5 day North & South Kenya

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Kenya is highly geographically diverse especially considering its relatively small land area . This luxury fly-in Safari showcases some of this unique diversity, combining the ruggedly beautiful , desert-like Samburu territory north of the Equator, with the famous Masai Mara in the South of Kenya. Two amazing locations, and Two small, intimate luxury Tented Camps make this a truly special trip for the discerning traveler.


- Visit Samburu National Reserve {2 nights} & Masai Mara National Reserve {2 nights}
- See a magnificent collection of wildlife - chance of seeing not just the ‘Big 5’, but the ‘Big 9’.
- Stunning Scenery - The picturesque semi-arid landscapes of Samburu and the vast savannah plains of the Mara Reserve.
- Luxurious stay at two of the best luxury tented camps in East Africa.
- Embark on up to three Safari drives daily. Safari drives are provided by the Camp’s 4x4 Vehicles and their expert Driver-Guides.
- Fly over the African savannah in a Hot Air Balloon at break of dawn in Masai Mara – end the flight with a ‘Champagne Breakfast in the Bush’ complete with wait staff.
- Glimpse into the unique traditional life style of the Maasai People during an informal, fun visit to a traditional Village.
- Close to Nature – Enjoy a guided Bush & Bird walk in the morning.
- This is a Fly-in Safari with minimized road travel within Kenya.
- All Ground transfers are included, such as airport transfers in Nairobi and Masai Mara


Day 1

We will collect you from your hotel in Nairobi or the Jomo Kenyatta International airport and transfer you to the domestic , Wilson airport for your 09.15am flight *. You will be brought to the airport 1 hour prior to the flight. Board your flight to Samburu Reserve, north of Mount Kenya flying time approx 1.5 hrs:

Upon arrival you will be received and transferred from the airstrip to the nearby Ashnil Samburu Camp by the camp’s Driver guide, in a 4x4 safari vehicle.

This camp is a renowned, luxury property located inside the main Buffalo springs Reserve, offering beautiful views of the surrounding wilderness.

Check into your luxury tents and some leisure time before a delicious lunch in the camp’s dining tent. In case you’d like a brief siesta, now is the time, just after lunch.

Mid afternoon , typically at 3.30pm, you embark on a two to three hour Safari Game drive during which you explore the surrounding parts of this picturesque reserve. Though set in the semi-arid part of Kenya, the reserve is still colorful with patches of bright ever-green shrubs, trees and often bright blue skies.

Return to the camp by evening [ typically 6pm] in time for dinner.

Overnight stay at Ashnil Samburu Camp:

Day 2

Today you have an early rise for your estimated 6.15am Safari game drive during which you will see more of the Samburu’s wildlife. Early morning, and late afternoon are considered the best times to spot animals at their most active.

Return to the Camp for a relaxed breakfast – rest of the morning at leisure. The camp has a swimming pool and also offers a variety of add-on activities, such as nature walks { some optional activities are a extra cost }.

After the sumptuous lunch, take a late afternoon safari game drive before returning to the camp by evening [ typically 6pm] in time for a relaxed evening which may be enlivened by entertainment provided by the camp, followed by dinner.

Overnight stay at Ashnil Samburu Camp:

Day 3

You bid farewell to Samburu – after an early breakfast and checkout, you will be transferred to the nearby airstrip for your 8.30 am flight to Masai Mara, arriving there at 10.30 am:

You are now in Masai Mara – one of the premier wildlife conservation areas on the planet.

Upon arrival you will be received and transferred from the airstrip to your overnight Tented Camp by the camp’s Driver-guide in a 4x4 safari vehicle.

Your overnight camp is a highly rated, small, boutique-sized luxury property which offers beautiful views of the Mara and is located in the heart of the Reserve.

Enjoy some time at leisure as you take in the surreal surroundings. Thereafter proceed for lunch. Embark on your first Masai Mara Safari game drive, late afternoon [typically 3.30pm] during which you explore the surrounding parts of the Mara and see its amazing wildlife.

Return to the camp by evening [ typically 6 to 6.30 pm] in time for dinner.

