9 Day Kenya Wildlife and Culture Exploration from US$7,920.-pp

Explore three distinct areas in Kenya:

  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy located in Laikipia Region and known for its white and black rhinos
  • Samburu National Reserve  – Safari and Samburu Culture
  • Masai Mara North Conservancy – one of the most iconic safari destinations

Flying and driving combination to really get to see the country!

Off-road driving at Ngare Serian so you can get closer to wildlife not found near the track if needed!

Best time to travel:

June has less visitors and clear air after the rains. The dry season of July,August and September is best for game viewing.

AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
Ole Sereni HotelNairobiB&B1x Delux Room1 Night
Ol Pejeta Bush CampOl Pejeta ConservancyFB+1x Guest tent – 2 pax2 Nights
Elephant Bedroom CampSamburu National ReserveFB+1x Luxury Tents2 Nights
Ngare SerianMara North ConservancyFB+1x Marquee Tents3 Nights

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Price

US$7,920.- per person, sharing occupancy during June 2021

Please inquire for other dates.

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, National Park fees, scheduled game drives and walking mentioned in the package, Endangered Species Enclosure visit with two last remaining northern white Rhinos, Village visit in Samburu, Private naturalist driver/guide at Ol Pejeta Bushcamp and Elephant Bedroom Camp. Shared game drives as Ngare Serian. House wine and local beer at Ol Pejeta Camp.

Excluded

International flight to Nairobi, optional tours and activities, visa, travel and evacuation insurance,

Day 1:            Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi           

Kenya

Resting in the magnificent Great Rift Valley and presided over by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya is characterised by hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes of forested hills, patchwork farms, wooded savanna and vast forests brimming with an extraordinary abundance of wildlife. The nation’s diverse range of traditional African cultures is influenced by over 70 unique ethnic groups from the Maasai, Samburu, Kikuyu, and Turkana tribes to the Arabs and Indians that settled on the coast. Add to this: an exquisite tropical coastline fringed with breathtaking golden sand beaches; gorgeous coral gardens providing excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities; and a slew of lively beach resorts, and it is easy to see why so many visitors flock here from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

Nairobi

Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Day Itinerary

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where your driver and 4×4 vehicle will be waiting for you. The journey to your hotel takes around 30 minutes. Begin your safari with a stay at Ole Sereni hotel, which borders Nairobi National Park (the only national park in the world right next to a city). If the captivating views of the park aren’t enough, you can usually spot giraffe, zebra, antelope, and buffalo near the waterhole in front of the property. End your first day in Kenya with a drink at the rooftop bar, admiring Nairobi’s skyline and getting ready for your adventure.

Ole Sereni’s views alone make it a one-of-a-kind destination. Its location makes it one of the most-visited hotels in Nairobi as well – it sits directly on the border of the Nairobi National Park.

Overnight: Ole Sereni Hotel

Located just off Mombasa road Ole-Sereni is the only hotel bordering a National Game Park. The title of the hotel is taken from the Maasai name for the area meaning ‘place of tranquillity’. Ole-Sereni captures the essence of Nairobi, which is the only city in the world that boasts a natural game park within its precincts. The hotel offers its guests views of animals in their natural surroundings at the waterhole in the park from the restaurants, bar, swimming pool and other parts of the hotel.

As ‘The City Hotel by the Game Park’ Ole-Sereni combines the best features of a modern City Hotel and a traditional wildlife lodge where guests can enjoy nature’s tranquillity from a very close range. Ole-Sereni is strategically positioned close to the Airport and the city centre, offering world-class facilities and personalized services to business as well as leisure travellers. The hotel also enjoys proximity to the central business district, international organizations, financial institutions, government offices and the industrial areas of Nairobi.

Day 2:            Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Resting at the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain Range, in central Kenya’s Laikipia County, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to the last three remaining northern white rhino in the world. Originally a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya and now a pioneering wildlife conservancy, Ol Pejeta works to protect wildlife and provide a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. The Conservancy is a popular safari destination and is home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as a wide selection of other African animals including: zebra, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, jackal, serval, hyena, vervet monkey and many more. Visitors can enjoy an assortment of outdoor activities such as horse rides, game walks, and nocturnal game drives.

