• Kenya Escape

    Unforgettable Luxury in Africa's Original Safari Destination

    Travel by private charter throughout Kenya's best safari destinations and stay at three of the country's newest and most deluxe properties. You will also have the best of both worlds as you explore both national parks and private conservancies with Africa's most prolific and dense game viewing possible. Dining is an amazing experience in each destination with world class chefs preparing delicious cuisine - all locally produced. Not to mention, two of the properties you stay at are owned by two of the world's most famous philanthropists - Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz. This itinerary is luxury Kenya at its absolute best - nothing can compare!

    best times to go: January - March, June - October

    departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

    pricing: from $12,595 see detailed pricing

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Unforgettable Luxury in Africa's Original Safari Destination

Kenya is the quintessential destination when travelers think of an African safari. Often dubbed the "Lion King Experience," Kenya has an enormous abundance of wildlife that is unlike anywhere else in the safari world. Because of the amazing game viewing, unique species intrinsic to the country, authentic cultural experiences, and beautiful natural landscape, Kenya is most often visited first on a 'bucket list' of safari destinations. In this program, you get to experience all of the best game viewing in Kenya in its most upmarket properties in the most convenient way possible - with your own private charter flights. This is Kenya at its absolute best!

Activities

Day game drives, night game drives, walking safaris, cultural visits, philanthropic experiences

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Sir Richard Branson’s new renowned property – Mahali Mzuri – in a private conservancy bordering the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Bask in luxury Segera Retreat - Jochen Zeitz’s private playground in the Laikipia Plateau – where you have the entire game reserve to yourself
  • Relax on your first day after your long flight at Hemingway’s Nairobi - the newest gem outside of the city in the high-end suburb of Karen
  • Enjoy Africa’s most prolific game viewing in two of its most renowned areas: the Masai Mara and the Laikipia Plateau – both UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Choose to view wildlife by traditional 4x4 vehicle, on foot on a guided walking safari, or go on an exciting night game drive
  • Save time by not transiting in airports as you travel with ease on your private charter flights in between your three destinations

Duration: 10 days Start Location: Nairobi End Location: Nairobi

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  • Hemingway's
    Day 1 : Arrive Nairobi and drive to Hemingway's

    Karibu Kenya! Welcome to Kenya! Upon arrival you will be met by a Mountain Travel Sobek representative and privately transferred to your hotel in the charming suburb of Karen.

    This brand new boutique hotel has elevated the standard of luxury service for travelers in Kenya. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Its 256 square foot bedrooms each have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills of Out of Africa fame.

    Your dedicated butler will know that you prefer Earl Grey to Assam with your scones and Cornish clotted cream, and he’ll remember which trousers you like pressed flat and which ones need a central crease. So while you’re reposing in the spa or discussing the delicacies of the a la carte menu with our Michelin-starred chef in the private dining room, back in your suite your butler will have dimmed the lights, adjusted your personalized pillows, set out your nightcap and arranged the morning’s outing to the game park down to the last detail.

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    Day 2 : Day of Leisure or Optional Sightseeing

    Today you have a full day at leisure, enjoying the amenities of your hotel. During your stay, you may choose visit the Karen Blixen Museum, Kazuri bead workshop, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, and the Giraffe Center.

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    Day 3 : Fly to Masai Mara

    After a leisurely breakfast you will transfer to the airport where you will board your private charter flight (Cessna 206 for 2-4 guests or Cessna 402 for 5-6 guests or Cessna Caravan for over 6 guests) to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival you will be met by the staff of Mahali Mzuri and enjoy a game drive en route to your accommodation.

    Mahali Mzuri is located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the Masai Mara in Kenya. The 12 unique tents almost resemble the shape of a spaceship, with each tent named after one of the 12 Maasai tribes located in the conservancy.  The camp features an infinity pool and a ring-side view to some of the most awe-inspiring wildlife viewing experiences you're ever likely to witness.

    Guests are assured of unlimited access to the exclusive Olare Orok and Motorogi Conservancies for daily game drives. Guided bush walks, visits to the local markets, complimentary laundry services and also a spa treatment room are other facilities for guests.

