OTA’s Northern Trails Safari - culture and wildlife in Kenya

Covering three of Kenya’s lesser-known game parks, this trip heads up to the arid north of Kenya. Meet Samburu people in their traditional village and experience a variety of environments from the forest of Aberdare to the dry woodland of Meru.

Safari tour package:
A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Price per person*:
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Length of safari:
6 days
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Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
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Aberdare and Meru National Parks are two of Kenya’s lesser-known parks, off the well-pounded traditional safari circuit. In October, OTA is leading a tour to these parks and Samburu National Reserve, giving guests the opportunity to experience the unique wildlife of Kenya’s north.

Spectacular wildlife in Samburu and Meru National Park is the biggest drawcard of this safari, but the stunning birding in Aberdare is not to be dismissed. Throughout the safari, we will travel through a variety of environments, each providing incredible scenery. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit a traditional Samburu village. Travelling in a comfortable safari vehicle fit for photography, game-viewing and touring and accompanied by an experienced driver-guide, on this trip you will experience a variety of accommodation from a luxury lodge in Aberdare, to bush camping in Samburu and a tented camp in Meru.

Sunday 9 October: Nairobi to Aberdare National Park
Early in the morning, set off for your first national park: Aberdare. Hilly and forested, Aberdare National Park offers a completely different environment to what you will experience the rest of the trip. Tonight you stay inside the park amongst the sounds of the night wildlife.
Included meals: Lunch, Dinner
Approximate driving time: 3 hours
Accommodation: The Ark

Monday 10 October: Aberdare to Samburu
Head out at dawn for a morning game drive to see the nocturnal animals and birds retire for the day and the diurnal creatures wake up. This is a magical time of day to see myriad species of birds. Return to your accommodation for a hearty breakfast before heading north to Samburu National Reserve. The Samburu ecosystem comprises three national reserves: Shaba, Buffalo Springs and Samburu. These parks are not as famous as others in Kenya, but within this ecosystem are species found nowhere else in the country, including the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and the gerenuk.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Approximate driving time: 5 hours (not including the game drive)
Accommodation: Riverside Campsite

Tuesday 11 October: Samburu
You have the full day to enjoy Samburu National Reserve. The landscape offers amazing variety from open savannah to scrub desert to lush river foliage, offering fantastic opportunities for excellent wildlife encounters.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wednesday 12 October: Samburu to Meru
Travel from Samburu to Meru National Park. There is the option to visit a traditional Samburu village on the way.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Approximate driving time: 2 hours
Accommodation: Ikweta Camp

Thursday 13 October: Meru National Park
Meru National Park in the northern part of Kenya is one of Kenya's least visited parks. Enjoy this day off the beaten path in the wilds of a largely untouched wilderness.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Friday 14 October: Meru to Nairobi
Head back to Nairobi, skirting under the shadow of majestic Mt Kenya.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Approximate driving time: 6 hours

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • The Ark, Aberdare National Park
  • Riverside Campsite (public campsite), Samburu National Reserve
  • Ikweta Camp, Meru National Park

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Since: Feb 2012

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