Day Itinerary

This morning you will be collected by your driver/guide and 4×4 vehicle and make your way towards Ol Pejeta Conservancy, with seriously beautiful scenery along the way. During the four-hour drive, you’ll pass the region of Nyeri and be greeted by stunning views of Mount Kenya.  After arrival at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, you’ll have time to eat lunch and settle into your new surroundings. Then, choose between relaxing in camp for a few more hours or heading out on an afternoon game drive before making your way back to camp for a delicious dinner, and maybe a drink or two.

Activities

Game drives

Learn about the varied animal species and birdlife of the conservancy on a game drive from Ol Pejeta Bush Camp. Let our expert guides inspire you with their knowledge as you explore this diverse conservancy. Vehicles are open-sided and seat up to 6 guests.

Walking Safari

Discover the sights, sounds and smells of the bush on a walking safari. On foot, the magic of the bush truly comes alive and walking through big game country is an experience not to be missed. The minimum age for walking: 16 yrs. on a shared basis.

Optional Activities- you might like to spend another day if the following optional activities are of interest:

Night game drives
Canine Anti-Poaching Unit visit
Lion Tracking
Horse riding with rhinos: Endangered Species Enclosure
Cultural and Community visits
Running with the rangers
Cycling Safaris
Nanyuki Market Day
Wildlife – Livestock Integration
Visits to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Night game drives

Dusk and the early evening just after the sun has fallen below the horizon is a thrilling time to be on safari. Antelope come out to feed in the cool air, predators take advantage of the cloak of darkness to stalk their prey, and nocturnal species such as aardvark, zorilla, and white-tailed mongoose come out. Join a knowledgeable guide on a night drive and seek out the action that takes place after darkness falls.

Canine Anti-Poaching Unit visit

Visit the conservancy’s blood hound dog kennels and learn about the training that transforms these canines into anti-poaching patrollers. After your tour, you can play a game of human-canine hide and seek, trying to evade the dogs and finding a spot to hide within the Morani Information Centre. A great way to interact, get a bit of exercise for you and the hounds as well as assist in their training.

Morning visit only: 08h30, maximum group size 6, minimum age 12years. Closed-toe shoes recommended.  In case the dogs are deployed we will refund money or try to reschedule the activity. (At an additional cost)

Lion Tracking

Several lions on the conservancy have been fitted with radio collars, and you can learn how to track them with the researchers with a special tracking device. When you locate a pride, you will learn how to identify the individuals by notches on their ears, whisker patterns, and other distinguishing marks. All data is passed to the Ol Pejeta Ecological Monitoring team in order to further understand these magnificent predators. Guests remain in the vehicle at all times.

Morning activity: 06h30 and afternoon visit: 15h30 – duration approx. 2hours, maximum 6 people. (At an additional cost)

Horse riding with rhinos: Endangered Species Enclosure

The chance to ride amongst the endangered species including the northern white rhinos is a once in a lifetime experience. This predator-free area is wonderful to explore on horseback, with the chance to also encounter various other endangered species such as the southern white rhinos, Grevy’s zebra or Jackson’s hartebeest.

Morning ride: 10h00 or afternoon ride: 15h00 – duration approximately 1hour. Riding hats and tack are provided. Riders must wear suitable footwear, long trousers and sleeves.  Maximum of 9 riders in a group.  The rides will only be open to experienced riders and some proof of riding ability will be required at point of booking; visitors judged to be of insufficient riding ability will not be permitted to undertake this activity for safety reasons. (At an additional cost)

Cultural and Community visits

The staff at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp are all drawn from the communities surrounding the conservancy and are always eager to share their culture and history. See first-hand how these communities are benefitting from the conservancy, visiting agricultural projects such as water collection and tree nurseries, or the Jiko Energy Project to reduce firewood usage. During term-time on weekdays, it is also possible to visit a local school.

