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Kenya Wildlife Safari

June 18 – June 30, 2018

From the magic of the Masai Mara Game Reserve where you will stay in one of Kenya’s premier deluxe tented camps to the mystical splendor of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya is the perfect safari destination. The boundless wilderness and big game of this East African country has long attracted adventure seekers from all over the world.  No other African country can boast such an incredible range of landscapes, unique geographical features, or diversity of wildlife. 

Lying along the Indian Ocean to its southeast and at the equator, Kenya is bordered by Somalia to the northeast, Ethiopia to the north, Sudan to the northwest, Uganda to the west and Tanzania to the south. The country is named after Mount Kenya, a significant landmark and second among Africa’s highest mountain peaks.  During your safari, you will see the “Big Five” – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino – and more stars at night than you ever thought possible.  As author, Bartle Bull once said “The descent of the African night is never forgotten.”   Whatever your interest in looking for a safari destination, you will find it in Kenya.

Safari Highlights:

  • Two days at Tortilis Camp in Amboseli National Park.  Amboseli is best known for its unrivalled views of Mount Kilimanjaro and its large elephant population.  Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli’s areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro. 
     
  • Three full days of game viewing in the Masai Mara Game Reserve during your stay at Little Governors’ Camp, a luxury tented camp situated in the heart of the Reserve.  At Little Governors’ Camp special care has been taken to preserve an atmosphere which today’s traveler can share the same elemental landscape that inspired Hemingway and magnetized adventurers the world over. 
     
  • Three days at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  This owner-managed camp will give you a unique safari experience, described by guests as “the real Africa.”
     
  • Two nights at Loldia House set on the shores of Lake Naivasha where you will experience the life of Kenya's early settlers.  A day trip to Lake Nakuru is also planned.  Lake Nakuru is famous for it's beautiful forests, abundant wildlife, and Greater and Lesser flamingoes.
     

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ITINERARY

Personally escorted by Denise Bonnell

 

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

Day 1 – June 18

ARRIVE NAIROBI

Welcome to Nairobi!  Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by your escort, Denise Bonnell. After you have gone through customs and have picked up your luggage, you will be escorted to your 4X4 safari vehicle for your transfer to the beautiful House of Waine. Located outside of Nairobi, the House of Waine is a family-owned boutique hotel set on 2.5 acres of tranquil gardens. Once the personal residence of a family, the home was transformed into an elegant 11 room luxury accommodation where each guest room is individually designed.

HOUSE OF WAINE

 

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Day 2 – June 19   NAIROBI–AMBOSELI

 

After breakfast we will transfer to Wilson Airport for our flight to Amboseli.  Vehicles from Tortilis Camp will be waiting at the airstrip for our transfer into Camp.  Settle in, enjoy lunch, and then embark on an afternoon game drive.

Tortilis Camp takes its name from the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated just outside Amboseli National Park with the majestic backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.  Each of the 17 tents are large and spacious, with King or Twin-size beds, and elegant en-suite bathrooms complete with flush toilets and hot showers.  Each tent is raised up on a wooden deck and sheltered under a makuti (thatched) roof overhanging a large verandah which is perfect for a lazy afternoon siesta.  There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro. 

Amboseli opens your eyes to Africa’s vast space:a photographer’s paradise. Famous for its huge population of elephant; lion, cheetah, hyena and jackal also roam the open plains. Around camp the Acacia Tortilis forest is host to many bird species and literally thousands of weaver nests hang above the tents adding a rousing dawn chorus into the mix.

TORTILIS CAMP

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Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Day 3 – June 20                       AMBOSELI

 

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives.

Amboseli is known for its magnificent elephants – a population of over 1,000 elephants reside in the parks eco-system that features some of the largest in Africa.  There is perhaps nothing as memorable a sight in Africa as one of these mighty giants silhouetted against a glorious sunset, with snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals all take place both inside the Amboseli National Park and within a private 30,000 acre game concession, offering fantastic opportunities for wildlife photography.

With only 10% of Amboseli National Park utilized by most safari vehicles, combined with Tortilis Camp’s unique location on the western edge of the park (most lodges are outside of the eastern gate of the park), guests can enjoy an almost private Amboseli.  We also have private game driving within our own Kitirua Conservancy, which is the western part of the Amboseli ecosystem.

This is Ernest Hemingway country.  Amboseli provided Hemingway and writer Robert Ruark with the inspiration to write their magnificent tales of big game hunting in the wilds of Africa.  This is also Maasai country, where the Maasai and their cattle graze freely alongside wildlife.  It is not unusual to see manyattas (Maasai villages) scattered across the open country.

