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10-day Samburu 5 And African Big 5 In One Epic Safari

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  • Parks visited: Aberdares, Samburu, O, Pejeta, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara
  • Game drives
  • Boat safari
  • Bush walks
A really diversified safari tour taking you through the central highlands of Kenya.

Visit the Aberdares mountain range with its’ fabulous waterfalls, great views of Mount Kenya and endemic wildlife such as the mountain bongo. Discover the semi-arid Samburu with its’ unusual wildlife species known as the Special Five. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is where you’ll have a great chance to see black rhino and the last remaining northern white rhinos and you’ll also venture out on a night game drive. Explore the Great Rift Valley before stopping off at Lake Naivasha with its’ numerous bird species for a boat safari. Finally heading to the Savannah plains of the Masai Mara to track down all the Big Five.

Accommodation: A mix of game viewing lodges and luxury tented camps and lodges, offering really great value for money with a huge amount of diversity.
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5.0 - Excellent Based on 3 reviews
Great trip
Jeanne Merritt From USA At
5 - Excellent
“We chose this safari and customized it a bit. Across the board it was excellent. I would highly recommend Daniell and Transtrek. I'm very picky and hold companies to high standards. I'm usually disappointed. I researched a trip to Africa for months. Transtrek stood out from the rest. The communication was excellent every question I had was answered thoroughly and promptly. The payment process was easy. The trip from start to finish was smoothless. The vehicle, places, the activities chosen, the lodging and food were great. Tony was a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly driver/guide who obviously enjoyed his job. I highly recommend Transtrek.”
Great - great - great
Carsten Udsen From Denmark At
5 - Excellent
“We did the "Samburu Five and Big Five Safari", and as the title says: everything was great!

Planning of our safari was done by email, and we received good and detailed information. We made a few changes and booked a little extra, so a number of mails went back and forth. Every time we received a reply within a day or two. Payment was handled online without any kind of problem.

We were met by our driver/guide Peter at the airport, and he took good care of us during the entire safari, until we were back in Nairobi. Peter is an excellent driver and has been in the business for many years. He even helped with a little "white lie" - since I had booked a balloon flight in Masai Mara, that was to be a surprise for my wife. With Peters help it was kept a secret, until we were parked in front of the balloon basket.

On the first day in Kenya, we had chosen to have a day in Nairobi, with visits to Giraffe Center, Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage and Karen Blixen Museum. This was a great start, and it also left time for some relaxation after the flight.

The safari itself was fantastic - the places we visited on the "Samburu Five and Big Five Safari", and the order in which they were visited, is a great experience in our opinion. We saw such different kinds of landscape and the specific animals living there. And of course we saw both the Samburu Five and the Big Five - and apart from seeing them during daytime, we also saw all of the Big Five on one single night game drive (in Ol Pejeta)!! Certainly, the Masai Mara is special, and something you must see - but we wouldn't miss Samburu for anything! In fact, all of the places we went (Aberdare, Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Naivasha and Masai Mara), had their own special values.

The camps/lodges, we stayed at, were all great. And it was like every time we moved to a new place, it added something more to the experience. And ending up at Sarova Camp in Masai Mara was perfect! The tents were fantastic and the food was fabulous!

Carsten Udsen, Denmark
Travel experience in Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Egypt”
An unforgettable experience: 5 Diverse ecosystems and the Big 5 rounded off with 5-star service!
Timur Jack-Kadioglu From UK At
5 - Excellent
“Once the safari began, it was 10-days of beautifully diverse ecosystems, and insightful environmental and cultural knowledge from our excellent guide Peter. Particular highlights were seeing a lazing leopard in clear view about 15 metres from our vehicle within half an hour of entering the first national park, Aberdare.

From there we went on to the breathtakingly arid terrains of Samburu, dotted with watering holes densely packed with all manner of wildlife. It was fascinating to see how much the habitat can impact upon the same species; the lions in Samburu gaunt and with patchy manes compared with the majestic fully-maned lions of Ol Pejeta.

It was in this Conservancy that we saw countless rhinos, including both White and Black Rhino calves, and the unbelievably rare Northern White Rhino. The long journey from Ol Pejeta to The Maasai Mara was conveniently broken up with an enjoyable boat safari and night spend on Lake Naivasha - perfect for keen bird photographers!

It was the final days of the safari which will go down as a truly unforgettable experience. We chose to spend our nights in the Mara ecosystem in The Naibosho Conservancy, an area that has the same density of wildlife as the crater in Ngorongoro Conservation Area in nearby Tanzania. As someone who works in community-based conservation in East Africa, it was inspiring to see how well integrated community, conservation and tourism - often at loggerheads with each other - are at Naibosho. The guides and staff have so much traditional ecological knowledge - be it medicinal uses of plants or identifying the age and gender of a lion from the sound it makes - from having grown up with the sounds and smells of the bush. Eagle View camp where we stayed was a place like nowhere else I've been (or will ever go, unless returning there of course!). The views from the camp overlooking a large watering hole are breathtaking (you can see where it gets the name Eagle View from!). Being a small campsite, there was a very intimate atmosphere with evenings spent around the campfire sharing stories and experiences with staff and guests alike. Not to mention their flexibility in catering to my vegetarian dietary requirements - unheard of in Maasai culture!

As the name of the trip suggests, our trip was indeed one epic safari! I can't recommend this itinerary any more. If you're keen to see a real range of species and habitats and learn first-hand indigenous knowledge from the communities that live in and around the ecosystem then this trip will tick all of those boxes!”
Game viewing lodge
You will depart Nairobi for the Aberdares (3.5 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!
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 area
Lodge
The day will be spent exploring Samburu, with game drives in the morning and late afternoon. All meals at Sopa Lodge.
Luxury tented camp
After breakfast you will journey onto Laikipia (3.5 hours) and the Ol Pejeta conservancy, located in a vast plateau which 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. 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 can spend your time here taking game drives, visiting the rhino sanctuaries (optional) or watching the wildlife at the camp’s watering hole.
Luxury tented camp
You will spend the day exploring Ol Pejeta with game drives in the morning and afternoon. All meals at Sweet Waters. There will also be an early evening night game drive.
Game viewing lodge
After breakfast, you’ll leave Sweetwaters camp and take a short game drive through the park before heading to Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley, 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 themselves 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 where you can take a swim, have dinner and watch the hippos come up from the Lake to graze in Sopa’s grounds.
Luxury tented camp
After an early breakfast you will 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.
Luxury tented camp
The next day will be spent exploring the savannah grasslands of the Masai Mara to track down all the Big Five, along with many other species of mammals, reptiles and birds. You can spend time in camp and take short game drives at your leisure or take a picnic lunch and explore the reserve for the entire day, it’s really up to you!
Luxury tented camp
The next day will be spent exploring the savannah grasslands of the Masai Mara to track down all the Big Five, along with many other species of mammals, reptiles and birds. You can spend time in camp and take short game drives at your leisure or take a picnic lunch and explore the reserve for the entire day, it’s really up to you!
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), you’ll be picked up by one of our drivers from the local Nairobi airport and transferred to the international airport to connect with your flight
what’s included
  • Full board accommodation
  • Transport in a private safari tour vehicle with lifting roof
  • Unlimited game drives
  • Experienced driver / guide
  • All park fees
  • Drinking water
what's excluded
  • International flights
  • Tourist visa
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 10 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English & french
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Nairobi, Kenya
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