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Authentic safari in Samburu and Laikipia before relaxing in historic Lamu

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Itinerary Highlights

  • 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

What's Included

  • 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
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At a glance

Ideal for those who have been to Kenya before or those after something different from their African safari, this 10-day luxury discovery on 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

Days 1-4

Samburu

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Kilimanjaro airport

Transfer

Private transfer to Nairobi Wilson airport

Flight

Light aircraft flight to Kamala

Accommodation in Samburu

Three nights at Sarara Three nights at Sarara

Sarara has established itself as one of the ‘hot spots’ for quality leopard viewing in Africa and equally and for 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 our 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 Reteti Elephant Sanctuary Visit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

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.

Flights & Transfers

Flight

Private charter to Loisaba

Days 4-7

Laikipia Plateau

Accommodation in Laikipia Plateau

Three nights in Loisaba Three nights in Loisaba

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

Flights & Transfers

Flight

Fly to Lamu via Nairobi

Days 7-9

Lamu

Accommodation in Lamu

Three nights in Lamu Three nights in Lamu

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.

Flights & Transfers

Flight

Flight from Lamu to Wilson airport

Transfer

Private transfer from Wilson Airport to Nairobi International

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