Fly to Samburu Safari

Starting from/returning to Nairobi area hotels, the international airport, or the location of your choice.

African man dressed in cultural clothing, with a backdrop of the Samburu National Reserve

We’ll bring you to local Wilson Airport for the easy flight to Samburu Park. And later fly you back to Nairobi.

With its big cats, elephants, and unusual species you won’t find elsewhere, Samburu National Reserve is a special park in northern Kenya that’s popular, and yet, not overly touristed.

Home to the indigenous Samburu people, lots of big game, and verdant desert springs, the park is a must-see to complete your Kenya safari experience. Now with our special air safari to the park, you can save over six hours of drive time. Arrive refreshed and ready to start your game drives on the park’s great golden plains.

Here’s how your safari begins: from the international airport or your hotel, we’ll pick you up and head to nearby Wilson Airport for the easy scenic flight to the park. Touching down at a nearby airstrip, your Africa Kenya Safaris driver/guide will greet you with a private, 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep

Now, you’re ready for Samburu and its treasures. For three days you’ll explore the spaces where the wildlife gather, such as the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River with its life-giving waters. And we’ll visit nearby Buffalo and Shaba Springs, home to fox, jackal, hyena, and the aardvark.

For three days we’ll bundle into our Jeep for active game drives throughout the reserve and then hop aboard our safari aircraft for the easy flight back to Nairobi. What a way to safari!

What’s Cool About Samburu Reserve?

Though it is considered the most popular park in northern Kenya, Samburu is still a lightly-touristed park so you’ll be seeing more wildlife than people. More than 900 elephants roam these broad plains so you’re certain to enjoy plenty of sightings.

The park is famous for its population of rare and endangered species not usually seen elsewhere. They are called, “The Samburu Special Five” – Grevy’s Zebra, Somali ostrich, the reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, and beisa oryx. You may also spot another rarity: African wild dogs, seen hunting in their packs.

Other game we’ll likely come across are the warthog, gazelle, baboon, impala, and the cute, little dik-dik.

Samburu Reserve is bathed in legend. The park was also home to the legendary Elsa, the lioness of “Born Free” fame. She was raised here before being released into the wild.

While at Samburu, take time for a cultural moment with an optional visit to the Samburu people, closely related to their indigenous cousins, the Maasai. A visit to their village will bring you up close to their homes, families, and way of life.

Giraffes walking through an East African safari park

Fast & Flexible

At AKS you write the rules. Travel and explore at your own pace in you own way. We’re fast, flexible, and always ready to respond to your requests. Book in advance or even the day before. We’ll get you out on safari – pronto!

Washing facilities in a room at Elephant Bedroom Camp in Samburu

The Extras

Depending on your choice of accommodation you can enjoy extras like a bush breakfast/lunch/ dinner, traditional dances around the boma, massage, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, special dietary menus, dinner at a Maasai homestead, game walks, overlook a natural watering hole, and more.

Stay Connected or Not. Your Choice.

We realize you’re on safari to get away from the usual. Still, there are times you may want to go online… perhaps to share your photos and adventures with friends. Our safari vehicles connect with Wi-Fi, about 75% of the time so you can usually connect when you want.

The Details

No one is more important to the success of your safari than your guide. At Africa Kenya Safaris, we have the friendliest, most experienced driver/guides. They will guide, host, inform, and look after you like the special guest you are. That’s our guarantee.

You’ll safari in style out to the parks in your own private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep – the best way to experience Africa with its higher seating for better views and its rugged all-wheel drive.

We give you more at AKS – customization, flexibility, and lots of choices. Your safari includes park entrance fees, game drives, accommodations, and meals. Plus, we always offer economy, comfort, superior comfort, or luxury safari lodges or tented camps.

