• Kenya: The Original Safari

    Discover the Essence of Classic Safari in the Land Where It Was Born

    Join us on a quintessential safari to thrill both safari novices and veterans alike! You'll experience Kenya's three must-visit spots: Amboseli, Masai Mara, and the North. Stay in private conservancy properties where you can enjoy game drives that are as rich in game as they are sparse in other tourists! Add to that enriching, authentic cultural interactions and you have a not-to-be-missed journey befitting the home of the original safari!

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

    departures: 2 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $5,395 see detailed pricing

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Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Discover the Essence of Classic Safari in the Land Where It Was Born

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. On our journey, we'll give the crowds the slip and stay in private consevancy properties where we'll feel like we have all of Africa to ourselves! Kenya is renowned for bringing repeat travelers back to visit over and over to discover new areas and re-discover the classic destinations like the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu, and Laikipia. And well before the end of this trip, you'll understand why! Kenya is truly magical, and it beckons both the newest safari enthusiast as well as the seasoned veteran.
 

Activities

Game drives, night game drives, walking safaris, cultural interations

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the three classic safari destinations of Kenya: Amboseli, the North, and Masai Mara
  • Escape the city and ease into the safari experience with a 2-night stay in Nairobi National Park
  • Take in unobstructed direct views of Mount Kilimanjaro from your deluxe tented camp in Amboseli
  • Explore the unique Northern Frontier, known for its unique species of wildlife and Samburu culture at Lewa Private Conservancy—now a new UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Be amazed at the teeming wildlife of Africa's most famous game viewing area—the Masai Mara!

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

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    Day 1 : Arrive Nairobi and drive to Emakoko in Nairobi National Park

    Upon arrival in Nairobi you will be met and transferred to Emakoko in Nairobi National Park where you will check in, have dinner and overnight.

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    Day 2 : Game Drive in Nairobi National Park & Visit to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

    This morning you will enjoy a morning game drive in Nairobi National Park followed by a visit to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage where you will be able to foster a baby orphan elephant.

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    Day 3 : Fly to Amboseli

    Transfer to the Wilson Airport for your departing flight to Amboseli National Park. Transfer to the Elerai Conservancy upon arrival and enjoy lunch before enjoying a game drive in the conservancy and a visit to a Maasai village. Optional night game drive.

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    Day 4 : Full Day Amboseli

    Today enjoy a full day of game drives in Amboseli National Park.

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    Day 5 : Fly to Lewa

    Fly to Liwa WIldlife Conservancy in the North and transfer to Lewa Safari Camp. Enjoy afternoon and night game drives and safari activities.

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    Day 6 : Full Day Lewa

    Today you will have a full day of game drives and safari activities at Lewa.

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    Day 7 : Fly to Masai Mara

    Fly to Masai Mara and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Mara North Conservancy

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    Day 8 : Full Day Masai Mara National Reserve

    Today you will enjoy a full day game drive in the Reserve with picnic lunch and sundowners.

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    Day 9 : Full Day Mara North Conservancy

    Today enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Mara North Conservancy.

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    Day 10 : Depart

    Fly to Nairobi and enjoy a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraff Center and Kazuri Bead experience before your departure dinner and departure.

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DATES: Best time to go: January - March, June - October Departures: Jun 18 - 27, 2014 Oct 7 - 16, 2014

PRICING:

June 18-27, 2014 Departure:
Based on 6-16 guests, per person

Land Price: $5,395 

Single Supplement: $1,000
Flights: $1,200
Park Fees: $700

 

October 7-16, 2014:
Based on 6-16 guests, per person

Land Price: $ 5,895

Single Supplement: $1,350
Flights: $1,200
Park Fees: $700

  • Emakoko
    Nairobi National Park

    The Emakoko is a family-owned and run lodge artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River, which borders the Nairobi National Park a 45 minute transfer from both airports in Nairobi city. The Emakoko allows people to start and finish their safari in the wildlife environment they have travelled so far to enjoy.

  • Satao Elerai Camp
    Amboseli National Park

    Satao Elerai Camp is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5000 acre private conservation area 12 kms south east of Amboseli National Park at the foot of Africa’s Largest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The camp looks down onto the Amboseli National Park in one direction and up to Mt Kilimanjaro in the other direction, giving clients what is arguably the best location of any camp in Amboseli.

    The camp currently has 12 luxury en suite mountain facing tents and 5 large luxurious lodge style suites. Both the tents and the suites are en suite with the suites also having luxurious baths. The facilities are supplied with hot running water provided by eco friendly solar units.