Winner of British Airways’ prestigious eco-tourism award, Tortilis Camp pioneered low impact, high comfort tourism. Guests can enjoy walks with experienced Masai guides, bush breakfasts, and sundowners. Tortilis Camp is famous for Northern Italian cuisine based on original family recipes.

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

TORTILIS CAMP

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Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Tortilis Camp, Kenya

Day 4 – June 21

               AMBOSELI–OL PEJETA

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Today, a light aircraft flight takes you to Nanyuki, where vehicles from Ol Pejeta Bush Camp will be at the airstrip waiting to take you to camp.

On the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Central Kenya’s Laikipia region is Alex Hunter’s Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, the ultimate in Kenyan hospitality and safari excellence.

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp embodies the authentic safari experience: traditional yet very comfortable.  Guests often describe their stay here as “the real Africa.”

Alex Hunter welcomes guests to his tranquil safari home and offers an outstanding wildlife and guiding experience which includes walking, environmental knowledge, and insights into the work of this pioneering wildlife conservancy.

Ol Pejeta is 100,000 acres, and has the highest density of resident wildlife of anywhere in Kenya, with the biggest population of Black and White rhino in East Africa. This is big cat,  elephant and  buffalo  territory, plus other rare and unusual species: Northern White rhino, Jackson’s hartebeest, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, and over 200 species of resident and migratory birds.  Ol Pejeta also hosts Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a Jane Goodall project unique in Kenya.

OL PEJETA BUSH CAMP

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Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Day 5 & 6 – June 22 & 23

OL PEJETA

Spend your day game viewing as well as relaxing in camp.

Ol Pejeta’s six traditional East African safari tents offer an excellent base from which to explore the secrets of this renowned conservancy – from the pioneering conservation projects that have made it famous to spectacular sightings of black and white rhino and the Big Five.  Perfectly spaced along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the six traditional safari tents at Ol Pejeta are charming and full of character.  All tents come complete with rechargeable solar lights and en- suite bathrooms.  Individual verandas provide the perfect spot to relax between game drives.  Watch animals come and go along the river bank.

Game viewing at the conservancy reveals a wide array of animals and bird life.  Take a game walk with an experienced ranger, or spend time with the researchers who track lions in the conservancy.  In the evening, using a powerful spotlight, your rangers will help you discover the nocturnal species of the bush.                   

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

OL PEJETA BUSH CAMP

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Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya

  Day 7 – June 24                                                                                OL PEJETA–NAIROBI

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

Your light aircraft flight takes you back to Nairobi and the House of Waine, where your afternoon is a leisure. If you so choose, a special trip to the Giraffe Centre, the Karen Blixen Museum, and Kazuri Beads Factory has been planned. All are very close to the House of Waine and are very special in their own way.

Giraffe Centre is located at Langata. It is the creation of a Kenyan conservation organization called the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW). It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe. You will have the opportunity of feeding the giraffes while there.

The Karen Blixen Museum is situated in the upscale Nairobi suburb of Karen (where the House of Waine is situated), a town that was created by the parceling out of the coffee farm's land after Karen Blixen's return to Denmark. It is also the former African home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her book "Out of Africa."

Kazuri Bead Factory, situated not far from the House of Waine, was originally founded by the late Lady Susan Wood in 1975. She created employment for struggling single mothers in the community. Kazuri is still located in its original setting in Karen. Kazuri Beads specialized in hand made ceramic beads, pottery, and genuine leather bags.

 HOUSE OF WAINE

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House of Waine, Kenya

House of Waine, Kenya

Day 8 – June 25

NAIROBI – LAKE NAIVASHA

Loldia House, Kenya

Loldia House, Kenya

Loldia House, Kenya

Loldia House, Kenya

Loldia House, Kenya

Loldia House, Kenya

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Loldia House, Kenya

Loldia House, Kenya

This morning, a light aircraft flight takes you into the Great Rift Valley and Loldia House, set on the shores of Lake Naivasha.

At Loldia House you will experience the life of Kenya's early settlers.  Loldia House is the ideal spot to relax, taste the pleasures of Kenyan country life, and explore the Great Rift Valley.  There are beautiful views of the dormant volcano, Mount Longonot.  Wild animals roam free on the farm and in the evenings, hippo munch quietly by the waterside.

LOLDIA HOUSE

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Loldia House, Kenya

Loldia House, Kenya

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Day 9 – June 26                                                                                         LAKE NAIVASHA

Depart from Loldia after an early breakfast and enjoy a drive through the Rift Valley on the way to Lake Nakuru, which is approximately two hours from Loldia House.  Lake Nakuru is one of Kenya's smaller National Parks, yet it is one of the most beautiful.  The park is abundant with a wide variety of wildlife, large numbers of rhino, and millions of both Greater and Lesser flamingoes.  Enjoy game viewing around the park in specially designed 4 wheel-drive Landrovers before choosing a shady spot for a sumptuous picnic lunch.  Return to Loldia House for afternoon tea and delicious cakes, on the lawn overlooking Lake Naivasha.