Overnight stay at Mara Explorer Camp – Masai Mara:

Day 4

Begin your morning with a spectacular Hot Air Balloon flight at the break of dawn – ‘float’ gracefully over the scenic African savannah teeming with wildlife. The balloon takes off approx 6 to 6.15am, which means you will be collected from your camp by around 5.30am – yes, an early start but so worth it ! The one hour flight concludes with a ‘Champagne Breakfast in the Bush’’, at your landing site.

Return to the Camp for the rest of the morning at leisure – or you could choose to visit a nearby Maasai village – this, typically one hour visit provides a fascinating insight into the day to day life of the famous Kenyan tribe, the nomadic Maasai. You also get to see their unique mud dwellings – the Manyatta huts.

Back to the camp. There is a swimming pool at this camp’s sister property nearby and they will take you there upon request. After the sumptuous lunch, take a mid afternoon safari game drive to further explore the reserve. Return to the camp by evening [ typically 6pm] in time for a relaxed evening which may be enlivened by entertainment provided by the lodge, followed by dinner.

Overnight stay at Mara Explorer Camp – Masai Mara:

Day 5

Today you bid farewell to Masai Mara as after a relaxed breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to the nearby airstrip for your 10.30am flight back to Nairobi. * *

Upon arrival in Nairobi, we’ll have our Driver-guide waiting for you at the Wilson Airport for onward transfer to your hotel or to the International airport.

In case you wish to explore some of Nairobi’s attractions, then do let us know in advance and we can add these into the schedule before dropping you off at the airport for your return international flight:

[** Upon availability and a minor additional fee, we may be able to book the 4pm outward flight instead].


Flight Baggage Limit:

All domestic Kenyan flights have a 15 kgs per person :

* All Flight timing schedules listed in the itinerary are subject to change


These will be non-exclusive, meaning other guests from the lodge may also be in the Safari vehicle during the gamedrive.

Exclusive Gamedrives

[ with just yourselves in the vehicle along with the Driver-Guide] are available at additional cost, subject to availability: This may also include a full day Safari game drive with a packed Picnic Lunch served under a tree on the Mara plains.

Accomodation during the Safari

Day 1 : Ashnil Samburu Camp

Day 2 : Ashnil Samburu Camp

Day 3 : Mara Explorer Camp

Day 4 : Mara Explorer Camp


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price & dates

Travel Dates Per Person Sharing (US $)
03 Jan - 31 Mar 2023 3150
01 Apr - 31 May 2023 2950
01 Jun - 30 Jun 2023 3050
01 Jul - 30 Sept 2023 3860
01 Oct - 31 Oct 2023 3740
01 Nov - 22 Dec 2023 3150
23 Dec - 02 Jan 2024 3670

Tour Price Includes:
- Accommodation as specified in the itinerary on Fullboard* basis in the Camps.
- Domestic Flights, Nairobi-Samburu, Samburu-Masai Mara & Masai Mara-Nairobi, incl taxes.
- Hot Air Balloon flight in Masai Mara including Champagne-style Bush Breakfast.
- 08 Private Safari gamedrives for the tour provided by the Camps in their 4x4 vehicles.
- Services of Professional, English speaking Driver-guides during gamedrives.
- Maasai Village Visit including transfers and contribution fee.
- Bush Breakfast or Bush Dinner subject to weather and pre~booking in Masai Mara.
- Bird & Nature Walk led by the Naturalist / Camp Guide in Masai Mara.
- Selected Drinks such as Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Local Beers, House Wine and Bottled Water at Mara Explorer.
- Complimentary Laundry services at Mara Explorer.
- Services of a Personal Butler at Mara Explorer.
- 24 hour Back Up support if required.

* Full Board basis includes 3 meals per full day starting with Lunch , ending with Breakfast.

Tour Price Excludes:
- International flight tickets and visa costs.
- ALL Park / Reserve entry fees of USD 280 per person, payable upon arrival at the reserves.
- Tips, drinks, laundry, calls, and all such costs of a personal nature.
- Credit Card Surcharge of 5 to 7% will apply or Bank Transfer Fees of USD 50.

To Enquire about this Safari, tell us How many you are [ Adults / Children], required Room Plan, and your Dates of Travel - we shall reply promptly, usually before 12 hours: In case of Children please state the age at the time of Travel: