Zakale Expeditions

The Great Amboseli & Mara Expedition

THE GREAT AMBOSELI & MARA EXPEDITION
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY LOCATION ACCOMMODATION MEAL PLAN
Day 1 Nairobi House of Waine BB
Day 2 Nairobi House of Waine BB
Day 3 Amboseli Satao Elerai Camp FB
Day 4 Amboseli Satao Elerai Camp FB
Day 5 Masai Mara Entim Mara Camp FB
Day 6 Masai Mara Entim Mara Camp FB
Day 7 Masai Mara Entim Mara Camp FB
Day 8 Departure

Day 1 & 2 : Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, meet your guide. You will be transferred to House of Waine a small, up market house set in the quiet Nairobi suburb of Karen for overnight.

On the second day, visit set off to The Daphne Sheldrick, a focal point for Elephant Conservation. Elephant calves orphaned by poaching are brought here from all over the country. They receive extremely specialized treatment, and literally receive personal care 24 hours a day from highly dedicated staff who becomes surrogate mothers to the calves. Watch the calves as they are exercised and bathed.
Your next stop will be at the AFEW Giraffe Center a center that has been ostensibly set up as a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. After lunch at the Utamaduni restaurant, finish the day visiting Karen Blixen Museum. Here you will get an idea of some Kenya’s history as you enter the home where the author of Out of Africa, Karen Blixen, had her farm. It provides an idea of what life in Nairobi was like for the colonial settlers less than a century ago. Overnight at House of Waine (B)


Day 3 & 4: Amboseli National Park

Early this morning you will be transferred to the Wilson airport. Fly on Air Kenya scheduled flight to Amboseli famous for the dramatic views of Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, and the highest peak on the African continent. Amboseli is also famous for its elephant herds, which have been followed and documented by world renowned researcher Cynthia Moss.

On arrival at the airfield in a scenic location, your knowledgeable guide will welcome you and immediately start your game viewing drive. On the way from the airstrip to Satao Elerai Camp you can admire the beautiful scenery and the animals. The camp is located on an escarpment offering a wonderful view over Amboseli Park and Mount Kilimanjaro. After lunch at camp, you visit a typical Masai village and get an insight into the life of this traditional tribe. Overnight at Satao Elerai (B, L, D)

On the second day you will enjoy a morning game drive in Amboseli National Park. You drive back to your camp for lunch. Afterwards, you have time to relax and enjoy the wonderful panoramic view from your camp. This afternoon, you go on a game drive through the conservation area. When the sun starts to go down behind the horizon, you enjoy a bush sun downer. On your way back to the camp, you experience the Kenyan savannah at night – a unique experience.

Day 5, 6 & 7: Masai Mara National Reserve

After a leisurely al fresco breakfast, we now fly to the extraordinary destination of the Maasai Mara. Scenically, it epitomises the Africa of childhood imaginings: the lone Acacia tree against the cobalt sky, rolling plains that positively heave with life, the sluggish curves of the Mara River choc-a-bloc with hippo and crocs and the odd red "shuka" of a Maasai herdsman who carry on their normal pace of life, largely oblivious of all the commotion around them.

Spend the next day on game viewing drive with all meals and overnight at Entim Mara Camp (B, L, D)

Day 8: Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast, you will take your final scheduled flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From here you will follow through with your post trip plans or take your flight back home (B)

INCLUDED
Bed and Breakfast in Nairobi and Full board accommodation while on safari, airstrip transfers, bush meals, unlimited game drives, conservancy fees, guided bush walks & night game drives, laundry, soft drinks, beer and house wine & domestic flights as above.

EXCLUDED
International flights, visa fees, premium drinks & tipping

OPTIONAL
If on flying on an international flight we recommend a dayroom at Ole Sereni Hotel till 1800hrs before the
evening transfer to JKIA or shopping in town and dinner before the evening transfer.

Offbeat Safari

OFFBEAT SAFARI
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY LOCATION ACCOMMODATION MEAL PLAN
Day 1 Nairobi Villa Rosa Kempinski BB
Day 2 Meru National Park Offbeat Meru FB
Day 3 Meru National Park Offbeat Meru FB
Day 4 Meru National Park Offbeat Meru FB
Day 5 Laikipia Sosian FB
Day 6 Laikipia Sosian FB
Day 7 Masai Mara Offbeat Mara FB
Day 8 Masai Mara Offbeat Mara FB
Day 9 Masai Mara Offbeat Mara FB
Day 10 Departure


Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, meet your guide. You will be transferred to Villa Rosa Kempinski for overnight. Villa Rosa Kempinski (BB)


Day 2: Meru National Park

This morning fly on Air Kenya from Wilson airport to Meru National Park. On arrival at Meru Airstrip you will be met and driven the short distance to your home for the next three nights, Offbeat Meru Camp, a luxury tent camp situated in the Bisanandi Reserve just outside of Meru National Park. Eat a delicious lunch and relax poolside before heading out on your first game drive in the cool of the afternoon. Return to camp just before dark and enjoy a candlelit dinner before you settle in for an evening of preparation for the adventures ahead Overnight Meru Camp (L, D)

