Northern Kenya Culture and Coast
Safari in Samburu and Laikipia before relaxing in the coastal town of Lamu
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Spotting the elusive leopard in the leopard 'hot spot' of Sarara Camp
- Visiting the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
- Horse riding, camel trekking and guided bush walks in Loisaba
- Relaxing along the idyllic coast of Lamu
- Luxury, sustainable accommodation throughout
- All internal flights and transfers
- All park and conservation fees
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Ideal for those who have been to Kenya before, or those looking for something different from their typical African safari, this 10-day luxury discovery focuses on the wonderful people and stunning landscapes of northern Kenya, as well as its unique wildlife, before a few days relaxing in the incredible old town of Lamu on the coast.
Begin among the green peaks of the Mathews Range to the intimate Sarara Camp, which is 100% owned by the local community. You’ll be warmly welcomed by your Samburu hosts and get to experience unique the incredible Singing Wells, a sacred place where local herdsmen meet nightly and bring their cattle to drink, singing a unique song that their animals recognise as the local wildlife steps aside. Utterly unique and never photographed, it is a true privilege to witness. You can further discover the wilderness by fly camping or on drives, walks, horse rides and more. We’ve also included an exclusive visit to the incredible Reteti Elephant Sanctuary.
A short way south are the rolling plains of Laikipia inside Loisaba, a 56,000 acre conservancy with abundant wildlife. You’ll stay in a luxurious tented camp with views of Mount Kenya, and experience a night out under night sky on Loisaba’s incredible Star Beds. Explore on treks through the bush on foot, by horse or camel; mountain bike down the escarpment; or head out on game drives to spot elephants, buffalos, big cats and rare wild dogs.
Then venture east and to the northern coastal gem of Lamu. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a fascinating fusion of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European architecture lining narrow streets. Foot, donkey and sailing dhow are still the main mode of transport here, and you can choose to either stay in this beautiful place or on a stunning stretch of sand close by. As well as centuries of history and a rich culture to discover, there’s also vibrant marine life to swim and snorkel with such as whale sharks, turtles, graceful dugongs and manta rays.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Kilimanjaro airport
Private transfer to Nairobi Wilson airport
Light aircraft flight to Kamala
Accommodation in Samburu
- 6 tents
- Natural rock swimming pool
Sitting right across from the Mathews Mountain Range amidst the pristine 850,000 acres put aside for the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy Trust Land, Sarara is a down-to-earth safari camp that is all about showing you the treasures of northern Kenya and the Samburu. The camp runs itself almost entirely self-sufficiently on solar power and with fresh water from mountain springs. Their trademark activity is the walking safari and walking with camels, alongside game drives, fly camping and visiting the famous Sarara ‘singing wells’. The camp is also well known for overlooking a nearby watering hole where many animals (buffalo, African wild dog, cheetah, lion, leopard, giraffe, elephant and antelope) flock to in the dry season as one of their only sources of water, thus bringing some of the best game observation right to the camp’s front door. Its six comfortable and spacious tented rooms command drop-dead views of the Mathews Range and come with flushing toilets, a hot and cold open air showers, and electric lighting. A family cottage is available also, and the main camp area consists of an inviting lounge, dining area and a natural rock infinity pool to cool off in between your daily outings. Sarara is a unique and friendly experience of the Samburu that is not just about the wildlife, but the cultural and scenic wonders of northern Kenya, this pristine wilderness and its people.
Sarara has established itself as one of the ‘hot spots’ for quality leopard viewing in Africa, along with close-up sightings of the normally extremely shy lesser kudu antelope. African wild dogs are frequently encountered in the Sarara valley too, with elephant, buffalo, giraffe, gerenuk, impala and warthogs regularly seen on game drives, bush walks, camel and horse rides. Other unusual sightings include striped hyena, aardwolf, civet cat, African wild cat, greater kudu, grevy zebra and cheetah.
It's also the only place in the world where you can witness Samburu warriors bringing their cattle to the dry river bed near our camp. The warriors begin to dig deep wells which will provide drinking water for their cattle while singing a unique song that draws each warrior's cattle to their own well.
If you are staying for several nights, you might want to spend one of those evenings under the stars, sleeping in your own mosquito-netting tent in the middle of a dry river bed, watching the stars in the clear sky above you and listening to the sounds of the leopards ‘sawing’ around you.
Visit the wonderful Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, located in the Namunyak Wildlife. Opening in 2016 as the first community owned elephant orphanage in Africa, the project rescues, cares for and rereleases orphaned and abandoned elephant calves whilst creating much needed benefits to the local people that live alongside them, part of expanding grassroots movement of community-driven conservation across northern Kenya.
All the keepers are from the local community and are formally trained in the care, rehabilitation and release of elephant calves. The project is supported by the Kenya Wildlife Service and international partners including Northern Rangelands Trust, San Diego Zoo, Conservation International, Tusk Trust, The Nature Conservancy and Save the Elephants.
