Black Rhino Tracking Experience
A 4 nights / 5 days journey combining two of Kenya’s most exciting properties in the Wild North: the elegant and luxurious Saruni Samburu and the rugged, authentic Saruni Rhino.
All inclusive from US$3,188 per person sharing.
Valid from 3rd January-19th December 2017.
Including: All inclusive accommodation (Full board including soft drinks, beers, house wines and local spirits), conservation fee and one Rhino Tracking Experience fee, all internal flights and transfers (including taxes), airport assistance, temporary Flying Doctors cover, sundowner & picnic excursions, bush meals, guided bush walks, shared game drives in 4x4 vehicles, soft drinks, beer, house wine and local spirits, in-house laundry (excl. Saruni Rhino), one complimentary Back & Neck massage (30mins.) per room per stay at our Wellbeing Spaces.
This is a truly life-enriching journey that perfectly combines serenity and thrill, luxury and adventure, amazing wildlife and unique landscapes, giving you the opportunity to protect an endangered species.
Delight in unending views of pristine, untouched wilderness in complete seclusion and exclusivity, in two of the most iconic private wildlife reserves of Kenya, with a hundreds of thousands of hectares at your disposal.
Discover one of Africa’s most authentic and fascinating tribe – the Samburu – learning first-hand about their culture, ancient customs and local knowledge of the wildlife and wilderness as they guide you through your safari and tracking experience.
Encounter Africa most unusual wildlife up close in their natural habitat: the ‘Samburu Special Five’, rare endemic species present only in the arid North, the famously large herds of Samburu elephants and the endangered black rhino, re-introduced to Northern Kenya after 30 years.
The Saruni Lodges
Saruni Samburu’s Saruni Samburu’s six luxury villas are open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over Kenya’s Northern Frontier District and Mount Kenya in the distance. The warm and welcoming hospitality makes for an intimate and exceptional experience. The lodge is revered for its innovative, eco-chic architecture and interesting design and décor, as well as its Italian-inspired cuisine. Guests can enjoy the vast panoramas from the dining and lounge area, the infinity pool and the Samburu Wellbeing Space. Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in Kalama Conservancy, which borders Samburu National Reserve, with 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness to explore and enjoy exclusively. You are guided from start to finish by Samburu warriors who are passionate about their land and their culture, learning first-hand about their fascinating customs and traditions and gaining ancient, local knowledge about the land and the animals – a truly authentic experience.
Activities and amenities: day and night game drives, bush meals, guided walks, birdwatching, Samburu Wellbeing Space treatments, picnics, two swimming pools, helicopter excursions, Samburu cultural visits, Saruni Shop.
In February 2017, Saruni is proud to expand its luxury collection of lodges and tented camps with the opening of ‘Saruni Rhino’. Located in Sera Community Conservancy, in the wild, undiscovered northern frontier of Kenya, the camp is currently a little over 2 driving hours from our Saruni Samburu lodge in nearby Kalama Conservancy (the driving time will decrease to little more than one hour with the completion of a new access road). Saruni Rhino offers the first rhino tracking experience in East Africa: an amazing walking safari that provides a uniquely thrilling adventure, but also allows our guests to actively contribute to the protection of this iconic species.
Comprised of two elegant ‘bandas’ (open stone cottages, previously known as ‘Kauro Guesthouse’) sleeping 4-6 initially and a main ‘mess’ cottage for dining and relaxing, Saruni Rhino is nestled amidst swaying doum palms dotted along a dry river bed (the Kauro ‘lugga’, in the heart of the conservancy) with sweeping views of a nearby waterhole and dramatic landscape so typical of the north. The waterhole is a popular watering stop-off for a diverse range of wildlife: elephant, impala, birdlife, hyena, oryx, Grevy’s zebra and much more, making it great ‘bush TV’ from the comfort of your cottage’s sandy verandah at any time. The dry river bed proves the quintessential torch-lit bush dinner location under the vast African skies.
Activities and amenities: rhino tracking on foot, game drives, waterhole sightings, bird watching, guided bush walks, sand grouse spectacular, bush dinners and picnics, sundowners, Warriors Academy, the Fifty Wells, the Singing Wells, sunset lugga walks, Mount Ololokwe excursion (payable extra), Reteti Elephant Orphanage (payable extra).
