Fabled for being the five most dangerous and difficult animals to hunt, the Big Five are now the most sought-after animals to capture on a point-and-shoot. Whilst sitting firmly at the top of every safari checklist, nature’s most magnificent animals are as elusive as ever before, making tracking them an exhilarating and unforgettable adventure. Home to all five showstoppers, the national parks of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana, are excellent destinations for a chance to see them all. On foot, by horseback or in the comfort of a 4x4, traversing the plains of sub Saharan Africa in search of these celebrated animals is the undisputed original safari experience.
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Our off-the-beaten track options will excite even the most jaded traveller.
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Off the Beaten Track Kenya
Samburu & Sera Conservancy, Kenya
Best for: Safari, Specialist, Wildlife
For those seeking a Kenyan safari adventure, this might be the perfect itinerary. From exploring the unspoiled wilderness of the Samburu in a game vehicle and on foot to tracking the endangered black rhino in it's natural habitat.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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This short but sweet itinerary is the perfect introduction to what Kenya has on offer in terms of boundless landscape and scenery, and of course, wildlife. Starting in Saruni Samburu, you will head out on game drives and on foot to explore the vast area and find some of the regions most unusual wildlife such as Grevy's zebra, the reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx as well as some impressive elephant herds and lion sightings. During a stay at Saruni Samburu you can expect spectacular views, expert guiding and an authentic safari experience. This links in perfectly with Saruni Rhino, a creatively styled lodge located in the Sera Conservancy which prides itself on its rhino tracking program. A stay here gives you the opportunity to track the black rhino across the conservancy and to even come face-to-face with these magnificent creatures; a truly unforgettable experience. This holiday option is perfect for those who have been to Kenya and the Masai Mara before and are seeking a more exclusive safari experience with.
Why not add on a beach break at the end of your safari and head to the Kenyan coast to the beautiful private villas in Alfajiri or the beach resort Pinewood set on the quiet shores of Galu Beach to enjoy some rest and recuperation on the white sands and blue waters.
Day 1 : London - Nairobi
Today your holiday begins with a flight from London to Nairobi. On arrival into Nairobi International Airport you will be met and privately transferred to Nairobi Wilson Airport where you will catch a Safarilink flight to your first destination.
Days 1 - 4 : Samburu, Kenya
Stay at Saruni Samburu for 3 nights
After landing at Kalama Airstrip you will be met and transferred by game vehicle to Saruni Samburu camp where you will spend the next three nights with all food, drinks and activities included.
During your stay here you will enjoy a range of activities out in the bush, including day and night game drives, guided bush walks, beautiful sundowner spots and meals out in the bush. During your stay here you can expect open and spacious villas in an intimate setting, offering an unforgettable safari experience.
Days 4 - 6 : Samburu, Kenya
Stay at Saruni Rhino for 2 nights
After breakfast this morning you will be privately transferred to Saruni Rhino, taking approximately 2 hours. You will spend the next two nights at Sruni Rhino with all food, drinks and activities included.
Saruni Rhino is the ideal location to tracked the endangered black rhino and to help in the conservation efforts to protect this iconic species. Aside from a day of rhino tracking, you will also enjoy day and night game drives, bush meals, guided bush walks and cultural visits at an extra cost.
Day 6 : Kalama - Nairobi - London
This morning you will be transferred back to Kalama Airstrip in time for your Safarilink flight back to Nairobi Wilson. At Nairobi Wilson you will be met and tranferred to Nairobi International in time for your flight back home.
When to go
Open all year round. The main season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.
Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $3249 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Internal domestic flights
Accommodation as listed
All meals and drinks
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.