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Meet friendly Kenyan locals like these members of the Samburu tribe when you take a tailor-made holiday with Alfred&.

Luxury Samburu and Maasai Mara Fly-in Safari

By Dagmar Marrocco
Programme Manager for Alfred&

Fly straight into the action on this classic 8-day safari. In Samburu, rub shoulders with an ancient nomadic community while searching for rare species known as the ‘Special Five’. Then turn your attention to the ‘Big Five’ on the acacia-dotted plains of the Maasai Mara. Luxury tented camps guarantee your comfort, while scenic flights between locations offer reduced travel times and bird’s-eye views.


8 days
Guide price range
£6,715 - £8,775pp
including internationl flights
Best months to go
January to March, June to October

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

Mara Bushtops guided walking safari
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The walking safari with a Maasai warrior from Mara Bushtops

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Dine under the stars at Elephant Bedroom Camp

Relax, savour your food and take in the sights and sounds of Samburu after dark as the stars glitter above....

Long-necked gerenuk, Samburu

Tour Samburu and meet the Special Five

The Special Five are the stars of a Samburu game drive and uniquely-adapted to thrive in this arid environment...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail


Arrival in Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya. Upon arrival in Nairobi, a local representative will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your comfortable hotel. Overnight at Fairmont The Norfolk.

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Today is free to relax and explore the capital city of Nairobi. An optional visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi National Park is recommended. This is the most successful rescue programme for elephants in the world, with many of the babies being released back into the wild in Tsavo after around three years of rehabilitation. Overnight at Fairmont The Norfolk.

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Nairobi & Samburu

After breakfast, fly by light aircraft to the Samburu National Reserve. This scorching lowland is named after the nomadic Samburu people who still roam the region by camel. Your base for the next 2 nights is a luxury tented camp on the banks of a river, offering close encounters with elephants throughout the day. This evening, dine under the stars with a delicious dinner served by lantern light. Overnight at Elephant Bedroom Camp.

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Enjoy 2 game drives in the Samburu National Reserve, famous for its own rare species known as the 'Special Five’. These are the Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich and Beisa Oryx. Spotting one of these highly unusual creatures is a truly memorable experience. Exploring the reserve, you’re also likely to spot members of its ancient Samburu community, dressed in crimson robes and adorned with intricately beaded jewellery. Overnight at Elephant Bedroom Camp.

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Samburu & Maasai Mara

Fly to the Maasai Mara, an incredible reserve that plays host to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the world. You’ll spend the next 3 nights at an award-winning tented camp surrounded by a private conservancy. In the afternoon, head out on a game drive in search of the Big Five, big cats and a whole host of other wildlife. Back at camp, enjoy a 24-hour butler service and sundowers from the sunken bathtub on your private deck. Overnight at Mara Bushtops.

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Maasai Mara

During your stay at Mara Bushtops there’s the opportunity to take a thrilling hot-air balloon safari to gain a whole new perspective of the Maasai Mara. Wake early and watch as the balloon is prepared, then take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises and wildlife roam below. The memorable flight is followed by an impressive Champagne breakfast that will be set up as your balloon comes into land. This is our most popular optional experience in Kenya. The rest of the day is spent on further game drives into the heart of this wildlife-rich reserve with an expert driver/guide. Tonight, you may choose to enjoy a private dining experience in your tent. Overnight at Mara Bushtops.

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Maasai Mara

In addition to the daily game drives, there’s also the option to join an expert guide on a walking safari. Following tracks and identifying markings and droppings, your guide will bring you to within a safe distance of impala herds, zebra and sometimes giraffe. This unique experience is only possible due to the private conservancy location - you may never get closer to unspoiled nature. Returning to camp, unwind with a massage or treatment at the award-winning Amani Spa. Overnight at Mara Bushtops.

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Maasai Mara & Departure

After breakfast, fly back to Nairobi. Alternatively, if you’re travelling on to Kenya’s coast, you can fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa in the afternoon.

Another stop?

We recommend finishing your African adventure with a beach stay on the white sands of Zanzibar, or its small sister island of Pemba, In Tanzania.


Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

01 Apr - 31 May


Mid Season

01 Jan - 31 Mar, 01 Jun - 30 Jun, 01 Nov - 31 Dec


High Season

01 Jul - 31 Oct


Alfred & Dagmar Marrocco

Growing up in an adventurous South African family, Dagmar was always destined to travel. Beginning with camping trips all over her native country, she soon spread her wings to explore further afield. With over 60 destinations under her belt, including extensive first-hand experience throughout Africa, Dagmar is one of the most knowledgeable members of the Alfred& team. The vibrant culture, colours, sounds, and smells continue to draw her back to this incredible continent.      

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Becky, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the safari rangers, local village chiefs and camp managers you'll be talking about for years to come. Start planning today, call us, email an enquiry or arrange a phone or video appointment for ideas and advice.

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