13 August 2020
Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Eka Hotel for a two-night stay. Check in and get settled before perhaps meeting up with the rest of the group for dinner. (All meals on your own this day)
14 August 2020
Enjoy breakfast and around 10.00 am, we will depart for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for the 11.00 am - 12.00 noon visit at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. This will be followed by a visit to Karen Blixen’s former home (now a museum) with absolutely stunning views of the Ngong Hills made famous in her book Out Of Africa. After lunch at Tamambo, we will visit the Giraffe Centre, after which we will be dropped off at the Eka Hotel in time to review your photos of the day, rest, and have dinner. (B,L)
15-16 August 2020
Heading southeast from Nairobi, we will have about a 4 1⁄2 hour drive to Amboseli National Park. Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, the park is one of Kenya's most popular. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust” and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. We will explore habitats ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli to wetlands with sulphur springs to the savannah and woodlands. We can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.
We’ll stay at Ol Tukai Lodge. Ol Tukai is a charming, contemporary retreat filled with a quintessential African atmosphere and set amidst beautifully manicured lawns. The lodge’s luxury chalets offer uninterrupted views of the tranquil wilderness of the park or the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro in the distance. Beautifully appointed and inviting, the chalets boast private terraces to make the most of our spectacular surroundings. (B, L, D)
17-18 August 2020
After breakfast on the morning of the 17th, we will drive back to Nairobi and fly from Wilson Airport north to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya. Ol Pejeta is a mosaic of grass plains, wooded grassland, acacia woodland, and evergreen thicket extending over 86,000 square miles! It boasts an astounding variety of animals including non-indigenous chimpanzees and the Big Five (the endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and lion). The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.
Our Porini Rhino Camp guide will collect us from the airstrip and transfer us to camp, our home for the next two nights where we will enjoy morning, evening and night-time shared game drives and escorted walks with Maasai guides. (B, L, D)
19-21 August 2020
On the morning of the 19th, we will fly to the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve located in southwest Kenya along the Tanzania border. Game viewing in the Maasai Mara is excellent all year around thanks to the diverse population of resident game – including lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – plus popular species like zebra, giraffe, hyena, eland, and gazelle. We will be there at a time when one of nature’s greatest spectacles, the Great Migration, should reach the Mara; however, there are no guarantees as the migration is dependent on the rains. The migration is a dramatic mass movement of almost two million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle in a seasonal annual cycle driven by rainfall. To reach the Mara’s fresh grazing, wildebeest make dramatic river crossings from Tanzania to feast on the Mara plains and regain their strength.
Our home for these three nights is Mara Engai Tented Lodge, set on the Siria Escarpment – 1,000 feet above Kenya’s Maasai Mara – with breathtaking views over the Mara Triangle and Great Migration route. Here we will experience solitude and serenity. There is also a lot to do: Going on morning and evening game drives and bush walks, visiting a traditional Maasai community, touring the organic gardens, and receiving your own Maasai name by taking part in a traditional naming ceremony. You will even receive a certificate with your new Maasai name...it’s up to you which name you choose to use after that! (B, L, D)
22 August 2020
After packing our things and saying our “Farewells,” we’ll fly from Maasai Mara back to Nairobi-Wilson and be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for our international flights home. (B)