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10-day Samburu Five & Masai Mara Big Five

Diverse habitats from mountains to the savannah plains of the Masai Mara, this safari provides plenty of amazing wildlife spotting opportunities...

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $2655 - $3765
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 10 days
Best months: January - April, July - December
Countries visited Kenya Kenya
Parks visited Laikipia Plateau, Masai Mara, Samburu
Activity level Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Night drive
  • Birding
  • Boating
A fantastic safari tour with diversified habitats and wildlife; taking you through the central highlands of Kenya; visiting the Aberdare mountain range with its’ fabulous waterfalls, great views of Mount Kenya and endemic wildlife such as the mountain bongo - then onto the semi-arid Samburu with its’ unusual wildlife species known as the Special Five. You’ll also spend two days in Ol Pejeta conservancy where you’ll have a great chance to see black rhino and the last remaining northern white rhinos and you’ll also go on a night game drive here. The tour will then take you across the Great Rift Valley stopping off at Lake Naivasha with its’ numerous bird species for a boat safari before heading to the Savannah plains of the Masai Mara to track down the Big Five. Parks and places of interest include; the Aberdares mountain range and national park, Samburu national park, Ol Pejeta conservancy, Lake Naivasha and the Masai Mara. Accommodation is in a mix of game viewing lodges and luxury tented camps and lodges and offers really great value for money with a huge amount of diversity. What’s included in the price? • All accommodation in a double room or tent all on full board basis • Transport in a private, safari tour vehicle with lifting roof for game viewing • Unlimited game drives • Experienced driver / guide • All park fees that are payable to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and private conservancies • All airport transfers • All excursions and entrance fees as stated in itinerary • Drinking water while on safari What’s not included in the price? • International flights • Kenyan tourist visa • Alcoholic drinks • Soft drinks • Tips & gratuities Optional extras • Masai village visit ($20 / £14) • Visit rhino sanctuaries ($40 / £28pp) • Visit chimpanzee sanctuary (Free entry) • Guided bush walk ($40 / £28pp) • Local flights from Masai Mara to Nairobi ($180 / £120pp)

Day 1 - The Aberdares, The Ark

Depart Nairobi for the Aberdares (3 hours), a park set in a mountain range with great views of Mount Kenya. There are many waterfalls and mist covered, lichen hung trees and you may see elephant, rhino and leopards here as well as long haired colobus monkeys, and the mountain bongo if you are lucky.  You will arrive at the Aberdares Country Club for lunch after which you will be transferred to The Ark - a game-viewing lodge, where you will stay for a night. The Ark offers a unique game viewing experience from the comfort of the lodge, with four viewing decks and a hide. Before dinner, the host gives an interactive talk about the local fauna and animals and dinner is served from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. Then continue to watch the wildlife and if you do want to go to bed, during the night the resident ranger stays on watch and will buzz your room if an interesting animal comes to the water hole!

Day 2 & 3 - Samburu, Sopa Lodge

After breakfast, you’ll leave The Ark and the Aberdares and continue on to Samburu (3.5 hours) a place rich in wildlife with its rare Northern species; including the gerenuk, Beisa oryx and Somali ostrich. Samburu is a very scenic but lesser known park and is situated along the Ewaso Nyiro River that attracts wildlife in from the surrounding savannah plains.  This is a semi-arid area and can become quite hot but the park is rich in wildlife and is home to a number of large predators including cheetah, lion and leopard. You will arrive in time for lunch and spend two nights at Sopa Lodge, where you can dine by a watering hole and watch the local wildlife amble in for an evening drink. Sopa Samburu is styled to match the Samburu villages and has 15 cottages positioned around a watering hole, it has a large lounge area and a swimming pool and is located within the park.

 Day 4 & 5 - Ol Pejeta, Sweetwaters Tented Camp

After breakfast, you’ll depart Samburu and continue your journey onto Laikipia (3.5 hours) and the Ol Pejeta conservancy, which is located in a vast plateau and has the highest density of large mammals in Kenya; including unusual species such as the reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra and the Lelwel hartebeest, there are also seven rhino sanctuaries here and you may be lucky enough to see the now rare black rhino. You’ll spend two nights at the stunning, luxury Sweetwaters tented camp, set on the foothills of Mount Kenya - and with amazing views and close proximity to wildlife, it’s a wonderful place to stay. You’ll spend your time here on game drives during the day and night, lion tracking, visiting the rhino sanctuaries (optional) or just relaxing in camp and watching the wildlife at the camp’s watering hole.

Day 6 - Lake Naivasha, Sopa Resort

After breakfast, you’ll leave Sweetwaters camp and take a short game drive through the park before heading to the Great Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha, arriving in time for lunch at the Sopa Resort. The lodge is situated on the lake shore and has beautiful grounds with huge cactus, many acacia trees and you are likely to see colobus monkeys, bushbuck, zebra and giraffe wandering the grounds. The main building has an interior garden, fireplaces and low comfy leather sofas. The rooms are spacious, Swahili style chalets either with a balcony or a glass fronted lounge area for relaxing and wildlife viewing. After lunch you’ll take a boat safari across the lake where you may see hippos and many species of birds including fish eagles and pelicans and sometimes flamingoes. At the end of the boat safari you’ll stop at Crescent Island for a guided bush walk before returning to the lodge for the evening to have dinner and watch the hippos come up from the Lake to graze in Sopa’s grounds.

Day 7, 8 & 9 - Masai Mara, Sarova Game Camp

After an early breakfast, you’ll leave Naivasha and travel to the open grassland of the Masai Mara (4.5 hours), rich in biodiversity and home to a large variety of bird species and wildlife and offers great game viewing and bird watching opportunities.  You’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Sarova Mara Game Camp, situated in the Masai Mara national reserve, before taking a late afternoon game drive. Sarova Mara Game Camp is a high quality tented camp with over 50 standard tents and also club and family tents available. The dining is of a high standard and there are also a number of other activities available such as fishing and bush walking.  The next two days will be spent exploring the savannah grasslands of the Masai Mara on game drives tracking down all the Big Five, along with many other species of mammals, reptiles and birds.

Day 10 - Transfer to Nairobi

After breakfast and a morning game drive, you’ll head back to Nairobi (5.5 hours) with a picnic lunch. Alternatively, stay for lunch and fly back to Nairobi mid-afternoon (optional). End of tour. 

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

  • The Ark, Aberdares
  • Sopa Lodge, Samburu
  • Sweet Waters Serena Camp, Ol Pejeta conservancy
  • Sopa Lodge, Naivasha
  • Sarova Game Camp, Masai Mara
Female leopard in Samburu
Female leopard in Samburu by Transtrek Safaris
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Leopard in a tree in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya by Transtrek Safaris
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Three rhinos in Ol Pejeta conservancy, Kenya by Transtrek Safaris

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