11 Days Exclusive Luxury Safari and Beach
Upon your evening Afternoon arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met at the arrival lounge by our driver guide, thereafter transferred to your Nairobi hotel for Dinner and overnight at the Ngong House
Ngong House is a small family owned and managed hotel located in the suburb of Karen. The accommodation is individual A-frame cottages built on stilts in a peaceful setting. The surrounding forests are full of small wildlife and 140 bird species have been recorded on the property. Service is very personalised and it’s possible to have your breakfast prepared to order right in your room. Meal service is also provided in the main house and the food is excellent continental cuisine. There are vehicles and drivers on call for trips around Nairobi and airport transfers.
After your breakfast, you will be transferred to the Wilson Airport where you‘ll board a 45 minute flight to Amboseli National Park. Upon arrival at the airstrip you'll be met and proceed on a game drive to Amboseli Porini Camp. Upon arrival at your camp, have a look around and settle into your tent until lunch time. Afternoon game drive in the reserve will follow, returning back to Amboseli Porini Camp for Dinner and overnight
Amboseli Porini Camp
Amboseli Porini Camp is located within the exclusive Selenkay Conservancy, in the Amboseli eco-system, an important wildlife dispersal area and rangeland for wildlife moving out of Amboseli National park. The camp facilities include nine spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished and with en-suite bathrooms including shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Tents have solar-powered electric lighting. The camp is small and is on the lines of the traditional luxury safari camp, but with more comfortable bathroom arrangements than were available to the big game hunters of earlier years.The camp provides an exclusive experience catering to a maximum of 18 guests at a time. All transport on this safari is in a specially designed open-sided Land Rover four wheel drive safari vehicle. Going on safari in a 'proper' safari vehicle gives a far better safari experience than traveling in the minibus vans with window seats used by other tour operators! And as Selenkay Conservation Area is a private game reserve you will not see any other vehicles or minibuses.From Amboseli Porini Camp guests have game drives with excellent guides in the Selenkay Conservancy and in the Amboseli National Park. A full day is spent in the park with a picnic lunch to get close to the elephants and other wildlife. One of the highlights is an escorted walk with Maasai warriors to visit an authentic Maasai village. Night game drives are taken in the Selenkay Conservancy to seek out the nocturnal animals. At the camps all meals, drinks (wine, gin and tonic, beer, sodas, mineral water), and all activities including game drives, walks, night drives and sundowners are included in the price.
Enjoy your day full of game drives in the reserve, guided bush walks, bush breakfast and sundowner cocktails. You may opt to have your breakfast served in the camp or in the bush, go for a bush walk or the normal jeep game drive. All meals and overnight at Amboseli Porini Camp
After early breakfast at the camp, you will be transferred to the airstrip with a short game viewing en route for your schedule flight to Nairobi. Arrival at the Wilson airport and assisted to connect to your schedule flight to Nanyuki and connect to a small charter flight to Laikipia. Upon your arrival at the airstrip, you will be picked by Borana Lodge based vehicles and transferred to the Lodge with game viewing en route.
Arrival at the lodge affording enough time to relax in your room before lunch. From custom-made four-wheel vehicles, to mountain biking and guided walks, guests can choose how they wish to experience wildlife whilst at Borana Lodge returning to the lodge at sunset for Dinner and overnight or depart for a night game drive in the conservancy.
Borana Lodge is set on the edge of the Samangua Valley with panoramic views of Mount Kenya and Kenya’s Northern Frontier. The property is a small, luxurious lodge, situated on a 35,000-acre ranch, 16 miles north of the equator, at an altitude of 6,500 ft. The area is a haven for a wide diversity of wildlife, including lion, elephant, Jackson’s hartebeest, buffalo, reticulated giraffe, Patas monkeys and great herds of antelope roaming the plains, while the cool forest shelters bushbuck, Columbus monkeys and leopard. Borana is a working ranch, named after the doe-eyed Borana cattle.
Borana Lodge was built in 1992 by local artisans. Only local building materials and dead wood from the ranch were used in its construction. The result is a supremely comfortable and luxurious lodge which is totally in keeping with its surroundings; it seems to have grown organically from the roses on which it was built for the guests to watch. There is also game blind built right on the edge of the dam so that visitors may go down and see the activity at close range: elephants swimming is a favourite. Walk up a cedar ramp and you are confronted with a dramatically sited swimming pool. Guests can swim in a spotlessly clean eye-level pool while watching the elephants wandering down a well-trodden path on their way to the watering hole. The pool veranda, furnished with roman couches, is a favourite place for a relaxed lunch and a chance to lie in the sun. Just above the pool is the Borana shop. This shop gives guests the opportunity to purchase some of the best of African art, as well as beadwork from the local tribesmen, handcrafted jewellery and many other knick-knacks and curios from Kenya. At the lodge, all meals, soft drinks, wine, gin and tonic, beer, sodas, mineral water and selected house spirits, and all activities including game drives, walks, night drives and sundowners are included in the price.
