9-DAY SARUNI RHINO TRACKING SAFARI

9-DAY SARUNI RHINO TRACKING SAFARI

4.8/5

$3540/PP

Description

Journey to Saruni Rhino Camp in the wilds of Samburuland, northern Kenya. The opening of this property marks the return of the endangered black rhinos to the lands of the Samburu, after an absence of 25 years – an historical achievement for conservation and tourism in Kenya – and offers safari-goers the first ever opportunity track the majestic black rhinos, on foot, in East Africa.

You will be met by your driver on arrival in Nairobi and transferred to the Hotel – one of Nairobi’s top international hotels, situated close the to the international airport – for one night (B&B basis).

You will be collected from Hotel after breakfast and transferred to Wilson Airport for the flight to Kalama Airstrip, in the Samburu National Reserve. On arrival, meet with your driver and transfer to the fabulous Saruni Samburu Lodge, where you stay 4 nights (fully-inclusive with activities).

This Italian-owned lodge is remotely situated in the private Kalama Conservancy, on the outskirts of the Samburu National Reserve, northern Kenya. From its isolated perch in the Kalama Hills, Saruni Samburu enjoys spectacular views of the Samburu grasslands below, as they extend from the foot of the Kalamas into the distant horizon, where Mt Kenya is often visible on a clear day.

Saruni Samburu offers just six guest rooms. Scattered along the granite hilltop, the cottages have been carved out of natural stone and rock. They are entirely open at the front, with only gauze curtains separating them from the elements (these open during the day to allow for a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape). The spacious interiors are beautifully-furnished with Samburu rugs, lanterns, and hardwood furnishings.

Facilities at Saruni Samburu include a spa, small game-viewing hide, open-air dining area (situated at the peak of the hill so as to make the most of the views), and an infinity swimming pool, positioned just below the rooms on the slopes of the hill.

The next three days are free for you to explore Samburuland – both the national reserve and the private Kalama Conservancy. Saruni Samburu offers a mix of activities, including guided day and night game drives, guided bush walks, bush meals, and rock climbing.

 

After breakfast at Saruni Samburu, depart the Kalama Conservancy with your driver and journey two hours north into the neighbouring Sera Conservancy, where you check into Saruni Rhino Lodge for three nights (fully inclusive with activities).

Comprised of two elegant ‘bandas’ (open stone cottages), sleeping 4-6 guests each, and a main ‘mess’ cottage for dining and relaxing, Saruni Rhino is situated in the heart of the Sera Conservancy, amidst swaying doum palms on the dry bed of the Kauro River, from where it overlooks a nearby waterhole. The waterhole is a popular drinking spot for a diverse range of wildlife – elephant, hyena, impala oryx, Grevy's zebra are among the regular visitors, making for great ‘bush TV’ from the comfort of your cottage’s sandy verandah! – while the dry river bed provides the quintessential torch-lit bush dinner location under the vast African skies.

Saruni Rhino’s main draw, however, is its namesake – the rhino. The lodge offers the only black rhino tracking experience in East Africa. Accompanied by an expert guide and ranger, guests at Saruni have the opportunity to track black rhino on foot through the wild bush of the Sera Conservancy – a unique and thrilling walking safari.

There are currently 11 rhinos within the conservancy – a vast wilderness more than 350,000 hectares in size – re-homed from elsewhere in Kenya for their protection. Through your safari, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the work involved in the protection of this severely endangered species.

During your stay at Saruni Rhino, you will also have the opportunity to visit the recently-opened Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, in the nearby Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, part of the remote Mathews Range. This sanctuary provides protection for orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with the aim of releasing them back into the wild herds adjoining the Sanctuary.

 

Depart Saruni Rhino this morning, enjoying a game drive en-route to the airstrip to catch the morning flight to Wilson Airport, Nairobi, and onward transfer to the international airport.

 

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Chris
Chris
2021-10-15
A magnificent 19-day tour for a perfect prize! Favorite part was to get to know the guide and the driver, they are so friendly and experienced! They took us to so many beautiful places and adventures!!
Rickard O
Rickard O
2021-07-31
My experience with Roger as a tourist guide in Uganda Awsome experience! We traveled around Uganda and saw animals, climbed Mt.Elgon and visited a tribe. Our guide was very genuine and funny. The only thing I would have liked more is a breifing of the day. Other than that I totally recommend Roger as a Tourist Guide!!
Evgenia Nikulina
Evgenia Nikulina
2019-11-17
Murchison falls - a 3 day customized safari tour The Game Ranger Tours team took us to a three day safari to the Murchison falls - the national park in the north-western Uganda. The owner of the travel agency - Roger - prepared a customized programme for us. We left Kampala at about 1 pm and drove for about six hours to the park to catch the last ferry to the other side of Nile at 7pm. After crossing the river, we were accommodated in a beautiful lodge called Paraa Safari. Next morning we started early to safari game drive across the savannah grassland. Our tour guide and driver - Juuko knew every road in the park. He took us to places where we saw giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, antelopes, kobs, elephants and many more wild animals and birds. The drive was a fantastic experience we'll never forget. In the afternoon we got back to the lodge to have lunch and then at about 3 pm took a boat to the falls - so beautiful nature sight! On the third day, before heading back to Kampala Roger and Juuko took us to the top of the falls where we could actually see how powerfull and strong the waterfall is! On our way to Kampala we visited the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary too and were lucky to see a baby rhino and its parents. After the three full days of adventure, we safely returned to the capital. Thank you so much, Roger and Juuko, for taking care of us and for showing us how beautiful Uganda is. Hope to see you again!
caniguideyou
caniguideyou
2019-11-17
Safari to Murchison Falls 3 days full of Adventure Big thanks to Game Ranger tours a travel agency in entebbe , we traveled late from kampala direct to the park we were staying at Paraa safari lodge .so we had to catch the 7 pm last ferry crossing which we did.finally to the hotel tired from a bumpy drive these are the adventures of a jeep drive.A welcome drink from the hotel staff ,a nice tour guide juuko well organised tour from the emails with clients from Bulgaria,sofia all ended well.big thanks roger
Adam Marek B
Adam Marek B
2019-03-20
My woderful stay in Entebbe and Uganda During my stay in Entebbe, I eas able to fufil my childhood dreams, namely to touch the waters of Victoria Lake and, then, to travel to the soirces of the Nile. My best tour guide was, of course, Ras. His name has got a powerful meaning in Ethiopian, i.e. Prince. He is a genuine prince by heart, character and manner. To me, Entebbe is the city of God. Uganda and Tanzania are the countries to which I would always come back. If Africa has its heart, then the heart's two chambers are Tanzania and Uganda. To all white people like me, I wpuld like to say that the cradle of the mankind is to be found in Africa. My skin is white, but my heart is black. And I ma proud of it.
caniguideyou
caniguideyou
2019-03-14
Cycling around Entebbe Game Ranger Provided us with his rented Bicycles And guided us for 3 hours to the best spots in entebbe.,roger is a nice guide i highly recommend his services to anyone who wants a guided tour of entebbe .roger too told us his local guiding services go beyond entebbe as he has set up his private tour company .