Day 3: Bisanadi Reserve

Wake up early to fresh coffee or tea bedside before you head out on an early game drive at first light. Take with you a packed breakfast or choose to eat a full breakfast once back at the camp. Keep your eyes open for lions, leopards, and cheetahs as you spend the morning exploring the Bisinandi Reserve. Opt for a short guided walk on the reserve before lunch. Next, head out to the Rhino Sanctuary to spot some of the 60 black and white rhino that call this place home. Finish off your day by fishing in one of the stunningly clear rivers for catfish, barble, or tilapia, which if successful can be cooked up for dinner! Dine back at camp before a restful sleep. Overnight Meru Camp (B, L, D)

Day 4: Tana River

This morning, don’t forget your packed lunch as we head out for a full day to the Tana River. Keep a keen eye out as you sit back and relax on this wonderful game drive. Stop by the grave of the famous lioness, Elsa, forever immortalized in the film, Born Free. On our return to camp this afternoon, we will visit the Boran Cultural Centrer as well as the local school. Overnight Meru Camp (B, L, D)


Day 5: Laikipia Plateau

Today we travel to Sosian Ranch (5 – 6 hours) in our comfortable 4x4 land cruiser, eating breakfast along the way. We will drive through the pretty Nyambene Hills, onto the foot slopes of Mt Kenya and then back down onto the Laikipia Plateau, making a stop along the way for snacks in Nanyuki. We arrive at Sosian, a 24,000-acre private, working ranch, in time for lunch.

In the afternoon you may opt for a horseback or camel ride to explore the southern end of the ranch or take a walk along the river, pausing to take in the stunning waterfalls at your turnaround point • Eat an early dinner before we head out for a night safari with spotlights in search of leopard and other nocturnal animals, such as aardvark and the smaller gennet and serval cats. Overnight Sosian Ranch (B, L, D)

Day 6: Laikipia Plateau

Awaken early to a steaming hot mug of coffee as you prepare to head out north of the ranch, up onto the open plains. Scan the surrounding openness for some of Kenya’s rarer species such as Jackson’s hartebeest, Oryx and aardwolf. Sit under the shade of an acacia tree near one of the many dams of the ranch as you enjoy a late morning brunch. Upon returning to the lodge, relax by the pool or try your hand at a game of tennis.
After tea, meet the ranch cattle manager and take a guided tour of the stud breeding herds – some of Kenya’s finest – showcasing the balance between cattle ranching and wildlife conservation. Back at the lodge, throw on some warm clothes because tonight we’re headed out to a bush dinner. Tonight, choose to sleep under the stars in a simple fly camp, falling asleep to the sounds of the African bush. Overnight Sosian Ranch (B, L, D)


Day 7: Masai Mara Reserve

After a tasty breakfast, wish farewell to the Sosian Ranch as we take off for the Nanyuki airstrip (2 hours) Board your plane for a one hour scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. From the  airstrip, a guide will meet you and transfer you to Mara Camp, situated on Mara North Conservancy, north of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. This afternoon you will head out in custom made Landcrusiers into the Mara North Conservancy where the game viewing is superb and the chances of seeing the big cats are very high. Experience a sundowner in front of a campfire, overlooking the Masai Mara ecosystem – what a breathtaking way to finish the day! On return to camp take a hot shower and feast on a sumptuous dinner served in the candlelit mess tent before heading off to sleep. Overnight Mara Camp (B, L, D)

Day 8: Masai Mara Reserve

After an early wake up call, we head out for a full day on the Masai Mara Reserve. We will head to the Mara River and visit one of the main crossing points for the wildebeest and zebra as they brave crocodile infested waters in search of greener pastures. Make sure to bring your camera today as there will be many great photo opportunities and the wildlife sightings are guaranteed to WOW you!
Overnight Mara Camp (B, L, D)


Day 9: Masai Mara Reserve

This morning, enjoy a big breakfast before departing for a local village to witness the traditional life of a Masai herdsman. Take advantage of the opportunity to purchase locally made crafts and jewellery. We will also visit the local guiding school, where all of the Offbeat Mara guides got their start! After lunch back at camp, we will head out for our final game drive with sundowner, returning to camp just before dark in time for hot showers and a farewell dinner. Overnight Mara Camp (B, L, D)

Day 10: Nairobi – Departure     
After breakfast, you will take your final scheduled flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From here you will follow through with your post trip plans or take your flight back home (B)

INCLUDED
Bed and Breakfast in Nairobi and Full board accommodation, airstrip transfers, bush meals, unlimited game drives on private basis, sun downers, soft drinks, house wine and beer, conservancy fees, guided bush walks, river fishing, horse riding at Sosian, night game drives in Laikipia and Mara, laundry.  

OPTIONAL
If on flying on an international flight we recommend a dayroom at Ole Sereni Hotel till 1800hrs before the
evening transfer to JKIA or shopping in town and dinner before the evening transfer.

Rendezvous Safari

RENDEZVOUS SAFARI
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY DESTINATION YOUR AFRICAN COMFORT MEAL PLAN
Day 1 Nairobi Hemingways Nairobi BB
Day 2 Ol Pejeta Conservancy Kicheche Laikipia BB
Day 3 Ol Pejeta Conservancy Kicheche Laikipia FB
Day 4 Ol Pejeta Conservancy Kicheche Laikipia FB
Day 5 Masai Mara Kicheche Mara or Valley Camp FB
Day 6 Masai Mara Kicheche Mara or Valley Camp FB
Day 7 Masai Mara Kicheche Mara or Valley Camp FB
Day 8 Departure

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Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, meet your guide. You will be transferred to Hemingways Nairobi a boutique hotel that has elevated the standard of luxury for the high end travellers.  Overnight at Hemingways Nairobi (BB).

