This is a truly life-enriching journey that perfectly combines serenity and thrill, luxury and adventure, amazing wildlife and unique landscapes, giving you the opportunity to protect an endangered species.
Black Rhino Tracking Experience Samburu
Day 1: Nairobi city tour
On arrival our guide will transfer you to spot free-roaming wildlife at the edge of Nairobi on a Nairobi National Park game drive in an open-top safari vehicle. An early-morning departure means cooler temperatures and the chance to see the animals when they’re most active, prowling grassy plains and acacia bush with the dramatic backdrop of city skyscrapers.
In the afternoon you can proceed to learn about two of Kenya’s most famous animals, on the tour to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre. See the animals in a safe, contained environment focused on rehabilitation and conservation. This tour includes all entrance fees and private transportation for a hassle-free experience. Dinner and overnight later after an evening game drive.
Day 2: Nairobi- Laikipia (flight)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your chartered flight to Laikipia. Karisia walking safaris is located in eastern Laikipia, an area north of Mt Kenya known for its wilderness and wildlife. The area boasts the highest diversity of large mammals in Kenya and is also home to several endangered species such as the Grevy’s Zebra, Wild-dog, and Jacksons’s hartebeest. The walking safaris with Karisia traverse beautiful county with geologic structures of immense age that tell stories of a turbulent and rich history. Archaeological artefacts like flints, shrad, graves and pottery litter much of the ground near the camps and in all this evidence are fascinating stories of an equally turbulent cultural history. Dinner and stay overnight.
Day 3: Laikipia full day
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. With wildlife densities second only to the Masai Mara but a much lower number of visitors, the area provides a fantastic safari experience and is home to a wealth of endangered species such as black rhino and wild dogs, as well as thousands of elephants, prides of lions and plenty of antelope, zebras and birds. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Laikipia full day
On this day you can visit Tumaren camp. Situated at the eastern periphery of a wide plain, Tumaren looks westward towards a series of granitic kopjes that define Eastern Laikipia. In the foreground, you might expect to see Giraffe or other plains game that seek the safety of the open grassland. This luxury tented camp was originally the home of Kerry and James (owners of Karisia Walking Safaris) and it has 4 beautiful sleeping tents which have solar lighting and running water. Guests staying here do walks, camel rides, picnics, rock climbing and game viewing and come back to the camp each day. Dinner and overnight stay at your pre-booked camp or lodge.
Day 5: Laikipia full day
On the fifth day, you can visit one or two of Laikipia conservancies for example; Lewa, Borana, Mugie, Ol Pejeta and Segera conservancies. These are individual, privately and community-owned conservancies that offer superb distinct accommodations, exceptional exploratory activities, striking scenery and diverse wildlife experiences wwithin the Laikipia wilderness. Dinner and overnight stay at your pre-booked camp or lodge.
Day 6: Laikipia-Masai Mara (flight)
Transfer to the airstrip and fly to your lodge in the Masai Mara National Reserve or one of its neighbouring private conservancies. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight stay as you relax for the next day adventure.
Day 7: Masai Mara full day
You will be taken on two game drives today, one in the morning before breakfast and the other in the late afternoon after lunch. As your safari is private your game drive timings are flexible, useful if you are travelling with children, or are on a honeymoon. You may also choose to have a full day game drive [ one for the whole day] with a packed picnic lunch at no extra cost. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 8: Masai Mara full
In the morning, you’ll depart your camp for a full-day excursion into the Masai Mara Game Reserve, which is arguably Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary. It’s the most famous and most visited game reserve in the country. Here, you can easily view an array of wildlife, including gazelle, impala, antelope, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, and warthog, as well as the big cat species, such as leopard, cheetah, and lion.
The biggest draw to the reserve is, of course, the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti plains. Starting in late June, the animals cross the Tanzania border and the Mara River to reach the Masai Mara grazing fields. The dramatic crossing of the river results in a game of survival, as the species are met with lurking predators below the water. The migration is best seen from July to August.
Other animals you’ll view on safari include bat-eared foxes, jackals, and spotted hyenas, as well as the hippos and crocodiles that make their homes in the Mara and Talek rivers. The reserve is also rich in birdlife with about 452 recorded species, including vultures, eagles, common ostrich, cranes, storks, hamerkop, and hornbills.
In the afternoon, you can opt for an optional hot air balloon safari or visit a local Masai village to learn about the nomadic lifestyle. The Masai are famous for their bravery, as they have co-existed with the region’s wild animals for centuries.
In the evening, you’ll return to camp where you can relax on your personal veranda, swim in the pool, view the elephants from the lounge, or enjoy a drink in the bar before dinner.
Day 9: Masai Mara-Nairobi
At the break of dawn, you embark on your concluding gamed rive in the Mara followed by a relaxed breakfast and onward departure for Nairobi. Arrive in Nairobi by early afternoon. Drop off at your hotel, or free onward transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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• Transport in a 4WD vehicle with a pop-up roof.
• English-speaking driver/guide.
• 8 nights accommodation and Meals
• Park-entrance fees for all National parks
• All activities described in the itinerary.
• Drinking water throughout the safari.
• International airfares.
• Entry visa to Kenya
• Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
• Personal insurance (medical/travel)
• Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.
• All expenses of personal nature.