Samburu National Reserve and the famed Masai Mara

Kenya Private Safari

Kenya

8 Days

From $8,595

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    Overview

    In two world-renowned game reserves in Kenya, the land where safaris were born, savor phenomenal Big Five game viewing with expert naturalists and enjoy the comforts of splendid game lodges that keep you close to the wildlife. In Samburu National Reserve, you'll look for Kenya's unique northern species, meet Samburu warriors, and watch elephants bathing in the river right from your camp. In the breathtaking beauty of the Masai Mara National Reserve, you'll revel in the super-abundance of wildlife in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, with its leopards, cheetahs, magnificent black-maned lions, and migratory herds. If you've been looking for the perfect experience of Kenya's magic, this is it! This trip is ideal for families, with significant discounts for children under 12. Our Zanzibar Extension and Gorilla Tracking Extension are wonderful additions to the adventure.

    Arrive: Nairobi, Kenya

    Depart: Nairobi, Kenya

    Highlights

    • Meet the orphaned baby elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
    • Track rare northern species in the true wilderness of Samburu National Reserve
    • Explore the legendary Masai Mara, home to the greatest collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth
    • Unique activities: walking safaris, night game drives, stargazing, cultural visits with the Samburu and Maasai people
    • Exclusive safari camps that keep you close to the wildlife

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      This Private Journey uses a combination of hotels, exclusive lodges, and private camps. These properties are often reserved well in advance. We urge you to make your reservation as early as possible to ensure availability on your preferred dates.

      Arrive in Nairobi and head out for exciting explorations that include the Karen Blixen Museum, once the home of Out of Africa author Karen Blixen, and the Giraffe Center, where you can see (and even feed!) the giraffes who are cared for here. One special activity will be your "Sponsor" visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Trust, allowing you the privilege of visiting the nursery by appointment at the time these baby elephants return to their lodgings for the night. Watching these youngsters interacting with their keepers is a delightfully photogenic experience. The Trust is the most successful elephant-rescue and rehabilitation program in the world.
      Explore by open-sided 4WD vehicle across Samburu's magnificent landscape of red earth, duom palms, and cocoa-brown rivers. There is a rich collection of wildlife here, from elephants to big cats, plus six special big game species rarely seen anywhere else: Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, Geunther's dik-dik, and Beisa oryx. Samburu is home to the traditional Samburu people, semi-nomadic pastoralists related to but distinct from the Maasai, and you will have a wonderful opportunity to interact with them.
      A scenic flight whisks you to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, one of the Earth's most phenomenal wildlife paradises. Here resident lion prides hold and defend territories, the open savannas provide ideal hunting terrain for cheetah, and large resident populations of antelope, including topi, Thomson's gazelle, and Grant's gazelle, graze the savanna. Huge pods of hippo are found in the Mara, the great river that snakes through tree-studded grasslands. In addition to game drives, interpretive game walks with highly skilled Maasai guides are one of the delights of the Mara.
      Return to Nairobi by bush flight, with a day room held for you until your evening departure for the airport.

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: June to October. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: 25% of trip cost
      90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of safari guides and camp staff
      • Accommodations in hotels and safari camps
      • All meals
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to guides or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fee
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      House of Waine

      Nairobi, Kenya

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      In the leafy suburb of Karen, this 11-room colonial-style manor has spacious rooms, wonderful gardens, and a swimming pool. The service is friendly and welcoming, and it's an oasis of comfort after long flight. Breakfast or afternoon tea in the lovely garden or by the pool is delightful.

      Elephant Bedroom Camp

      Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      Set along the Ewaso Nyiro River and surrounded by doum palms and riverine forest, this small and exclusive camp has 12 luxury tents set high on stilt platforms. The spacious tents have rustic and colorful African touches and offer all the comforts, including a private plunge pool on the deck,...

      Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

      Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

      Days 5-7 (3 nights)

      This tented camp has a prime location, fabulous food (with ingredients from the organic garden), and an amazing, well-trained staff. Forty tents with en suite facilities and private verandas are nicely set around the property and resident warthogs graze right outside your front door. After an exhilarating game drive, take...

