Our unique combination of Amboseli, the Maasai Mara and our private game conservancy will show you more of Kenya’s astounding wildlife. Choose our luxury safari camps or 5-star game lodges to tailor this adventure to your personal style. By day, our expert safari guides take you out in search of exotic grazing herbivores, their carnivorous predators, and all of the Big Five.
Day 1 – Welcome to Nairobi
On arrival at the airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and chauffeured to One Forty Eight. Our intimate boutique hotel offers just 8 stylish guestrooms and is set on landscaped grounds where peacocks, parrots and monkeys come and go.
Day 2 – Discover Nairobi
After breakfast, your personal car, driver and guide will be waiting to share with you some of the sights and heritage of their hometown, starting at the Karen Blixen Museum. Set on the farm where the Danish author lived and worked until her return to Denmark in 1931, your guided visit promises an intimate look into the writer’s life. The museum is surrounded by tranquil gardens and woodlands, and was featured extensively in the 1985 Oscar-winning film Out of Africa, in which Meryl Streep portrayed the author.
Just north of the town, you’ll spend time at Kiambethu, a tea-growing estate that has been in the same family for five generations. Savor a cup of the estate’s fine tea and learn about the rich heritage and history of this family-run enterprise. You’ll have a chance to see the fields before a guided walk through the nearby forest, home to Colobus monkeys. Back at the main house, enjoy a refreshing drink on the verandah with views over the estate to Ngong Hills. Then sit down to a 3-course lunch featuring the estate’s own garden-fresh produce. You’ll be escorted back to the hotel where the balance of this day is yours to enjoy as you wish. This evening you’ll dine at the hotel. Meals B+L+D
Day 3 – Fly to Amboseli National Park
After breakfast, you’ll be chauffeured to the airport for your included flight to Amboseli National Park. This magnificent little gem presents the quintessential African landscape of open plains, rolling savannah and woodlands. In the background, the dramatic silhouette of Kilimanjaro rises to nearly 20,000 feet. Enjoy your first safari game drive upon arrival and then check in to your choice of under-canvas or cottage-style accommodations. Set on their own private conservancies, both Tortilis Camp and Tawi Lodge offer intimate, stylish accommodations with views of Africa’s highest peak. After lunch and a free afternoon, you’ll set out with our expert safari guide for another game drive. Meals B+L+D
Day 4 – Amboseli National Park
Join our expert safari guide this morning and set out across the dew-touched landscapes of Amboseli. The animals are up with the first light of day, and the early light is one of the best times to experience the full majesty of Kilimanjaro. With clear weather and a bit of good luck, you might even have a chance to capture that classic shot of an elephant or giraffe silhouetted against the dramatic backdrop of Africa’s highest peak.
Even if Kilimanjaro is hidden by clouds, your wildlife-viewing promises to be spectacular. Although best known for its vast herds of elephants, the greater Amboseli eco-system is also home to hippos, wildebeests, zebras, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, giraffes, impalas, and baboons. The great predators are well represented with healthy populations of lions, spotted hyenas and pointy-eared caracals. Cheetah and leopards can also be observed along with more than 400 species of birds. Free time to enjoy the amenities of your camp or safari lodge plus a late afternoon game drive and a guided nature walk or night safari complete this unforgettable day. Meals B+L+D
Day 5 – Travel to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
After breakfast, we’ll take you to the Amboseli airstrip for your included flight via Nairobi into the Central Highlands of Kenya. On arrival, we’ll take you to your choice of accommodations, both located on a private 65,000-acre wildlife conservancy: The Lewa Safari Camp offers 12 luxury under-canvas suites with views of Mt. Kenya to the south. Situated in the game-rich eastern corner of the conservancy, the Lewa Wilderness Lodge offers 9 stylishly appointed cottages with fireplaces and private verandahs.
Your overland journey into the Conservancy takes you through shifting eco-systems that provide prime habitat for a variety of Big Game. Several species like the reticulated giraffe, Grévy’s zebra and beisa oryx are only found north of the Equator. Meals B+L+D
Day 6 – On Safari on Our Private Conservancy
Lewa is home to one of the highest densities of wildlife in Kenya, including more than 10% of the country’s black and white rhinos. But we chose this place not just for its extraordinary game viewing, but also for its thoughtful and careful stewardship of the environment, wildlife, and surrounding communities. It was originally established in 1924 and operated by the Craig family as a private cattle ranch. But with Kenya’s Rhino population down from some 20,000 only ten years earlier to just a few hundred by the mid 1980’s, the Craigs decided to act. They established a rhino sanctuary at the western end of their ranch and a decade later expanded the conservancy to encompass their entire ranch.
The Craig family still lives on the Lewa property, and today their Conservancy has become a model and catalyst for conservation and development. In addition to providing a protected habitat for a rich variety of big game, the Conservancy’s neighboring communities are helped through its education programs, women’s micro-credit initiatives, community-managed water projects, and access to healthcare at its four clinics.
Your day at Lewa will be highlighted by a thrilling variety of expertly-guided safari activities - including game drives, a bush picnic, guided nature walks and sundowners. With healthy resident populations of diverse wildlife including the Big Five, the game viewing here promises to be spectacular. Meals B+L+D
Day 7 – Into the Maasai Mara
This morning’s safari transfer flight promises breathtaking views of the African landscapes. Touching down by the vast expanse of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, you’ll be met and escorted to your choice of luxury safari accommodations: The exceptional Mara Bushtops Camp is set within the wilds of a private conservancy next to the National Reserve; with a privileged setting on an oxbow of the Mara River, the Ngerende Island Lodge is equally enchanting.
An afternoon game drive with our expert safari guide begins your exploration of the Mara – widely acclaimed as Kenya’s finest wildlife destination. Meals B+L+D
Day 8 – Ballooning over the Maasai Mara
Arise early this morning for an unforgettable experience. As the sun is rising to cast its first golden rays across these endless landscapes, you’ll be floating silently above in a Hot Air Balloon. Thrill to this incredible bird’s-eye view of the Maasai Mara - and the animals as they begin their day. Touch down in the open savannah, and delight in an al fresco Champagne Breakfast before returning to your safari lodge or camp.
With its undisturbed panoramas of rolling savannah punctuated by the iconic silhouette of acacia trees, the Maasai Mara is ravishing in its wild beauty and celebrated as one of the richest wildlife habitats on the Planet. Today you’ll also enjoy two more thrilling game drives with our experienced safari guides, In between, you’ll have ample time to relax and take in the magical setting of your luxury camp or lodge. Meals B+L+D
Day 9 – Another Day in the Mara
Arise this morning to enjoy another full day of unmatched wildlife viewing adventures including game drives and nature walks with our engaging sharp-eyed safari guides. The Maasai Mara is one of the few places on the Continent where visitors can still see big game in the same super-abundance that existed a century ago. The Reserve is home to healthy populations of the Big Five plus giraffe, zebra, rhino, cheetah, and more than 450 bird species including spectacular birds of prey. Meals B+L+D
Day 10 – Back to Nairobi for Departure
After breakfast, we’ll take you to the local airstrip for your included flight back to Nairobi where you’ll have lunch at the Ole Sereni Hotel. Afterwards, we’ll take you to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for your homeward flight. Meals B+L