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

LOLDIA HOUSE

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Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Day 10 – June 27

MASAI MARA

Set inside the Masai Mara National Reserve, Little Gov-ernor’s Camp is intimate in character, with just 17 luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife.  The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest.  Vehicles are left on the far side of the river bank to keep the camp quiet and undisturbed.  The guest tents at Little Governor’s Camp have recently been renovated so now have great wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the watering hole in front of camp.  

The guest tents at Little Governor’s Camp are all tucked into the edge of the forest overlooking a natural marsh frequented by many animals.  Each one is spacious with an en-suite bathroom.  All have polished wooden decks which is a wonderful place to relax in between game drives.

Breakfast and lunch are served in the open air with the resident warthogs wandering amongst the tables.  Since all Governor’s properties are unfenced and in the heart of the Reserve, elephants may also stroll through camp.  At night hippos come out of the marsh to munch on the grass beside the tents.  In the evening a warm campfire burns in front of the Bar and Lounge area and dinner is served in the nearby Dining tent. 

 

Afternoon Game Drive.

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

LITTLE GOVERNOR'S CAMP

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Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Day 11 & 12 – June 28 & 29                                     MASAI MARA/LITTLE GOVERNOR'S

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya


Two full days of game viewing in Kenya’s most famous park.

Because of the Mara’s varied landscape (from forests to open plains), it supports a great variety of wildlife.  You will likely see the Big Five here – can you name them? (They are lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino).  Did you know that the name “Big Five” is not based on the size of the animals, but rather goes back to the early hunting days, when these five animals were the most prized for hunters?  You will also see an abundance of plains game, among them wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, topi and gazelle.  Can you tell the difference between a Masai giraffe and a Reticulated giraffe? (The markings of a Masai giraffe are muted so that the lines almost appear to run together, while the Reticulated giraffe markings are very distinct, almost forming individual boxes.) 

Bird lovers take note – the Mara is also a haven for a wide variety of birds – almost 500 species have been recorded.  Be on the lookout for eagles – over 16 species may be found, as well as six species of vultures, eight of stork, four of bustard (including the Kori Bustard), and nine species of sunbird.  Frequently spotted is the exquisite Lilac-breasted roller.

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

LITTLE GOVERNOR'S CAMP

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Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Little Governor's Camp, Kenya

Day 13 - June 30                                                                              MASAI MARA–NAIROBI DEPART

Your amazing safari concludes today as your light aircraft brings you back to Nairobi, where a day room is reserved for you at the House of Waine.  Enjoy a three-course lunch and time to relax before departing from the House of Waine to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for your late evening departure.
 

HOUSE OF WAINE

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Tour Features Include:

  • Arrival and departure transfers in Nairobi by Luxury Range Rover 4X4 air-conditioned vehicles.
     

  • Transfers on safari by camp 4X4 vehicles.
     

  • Deluxe accommodations with private facilities.
     

    • Tortilis Camp includes soft drinks, beer, house wines and selected spirits. Safari activities include game drives, bush picnics, sundowners, guided bush walks and laundry.

    • Ol Pejeta Bush Camp includes all drinks except champagne, cellar wines and premium brand spirits; scheduled day and night game drives, guided walks, sundowners, and laundry.
       

  • Full breakfast daily; lunches and dinner daily as outlined in itinerary (BLD).
     

  • All game viewing at Tortilis Camp, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, and Little Governor’s Camp by two camp 4WD vehicles on a private basis.  
     

  • All park entry fees, service charges, and hotel taxes.
     

  • Customized Itinerary Booklet, small travel bag and “Take Me With You Kit.”


Land Tour Price Per Person in US Dollars

Per Person Sharing Double Room

Single Room Supplement

$11,195.00

$ 1,175.00

 

A non-refundable deposit of $1,175 per person is required to book your space. Space is extremely limited so please book early. A full description of the Terms & Conditions is available upon request. Tour price does not include airfare to/from Nairobi.

There is no international airfare included in the Land Only tour price.

Tour Features Do Not Include:

  • Visa and passport fees.

  • Any airfare not specifically indicated in the “Tour Features Including” section.

  • Items of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, phone calls and meals not specified in the itinerary.

  • Gratuities to the drivers/guide.

  • Tips to porters, wait staff or hotel staff.

  • Optional Travel Insurance (Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption).

 

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