Vacation villas are great for families: like a ‘home away from home’, they allow you privacy, comfort and the space to relax away from fellow safari goers. There is a network of luxuriously appointed holiday homes across East Africa that puts you in the middle of the bush without sacrificing any creature comforts.
Imagine an eco-chic villa open to the wide, wild world of the Samburu at Saruni Samburu. Picture dinner under the stars on your private veranda and your children learning about the ways of the warriors and guardians of the remote Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy. Kalama is a crucial elephant migratory corridor and you can watch these gentle giants lumber on their eternal quest for fresh grazing. After a hike up Mount Ololokwe, the Samburu's sacred mountain, wash off the dust of the rocky cliffs in one of two infinity pools.
More adventure beckons as you follow migratory wildebeest to the Masai Mara, where Saruni Mara welcomes you for three unforgettable nights. The villa has everything a traditional safari accommodation should have – and more. Besides unrivalled game viewing, there is a host of adventurous activities, from the Warriors Academy – an interactive learning programme designed specifically for families with children – to summiting nearby Kilelioni. For those who welcome relaxation, there are the therapeutic pleasures of the Masaai Wellbeing Space, before you return ‘home’ to your safari villa for a family feast at dinner time.
• Tour Duration: 8 Days
• Start: Nairobi
• End: Nairobi
Ololo Safari Lodge
KENYA, MASAI MARA
I love this itinerary idea for families with three children because Saruni’s Family Villas are one of a handful that can accommodate two adults and three children comfortably. Samburu offers such an incredibly family-friendly safari experience and I never hesitate to recommend this destination to families!
Ololo Safari Lodge | 1 Night
Staying at Ololo Safari Lodge in Kenya is a truly immersive and unforgettable safari experience. Situated in the heart of the Nairobi National Park, this exclusive lodge offers a perfect blend of luxury and wildlife encounters. From the moment you arrive, you'll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African wilderness, with breathtaking views of the savannah and the opportunity to witness iconic wildlife roaming freely.
The lodge boasts beautifully designed suites that blend modern comforts with traditional African aesthetics, providing a peaceful and comfortable retreat after a day of thrilling game drives. With personalized service, delectable cuisine, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Ololo Safari Lodge ensures an authentic and magical safari experience.
Samburu Sojourn | 3 Nights
After touching down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, a Saruni vehicle will transfer you to Wilson Airport for your short-haul flight to Samburu. For the next three nights, the spectacular Saruni Samburu's luxury, eco-chic villas are your home. Open and spacious, they offer spectacular views over Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy and to far-off Mount Kenya.
Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in more than 800 square kilometres or 497 square miles of pristine wilderness that is chock-full of wildlife. It is yours to explore exclusively, guided by Samburu warriors who are passionate about their land and culture. Kalama is also a crucial migratory corridor for large herds of elephants between the northern and southern conservation areas.
Migrate to the Mara | 3 Nights
Depart Samburu on another short-haul flight to the Masai Mara. Your last stop is Saruni Mara, the only boutique lodge in the Masai Mara. The lodge is nestled in a secluded valley in the heart of Mara North Conservancy, an exclusive, private wildlife concession bordering the famed Masai Mara National Reserve.
During your three nights at Saruni Mara, Maasai warriors guide you throughout, sharing their ancient wisdom of the area and animals and their fascinating way of life. Again, there is much to do: game drives in Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve and surrounding conservancies and night drives in Mara North Conservancy; guided bush walks through the forest and valleys around Saruni Mara and bird watching. You can also join the Warriors Academy with lessons in animal tracking; hike up Kilelioni, the highest peak in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, and join cultural visits to the local Maasai Market.
• Conservation fees
• Guided bush walks
• One complimentary Back & Neck massage (30 min)
• Shared day & night game drives in 4x4 vehicles
• VAT & taxes
• International flights
• Airport taxes
• All meals and drinks not specified
• Tips and gratuities
• Items of a personal nature