Visit: 10h30-12h30 – pre-booking recommended. (At an additional cost)

Running with the rangers

Keep your fitness levels up while on safari by joining the Ol Pejeta Conservancy rangers on their early morning run. They do this daily to keep fit, and we can arrange for our guests to join them and enjoy the chance to have a coffee with them afterwards to learn more about their work to keep the wildlife on the conservancy safe. A fun and rewarding way to start your day!

Available on Mondays and Wednesdays at 07h00, maximum 6 pax, minimum age 12years.  Suitable running shoes are needed as well as the ability to run a minimum of 5kms without stopping. (At an additional cost)

Cycling Safaris

Are you a cycling enthusiast looking for a unique ride?  Then look no further! We offer a weekly 84km ride from Nanyuki to Mpala Research Centre and back, including a stop for lunch at the Big Rock and some non-technical rock climbing.

Departs by car every Sunday from Ol Pejeta to Nanyuki at 9h00 and returns at 17h00.  Bikes and helmets are provided. (At an additional cost)

Nanyuki Market Day

Head into the nearby market town of Nanyuki with staff from the Ol Pejeta Bush Camp to visit the huge, open-air market at Mutumba. Pick up the week’s supplies for the camp and soak up the hustle and bustle before heading to local restaurant, Mulima View, for a traditional nyama choma lunch – roasted goat, maize meal ugali, and local vegetables.  Return to camp in the mid-afternoon in time for an afternoon activity if you wish.

Available Wednesday and Saturdays. (At an additional cost)

Wildlife – Livestock Integration

Ol Pejeta operates a unique wildlife-livestock integration model; balancing over 6000 cattle with conservation.  During the activity guests will learn about the creation of biodiversity hotspots and either help move one of the conservancy’s predator proof cattle ‘bomas’ or assist in a cattle spray race. 

Morning activity: 9h00 duration of 2hours.  Closed shoes recommended. (At an additional cost)

Overnight: Ol Pejeta Bush Camp       View iBrochure

On the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in central Kenya’s Laikipia region lies the atmospheric Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, the ultimate in Kenyan hospitality and safari excellence.

Ol Pejeta’s seven traditional East African safari tents offer an excellent base from which to explore the secrets of this renowned conservancy – from the pioneering conservation projects that have made it famous to spectacular sightings of black and white rhino, the Big 5 and the world’s last two remaining northern white rhino. Ol Pejeta is the first choice for discerning safari-goers looking to understand and enjoy the very best of world-leading conservation practice.

Guest tent –

Perfectly spaced along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the six traditional safari tents at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp are charming and full of character. All tents come complete with warm blankets for the winter mornings, rechargeable solar lights and en-suite bathrooms with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets. Individual verandas provide the perfect spot to while away an afternoon in privacy, watching the animals come and go along the river bank.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 3:            Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Ol Pejeta Conservancy   

   During your second day at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, you can choose between visiting the Endangered Species Enclosure, heading off on a game drive, or venturing out on foot to explore the beauty of the conservancy. Extend your time in the bush by enjoying a packed lunch in the plains, or head back to camp for a sit-down meal. If you choose to relax during the heat of the afternoon, you can take a night drive before returning to camp for a late dinner.

Visits to the Endangered Species Enclosure

Today, only 2 northern white rhino remain in the world and both are found at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in a 700acre enclosure protected by 24hour armed security. Take the opportunity to visit the enclosure, learn from the keepers about the efforts being taken to preserve the last of this highly endangered species, as well as see Grevy’s zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest in a private and intimate setting. Morning visit: 08h30 or afternoon visit: 16h00 – duration 45 minutes. Maximum 6 people per visit and physical interaction with the rhinos is relatively restricted.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 4 and 5:            Elephant Bedroom Camp, Samburu National Reserve     

Samburu National Reserve

Resting on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River and neighbouring the Buffalo Springs National Park, Samburu National Reserve is remote, hot and arid. The reserve spans over 165 square kilometres of spectacularly scenic landscape featuring rugged hills, undulating plains and riverine forests. The park is home to abundant wildlife including a variety of rare species such as the reticulated giraffe, the long necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s Zebra and Beisa Oryx. Samburu was one of the homes of ‘Elsa the Lioness’, star of the best selling book and award-winning movie ‘Born Free’. Visitors can enjoy viewing over 900 elephants, a variety of predators, and over 450 bird species.

