Samburu National Reserve is a rugged and semi-desert park located in Samburu district in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The park neighbors the homes of the Samburu tribe of Kenya, a tribe known for their remote culture, pastoral and nomadic way of life. Due to its remote distance and the fact that it was inaccessible for many years, the park has retained a naturally serene and quiet feeling. Besides the numerous wildlife found in this game reserve, the park is also a bird haven.
Day 1: Nairobi-Samburu
After breakfast, depart Nairobi and drive through the Kikuyu country where farming and keeping of domestic animals is the order of the day drive past the equator which bisects Kenya into two, drive through Nanyuki which borders Mt. Kenya proceed to Isiolo before arriving at the Samburu Game Reserve, have lunch at the lodge or camp.
At 4.00pm go for game viewing in the reserve which is part of the arid Northern Frontier District it, is bisected into two by The Uaso Nyiro River originating from The Aberdare Mountain. Samburu Game Reserve on the northern bank of the river and Buffalo Springs Reserve lies on the southern stretch a bridge across the river connects both reserves making it easier for game viewing in both reserves. The terrain is a rugged rocky landscape of dry scrubland surrounded by hills of different sizes and shapes, the river stretch is a cover of acacia woodland forest, doum palm trees and scrub bushes. Wildlife is abundant the main attraction being Beisa oryx, Grevy Zebra, Reticulated giraffe and gerenuk popularly known as giraffe antelope, Elephants are in great numbers and Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena, Striped Hyena and Buffalo are observable. A rich bird life is witnessed along the banks of the river some flying from one tree to another, crocodiles also form part of the wildlife.
After game viewing go back to the lodge or camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Samburu-Game Reserve
Early morning go into the reserve for a game drive exploring the park for wild animals until 8.30 am when you come back to the lodge or camp for breakfast. After breakfast you are free to enjoy the lodge or camp facilities or visit the Samburu cultural village or go for a game drive. At lunchtime have lunch
Later in the afternoon go for a game drive until early evening when you return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Samburu-Lake Nakuru
Have early breakfast and drive past the Aberdare Mountain and Thompson`s Falls later arrive at Lake Nakuru at lunchtime have lunch at the lodge or camp.
In the afternoon go game viewing in the park which is the most beautiful and famous national park situated in the Rift Valley it is a sanctuary of the Black and White Rhinoceros which are given protection for 24 hours the park also shelters the endangered Rothschild Giraffe The alkaline lake attracts a variety of birds with over 400 species recorded in the area, Pelicans, Seagulls, Grebes, Plovers, Curlew Sandpipers, Vultures, Eagles, Herons, Stints, Stocks, Ibises, Water Ducks, Egrets and Teals. Hundreds of thousands of flamingos used to flock the salt water lake until the year 2012 when the water levels increased after heavy rains started pounding the area. Buffaloes, Lions, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Zebras, Gazelles, Antelopes, Leopards, Water-bucks, Hippo, Gnus, Monkeys, Baboons, Mongooses, Jackals and Reedbucks, can be spotted in the park. Later in the afternoon return back to the lodge or camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, depart heading South West to Masai Mara National reserve arriving in time for lunch at your lodge camp
In the afternoon go for game viewing in the reserve one of the best game reserves in Kenya, the vast plain savannah landscape has on several occasions been voted the best game reserve in Africa, and was declared the 8th wonder of the world a few years ago. The landscape dotted with scattered acacia woodlands and dense thickets of scrub is surrounded by hills and mountains, a network of all-weather roads criss-cross ridges, seasonal rivers and bushes making it easy to search and locate wildlife. The reserve is renowned for the Big Five (Elephant, Rhinoceros, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard) and the annual migration of the wildebeests. Cheetah, Wild dog, Warthog, Zebra, Eland, Impala Thompson’s Gazelle, Grants Gazelle, Masai Giraffe, Black Rhino, Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Topi, Kongoni, Bat eared fox, Hyena and Jackal are easy to spot. Late in the afternoon come back to the lodge or camp for dinner and overnight
Day 5: Masai Mara
After breakfast carry picnic lunch, drive into the reserve and explore the vast savannah grassland heading to the western area of the reserve, visit the Mara River which is the lifeline of the reserve and the surrounding communities it is home to crocodiles and hippopotamus that spend the day enjoying the waters of the river and sometimes basking in the sun. Late in the afternoon return back to the lodge or camp for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast drive back to nairobi arriving in the afternoon
After breakfast, return back to Nairobi arriving early evening and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight back home.