3 Days Kenya Safari to Samburu National Park and Cultural Tour

3 Days Kenya Safari to Samburu National Park and Cultural Tour of the Samburu people starts from the southern corner of the Samburu district, the rift valley.

It lies in the semi-desert Samburu National Reserve, named after the Samburu people who have lived in the area for many years.

The word Samburu comes from the Maasai word sambur, which is a traditional leather bag for carrying honey and milk.

Amidst the park flows the life-giving Ewaso Ng’iro River. It derives its name from a local language – and it means brown or muddy water, this river attracts a large population of Kenyan animals to the reserve.

The unfenced park is relatively small in size compared to other Kenyan parks such as Tsavo and Masai Mara

Tour Highlights of the 3 Days Kenya Safari to Samburu National Park and Cultural Tour

  • Day 1: Transfer and afternoon game drive
  • Day 2: Morning game drive and Samburu village tour
  • Day 3: Transfer to Nairobi
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Kenya Safari to Samburu National Park

Detailed 3 Days Kenya Safari to Samburu National Park and Cultural Tour

Day 1: Transfer from Nairobi and Afternoon Game Drive

Your adventure begins right from the moment you leave your hotel after breakfast has been served at 8:30 am. You have a 2 hours’ drive to the first stop at Karatina open Market.

This stop brings you to face to face with East Africa’s largest open-air retail outlet which is majorly known for a variety of goods, ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables, Kiondos, (baskets made from sisal), all types of cereals, and many other market goods with stalls that can hold up to 3,000 traders.

You will spend 30 minutes at this stop to get a feel of the local market activities before embarking on a 1-hour drive to Nanyuki town for Lunch at Ibis Hotel.

Thereafter, you will yet have another 1-hour drive to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. This is the home to amazing wildlife where a 2-hour game drive will give you an opportunity to see the Rhinos, Gravy’s zebras, elephants, and many other animals.

You will then switch to and half hours’ drive to Samburu National Reserve, reaching in time for you to check-in, dinner, and overnight stay as you prepare for more adventures the following day.

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Samburu Game Lodge
  • Midrange: Ashnil Samburu Camp
  • Budget: Samburu Riverside Camp
Day 2: Morning Game Drive and Samburu Village Tour

Your day starts with early breakfast at the camp, at exactly 7:00 am, you will leave for an extensive game drive in the reserve.

The park exploration will bring you closer to the wildlife including leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetahs, antelopes, etc. Samburu’s diverse wildlife tend to cluster close together near the life-giving Ewaso Ng’iro river which meanders through the reserve, leaving a trail of lush pastures for the reserve’s thousands of wild game species.

After 3-hour game drive, you will head back to your camp for a snack and thereafter a cultural tour experience at Samburu village where you will interact with and learn about the fascinating local people in this area.

The cattle, goat and camel-herding Samburu people are closely related to the Masai and they also wear similar traditional dress of blankets and beads and maintain a very similar lifestyle.

You will discover more about their nomadic way of life, and participate in the numerous activities that define a typical Samburu homestead.

These include goading cattle into pens, making traditional ornaments and milking goats. All these are worth noting and appreciating different life styles of different communities.

The activities at this stop last for 2 hours, after which you will return to the camp in time for your dinner and overnight stay.

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Samburu Game Lodge
  • Midrange: Ashnil Samburu Camp
  • Budget: Samburu Riverside Camp
Day 3: Samburu -Nairobi

On your last day, you will have breakfast at the camp and prepare for your departure at 8:30 am by road en route to Nairobi.

You will branch off at Nanyuki sports club for lunch and thereafter drive to Nairobi for overnight stay at your hotel or airport as you wait for your departure flight.

Activities on this 3 Days Kenya Safari to Samburu National Park and Cultural Tour

Karatina Market

Karatina Market, the largest open-air market in Kenya and in East Africa, is designed to respond to modern world- class trading and environmental needs.

It does this by providing facilities such as stalls, cold/chiller rooms, water storage facilities, parking areas, ablution blocks, among other facilities. This large market holds up to 3,000 traders.

Karatina town is a 2hrs drive away from Nairobi city. The retail market has been under construction for about three years to make sure it is up to standards, well organized to fit current standards.

While there, be sure to get all types of peak-harvested fruits, garden fresh vegetables, cereals, and ciondos.

The latter are baskets that will give you service for the longest time you can imagine. You will find many other market goods in abundance

Nanyuki Town

Nanyuki, the Market town of Laikipia county of Kenya, lies in the Northwest of Mount Kenya. The town is also known as the gateway to Mount Kenya and the wilderness of Mount Kenya the wilderness of Mount Kenya National Park.

The Main airfield (airbase) of the Kenya Air Force was founded in 1907 by the British settlers. Some of their descendants still live in around the town

The Equator passes through the southern part of Nanyuki. One crosses it when approaching Nanyuki.

You will meet some people who are usually at hand to show the supposed effect of the Coriolis force, which they say makes draining water swirl clockwise or anticlockwise depending on whether one is in the Northern or southern hemisphere.

This effect, however, is detectable only in the laboratory and so the “demonstrations” at the equator are only but an engaging diversion by the villagers.

These are several trails ascending the mountain, including the well, known Naro Moru and Sirimon routes.

The park’s wildlife includes leopards, giant forest hogs and more. In the northwest of Nanyuki, the plains hills of the vast Laikipia plateau are home to Lions, elephants and the rare gravy’s zebras

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Downs, also known as Lewa wildlife conservancy, is one of today’s successful conservancies in Africa.

It offers an unforgettable combination of jaw-dropping scenery, superb game viewing, excellent hospitality, and conservation education.

The conservancy, which was formed in 1995, is located in northern Kenya. This wildlife sanctuary incorporates the Ngare Ndare forest covers over 62,000 acres.

Apart from its focus on the protection of black rhinos and gravy’s zebras, the conservancy sustains a multitude of other species including elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes and more

The conservancy also supports the community through the programs in Education, healthcare, water, micro-enterprises and youth empowerment

Samburu National Reserve

At the southern corner of the Samburu district, the rift valley. It lies in the semi-desert Samburu National Reserve, named after the Samburu people who have lived in the area for many years.

The word Samburu comes from the Maasai word sambur, which is a traditional leather bag for carrying honey and milk. Amidst the park flows the life-giving Ewaso Ng’iro River.

It derives its name from a local language – and it means brown or muddy water, this river attracts a large population of Kenyan animals to the reserve.

The unfenced park is relatively small in size compared to other Kenyan parks such as Tsavo and Masai Mara

The reserve has visible mountains surrounding it. And Koitogor and Ololokwe are the best for hiking and camping. Samburu National Reserve is an exceptional destination for a cultural visit, most specifically the Samburu village.

The village hosts a considerable number of women and children. These all flee from or are survivors of various forms of atrocities that pause as risky to them, most of them being uncouth cultural norms

Samburu has several exciting tourism activities such as game drives on dusty roads, wild dog sightings, and nature walks, sightseeing, birding, and hiking.

Some of the first community-owned and managed Elephant Sanctuary in Africa: Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

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Kenya Safari to Samburu National Park

3 Days Kenya Safari to Samburu National Park and Cultural Tour: Inclusions &Exclusions

Safari includes:

  • Transportation in a tour van/Land cruiser
  • Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park admissions
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Safari exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned in the program
  • Phone calls bills
  • Tips
  • International transfers
  • Gratitude to tour guides
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal effects of any nature
  • Hotel fees before and after the safari
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