Samburu Elephant Safari and the Masai Mara

8 days
FROM £ 5,140
Countries Visited: Kenya
Conservation Experience

Samburu Elephant Safari and the Masai Mara

If you are interested in watching elephants and learning more about them as well as the battle to protect them then a stay at Elephant Watch Camp in Samburu should certainly be on your wish list. The camp, owned by the Douglas-Hamilton family has ties with the charity Save the Elephants and as part of your stay you can visit the research centre which is really fascinating. As well as the guides knowing all the elephants, the elephants seem to know the guides and the camp vehicles which means you can enjoy some very special close encounters. You then fly to the iconic Masai Mara for a stay at Kicheche in the exclusive Mara North Conservancy known for its prolific wildlife.

Elephant Watch Camp is an eco-camp with close ties to the conservation charity, Save the Elephants founded by Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton. A stay here gives you a real insight into modern day conservation; you will be able to visit the charity's research centre, close to camp, speak with experts in elephant conservation, learn about the day to day work of the charity and hear about the latest developments in the battle against poachers. Kicheche is part of The Mara North conservancy, a partnership between eleven member camps and over 800 Maasai landowners. Their aim is to create a best practise, world class conservancy with long term commitments to the environment, wildlife and local communities. During your stay you may well see the predator proof bomas which Kicheche, through their safari camps, has raised funds to build.

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Safari Itinerary

DAY 1

Nairobi
On arrival at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport collect your luggage and clear customs. Our representative will meet you in the Public International Arrivals Halls, and will transfer you to your hotel. Check-in on arrival and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

DAY 2 - 4

Samburu Game Reserve
Arrive in Nairobi. You will be met and transferred to Wilson airport for your short flight north to Samburu. On arrival at the airstrip you are met by the Elephant Watch team and will be able to enjoy a game drive en route to the camp arriving in time for lunch by the river. Daily game drives are included within your 3 night stay, as well as the opportunity to visit the Save the Elephants conservation centre which is close by - see how the team work and learn more about these beautiful animals. Many of the team members have known the elephants for years and have a close relationship with them allowing for some very special encounters. Saba's husband Frank is the Chief Operations Officer for the charity.

DAY 5 - 7

The Masai Mara
This morning after an early breakfast you will enjoy a short game drive on the way to the airstrip. You will then fly from Samburu to the Masai Mara. You have a game drive en route to the camp where you arrive in time for lunch. There is time for a rest in the afternoon before enjoying your first game drive from the camp. The next two days are full of game drives in one of the best areas in Africa to see the Big Five. You are staying in the Mara North Conservancy which is much quieter than the main park and it means you can do other safari activities such as exciting night drives.
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Includes

  • Accommodation on full board on safari
  • Accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast in Nairobi
  • All transfers and internal flights
  • All game drives
  • Special visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, visas, tips and personal expenses

Price Guide

  • The cost is £5,140.00 per person sharing travelling in Low Season (1-15 June 2017)
  • The cost is £5,245.00 per person sharing travelling in Shoulder Season (6 Jan - 31 Mar, 10-20 Dec 2017)
  • The cost is £5,455.00 per person sharing travelling in High Season (Oct 2017)
  • The cost is £5,745.00 per person sharing travelling in Peak Season (16 Jun - 30 Sep 2017)

This is based on the accommodation 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. This safari is available year-round.

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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