The Scenic Safari expedition is a fantastic and well-priced 6 night road safari which is perfect for the first time safari visitor to Kenya. It combines some of the best wildlife areas of Kenya with a ecological and cultural experience as well. At the end you can choose to add on some days at the beach either in Kenya or Zanzibar at extra cost.
The Scenic Safari in Kenya at a glance
- We recommend an overnight in Nairobi first (not included at this stage)
- 2 nights at Samburu Intrepids Camp in Samburu National Reserve
- 2 nights at Great Rift Lodge in Lake Nakuru National Park
- Finally 2 nights at Mara Intrepids Camp in the magnificent Masai Mara National Reserve
Note: As the camps are very child-friendly, this driving safari is suitable for couples and families alike.
We show prices for 2 and 4 people but contact us for a quote for larger numbers.
Depart Nairobi for 2 nights Samburu Game Resere, 2 nights Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp, Full Board & Game Activities
On arrival in Nairobi, you are met by our Kenyan representative and depart for Samburu
Leave Nairobi and head north, through some breathtaking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and fields of tea and coffee. After Nanyuki town, you’ll continue north and eventually reach an outpost known as Isiolo, the last major stop on the journey into the remote northern frontier district. From here it’s a short hop to Samburu.
You arrive at the camp in time for lunch before departing for an afternoon game drive returning to the camp as the sun sets.
Samburu Game Reserve
The Samburu ecosystem is a well-known region in central Kenya comprising of Buffalo Springs National Reserve, Samburu National Reserve and Kalama Conservancy. Samburu has plenty of elephant, lion and leopard. But it is known for its endemic wildlife, called the Samburu’s famous ‘special five’ – indigenous species only found in this area. These include the rare reticulated giraffe, long-necked gerenuk antelope, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, and majestic Beisa Oryx.
Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp
Perched on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the heart of Samburu National reserve, Samburu Intrepids enjoys a unique perspective of one of Africa’s most celebrated wildernesses. This luxurious tented lodge offers 27 modern tents with a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks. The spacious tents boast the very latest in luxury camping, with soft four-poster beds, handsome mahogany closets and writing desks, and en suite bathrooms with steaming hot showers. The bathrooms also offer twin washbasins, flush toilets, and sockets for shavers and battery charging. Because of the warm climate, Samburu Intrepids’ public areas are all palm-thatched and open to the elements, raised on stilts to catch the cooling breeze blowing off the river. The main dining room opens onto an outdoor dining terrace, where buffet breakfasts and lunches are served overlooking the river.
Pre-tour – Overnight stay in Nairobi?
Note: This assumes an early arrival before 8am. If you are arriving later then you will need an overnight stay in Nairobi. To be honest we recommend this anyway as then you can recover from your flight and be ready for your safari on Day 2.
Head to the Rift Valley for 2 nights Rift Valley Lodge on Lake Nakuru, Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Leaving Samburu behind, you’ll travel south crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount Kenya, until you get to the town of Nanyuki. Then you travel in a southerly direction to Lake Naivasha, arriving at the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, you enjoy a boat ride on Lake Naivasha, returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Great Rift Valley Lodge
The Great Rift Valley Lodge is ideally located midway between the Samburu and Maasai Mara reserves. It sits at about 7,000 feet, and enjoys magnificent views to the west and east. The vistas stretch from the shimmering waters of Lake Naivasha to the jagged volcanic crater of Mount Longonot and, beyond, the sloping shoulders of the Aberdare Mountains – Kenya’s most important watershed.
The Great Rift Valley Lodge offers 21 twins and 9 double rooms, all with private balconies overlooking the spectacular valley floor with large four-poster beds, handmade wooden furniture, African prints, and modern en suite bathrooms. The social ‘heart’ of the Rift Valley Lodge is the clubhouse building, which offers fine dining and beautiful views from its panoramic restaurant and broad balconies
Explore the Great Rift Valley
This morning, depart with a picnic lunch for full day game drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, returning to the lodge by late afternoon.
Head south to the Masai Mara for 2 nights Mara Intrepids Camp, Full Board & game activities.
After an early breakfast, you head for Njoro, where you begin your ascent up over the top of the Mau Escarpment. Then, heading due south, travel towards Maasai Mara. You’ll travel across the “breadbasket” of Kenya, covered with acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Mara in the time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, before returning to the camp as the sunsets.
Mara Intrepids Camp
Sitting above a sweeping bend in the Talek River at the confluence of the Maasai Mara’s four game-viewing areas, Mara Intrepids enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the Maasai Mara ecosystem. The camp is a short drive from the Mara River, where more than a million wildebeest and zebra make their perilous migration crossing every July and August. For the remainder of the year, the camp offers some of the world’s finest game viewing, with large local populations of elephants, rhinos, buffalo, and all the big cats.
30 luxury tents are widely spread across a large riverside site to ensure guests the optimum privacy and peace. Each tent is furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris, with large four-poster beds and handsome reproduction furniture offset by modern en suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush toilets and all modern amenities. Each tent sits on a shady platform, with sweeping views over the riverbanks where a wide variety of animals come to drink. Mara Intrepids is divided into four distinct areas, each with its own open-air dining area and ‘mess tent’ where private meals and functions can be arranged. Dinner is usually served in a large dining room under a traditional makuti thatch roof, while breakfast and lunch are hosted on a breezy terrace beside the riverfront swimming pool.
Accommodation: Saruni Mara
Located in: Kenya - Masai Mara
Morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara National reserve.
Drive back to Kenya
After an early breakfast you’ll depart the Masai Mara and head across acres of rolling wheat and barley farms to Narok. From here you cross the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley whilst keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle. Then you head up the rift escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners during World War II. You’ll arrive into Kenya’s bustling capital around mid day.
On arrival in Nairobi you can either choose to be dropped off at a city centre hotel or at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for onward flights.
Saruni Mara Camp is set in a remote valley at the heart of the Masai-owned Mara North Conservancy bordering the Masai Mara Reserve. This eco-friendly lodge offers five lavish cottages and one stunning family villa. Saruni Mara offers a new concept of safari: the thrill of a real adventure experienced in the company of the local Masai, coupled with high standards of style and comfort.
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