The Flagship Safari

Masai Mara | Serengeti

An exhilarating 8 nights / 9 days safari of a lifetime to the most wildlife populous and naturally rich wilderness in the world.

All inclusive from US$6,865 per person sharing (low season rate).
Valid from 3rd January-19th December 2019.

SARUNI MARA / SARUNI WILD

Including: All-inclusive accommodation (Full board accommodation including soft drinks, beers, house wines and select non-luxury spirits), one complimentary Back & Neck massage (30 min) per room per stay at our Wellbeing Space, airport assistance, temporary Flying Doctors cover, shared day & night game drives in 4×4 vehicles, guided bush walks, bush meals, sundowner & picnic excursions, limited laundry service, cultural visits transfers, all internal flights and return airstrip transfers, conservation fees, VAT & taxes.

SAYARI CAMP

Including: Full board accommodation, all drinks (except champagne, cellar wines and premium brand spirits), TANAPA concession fee, laundry service, scheduled open vehicle game drives, short walking safaris, transfers to/from nearest airstrip (Kogatende), park entry fees (subject to change).
This is the ultimate safari to the most remarkable wilderness in Africa, where you will encounter the rare, the timeless and the spectacular.

 

The Lodges

Saruni Mara

Saruni Mara has one family villa, one private villa and five elegant cottages, and is the only small boutique lodge in the Mara, making it very intimate and exclusive. The beautifully decorated themed rooms have a luxurious and classic safari feel. The lodge is tucked away in a secluded valley in the private Mara North Conservancy, a prime and private game viewing area, which borders the Masai Mara National Reserve – the most renowned wildlife park in Africa. Enjoy the Italian-inspired cuisine and being immersed in nature from your private veranda, the Maasai Wellbeing Space and the open lounge and dining area. Maasai warriors will guide you throughout your stay, sharing their ancient wisdom and local knowledge of the area and the animals, their way of life and their secret corners of the most loved wildlife reserve in Kenya.

Activities and amenities: day and night game drives, bush meals, guided walks, birdwatching, Maasai Wellbeing Space treatments (payable extra), picnics, library, balloon safaris (payable extra), Saruni Shop.

Saruni Wild

Saruni Wild is a tented camp elegantly and comfortably furnished with all the necessary luxuries of a wild yet classic safari. The camp is located in the heart of the Masai Mara plains, on the border between Lemek Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy. Surrounded by tens of thousands acres of pristine, untouched wilderness, the camp has the most classic Masai Mara setting. The wildlife thrive right next to its tents. Enjoy endless views, fire-lit meals under the vast African sky, guided game drives led by Maasai warriors.

Activities and amenities: day and night game drives, bush meals, guided walks, birdwatching, Maasai Wellbeing Space treatments, picnics, library, balloon safaris, Saruni Shop.

Sayari Camp, Tanzania

Sayari is set a stones throw away from the southern banks of the Mara River, heralding dramatic and astounding views across the remote, untouched corner of the northern Serengeti. The lodge offers an exclusive window and unparalleled access to the greatest migration on the planet and prime game viewing. The 15 luxurious tented suites are the epitome of elegance, with private verandas and ensuite bathrooms, spacious showers and baths big enough for two. Guests can enjoy the amazing views and wildlife sightings from the lounge, romantic dining rooms and generous front deck. Indoors, rich mahogany floors and delicate tones of sand, stone and acacia reflect the views washing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Activities and amenities: game drives, swimming pool, library, payable extra activities: exclusive full day walking safaris, bush picnics and meals, village visits, Mara river hippo & crocodile watching, massage & treatments.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Saruni Mara / Saruni Wild

  • Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where a Saruni vehicle will transfer you to Wilson Airport for your flight to the Masai Mara.
  • Depart Nairobi in the morning*, arriving in the Masai Mara an hour later where your Saruni Mara guide will be waiting for you.
  • Game drive with a picnic lunch to enjoy under an acacia tree or by the river next to a pod of hippos, or head to Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild for some rest and a game drive later in the afternoon. Enjoy a completely different and less-explored corner of the Mara ecosystem in total privacy, brimming with wildlife.

Day 2: Saruni Mara / Saruni Wild

  • Early morning game drive to look for the big cats and other predators of the Masai Mara, returning to the camp or lodge for lunch and treatments at the Maasai Wellbeing Space.
  • In the afternoon, a game drive will take you to a special area where the largest tower of giraffe can be seen, followed by dinner at the lodge or camp and an optional night game drive.

Day 3: Saruni Mara / Saruni Wild

  • Walk through the valleys and plains surrounding Saruni Mara, accompanied by a vehicle, or a game drive up to the top of Kilileoni, the highest mountain in the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem – led by your skillful and knowledgeable Maasai guides.
  • In the afternoon you will discover more of Mara North and its neighbouring conservancies and experience first-hand what makes the Mara one of the most exciting wildernesses in the world.

Day 4: Saruni Mara / Saruni Wild

  • Spend the day as you please – enjoying a game drive, balloon safari, village visit, picnic, bush walk, a relaxing Maasai Wellbeing Space treatment or reading a book from the library on your private verandah.
  • Weather permitting, experience a bush dinner in the middle of the wilderness under the vast African sky, with Maasai warriors singing and dancing around the fire.

Day 5: Sayari

  • Visit the rhino sanctuary on the way to the airstrip and once again admire the hippos and the crocodiles of the Mara River.
  • Depart on your flight from the Mara at 11:30 AM to land at Migori Airstrip in Tanzania at 12:00 PM. You will be transferred by road to the border town of Tarime, arriving an hour later at 13:00 PM.
  • Here you will have your passports stamped, and then depart at 13:15 PM on a flight to Kogatende Airstrip, where you will be collected by a Sayari guide and transferred to the lodge just 20 minutes away.
  • Spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the views over the grassland from Sayari after a long morning of travelling.

Day 6: Sayari

  • Wake up and head out on an early morning game drive to explore the southern side of the Mara River.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch, and then set off on an afternoon guided bush walk.
  • Come home to soak in a lovely, big hot bath.

Day 7: Sayari

  • Walk through the wilderness to a bush breakfast in a beautiful secluded spot.
  • Relax at the pool in the afternoon with a book, and enjoy a sundowner from the deck overlooking the lush, teeming plains.

Day 8: Sayari

  • Venture out to the banks of the Mara River with a picnic to seek out the Big Five and scores of plains game.
  • Visit the local Maasai village to learn more about this fascinating culture that has walked these plains for centuries.

Day 9: Departure

  • Enjoy your last morning waking up in paradise before you head to Kogatende Airstrip 20 minutes away and fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Catch your connecting international flight from Kilimanjaro international Airport to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, leaving at 13:50 PM and arriving at 14:45 PM.
  • Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with Saruni. Depending on the time of your international flight, stop at the Talisman or Carnivore restaurant for dinner.

 

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.