9 Days Kenyan Cultural Photo Safari

September 6th - 14th, 2021

If you have ever been fascinated by the amazing wildlife and culture in Kenya and wanted to experience it up close and personal, then here is your chance! We are offering a life-changing photo and cultural tour of this amazing country that will leave you spellbound and changed forever! Join us for an intimate group safari that no only includes game drives on several games reserves throughout the country, but includes a deep cultural immersion into the tribal life that is like no other.

We will spend time with various tribes in the Samburu and Maasai communities getting to know the people and having ample photo opportunities. Each night you will be treated to mobile camps that will leave you in awe of the hospitality of the locals. And did I mention food? Your taste buds will beg for more of the deliciousness that is afforded you each and every day.

Our groups are purposefully small so that the experience is intimate. Not only will you build lasting friendships with your fellow travelers, but you will leave with a lifetime of memories. Please join us – this trip will fill up fast and you do not want to miss out!

Important Details

The cost

The retail cost of this trip is $9925.00 per person.  Non-refundable deposit of $3000 is due to register; First payment of $3475.00 is due May 1, 2021; balance of $3475.00 is due by June 1, 2021.  Maximum of 8 people for this safari.

 

Payment terms

  • The retail cost of this trip is $9925.00 per person.
  • Non-refundable deposit of $3000 is due to register;
  • First payment of $3475.00 is due May 1, 2021;

What IS included in your trip?

  • All accommodations
  • Transfers
  • Private game drives in EASV closed game-viewer safari vehicles
  • Drinks: soft drinks, house wines, beers and selected spirits at most camps
  • Visits to National parks, villages, places of interest as specified in itinerary
  • Community activities
  • Laundry (at selected camps)
  • Flying Doctor’s cover for one emergency evacuation per person to a Nairobi hospital, whereafter your personal Medical Insurance will be required

What is NOT included in your trip?

  • International flights & visas
  • Premium drinks
  • Extra transfers not indicated in itinerary or separate airport transfers
  • Extra activities provided by lodges
  • Personal travel, medical and cancellation insurance cover
  • Items of personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Credits

This is general information. More specific information per each camp will be provided with your itinerary as services differ at each location.

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Number of travellers

Single Room (fee applies)

Kenyan Safari Itinerary

Upon arrival at JKIA you will be met by our EASV agent as you reach the airport terminal. They will assist you through Customs and Immigration, luggage collection before escorting you to meet the driver who will be waiting at arrivals.

Ole Sereni Hotel

Ole-Sereni Hotel is amongst the leading airport hotels in Nairobi for business and leisure travellers, events, conferencing and weddings. With stunning greens and golds of Nairobi National Park’s landscape punctuated by giraffe, zebra, antelope, and buffalo lounging near our waterhole, the views alone make Ole-Sereni Hotel one-of-a-kind.

After breakfast you will be driven to Wilson Airport for your morning flight to Samburu National Park. Upon arrival at Samburu airstrip, youwill be met by your private safari vehicles and guides and transferred to the camp for lunch. Afternoon game drives in the park

Samburu National Reserve

The Samburu National Reserve is a game reserve on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in Kenya. On the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The park is 165 km² in size and is situated 350 kilometers from Nairobi. It ranges in altitude from 800 to 1230m above sea level. Geographically, it is located in Samburu County.

Overnight at Larsen’s Camp on fully inclusive basis.

Day visit to Magado, a collapsed caldera utilized by various tribes as a watering point for their cattle as well as salt-farming hermits who make salt blocks in a series of hand-made evaporating pools.

In the afternoon drive into Samburu NP, potentially also traversing Buffalo Springs or Shaba Game Reserves if time and road conditions allow, which should take approximately 3 hours from Magado. Arrive at Larsen’s Camp in the late afternoon or early evening.

Overnight at Larsen’s Camp

Early morning game drive in Samburu Game Reserve, returning to camp for breakfast. After breakfast, carry a picnic lunch and drive outside the reserve to witness a traditional Samburu ‘Ol Pul’ meat-eating ceremony, where young men from the community camp away from their villages for several days at a time, bonding as an age-group as they butcher and cook meat over several days.

In the afternoon, drive through Samburu Game Reserve, returning to camp for dinner.

The Samburu are a Nilotic people of north-central Kenya. Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists who herd mainly cattle but also keep sheep, goats and camels. The name they use for themselves is Lokop or Loikop, a term which may have a variety of meanings which Samburu themselves do not agree on. Many assert that it refers to them as “owners of the land” (“lo” refers to ownership, “nkop” is land) though others present a very different interpretation of the term. Samburu speak the Samburu dialect of the Maa language, which is a Nilotic language. The Maa language is also spoken by other 22 sub tribes of the Maa community otherwise known as the Maasai. Many Western anthropologists tried to carve out and create the Samburu tribe as a community of its own, unaffiliated to its parent Maasai community ,a narrative that seems to have sunk into the minds of many Samburu people today

Overnight at Larsen’s Camp

After breakfast, depart for Tumaren Mobile Camp (3hrs), arriving for lunch. Visit a Samburu home, meet the women and children and watch as the livestock return for the evening (photographic opportunities – portraits, dust sunset)

Overnight at Tumaren Mobile Camp

Full day of activities and photo opportunities with the Samburu and Laikipia Maasai Community. At a local homestead, meet some elders, Including Shillingi the famous tracker and spear hunter of elephants back in the day.

The Laikipiak people were a community that inhabited the plateau located on the eastern escarpment of the Rift Valley in Kenya that today bears their name. They are said to have arisen from the scattering of the Kwavi by the Maasai in the 1830s.They were one of two significant sections of that community that stayed together. The other being the Uasin Gishu with whom they would later ally against the Maasai.

Overnight at Tumaren Mobile Camp

Depart Tumaren Camp after breakfast for Lake Baringo, a drive of 3-4 hours through a wild and remote area of northern Kenya, with a picnic lunch to enjoy en route. Upon arrival at the lake about 1.5 hours before the final destination, stop at a Pokot village on the lakeshore to witness their day to day lives and traditional dances. At the end of the drive, transfer to a boat for a short ride to Samatian Camp, a rustic property on one of the lakes’ islands. Settle in a relax, with sundowners overlooking the lake.

The Pokot people (also spelled Pökoot) live in West Pokot County and Baringo County in Kenya and in the Pokot District of the eastern Karamoja region in Uganda. They form a section of the Kalenjin ethnic group and speak the Pökoot language, which is broadly similar to the related Marakwet, Nandi, Tuken and other members of the Kalenjin language group.

Overnight at Samatian Island Camp (Exclusive Use)

In the morning take a boat ride around the lake to see the broad range of birdlife that inhabits the lake. Also out on the lake are Njemps fishermen, who use small lightweight canoes for fishing. The mornings’ activities will include spending time with them and at their villages.

After lunch at Samatian Island Camp, drive off to Lake Bogoria, the adjacent, more alkaline lake which hosts hundreds of thousands of flamingos and boasts some of Kenya’s largest geysers and hot springs along its’ shores. Return to Samatian Island Camp in the late afternoon.

Overnight at Samatian Island Camp (Exclusive Use)

After a final breakfast at Island Camp, travel by boat and vehicle to the local airfield for a charter flight back to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. On arrival, transfer to Ole Sereni Hotel for dayroom accommodation. The day is spent at your leisure but optional day tours of the city can be arranged, including to Giraffe Manor, the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and several souvenir shops.

In the evening depart for the international airport for departing flights