This itinerary offers a chance to see Kenya's highlights; from Samburu to Laikipia to the Mara to Nairobi in 7 nights/8 days at stunning properties
Day 1/2 ~ Samburu ~ Sasaab
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and assisted with your transfer to Wilson Airport for your flight to Samburu where you spend 2 nights at Sasaab.
Fly over green fields, past snow-topped Mt. Kenya, to the Samburu Game Reserve, an arid northern region known for its beautiful scenery and the colorful Samburu warriors who live in the area. This hot and arid area is the gateway to the vast northern region of Kenya and it is here that you will see wildlife species found only north of the equator, including Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx and the graceful gerenuk antelope. This dramatic landscape is blanketed by the hot equatorial sun for most of the year. Relief comes from the cool waters of the Ewaso Nyiro ("Brown") River, which rises to the west on the foothills of the Aberdares and vanishes beyond Samburu in the soggy expanse known as the Lorian swamp.
Situated on the high banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, Sasaab commands breathtaking views across the arid landscape. The lodge is on Samburu community land and part of Ngutuk-Ongiron Group Ranch. It was built using locally sourced materials and has both Swahili and Moroccan influence. Attention to extravagant details is hallmark of this exclusive camp. Sasaab has only nine individual cottages, each with a magnificent view of the river and their own plunge pool. The uniquely designed tents are ideal for game viewing, bird-watching and relaxing. The "souk" style mess provides a warm and friendly atmosphere. Meals are prepared with the finest fresh ingredients and served in the privacy of various different areas of the "souk" or under the stars!
Activities at Sasaab include camel walks, game drives, bush walks and exceptionally well-done educational cultural visits and are enhancedby knowledgeable and colorful Samburu guides. Back at the lodge relax by the swimming pool, enjoy beauty treatments in the spa or privacy of your own tent or find a corner of your own to unwind. To end the day, enjoy sundowners from a rocky kopje (granite outcrop) or the elevated terrace at the lodge.
Overnights at SASAAB. Includes: All meals, house wines, soft drinks and beer with meals and on drives, water, tea & coffee, laundry service all game viewing activities, park fees.
Day 3/4 ~ Laikipia ~ Solio Lodge
After breakfast you will return to the Sasaab airstrip for a private charter to Solio Ranch and Conservancy where you will spend 2 nights.
Solio Lodge is situated on Solio Ranch, a 45,000 acre ranch, with a 19,000 acre game conservancy set between Mount Kenya and the Aberdares. Solio Game Reserve is internationally recognized as the most successful private rhinoceros breeding reserve in Kenya and is responsible for having trans-located over 100 black and 60 white rhinoceros to other parts of Kenya. The primary purpose of the game reserve is to provide a refuge to wildlife which would otherwise be deprived of suitable habitat and, as such, is an immensely important contribution to the conservation of wildlife in Kenya.
Solio Lodge itself is stunning. Each cottage is exquisitely created with large glass windows and private decks, with the emphasis on space, light and privacy. Warm up by your cozy fireplace or soak in your enormous tub in a class-enclosed bathroom.
The Lodge provides plenty of exciting activities including walking, horseback riding and trout fishing in the Aberdares and Mt Kenya, helicopter flights and horse riding.
Overnight at SOLIO. Includes: All meals, all house drinks, laundry, entrance fees to Giraffe Center, a donation to Giraffe AFEW Center, wireless internet and transfer to excursions to areas around Karen.
Day 5/6 ~ Masai Mara~ Sala’s Camp
After breakfast you will return airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Maasai Mara where you will spend 2 nights at Sala’s Camp.
Masai Mara is Kenya’s most famous nature reserve, and one of the settings for the film Out of Africa. In this classic savannah grassland the animals are plentiful and the vistas breathtaking. The Mara covers 700 square miles and is part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Each year it 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 new grass. Whether or not you are in the Masai Mara during the migration, your wildlife viewing will be spectacular, as the resident population of zebra and wildebeest will be there, along with the predators. The reserve is known for lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino and hippo and over 500 species of birds including ostrich, lark and sunbird. The area around the reserve is home to the Maasai, a pastoral tribe whose traditional boma-style villages dot the landscape.
Located in the less traveled southern area of the Masai Mara, Sala’s Camp rests on the banks of the Sand and Keekorok rivers looking across into Tanzania’s Serengeti. Sala’s Camp is nestled in an indigenous forest with views into the Northern Corridor, the route taken by the million wildebeest whose famous migration takes place annually. This makes Sala’s Camp the perfect spot to watch the Great Migration unfold. Sala’s Camp upholds a long tradition of safari under canvas, stylish but simple, and reminiscent of early pioneering days. Each tent is spacious and airy, with en-suite bathroom complete with flush toilet and hot showers. Hanging temptingly in the trees in front of each tent is a welcoming hammock for more relaxing moments.
Overnight at SALA's CAMP. Includes: All meals, game drives in 4X4 vehicles. Excludes: Champagne, special wines and luxury spirits. Limited laundry service.
Day 7 ~ Nairobi ~ Giraffe Manor
Today you will fly from the Masai Mara to Nairobi where you will spend your final night in Kenya at Giraffe Manor.
Nairobi is lively, cosmopolitan and full of contrasts. It is a place of smart office workers and mansions and expensive suburban shopping centers as well as overcrowded slums and people struggling to survive day-to-day on as best they can. Nairobi is East Africa's commercial and aid hub and a significant capital in its own right, displaying enormous vitality and buzz. It’s even more surprising when you realized that the city only celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1999. The city has grown from a tiny rail station at the turn of the last century to a city that is expected to have a population of more than 5 million people by 2015.
While in Nairobi you will stay at Giraffe Manor in the suburb of Karen. Karen is one of Nairobi’s oldest neighborhoods and has retained much of its mid-century charm. Karen’s quiet streets are lined with jacaranda and boast sprawling estates with stone houses, large verandas and mature gardens. Giraffe Manor was built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan. The house is situated on 120 acres of land. In 1974 Jock Leslie-Melville and his wife Betty bought the Manor and founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife and proceeded to move five baby (highly endangered) Rothschild giraffe to the property. These five have since produced their own offspring.
The Manor is exclusive, spacious and elegant and is the only place in the world that you can feed giraffe from your bedroom window or over the breakfast table. This is meant to be a home, not a hotel. You are encouraged to make yourself completely at home – settle down and read a book, admire the view, help yourself to a drink. Staying at Giraffe Manor also contributes towards saving endangered species and educating African school children about conservation, as a portion of your fee is donated to these causes.
Overnight at GIRAFFE MANOR. Includes: All meals, all house drinks, laundry, entrance fees to Giraffe Center, a donation to Giraffe AFEW Center, wireless internet and transfer to excursions to areas around Karen.
Day 8 ~ Depart Nairobi
Today you will bid farewell to Africa, returning to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international flight home.
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