SARUNITY AND BEACH EXPERIENCE 9 nights / 10 days between Samburu and the Maasai Mara, finishing with white sandy beaches on Kenya's south coast.
|From US$ 8,755||9 Nights and 10 Days||Bush||Family Holiday / Private tour|
Price:- From US$ 8,755 per person sharing (with Kinondo Kwetu option)
Price:- From US$ 8,550per person sharing (with Waterlovers option)
Price:- From US$ 8,845per person sharing (with Alfajiri option)
Samburu is a very scenic part of the country, wild, remote andrugged. One of its attractions is the Samburu Special Five: fivespecies of animals that are found only here.The Grevy zebra, the reticulated giraffe, the Somali ostrich, theBeisa oryx and the gerenuk are unusual and rare animals that willsurprise you. Dry and hot, Samburu has in the Masai Mara itsopposite: green, lush, known for its open grassland where the”plains game” abound (but its iconic landscape is made ofdifferent sub-ecosystems!), the Mara is the home of the big catsand the place in Africa with the highest density of wildlife.From there, after only two hours, you land on a white sand beach, fringed by palm trees, for some relaxing days in front ofan Indian Ocean whose colors and endless shades of blue andgreen change every moment.
Day 1:We arrange for our vehicle to take you fromJomo Kenyatta International Airport to Wilsonairport for a 1.20 hour flight to Samburu. Youradventure begins as soon as you arrive and arewelcomed by your Samburu guide and tracker,who will take you back to the lodge for lunch orfor a day-long game drive with a picnic lunch.When you arrive at the lodge you marvel at theview and landscape, one of the most iconic ofAfrica! A massage and a sundowner are Offered.
Day 2: Samburu: Early morning drive into Samburu National Reserve and Baffalo Springs National Reserve, with picnic lunch, discovering the Special Five of Samburu; The reticulated Giraffe, the Grevy zebra, the oryx, the Somali Ostrich and the gerenuk, all rare species that occur only in this part of the country; in the evening game drive in Kalama Conservancy, the 200,000 acres private game reserve where we are located, ending with bush dinner in the middle of a “nowhere full of everything”
Day 3: Samburu: Morning walk, learning how to recognize the tracks left by the animals during the night and the famous raptors of Samburu, during the walk we’ll discover the Samburu rock art in some nearby caves; return to the lodge for breakfast; in the afternoon, evening game drive in remote areas where the semi-nomadic Samburu people live and visit to one of their traditional settlements; back to the lodge to admire the stars, exceptionally bright in Samburu.
Day 4: Samburu and Maasai Mara: We game drive to Kalama airstrip for direct flight to the Maasai Mara: it is one more chance to admire the harsh beauty ofthe Samburu landscape and to spot kudu and Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe and ostrich on the way to the airstrip; afterone hour and half, we land in the Mara, normally green, lush and full of herbivores. We can go on a game drive with apicnic lunch to taste under an acacia tree, or go to the lodge for some rest, ready for an afternoon game drive in the heartof Maasai territory; at the evening, a roaring dire awaits in the cool climate of the hills where Saruni Mara is located;
Day 5: Maasai Mara: An early morning looking for the predators of the Mara; back to camp for lunch (and treatments at the Maasai WellbeingSpace; afternoon game drive in a special area where the biggest herd of giraffe can be seen; dinner at the lodge and thepossibility of a night game drive;
Day 6: Maasai Mara: We offer a walk in the forests that surround Saruni or a game drive up the top of Kilileoni, the highest mountain in theSerengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem: both exhilarating experiences when we feel nature through the eyes and the skills andthe knowledge of our Maasai guides; in the afternoon we go on a game drive to look for the lions and other predators thatmake the Maasai Mara one of the most exciting wildernesses in the world; we are back home for a gourmet dinner andstories around the fire;
Day 7: Maasai Mara and Diani: After breakfast you will be taken to Ngerende or Mara North airstrip and catch a 2.5-hour flight to Ukunda, Diani beachwhere we have arranged for a car to pick you up and take you to the beach property of your choice. Before dinner there istime for a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, walking on its incredibly white sand beaches!
Day 8 – 9: Kinondo Kwetu: Kinondo Kwetu is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean, the only hotel on a stretch of private white beach on Galu, south of Diani. The reefs along Galu beach boast a generous variety of marine life and the bird life around Kinondo Kwetu is exceptionally rich. Every room and cottage has its own personalized character, as it is furnished and decorated with Swahili culture handicraft and antiques. Although Kinondo Kwetu is the ideal place for simply doing nothing at all, it offers exciting possibilities for all adventurers big and small. Some activities are better in some seasons, depending on winds and tides. One can see a range of exotic species – from angel fish and parrot fish to dolphins, turtles, and even whale sharks. (Whale shark season is from Oct to March) Not only is this but deep sea fishing also available with catches such as tuna, wahoo, barracuda and marlin.
Day 8 – 9: Alfajiri: Alfajiri is located on the pristine sands of Diani beach. Considered by many as the finest villas on the East African coast,they overlook the Indian Ocean and their elevated positions ensure privacy and stunning views. All the villas are brightand airy and beautifully decorated with artifacts from Africa and the Far East. Large verandahs with huge carved sofaswith cushions dominate the front of the villas where a stretch swimming pool sits on the edge of a small cliff merging intothe sea and horizon.Alfajiri offers a range of activities such as kite surfing, deep sea fishing, golf and many more. For those looking to relax thespa offers treatments and massages.
