5 Days Black Rhino safari
5 Days Black Rhino safari combines two of Kenya’s most exciting properties in the Wild North, the elegant and luxurious Saruni Samburu and the rugged, authentic Saruni Rhino. Your luxury air safari starts in Nairobi and ends in Nairobi. Our Top priority is to adhere to all Covid-19 health and safety measures first to staff and guests, especially during the challenging times of this pandemic.
Discover two of Africa’s most authentic and fascinating tribes – the Maasai and the Samburu – learning first-hand about their cultures, ancient customs, and local knowledge of the wildlife and wilderness as they guide you throughout your safari.
Delight in unending views of pristine, untouched wilderness in complete seclusion and exclusivity, from the teeming open plains of the Masai Mara and the private forested valley in which Saruni Mara is nestled, to the rugged and varied Samburu landscape and giant rocky outcrop on which Saruni Samburu is perched.
Encounter Africa’s iconic and diverse wildlife up close in their natural habitat. Experience the most wildlife-abundant ecosystem in the world and Mother Nature’s most incredible natural spectacle – the Great Migration in the Masai Mara. Witness the enormous herds of famous Samburu elephant, the elusive leopard, African wild dog, and the Samburu Five – rare endemic species only found in Samburu. Medical Emergency Evacuation Insurance is included in the entire safari
5 Days Black Rhino Safari, brief Itinerary
ARRIVAL NAIROBI – SAMBURU GAME RESERVE – Day 1 – 1 night
SAMBURU GAME RESERVE – DAY 2 & 3 – 2 nights
MASAI MARA – DAY 4, 5 & 6 – 3 nights
LAST DAY – NAIROBI, KENYA – DAY 7 – Departure
5 Days Black Rhino Safari, relevant information
Activities and amenities: Saruni Samburu
Day and night game drives, photographic hide, bush meals, guided walks, bird watching, Samburu Wellbeing Space treatments (payable extra), picnics, two swimming pools, Saruni Shop, helicopter excursions (payable extra), Samburu cultural visits (payable extra), Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (bookable in advance & payable extra).
Activities and amenities: Saruni Rhino
Rhino tracking on foot, game drives, waterhole sightings, bird watching, guided bush walks, sand grouse spectacular, bush dinners and picnics, sundowners, the Fifty Wells, the Singing Wells, sunset luggage walks, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (bookable in advance & payable extra).
Safari Departures: Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 guests traveling together.
Visitors safari accommodate – Holiday travelers, friends, couples, honeymooners, colleagues, senior citizens, corporate, students, small and also large private groups.
All travelers arriving into Kenya through any point of entry (land or air) must be fully vaccinated and has a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination, and shall be exempted from the requirement of the COVID-19 PCR Test. Read Kenya Travel Advice
Travelers holiday extension – Visitors may extend Mombasa safari and beach holiday -Kenya’s Indian Ocean sandy beaches in Mombasa, Diani, Watamu, Malindi, and also Lamu.
Day 1: Nairobi to Samburu Game Reserve
Meet and greet services on arrival in the morning at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, or transfer from your Nairobi Hotel to Wilson Airport, Nairobi to connect your flight to Samburu. Depart Nairobi in the morning, arriving at Samburu an hour later, where your Saruni Samburu guide will meet you and transfer you to the lodge, or take you on a game drive with a bush picnic lunch. Afternoon game drive on Kalama Conservancy exploring over 200,000 acres of pristine wilderness in total privacy and sundowners with a breathtaking view. Communal or private in-room dinner of delicious Italian-inspired dishes back at the lodge before heading to bed early in preparation for your early start. Overnight stay at Saruni Samburu
Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Samburu Game Reserve
Early morning game drive and bush picnic breakfast in Samburu National Reserve to seek out the ‘Samburu Special Five’: the reticulated giraffe, the Grevy zebra, the beisa oryx, the Somali ostrich and
the gerenuk, all rare species that occur only in this part of the country, and look for its well-known
larger wildlife including elephants, lion and leopard. Head back to the lodge for a light three-course lunch and to relax for the afternoon, enjoying a dip in our infinity pools and a complimentary half hour Back & Neck massage at the Samburu Wellbeing Space. Evening game drive in Kalama Conservancy ending with a bush dinner under the stars in the middle of the wilderness, and a night drive back to the lodge. The Samburu warriors dancing, candles and fire under the vast African skies, make this a truly magical experience, and one of the highlights of your stay. Overnight stay at Saruni Samburu lodge.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Rhino Sanctuary