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Day 2, 3 & 4: Laikipia (Ol Pejeta Conservancy)

This morning you will be transferred to Wilson airport for a morning flight to Nanyuki airstrip. Upon arrival your guide will transfer you to the camp in Ol Pejeta Conservancy; journey time is approximately one hour. Lunch at camp then relax until afternoon tea is served. Venture out onto the rolling plains on a game drive to enjoy the wonderful array of game on offer. Game driving in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a rare pleasure with few vehicles in the wilderness zone. Upon returning to camp join other guests for a drink around the campfire or in the cosy lounge tent where you will join your hosts for dinner.

There are a range of activities to choose from during your three day stay here including lion tracking, mountain biking, canoeing, game driving or take a walking excursion with one of our guides and a ranger. Walks range from 2-3 hours and can be adapted to suit your preference. Enjoy a picnic breakfast out on the plains before returning to camp. This afternoon one can explore the wilderness again on a game drive, visit the ranching program or the Wildlife Centre. Overnight Kicheche Laikipia (B, L, D)

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Day 5, 6 & 7: Masai Mara Reserve (Mara North Conservancy)

After a leisurely al fresco breakfast, we now fly to the extraordinary destination of the Maasai Mara. Scenically, it epitomises the Africa of childhood imaginings: the lone Acacia tree against the cobalt sky, rolling plains that positively heave with life, the sluggish curves of the Mara River choc-a-bloc with hippo and crocs and the odd red "shuka" of a Maasai herdsman who carry on their normal pace of life, largely oblivious of all the commotion around them.

Upon arrival at the airstrip your Kicheche guide will be there to welcome you and drive you to the camp - Kicheche Valley camp OR Kicheche Bush camp - whilst enjoying a short game drive en route. At the camp you will have some time for leisure, lunch and afternoon tea. Then you will set off for your afternoon game drive followed by evening sundowner drinks overlooking the plains… arrive back in camp in time for showers and drinks around the camp fire.

A typical day at the Magical Kicheche starts early as tea or coffee is brought to your tent. Enjoy a full breakfast at camp before setting off on a full day game drive to the reserve or another conservancy. You will see differing terrain along with plenty of animal and bird species on your extended game drive. Take a break in one of the many scenic viewpoints where your picnic lunch will be set out. After your break continue game driving until you arrive back at camp late in the afternoon. Wind down at camp after an exhilarating day in the field and gather at the campfire for an aperitif before dinner is served later in the evening. Overnight Kicheche Mara Camp or Kicheche Valley Camp (B, L, D)

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Day 8: Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast, you will take your final scheduled flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From here you will follow through with your post trip plans or take your flight back home (B)

INCLUDED
Bed and Breakfast in Nairobi and Full board accommodation, airstrip transfers, bush meals, unlimited game drives, sun downers, soft drinks, house wine and beer, conservancy fees, guided bush walks & night game drives (only at Laikipia & Valley), laundry & domestic flights as above.

EXCLUDED
International flights, visa fees, premium drinks, tipping.

OPTIONAL
If on flying on an international flight we recommend a dayroom at Ole Sereni Hotel till 1800hrs before the
evening transfer to JKIA or shopping in town and dinner before the evening transfer.

Luxury Be Spoke Safari

LUXURY BE SPOKE SAFARI
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY DESTINATION YOUR AFRICAN COMFORT MEAL PLAN
Day 1 Nairobi Palacina Suites BB
Day 2 Amboseli Tortilis Camp FB
Day 3 Amboseli Tortilis Camp FB
Day 4 Laikipia Lewa Safari Camp FB
Day 5 Laikipia Lewa Safari Camp FB
Day 6 Laikipia Lewa Safari Camp FB
Day 7 Maasai Mara Cottar's 1920s FB
Day 8 Maasai Mara Cottar's 1920s FB
Day 9 Maasai Mara Cottar's 1920s FB
Day 10 Departure

Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, meet our experienced guide and thereafter be transferred to Palacina Hotel & Suites a boutique hotel situated in the tranquil gardens of the State House Valley for overnight.

Day 2 & 3: Amboseli National Park

Early this morning you will be transferred to the Wilson airport. Fly on your scheduled flight to Amboseli famous for the dramatic views of Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, and the highest peak on the African continent. Kilimanjaro at 19,340ft or 5,894m rises dramatically out of the 4000ft (1,200m) Amboseli plains. Amboseli is also famous for its elephant herds, which have been followed and documented by world renowned researcher Cynthia Moss.

On arrival at the airfield in a scenic location, your knowledgeable guide will welcome you and immediately start your game viewing drive. There is an abundance of game within the Amboseli ecosystem that concentrates during the dry season around the spring fed swamps of the park.

