A Taste of Safari

This trip offers just a quick taste of safari life. Perfect for those who can't travel for weeks, but sure to leave you counting the days until your next trip to Africa.

Days 1 / 2 ~ Nairobi ~ House of Waine

After landing in Nairobi you will be met by an Extraordinary Journeys representative and driven to Hogmead in the Nairobi suburb of Karen.

In Nairobi, you will find a city that is lively cosmopolitan and full of contrasts. It's a place of smart office workers, mansions and expensive suburban shopping centers as well as slums crowded with people struggling on as best they can. Displaying enormous vitality and buzz, Nairobi is one of Africa's major cities and is East Africa's hub for commerce, aid and increasingly, technology. It hard to imagine that this city of almost 5 million people celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1999 and that where it now stands, only Maasai manyatas stood barely a century ago!

While in Nairobi you will stay the suburb of Karen, which has retained much of its mid-century charm, its quiet lanes lined with estates with sprawling stone houses and large verandas looking into mature gardens. Located in this leafy suburb, House of Waine is a small, family-owned boutique hotel that blends elegance with the spirit of modern Africa in an exclusive and serene setting.

House of Waine

Each of the eleven bedrooms is individually styled with canopy beds, deep claw-foot bathtubs, and luxurious fabrics. Meals are served in a variety of settings, including the pool pavilion, lounge, terraces, or garden. There is a heated swimming pool and two bars. House of Waine is a perfect choice for those that wish to experience Nairobi from a comfortable and serene distance.

Optional excursions can be arranged to Nairobi National Park, the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the AFEW Giraffe Centre; as well as shopping excursions to Anna Trzebinski Fashion Studios, Matt Bronze, Utamaduni Craft Center; and spa treatments.

Overnight at HOUSE OF WAINE. Includes: breakfast, tea and coffee, soft drinks.

This morning you will head to Wilson Airport for your flight to the Masai Mara.

The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s most famous nature reserve, and one of the settings for the film Out of Africa. It is classic savannah – grasslands, where animals are plentiful and the vistas spectacular. In this dreamlike land, animals live in freedom, and the Maasai tend their cattle. The area, also known as the “Jewel of Africa,” has one of the largest and the most spectacular animal migrations in the world. The reserve is known for its large wildlife, including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino and hippo.

Elephant Pepper Camp gets its name from the Warburgia Ugandensis or Elephant Pepper tree. Set within the protected Koiyaki wilderness area, away from other lodges this tented camp is in an excellent game viewing area and offers an authentic tented safari-camp experience. Its eight spacious tents have en suite bathrooms with eco-friendly flush toilets and traditional safari bucket showers with hot water on demand. The gentle glow of kerosene lanterns illuminates the camp at night as there is no electricity in tents (there is an area where batteries can be charged). Meals are served outdoors or in the candlelit-dining tent. Come the evening, enjoy drinks and tall tales around a blazing campfire followed by a delicious dinner and a hot-water bottle to keep you warm in bed.

Those who are on their honeymoon will stay in Elephant Pepper Camp’s canvas honeymoon tent, overlooking the savannah. The Honeymoon Tent consists of one spacious main bedroom, an en-suite bathroom, large veranda with seating and dining area and private camp-fire area. This tent can comfortably fit two extra beds, and is therefore also suitable for families.

On the second morning you may wish to see the Masai Mara and its wildlife from an exciting new perspective. Hot air balloon safaris are available at additional cost. Watch the balloon fill up then clamor into a basket to float over the savannah as the early sun rises and the animals are more active. Upon landing, enjoy a champagne brunch, set especially for you in the middle of the plains. Zebra and wildebeest may be your dining guests, and Africa’s colorful birds may be vying for a crumb of your bread.

Overnights at ELEPHANT PEPPER CAMP, (honeymoon tent) Includes: All meals, local drinks, scheduled game viewing activities

Days 6/ 7/ 8/ 9 ~ South Coast/Diani Beach ~ Kinondo Kwetu

After breakfast this morning you will fly from the Masai Mara to the Ukunda Airstrip in Diani Beach, your beach home for 4 nights.

Kenya's coastline faces the warm blue water of the Indian Ocean and extends for 360 miles, from the border with Tanzania in the south to Somalia in the north. Much of the shoreline is covered by a continuous strip of magnificent white soft sand beach, protected by an unspoiled coral reef that has been compared to the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea Coral Reef. The beaches are backed with coconut palms, frangipani and casuarinas trees, interspersed with mango and avocado trees, floral shrubs and bougainvillaea. Forests of mangroves to the far south create a beautiful ecological zone and huge baobab trees grow along the north coastal strip. The culture on the coast is very distinct from the rest of the country. Like the Tanzania coast and Zanzibar, the Kenyan Coast is where Africa, the Arab world, Asia, the Far East and Europe come together as one predominant Swahili culture. Here you will see men dressed in white Kanzu gowns with kofia caps, flamboyant Arab robes or sarongesque kikois and women wearing brilliantly coloured kanga outfits or head to foot bui-buis.

Kinondo Kwetu was designed to be a “home away from home” and it does so perfectly. It is the ultimate private beach experience just south of Diani Beach in an area classified as a ‘Kaya’ area (protected by the National Museum) due to its surrounding holy forests and sacred land. Each of the eleven rooms at Kinondo Kwetu are unique, each decorated in its own eclectic style, mixing Swahili culture handicraft and antiquities. All double rooms are equipped with king size beds and all rooms have fans and mosquito nets.

There are many places to relax and retire at Kinondo Kwetu. The library is quiet and peaceful, the water towers outside offer fantastic views of the sunset over the mountains, the beach is long and pristine. The dining experience is also a highlight at Kinondo Kwetu. The three-course lunches and dinners are served al fresco, with fresh fish and seafood being natural favorites. Activities at Kinondo Kwetu include Scuba diving, PADI snorkeling, sailing, kite surf, deep sea fishing, horseback riding (for experienced riders only), tennis, and golf.

Overnights at Kinondo Kwetu. Includes: All meals, Soft drinks, beer, house wines and non-luxury spirits. Excludes: Champagne, special wines and luxury spirits. Limited laundry service.

Day 10 ~ Depart

Today you bid farewell to Africa for now as you fly back to Nairobi in time for your international flight home.

The price for this adventure starts at $5,500 per person sharing (excluding international airfare). Prices vary by season.

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