Enjoy your stay at the Borana Lodge game viewing with customized safari vehicles, mountain bikes, horse ride or guided bush walks. In the afternoon after your game drives, enjoy sundowner cocktails as the sun sets down enjoying the panoramic views down the escapement. As the dark sets in, return to Borana Lodge for dinner and overnight with an option of going for a night game drive.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for a chartered flight to Nanyuki, where you will connect to your schedule flight to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. This scenic flight will take you over the Great Rift Valley and some of the vast forests that once covered all of Western Kenya. There are a number of airstrips serving the camps and lodges in the Mara and your flight may stop at one or more of them. Upon arrival you’ll be met by camp staff and take a short game drive on the way to your camp. Lunch at the Governor’s Il Moran Camp, followed by your afternoon game viewing until sunset. Dinner and overnight at the Governor’s IL Moran Camp
Governors IL Moran Camp is for anyone who wants the high-end luxury; LetsGoKenya defines it as luxury at its finest, one rightfully described and experienced only by a stay. The camp is small and intimate, with added touches that make this the top of the range safari. IL Moran is widely regarded as the premiere camp in the Masai Mara. Hidden under ancient trees, deep in the forest, are just 10 tents with a constant and unrivalled flow of wildlife throughout the year right on your doorstep. The tents line the winding banks of the Mara River. You’ll be the personal guest of the resident manager, who’ll look after all your needs. The camp is among and has constantly won the inaugural classic safari camps of Africa award several times.
Day Seven and Eight
Enjoy early morning and afternoon game viewing in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. All meals and overnight at the Governor’s IL Moran Camp
Maasai Mara National Reserve
The Mara, as it’s popularly referred to, is Kenya’s most frequented wildlife viewing area. Situated about 180 kms from Nairobi the name means “Spotted Plain” in the language of the Maasai, the colorful and interesting tribe which inhabits the surrounding areas. The Maasai have been living in harmony with nature and wildlife for centuries and it is mostly due to their beliefs and traditions that the area is still rich in wildlife. Whilst staying in the Maasai Mara, it’s possible to visit an authentic manyatta or village for insights into the culture and lifestyle of the Maasai. During the seasonal migrations, the Mara is home to up to half a million wildebeest and an equally impressive number of zebra who move into the area from neighbouring Tanzania. These large numbers of animals give rise to a proportionate number of predators, especially the big cats. Lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena roam the vast grassy plains on the lookout for their next meal. It may be an unsuspecting impala or gazelle or even something small like a warthog or African hare. Whatever the players, the spectacle of nature unfolding is always awesome. Here it’s also possible to observe; elephant, giraffe, baboon, African buffalo, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal and sometimes the rare rhino. The rivers abound with hippos and crocodiles.
Early wake up call with tea / coffee with biscuits. Thereafter, depart for your early morning game drive in the Masai Mara Game Reserve returning back to the camp for full breakfast. The rest of your morning is at leisure. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your schedule flight to Nairobi. Arrival Nairobi will be in the afternoon, met by our driver guide and transferred to the Carnivore Restaurant for Dinner.
The Carnivore is a local 'hot spot'. It's very popular with visitors and equally frequented by Nairobi dwellers. The informal garden setting pulsates with activity as waiters go from table to table plying their wares of freshly roasted meat. There is a large daily selection, which includes ranched domestic and game meat. As you enter upon arrival, the large central bar-be-que pit is on display, there you can check the board for the selections of the day. It's "All you can eat" service and the friendly staff will not stop coming round till you lower your flag in surrender! There is also an adequate menu for vegetarians.
Thereafter, depending on your home bound flight departure time, you will be transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Day Nine and Ten
Two full days of relaxation by the beach, or the hotels swimming pool enjoying all the available hotel facilities. All meals and overnight will be at Almanara Resort.
The Kenyan Coast
Miles and miles of white, palm-fringed beaches lapped by the warm waters of the turquoise Indian Ocean await the visitor to Kenya’s coastal region. There are private island resorts, bustling harbors, night life, water sports, ancient ruins, nature reserves, handi craft outlets and much more.
The cost is divided into two regions, north and south with the town of Mombasa being the delineation point. Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest town and its only major port, is built on an island. There is record of the town’s existence as far back as 2,000 years and it was once a major centre for spice, ivory and slave trade. The Portuguese Fort Jesus stands as a reminder of the struggle between the colonising forces of Europe and Arabia. When the British arrived, Mombasa became the originating point of the railroad to Uganda. With it’s strong Muslim influence and rich Swahili culture, the coast is an interesting contrast to the wildlife areas. There are numerous small hotels and larger resorts stretching northward along the coast. A ferry takes visitors to the south coast and the border with Tanzania where the best fishing areas are. Nearby the town of Mombasa is the Kamba village, where it’s possible to watch local carvers craft sculptures of all sorts and sizes from the rare ebony wood.
Off shore along the entire coast are major coral reefs and several areas have been designated as Marine Parks. Snorkeling, diving and glass bottom boats afford a look at the wondrous underwater gardens, abundant with colourful tropical fish. Arab dhows under sail take visitors to nearby reefs and islands on day excursions. Several companies offer cruises to swim with the dolphins. Water sports such as jet-skiing, wind surfing, water skiing and deep sea fishing are popular. Most resorts have tennis and squash courts and there are several golf courses in the area. There are bird and wildlife sanctuaries including one for the rare Colobus monkey near Diani. On the north coast lies the ruined city of Gede, perhaps one of Kenya’s most significant archeological sites and the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, home to several endemic species.
Your morning is at leisure until the afternoon when depending on your home bound flight departure time, you will be transferred to the Moi International Airport for your schedule flight to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to connect to your home bound flight!
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