    Mahali Mzuri opened in 2013 and is Sir Richard Branson's Kenyan Safari Camp located in the Motorogi Conservancy within the Maasai Mara ecosystem. Mahali Mzuri has been set up in collaboration with the local Maasai communities and a limited number of other tourism partners. Our key priorities are to leave as minimal a footprint as possible on the land and to promote low density tourism which creates less pressure on the environment. Our team has been working with the Maasai since the beginning of the project to ensure their full involvement. We promote and hire from the local communities and most of our staff are from surrounding areas. Mahali Mzuri is part of Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson's portfolio of unique retreats.

    No trip to Kenya would be complete without a visit to the Masai Mara. This iconic area is Kenya’s biggest draw card, instantly recognizable from films and nature documentaries. It is known mainly for its exceptional population of big cats, game, and the annual Great Migration of around one and a half million zebras, gazelles, and wildebeests from the Serengeti every year between July to October.

    The wildlife of the Masai Mara is extensive but can be divided into mammals, birds and reptiles. Many of the mammals can be divided into carnivores, primates and ungulates (hooved animals). Carnivores that you are likely to see include cheetahs, genets, hyenas, jackals, leopards, lions, mongooses and wild dogs. Primates include baboons, bush babies and monkeys. The so-called ‘Big Five’ of buffalos, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos are, of course, all present. Along with the animals the Masai Mara is also home to the Maasai people, whose pastoral lifestyle and colorful garb and culture has made them Kenya’s best known tribe.

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    Days 4 - 5 : Masai Mara

    These days you will enjoy game drives and safari activities as well as the fine amenities of your safari accommodations. Wild animals roaming the Kenyan plains include wildebeest, elephants, zebra, lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffe, impala and gazelles, but that's just for starters.

    On a typical game drive at Mahali Mzuri you'll spot many of the animals listed above as well as buffalos, topi (antelope native to this area only), hippopotamus, warthogs and hyenas plus an abundant and diverse range of bird life. Our highly experienced and trained team of Field Guides will guide your twice daily (morning and afternoon) game drives navigating the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in open vehicles. A number of lion pride territories meet in the Motorogi Conservancy which can make for some interesting encounters as the different groups battle for dominance. The area is also home to roughly 150,000 Loita wildebeest who do not make the annual migration south and seem content to 'loiter' all year round!

    What better way to relax than at the Nasaro Spa? Nasaro literally means 'refuge' or 'relaxation' in Maa. A whole range of treatments is available, from facials to massages to those essential grooming rituals. Nasaro is located down near the valley floor and provides a private, intimate setting in which to be pampered with truly stunning views over the bush. It uses a range of products from Africology ethical skin care products to capture the rejuvenating and healing essences of Africa.

    From bush BBQs to champagne picnics to sundowners the Mahali Mzuri team will treat you to a wide selection of African and international menus. All breads and pastries are baked daily and they also cater for private meals and special occasions. The property uses locally-sourced produce, flavors and spices to deliver something truly memorable to your stay. In the evenings dinner might be served in the main dining tent, out in the bush or even somewhere private just for two.

    All meals and drinks including alcohol and the finest champagne are included in your stay and guests are welcome to help themselves to whatever they want at any time. If you have any special dietary requirements just let us know before you arrive and we'll make sure we can cater for these.

    If you're looking for more action after your game drives, there is lots to keep you busy at Mahali Mzuri. The staff can organize community trips to learn more about the local Maasai Tribe whose traditional pastoralist customs are still very much in practice. You may also enjoy a walking safari, something not possible in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, and for the adventurous there are opportunities to see the area from a hot air balloon.

    Game drives in the evening open up a whole new world with the chance to see predominantly nocturnal game including aardvarks and honey badgers. If you're looking for something a little more relaxing, book a spa treatment with the trained therapist or just stargaze from the deck outside your tent. Full day excursions with a packed lunch give you the flexibility to really explore the conservancies, and for the curious the staff can also organize day trips to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Additional charges may apply for some of the activities listed above.

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    Day 6 : Fly to Segera

    Bid farewell to the Mara as you are transferred to the airstrip for your departing private charter flight to Segera. Segera lies at the very heart of the Laikipia Plateau, surrounded by a stunning and diverse environment  and fertile riverbeds where water flows from the Aberdare Mountains to various rivers, among them the Segera Rivers to the south. A cascading waterfall flows from the Segera River and the natural Ivy Springs, attract herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, warthog and many other native species throughout the year.