Please give us a shout at Africa Kenya Safaris to set up your personalized safari adventure for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Safarilink plane used for a Kenya flight safari with Africa Kenya Safaris

Check Out Your Ride

Experience your Africa Kenya Safari in a customized pop-top roof 4x4x Safari Jeep that features: Portable fridge/Cooler Box, 4 Binoculars, long-range high-frequency radio, 4G/LTE broadband WIFI connectivity, AC 230 V Power Outlets, First Aid Kit, Safari Guide Books, Baby Seats (on request), Side steps (on request) and most importantly an expert multi-lingual safari guide who will ensure you have an incredible safari experience.

Day 1

Nairobi – Samburu

1.5 Hour Flight

9:00 am  – Just tell us where you’d like to be picked up – your hotel, residence, or another place of your choosing. Our Africa Kenya Safaris driver will be by to bring you to nearby Wilson Airport for your short flight to Samburu Reserve.

As you sail above Kenya’s fields and homesteads you may get dramatic views of snow-capped Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain.

You’ll touch down at an airstrip near the park where your driver/guide will greet you in a private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep. Hop in and we’ll begin our first game drive of the safari as you are brought to your Samburu accommodation.

The vastness of Samburu’s long plains will impress along with the ribbon of green cutting through the park: the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which provides life-giving waters for wildlife.

Toward late afternoon, we’ll head back to your safari lodge or tented camp to refresh, relax and enjoy dinner.

Day 2

Full Day at Samburu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We’re on safari time now, so let’s be up early as the wildlife, especially the big cats emerge into the cool of the new day.

The park is a haven for elephants so we shouldn’t have to look long to find the big tusked creatures at their watering holes or the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro. 

Your guide will also be keeping an eye out for some rare and endangered species that are unique to Samburu – reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, gerenuk, and African wild dogs.

Of course, the park offers opportunities to spot lion, leopard, cheetah, and more.

Time permitting, we may take side trips to nearby Shaba and Buffalo Reserves, with their greener landscapes and small game.

If you wish, we can switch gears, and make an optional visit to a local Samburu village. These indigenous people live as they always have, herding their livestock and living off the land. You can visit their homes, observe their culture and ceremonies, and have a close-up experience of a different way of life.

Toward evening we’ll head back to our Samburu accommodation for a relaxing dinner.

Day 3

Samburu – Nairobi

1.5 Hour Flight

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

It’s our final safari morning so let’s pack in some more game drives and see who we can discover. Then it’s breakfast at our lodge or safari camp.

By now you’re really getting to know the park and might have suggestions for some last minutes explorations on your way back to the airstrip.

Your plane is waiting for you and the easy, scenic flight back to Nairobi. We’ll meet you at Wilson Airport and bring you to the place of your choosing.

Big cats, elephants, the Samburu Special Five – it’s been an adventurous journey with even more time in the park thanks to your air safari. We hope you loved this taste of the safari life and that we’ll see you again on your next wildlife adventure. We at Africa Kenya Safaris, thank you for your interest in our special world.

Tour Highlights

Samburu National Reserve

  • Views of snow-capped Mt. Kenya
  • The Samburu Five – Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, oryx, gerenuk, Somali ostrich
  • Visit the local Samburu people – see their homes and culture
  • 1000’s of elephants


Please check out our prices for these private safaris – you’ll see they are the most reasonable anywhere for each tour. There are no hidden fees, plus you’ll travel in safari-style in a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep.


Accommodation Option
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Peak Season
(1st Jul-31st Oct) & (22nd Dec-1st Jan)
High Season
(2ndJan-31st Mar) (1st Nov-21st Dec)
Low Season
(1st Apr-30th June)
Samburu Sopa Lodge
*Comfort Safari Lodge
*Samburu National Reserve
*Private 4×4 Jeep Game drives
*Eco Rated Silver

Each of 2 persons $ 1270

Each of 4 Persons $ 1100

Each of 6 Persons $ 1050

SRS $80

Each of 2 persons $ 1230

Each of 4 Persons $ 1080

Each of 6 Persons $ 1030

SRS $80

Each of 2 persons $ 1170

Each of 4 Persons $ 1030

Each of 6 Persons $ 980

SRS $0

Samburu Simba Lodge
*Luxury Safari Lodge
*Samburu National Reserve
*Private 4×4 Jeep Game drives

