Kenya Safari

TRAVEL TO AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK - Day 1

Arrive to Nairobi
Safari-transfer to the air strip
Charter flight to Amboseli
Safari-transfer to Tawi Lodge
Check in and Lunch
Evening Safari
Dinner at Tawi Lodge

Home to some of Kenya’s biggest elephant herds. These gentle giants stroll across the landscape in their hundreds, a wonderous and awe inspiring sight! Exceptional views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, excellent wildlife and exotic birdlife… The name ‘Amboseli’ comes from a Maasai word meaning ‘salty dust’… 

Set plum in the heart of its own private conservancy and in one of the richest game areas in Kenya, Tawi Lodge is an idyllic retreat whilst exploring the Amboseli ecosystem on the lower foothills of Kilimanjaro. 

This Eco award winning lodge combines unpretentious comfort with subtle accents of style coupled with traditional East African hospitality, and a sense of warmth and genuine welcome, embracing traditional East African hospitality with our roots extending deep into our heritage here. 

The lodge and cottages sprawl along the edge of dry acacia woodland with Mount Kilimanjaro standing proudly above. Elephants often pass right closeby, gently allowing close absorption into their secret lives, from the comfort of the cottage decks. 

Each of the “elegantly rustic” cottages are richly appointed, most with incredible views looking out over the mountain, the cottages have spacious bedrooms, private decks, en-suite bathrooms, with both bathtub and shower each cottage has large, snug 4-poster beds.

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Amboseli National Park (Game Drive) - Day 2

Game Drives:

With access to both Tawi Conservancy and Amboseli National Park, game drives are fantastic. Game vehicles are open sided, with camera charging facilities. Night game drives are available in the conservancy. Tawi guides are experts in their field, ready to share their extensive knowledge.

At only 392km² Amboseli is a small park and the range of animals is not as extensive as that of other parks in Kenya but streams from Kilimanjaro surface in the centre of Amboseli, creating wetlands that support a rich diversity of wildlife and most of the classic big mammals are there. The species list includes lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe and cheetah, and bird watchers will be happy with a list that tops 300 species.

TRAVEL TO LAKE NAIVASHA - Day 3

Transfer to Hippo Point Lodge, Lake Naivasha
Transfer to Hippo Point (charter flight)

Dinner and rest at Hippo Point

Evening game drive in the safari

Hippo Point is an exclusive private wildlife conservancy sitting on an isthmus between Lake Naivasha and Lake Oloidien at an altitude of 6,200 feet or 2,000 metres. With a near perfect microclimate, over 350 species of birds and an average of 1,200 resident animals roaming the grounds it is the perfect place to let go of your busy life - A sophisticated African environment to enjoy nature and have fun; catch up with yourself, enjoy family and friends. Fall asleep under Russian linen sheets, smothered by the stars of Africa, soothed by sounds of Hyena and Hippo calling in the night. Wake up early and breath in the cool spring air of altitude and walk among the game and birdlife along the lake shore, do yoga at sunrise, swim, jog with the Zebra, bike, meditate, read or simply enjoy breakfast in bed – here, you can do what you like when you like – and if you’re more than six – you get the whole place to yourselves.

Day 4

Breakfast at Hippo Point
Optional - a boat tour to observe hippos, birds and other animals (extra $35 per person)
Lunch and rest at Hippo Point
Evening safari game drive
Dinner at Hippo Point

ARRIVE TO SOLIO - Day 5

Transfer to Solio (charter flight)
Solio is very exclusive and special - this is your chance to see both black and white rhinos in abundance and up close, not to mention the gorgeous rooms with floor to ceiling view of the savannah and fireplaces.

SOLIO (GAME DRIVE) - Day 6

GIRAFFE MANOR - Day 7

Transfer to Giraffe Manor (charter flight)

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, owned by The Safari Collection. Often referred to as one of the most instagrammed properties in the world, Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The historic manor house has extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa: indeed, one of its twelve rooms is named after the author Karen Blixen.

One of the most fascinating things about Giraffe Manor is its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who may visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.

TRAVEL TO MASAI MARA - Day 8

Breakfast at Giraffe Manor
Transfer to the airstrip
Charter flight to Masai Mara
Transfer to Mahali Mzuri
Lunch and rest at Mahali Mzuri
Evening safari game drive
Dinner at Mahali Mzuri

Check in to Mahali Mzuri Luxury Safari Camp:

Mahali Mzuri is Sir Richard Branson’s 12-tented luxury safari camp in the Kenyan Bush. At Mahali Mzuri you’ll have a front row seat, not just to the migration, but also to the abundant game you can see all year round. The camp is situated in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem.

Game Drives:

The abundant animal life in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy is quite simply jaw-dropping, and you won’t need to go far to see some unforgettable sights. All the drama that only nature can provide is on your doorstop and you’ll be in the hands of our experienced Field Guides with a front row seat on your safari tour.

A number of lion pride territories meet in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy which can make for some interesting encounters as the different groups battle for dominance.

The area is also home to roughly 150,000 Loita wildebeest that don’t make the annual migration south and seem content to 'loiter' all year round! Of course one of the biggest draws to the area is the annual 'Great Migration', which sees up to one million wildebeest plus hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelles and other game undertake a journey of roughly 1,600km through Tanzania and Kenya.

During our twice daily game drives, you will be in the capable hands of our experienced Guides. As no two drives are ever the same, you will have a front row seat to some unforgettable sights across the Kenyan Plains.

The Migration:

Known as one of the seven 'new' wonders of the world, the annual Great Migration, or Great Wildebeest Migration to be more accurate, is truly breath-taking. The migration is in fact a sort of circle, with anywhere up to 2 million animals, mostly wildebeest, moving en masse in a never-ending search for food and water.

The wildebeest and accompanying zebra, gazelle, eland and topi make up the bulk of the migration, but they aren't the only players. Lions, hyenas, leopards and other predators take full advantage of the passing buffet and exploit every opportunity in search of a decent meal! Some of the highlights are being immersed in the mass of wildlife - a truly intimate experience amidst this astonishing natural spectacle.

This is a key time for wildebeests to breed, and incredibly, a newly born wildebeest will be on its feet and walking around within 3 minutes, running with the herd within 5 minutes, and able to outrun a predator shortly thereafter! The best time to view the migration will depend on the climatic conditions that year, but in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy you can expect to see the herds arrive anytime from July to September, departing around November for the return journey to the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Day 9

Breakfast at the lodge or in savannah
Optional - air balloon at the sunrise
Lunch
Evening safari game drive
Dinner at Mahali Mzuri

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Days 10-11

Breakfast at the lodge or in savannah
Optional - air balloon at the sunrise
Lunch
Evening safari game drive
Dinner at Mahali Mzuri

Day 12

Breakfast
Morning safari game drive
Safari-transfer to the air strip
Charter flight to Nairobi