Black Rhino & Saruni Samburu Safari

5 days
FROM £ 2,600
Countries Visited: Kenya
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Black Rhino & Saruni Samburu Safari

Combine the wilds of Samburu where herds of elephants browse the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River with the northern frontier of the Sera Conservancy with this brand new exciting fly-in safari staying at wonderful small Saruni lodges.

Saruni Rhino opened in February 2017 and offers a unique experience. Located in Sera Community Conservancy, in the wild, undiscovered northern frontier of Kenya, Saruni Rhino is currently a 1.5 hour drive from Saruni Samburu in the nearby Kalama Conservancy. Saruni Rhino offers the first rhino tracking experience in East Africa: an amazing walking safari that provides a uniquely thrilling adventure, but also allows guests to actively contribute to the protection of this iconic species.

Your stay helps to fund the Sera Community Conservancy (established 2015) by the Northern Rangelands Trust and community. Sera Community Conservancy is a vast, untouched wilderness of more than 350,000 hectares, larger than Luxembourg and Hong Kong combined. It is the first community conservancy in Africa to own and operate a sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of the critically endangered black rhino. The sanctuary currently provides state-of-the-art protection for 11 black rhinos relocated from Lewa Conservancy, Nakuru National Park and other areas. This move sees the rhino back in its natural habitat in northern Kenya after 30 years.

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Safari Itinerary

DAY 1 - 2

Samburu
Today you will fly from Nairobi Wilson Airport to the Kalama Airstrip just north of the Samburu National Reserve. On the way from the airstrip to Saruni Samburu you will have the chance to look for the 'Special Five' - Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx and Gerenuk. Spend your days exploring the wonderful wildlife of Kalama and Samburu, guided by Samburu warriors. Samburu is home to a plethora of wildlife including huge herds of elephants and beautiful big cats.

DAY 3 - 4

Sera Community Conservancy
Today you will be driven north to Sera. During your two night stay you can track black rhino on foot, accompanied by an expert Saruni guide and a highly-trained Sera Community Conservancy ranger, equipped with a transmitter correlating to the GPS whereabouts of the 11 rhinos throughout the 54,000 hectares-large sanctuary. The vast rhino sanctuary has been fenced in what is one of the most advanced conservation projects in Kenya. Operational only throughout certain hours of the day for maximum protection, the use of the transmitter allows the team to game drive guests to a tracking distance away from the nearest rhino, leaving the vehicle and continuing on foot (very lightly to not give away our presence) to metres from the grazing rhino. Sera is also home to The Fifty Wells, ‘Kisima Hamsini’, a series of (50!) springs where local pastoralists take their livestock to water, digging up water from the wells to fill up holders and troughs. The Singing Wells can be visited with some notice – a rare treat to see the local community singing proprietary songs recognisable only by their own cattle, to encourage them to come to the wells to drink. In addition, guests can pay a visit to the recently opened The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy located in the remote Mathews Range nearby, providing protection for orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds adjoining the Sanctuary.

DAY 5

Return to Nairobi
Today you will be transferred to the Kalama airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi Wilson airport.
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Includes

  • Domestic flights and transfers in Kenya
  • Accommodation as detailed at Saruni properties on a full board basis with non-premium drinks
  • Safari activities including shared game drives, night game drives, guided bush walks, bush meals and sundowner excursions
  • One Rhino Tracking Experience with Ranger & Guide at Saruni Rhino
  • One complimentary spa treatment per room at Saruni Samburu
  • Laundry service (Saruni Samburu only)
  • Flying doctors medical evacuation cover
  • Current Government taxes and levies
  • Conservation fees
  • Services of our offices in Kenya and the UK with 24/7 contact details
Not Included: International flights, visas, travel insurance, optional excursions, driver/guide tips, gratuities, additional spa treatments (Saruni Samburu, additional rhino tracking (Saruni Rhino)

Price Guide

  • The cost is £2,600 per person sharing travelling in Low Season (March, April, May, November 2017)

This is based on the accommodation, domestic flights and transfers as listed. Should these not be available, the price will increase. For an exact quotation and itinerary for the dates you require, please do get in touch.

Flight costs from the UK range between £795 - £1,055 per person with BA depending on the time of year you travel. We can easily arrange international flights for you if required - our airline partners offer special rates throughout the year so please contact us so we can provide an accurate tailor-made costing based on your travel dates and preferences.

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