You will have access to both the famous Amboseli National Park, and the 30,000 acre Kitirua private conservancy adjoining the park. Enjoy game drives, walks, Sundowners and bush meals in complete privacy. The guides at Tortillis delight in sharing their local knowledge, especially of the elephant families and their histories and to point out the special flora and fauna of this breath taking area. They impart their inherited knowledge of the bush, traditional medicine and folklore and will encourage you to take a practical interest in the environment. Overnight at Tortilis Camp (B, L, D)

Day 4, 5 & 6: Lewa Conservancy

Bid farewell to the new friends at Tortilis Camp before flying to Nairobi. Connect with the morning flight to Lewa airstrip where your next adventure begins in the spectacular Lewa Safari Camp. Your home for the next three days, the camp is set in a stunning location within the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy with outstanding game viewing and spectacular views of Mt. Kenya and arid lowlands.

Your outstanding stay here features a host of exciting activities; day and night game drives, nature walks and horse rides. However it is the choice of conservation /community-orientated activities which makes Lewa Safari Camp unique. These include visits to orphaned animals, days out with Grevy zebra researchers, accompanying tracker dogs on their training, assisting fencers on patrol, visiting Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve to find Colobus monkeys and learn about flora and fauna, visit water schemes and other community development projects, and guided tours of ancient hand axe sites and prehistoric rock-hewn game boards. Overnight Lewa Safari Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7, 8 & 9: Masai Mara

This morning take your morning flight from Lewa to Maasai Mara. Arrive at the Cottars airstrip and meet the incredibly knowledgeable guides who will transfer you to Cottar’s 1920 Safari Camp.

Recalling an era of luxury and quality, Cottar's 1920s Safari Camp, returns to the original spirit and essence of 'safari', reminiscent of a golden era - an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance, in a timelessly unspoiled setting with panoramic views and boundless game. It is situated in the extensive and exclusive concession between the Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Loliondo reserves. This area has been untouched by any kind of tourism or development and offers the discerning client a guarantee of privacy and an abundance of wildlife.

Activities on offer during your stay here include; guided bush walks, bush meals, cultural visits, river swimming and fishing, as well as day and night game drives in either state of the art four wheel drive vehicles, or in our authentic old wooden car. All of Cottar’s guides have the prestigious Silver Level KPSGA (Kenyan Professional Safari Guide Association) qualification and one of them has just received the remarkable gold qualification, making them some of the best guides in the country.
Overnight at Cottars 1920s Camp (B, L, D)
Day 10: Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast, you will take your final scheduled flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From here you will follow through with your post trip plans or take your flight back home (B)

INCLUDED
Bed and Breakfast in Nairobi and Full board accommodation while on safari, airstrip transfers, bush meals, unlimited game drives, sun downers, conservancy fees, guided bush walks & night game drives, laundry & domestic flights as above.

EXCLUDED
International flights, visa fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and tipping.

OPTIONAL
If on flying on an international flight we recommend a dayroom at Ole Sereni Hotel till 1800hrs before the
evening transfer to JKIA or shopping in town and dinner before the evening transfer.

Exclusive Laikipia and Mara Expedition

EXCLUSIVE LAIKIPIA AND MARA EXPEDITION
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY DESTINATION YOUR AFRICAN COMFORT MEAL PLAN
Day 1 Nairobi Ole Sereni Hotel BB
Day 2 Lewa Conservancy Lewa Wilderness FB
Day 3 Lewa Conservancy Lewa Wilderness FB
Day 4 Lewa Conservancy Lewa Wilderness FB
Day 5 Masai Mara Serian Mara Camp FB
Day 6 Masai Mara Serian Mara Camp FB
Day 7 Masai Mara Serian Mara Camp FB
Day 8 Departure


Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, meet your guide. You will be transferred to Ole Sereni Hotel for overnight.


Day 2, 3 & 4: Lewa Conservancy

This morning fly on Air Kenya flight departing from Wilson to Lewa airstrip where your adventure begins in the amazing Lewa Wilderness set on a hillside looking out over the Western Marania Valley and spring below. Started as a tented camp by the Craig family 30 years ago, it is now a comfortable, eight-room lodge offering access to the great game of the Lewa Conservancy.

Embark on day and night game drives in the company of the experienced and well trained guides. Game drives take in Lewa’s diverse habitats and unique wildlife (including the Big 5) as well as some fascinating geology and pre-historic sites including one of Kenya’s few Acheulian hand-axe sites. Guided bush walks will let you appreciate the smaller animals as well as the tracks, trails, signs, sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness – something you often miss from the car! Horse riding around the house environs will offer a completely different way of seeing wildlife. Overnight at Lewa Wilderness (B, L, D)

Day 5, 6 & 7: Masai Mara National Reserve (Mara North Conservancy)

After a leisurely al fresco breakfast, we now fly to the extraordinary destination of the Maasai Mara. Scenically, it epitomises the Africa of childhood imaginings: the lone Acacia tree against the cobalt sky, rolling plains that positively heave with life, the sluggish curves of the Mara River choc-a-bloc with hippo and crocs and the odd red "shuka" of a Maasai herdsman who carry on their normal pace of life, largely oblivious of all the commotion around them.

