Day 1 – Arrive Nairobi: Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be transferred to your lodge with a game drive through Nairobi National Park en route. Dinner and overnight at The Emakoko. (D, Dr)
The Emakoko is a family-owned and ran lodge artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River, which borders the Nairobi National Park, a 45-minute transfer from both airports in Nairobi City. There are five rooms on the same level as the main areas and an additional five rooms with the most spectacular views positioned on top of the cliff, overlooking the valley.
Days 2, 3, & 4 – Chyulu Hills National Park: Transfer to Wilson Airport and fly to Chyulu Hills National Park, located between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. Upon arrival, transfer to camp with game viewing en route. Spend two more full days in Chyulu National Park. Activities include early morning, late afternoon & early evening game drives in 4×4 open vehicles, guided bush walks, bush dinners, night drives, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife tracking, conservation and community outreach programs, wildlife viewing in an open-air hide, sleeping under the African night sky on private star-beds and fly camping. Optional activities include day trips to Amboseli National Park or Chyulu East National Park, a scenic flight around Mt. Kilimanjaro, in-room massage service, and cultural visits to Maasai villages. Note: These optional activities should be requested at the time of reservation and are at an additional cost. Spend three nights at Ol Donyo Lodge. (B, L, D, Dr)
Ol Donyo Lodge consists of ten expansive guest suites in six stand-alone villas. All suites have a lounge, verandah, indoor and outdoor showers, double washbasins, flush toilet and bath, and “star-bed”. The rooftop “star-bed” is accessed from the verandah via a winding stone staircase. This is a fabulous sleep-out option, with utter privacy and all the amenities of the suite just below. All but two of the suites have their own private pools.
Days 5, 6, & 7 – Ol Lentille Conservancy: After breakfast, fly to the Nanyuki airstrip via Nairobi, where you will be met and transferred to your lodge with game viewing en route. Spend two more full days in the Ol Lentille Conservancy. Ol Lentille is perched on the flanks of a wooded rock kopje, in the heart of a private conservation area comprised of 20,000 acres of grassy hills and deep valleys, heavily wooded with many acacia species and African olives. Activities include game drives, bush walks, horse riding, camel treks, mountain biking, quad biking, fly camping, spa treatments, swimming, and reading in the library (some at an additional cost). Meals and overnights at the Sanctuary at Ol Lentille. (B, L, D, Dr)
The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is a collection of four private, full-service, fully staffed houses for the discerning few. The Chief’s House has three double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. The sitting room has a charming open fire, as well as a plunge pool on the outdoor deck. The Sultan’s House has one enormous double bedroom, a huge sitting/dining room, and kitchen. The space of this house is such that it can be converted to a two-bedroom house if you prefer. The Colonel’s House has two double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. Each bedroom has a dressing room and a sunken bath. The courtyard has a plunge pool. Finally, The Eyrie has one bedroom, a sitting and dining room with open fire and kitchen. It is seductively furnished and perfect for honeymooners.
Days 8, 9, & 10 – Masai Mara: After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival, transfer to your camp with game driving en route. During certain months of the year, the Masai Mara is home to the wildebeest migration. Spend two more full days in the Mara, where throughout the year, wildlife is plentiful. Activities include early morning, late afternoon and night 4×4 game drives, balloon safaris (at an additional cost), wildlife walks and authentic local village visits. Meals and overnights at Mara Plains. (B, L, D, Dr)
Mara Plains Camp is a small, high quality, seven-roomed camp under canvas and on raised decks with sweeping views across Kenya’s notable savannahs. Each of the seven tents has deep canvas canopied ceilings; rough-hewn wood floors and accents of East Africa’s rich safari history. Thick Lamu wood doors, deep purples, and brass accents – these small details transport guests to a time and land far away. The well-appointed en-suite facilities (including a deep copper bath) plus the extensive private verandah complete what is genuinely a stunning concept.
Day 11 – Depart: After breakfast, fly to Nairobi. Transfer to The Emakoko for lunch and use of a day room. This afternoon, enjoy a game drive in Nairobi National Park. After dinner at The Emakoko, you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flights home. (B, L, D, Dr)
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Photo Credit: Great Plains Conservation
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