7 Day Masai Mara, Ol Pejeta & Samburu Fly-in Safari

Description

This 7 Day fly-in safari promises an abundance of wildlife encounters and unforgettable experiences across Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Samburu, and Masai Mara. Designed to maximize your game viewing time, this tour eliminates long road journeys in favor of thrilling aerial adventures and immersive park excursions.

Your journey commences with a seamless pick-up from your preferred location, followed by a swift transfer to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. From there, a scenic 90-minute flight north will transport you to the captivating landscapes of Samburu National Park, where your safari adventure begins in earnest.

Upon touchdown at a nearby airstrip, your dedicated Masai Mara Holidays driver/guide will greet you with a private open-sided 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep for your first exhilarating game drive through Samburu. Discover the park’s abundant wildlife, including over 1000 elephants and the revered “Big Five,” amidst a serene and unhurried setting. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the indigenous Samburu people by visiting a local village and gaining insight into their traditional way of life.

Next, journey to the remarkable Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a sanctuary for endangered chimpanzees and rhinos, offering exclusive experiences such as night game drives and bicycle safaris. Witness over 40 orphaned and injured chimps thriving in the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, and marvel at the conservation efforts dedicated to protecting the black rhino population from poaching threats.

Transitioning to the renowned Masai Mara, a scenic one-hour flight from Ol Pejeta will lead you to the heart of Kenya’s premier wildlife reserve. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide in an open-sided 4 x 4 Jeep, venture into the Mara’s rolling hills and golden savannahs, teeming with diverse wildlife, including prides of lions, elusive leopards, and the captivating Great Migration spectacle during the months from July to October.

Indulge in optional activities such as early morning hot air balloon safaris to witness the park’s breathtaking landscapes and wildlife from a unique vantage point. Spend three immersive days exploring the Mara’s unparalleled beauty, observing over 95 mammal species and a kaleidoscope of vibrant birdlife before concluding your safari with a memorable flight back to Nairobi.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Samburu National Park

Your Masai Mara Holidays driver will come by your hotel, residence, or place of your choice for the quick trip to Wilson Airport, and your 8:30 am. flight. Settle into your seat for the easy 90-minute trip to Samburu Park.

From the air, take in the fields and homesteads and look for the imposing form of Mt. Kenya, the country’s tallest peak.

You’ll lightly touch down at a convenient airstrip where your driver/guide will greet you and load up your bags into a private, open-sided 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep for the quick ride to the park.

We check in accommodation for relaxation followed by lunch. We later depart for our first game drive in the Mara; expect to see various wildlife species to include: giant elephants, hippopotamus, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes and so many more. We return to the accommodation by in time for dinner.

Our Accommodation options for this 7 Day safari depend on your package type preference, We are happy to recommend top notch lodge/ Camp options upon inquiry

Day 2: Full-Day at Samburu

We’ll rise early to enjoy the soft morning light bringing the park to life. We’re looking forward to a full day of game drives so talk with your driver/guide about how you’d like to plan your time. You can stay out in the field all day or come back to your accommodation for a little downtime to rest. The choice is yours.

We’ll be tracking for elephants, lions, cheetahs, buffalo, and all the other big game that fill this big park. But Samburu is also known for its collection of rare and unusual species like the reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, and Beisa oryx.

We can also explore outside the park at the nearby Shaba and Buffalo Springs Reserves to take in their green fields for a different kind of game drive.

Day 3: Samburu – Ol Pejeta by Road Drive (3 Hour Drive)

We’ll be up early to catch this peaceful park at a particularly peaceful time. Then it’s breakfast and another game drive as we exit on our way to Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

The trip is a quick one and takes us to the cooler areas of Mt. Kenya and Laikipia.

Ol Pejeta is an incredibly diverse park – not only home to all the biggest game but also a sanctuary for rhinos and chimps.

At the Sweetwaters Sanctuary, orphaned and injured chimps are nursed back to health. It’s the only place in Kenya where you’ll see these playful, intelligent creatures in a natural setting.