    Segera offers privacy in gracious accommodations in 6 timber and thatch villas built on elevated wooden platforms. Each large, en-suite bedroom has a private sun deck with sun loungers, a swing bed and a Jacuzzi bath, sunk into the deck outside the bedroom.  The more private Segera Villa and the Segera House are both extraordinary oasis of beauty surrounded by a vast and varied botanical garden with lush native and exotic plants. The 4C concept of Conservation, community, culture and commerce are incorporated in the various activities which range from conservation efforts to community and cultural preservation, to visiting socially responsible wine cultivators.

    Before the mid-19th century the lands surrounding and encompassing what is now Segera were rarely seen by Europeans. In 1846 German missionaries Johannes Rebmann and Johann Ludwig Krapf explored Laikipia after having already earned the distinction of being the first Europeans to see Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. British explorer Joseph Thomson followed almost 40 years later while travelling through Maasai country on his way to the Great Rift Valley, and his book, “Through Masai Land,” became a best-seller upon his return.

    As the years went on, travel through this past of the country increased and Segera attracted professional hunters lured by abundant safari experiences. Writer Robert Ruark was among them, and his novels “The Horn of the Hunter” and “Something of Value” are inspired by his travels throughout Kenya in the 1950s. By the mid-20th century, Segera’s land was primarily used for farming, raising livestock and cultivating wheat. Wildlife safaris did become a focal attraction later however, after the land changed hands, and revenue then was augmented by cattle farming.

    In 2005, when Jochen Zeitz acquired Segera, it was frequented by poachers, the land was overgrazed and the region was struggling to support its communities and wildlife. Determined to restore and protect Segera’s fauna and flora, Zeitz developed the 4C concept and turned his attention to conserving the beauty of the region, engaging the community around him, and preserving the cultural legacy of the land’s indigenous peoples. Since then, myriad holistic conservation and community initiatives have been successfully introduced, such as education centers, fresh water programs and solar energy facilities.

    With Segera’s unique biodiversity now preserved, endangered species, big game, and migratory mammals have found refuge on Segera once again. In 2009 Jochen Zeitz established the Zeitz Foundation with its headquarters on Segera, to ensure the land will remain protected in perpetuity. Segera Retreat opened its doors to the public in March 2013, to share with the world its story of land and wildlife preservation, community support, and luxury amidst an ethos of sustainability.

     

    Dining at Segera is personalized and highly creative. Meals and high teas feature the freshest ingredients from our own fruit, vegetable and herb gardens, or sourced from neighboring farms. Choose to eat al fresco by the communal pool or on your villa’s private lounge area, in the Wine Tower, or in one of our dining areas—the Paddock House with stunning views of the African landscape and Mount Kenya, or in the renovated horse stables, a unique place for intimate dining and cozy relaxation by the fireplace.

    Segera’s excellent chefs offer many cuisine options that suit many regimes, including classic continental, vegetarian or raw food.

    Segera puts a lot of effort into our farm-to-table approach to cooking and dining. They believe in fresh, they believe in locally sourced, they believe in educational activities that support sustainable agriculture throughout the Greater Segera area. What is not grown or raised on the own land is grown on neighboring farms and ranches, providing a mutually beneficial relationship with local farmers and growers, minimizing the carbon footprint and providing vital revenue to, and encouraging sustainable practices for, its Kenyan neighbors now and for the future.

    Take a tour of our flourishing vegetable and herb garden, try the fresh trout, procured locally from nearby streams, sample the honey—the delicious result of our recently implemented honey production program—and learn about Kenya’s cultural tradition of Boran cattle herding and the range-fed beef it produces.

    TheWine Tower, with its distinct beaded collar, is meaningfully constructed and artfully designed to house the property’s vast collections of wines from Africa and champagnes from France in optimum conditions. Cooled by solar energy and a rainwater harvested tank as its foundation, the Wine Tower is an architectural example of our 4C philosophy. You may explore the Tower and to choose a bottle to accompany your evening meal. Or, request a special dinner for two within the structure—its beautiful design, solar-powered recycled glass chandeliers and naturally cooled temperatures provide a perfect ambience for dining amidst shelves upon shelves of the good stuff! What could be better than that? Segera offers a variety of delicious and unique wines on the inclusive wine list.