Serian Camp is set in a secluded valley. Its eight, stylish "marquees" overlook the waters of the Mara River. The furnishings evoke the safaris of a bygone era: the rich colours of eastern carpets on hardwood flooring and swathes of cotton setting off the colonial-style furniture and pale canvas walls. Each tent has a full en suite bathroom, with hand-carved stone bath with river view, and a large private verandah from which to enjoy private game-watching, as the animals come to the Mara River.


Day 8: Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast, you will take your final scheduled flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From here you will follow through with your post trip plans or take your flight back home (B)

INCLUDED
Bed and Breakfast in Nairobi and Full board accommodation while on safari, airstrip transfers, bush meals, unlimited game drives, sun downers, conservancy fees, guided bush walks & night game drives, laundry, soft drinks, beer and house wine & domestic flights as above.

EXCLUDED
International flights, visa fees, premium drinks and tipping.

OPTIONAL
If on flying on an international flight we recommend a dayroom at Ole Sereni Hotel till 1800hrs before the
evening transfer to JKIA or shopping in town and dinner before the evening transfer.

The Splendours of Africa

THE SPLENDOURS OF AFRICA
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY DESTINATION YOUR AFRICAN COMFORT MEAL PLAN
Day 1 Nairobi Giraffe Manor FB
Day 2 Nairobi Giraffe Manor FB
Day 3 Samburu Sasaab FB
Day 4 Samburu Sasaab FB
Day 5 Samburu Sasaab FB
Day 6 Maasai Mara Ngerende Island Lodge FB
Day 7 Maasai Mara Ngerende Island Lodge FB
Day 8 Maasai Mara Ngerende Island Lodge FB
Day 9 Departure


Day 1 & 2: Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, meet our experienced guide and thereafter be transferred to Giraffe Manor a luxury boutique hotel that has maintained all the charm of 1930s era when it was built and is now famous for its resident herd of Rothschild Giraffe.

During the second day, breakfast will be served in the sun room, with its enormous windows flung open in welcome of the giraffe that come to join you. The most popular activity at Giraffe Manor is simply relaxing: there’s a blissfully comfortable atmosphere here and the sort of staff who tend to anticipate your habitual needs, whatever they may be – cold beer, cup of tea, snack, glass of water. Meeting, feeding and observing the delightful Rothschild giraffes is itself hugely enjoyable and particularly fun for children.

Local visits around the suburb of Karen include Nairobi National Park, the Elephant Orphanage run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Utamaduni crafts shop, Kazuri Beads (a very worthwhile community jewellery workshop employing homeless women), the Karen Blixen Museum and several small sculpture galleries. Overnight at Giraffe Manor (L, D, B)


Day 3, 4 & 5: Samburu Game Reserve

Early this morning you will be transferred to the Wilson airport. Fly on the morning scheduled flight to the dry, rugged and stunning Samburu whose landscape is stark and sensual, with its iconic loaf shaped Lolokowe Mountain and hills spreading in every horizon. Meet the ever warm and welcoming guides at the airfield who will assist with a transfer to the 5 star Sasaab located within the Westgate Community Conservancy in Samburu in the northern part of Kenya.

Spend the next three days on safari in Samburu land. Game viewing drives here are vastly different to that found in any other part of Kenya. The Samburu Special Five (Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich Gerenuk and Beisa Oryx) are found in the area. Gain knowledge on the Samburu traditions on the fascinating cultural trips. Explore the great outdoors in the Sasaab fly camps or take a ride on a camel. Or just relax and unwind at our luxurious Spa. Overnight at Sasaab Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6, 7 & 8: Masai Mara National Reserve

We now fly to the extraordinary destination of the Maasai Mara. Scenically, it epitomises the Africa of childhood imaginings: the lone Acacia tree against the cobalt sky, rolling plains that positively heave with life, the sluggish curves of the Mara River choc-a-bloc with hippo and crocs and the odd red "shuka" of a Maasai herdsman who carry on their normal pace of life, largely oblivious of all the commotion around them.


The majesty of the animals on safari and the spectacular accommodation at the Ngerende Island Lodge combined with the warmth and family feeling will leave you with an unforgettable experience. Spend the days with morning, evening or even full day game drives, setting out at dawn to watch the natural world as it wakes up. The full day drive takes you further afield to different parts of the Mara where a picnic under a Kigalia Africana tree (also known as Sausage tree) can be set up. Discover the Mara’s vast array of birds from the privacy of your tent or as you lounge in one of the hammocks around camp.

Balloon rides are a fun way to view the game and enjoy the expanse of the Mara. It is also an exhilarating way to view the wildebeest migration in action. Overnight at Ngerende Island Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9: Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast, you will take your final scheduled flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From here you will follow through with your post trip plans or take your flight back home (B)

INCLUDED
Bed and Breakfast in Nairobi and Full board accommodation while on safari, airstrip transfers, bush meals, unlimited game drives, sun downers, soft drinks, house wine and beer, conservancy fees, guided bush walks & night game drives, laundry & domestic flights as above.

EXCLUDED
International flights, visa fees, premium drinks and tipping.

OPTIONAL
If on flying on an international flight we recommend a dayroom at Ole Sereni Hotel till 1800hrs before the
evening transfer to JKIA or shopping in town and dinner before the evening transfer.

