Sarara Camp

Sample Itinerary—Culture and Wildlife of Northern Kenya

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Get an intimate perspective of the remote wilderness of northern Kenya as you explore lowland plains, wooded hills, and the pristine expanse of Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy on foot, on game drives, and during cultural encounters with the local Samburu people.

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish. Some experiences featured in this itinerary incur an additional cost.

Highlights

  • Take a private tour of the Namunyuk Wildlife Conservancy headquarters and learn about its anti-poaching activities and its locally run elephant sanctuary, as well as other wildlife conservation and community programs that Sarara Camp supports (National Geographic Exclusive).
  • Explore the diverse habitats of northern Kenya on guided safaris by foot, by 4x4, or horseback, and encounter a variety of wildlife, including leopards, zebras, giraffes, and more.
  • Get acquainted with the Samburu people on bush walks and visits to nearby villages. During the dry season, enjoy a rare opportunity to witness the singing wells, an authentic tribal tradition.
  • Meet the gentle residents of Africa’s first community-owned elephant orphanage.

Day 1—Arrive Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

Land at Namunyak airstrip, where your private guide awaits to drive you to camp. Meet the management team and get settled in your spacious tented suite overlooking the watering hole. Take lunch followed by a dip in the infinity pool, or soak up the views of the Mathew’s mountain range from your private veranda. Enjoy afternoon tea and stretch out your legs on an easy nature walk with a Samburu guide. Then head out on an evening game drive to discover the nocturnal creatures of the bush. Back at camp, dine under a star-studded sky.

Day 2—Samburu Culture

Wake up to coffee or tea on your veranda as you watch the morning light illuminate the valley. During the dry season, set off on a guided walk to the Samburu’s famous singing wells and witness the fascinating tribal tradition that gave the lodge its name, which translates to “meeting place.” Return to camp and relax by the pool, or join Samburu women in the shade of a tree for a lesson in local beading techniques before lunch. This afternoon, unwind with a soothing massage (additional cost applies) or enjoy quiet time at the camp. Take a private tour of the Namunyuk Wildlife Conservancy headquarters and get an inside look at its anti-poaching activities and other community and conservation programs. Later, ride in a safari vehicle back to the singing wells and witness its fascinating display of humans and wildlife coexisting. Tonight, gather around a bonfire for a barbecued bush dinner hosted by a Samburu guide.

Day 3—Wildlife Encounters

Greet the day with a sunrise yoga session (additional cost applies) or a morning hike in the mountains. Or go on an early game drive with a stop for breakfast in a secret spot in the bush, followed by a visit to Africa’s first community-owned elephant orphanage (additional cost applies). Return to camp for lunch, then walk down to the nearby river and natural rock pool. Enjoy afternoon tea, then glimpse the local way of life on a guided visit to a Samburu home. Venture into the bush on a late afternoon game drive, and watch for elephants, leopards, reticulated giraffes, lesser and greater kudus, and hyenas. Along the way, take a break for sundowner cocktails. Later, savor a candlelit dinner on the deck—and don’t be surprised at the sight of elephants gathering to drink at the watering hole below.

Day 4—Horseback Safari/Depart

On your final morning, walk down to the stables to visit orphaned horses that are rehabilitated here before being released back into the wild. For a different perspective of the wilderness, set off on a guided horseback safari. Enjoy breakfast at camp before transferring to the airstrip for your flight home or on to your next destination.

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