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Discover Samburu National Park, located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro, Kenya. Known for its famed lionesses and other big cats, this reserve also has its own ‘big five’ that are seldom seen elsewhere in the country ­– the Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, East African Spiesbok, Gerenuk and Somali Ostrich. On this short independent trip you’ll enjoy the freedom of solo travel with the convenience of guided game drives.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short packages that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, depart daily and offer the back-up of Peregrine, our local offices and expert resident guides.

Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Physical rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Discover the wildlife and landscapes of lesser-visited Samburu Nationl Park on multiple game drives.

  • Search out the alternative Big Five, spectacular mountains and rock formations, and colourfully-dressed Samburu tribes that make this Kenyan reserve unique.

  • As home to big cats, over 600 elephants, zebra, buffalo, hippos and more than 350 bird species, Samburu is a wildlife lover’s paradise.

  • Enjoy the convenience of included air-transfers, game drives and English-speaking local guides.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although this is an Independent Experience, your game drives within the Samburu National Park will be by necessity shared game drives. Other guests from the lodge will accompany you.

  • Our Independent Experiences have been designed for just one to three people, departing every day of the week for most Experiences. You can mix and match to create your perfect trip combination, then we’ll arrange the transport between each experience for you. You will have local guides at most destinations and activities. It’s independent travel without the stress.


This Independent Experience starts at your Nairobi hotel or from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to Wilson Airport (Nairobi's domestic airport) (approximately 45 minutes). At Wilson Airport you’ll take a short 75-minute flight to Samburu, where you’ll be met by your local guide and transferred to the camp. There are two daily flights from Wilson Airport (07:30am & 9:15am). Please ensure your international flight arrival into Nairobi allows you sufficient time to clear customs and be transferred to Wilson Airport. If your flight does not arrive early enough, you need to arrive one day earlier and book one night's pre-tour accommodation as well as an arrival transfer. Samburu National Park is located in Kenya’s rugged and remote northern Great Rift Valley, and sits on the bank of the Ewaso Ngiro River, which draws plenty of wildlife. When you arrive in the park you’ll embark on your first game drive – look out for the long-necked gerenuk antelope, which can often been seen standing precariously on their hind legs, stretching up tree trunks to feast on the leaves. Your accommodation tonight is in a luxury tented camp on the banks of the river, where it’s possible to see elephants from your tent.
  • Ashnil Samburu Camp or similiar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Samburu National Park - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Continue your exploration of this lesser known park, but one that still teems with wildlife and beautiful landscapes. Your daily routine at Samburu will vary, as on some days picnics will be taken out on extended half-day or full-day game drives. Your typical daily routine however involves waking at dawn for a light breakfast followed by an early morning game drive (in 4WD safari vehicles with opening roof hatches), setting off at sunrise and returning to the camp three to four hours later. Breakfast is a leisurely affair, taken outdoors in the morning sunlight, with lunch usually served al-fresco too. During the heat of the day there’s time to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the bush, punctuated only by intermittent birdcalls. An afternoon game drive departs around 4pm and returns after sunset. On returning to the camp, freshen up before joining other guests around the campfire for a pre-dinner drink. Samburu is one of the best places in the country to see elephants thanks to the Ewaso Nyiro River, and you’re more that likely to see herds in its waters. Three types of big cat (lion, cheetah, and leopard) call the park home, along with buffalo, hippos, two different types of Zebra, Nile crocodiles, and of course numerous bird species. The park was one of the places that Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous by the book and film ‘Born Free’. The views of wildlife are made all the more impressive by the mountains of Koitogor and Ololokwe on the skyline.

Notes: Your game drive within Samburu National Park will be a shared activity. You will be accompanied by other guests of the lodge.
  • Ashnil Samburu Camp or similiar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Samburu National Park - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning you’ll enjoy your final sunrise game drive to soak up the memorable Samburu views, and then return to the lodge for a leisurely breakfast until departure. Your flight back to Nairobi should arrive no later than 5pm. Please do not book onwards flights out of Nairobi prior to 9pm. Upon arrival into Wilson Airport you will be met and transferred to either a Nairobi city hotel or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Please note that the actual flight you are booked on is subject to availability and will be confirmed upon booking.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners


4WD vehicle, On foot, Plane, Private vehicle


Permanent Tented Camp (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Samburu National Park - Game drive

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Important notes

Please note that lodge based activities on your Independent Experience will be on a join in basis. This means that these activities may be shared with other guests at the property.

As return transfers are included, please ensure the correct details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure. A representative will then meet you at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (or meet you at your Nairobi hotel) and transfer you to Wilson Airport for your flight into Samburu.

Your Independent Experience includes flights with either Safarilink or Air Kenya. Your driver will advise you regarding the exact flight schedules when you are collected from Nairobi.

You will also be met on arrival at the Samburu airstrip by a representative from our camp, and transferred back to the airstrip on the final day.

A departure transfer will be included on arrival at Wilson Airport to either Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or your Nairobi hotel. Please ensure these details are provided to Peregrine no later than 15 days prior to travel so your transfers can be arranged.

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