Day 1: Saruni Samburu
- Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where a Saruni vehicle will transfer you to your overnight hotel, or to Wilson Airport for your flight to Samburu.
- Depart Nairobi in the morning, arriving at Samburu an hour later, where your Saruni Samburu guide will meet you and transfer you to the lodge, or take you on a game drive with a bush picnic lunch.
- Afternoon game drive on Kalama Conservancy exploring over 200,000 acres of pristine wilderness in total privacy and sundowners with a breath-taking view.
- Communal or private in-room dinner of delicious Italian-inspired dishes back at the lodge before heading to bed early in preparation for your early start.
Day 2: Saruni Samburu
- Early morning game drive and bush picnic breakfast in Samburu National Reserve to seek out the ‘Samburu Special Five’: the reticulated giraffe, the Grevy zebra, the beisa oryx, the Somali ostrich and the gerenuk, all rare species that occur only in this part of the country, and look for its well-known larger wildlife including elephants, lion and leopard.
- Head back to the lodge for a light three-course lunch and to relax for the afternoon, enjoying a dip in our infinity pools and a complimentary half hour Back & Neck massage at the Samburu Wellbeing Space.
- Evening game drive in Kalama Conservancy ending with a bush dinner under the stars in the middle of the wilderness, and a night drive back to the lodge. The Samburu warriors dancing, candles and fire under the vast African skies, make this a truly magical experience, and one of the highlights of your stay.
Day 3: Saruni Rhino
- Following a hearty breakfast, depart Saruni Samburu accompanied by our Samburu guides, driving two hours north east to Sera Conservancy and Saruni Rhino.
- After a refreshing drink, enjoy lunch in camp in the shade of Swara House, with breath-taking views of a waterhole frequently visited by wildlife and amongst swaying doum palms dotted along a sandy ‘lugga’:
a dry river bed.
- Relax in the cool of our stone cottages (‘bandas)’ reclining on your very own beach club-style, sandy verandah watching the waterhole before departing for the Rhino Tracking Experience.
- During the hours in which the transmitter is operational, drive to within a short distance of the endangered black rhino, leaving the vehicle on foot to track the rhino in the safety of a guide and a ranger. Communication between rangers allow you to track as many rhino as possible in the allotted time.
- After an exhilarating, ‘up close and personal’ experience, game drive back to camp where a lantern-lit bush dinner awaits you in the idyllic setting of the dry river bed, as the night sounds reverberate around you.
Day 4: Saruni Rhino
- Leave early morning with a picnic breakfast on a game drive to the nearby Fifty Wells (Kisima Hamsini) or the Singing Wells, where you will witness Samburu pastoralists watering and singing their uniquely recognised songs to their livestock at a series of natural wells, bringing water up from the depths as they have done for centuries.
- Birders and non-birders alike will delight in the incredible spectacle that is thousands upon thousands of sand grouse dipping to take water in the natural wells and waterholes throughout Sera Conservancy, a truly astounding sight and sound show.
- Game drive into the Rhino Sanctuary from a different entrance, possibly spotting more rhino on the way from your vehicle. Return to camp for lunch amongst the elephants and doum palms.
- Following a short rest in the cool of your banda, either visit the nearby Reteti Elephant Orphanage (visit payable) or embark on a 2nd round of rhino tracking by returning to the Sanctuary to re-live the thrill.
- Bush ‘lugga’ dinner under the star-lit African skies before heading to bed for your last night in the remote wilderness of Kenya’s northern frontier.
Day 5: Departure
- Following breakfast in camp, or equipped with a picnic breakfast, leave early morning* from Saruni Rhino for your departing onward flight to the Mara or back to Nairobi.
- On the drive back to Kalama, enjoy one last time the incredible wildlife which call this immense community-owned and run conservancy home.
*Exact time dependant on time of departing flight from Kalama or Oryx airstrip.
Note: The Saruni Tours team can modify and tailor this itinerary to suit your personal preference. Baggage allowance on internal flights is 15kg per person, preferably in small, soft bags without wheels. Seats on the schedule flights are subject to availability at confirmation. Rates with children or single occupancy are available upon request. *Flight times and durations may vary depending on airline and routing, and are subject to change. All guests travelling into Kenya with duty free plastic bags shall be required to leave the bags at the entry points and seek alternative carrier bags. We request that you do not carry plastic bags whilst visiting or working in Kenya as there are strict penalties for those caught with them.