HIGHLIGHTS: Nairobi, Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Masai Mara, Ngerende Island Lodge
Day 1: Arrive Nairobi
Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya’s vibrant capital city. You will be warmly welcomed and driven in a private vehicle to the Giraffe Manor a charming boutique hotel offering an experience like no other with a resident herd of Rothschild Giraffe which like to pop their heads through these stunning hotels windows and compete for your attention. Surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest just outside Kenya's capital, Nairobi the manor is also host to many species of birds, large families of warthogs and the elusive Bush Buck. Meal plan is all inclusive.
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Wilson Airport for the hour-long flight to Samburu National Reserve. You will be met at the Samburu airstrip and transferred to the Larsen’s Camp situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the ruggedly beautiful Samburu National Game Reserve. Tranquil and luxurious, this camp enjoys uninterrupted views of the Uaso Nyiro River from the private verandas of every spacious and stylish guest tent. There will be time to relax after lunch and in the late afternoon experience the thrill of your first game drive in Samburu. With its vivid colors and contrasts between sky, bush and sand, the park is a photographer's paradise and home also to the proud and handsome Samburu tribe. Meal plan is all inclusive to include breakfast, lunch & dinner and house wines, soft drinks, bottled water beers and non luxury spirits.
Activities on offer today will include a stirring early morning and late afternoon game drives to discover this dramatic wilderness first hand and fascinating encounters with Samburu’s "Special Five," called that because they're only found north of the equator: the reticulated giraffe, long-necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy's zebra and the beisa oryx. Overnight will be at the lodge on a full board meal plan.
Our destination is Ol Pejeta situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya. Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals including all the “Big Five” (the white and black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion) and it is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees and holds some of the highest predator densities in Kenya. Two nights will be spent in our mobile camp offering guests with exclusivity and comfort and allowing you to get close to the sounds, smells and sights of Africa.
Spend the day searching for game on this 90,000 acre Conservancy which has Kenya’s largest population of black rhino, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lions, cheetah and more. There are few vehicles on the Conservancy therefore game viewing is a very private and rewarding experience.
A transfer will be provided to the Airstrip for the scheduled flight to the Masai Mara host to the most spectacular array of wildlife, which constantly changes as the plains game follows ancient migration routes under the watchful eyes of the lion, leopard and cheetah that prey on the vulnerable. On arrival at the Airstrip the Lodge vehicle will be waiting to take you to Ngerende in the Wild Lodge an intimate and exclusive luxury mobile camp which has only two tents situated in an area abundant with wildlife where you are booked for 2 nights. Each suite comes complete with eco w.c and romantic al fresco bucket showers. The décor is a combination of both classic and contemporary Africa. Guests will enjoy a highly personalized service and an intimate and authentic safari experience. There are only two luxurious 2 suites each attended by a personal butler who also waits on the guests at mealtimes. Have lunch and a short nap. Later in the afternoon you take your first game drive in the park abundant with wildlife and a myriad of birds. Return to the luxury camp for dinner and overnight rest. Meal plan all inclusive.
Spend your day exploring the magnificent Masai Mara and we would leave after breakfast for a full day game drive in the Mara a fabulous place to spot the big cats and all of the big five, a variety of plains game and over 300 birds’ species. It’s also the migration time with good chances of seeing the crossing at the Mara River. Your chef will prepare a delicious hot lunch cooked out in the wild served by your personal butler. Return in the late afternoon after an exciting day to a hot safari shower and roaring fire and a gourmet dinner.
We bid farewell to the staff and depart by road with an en-route game drive (approximate 1hour 30 minutes) to Ngerende Island Lodge. The Lodge has just 7 spacious and luxurious suites each having a dedicated butler to ensure warm log fires in the evening, draw a candlelit bath, complete with essential oils and ensure a cosy hot water bottles in your bed at night. Hopefully you will arrive in time for an afternoon game drive before dinner! Meal plan is all inclusive.
Enjoy the splendors of what the Mara has to offer and our guests enjoy an intimate and relaxed stay and the pace of your safari may be as active or as leisurely as you wish. A wide range of activities are offered including walks with the resident naturalist, visits to the nearby Masai village (entrance extra), a visit to the local school, sundowners, bush meals weather permitting and game drives in the Conservancy. Guests may also relax by the pool or spend some rejuvenating moments at the spa (optional extra) .Meal plan is all inclusive.
Have a morning game-drive at sunrise, followed by breakfast at the Lodge. We will plant a tree within the Lodge grounds to help offset our carbon print. Bid farewell to the staff and a transfer will be provided to the Airstrip for the scheduled morning flight back to Wilson Airport. On arrival you will be met and driven to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight, or to your hotel.