Itinerary

After an early breakfast at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, head out for a three-hour game drive towards Samburu National Reserve. You’ll arrive in the heart of Samburu just in time for lunch at Elephant Bedroom. This intimate camp offers simple elegance complemented by an exceptional safari experience. Like Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, it is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River, so wildlife is never far away. Activities include two daily game drives, but, if you’re up for something more adventurous, heading out on a guided bush walk is always a great way to explore the reserve. Elephant, monkey, and impala are among the camp’s many regular wild visitors – and the region is known for its lion and leopard numbers, too. Samburu also has unique wildlife such as gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Grévy’s zebra, and beisa oryx, none of which are found in other areas of Kenya.

Activities

Samburu Village Visit

Overnight: Elephant Bedroom Camp            View iBrochure

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 this small and exclusive camp of 12 luxury tents – all furnished in rustic African style while offering all the comforts expected of a luxury Camp (hot & cold running water, electricity and herbal products).

The lounge and dining area offer vibrant safari colours with original oil paintings, soft intimate lighting designed to relax guests returning from an exciting game drive. 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.

Dining is a culinary experience with al-fresco breakfast, 3 course lunch and 4 course candle lit gourmet dinner set either under the African sky or inside the well appointed dining area.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 6:            Ngare Serian, Mara North Conservancy        

Mara North Conservancy

Situated in southwest Kenya, the Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area spanning more than 30 000 hectares. It is home to a spectacular array of plants, reptiles, birds and mammals; including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and large concentrations of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. Leopard Gorge, in the heart of the conservancy, is famous as the setting of countless BBC Big Cat Diaries and National Geographic documentaries. Neighbouring the well-known Maasai Mara National Reserve, this conservancy is vital for sustaining the famous Serengeti wildebeest migrations as well as the highly threatened African wild dog and black rhino.

Day Itinerary

After your final morning at Elephant Bedroom, your driver– guide will transport you the airstrip, 30 to 60 minutes from camp. From there, you’ll catch a 90-minute flight to the Masai Mara. You will be collected by a driver–guide who will take you to your next stop on this itinerary: Alex Walker’s Serian. It is the ideal place to spend the last few nights of your Kenyan safari. The intimate camp has just five spacious rooms set above the Mara  River, with views over the Oloololo Escarpment. Located in the private Mara North Conservancy, you’ll feel as though you’re in your very own piece of Africa. You can enjoy daily game drives; however, if you’re looking for something more engaging, head out into the bush on foot or spend a night sleeping beneath the stars. Allow yourself to completely disconnect on your last few days of safari before heading back to the real world.

Activities

Game Drives
Night Game Drives

Optional

Early Morning Walks
Hot Air Ballooning

Game Drives

The cornerstone of a safari experience at Serian is that each group has their own open-top safari vehicle, and their own dedicated guide and spotter. The freedom this grants you is key to getting the most out of your stay: go where the day takes you, without the limitations of fixed schedules, or fitting in with other peoples’ plans. Nothing but personal desire need dictate what you do.

Our vehicles are specially customised to be a climbing frame, and a photographer’s extra tool. They are comfortable, able to handle the terrain, and cover the distance…. And were designed for sun, rain, wind, and above all, the feeling of having as little as possible separating you from what’s out there.

Our guides and spotters are intimately familiar with these special places, so they know all its secrets and the ways the animals interact with it, from the subtle changes of the seasons, to the stages of an animals lifecycle, to the flora that sustains it all – they are the key that can unlock it all for you.

Night Game Drives

For so many, the definition of a night drive has come to be a quick scan around with spotlights en route back to camp after sundowners. For us though, it’s an exploration of the enigmatic nightlife that we are oblivious to as we sit around the dinner table and proceed to bed. Nocturnal creatures emerge, the heavens are festooned with stars, and the landscape mutates into a whole other world by the light of the moon.

