Tailored from £5,600 per person excl. flights
11 days Laikipia, Samburu, Masai Mara
11 days Laikipia, Samburu, Masai Mara
Get off the beaten track and discover a different side of Kenya in an intimate surrounding. This unique itinerary combines safari classics with unique wildlife conversation and cultural experiences.
You'll begin your journey in Laikipia, the home of breathtaking scenery, special wildlife interactions and extraordinarily dedicated conservationists, working tirelessly to preserve the future of the Kenyan bush.
Your next stop will be Samburuland, where you'll have the chance to interact with one of Africa's most colourful and charismatic tribes.
Marvel at the changing landscape as you drive north towards the Sera Conservancy, where you'll experience a brand new rhino tracking experience.
Finally, you'll fly south to the Africa's most iconic safari destination, the Masai Mara, where you'll experience exhilarating safaris in search of the 'Big 5'.
Your luxury Off the Beaten Track Kenya Holiday will blow you away with unique, magical experiences in the untamed corners of Kenya.
Upon arrival into Nairobi international airport, you will be met by a representative who will escort you through immigration, customs and baggage. You will then be driven to the domestic airport in time to board a light aircraft flight to Nanyuki. Your light aircraft flight is an experience in itself and you will have amazing views as you fly up towards the Laikipia Plateau.
Upon your arrival, you will be met by your guide and driven to your first campsite to start your camel trekking safari. This three day camel experience is a fantastic introduction to the Kenyan bush and a chance to get up close and personal with a huge variety of wildlife. You will dine and sleep under the stars in what is one of Africa's most unique safari experiences.
Each day is different on this walking camel safari experience and you will be amazed by how much more you see when on foot. Your guides are extremely professional and will ensure you are safe and well informed throughout the safari. The camels will carry your bags ahead with some staff, in order to set up your camp for the night, but one camel will always be held back in case someone wants a break from walking.
You'll spend your days roaming through rich Acacia bushland, stopping off at rocky pools and climbing kopjes for the ultimate sundowner. If you are lucky, you will get the chance to see the unique wildlife of the region. Not only will you see the crowd favourites - elephants, lions, leopards and giraffes - but you'll also have the chance to see honey badgers, wild dog, oryx, and a stunning cacophony of bird life.
Today you will wave goodbye to your guides and the camels before being driven towards the north of Kenya. Gaze out your window and watch the landscape change around you as you enter the driest region in the country. This is the home of the Samburu tribe, also known as 'the butterfly people', due to the fantastic colours in their traditional dress. You'll stay in spectacular accommodation in this big game region, where leopard sightings are common in the rocky outcrops surrounding the lodges. You'll also be situated near the Ewaso Nyiro river, home to some of Africa's most approachable elephants.
You'll have an early start this morning to get a glimpse of the magnificent Mt Ololokwe at sunrise, before heading off for an early morning game drive and picnic breakfast. After your game drive, you can lounge in your pool or gorgeous villa, before tucking in to a delicious lunch prepared by expertly trained chefs. The afternoon is yours to enjoy and you may like to head out on another safari activity, or simply take a relaxing afternoon nap. As evening falls, you can enjoy a stunning sundowner and go on a night game drive to spot the region's nocturnal wildlife.
This morning you will be driven further north by your guide, to the Sera Conservancy, home to Kenya's hottest new property, the Saruni Rhino. Sera has only just opened up to tourists due to some amazing work by the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) and Saruni Lodges. The rhino were moved into the conservancy as part of a huge relocation project and Saruni now offers the only 'rhino tracking' experience in East Africa, and it's a truly incredible addition to your off the beaten track Kenya holiday.
Embark on a thrilling experience tracking the endangered black rhino on foot, accompanied by expert Saruni guides using traditional Samburu tracking methods to locate the 15 rhino throughout the 54,000-hectare conservancy. You'll be within metres of the grazing rhinos in this unforgettable experience.
You'll also have the opportunity to spot an abundance of other wildlife including the 'Samburu specials', the oryx, ostrich, gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, and the reticulated giraffe. There conservancy is also home to elephants, antelope, buffalo and a chorus of birdlife.
Take a visit to the Singing Wells for a very special cultural experience. You'll witness the Samburu warriors calling their cattle to water by singing traditional, rhythmic songs.
Your spectacular accommodation is extremely exclusive, offering sumptuous food and service, along with an elegant lounge area and stunning suites overlooking the stunning bushland.
This morning you will enjoy a final breakfast in the Sera before flying to Kenya's world famous Masai Mara. On your arrival you'll be transferred to the camp in time for lunch, and you can spend the afternoon relaxing in the lavish camp and soaking up the spectacular views over the plains. Head out on an afternoon game drive before returning for drinks around a campfire and a sumptuous dinner.
You'll be staying in an incredible camp with luxury canvas tents, chosen to give you a fully immersive experience within the Masai Mara bushland while also enjoying supreme comfort and luxury.
Enjoy your first full day on safari in the iconic Masai Mara, one of the most revered national reserves in all of Africa to see the 'Big 5' and spectacular scenery. You'll head off on an exhilarating safari through vast rolling plains strewn with acacia trees and wildlife. It's the perfect destination to round out your luxury Kenya safari.
Another full day on safari in the unparalleled Masai Mara. You can enjoy a range of activities including shared day game drives and nature walks, or we can arrange for private use of safari vehicles. You can head out on night game drives to spot nocturnal wildlife such as genets, servals ad aardvarks. We can also arrange for you to finish your luxury Kenya holiday on a truly spectacular note with a hot air balloon safari over the striking Masai Mara plains.
This morning you will enjoy a final sunrise and breakfast in the breathtaking Masai Mara, before being driven to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi's domestic airport. You will then be transferred across town to Nairobi's international airport in time for your flight home. We can arrange for you to be driven to our favourite restaurant in Nairobi, if you have some time to wait before flying home.
Your Off the Beaten Track Kenya holiday has sadly come to an end, but we're sure you'll be leaving with many special memories and stories about the wildlife, people and landscapes of beautiful Kenya. You've had a truly unique east Africa experience - where will you get off the beaten track next?
Saruni Samburu lies within the Girgir Group Ranch in Samburu land, at the heart of the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy.
Close to Samburu, Saruni Rhino lodge offers the first ever rhino tracking experience in East Africa, and is the perfect addition to your luxury Kenya safari.
Saruni WIld is an intimate luxury camp tucked within a rich, exhilarating area of the Mara plains of the Masai Mara, Kenya.