique theme with a luxurious, classic safari feel. The lodge is nestled in a secluded valley in the heart of the most exciting wilderness in Africa: Mara North Conservancy – an exclusive, private wildlife concession bordering the world-renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve. Encounter Africa’s ‘Big Five’ and the most remarkable natural spectacle on Earth, the Great Migration. Enjoy the Italian inspired cuisine, exceptional service and being immersed in nature from your private verandah, the Wellbeing Space and the open lounge and dining area. Masai warriors guide you throughout, sharing their ancient wisdom of the area and animals and their fascinating way of life – a truly life-enriching safari experience.
Day 5 to Day 6 - Mara North Conservancy
Two full days of morning and afternoon game drives to look for the big cats and other predators of the Mara, returning to the lodge for lunch and treatments at the Maasai Wellbeing Space. Dinner at the lodge and an optional night game drive. (BLD)
Day 7 - End of your Saruni Splendour Safari
After early morning activity and breakfast fly back to Nairobi. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 03 Jun 23 - 30 Jun 23 $9,485 $10,535
- 01 Jul 23 - 30 Sep 23 $10,780 $12,230
- 01 Oct 23 - 31 Oct 23 $9,485 $10,535
- 01 Nov 23 - 30 Nov 23 $7,790 $8,760
- 01 Dec 23 - 15 Dec 23 $9,485 $10,535
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
*Special Offer is available for travel between 01Mar 2023 – 31May 2023 / 01Nov2023 – 30Nov 2023. This special is available for all new bookings made with Bench Africa – until sold out.