Tales of The African Bush

TALES OF THE AFRICAN BUSH
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY DESTINATION YOUR AFRICAN COMFORT MEAL PLAN
Day 1 Nairobi The Emakoko FB
Day 2 Nairobi The Emakoko FB
Day 3 Chulyu Hills Ol Donyo Lodge FB
Day 4 Chyulu Hills Ol Donyo Lodge FB
Day 5 Laikipia Ol Malo Lodge FB
Day 6 Laikipia Ol Malo Lodge FB
Day 7 Laikipia Ol Malo Lodge FB
Day 8 Masai Mara Mara Plains Camp FB
Day 9 Masai Mara Mara Plains Camp FB
Day 11 Masai Mara Mara Plains Camp FB
Day 12 Departure




Day 1 & 2: Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, meet our experienced guide. Your short drive takes you through Nairobi National Park that stands out because of its wide variety of wildlife in co – existence with the urban setting of the capital city. Arrive at The Emakoko, a chic and tranquil retreat right on the edge of the park where the incredibly hospitable staff will welcome you to your home for next two days. Explore Nairobi National Park, Visit Daphne Sheldrick Trust and Giraffe Center winding your day with a lovely dinner near the pool as the sounds of animals from the park make it seem as if you are far away from civilization!
Overnight at the Emakoko Lodge (L, D, B)


Day 3 & 4:
Exploring paradise at the spectacular Chyulu Hills

Early this morning you will be transferred to the Wilson airport. Fly on Safari Link scheduled flight to Chyulu Hills which is one of Kenya’s most photogenic regions. It is a land of rolling open plains interrupted abruptly by the Chyulu Hills themselves. Your next two days here, will leave you with so many fond memories of Ol Donyo Lodge that will make you fall in love with Kenya.

Strong populations of wildlife find their habitat in and around the Ol Donyo Lodge environs. While the "Big Five" are here - rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo - they are frequently masters of elusivity; however, cheetah, fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk, and giraffe make for easy viewing. You will be able to track wildlife by open game drive vehicles, by foot, or horseback. Late afternoon and early evening drives are also featured for you if interested in spotting the more elusive nocturnal species.
Overnight at Ol Donyo Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5, 6 & 7: Laikipia

Bid farewell to the new friends at Ol Donyo Lodge before flying to Nairobi. Connect with the morning flight to Ol Malo airstrip where your next adventure begins in the amazing Ol Malo Lodge. Your home for the next three days is set on top of a hill with extensive views over gentle rolling hills with Mount Kenya to the south and the rugged Mathews Range and the sacred mountain of Ol Olokwe to the north.

Embark on day and night game drives in the company of the experienced and well trained guides. Game drives take in Ol Malo’s diverse habitats and unique wildlife (including the Big 5) as well as some fascinating geology and pre-historic sites including one of Kenya’s few Acheulian hand-axe sites. Guided bush walks will let you appreciate the smaller animals as well as the tracks, trails, signs, sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness – something you often miss from the car! Horse riding around the lodge environs will offer a completely different way of seeing wildlife. 
Overnight Ol Malo Lodge (B, L, D)


Day 8, 9 & 10: Masai Mara

After a leisurely al fresco breakfast, we now fly to the extraordinary destination of the Maasai Mara. Scenically, it epitomises the Africa of childhood imaginings: the lone Acacia tree against the cobalt sky, rolling plains that positively heave with life, the sluggish curves of the Mara River choc-a-bloc with hippo and crocs and the odd red "shuka" of a Maasai herdsman who carry on their normal pace of life, largely oblivious of all the commotion around them.

From the second you are greeted on the runway by the smiley enthusiastic staff your life will change forever. Your stay at your next camp in the Maasai Mara will exceed your expectations beyond explanation - from the extremely helpful and incredible staff and the hospitality, the sensational game drives and animals, the food, to the unforgettable day to day experiences that is Mara Plains Camp.
Overnight at Mara Plains Camp (B, L, D)


Day 10: Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast, you will take your final scheduled flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From here you will follow through with your post trip plans or take your flight back home (B)

INCLUDED

Bed and Breakfast in Nairobi and Full board accommodation while on safari, airstrip transfers, bush meals, unlimited game drives, sun downers, conservancy fees, guided bush walks & night game drives, laundry & domestic flights as above.

EXCLUDED
International flights, visa fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and tipping.

OPTIONAL
If on flying on an international flight we recommend a dayroom at Ole Sereni Hotel till 1800hrs before the
evening transfer to JKIA or shopping in town and dinner before the evening transfer.

The Hemingways Expedition

THE HEMINGWAYS EXPEDITION
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY DESTINATION YOUR AFRICAN COMFORT MEAL PLAN
Day 1 Nairobi Hemingways Nairobi BB
Day 2 Amboseli Tawi Lodge FB
Day 3 Amboseli Tawi Lodge FB
Day 4 Solio Ranch Solio Lodge FB
Day 5 Solio Ranch Solio Lodge FB
Day 6 Masai Mara Hemingways Ol Seki Mara FB
Day 7 Masai Mara Hemingways Ol Seki Mara FB
Day 8 Masai Mara Hemingways Ol Seki Mara FB
Day 9 Departure


Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, meet our experienced guide. You will be transferred to Hemingways Nairobi a boutique hotel that has elevated the standard of luxury for the high end travellers.
Overnight at the Hemingways Nairobi

Day 2 & 3: Amboseli National Park

Early this morning you will be transferred to the Wilson airport. Fly on your scheduled flight to Amboseli famous for the dramatic views of Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, and the highest peak on the African continent.

