Laikipia, Samburu and Mount Kenya

Laikipia, Samburu & Mount Kenya

North of majestic Mount Kenya scenic high plateaus give way eventually to the Northern Desert and many of our favourite safari camps in all of Africa are found. The Laikipia Plateau is a vast expanse of high rangelands with flowing rivers, stunning view-points and privately managed ranches and conservancies. With an energetic approach to conservation and without the National Park structure and restrictions, Laikipia offers the finest safari experience in Kenya, with very healthy wildlife densities (if not quite at Mara levels) and the opportunity to combine game drives with more adventurous bush walks, fly camping, horse riding and walking safaris. By contrast, Samburu and Meru National Parks mark the start of the Northern Deserts, with hot dry landscapes where game viewing is mostly concentrated along the picturesque rivers. It would not be misleading to compare the landscapes here to those evoked in the Lion King.


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Combines one of our favourite safari camps in Africa with a barefoot beach lodge on the Kenya Coast.

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

Adults from $3,438 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $981 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,686 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $981 per person economy class from London

Enjoy some of the best safari in Africa on this two centre fly-in safari in the Laikipia Wilderness and Masai Mara.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $5,027 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $851 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,953 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $851 per person economy class from London

The best of Kenya for families, combining the wilderness of Laikipia North, superb safari in the Masai Mara and the beautiful Kenya Coast.

Tailor-made Luxury 13 days

Adults from $7,412 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $916 per person economy class from London

Families from $6,015 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $916 per person economy class from London

Extended safari in Kenya including the wetland habitat of the Great Rift Valley, the open plains of the Masai Mara & wilderness bush of the Laikipia Plateau. Superb camps throughout.

Tailor-made Luxury 9 days

Adults from $5,800 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $981 per person economy class from London

Combine climbing Mount Kenya with a 6 day safari to Masai Mara including Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara parks.

Tailor-made Adventure 11 days

Adults from $3,921 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

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Accommodation

Our rating

10/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Small intimate safari camp
- Superb Wilderness location
- Fly camping & Bush Walks
- Fantastic for Families

Sosian

Northern Kenya

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Country house feel
- Wilderness experience
- Fantastic facilities
- Beautiful landscapes

Ol Malo

Northern Kenya

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Ranch property
- Wilderness
- Horse & Camel Riding
- Incredible Views

Ekorian's Mugie Camp

Northern Kenya

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Exclusive location
- Excellent wildlife
- Kayaking
- Small swimming pool
- Family Friendly

Elsa's Kopje

Northern Kenya

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Unusual Wildlife
- Romantic setting
- Eco-friendly
- Remote Meru NP location

Saruni Samburu Camp

Northern Kenya

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stunning panoramic views
- Excellent Game viewing
- Unique, luxury lodge

Sabuk

Northern Kenya

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Distinctive, elevated location
- Camel safaris and fly-camping
- Fishing, horse riding, bird watching
- Day & night game drives, bush walks

Offbeat Meru

Northern Kenya

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Next to Meru National Park
- Off the beaten track
- Exceptional birding
- Traditional tented camp

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 494 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan B reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

  • Speke's camp was absolutely ideal - small and personal, with great hosts. We'd definitely recommend the "tented safari" experience to others. The kid's didn't miss having a pool (too interested in Safari). Speke's camp give you your own landrover and driver/guide, which gave us great flexibility (much better I suspect than what is offered by some of the larger camps). Our guide was brilliant. See below for the review we just posted on rip Advisor.

    I think the only negative of the trip was getting through Nairobi airport (multiple security checks, and they ask you to "board" two hours in advance, which in fact means going into crowded transit lounge with no facilities), but there's not anything anyone can do about that

    It's also worth saying that Peponi really is a unique experience. It's a proper East African institution, with all the locals dropping into the bar. It's the perfect antidote to anyone wanting to get away from the soulless all inclusive resorts which could be absolutely anywhere in the world (which seem to be a bit of a feature of Zanzibar). Lamu is still amazingly undeveloped.

    We stayed at Speke's camp for 4 nights in August 2018 - a family of two adults and two children. For us it was the perfect location to experience the Mara. The camp is only a short drive outside the main Mara reserve and is in an amazingly picturesque location, set by a small river in the shade of trees. Wildlife roams near (and sometimes through!) the camp. You get to feel very close to nature when you have a buffalo rooting up grass just outside your tent in the middle of the night!

    The camp itself is small and has a very personal feel to it. There are only eight or so guest tents, so you get to meet everyone passing through. One of the great pleasures was getting to chat to other guests over the evening meal or round the camp fire, swapping stories of the day's sightings. If you do want a little more privacy, then it's absolutely fine to eat in your own group.

    Whilst you do sleep and eat under canvas, it is an extremely civilised experience: the beds are comfy (with hot water bottles provided to ward off the chill of the evenings); there are bucket showers which sound much more primitive than they really are; the communal area is very elegantly laid out; tea is brought to the tent before setting out on early morning game drives, and the food was fantastic.

    What really makes the experience however are the wonderful hosts. Both Adrian and Veronique made a real effort to get to know us and ensure we were well looked after; and it's certainly worth picking Adrian's brains on the history of the region (it's not called Speke's camp for nothing)

    The final word must go to our wonderful guide/driver Ambrose and our Masai spotter Marco. It was a real privilege to have our own land-rover and to be shown the reserve by such knowledgeable and charming individuals. Ambrose is a proper naturalist, can identify a lilac breasted roller at 200 yards, and knows where to see the best wildlife without simply following other trucks. On our final afternoon, with 30 minutes before we had to leave the Mara Triangle, we had seen every animal and bird that was on our wish list (including a live Cheetah kill), but had not seen a rhino. Marco saw a speck on the horizon, Ambrose drove like the clappers and as a parting gift we were able to see this most elusive animal up close. Notwithstanding all the awe-inspiring nature, I think my wife's personal highlight was driving the land rover back to amp along the dirt track through herds of zebra and ambling giraffe. A truly amazing experience all round.

    MissingJonathan I reviewing Laikipia & Masai Mara Safari on 24 August 2018

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Whilst many will feel duty bound to visit the Mara during their safari in Kenya, Laikipia needn't necessarily play second fiddle. A two center safari combining traditional game drives & high wildlife concentrations in the Mara with the more adventurous safari on offer in Laikipia makes a perfectly balanced itinerary. And for those on a tighter budget wanting to keep travel to a minimum, we will often eschew the Mara entirely, recommending a single or even two center safari in Laikipia, simply because the quality of the camps, the low densities of tourists and the opportunity to fly camp amidst the wilderness and experience safari on foot, from a vehicle, horse or even atop a camel makes for such a visceral enthralling experience.

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