    All wines originate from African vineyards that have followed principles of minimal intervention and sustainable practices in winemaking for generations, producing wines with rich character that pair well with any course and any palate. Choose from a large variety of whites, reds and rosé, sparkling wines, sweet dessert wines and ports. The Segera Reserves are a carefully selected collection of wines chosen from family-owned vineyards throughout Africa. Each vineyard practices traditional wine culture techniques, resulting in wines with minimal chemical applications and maximum expressions of the fruit and soil from which they were grown. The finest French champagnes are chilled and ready for your very special celebration.

    Experience the breadth of African art and culture in Segera’s beautiful surroundings. The Zeitz Collection is considered one of the leading collections of contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora in the world today. Founded in 2002, the collection comprises major works of paintings, sculpture, video and installation, including works by Sue Williamson, Chris Ofili, Marlene Dumas, Kudzanai Chiurai, Penny Siopis, Rashid Johnson, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Jane Alexander, Kehinde Wiley, Godfried Donker, Hank Willis Thomas and others.

    While many pieces from the collection are regularly exhibited in museums worldwide, much of the collection is spread across all 50,000 acres of Segera Retreat, available to guests in their private villas, in common rooms, poolside, throughout Segera’s many gardens, and in the restored stable-turned-gallery renovated specifically for this purpose of exhibiting great art. Indeed, even on the approach to the entrance of Segera, whether by air or by car, guests are greeted by a site-specific, specially commissioned land art installation that tells the story of time and African migration.

    Performance pieces revolving around sustainability, conservation and peace efforts in Africa are also presented regularly in many of the Retreat’s venues. An interpretive tour of the private Zeitz Collection is one of the cultural highlights on Segera. Leading and emerging artists from across Africa are showcased in a series of changing exhibitions organized by world renowned curator, Mark Coetzee, the Zeitz Foundation’s Cultural Specialist.

    Works from the Zeitz Collection have been exhibited in Finland, Italy, Australia, The Netherlands, England and France, and throughout South Africa. In 2013 the Zeitz Collection will also present its first traveling exhibition in the United States, in Miami, Florida.

    Segera is the central wildlife sanctuary in Laikipia, situated in the wooded savannah and grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau at an altitude of 1 700 – 1 800 m (5 577 – 5 906 ft) and immediately north of the equator. Home to a vast array of animal, bird and plant life, Segera provides an important corridor for the migration of elephant and other wide ranging species. Segera’s central location and expansive 20 000 hectares (50 000 acres) at the very heart of Laikipia ensures that it is essential to effective wildlife and habitat management for the Ewaso ecosystem as a whole, forming part of a vital migratory corridor and providing a permanent home to many endangered species.

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    Day 7 : Game Drives & Waterfall Visit

    This morning you will enjoy coffee and morning snacks at the Star Deck as the sun rises above Mount Kenya. This morning you will explore the treasures of wildlife in the reserve, including a leisurely stop to the beautiful waterfalls in the conservancy, which make it so unique.

    Return to the retreat for lunch and leisure time to relax around the pool or enjoy the spa. Later you will enjoy an afternoon game drive in the reserve, followed by sundowners at the Patas Tank.

    Dinner this evening will be served at the Paddock House (former horse stables).

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    Day 8 : Camel Walking Safari

    Rise early again this morning for coffee or tea on the veranda of the Explorer Lounge facing majestic Mount Kenya. Afterwards you will enjoy a morning walk with the camels alongside the riverbed with a picnic breakfast underneath the iconic fever trees.

    Return for lunch and enjoy some leisure time before your afternoon game drive to the bull boma where you will have sundowners with the local Samburu herders.

    Dinner this evening will be in the Wine Tower with matching wines; the best from Africa!

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    Day 9 : Local Community Visit & Private Bush Dinner

    After breakfast this morning you will drive to the local community where you will have the opportunity to see how the residents are engaged with sustainable business practices in the Greater Segera area.