Following a lie-in and a hearty breakfast, depart Saruni Samburu accompanied by our Samburu guides, driving two hours north west to visit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in nearby Namunyak Conservancy (visit payable & bookable in advance). Arrive in time for the noon time feeding session of the elephants and other animals in residence. Learn all about their special milk formulas; ask the elephant keepers your questions and watch with joy as the hungry ellies come racing out for their bottles! After some further observation time as the ellies play, bathe and go about their day, head towards Saruni Rhino, a 2-hour’s drive away in Sera Conservancy, stopping in a picturesque spot for a picnic lunch on the way. Arrive in camp, or, head straight to the Rhino Sanctuary to start your exhilarating on-foot tracking adventure taking place late afternoon as the temperature lowers. Drive to within a short distance of the endangered black rhino, leaving the vehicle on foot to track the rhino in the safety of a guide and a ranger. Communication between rangers allows you to track as many rhinos as possible in the allotted time. After an exhilarating, ‘up close and personal’ experience, game drive back to camp where a lantern-lit bush dinner awaits you in the idyllic setting of the dry river bed, as the night sounds reverberate around you. Overnight stay at Saruni Rhino.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Samburu - Masai Mara
Leave early morning with a picnic breakfast on a game drive to the nearby Fifty Wells (Kisima Hamsini) or the Singing Wells, where you will witness Samburu pastoralists watering and singing their uniquely recognised songs to their livestock at a series of natural wells, bringing water up from the depths as they have done for centuries. (Wells are seasonal). Birders and non-birders alike will delight in the incredible spectacle that is thousands upon thousands of sand grouse dipping to take water in the natural wells and waterholes throughout Sera Conservancy, a truly astounding sight and sound show. Return to camp and enjoy a refreshing dip in the cooling waters of the natural rock infinity pool overlooking the dry river bed surrounded by swaying doum palms as monkeys chirrup and play along. Enjoy lunch in the shade of Swara House, with breath-taking views of a waterhole frequently visited by herds of elephants and other wildlife and birdlife. Relax after lunch in the cool of your stone cottage (‘banda)’ reclining on your very own beach clubstyle, sandy verandah watching the waterhole. For the adventurous thrill-seekers embark on a 2nd round of rhino tracking by returning to the Sanctuary to re-live the experience. Bush ‘lugga’ dinner under the star-lit African skies before heading to bed for your last night in the remote wilderness of Kenya’s northern frontier. Overnight stay at Saruni Rhino.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Nairobi
Following breakfast in camp, or equipped with a picnic breakfast, leave early morning** from Saruni Rhino for your departing onward flight to the Mara or back to Nairobi. On the drive back to Kalama, enjoy one last time the incredible wildlife which call this immense community-owned and run conservancy home.
**Exact time depends on the time flight from Kalama or Oryx Airstrip is departing.
*Flight times and durations may vary depending on airline and routing, and are subject to change.
Meal Plan: Breakfast
Low Season: March, April, May and November 2021 – US$ 3,495 Per Person
Mid Season: 3rd Jan – end Feb, June, October and 1st -19th December 2021 – US$ 3,895 Per Person
High Season: July, August and September 2021 – US$ 4,535 Per Person
Accommodation Type: Luxury Wilderness Camps
Safari Price Includes:
• Nairobi Hotel/Airport/Airstrip transfers
• All internal domestic flights (or pick up/drop off at Saruni Samburu)
• Full board accommodation – All-inclusive accommodation including soft drinks, beers, house wines and selected non-luxury spirits
• One complimentary Back & Neck massage (30 min) per room per stay at our Wellbeing Space
• Limited laundry service
• Shared Day & Night game drives in 4×4 vehicles
• Services of knowledgeable, English speaking professional free Covi-19 tour driver-guide
• Daily Conservation fees and one Rhino Tracking Experience fee per day
• Guided Bush walks and bush meals, Sundowners & picnic excursions
• Warriors Academy (where available and upon request in advance)
• Local cultural visits transfers
• Medical Emergency Evacuation Insurance
• Government taxes and local levies
• Start and ends in Nairobi
Safari Price Excludes:
• International flights & visa fees
• Exclusive use of vehicle
• Premium drinks (champagne, luxury spirits and special wines – available upon request in advance at Saruni Rhino)
• Additional Wellbeing Space treatments
• Additional Rhino Tracking Experiences
• Any payable extra activities
• Entry fees to local cultural visits
• Transport & entry fees to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Samburu (bookable in advance)
• Gratuities to staff & guides
• Own private guides & drivers
• Any payable extra services, anything of a personal nature
• Late departure fees, and all statutory increases beyond our control