5 Days Samburu Rhino Tracking Experience in Kenya

Overview

This Samburu rhino tracking safari offers gratifying wildlife viewing experiences in Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve and nearby animal sanctuaries.

The trip starts in Nairobi and goes to Samburu National Reserve where you will spend some time exploring the game park.

Samburu is well known for wildlife and you will be able to see animals like elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, leopards, buffalos and so much more. You will also visit the elephant and rhino sanctuaries to spend some more time with these giant animals.

On this trip, you will also enjoy bush dinners and enjoy your meals under the starlit sky, and closer to the wilderness. We’ll leave Samburu for Nairobi where the trip will end with your drop-off in Nairobi or for your onward flight.

Detailed Itinerary

Here is the full day-by-day itinerary for this tour

Day 1: Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport – Transfer to Samburu

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where a Saruni vehicle will transfer you to your overnight hotel, or to Wilson Airport for your flight to Samburu.

Leave Nairobi in the morning, arriving at Samburu an hour later, where your Saruni Samburu guide will meet you and transfer you to the lodge, or take you on a game drive with a bush picnic lunch.

Afternoon game drive on Kalama Conservancy exploring over 200,000 acres of pristine wilderness in total privacy and sundowners with a breathtaking view. Communal or private in-room dinner of delicious Italian-inspired dishes back at the lodge before heading to bed early in preparation for your early start.

Accommodation at Saruni Samburu

Meal plan: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2:Wildlife game drive in Samburu National Reserve

Early morning game drive and bush picnic breakfast in Samburu National Reserve to seek out the ‘Samburu Special Five’: the reticulated giraffe, the Grevy zebra, the beisa oryx, the Somali ostrich, and the gerenuk, all rare species that occur only in this part of the country, and look for its well-known larger wildlife including elephants, lion, and leopard.

Head back to the lodge for a light three-course lunch and to relax for the afternoon, enjoying a dip in our infinity pools and a complimentary half-hour Back & Neck massage at the Samburu Wellbeing Space.

The evening game drive in Kalama Conservancy ends with a bush dinner under the stars in the middle of the wilderness, and a night drive back to the lodge.

The Samburu warriors dancing, candles, and fire under the vast African skies, make this a truly magical experience, and one of the highlights of your stay.

Accommodation at Saruni Rhino

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3:Visit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Following a lie-in and a hearty breakfast, depart Saruni Samburu accompanied by our Samburu guides, driving two hours northwest to visit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in nearby Namunyak Conservancy (visit payable & bookable in advance).

Arrive in time for the midday feeding session of the elephants and other animals in residence. Learn all about their special milk formulas, ask the elephant keepers your questions and watch with joy as the hungry elephants come racing out for their bottles!

After some further observation time as the elephants play, bathe, and go about their day, head towards Saruni Rhino, a 2-hour drive away in Sera Conservancy, stopping in a picturesque spot for a picnic lunch on the way.

Arrive in camp, or, head straight to the Rhino Sanctuary to start your exhilarating on-foot tracking adventure taking place late afternoon as the temperature lowers.

Drive to within a short distance of the endangered black rhino, leaving the vehicle on foot to track the rhino in the safety of a guide and a ranger. Communication between rangers allows you to track as many rhinos as possible in the allotted time.

After an exhilarating, up close, and personal experience, game drive back to camp where a lantern-lit bush dinner awaits you in the idyllic setting of the dry river bed, as the night sounds reverberate around you.

Accommodation at Saruni Rhino

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Morning Game drive

Leave early morning with a picnic breakfast on a game drive to the nearby Fifty Wells (Kisima Hamsini) or the Singing Wells, where you will witness Samburu pastoralists watering and singing their uniquely recognized songs to their livestock at a series of natural wells, bringing water up from the depths as they have done for centuries. The Wells are seasonal.

Birders and non-birders alike will delight in the incredible spectacle that is thousands upon thousands of sand grouse dipping to take water in the natural wells and waterholes throughout Sera Conservancy, a truly astounding sight, and sound show.

Return to camp and enjoy a refreshing dip in the cooling waters of the natural rock infinity pool overlooking the dry river bed surrounded by swaying doum palms as monkeys chirrup and play along.

Enjoy lunch in the shade of Swara House, with breathtaking views of a waterhole frequently visited by herds of elephants and other wildlife and birdlife. Relax after lunch in the cool of your stone cottage (‘banda)’ reclining on your very own beach club-style, sandy verandah watching the waterhole.

For the adventurous thrill-seekers embark on the 2nd round of rhino tracking by returning to the Sanctuary to re-live the experience.

Bush ‘lugga’ dinner under the starlit African skies before heading to bed for your last night in the remote wilderness of Kenya’s northern frontier.

Accommodation at Saruni Rhino

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Game drive, Departure

Following breakfast in camp, or equipped with a picnic breakfast, leave early morning** from Saruni Rhino for your departing onward flight to the Mara or back to Nairobi.

On the drive back to Kalama, enjoy one last time the incredible wildlife which calls this immense community-owned and run conservancy home.

This will mark the end of your 5-day Samburu rhino tracking safari.

Accommodation: None

Meal plan: Breakfast

Inclusions

The price of this tour includes the following items
  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle with a pop-up roof.
  • All fuel for the tour.
  • English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Accommodation and Meals on Full Board.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Park-entrance fees for all National parks
  • All activities described in the itinerary.
  • Drinking water throughout the safari.

Exclusions

The price of this tour does not include the following items
  • International airfares.
  • Entry visa to Kenya
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
  • A porter. (Helps to carry your backpack & push/pull you on the slippery slopes.)
  • Personal insurance (medical/travel)
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.
  • All expenses of personal nature.(e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities.)

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