    You will have a private dinner by the river this afternoon before returning to the retreat for some downtime.

    This evening, you will enjoy your final dinner in Africa under the African sky!

  • Day 10 : Fly to Nairobi & Depart

    Bid farewell to Segera as you board your private charter to Nairobi. You are met upon arrival in Nairobi by a Mountain Travel Sobek representative and after a short safari debrief you are transferred to Hemingway’s Nairobi where you will have lunch. A day room has been reserved for your convenience as well. Later in the day, you will check out of your hotel and transfer to Talisman Restaurant for dinner. Afterwards, transfer to the international airport for your departing flight home.

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DATES: Best time to go: January - March, June - October Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

PRICING:

January 8- March 31

Land price, per person in double occupancy: $13,995

Single supplement, per person: $4,495

 

April 1- June 30

            Land price, per person in double occupancy: $12,595

            Single supplement, per person: $4,055

 

July 1-September 30

            Land price, per person: $16,995

            Single supplement, per person: $5,735

 

October 1-November 20

            Land price, per person: $13,995

            Single supplement, per person: $4,495

 

November 21 – December 14

            Land price, per person: $12,595

            Single supplement, per person: $4,055

 

*Call for rates from December 15-January 7

  • Hemingway's
    Nairobi

    This brand new boutique hotel has elevated the standard of luxury service for travelers in Kenya. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Its 256 square foot bedrooms each have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills of Out of Africa fame.

    Your dedicated butler will know that you prefer Earl Grey to Assam with your scones and Cornish clotted cream, and he’ll remember which trousers you like pressed flat and which ones need a central crease. So while you’re reposing in the spa or discussing the delicacies of the a la carte menu with our Michelin-starred chef in the private dining room, back in your suite your butler will have dimmed the lights, adjusted your personalized pillows, set out your nightcap and arranged the morning’s outing to the game park down to the last detail.

  • Mahali Mzuri
    Masai Mara

    Mahali Mzuri is located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the Masai Mara in Kenya. The 12 unique tents almost resemble the shape of a spaceship, with each tent named after one of the 12 Maasai tribes located in the conservancy.  The camp features an infinity pool and a ring-side view to some of the most awe-inspiring wildlife viewing experiences you're ever likely to witness.

    Guests are assured of unlimited access to the exclusive Olare Orok and Motorogi Conservancies for daily game drives. Guided bush walks, visits to the local markets, complimentary laundry services and also a spa treatement room are other facilities for guests.

    Mahali Mzuri opened in 2013 and is Sir Richard Branson's Kenyan Safari Camp located in the Motorogi Conservancy within the Maasai Mara ecosystem. Mahali Mzuri has been set up in collaboration with the local Maasai communities and a limited number of other tourism partners. Our key priorities are to leave as minimal a footprint as possible on the land and to promote low density tourism which creates less pressure on the environment. Our team has been working with the Maasai since the beginning of the project to ensure their full involvement. We promote and hire from the local communities and most of our staff are from surrounding areas. Mahali Mzuri is part of Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson's portfolio of unique retreats.

  • Segera
    Laikipia

    Segera lies at the very heart of the Laikipia Plateau, surrounded by a stunning and diverse environment  and fertile riverbeds where water flows from the Aberdare Mountains to various rivers, among them the Segera Rivers to the south. A cascading waterfall flows from the Segera River and the natural Ivy Springs, attract herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, warthog and many other native species throughout the year.

    Segera offers privacy in gracious accommodations in 6 timber and thatch villas built on elevated wooden platforms. Each large, en-suite bedroom has a private sun deck with sun loungers, a swing bed and a Jacuzzi bath, sunk into the deck outside the bedroom.  The more private Segera Villa and the Segera House are both extraordinary oasis of beauty surrounded by a vast and varied botanical garden with lush native and exotic plants. The 4C concept of Conservation, community, culture and commerce are incorporated in the various activities which range from conservation efforts to community and cultural preservation, to visiting socially responsible wine cultivators.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

This private adventure does not have a trip leader, but utilizes the wonderful safari guides based at each different property.  The  guides know the area around your accommodations the best and will escort you on both game drives, game walks, and cultural experiences. Our Kenyan guides have won numerous awards and are truly the best in Kenya!

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