The Saruni Experience with Rhino Tracking Tour

The Saruni Collection is a group of luxurious individual lodges and tented camps located in some of Kenya's most beautiful and private wildlife conservancies. These lodges not only offer fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities but they also provide elegant comfort while you do so. 

Saruni is the only place in East Africa where you can experience the thrill of tracking rhinos on foot. Located in the wild northern frontier of Kenya, not only will you get to see these creatures on foot – a very different experience to being in a vehicle or from the air – you will also be contributing to the protection of this iconic animal.

You will fly from Nairobi into the Samburu National Reserve, where you will stay for two nights at the Saruni Samburu and enjoy game drives by day. The real adventure begins once you leave and head north to Saruni Rhino, where you will spend a further two days tracking rhinos with your guide and ranger – first by vehicle and then on foot. 

Your last three days will be spent in the most famous safari area of them all: the Masai Mara. Flying from Samburu National Reserve to the Mara, you will enjoy game drives and the option to stay at Saruni Wild, a luxurious tented camp in the heart of the Masai Mara.

Daily Departures

Duration
8 days

Guide Price

£6,269 pp
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Saruni Wild

Trip highlights

  • Taking the unique opportunity to track rhino on foot
  • Enjoying game drives of no more than six people
  • Flying in light aircraft over the safari plains
  • Staying in wonderful full board lodges

Arrive in to Nairobi's international airport where you will be met for your transfer to the domestic airport for your light aircraft flight to Samburu. On arrival, you will be met by a guide and then transferred to the lodge.

Following lunch there is an afternoon game drive on Kalama Conservancy exploring over 200,000 acres of pristine wilderness.

Overnight at Saruni Samburu Lodge on a full board basis including soft drinks, beers, house wines and non-branded spirits

Suggested Accommodation

  • Saruni Samburu

Enjoy an early morning game drive into Samburu National Reserve to seek out the ‘Samburu Special Five' of 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. Also look out for the well-known larger wildlife, including elephants, lion and leopard. Enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to the lodge to relax for the afternoon. Later this evening depart on a game drive in Kalama Conservancy ending with a bush dinner under the stars in the middle of the wilderness, and a night drive back to the lodge.

Overnight Saruni Samburu Lodge on a full board basis including soft drinks, beers, house wines and non-branded spirits

Suggested Accommodation

  • Saruni Samburu

Depart Saruni Samburu for a two hour drive to the Sera Conservancy and Saruni Rhino, located amidst swaying doum palms along a sandy ‘lugga’ dry river bed. Very few tourists have ever entered this vast wilderness which makes this adventure extra special and this is one of the smallest camps in Kenya. Enjoy lunch in camp with breath-taking views of a waterhole frequently visited by elephants before starting your Rhino Tracking Experience. Be driven to within a short distance of the endangered black rhino, leaving the vehicle on foot to track the rhino with the safety of a guide and a ranger. After an exhilarating ‘up close and personal’ experience return to camp for a lantern-lit bush dinner.

Overnight Saruni Rhino Camp on full board basis including soft drinks, beers, house wines and non-branded spirits, 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Saruni Rhino

Enjoy your second rhino tracking day, including a choice of morning and afternoon activities visiting the nearby Fifty Wells or the Singing Wells, where you will witness pastoralists watering their livestock at a series of natural wells, as they have done for centuries. Very few tourists have ever seen and experienced Samburu culture like this, making it a a very privileged and special experience. 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.

Overnight Saruni Rhino Camp on full board basis including soft drinks, beers, house wines and non-branded spirits, 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Saruni Rhino

Following breakfast your are driven back to the Samburu for your flight to the Masai Mara. This is a fantastic flight over the plains of Kenya. On arrival, you'll be met and transferred to the lodge. Following lunch there is an afternoon game drive in the Mara North Conservancy returning as the sun sets.

Overnight Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild on a full board basis including soft drinks, beers, house wines and non-branded spirits.

 Note: You have the option to stay at Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild (see the add on tab for details on each accommodation).

Suggested Accommodation

  • Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild

Take morning and afternoon game drives before experiencing a night time game drive — a totally different experience.

Overnight Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild on a full board basis including soft drinks, beers, house wines and non-luxury spirits.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild

Today you have the choice of a full day game drive in the Masai Mara with picnic lunch, or opt to split between morning and afternoon game drives with the rest of the day relaxing at your lodge.

Overnight Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild on a full board basis including soft drinks, beers, house wines and non-luxury spirits.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild

The time has come to leave. Take a morning transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi. Once back in Nairobi you can either stay in Nairobi, fly to the coast for a beach stay or connect on to an international flight home. Our Destination Specialists can advise you on your options.

Included

  • Meet and greet services with assistance at the airport
  • Activities as mentioned on a shared basis
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • All meals and drinks as specified above
  • Flights as specified on the itinerary
  • Flying Doctors Emergency Medical Evacuation Membership during rhino tracking. (Clients must still purchase and arrange their own medical and travel insurance as this is a mandatory requirement. Details of medical insurance must be provided on arrival.)
  • One visit to Mara Reserve per three nights stay at Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild

Not included

  • Visas and international flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Driver/guide gratuities, dining rooms tips, porterage
  • Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance
  • Telephone bill and any items of a personal nature