We’ll also visit the black rhino enclosure, a large open space dedicated to protecting the largest population – over one hundred – of the endangered and shy creatures.

Day 4: Full Day at Ol Pejeta

Just like at Samburu, we’ve designed this safari for you to enjoy full days at the parks. Go on as many game drives as you wish or take time to relax at your accommodation.

There’s an active variety of wildlife at Ol Pejeta with the big cats and other large species, but we’ll also be looking for impala, giraffe, baboon, jackal, foxes, and hyena. Not often seen in other parks, we may spot endangered African wild dogs so we’ll be tracking for them as well.

Because the park is private there are several unique activities available here such as nighttime and bicycle safaris. Talk with your guide about taking part in these unusual adventures.

Day 5: Ol Pejeta – Masai Mara (1 Hour Flight)

By now you know the safari routine: up early to take in the new day and the emerging light upon the park and its wildlife. It’s also a great time for an easy game drive in a setting you’re getting familiar with.

We’ll then breakfast and take a final drive through the park to the nearby airstrip where your flight to the Masai Mara awaits. At 10:30 am, after goodbyes with your guide, you’ll take off on the scenic one-hour hop to the Mara lands.

Touching down near the park you’ll meet your second Masai Mara Holidays guide who will be waiting with an open-sided 4 x 4 Land Cruiser. Jump in and we’re off to perhaps the most famous wildlife park in the world.

The park will open up before you as a great region of sprawling savannahs and rolling hills, adorned with distinctive acacia trees and over 95 species of mammals.

Indeed, the Masai Mara boasts the densest concentration of wildlife in the region.

Famous for its prides of lions, as well as cheetahs and night prowling leopards, this great park impresses everyone who journeys over its deep and colorful horizons.

Over the next three days, we’ll go on unlimited game drives and discover elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, antelope, and uncountable birds filling the skies and the trees.

Day 5: Full Day Masai Mara wildlife Activities (Game Drives)

The next 2 days are spent game viewing in Kenya’s leading Masai Mara National Reserve. We will embark on two game drives; in the morning game drive and the Evening game drive with an option to carry picnic breakfast to spend the entire morning out in the wild. Alternatively, we can choose head out early to later return to accommodation for late breakfast and stay for the lunch shortly after which we head back to search for the big five and other wildlife species. Wildlife species in Masai Mara include: the Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, Wildebeest, buffaloes, zebras, jackals, spotted hyenas, topi, impala, Hartebeests, nat eared foxes, the crocodiles and hippopotamus of the Mara and Talek Rivers among others
We will have a full day to track the resident wildlife in Masai Mara National Reserve. After the thrilling day of magnificent game viewing in Masai Mara National Reserve, we retire at our accommodation for dinner and overnight stay

Day 6: Full Day Masai Mara wildlife Activities (Game Drives)

This is yet another full day experience in the Mara, early morning after with our breakfast; we will embark on another series of game drives in other conservancies of Maasai Mara. www.masaimaraafrica.com It is guaranteed that wherever you go in the Mara, there is a different scenery and abundant wildlife to include the Masai giraffe, baboons, topis, Zebras, Wildebeest, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyenas, hartebeests, buffaloes, hippopotamus, crocodiles, cheetahs, the big five and so much more. After this thrilling day of magnificent wildlife activities in the Masai Mara, we head back to accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: Fly back to Nairobi

Enjoy an early morning game drive before breakfast. We return to the camp in time for a quick breakfast. Proceed to check out to transfer to the nearby airstrip for your scheduled return flight to Nairobi at 11:00 AM [ flying time approx. 1 hour]. Upon arrival in Nairobi, we’ll have our Driver/guide waiting for you at the Wilson Airport for onward transfer to your booked Hotel in Nairobi or to the airport for your flight home or consider an extension to the white sand beaches of the Kenyan Coast

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