Day 1: Arrival
Begin your safari right when you land with Nairobi National Park, where your first hotel is located. The Emakoko is a family owned and run boutique luxury lodge, built into the side of the valley, which borders the park, a 45-minute transfer from either airport in the city. The beautifully appointed rooms look out over the game park so one can fall asleep to the sounds of Africa—a lion roaring or the cry of a lone hyena.
Day 2: Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Center
A day of touring some of Nairobi’s more endearing and classic sites—the Sheldrake Elephant Orphanage, where baby elephants of all ages delight guests as they feed and play, Karen Blixen’s home where the celebrated author lived and wrote, and the Giraffe Center, a breeding refuge for the distinctive Rothschild giraffe.
Depart for Lewa Conservancy in Lakipia, one of Kenya’s premier conservancies. Here you will stay at the unparalleled Sirikoi Lodge. Set in a shady acacia grove and overlooking a natural waterhole towards the slopes of Mount Kenya, Sirikoi is a beautiful, small, family run lodge that offers one of the most personal game viewing experiences in East Africa. Renowned for conservation of rhino and research on the herds of Grevys zebra that abound in Lewa, here you will have the opportunity for an intimate and leisurely private exploration of species amidst stunning savannah plains.
Evening sundowners with amazing views of distant mountain ranges, delicious meals served under the stars next to a roaring fire, and the sounds of animals in camp late at night are just a small part of this magical experience.
Enjoy days at Sirokoi at your own pace. A wide range of activities are offered, including helicopter and bi-plane trips, horseback riding, bush walks and picnics, and visits to a local Maasai community. The option to fly to a mobile camp for an additional night or two can also be arranged.
Ol Donyo Lodge
Depart for the Chuylu Hills, where Hemingway wrote The Green Hills of Africa. Here you will stay at Ol Donyo Lodge, in the heart of the 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills National Park between the Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks in southeast Kenya. Its location is unrivalled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of seasonal elephant migrations. It is a lodge rich in history, passion and conservation.
Strong populations of wildlife find their habitat in and around the Ol Donyo Lodge environs. While the “Big Five” are here – rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo – they are adept at remaining elusive. However, cheetah, fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk, and giraffe make for easy viewing. Guests are able to track wildlife by open game drive vehicles, by foot, or horseback. Late afternoon and early evening drives are featured for those interested in spotting the nocturnal species.
Enjoy full days of activities at Ol Donyo: early morning and late afternoon/early evening 4×4 game drives, bushwalks with armed guides, half and full-day horseback safaris (with a choice of over 20 quality horses that suit all experience levels), guided mountain bike safaris, visits to the open-air hide or “log-jam,” romantic roof top “star-beds” sleep out experiences, authentic Maasai cultural visits, and tracking with bloodhounds.
Mara Plains Camp
Transfer by flight to your next camp in a private conservancy in the famed Maasai Mara.
Mara Plains Camp is an exquisitely appointed small luxury camp located on the northern border of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Rarely a night passes without lion roaring nearby, while leopard are regularly found to wander through the camp and cheetah have established territories on the savannah nearby the main area.
Each guest at Mara Plains contributes considerably to the success of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy’s flourishing ecosystem; conservation fees safeguard this habitat, while supporting over 1,000 Maasai families. This partnership ensures the survival of an astounding volume and variety of wildlife.
Activities on tap at Mara Plains include early morning, late afternoon and night game drives, balloon safaris (at extra cost), authentic local village visits, wildlife walks and more.
Day 12: Departure
Flight to Nairobi for your international departure and the conclusion of your great safari adventure!