Day 8 – 9: Waterlovers: Waterlovers is located on the pristine sands of Diani beach overlooking the bright blue Indian Ocean. Diani’s long whitesandy beach stretches along a breathtakingly beautiful stretch of 25 kilometres that are framed by crystal waters andcoconut palm groves. The coral reef is home to sea turtles, dolphins, and numerous tropical fish.Each Waterlovers suite has a spacious private veranda overlooking the ocean and the style of the interior design is ablend of Swahili culture and Mediterranean style. The interior blends cultural elements of Africa and Arabia with the Eastand the West – the result is a truly breathtaking cultural fusion, which can be felt in every nook and cranny ofWaterlovers’s.Waterlovers can be your base for numerous recreational and sports activities like kite surfing, windsurfing, diving,snorkeling by the coral reef, big game fishing, tennis or big game safaris. Waterlovers can also arrange a selection ofmassage therapies and skin and body care treatments or yoga lessons.
Please note that baggage allowance on internal flights is 15kg per person, preferably in small, soft bags without wheels. Rates with children orsingle occupancy are available on request.
NOTE: Seats on the schedule flights are subject to availability at confirmation
Saruni Samburu: A design lodge located on Kalama Conservancy, a large private conservancy bordering with Samburu National Reserve,in Kenya’s wild North.There are six villas: four of them are large family villas with two separate bedrooms each, a living and dining area and two spectacular bathrooms; two are single villas, with a bedroom, a bathroom, indoors and outdoors shower and aliving/dining areas. The lodge has two large swimming pools with dramatic view over Samburuland, a waterhole thatattract elephant, reticulated giraffe, zebra, oryx and all the species that make Kalama so special.Surrounded by a 95,000 hectares private reserve and perched on top of a spectacular viewpoint, its villas and itsswimming pool overlook the dramatic landscape of Samburu country. The vastness and the purity of this Africanlandscape, combined with the untouched local culture, will make your wildlife safari a different experience.
Saruni Mara:Saruni is the deluxe, intimate lodge set in a private conservation area bordering with the Maasai Mara National Reserve,the most famous game park in Africa.Designed and built by Kenyan architect Mark Glen, Saruni has five large cottages (each with a different theme, fromliterature to photography, from natural history to geography) and one sensational family villa. In our accommodation onecan experience both the elegance and safety of a permanent accommodation with the thrill of sleeping in close contactwith nature.Kuro House is the common dining area, a mixture of old-fashioned Africa and modern design, where guests can savourthe exceptional cuisine that is served around our long table and uses fresh, locally grown and organic produce in inventiveways.
The Maasai Mara: The Maasai Mara is a 5,000 squarekm ecosystem made of a national reserve and several privateconservancies. The national reservecovers 1,672 square kilometres (more than 400,000 acres) and issituated between 1,500 and 2,100meters above sea level. It is part ofthe Serengeti ecosystem thatextends from northern Tanzania intosouthern Kenya. Of the conservancies,ain one (whereSaruni is located) is the Mara NorthConservancy, 74,000 acres of amazing wilderness, where themost of the wildlife is concentratedmost of the year.The Maasai Mara region isconsidered the jewel of Africanwildlife and nowhere on thecontinent can you find the sameabundance and variety of wildanimals. Millions of wildebeest,gazelle, zebra, buffalo, impala, topi,hartebeest, giraffe, eland, elephant,dik-dik, hippo and warthog live their natural lifecycle alongside thelargest population of lions in Kenya.For our safaris we use comfortable,fully-open Land Rovers, speciallydesigned to give you maximumvisibility over the landscape and theanimals. On our foot safaris wewalk, on the plains and in themountains that surround Saruni.
The Samburu Ecosystem: Is one of the most exciting in EastAfrica and is made of several national reserves, private ranchesand communally-owned groupranches that are more and more interconnected. Famous for itslarge population of elephants,Samburu stands out for theabundance of northern species thatcannot be found in other areas ofKenya. Kalama Conservation area, thewildlife sanctuary bordering withSamburu National Reserve wherewe are located, has an abundanceof other rare species, like theleopard, the striped hyena, the civet.We’d love to take you to our secretspots, especially for bush dinner, orto the river for a picnic lunch thatallows us to be with elephants,waterbuck, lion, impala, giraffe andall the Samburu species that goand drink water. If you arepassionate about birds, Samburu isyour preferred park: not only thespecies are abundant, but the birdsare very tame and can be easilyspotted and photographed.
Diani Beach: Diani’s long white sandy beachstretches along a breathtakinglybeautiful stretch of 25kilometres that are framed bycrystal waters and coconut palmgroves. The coral reef is home to sea turtles, dolphins, andnumerous tropical fish.The beach is bordered by lushgreen rainforest full of colourfulbirds and the rare breed ofColobus, an almost extinct black and white monkey, unique tothis area. The sprawlingdimensions of the Shimba Hillsnatural reserve, a sanctuary forelephants, buffalos, antelopesand other wildlife, is located alittle further inland and just ashort drive from Diani.Diani is an excellent place forkite surfing, had good snorkeling and diving and has arelaxed atmosphere. Stillrelatively unspoilt, Diani boasts many facilties. On its beach yousee fishermen bringing hometheir catch. The vegetation is still abundant and its length andbright white colour make it oneof the best beaches in the Swahili coast. Diani has a greatgastronomic tradition based onfresh produce and fish.
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