Each of 2 persons $ 1390

Each of 4 Persons $ 1220

Each of 6 Persons $ 1160

SRS $175

Each of 2 persons $ 1310

Each of 4 Persons $ 1150

Each of 6 Persons $ 1100

SRS $145

Each of 2 persons $ 1230

Each of 4 Persons $ 1090

Each of 6 Persons $ 1050

SRS $0

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
*Luxury Safari Lodge
*Shaba National Reserve
*Private 4×4 Jeep Game drives

Each of 2 persons $ 1350

Each of 4 Persons $ 1180

Each of 6 Persons $ 1130

SRS $115

Each of 2 persons $ 1320

Each of 4 Persons $ 1160

Each of 6 Persons $ 1120

SRS $115

Each of 2 persons is $ 1220

Each of 4 Persons $ 1070

Each of 6 Persons $ 1020

SRS $0

Samburu Game Lodge
*Luxury Safari Lodge
*Samburu National Reserve
*Private 4×4 Jeep Game drives

Each of 2 persons $ 1120

Each of 4 Persons $ 1010

Each of 6 Persons $ 970

SRS $180

Each of 2 persons $ 1080

Each of 4 Persons $ 970

Each of 6 Persons $ 930

SRS $155

Each of 2 persons $ 960

Each of 4 Persons $ 850

Each of 6 Persons $ 810

SRS $0

Samburu Intrepids Camp
*Luxury Tented Camp
*Samburu National Reserve
*Private 4×4 Jeep Game drives
*Eco Rated Silver

Each of 2 persons $ 1450

Each of 4 Persons $ 1280

Each of 6 Persons $ 1230

SRS $195

Each of 2 persons $ 1330

Each of 4 Persons $ 1170

Each of 6 Persons $ 1130

SRS $145

Each of 2 persons $ 1270

Each of 4 Persons $ 1140

Each of 6 Persons $ 1080

SRS $0

Elephant Bedroom Camp
*Luxury Tented Camp
*Samburu National Reserve
*Private 4×4 Jeep Game drives

Each of 2 persons $ 1920

Each of 4 Persons $ 1750

Each of 6 Persons $ 1690

SRS $210

Each of 2 persons $ 12801720

Each of 4 Persons $ 1570

Each of 6 Persons $ 1530

SRS $180

Each of 2 persons $ 1610

Each of 4 Persons $ 1470

Each of 6 Persons $ 1420

SRS $0

Children upto 2 Years sharing with adults
Children between 3-11 Years sharing with adults

*Safari price per person for 3 persons shall be 6% less the per person price of 2 persons.
*Safari price per person for 5 persons shall be 3% less the per person price of 4 persons.
*Solo person safari price: add 50% to per person price based on 2 persons.

Easter, Christmas & New Year Supplements will be applicable on selected hotels (please enquire at the time of booking)

Please Note: Our listed selection of safari lodges & tented camps on this safari is not exhaustive.
If there is a special lodge/camp not on our list that you may prefer inform us and let us offer price quote for the same.

Your Tour Includes

  • Transport in a 4 x 4 Landcruiser Jeep
  • Pick up and drop off at your Nairobi location
  • Our experienced and friendly English speaking/other language guide/driver
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game viewing drives
  • Round trip air fare Nairobi – Masai Mara
  • All meals on safari
  • Government taxes and local levies
  • The Flying Doctors emergency medical evacuation/rescue insurance cover
Not Included In the Tour Price:

– Bottled & Soft Drinks
– Items and services of a personal nature
– Tips & Gratuities

Lots of Ways To Stay

Safari Lodge or Tented Camp?
Economy, Comfort, or Luxury?

We offer lots of ways to settle into your safari evening. Some people like the familiar four walls of a traditional lodge. Others go for the outdoors feel of a tented camp. Either way, both lodge or tented camp come in economy, comfort, and lux editions. Choose the accommodation style that suits your needs. And then, which level of service works for you.

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