Samburu National Reserve & Aberdares

Departure city: Nairobi, Kenya

Accommodation: Comfort | National Parks: Aberdare NP, Samburu NR | Special Interest: Wildlife Safari

Valid during the high season: Jan 3rd to March 31st, June 16th to June 30th, Nov 1st to Dec 21st

only$ 848

* based on 6 participants

Samburu is one of the lesser known game reserves of Kenya, but well worth the visit. On the banks of a river, there is plenty of trees and water to attract animals from far and wide. As with the rest of Kenya, anywhere you find an abundance of animals, you will find predators not too far behind.

The beauty of Samburu’s lesser known reputation is the lack of crowds making for a more intimate game experience than some other parks offer. Soaring mountain ranges give way to plummeting valleys as streams cascade over waterfalls, making Aberdares National Park a landscape lovers paradise. With over 250 species of bird, it is also a haven for bird watching enthusiasts. Located in the heart of Aberdares National Park, The Ark is known as a ‘tree hotel’, built on pylons in such a way as not to disturb the animals around the waterhole. Its three decks provide superb vantage points for game viewing around the floodlit waterhole.

Day 1 : Nairobi – Samburu

Depart from your Nairobi hotel or airport for the Samburu National Reserve around 7 am. Embark on a memorable afternoon game drive through the beauty of the Africa. There are over 50 species of wild animals in the reserve including unique species of Gravy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Besia Oryx, Grater and Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk, Somali ostrich, pancake tortoise and others. There are over 450 species of birds identified and aquatic species in the Waso Nyiro River.

Dinner and overnight accommodation is at Samburu Sopa Lodge or similar

Day 2: Samburu

Enjoy a full day at Samburu with morning and afternoon game drives. Samburu National Reserve lies in the Northern part of Kenya. Count Telekis Companion Von Holnel, visited the area in the early 1860s and described it as teeming with the game especially buffalos and rhinos.Samburu National Reserve is one of the 56 protected areas in Kenya. It is famous North of the equator because of the richness of flora and fauna; it can be reached through Nairobi-Isiolo-Marsabit road and Maralal-Wamba-Isolo road.

The neighbouring communities of the reserve are the Samburu tribe a clan of the Maasai. They play a major role as part of tourist attraction in the area due to their unique cultural experiences by tourist through traditional ceremonies, food, dances and sale of traditional crafts.

Dinner and overnight accommodation is at Samburu Sopa Lodge or similar

Day 3: Samburu – Aberdares

After an early morning game drive, depart for the Aberdares area arriving in time for lunch at the Club.

Famous for its picturesque, steep forested and open moorland characteristics with habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, olive baboons, buffalos and others. Scenery that includes many ridges, river valleys and waterfalls. Activities that can be done in the park include hiking, fishing, mountain climbing, walking and game drives. Afternoon transfer to The Ark.

Dinner and overnight accommodation are at The Ark.

Day 4 – Aberdares – Nairobi

After breakfast, return to Nairobi and dropped off at your Nairobi hotel or Airport

Samburu Sopa Lodge

Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panoramic views of the vastness of Samburu shrubland and the hills beyond.

The lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the workforce at the lodge. Fifteen cottages, each with two bedrooms are built in an arch formation on either side of the public areas to surrounding the waterhole but leaving a wide gap to allow the animals free movement to the water.

The Ark

Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, iconic and yes, quirky. The Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of awesome wildlife. Resembling and named after Noah’s Ark, The Ark comprises of three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide a superb location for wildlife to be seen. So that you don’t miss any animal sightings, the night guard will buzz your room when special animals come to the waterhole. The Ark has four viewing areas for observing the ever-present animal activity. Read more here.

The price of the entire trip is $848 p.p. with 6 persons onboard
Gather your friends to share the Beauty of Africa

This trip is inclusive of:

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transport in safari Landcruiser or van fitted with pop-up roofs for ease of photography during the tour
  • All Park entrance fees and conservation fees
  • Service of an English speaking professional driver guide
  • Bottled treated water in our vehicle
  • Prevailing taxes (subject to changes)
  • Drivers allowance

This trip is exclusive of: 

  • International & domestic flights
  • Visa fees and inoculation.
  • Personal Travel insurance ( let us know if to provide )
  • Laundry, drinks and tipping
  • Any deviation from the stated route
  • Any tariff/tax increases after the date of this quote.
  • Any items of personal nature.

Here are some of our recommendations to you for getting through a safari:

  • Plenty of sun protection, lotion or cream (High SPF).
  • A wide-brimmed hat to shade you from the sun, this should have string/straps if standing in the van or jeep as it could be blown off.
  • A good pair of sunglasses as you are on the equator where the sun is very strong. Prescription sun spectacles are not recommended as may scratch or fall off the vehicles.
  • Bottle’s or jugs of water to keep you hydrated. Spending a lot of time in the sun, even when wearing hats and sunglasses will dehydrate you in most cases.
  • A fleece/jumper/sweater for the early morning (or a safari jacket) and evening game drives, as it tends to get very chilly, especially in the highlands and in the Masai Mara.
  • Shorts and t-shirts or light trousers for the daytime.
  • Long trousers and long or short-sleeved shirts for the evening and protection from mosquitoes
  • Plenty of film or flash card memory for your camera and a battery charger for all electronic devices.
  • Swimming costumes/bathing suits as most of the lodges and camps have swimming pools.
  • A good pair of binoculars (there’s usually just one pair in vehicles).
  • A pair of safari shoes or trekking boots.
  • A pack of wet wipes.
  • Mosquito repellent.

Tipping Guidelines
The following amounts should only be used as a guideline, but of course, for outstanding personal service, you are more than welcome to give a higher tip:

  • Porterage US$ 1.00 per bag
  • Dining room staff US$ 1.00 per person per day
  • Your driver/tour guide US$ 10.00 per person per day