Kenya - Best of Northern Kenya
Black and White rhino, Samburu tribesmen, Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk
ALL OUR ‘BEST OF NORTHERN KENYA’ SAFARIS ARE CUSTOMIZED AND BOOKED ON DEMAND ONLY. ORYX DOES NOT CURRENTLY OFFER ANY SCHEDULED SAFARIS FOR THIS ITINERARY, BUT WILL INSTEAD HAPPILY DESIGN A TAILOR-MADE PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI TO THIS DESTINATION ACCORDING TO YOUR SPECIFIC REQUESTS AND REQUIREMENTS!
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi and transfer to accommodation
Today is an arrival day in the Kenyan capital, and after passport control and having collected luggage, you will be met by an ORYX representative who will then transfer you to your accommodations for the evening.
Day 2: Scheduled flight from Wilson to Lewa
From Macushla, we will be transferred to Wilson Airport, where after we catch a scheduled flight to Lewa.
Sprawling over the Laikipia plains, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a prolific wildlife conservancy that is popular with celebrities, conservationists, writers and photographers. Lewa found recent media attention with stories of a blossoming Royal romance.
Underpinning the glamorous magnetism of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a serious mission: a pioneering and pragmatic approach to conservation, founded in the 1970s and that has developed into a thriving and globally recognised rhino conservation habitat.
Days 3 and 4: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Visitors to Lewa are privy to some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing that Kenya has to offer: Lion, Leopard and Black-backed Jackal thrive on the rich diversity of prey that inhabits the area. The Wildlife Conservancy is home to the largest concentration of Grevy’s Zebra in the world, and its range of habitats attracts diverse birdlife and rare species such as Beisa Oryx.
Registered as a rhino conservancy in 1983, the conservancy is famous for its successful rhino and Grevy’s Zebra breeding projects – Lewa is home to 10% of Kenya’s rhino, and 20% of the world’s population of Grevy’s Zebra. The whole conservancy is fenced (this is done specifically for the protection of the rhino), and the conservancy employs over 150 rangers. The conservancy does extensive outreach work into the surrounding communities with its Community Development Program, including healthcare, education, micro-finance, and water projects – in order to share with the community the benefits of wildlife.
Rainfall is mostly in May and November with an average of 360mm recorded per year. We can expect warm, dry days – perfect photographic weather during this Kenya custom private tour! As this area is based on an ecotone, it hosts an impressive list of mammals, with over 70 species recorded. We have the whole eastern side of the conservancy to ourselves, and with strict limits on tourist numbers with the Conservancy, we will be treated to a very exclusive game viewing experience!
The game is superb (as too is the photography!), with plentiful rhino, elephant, buffalo, the rare Grevy’s Zebra and resident predators, all to a backdrop of the jagged snow-capped Mt. Kenya.
While at Lewa, we will also get the opportunity to partake in photography of the local Samburu people, who are dry-country relatives of the Maasai.
Day 5: Road transfer Lewa to Samburu Game Reserve
Today on our custom private tour, we will embark on a morning game drive on the fabulous reserve, followed by breakfast. Thereafter, we depart Lewa, and travel by way of road transfer (distance is short – roughly 70km), to the famous dry-country park known as Samburu Game Reserve. We will be spending three nights of our custom private tour here, enjoying the splendid scenery, dry country game and cultural photographic opportunities on offer.
Days 6 and 7: Samburu Game Reserve
Dry, rugged and stunning, Samburu’s landscape is at once stark and sensual, with its iconic loaf shaped Ololokwe Mountain and hills spreading in every horizon. Its life lung is the Uaso Nyiro River coursing through its craggy terrain full of stone, thorn bush and the forked doum palms. In this arid zone where water is scarce and the land baked by the eternal sun, herds of elephants and the big cats roam the plains with the Samburu special – the Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the long necked antelope, the gerenuk easily seen despite its harsh climes. This is a truly stunning area, and one in which we will again be spending a good amount of time photographing the local Samburu people.
Day 8: Flight Samburu to Nairobi, and Depart for Final Destination of Choice
Today marks the end of your incredible Kenya custom private tour. At a time to be advised, you will fly back to Wilson Airport. Upon arrival at Wilson Airport you will be road transferred back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where this safari sadly comes to an end.