To survey the rolling countryside from the northern slopes of Mount Kenya is an unmissable experience. To attempt to capture the scene from Mathews Mountains, looking out over endless plains framed by distant mountains will challenge your camera’s abilities. Similarly, your first sighting of rare black or white rhino in the bush at Lewa will leave you breathless. As will watching the elephants, lions, cheetah, leopard, giraffe and gazelle of remote safari camps like Sarara and Samburu.
London – Nairobi
Fly out of Heathrow in the morning, bound for Kenya. You arrive in Nairobi in the evening, where you’ll be taken to your hotel to spend one night.
Stay: One night in a deluxe room at Ole Sereni.
From Wilson Airport – Nairobi’s domestic airport – you’ll take a quick hop across country to Lewa and, following a drive through the Kenyan bush, arrive at a fabulous 35,000 acre ranch situated on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya and on the edge of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – one of the few places in Africa where you can still see endangered black and white rhino in their natural habitat – so the game viewing matches the majesty of the countryside. Enjoy day and night time game drives and guided bush walks with a local guide, as well as bird watching and even fly fishing trips up to a lake on Mount Kenya if you’re a keen angler.
Stay: Three nights in a double or twin room at Borana Ranch.
Sarara Safari Camp
Today travel north and experience remote Kenya, high in the Mathews Mountains. Enjoy glorious views east over rolling plains framed by distant, blue-tinged mountains. Sarara Safari Camp is a community ranch working closely with the local people so it will introduce you to the interesting lifestyle of the Samburu villagers. You’ll also meet elephants – several hundred roam freely around the camp – as well as buffalo, lions, cheetah, leopard, wild dogs hunting in large packs, giraffe, zebra and gazelle. Not to mention a whole parade of brilliant birds.
Stay: Two nights in a double tent at Sarara Safari Camp.
Samburu Game Reserve
Now you return to Nanyuki for a short flight to Samburu. You’ll be met at the airstrip and guided to one of the most stylish and luxurious game lodges in Northern Kenya. Your room will have canvas walls and a thatched roof, plus great views over the Ewaso River. It’s the perfect spot from which to watch elephants gambolling in the water, as well as taking guided bush walks, cultural visits to the local Samburu community and dining beneath the African sky.
Stay: Two nights in Sasaab Samburu Camp.
Samburu – Nairobi – London
An early start means you’ll reach Nairobi in time to meet your return flight to the UK. You’ll arrive at London Heathrow towards the end of the afternoon.