This safari gives you good impression of wildlife in the northern districts of Kenya. In it reside species not to be found elsewhere in Africa like Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx and blue-shanked Somali ostrich. Samburu and Buffalo Springs Game Reserve lie in a semi-arid, open savannah plain broken occasionally by small rugged hills. Meru National Park is outside of Kenya perhaps best known as “Elsa” country. Joy and George Adamson played a big role in founding these protected areas. The park lies in a broad plain dissected by numerous streams, which join up with Tana River that forms the parks Southern boundary. The abounding in watercourses renders biotopes for over 300 bird species.
Day 1: Nairobi - Meru. Pick up from the airport or hotel in town. You drive through the „White Highlands“ along Mt. Kenya. Lunch on the way. We reach the park in the afternoon. Overnight: mobile Camping special or public campsite, Off Beat Safari Camp, Leopard Rock Lodge or Elsa’s Kopje.
Days 2 & 3: Meru. On our game drives we visit hippo pools where also crocodile bask. We drive down to the Adamson Falls and watch out for elephants, Greater and Lesser Kudu, buffaloes, zebras, various antelopes and the colourful birds. If we are lucky we might see a lion or a striped hyena. The vegetation is mainly commiphora and acacia trees. The rivers are skirted by trees. Overnight: mobile Camping special or public campsite, Off Beat Safari Camp, Leopard Rock Lodge or Elsa’s Kopje.
Day 4: Meru - Shaba. After breakfast we follow the steep road up to Meru town. We will pass Isiolo and reach Shaba for lunch. In the later afternoon game drive to enjoy this lovely landscape and its inhabitants. D/FB Shaba Lodge.
Day 5: Shaba – Samburu. After sunrise we go for game drive and get back to the lodge for breakfast. We proceed to Samburu for lunch. Game drive in the afternoon. Overnight: mobile tented camp public campsite or any of the luxury tented camps or lodge.
Days 6 & 7: Samburu / Buffalo Springs. We undertake morning and afternoon game drives in both reserves. During the hot midday hours we observe animals near the camp on the bank of Ewaso Nyiro river.
Day 8: Samburu – Nairobi. Drive or fly back to Nairobi or continue with your safari. It is possible to fly the long stretches between the parks.
Note: All 3 reserves are below or around 1.000 m. Temperatures around 30 degrees C have to be expected. Except during rainy season (usually from middle of March - June and November - middle of December) it is very dry and the climate very comfortable.
Costs depend on number of participants and accommodation, as well as if transfers done by car or plane.
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