Hands On East Africa

Samburu Culture, Rhino Tracking and the Masai Mara

Highlights

Uncover incredible cultural and wildlife experiences on this 7-night itinerary in Kenya. You will have the opportunity to engage with local tribes and participate in hands-on rhino tracking efforts in Samburu-land, in the shadow of Mount Kenya. Begin with two nights at Saruni Samburu on the Kalama Conservancy. With over 200,000 acres of private land, this is a dose of the classic safari life. Enjoy excellent game viewing, spying Grevy zebra, oryx, elephant, lion and leopard on day and night game drives. Back at camp dine around the outdoor boma while the local Samburu enchant you with traditional dances by firelight.

Continue north into the Sera Community Conservancy for two nights at Saruni Rhino Camp. Here, for the first time in almost 25 years, safari-goers will have the chance to track black rhino on foot in East Africa. Your efforts will directly contribute to the conservation on site. Explore the region with your guide, whose knowledge will come in handy as you begin your work with the rhino. Conservation efforts include: Rhino reintroduction, monitoring and anti-poaching efforts. In addition, keep your eyes on the waterholes and natural wells around this area: Thousands of sand grouse dot the waters in search of food and call the conservancy home. Remember, you are still on Samburu warrior lands so you have fabulous opportunities to learn more about the customs and traditions of the people who have lived on this land for centuries. Don’t miss the age old tradition of the Samburu people at the “singing wells”, equivalent to the migration in its uniqueness.

Wrap up your trip with three nights in the famed Masai Mara for some of the world’s best game viewing. Explore the vast plains and valleys of the national reserve, as well as an additional 80,000 acres in the private Mara North Conservancy at Saruni Mara. Sip drinks as you watch the sunset paint the savannah in gold and red. Then savor dinner under the stars as you swap stories from your adventure.

Summary

  • 2 Nights – Saruni Samburu – Kalama Conservancy
  • 2 Nights – Saruni Rhino – Sera Community Conservancy
  • 3 Nights – Saruni Mara – Mara North Conservancy

Cost

Price per person sharing based on 2 travelers starts at $5,600

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