    The Satao Elerai project is a community project that has been along time in the making. The project has been a concerted effort between the Satao Elerai, The African Wildlife Foundation and The Elerai community. The concept is to provide a sustainable income from tourism for the Masai community in the area and to try and ensure that it is in the communities interest to protect the wildlife for generations to come. Amboseli has been a location where human-wildlife conflict has been an issue for many years, and it is projects like these that can over time ensure that communities start to benefit from wildlife and to ensure they invest in protecting and securing their future for their own benefit.

    One of the biggest advantages of Satao Elerai Camp is that being located on its own private conservation area clients have the chance to view wildlife in private surroundings. In addition we also offer clients the chance to enjoy spectacular bush sundowners, night game drives and game walks on the conservancy, activities that are not available to the lodges located within the park.

    The rooms at Satao Elerai Camp were built and designed to ensure that your stay will be in complete luxury. Huge beds with top quality mattresses and pillows and a large luxurious duvet ensure that you will sleep through the night in total comfort. Large sliding doors open out onto your own private verandah overlooking the plains below and Amboseli National Park. Each room has its own bathroom with a view, designed using natural rock and acacia wood the bathrooms have a design and feel unique to Elerai.

    Dinners at Satao Elerai Camp are served a la carte. Using locally grown vegetables and fruit our chefs prepare a wide variety of dishes to suit all tastes. On a clear night tables are set out on the terrace where clients can enjoy a meal under the stars. Regularly the Mountain will be clear early evening and can be seen lit up by the moon from your dinner table. If you have any special requests for meals please let us know in advance and our chefs would be happy to meet your requirements.”

  • Lewa Safari Camp
    Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

    Lewa Safari Camp has a stunning location within Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, with outstanding game viewing, and spectacular views to Mt. Kenya to the south and arid lowlands to the north. Each tent has a thatched roof, verandah, and full en suite bathroom, very much in the 'Lewa' style. The central areas have exquisite gardens with a large sunny verandah and swimming pool to enjoy during the day, and cosy log fires in the lounge and dining room for the more chilly evenings.

    The camp is based within the private 65,000 acre wildlife conservancy of the Lewa Wilderness Trust. The conservancy is home to about 10 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population, and the single largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world. Lewa conservancy re-invests all the profits generated from tourism (including profits from Lewa Safari Camp) into its core programmes. When you visit Lewa, as well as enjoying outstanding game viewing in an elegant setting, you will also be helping thousands of people from different backgrounds and cultures to improve their lives, and give their children a future, at the same time as ensuring Africa’s wildlife has a stable home.

  • Karen Blixen Camp
    Masai Mara

    Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly luxury camp that gives a sense of the exiting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited and elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure

    Karen Blixen Camp comprises 22 large luxury canvas tents each placed with undisturbed view along the Mara River. The stylish restaurant, the reception, the lounge and bar and the gift shop with internet are set on a raised wooden deck and furnished with accurate reproductions of Karen Blixen’s private furniture to fit in with the cozy atmosphere.

    The beautiful laid swimming pool offers relaxation and even a little exercise in-between game drives. Our resident masseuse offers a wide range of wellness and beauty treatments.

    Karen Blixen Camp is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a gin and tonic overlooking the Mara River and the wildlife coming to drink, whilst exchanging stories about the adventures of the day.

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.


  • Henry Gathura

    Henry started traveling at the age of 14 while in high school. His school was located in the Great Rift Valley which provided a variety of spectacular places to visit from an early age. Henry would marvel at the splendor and diversity of the scenery and purposed to pursue a career in tourism. He has worked as a tour director for the last two years having started as a freelance tour guide and worked with several privately owned companies. After guiding for 12 years, Henry felt like he was ready for the next step in guiding and decided to take on the more challenging but interesting role in the same field that he understands and is passionate about. As a Tour Director, he endeavors to make the experiences of my visitors memorable with diverse places to visit within Kenya and in East Africa. East Africa is endowed with a plethora of wildlife, nature trails, site views, breath taking scenery and diverse cultural experiences. Henry has had the privilege of escorting many tours throughout East Africa, and meeting people from various different places which always interests him greatly. For those in search of real adventure, he has gathered substantial knowledge that will give you interesting insights into the wildlife, culture and day to day life in East Africa. Henry looks forward to sharing with you lots of his experiences and the untold stories about this region as he also learns from you. Africa is his backyard, and he know it best! Karibu!

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