7-Day Kenya North Safari / 5-Day Northern Extension
Kenya is blessed by a diversity of ecological zones. Samburu National Reserve is located on the edge of Kenya’s vast northern desert, yet is reached by a drive along classic tea and coffee plantations on the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley.
For those wishing to see more of our country, we suggest this 5-Day Northern Extension that is easily integrated into our Introduction to Kenya Safari.
Following lunch in Nairobi on Day 6, you head north for 2 nights on the Laikipia Plateau at Sweetwaters Camp in Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Continue north for 3 nights in the Samburu National Reserve before returning south to rejoin the Introduction itinerary at The Pelican Lodge on Lake Elmenteita.
From Sweetwaters, you continue north to Samburu National Reserve for 3 nights in an arid, semi-desert portion of Kenya.
Adding the Northern Extension creates a 16-day, 15-night safari.
This journey through northern Kenya also makes a fascinating stand-alone safari.
Day 1: We meet your plane at the Nairobi airport from which your guide will drive you to a restful guesthouse on the edge of the city (all the better to avoid Nairobi’s infamous traffic jams). All guesthouses we use will stay open late to provide you any services you may require (food, drink, and the like).
Days 2 & 3 are spent at Sweetwaters Camp (see just below).
Days 3, 4, & 5 will find you in Kenya’s far north at the Samburu National Reserve (also below).
On Day 7, your guide will drive you to the Nairobi airport and assist you in anything you may require until you go through airport security to board your flight.
We suggest strongly, however, that you combine them with our Introduction to Kenya itinerary. Each location on these routes is quite different from the others and offers its special excitement not found elsewhere.
Kenya North Safari / Northern Extension, Days 1 & 2: Sweetwaters Camp, Laikipia Plateau (Ol Pejeta Conservancy)
Located directly on the Equator on the Laikipia Plateau, an area second only to the Maasai Mara in game density, Sweetwaters Camp is a bit more than a 3-hour drive north of Nairobi.
Private conservancies, originally cattle ranches, make up much of the Plateau. In consequence of this, Sweetwaters Camp set in Ol Pejeta Conservancy reflects far more of Kenya’s colonial past than what you’ll see at camps and lodges in other wildlife areas.
It also features what is arguably the best waterhole in any camp in Kenya as well as a stunning view of Mount Kenya, our second tallest peak.
The Chimpanzee Sanctuary at Sweetwaters is your only chance to see this nearest human relative in Kenya. Chimpanzees are no longer natives to this country. These chimps have been rescued from human abuse and have been returned to a protected wild environment.
Sweetwaters features a rhino sanctuary as well. Not only will you see rhinos, you’ll have the chance to hand-feed and pet one. A young rhino left blind from a cholera infection found care here and has become quite tame.
Sweetwaters also offers encounters with many of Kenya’s most sought-after species.
Northern Extension, Days 3-5: Samburu National Reserve
Samburu sits just at the southern edge of Kenya’s large northern desert. Because of this, wildlife not readily found elsewhere in Kenya thrive here, particularly the gerenuk (also known as the giraffe antelope) and Grevy’s zebra.
Large groups of oryx can be seen here as well as in Buffalo Springs Wildlife Reserve adjacent to Samburu that you will also visit.
Kenya’s predators are here, too, notably leopards that are secure in the tree-lined banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River.
Accommodation: Samburu Game Lodge.
You’ll find more information about Samburu and Sweetwaters Camp in our section on Kenya under Parks and Reserves of East Africa.
5 Days in Kenya’s North: $1,990 per person, minimum of two guests. A single supplement is available on request.
For 2018, the cost of our 7-day, 6-night stand-alone Kenya North Safari is $2,185 per person based on double occupancy. A single supplement is available on request.
As with all our safaris, payment may be made in Euro or British pound sterling as well as dollars.
The same inclusions and exclusions of our Introduction to Kenya itinerary apply to this extension/separate safari.
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