Overnight stays will be at Tawi Lodge a small boutique lodge set in a private Kilitome conservancy perfectly integrated with the environment. At Tawi Lodge, when not on game drives, you will enjoy the swimming pool and massage area: all types of massages and beauty treatments available, hot bath at sunset in front of the wildlife drinking from the waterhole a few meters away. Game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, night game drives, bird watching are some of the activities offered at the lodge.
Overnight at Tawi Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4 & 5: Solio Ranch

Bid farewell to the new friends at Tawi Lodge before flying to Nairobi. Connect with the morning flight to Nanyuki airstrip. Meet your guide who will transfer you to Solio Lodge. Exclusivity, privacy, exceptional game viewing and luxurious accommodation are the hallmark at Solio, your home for the next 3 days.

Take to the wild on an exhilarating game drive that finds you into the heart of the conservancy amongst a plethora of different species. Within the exclusivity of this private conservancy, you can experience the thrill of endangered Black and White Rhinos living harmoniously amongst other wildlife species. Game drives take you into different habitats and offer you a chance to see leopards, lions, elephants, buffalos, sunis, bushbucks and giant forest hogs. The morning drives across the game reserve allow you to appreciate the serene beauty of the African wild coming alive. Overnight Solio Ranch (B, L, D)


Day 6, 7 & 8: Masai Mara

We now fly to the extraordinary destination of the Maasai Mara. Scenically, it epitomises the Africa of childhood imaginings: the lone Acacia tree against the cobalt sky, rolling plains that positively heave with life, the sluggish curves of the Mara River choc-a-bloc with hippo and crocs and the odd red "shuka" of a Maasai herdsman who carry on their normal pace of life, largely oblivious of all the commotion around them.

Experience Kenya's breath-taking scenery and wildlife at Hemingways Ol Seki Mara, a luxury tented camp located in the Naboisho Conservancy and adjacent to the stunning setting of the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Overnight at Hemingways Ol Seki Mara (B, L, D)


Day 9: Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast, you will take your final scheduled flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From here you will follow through with your post trip plans or take your flight back home (B)

INCLUDED
Bed and Breakfast in Nairobi and Full board accommodation while on safari, airstrip transfers, bush meals, unlimited game drives, sun downers, conservancy fees, guided bush walks & night game drives, laundry & domestic flights as above.

EXCLUDED
International flights, visa fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and tipping.

OPTIONAL
If on flying on an international flight we recommend a dayroom at Ole Sereni Hotel till 1800hrs before the
evening transfer to JKIA or shopping in town and dinner before the evening transfer.

Treasures of Kenya Expedition

TREASURES OF KENYA EXPEDITION
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY DESTINATION YOUR AFRICAN COMFORT MEAL PLAN
Day 1 Nairobi Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel BB
Day 2 Meru National Park Elsa’s Kopje FB
Day 3 Meru National Park Elsa’s Kopje FB
Day 4 Samburu Saruni Samburu FB
Day 5 Samburu Saruni Samburu FB
Day 6 Samburu Saruni Samburu FB
Day 7 Masai Mara Saruni Mara FB
Day 8 Masai Mara Saruni Mara FB
Day 9 Masai Mara Saruni Mara FB
Day 10 Departure


Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, meet our experienced guide. You will be transferred to Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel for the night. Overnight at Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel.

Day 2 & 3: Meru National Park

You will be collected at 07h30 from Fairview Hotel and transferred to Wilson Airport to catch the Air Kenya scheduled flight to Meru which departs at 09h15.  On arrival into Meru you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Elsa’s Kopje.  Accommodation is booked for 2 nights on a full board basis


Elsa’s Kopje is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”. Elsa’s Kopje remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, with one of the most spectacular settings. Invisible as you approach its home on Mughwango Hill, Elsa’s Kopje blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), built above the site of George Adamson’s original campsite. Every cottage is the ultimate ‘room-with-a-view’, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside. Activities include day and night game drives, bush walks, bush meals, sundowners, Tana river excursions, line fishing and massage. Overnight at Elsa’s Kopje (B, L, D)

Day 4, 5 & 6: Samburu Game Reserve

This morning a scenic road transfer takes you to Samburu (2 hours) in comfortable 4x4 land cruiser, arriving at Saruni Samburu for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a complimentary massage or head out on a nature walk discovering plants and caves in the local area. In the afternoon embark on game viewing drive at the 200,000 acres Kalama conservancy. Spend the next two days with all meals and overnight at the lodge.

