Steppe Eagle Fly-in Safari

Steppe Eagle Fly-in Safari: In full

For a wildlife holiday combining the remote beauty of the Samburu National Reserve’s unusual, palm-fringed riverine landscape with the intense animal action usually experienced in the Maasai Mara, this 9-night safari has few equals. You start the trip on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro, where elephants, lions, leopards and a host of other species are a constant source of fascination. You then fly southwest, past Kenya’s highlands, to explore the wildlife-rich plains of the Maasai Mara, staying for four nights close to the Mara River in one of the liveliest parts of the reserve.

If you'd like to expererience the natural wonder of the great migration in the Maasai Mara, you should aim to go on this safari in August or September – the best months for witnessing hundreds of thousands of wildebeest roaming the region.

Many travellers add a stay by the Indian Ocean to their safari, including a beach holiday to the Kenya coast in their itinerary. It's a great way to relax after the excitement of wildlife-watching.

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Days 1-3

3 nights at Elephant Bedroom (full board & activities) | Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Elephant Bedroom is tucked into the riverine forest on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro. Afer being met at the international airport and transferring across Nairobi, your first safari flight (1–1½hrs) takes you north between Mount Kenya and the Aberdare range to a remote airstrip in the Samburu National Reserve. You'll be met there by a guide from Elephant Bedroom Camp and will then drive down to the riverside camp for lunch, pausing to watch anything interesting en route. Over the next three days, you'll get to know Samburu's fascinating wildlife and landscapes well, with elephants being among the most notable of the species you'll see at close range.

Days 4-7

4 nights at Little Governors Camp (full board & activities) | Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Little Governors' Camp has one of the best settings in the Maasai Mara.Leaving Samburu, you fly to the contrasting environment of the Maasai Mara, landing at Musiara airstrip on the grassy plains a few kilometres from the Mara River. A guide from Little Governors' Camp will meet you and drive you to a tiny ferry crossing in the forest, where you cross the Mara River. For the next three days, you'll explore the Maasai Mara National Reserve's extraordinarily rich ecosystem and its amazing animal interactions.

Day 8

After a last, early-morning game drive, you'll fly to Nairobi (around 1½hrs) and connect on an afternoon flight to the coast if you're continuing your holiday on the beach. Alternatively, if you're flying home today, you can spend the rest of the day in Nairobi with a vehicle and driver at your disposal, enabling you to do some last-minute Nairobi visits or shopping, before you drive to the airport later in the evening.

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