8 Day Escorted Tour

The Saruni Experience with Rhino Tracking Tour

Experience the thrill of tracking rhinos on foot

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.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • 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

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
8 days
Guide Price
£6,269 per person
Price based on
Based on 14 September 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Kenya Airways, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
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

Itinerary Breakdown

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

Overnight 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

Overnight 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, 

Overnight 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, 

Overnight 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).

Overnight 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.

Overnight 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.

Overnight 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.

  • Samburu National Reserve

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Game drive in the Kalama Conservancy exploring over 200,000 acres of pristine wilderness
    • Seek the ‘Samburu Special Five’ of reticulated giraffe, Grevy zebra, the beisa oryx, the Somali ostrich and the gerenuk
    • Picnic lunch in Samburu National Park
    • A bush dinner under the stars in the wilderness
    • Night time game drive
  • Sera Conservancy

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Track rhinos on foot
    • Track the rhino with an experienced guide and ranger
    • Stay at one of the smallest camps in Kenya
    • An area very few people know about let alone visit
    • Enjoy lunch in camp with breath-taking views of a waterhole frequently visited by elephants
  • Masai Mara

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Fly in light aircraft from Samburu to Masai Mara
    • Gamedrives in the Mara North Conservancy
    • Choose between staying in the Saruni Mara or the Saruni Wild (stays cannot be split between the two)
    • You have the choice of a full day game drive with picnic lunch or enjoy morning and afternoon game drives
    • Visiting the most famous safari area in the world

Tailor your itinerary

Why have an off-the-shelf holiday, when you can go bespoke? Here is a suggestion on how we can start to tailor make this itinerary into something really special that suits you perfectly.

When visiting the Masai Mara, choose between staying at the wonderful Saruni Mara lodge or exciting Saruni Wild camp. 

* Saruni Mara is a lodge is tucked away in a secluded valley in Mara North Conservancy - a private and exclusive 74,000 acre wildlife concession bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. Saruni Mara consists of one family villa, one private villa and five cottages. It is the only small boutique lodge in the Mara, making it very intimate and exclusive. The beautifully decorated and individually themed rooms have a classic safari feel, with luxurious bathrooms and showers with a view.

* Saruni Wild is a tented camp elegantly and comfortably furnished with all the necessary luxuries of a wild yet classic safari. The camp is located in the heart of the Masai Mara plains, on the border between Lemek Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy. The camp offers utter seclusion and total authenticity. Guests are immersed in nature and have the unforgettable experience of being under canvas in the middle of the wilderness. Each tent is tastefully furnished and has all the essential amenities of a luxury camping experience, including ensuite bathrooms, hot showers and flushing loos and spacious verandas with beautiful views. Surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of pristine, untouched wilderness, the camp has the most classic Masai Mara setting. Enjoy uninterrupted views, fire-lit meals under the vast African sky, guided bush walks and game drives led by experienced Maasai guides. The Maasai will host you at Saruni Wild, sharing their ancient wisdom, their local knowledge of the animals and secret corners of the most iconic wildlife reserve in Kenya.

Elephants Masai Mara

Sight

Masai Mara National Reserve

This massive game reserve is conjoined with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and is famous for a large population of lions, leopards and cheetahs.

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