Perched on the top of the Kalama Mountains with an all-round view of Northern Kenya all the way to snow-covered Mount Kenya, Saruni Samburu is a design lodge that is introducing a fresh concept to a well-known safari destination. Built on the pristine land owned by the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy in 240,000 acres-large Gir Gir Group Ranch, it is only seven kilometers - and 20 minutes of exciting game drive - away from the Northern border of Samburu National Reserve, a celebrated elephant sanctuary. The lodge offers first-class safari experience in a totally un-spoilt environment, far from the beaten tracks but very close to the wildlife. Overnight at Saruni Samburu (B, L, D)

Day 7, 8 & 9: Masai Mara (Mara North Conservancy)

This morning fly to Maasai Mara, normally green, lush and full of herbivores. Upon arrival at the airstrip your Saruni guide will be there to welcome you and drive you to the lodge whilst enjoying a short game drive en route. At the lodge you will have some time for leisure, lunch and afternoon tea. Then you will set off for your afternoon game drive followed by evening sundowner drinks overlooking the plains… arrive back in lodge in time for showers and drinks around the camp fire.


Day 10: Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast, you will take your final scheduled flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From here you will follow through with your post trip plans or take your flight back home (B)

INCLUDED
Bed and Breakfast in Nairobi and Full board accommodation while on safari, airstrip transfers, bush meals, unlimited game drives, sun downers, conservancy fees, guided bush walks & night game drives, laundry, soft drinks, beer and house wine & domestic flights as above.

EXCLUDED
International flights, visa fees, premium drinks and tipping.

OPTIONAL
If on flying on an international flight we recommend a dayroom at Ole Sereni Hotel till 1800hrs before the
evening transfer to JKIA or shopping in town and dinner before the evening transfer.

The Elephant Watch & Migration Special

THE ELEPHANT WATCH & MIGRATION SPECIAL
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY DESTINATION YOUR AFRICAN COMFORT MEAL PLAN
Day 1 Nairobi Fairview Hotel BB
Day 2 Samburu Elephant Watch Camp FB
Day 3 Samburu Elephant Watch Camp FB
Day 4 Samburu Elephant Watch Camp FB
Day 5 Laikipia Kicheche Laikipia FB
Day 6 Laikipia Kicheche Laikipia FB
Day 7 Masai Mara Rekero Camp FB
Day 8 Masai Mara Rekero Camp FB
Day 9 Masai Mara Rekero Camp FB
Day 10 Masai Mara Rekero Camp FB
Day 11 Departure


Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, meet our experienced guide. You will be transferred to Fairview Hotel for the night. Overnight at Fairview Hotel

Day 2, 3 & 4: Samburu Game Reserve

This morning you will be transferred to Wilson airport for your flight to Samburu, where you will be met by lodge guides and transferred to camp in time for lunch and, after getting settled, set out on an afternoon game drive with one of the lodge’s knowledgeable guides. End your first drive with a sundowner from a scenic point in the conservancy. Afterwards, return to camp for a delicious dinner.

Spend the next two days looking for the many mammal species that grace the Samburu Reserve. Return to camp for lunch or enjoy a picnic - always a great treat! Here, where it’s still, you can breathe deeply of the sun-warmed earth, smell the herbs that have been crushed underfoot by elephants and listen to the deep resonance of their song. Spend your afternoon relaxing at camp or visit the “Save the Elephants Research Center. Overnight at Elephant Watch Camp (B, L, D)


Day 5 & 6: Laikipia (Ol Pejeta Conservancy)

This morning a scenic drive (3 hours) takes you to Ol Pejeta Conservancy and to Kicheche Laikipia your home for the next two days. Lunch at camp then relax until afternoon tea is served. Venture out onto the rolling plains on a game drive to enjoy the wonderful array of game on offer. Game driving in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a rare pleasure with few vehicles in the wilderness zone. Upon returning to camp join other guests for a drink around the campfire or in the cosy lounge tent where you will join your hosts for dinner.

There are a range of activities to choose from during your three day stay here including lion tracking, mountain biking, canoeing, game driving or take a walking excursion with one of our guides and a ranger. Walks range from 2-3 hours and can be adapted to suit your preference. Enjoy a picnic breakfast out on the plains before returning to camp. This afternoon one can explore the wilderness again on a game drive, visit the ranching program or the Wildlife Centre. Overnight Kicheche Laikipia (B, L, D)

Day 7, 8, 9 & 9: Masai Mara (Mara North Conservancy)

After a leisurely al fresco breakfast, we now fly to the extraordinary destination of the Maasai Mara. Scenically, it epitomises the Africa of childhood imaginings: the lone Acacia tree against the cobalt sky, rolling plains that positively heave with life, the sluggish curves of the Mara River choc-a-bloc with hippo and crocs and the odd red "shuka" of a Maasai herdsman who carry on their normal pace of life, largely oblivious of all the commotion around them.


During your stay you will follow the wildebeest migration. Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October. The migration has to cross the Mara River in the Maasai Mara where crocodiles will prey on them. This is one of the highlights as the animals try and cross the Mara River alive.
Overnight at Rekero Camp (B, L, D)

Day 11: Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast, you will take your final scheduled flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From here you will follow through with your post trip plans or take your flight back home (B)

INCLUDED
Bed and Breakfast in Nairobi and Full board accommodation while on safari, airstrip transfers, bush meals, unlimited game drives, sun downers, conservancy fees, guided bush walks & night game drives, laundry, soft drinks, beer and house wine & domestic flights as above.

EXCLUDED
International flights, visa fees, premium drinks and tipping.

OPTIONAL
If on flying on an international flight we recommend a dayroom at Ole Sereni Hotel till 1800hrs before the
evening transfer to JKIA or shopping in town and dinner before the evening transfer.

 
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