Kenya's Northern Frontier Safari: A 6-Day Wildlife Safari in Meru and Samburu
Full Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Upon your arrival in Nairobi, Kenya's vibrant capital city, you will be transferred to your hotel. Take the evening to relax and prepare for the adventure that awaits. Indulge in local cuisine, explore the city's attractions, and rest up for the journey ahead.
Day 2: Meru National Park - Wildlife Exploration
After breakfast, depart for Meru National Park. This hidden gem is located in the eastern region of Kenya and offers a serene and secluded wildlife experience. Upon arrival, check-in to your accommodation and immerse yourself in the park's stunning landscapes.
In Meru National Park, embark on thrilling game drives led by expert guides. Traverse the park's diverse terrain, encountering elephants, lions, buffalos, and an array of bird species. Keep your eyes peeled for the park's specialty species, such as Grevy's zebras, reticulated giraffes, and the elusive black rhinos.
In addition to game drives, you'll have the opportunity to explore the park on foot during guided nature walks. Discover the park's smaller inhabitants, learn about the local flora, and gain a deeper understanding of this remarkable ecosystem. As the day draws to a close, enjoy a refreshing sundowner while admiring the breathtaking views of the park.
Day 3: Meru National Park - Wildlife Encounters
Continue your exploration of Meru National Park with another day of exciting wildlife encounters. Rise early for a morning game drive, when the animals are most active. Witness predators on the prowl and herbivores grazing in the golden light of dawn. Afterward, return to your accommodation for a delicious breakfast.
Spend the rest of the day on additional game drives, seeking out the park's fascinating wildlife. Capture photographs of elephants bathing in the rivers, spot graceful antelopes darting through the grasslands, and marvel at the park's abundant birdlife. During the afternoon, relax at your lodge or engage in optional activities such as bird-watching or cultural interactions with the local communities.
Day 4: Samburu National Reserve - Into the Wilderness
Bid farewell to Meru National Park as you depart for Samburu National Reserve. Located in the northern part of Kenya, Samburu is a haven for unique wildlife species and picturesque landscapes. Arrive at your accommodation, settle in, and prepare for an extraordinary wildlife experience.
Venture into Samburu National Reserve on game drives, where you'll encounter the reserve's diverse wildlife. Keep your camera ready as you search for the "Northern Five" – the Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Grevy's zebra, and gerenuk. Marvel at the park's thriving elephant population, observe leopards stealthily maneuvering through the trees, and spot lions basking in the sun.
In addition to wildlife encounters, take part in cultural visits to local Samburu communities. Immerse yourself in their rich traditions, learn about their way of life, and gain insights into their deep connection with the land. Engage in traditional dances, witness age-old ceremonies, and interact with the friendly locals, leaving you with a deeper understanding of the region's cultural heritage.
Day 5: Samburu National Reserve - Wildlife Immersion
Awake to the symphony of nature and embark on another thrilling day of wildlife immersion in Samburu National Reserve. Set out on morning and afternoon game drives, exploring the diverse habitats that make this reserve so unique.
As you venture deeper into the reserve, marvel at the incredible birdlife, from vibrant kingfishers to majestic eagles. Keep a keen eye out for the elusive leopard, known to roam these lands. Observe herds of elephants as they gracefully navigate the riverbanks, and witness the elegant giraffes grazing on the acacia trees.
Between game drives, take a moment to relax at your lodge, savoring the tranquility of the African wilderness. Alternatively, engage in optional activities such as guided bush walks, where you can learn about the smaller inhabitants of the reserve and gain a new perspective on the ecosystem.
Day 6: Farewell and Return to Nairobi
On the final day of your safari, bid farewell to the captivating landscapes of Samburu National Reserve. Enjoy a final morning game drive, soaking in the sights and sounds of the African wilderness one last time.
Afterward, begin your journey back to Nairobi, reflecting on the incredible wildlife encounters and unforgettable experiences you've had. Arrive in Nairobi in the late afternoon, where you will be transferred to your hotel or the airport, marking the end of your Kenya's Northern Frontier Safari.
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Meals as per itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Ground transport in a safari vehicle
- Game drives and park entry fees
- International flights
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, etc.
- Optional activities not outlined in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
Recommendations for activities:
- Guided nature walks in Meru and Samburu
- Sundowners overlooking the parks
- Cultural visits to local Samburu communities
- Bird-watching excursions
What to pack:
- Lightweight clothing in neutral colors
- Warm clothing for cool mornings and evenings
- Waterproof jacket
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Binoculars for game drives
- Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses
- Personal medications and toiletries
- Insect repellent
Embark on this 6-day Kenya's Northern Frontier Safari and immerse yourself in the beauty of Meru National Park and Samburu National Reserve. Encounter unique wildlife, witness breathtaking landscapes, and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.