6 nights/ 7 days
Upon arrival in Nairobi you will take a scheduled flight to Amboseli National Park. Your chances of seeing the snow capped peak of Africa's highest mountain from your plane window are excellent in the early morning. From there you will have a private transfer to Tortilis Camp.
Mount Kilimanjaro at 17.325 ft rises above a saucer of clouds and dominates every aspect of Amboseli. This park covers only 392 square kilometers but despite its small size and its fragile ecosystem it supports a wide range of mammals and birds. Years ago this was the locale around which such famous writers as Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark spun their stories of big-game hunting in the wilds of Africa. This too, is part of Maasailand, and it’s not unusual to see the proud Maasai warrior or small children tending their cattle as you traverse their territory. In this land, animal and man have learned to coexist and thrive together, despite the harsh conditions.
Tortilis Camp offers a wide variety of activities ranging from early morning and mid afternoon game drives, guided game walks led by Maasai guides outside the park and sundowners. Alternatively, you can laze around the pool enjoying drinks and stunning views. The camp is positioned in one of Amboseli’s few remaining areas of unspoiled woodland providing the opportunity to witness the sunset on a hill where you can see miles across the park and feel like you are on top of the world.
Overnights at Tortilis Camp. https://ejafrica.com/destinations/kenya/chyulu-hills/tortilis-camp/
Includes: Game drives in 4X4 Land Rovers, all meals, soft drinks, beer and house wine, guided bush walks, transfers to cultural visits (fees may be charged by the community), bush breakfasts and sundowners, laundry.
Day 4 / 5 / 6 ~ Maasai mara ~ Elephant Pepper Camp
Today you will fly from Amboseli back to Nairobi in time for your flight to the Maasai Mara. Upon your arrival, your Extraordinary Journeys representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to Elephant Pepper Camp.
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.
There are also over 500 resident species of birds in the park including ostrich, lark and sunbird. The reserve which covers an area of 700 square miles forms part of the Serengeti ecosystem and hosts the world famous spectacle of the annual migration of up to two million wildebeest, thousands of zebra and an escort of carnivores from the Serengeti plains, following the rains and succulent new grass. A costly trek as many of the lame, laggard and sick will fall prey to predators and many more will die in the swirling flood waters of the Mara River as they try to cross it. Whether you’re in the Maasai Mara during migration time, your wildlife viewing will be spectacular, as the resident population of zebra and wildebeest will be there, along with the predators.
Elephant Pepper Camp gets its name from the Warburgia Ugandensis tree, also known as the Elephant Pepper tree. This seasonal bush camp is in an excellent game viewing area and offers an authentic traditional Maasai Mara camping experience. Its eight spacious tents have en suite bathrooms with eco-friendly flush toilets and traditional safari bucket showers. The gentle glow of kerosene lanterns illuminates the camp at night as there is no electricity in tents. There is however, an area where batteries can be charged. Meals are served outdoors during the day or in the candlelit-dining tent. Come the evening, it’s time for chilled drinks and tall tales around the blazing campfire. Then, finally, a delicious dinner and a hot-water bottle to keep you warm in bed.
On your second morning you may wish to see the Maasai 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. https://ejafrica.com/destinations/kenya/masai-mara/elephant-pepper-camp/ Includes: All meals, private butler service, mineral water in room, game drives in open 4X4 vehicles
- Flights within Kenya as described in the itinerary.
- Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
- All meals, drinks and laundry while on safari and as indicated.
- All wildlife viewing by 4 X 4 open roof vehicle shared with other guests, driven by a highly qualified naturalist guide.
- Complimentary soft drinks and water in vehicles.
- All applicable hotel and lodge taxes.
- All game park entry fees.
- Foreign airport taxes.
- Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
- Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
- Meals and beverages, other than specified.
- Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
- Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
- Personal and baggage insurance.
- Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
Jan 1-March 15: $3900
March 16-March 30:$3700
April 1 -June 15: Closed
June 16-June 30:$3900
July 1-July 30:$4500
August 1-August 31st:$4700
Oct 1-Dec 15: $3900