Take a flask of soup and a picnic dinner, and set out with a spotlight: if nothing else, the solitude and silence by starlight is reason enough in itself. Using red-filtered bulbs to avoid dazzling the animals, scan the plains for that pride of lion looking ready to hunt. Once you’ve spotted them, switch to infrared floodlights, and watch the scene unfold through our infrared cameras. This is as close as you’ll get to invisibility, watching the wildlife without the fact of your presence affecting it.

OPTIONAL:

Early Morning Walks

Although ‘Walker’ really is Alex’s surname, being born to such an identity turns out to have been a self-fulfilling prophecy. Spending his childhood days out on foot with his father’s trackers, then turning this into a full-time career as soon as he possibly could, Alex’s passion is walking, and it is without a doubt his preferred method of accessing the bush.

Walking safaris epitomise the golden chance to get away from the trails and beaten tracks, and immerse in the environment in a way that the noise and speed of vehicles don’t permit. Once you slow down, there’s a whole world that you never noticed before. The beauty of walking is that it engenders an appreciation of an ecosystem’s sheer perfection: every tiny element has its place, and plays its role.

Stripping away the layers between you and an untamed setting beckons forth your primal instincts: your hearing, sight and smell all sharpen in response – and your appreciation of what you perceive is heightened as a result.

At Ngare Serian, we walk in our own private conservation area – a strictly no-vehicle zone that only we have access to. Here, you are likely to have close encounters with elephant, buffalo, hippo as well as more rare species like Chandler’s Mountain Reedbuck, klipspringer and oribi.

We employ scouts whose job it is to patrol the area and look out for snares, and walking in their company yields an insight into the land from the point of view of someone who roams it every day and knows it intimately.

Hot Air Ballooning

An early morning departure from Ngare Serian will see you at your launchpad. Suspended in a basket beneath the balloon’s canopy, you float over the plains and above the forest alongside the Mara River, checking out hippos, crocodile and elephant from high above. The flight time is generally in the region of one hour and ends with a champagne breakfast in the open grassland within the reserve. An unbeatable start to the day!

Overnight: Ngare Serian        View iBrochure

‘Ngare’ translates to ‘by the river’ in the Masai language, and the idea behind this snug little camp was to transport the serenity of the original Serian camp to the water’s edge. Hugging the banks of the Mara, Ngare Serian is cosy and intimate. It can only be reached on foot, over a narrow rope bridge – and in a way the crossover is symbolic: a call to step out of touch and out of time, and give yourself over to the natural charm of the place. There’s something special about being on the water’s edge – the water slipping and sloshing over the stones sets a soothing soundtrack, but at the same time its energy and movement lends lightness and life – green shoots, verdant growth and glossy rocks that metamorphose into hippos.

Ngare Serian consists of only 4 tents, and this intimacy makes it perfect for hosting a family holiday, or gathering a group of friends. The tents are dotted along the riverbank, decked out in style with Zanzibar four-poster beds and open bathrooms overlooking pods of hippo. Take a leaf out the hippos’ book: lounge languidly, soaking up the sights and sounds of the bush from the bathtub built into your veranda decking.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 7:            Ngare Serian, Mara North Conservancy   

Activities:     Same as previous day.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 8:            Ngare Serian, Mara North Conservancy        

Activities: Same as previous day.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 9:            End of Itinerary     

Day Itinerary

Enjoy your last breakfast at Alex Walker’s Serian before heading to the Airstrip for your flight to Nairobi, where you can connect to your international flight home.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Flight Information:

FlightAirlineDeparture AirportTimeArrival AirportTimeClassRef
 Charter Flight Elephant Bedroom Camp Ngare Serian   
 Charter Flight Ngare Serian Wilson Airport [WIL]   

Road Travel: in private vehicle

Ole Sereni HotelOl Pejeta Bush Camp
Ol Pejeta Bush CampElephant Bedroom Camp

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