The Great Safari

Meru | Samburu | Masai Mara

A 6 nights / 7 days safari discovering the forested hills of Meru, the vast arid vistas of Samburu and the teeming open plains of the Mara

All inclusive from US$4,069 per person sharing.
Valid from 3rd January-19th December 2018


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.


Including: Full Board accommodation & drinks (local beer & soft drinks), shared game drives, picnic breakfast and lunch, sundowners, ornithological walks, guided walks, hiking, transfer to cultural villages, return transfers to local airstrip and fishing in the river, free Wi-Fi, limited laundry, & Meru National Park fees.

Marvel at the beauty of wilderness and reconnect with nature on this soul-filling and life-enriching journey to three renowned Kenya wildlife parks.

Discover the forested hills and immensely diverse landscape of Meru National Park, home to the legendary lioness Elsa, and be enthralled by nature in all frames and forms.

Delight in the rugged, raw beauty of Samburu’s unending views and diverse ecosystem of unique wildlife, and the teeming open plains of the Masai Mara – a natural wonder of the world.

Encounter two of Africa’s most authentic and fascinating tribes – the Samburu and the Maasai, learning first-hand about their ancient culture and local knowledge of the land and animals as you are guided by warriors.

Rhino River Camp

Rhino River Camp is an unusual, exclusive eco-lodge located in the beautiful Meru National Park, where the legend of Elsa the lioness began. The five charming cottages built out of caramel canvas and sustainable hardwood, raised on platforms above a gently flowing river, create a peaceful atmosphere. Each room has its own private ‘zen’ area where you can unwind. The design of the lodge is contemporary with a hint of Africa, with a swimming pool, well-stocked bar and numerous nature trails to explore on foot or bike – this is a perfect hideout. Meru National Park is one of the most diverse parks in Africa, with an abundance of water flowing through a predominantly arid part of Kenya, creating a mosaic of different habitats.

Activities and amenities: game drives, guided walks, nature trails, fishing, bush meals, swimming pool, payable extra activities: exclusive use of vehicle, visits to cultural village, mountain bike riding, hiking, massage & treatments.

The Saruni Lodges

Saruni Samburu

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, photographic hide, bush meals, guided walks, birdwatching, Samburu Wellbeing Space treatments (payable extra), picnics, two swimming pools, helicopter excursions (payable extra), Samburu cultural visits (payable extra), Saruni Shop.

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.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Rhino River Camp

  • Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where a Saruni vehicle will meet you and take you Wilson Airport for your connecting internal flight to Meru National Park, which is just under an hour flying time.
  • After a delicious lunch, enjoy a game drive or guided bush walk exploring the nature trails around the lodge.

Day 2: Rhino River Camp

  • Spend the morning fishing and spotting the myriad of indigenous birds along the lush rivers of Meru – a very relaxing and picturesque activity.
  • After lunch at the lodge, enjoy a swim in the pool and a massage before setting off on an afternoon game drive finishing off with sundowners in a secluded spot with a breathtaking view.

Day 3: Saruni Samburu

  • Depart for Samburu by air or by road – with the flight leaving at 10:35 AM and arriving 25 minutes later, and the scenic road transfer taking roughly two hours.
  • After lunch enjoy a complimentary massage at the Samburu Wellbeing Space or head out on a nature walk discovering animals, plants and the caves in the local area, led by your skillful and knowledgeable Samburu guides.
  • Afternoon game drive on Kalama Conservancy exploring 200,000 acres of pristine wilderness in total privacy and sundowners with a breathtaking view.

Day 4: Saruni Samburu

  • Continue to explore the wonders of Samburu with a morning game drive into 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. Enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to the lodge to relax for the afternoon.
  • Evening game drive in Kalama Conservancy, the 200,000-acre private wildlife conservancy in which Saruni Samburu is located, 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 5: Saruni Mara

  • Depart Samburu on your flight in the morning* and arrive in the Masai Mara an hour and a half later.
  • 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 an exclusive game drive later in the afternoon in Mara North Conservancy – over 30,000 acres of plentiful, protected land bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. Enjoy a completely different and less-explored corner of the Mara ecosystem in total privacy, brimming with wildlife.
  • Enjoy massage and beauty 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 6: Saruni Mara

  • 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.
  • Weather permitting, experience a bush dinner in the middle of nature under the vast African sky, with Maasai warriors singing and dancing around the fire.

Day 7: Departure

  • Enjoy your last morning of waking up in paradise with a beautiful sunrise and the dawn chorus.
  • 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 back to Nairobi leaving the Mara at 11:00 AM and arriving in Nairobi at 12:20 PM.
  • Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with Saruni driver and vehicle. Depending on the time of your international flight, stop at the Talisman or Carnivore restaurant for dinner.

The Wilderness

The Masai Mara
The Masai Mara is a 5,000 square kilometre-ecosystem made of a national reserve and several private conservancies. The national reserve covers 1,672 square kilometres (more than 400,000 acres) and is situated between 1,500 and 2,100 metres above sea level. It is part of the Serengeti ecosystem that extends from northern Tanzania into southern Kenya. Of the conservancies, the main one (where Saruni is located) is the Mara North Conservancy, 74,000 acres of amazing wilderness, where most of the wildlife is concentrated most of the year. The Masai Mara region is considered the jewel of African wildlife and nowhere on the continent can you find the same abundance and variety of wild animals. Millions of wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, buffalo, impala, topi, hartebeest, giraffe, eland, elephant, dik-dik, hippo and warthog live their natural lifecycle alongside the largest population of lions in Kenya. For our safaris we use comfortable, fully-open Land Rovers, specially designed to give you maximum visibility over the landscape and the animals. On our foot safaris we walk, on the plains and in the mountains that surround Saruni.

The Samburu Ecosystem
Is one of the most exciting in East Africa and is made of several national reserves, private ranches and communally-owned group ranches that are more and more interconnected. Famous for its large population of elephants, Samburu stands out for the abundance of northern species that cannot be found in other areas of Kenya. Kalama Conservation area, the wildlife sanctuary bordering with Samburu National Reserve where we are located, has an abundance of other rare species, like the leopard, the striped hyena, the civet. We’d love to take you to our secret spots, especially for bush dinner, or to the river for a picnic lunch that allows us to be with elephants, waterbuck, lion, impala, giraffe and all the Samburu species that go and drink water. If you are passionate about birds, Samburu is the place to be: not only the species are abundant, but the birds are very tame and can be easily spotted and photographed.

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.