Elephants of Tsavo, Lions of Samburu, and Cheetahs of the Masai Mara


In the magnificent land where safaris were born, we experience phenomenal game viewing and an insider’s look at conservation in three renowned national parks. Our charter flight brings us to vast Tsavo East and a wilderness camp that gives us special access to orphaned baby elephants being reintroduced to the wild by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Among the red mountains of Samburu National Reserve, we’ll look for Kenya’s northern species, encounter Samburu warriors, and meet an expert on lion conservation. Our grand finale is the Masai Mara National Reserve, where we revel in the super-abundance of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem from our spectacular camp and learn about the latest in cheetah conservation from a Mara researcher. Up-close wildlife encounters, spectacular bush flights, tribal cultures, incredible national parks—this is an unforgettable journey in Kenya.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Nairobi / Tsavo East National Park

A spectacular bush flight whisks us to Tsavo East for our stay at the David Sheldrick Elephant Trust’s wilderness camp. Here, on our first nights "under canvas," we’ll be introduced to the charismatic baby elephants of Tsavo, watching them as they bottle-feed, mud wallow, and interact with the older elephants. This is probably the closest a traveler could ever come to mingling right among African elephants and our special access is amazing.

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Days 4-5
Tsavo East National Park

Exploring Tsavo bushlands by 4WD vehicle, we keep an eye out for big herds of “red” elephants along with Tsavo endemics such as desert warthog and Peter’s gazelle. The Tsavo ecosystem hosts the world’s last surviving viable gene pool of giant tuskers, and we’ll meet with a Tsavo Trust conservationist to hear about strategies to protect these elephants and the communities of Tsavo.

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Days 6-7
Samburu Game Reserve

Flying north to Samburu, a picturesque land of red earth and palm-fringed, cocoa-brown rivers, we’ll meet the Samburu people, cousins to the Masai, and head out to look for big game species rarely seen elsewhere, including Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, and Beisa oryx. We also meet with a researcher from Ewaso Lions, which works to protect Africa’s lion population.

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Days 8-11
Masai Mara Game Reserve

A scenic charter flight takes us right to the Mara’s rolling grasslands amid striking volcanic scenery. Our camp in a magnificent location overlooking the Talek River offers some of the world’s finest Big Five game viewing in the world’s best-known wilderness. Depart on Day 11, or extend your journey with exciting gorilla tracking in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans.

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Experience the wonder of the Masai Mara National Reserve from our superbly located camp
Meet the orphaned baby elephants of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at our Tsavo camp
Look for Kenya’s rare northern species in Samburu Mational Reserve
Learn about the latest conservation successes in protecting Kenya’s elephants and lions


Length: 11 days
Cost From: $8395  
Arrive: Nairobi, Kenya
Depart: Nairobi, Kenya
Lodging: 1 night hotel, 9 nights luxury tented camps
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, easy walking

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