Private charter to Loisaba
Accommodation in Laikipia Plateau
- Four rooms, including a family suite
- Dining and lounge area
Sat atop a rocky kopje, the Loisaba Kiboko Starbeds has incredible views over the reserve’s undulating valley and a permanent waterhole that draws wildlife day and night. In addition to offering guests a memorable experience out in the African bush, Loisaba has a strong focus on making a positive impact both environmentally and within the local communities. Handcrafted four-poster wooden beds sit on raised wooden platforms that jut from a thatched-roof room and are rolled out each night for guests to sleep under the endless African sky. There are four rooms, one of which has two double beds on separate platforms and is ideal for families. The rooms also feature a sitting area and open plan bathroom with similarly wonderful views. Rise early to watch sunrise from your bed with a comforting hot beverage, the day ahead promises adventure, with a myriad of activities by which to experience Loisaba. A team of local Samburu and Laikipiak Maasai warriors can show you wildlife on game drives and bush walks, the area being home to elephant, a healthy population of lion, the rare wild dog and an abundance of other species. You can also go mountain biking, fishing and visit a nearby village. End your days with drinks by the log fire in the communal lounge, before dinner either in the dining area or out on the verandah. A stay here for a night or two twins perfectly with the nearby Loisaba Tented Camp.
Spend your first night under the night sky in a Star Bed before spending the next two nights at the Tented Camp. Loisaba is a wonderful example of successful collaboration between conservation, communities and tourism, and the ranch is home to many elephant, a healthy population of lion, the rare wild dog and an abundance of other species. A myriad of activities to experience the wildlife and landscape are on offer, such as day and night game drives aboard a fleet of custom Land Rovers, horse riding, camel trekking, guided bush walks, fishing, mountain biking, cultural visits to Samburu villages and visits to the anti-poaching sniffer dogs.
Accommodation in Laikipia Plateau
- Five luxury and three family tents
- Infinity pool
Perched on the edge of an escarpment on the beautiful Loisaba Conservancy, Loisaba Tented Camp drinks in unhindered views across Laikipia’s mottled landscape all the way to Mount Kenya. In addition to offering guests a memorable experience out in the African bush, Loisaba has a strong focus on making a positive impact both environmentally and within the local communities. There are five large double tents, all spacious and adorned in chic Africana furniture with a modern European twist. Each has a luxurious bathroom and a wide verandah and private grassed area in front. There are also three family tents, which have two large tents joined together by a walkway. The inviting communal areas include a large open dining area, separate lounge and bar, a large wooden decking area for outside dining, relaxing and enjoying the view, and one of Africa’s most picturesque infinity pools. Loisaba is a wonderful example of successful collaboration between conservation, communities and tourism, and the ranch is home to elephant, a healthy population of lion, the rare wild dog and an abundance of other species. A myriad of activities to experience the wildlife and landscape are on offer, such as day and night game drives aboard a fleet of custom Land Rovers, horse riding, camel trekking, guided bush walks, fishing, mountain biking, cultural visits to Samburu villages and visits to the anti-poaching sniffer dogs. A stay here works well with a night spent at Loisaba Kiboko Starbeds.
Fly to Lamu via Nairobi
Accommodation in Lamu
- 22 guestrooms
- Dining room
- Lounge and bar area
- Upstairs sitting room
- Swimming pool
- Games room
Step into barefoot, serene luxury at this exclusive beach resort on the tip of unspoilt Manda Island. Rustic rooms, eleven of which are sat right on the beach, enjoy sea or garden views. Soak up these idyllic vistas from your private veranda, while the interior of your thatched guestroom provides plenty of space and comfort. Breakfast and lunch is served in the central dining room with delicious gourmet dinners often eaten among palm trees under the stars. The waterfront lounge and bar area offers the perfect place for beachside lazing and although mile after mile of soft sand boasts ample opportunity for relaxing, you can also get involved with lots of activity. From sailing to sundowners, camp fire mingling to water sports, your stay here can be as chilled or lively as you like.
- 29 rooms and apartments
- Fresh water swimming pool
At the end of the spectacular Shela Beach, Peponi has become something of an institution in Lamu since its opening in 1967. Still run by the same family, it has a charm and welcoming character that perfectly suits its location on the edge of the Old Town, and make it an ideal spot to unwind after a safari. There are 29 rooms and apartments, two of the latter featuring more extensive living spaces and two bedrooms. Apartment guests can choose to eat any meal in the hotel’s restaurant (with freshly caught fish delivered off by fishermen off the boat to the beach), served in their apartment or self-cater – either with a private chef or by themselves. All rooms face the ocean and have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers and fresh flowers, with larger rooms enjoying private verandas with swing beds. Peponi has a legendary bar and marvellous gardens, boasting an incredible collection of exotic plants and tropical palms. Under the shade of coconut trees guest can unwind in the hammocks watching dhows sail by or freshen up in the hotel’s fresh water pool located under two giant baobab trees.
Sitting idyllically off the coast in aqua marine Indian Ocean waters, a string of pristine islands and islets including the four main islands of Lamu, Manda, Pate and Kiwayu offer an unspoilt and hushed up slice of Kenyan coast.
Relaxed islanders enjoy vast stretches of soft sand here, while stepping off Kiwayu provides wonderful snorkelling among coral reefs and Manda plays host to a number of water sports from sailing to deep sea fishing. What’s more, the islands are steeped in history with Lamu’s Old Town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A historic trading post rooted in its Swahili past, its boasts charming Lamu boasts a wealth of age-old sites and a unique fusion of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European building styles. Narrow, non-motorized streets can lead to an impressive mosque or the nineteenth century fort, while the rhythm of island life can be soaked up at the bustling waterfront, donkey, dhow or foot being the main mode of transport.
Flight from Lamu to Wilson airport
Private transfer from Wilson Airport to Nairobi International
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