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip rating system. It is in hotels and safari camps with game viewing by 4WD vehicle. It can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. On safari, there are long driving days over rugged dirt tracks. Please note: Activities listed in the itinerary are property-specific. Not all activities are offered at every property. Please see the lodge descriptions for full details.
      Review Trip Level Details
      December to March is East Africa's "summer" with daytime temperatures from 80°F-90°F and evenings from 50°F to 60°F. June, July, and August are the coolest months, with lows around 40°F and highs of 70°F-80°F. September, October, and November are warmer, with lows around 65°F and highs of 75°F-85°F. Scattered rains occur in November and early December, which help to lay the dust.

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      Client Testimonials

      "An amazing itinerary. All the logistics were seamless. Spectacular camps, food, and overall experience!"

      Jonathan B.

      Belmont, CA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\/passport_1738.html\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> (the service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016) or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisaexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is a good idea to carry a photocopy of the photo page and the entry stamp page of your passport as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos. <br><strong><br>The following documents are required when traveling to Africa with children under the age of 18:<\/strong><br>In addition to a valid passport, children under the age of 18 are required to travel with an unabridged birth certificate. If they are not traveling with both of their parents, a notarized letter of consent from the non-traveling parent(s) is also required. <br><br>Even though it is possible that a copy of the birth certificate would suffice in some countries, the authorities worldwide have become stricter about this requirement so we recommend that you bring an original birth certificate. 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For additional information and instructions on how to apply, visit: <a href=\"https:\/\/www.etakenya.go.ke\/en\/pages\/FAQS\">https:\/\/www.etakenya.go.ke\/en\/pages\/FAQS<\/a> and <a href=\"https:\/\/www.etakenya.go.ke\/en\/pages\/WHAT_DO_I_NEED \">https:\/\/www.etakenya.go.ke\/en\/pages\/WHAT_DO_I_NEED<\/a> <br><br><div>When prompted with any questions asking about your hotel\/accommodation booking confirmation, please reach out to us so that we may provide you with a letter of invitation to Kenya. <br><br>Should you need further assistance with regards to your ETA application, please contact <a href=\"support@etakenya.go.ke\">support@etakenya.go.ke<\/a> as well as the numbers below. <br><br>Telephone: +254 110 922 062 or +254 110 922 064<br>WhatsApp: +254 110 922 063 <br><br>Kenyan immigration authorities require a minimum of three blank (unstamped) visa pages in your passport to enter the country. Evidence of yellow fever immunization is required if you are coming from a country where Yellow Fever is endemic; some travelers have been denied entry at immigration for not having sufficient proof of immunization. See the Inoculations section of this packet for more information. <br><br>If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.<\/div>","Custom_Money":"The unit of currency in Kenya is the Kenyan shilling (KES), though US dollars are widely accepted. Important: Your US bills must be new (printed post-2006) or they will not be accepted! They also must not be ripped, soiled, or faded. 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You may not be able to take the oral vaccine simultaneously with mefloquine (for malaria prevention). <br><br><strong>Yellow Fever<\/strong><br>There is a risk of transmission of yellow fever in parts of Kenya, so the CDC recommends the inoculation. Proof of a yellow fever inoculation is currently required for entry to the following countries: Kenya (only if traveling from somewhere where Yellow Fever is endemic), Rwanda (only if traveling from somewhere where Yellow Fever is endemic), Tanzania (only if traveling from somewhere where Yellow Fever is endemic), and Uganda (for all travelers). Have the shot recorded in your International Health Card and carry the card with your passport as proof. Health officials at borders often (but not always) request proof of the shot. The vaccination is valid for life. For more information, refer to the CDC website. <br><br><strong>Polio<\/strong><br>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine. <br><br><strong>Hepatitis<\/strong><br>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A. <br><br><strong>Tetanus Booster<\/strong><br>It is very easy to get a small cut. A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).","Custom_International_Health":"","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"Malaria is a serious but preventable disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. All travelers are urged to take antimalarial medications, available only by prescription. Please discuss antimalarial medication with your doctor. In addition to medication, a further precaution against malaria is to wear long sleeves and long pants at dusk. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. 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You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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