Saruni: Kenya Conservation Fly-in Safari

8 days
FROM £ 5895

Saruni: Kenya Conservation Fly-in Safari

Our Explorers against Extinction campaign seeks to raise awareness about endangered species. This fly-in safari is all about seeing a huge diversity of species in contrasting landscapes, including close encounters with critically endangered black rhino in arid Sera, a chance to observe the famous big cats on the plains of the Masai Mara as well spending time watching the imposing elephant herds along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river in beautiful Samburu.

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. The Real World Conservation Trust fosters a Sheldrick elephant orphan on behalf of all clients visiting Kenya on safari. Please let us know if you would like to visit your orphan during your trip so we can make necessary arrangements. In 2017 we donated over $20,000 to the Sheldrick Trust to help them continue their excellent work in the world of elephant conservation - enough to fund more than 11 elephant rescues or to care for two orphans for a whole year.

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Safari Itinerary

DAY 1 - 2

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 'Samburu 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 5-7

Mara North Conservancy
This morning you will be transferred back to Kalama airstrip for your flight to Mara North Conservancy, a beautiful private wilderness area of more than 30000 hectares, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve in the south of Kenya. The conservancy is a partnership between eleven member camps and over 800 Maasai landowners. The aim is to create a best practice, world-class conservancy with long-term commitments to the environment, wildlife, and local communities. You have three nights staying at either Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild with the most fabulous wildlife on your doorstep.
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  • 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

  • Per person sharing: from £5,895 (low season); from £7,755 (high season)
  • This trip is available all year round
  • The price guide is based on the accommodation, safaris and transfers as listed above and is subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • For an exact quotation and itinerary based on your requirements please do get in touch.

International Flights   We are ATOL bonded and can easily arrange international flights for you as required. Please contact us so we can provide an accurate tailor-made costing based on your travel dates, availability, cabin/route/airline preferences and special offers.






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