Day 1 – Nairobi: Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met at the airport and transferred to The Emakoko. Overnight here.
The Emakoko is a family-owned and run lodge artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River, which borders the Nairobi National Park. There are five rooms on the same level as the main areas and a further five rooms with the most spectacular views positioned on top of the cliff, overlooking the valley.
Days 2 & 3 – Meru National Park: Transfer to Wilson Aiport and fly to Meru National Park. Upon arrival, transfer to Elsa’s Kopje Meru. A wild and semi-arid landscape, dotted with doum palms and traversed by weaving green lines of the 13 life-giving rivers, Meru National Park offers wonderful game watching opportunities, and is one of the best locations to view rhino in their natural habitat. During your time, choose from day and evening game drives, game walks, spa treatments, fishing, visits to the local school and community and swimming. Spend two nights at Elsa’s Kopje Meru. (B, L, D, Dr)
Elsa’s Kopje Meru has 9 luxury cottages. Named after the lioness made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”, Elewana Elsa’s Kopje remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, in one of the most spectacular settings. Almost invisible to the eye as you approach its home on Mughwango Hill, Elsa’s Kopje blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), above the site of George Adamson’s campsite. Every cottage is the ultimate ‘room-with-a-view’, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside.
Days 4, 5 & 6 – Samburu: After breakfast, fly to the Namunyak airstrip where you will be met and transferred to Sarara Camp. The camp is within the Namunyak Wildlife Conversation Trust, which lies around the southern corner of the Mathews Mountain Range of northern Kenya. This is home of the proud Samburu tribes people, a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who have long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle. Several thousand elephants are living and breeding peacefully in the southern Mathews Range area together with a variety of other wildlife species such as buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, greater and lesser kudu, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, impala and dik dik. Meals and overnights at Sarara Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
There is no shortage of activities on offer while staying at Sarara Camp. Choose from game drives; horse riding; guided walks; a visit to the local Samburu village and singing wells; scenic flights to Mount Kenya, sacred Mount Ol Olokwe or to the spectacular Lake Turkana; and a visit to the photographic hide to get up close with the elephants as they come to water at the hide below the main pool.
During your stay, you will also have the opportunity to visit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, a Samburu community-owned elephant sanctuary in Kenya. The Sanctuary takes in orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds adjoining Reteti. During your visit, you will paired with a keeper who will accompany you the entire time to tell you about their work and answer your questions. From a special viewing platform, you will watch the elephants come in from their walk to receive their bottles and then have mud hole playtime. Afterwards, you will be given a behind the scenes tour of the sanctuary.
Sarara Camp has six luxury tents, each positioned to maximize the stunning views of the Mathews Range of mountains and the animal watering hole. These tents are spacious with high ceilings, electric lighting, 24 hour hot and cold running water, indoor and outdoor bathrooms and a private terrace with table and chairs.
Days 7, 8 & 9 – Masai Mara: After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Cottar’s 1920s Camp. The camp is situated in the 7608-acre private Olderkesi Conservancy bordering the famous Masai Mara in Kenya and the Tanzania Serengeti game reserve. 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 game drives, Maasai walking safaris, bush dinners, spa treatments, swimming, local school or community visit, Maasai Warrior School (all ages) and a traditional canvas bubble bath. Meals and overnights Cottar’s 1920s Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Cottar’s 1920s Camp provides the romance of safari under cream canvas tents with professional guides whose qualifications are some of the highest in Africa. Offering an abundance of wildlife, a guarantee of privacy, and the highest standards of professional guiding in a luxurious and authentic safari environment. The camp has nine tents, all with en suite bathrooms. The camp has two main mess tent areas for fine dining, drinking, reading and relaxing, and an amazing pool and spa where guests can relax after a game drive. Guests can also enjoy a safari bath or safari shower, a genuinely unique way of bathing specifically set up in the savannah.
Day 10 – Depart: Depart the Masai Mara and return by air to Nairobi. A car and driver are at your disposal for the afternoon before your evening airport transfer and onward flights. (B)
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