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kenyas Maasai Safari - 15 Days

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zebras in Maasai Mara Game ReserveDay 01 : Tour of Nairobi

Arrive at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by mid morning. You will be met by the warm, smiling face of your private guide James. James will transfer you to your exclusive homestead or lodge. After you arrive and get settled you can enjoy a delicious light lunch.

Lion Brothers in Nairobi National ParkFollowing lunch you'll be picked up by James for a half-day tour of Nairobi with plenty of shopping and sightseeing; this may even include a quick drive through Nairobi Game Reserve, which borders the city.

Relax during the evening and enjoy a four-star gourmet meal with your hosts as they share some of their personal stories.

Enjoy a good night sleep in preparation of your big safari which begins the following day.

Giraffe Manor | Ngong House – D,B

Days 02 - 03 - 04 : Laikipia Escarpment

The following day you will be woken with a pot of steaming hot coffee or tea and some freshly Hyena in the Maasai Marabaked pastries.

After a hot breakfast, you will be met and transferred by Paul, your private guide, to Wilson Airport where you will board a private charter flight to the airstrip in Laikipia. This short flight only takes about an hour. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to the lodge.

The transfers are always short (no more than 45 minutes) and they include a first class, personable guide who will entertain you with their incredible knowledge and sharing some excellent stories along the way. Once you arrive at your property, you will unpack and enjoy a lunch with your hosts so that you can get acquainted.

After lunch enjoy a siesta or lay out by the pool reading. At around three you will all gather for afternoon tea and then go out on a game drive, or go for a long walk with one of the properties fine guides.

Warthog In Maasai MaraFollowing your afternoon activities at around 6:00 PM you will find yourself indulging in the great old African tradition of the "sundowner". A sundowner consists of having a cocktail of your choice usually perched on a raised area (e.g., an escarpment, hill, rocky outcropping of rocks) as you marvel at the amazing African sunset.

This is definitely an unforgettable experience! Dinner is the big social event of the day. This is the time when you can really get to know your hosts and the other guess over a cold Tusker (local beer) or a delicious glass of South African wine.

You will be enthralled as your hosts entertain you with stories of their adventures and life in the African Bush. The setting is incredibly intimate.

The meals are always four-star and the wine is bountiful. Accommodations are encouraged for an average of three days at your first location as you get to know your hosts, fellow guests and your new environment.

The Laikipia Escarpment is a remote paradise which has been devoted to the conservation of wildlife and its natural habitat. The Escarpment appears to be cut off from the outside world, hidden in the shadows of Mt. Kenya, and boasts a wildlife population that includes all the big game animals, and more than 400 species of birdlife.

Wilderness Trails | Borana | Makutan – B,L,D

Days 05 - 06 - 07 : Nothern Frontier District

Bull ElephantAfter three days in one area you have began to get acclimated to your area and the time zone, so you're ready to move on and see a new area. On the morning of the fourth day you'll enjoy a last breakfast with your host and sadly hug them good-bye. From a nearby airstrip you'll board your private charter flight to a property in the Northern Frontier District.

Upon arrival, you'll be met by your hosts or one of their guides who will take you on a scenic route back to the property. Once you arrive you'll enjoy lunch before your afternoon activities. As with the preceding property you can either rest or enjoy one of the property's several activities.

You will enjoy three wonderful days exploring this incredible wilderness area with guides who will teach you about the plants, the interaction between man and wildlife and debate with you on the happenings in the world! We guarantee you that each property will be so uniquely different not only in landscape and wildlife but also in the personalities of the people that you will meet, these are all vital to making this the most incredible trip of your life! For the incurable romantics out there, you may decide that on one night you may like to have just have dinner a deux, perhaps under the stars or perhaps on the balcony of your room, chilled wine, attentive service, romance, Africa, what else is there?

The Northern Frontier District is a peaceful wilderness with incredible vistas and beautiful sunsets. It is host to more than fifty species of wildlife from elephant and kudu to klipspringer and the incredibly rare melanistic "black" leopard. The Northern Frontier District is rapidly gaining a fine reputation for big cat sightings with some exceptional viewing of lion, leopard and cheetah and even Wild Dog.

People are an integral part of this wild tapestry. Staying here, in the very heartland of the nomadic Samburu, Borana, Maasai and Pokot people, whose, cultures and traditions still move to the beat of an ancient drum, is an experience that affords you a rare and captivating opportunity to interact with a way of life that has stood the test of time.

Ol Malo | Kitich Camp | Desert Rose – B,L,D

Days 08 - 09 - 10 : Masai Mara Game Reserve

Kongoni - Maasai MaraAfter a flurry of e-mail and address exchanges and a sad good-bye to your new friends you will board a private charter flight to the Masai Mara. On route to the Mara you'll have a good opportunity to observe the diverse landscape of Kenya as your flight takes you from Northern Kenya to Southwest Kenya.

Your bush pilot will be able to tell you about the different regions and their histories. Along the way you'll pass over numerous herds of wildlife, Mt. Kenya, the Laikipia Escarpment, Nairobi, the Great Rift Valley and finally the Masai Mara at this point you are most probably going to be quite giddy with anticipation on arriving at this world-famous wildlife destination .

Upon arrival you will be met and enjoy an incredible game drive with your professional guide through the Mara winding your way through herds of wildebeest and kongoni. The Masai Mara holds the greatest and most diverse concentration of wildlife remaining in Africa today. It is home to the Masai people and to small clans of Ndorobo, the traditional hunter-gatherers of East Africa. This place is guaranteed to take your breath away.

The Masai Mara is home to several of our private properties, which are hidden in intimate parts of the Mara where you won't see matatus (mini vans) and other travelers. Each of our properties are located in different, remote regions of the Mara. Each of these properties are as unique as the different regions where they are located.

Cottar's 1920s Camp | Private Mara Camp – B,L,D

Days 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 : Indian Ocean Coast

Scuba Diving - PurpleanemoneAfter breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip where you will board Air Kenya's scheduled flight to Nairobi's Wilson Airport.

From Nairobi you'll catch a connecting flight to the Indian Ocean coast. Now at this point you're probably pretty exhausted. You've been going at full steam for the past ten days.

You've seen some incredible things and met some amazing people, but now realize how tired you are.

So what better way to wrap up your holiday than relaxing at a beach on the Indian Ocean.

You may find yourself nestled under a grove of coconut palms, once every so often you allow the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lap up on your legs or you take a quick dip to cool off as the friendly staff serves you your third "Dawa" ( a delicious, local mixed drink).

Snorkeling  In MombasaOr if you feel like being a tad more active you may go snorkeling or do some scuba diving and check out the reef that runs the length of the coast.

You can always take a cooler of Tusker beers, a delicious picnic lunch and a fishing pole and do some deep sea fishing. The object of the next four days is relaxation. You're cooling down before you fantasy vacation finally comes to an end.

As with our bush properties, our coastal properties each have their own unique hosts who will wine you and dine you.

The meals are large and delicious, usually consisting of fresh seafood from the local area, sample Crab Indonesian, Zanzibari Fish and Coconut Soup, linguine with mussels, large leafy salads and freshly baked breads.

The advantage of staying in these properties is that you'll have your very own stretch of beach. No disturbances and total peace. The guest accommodations are always well spaced along the beach, each positioned to ensure total privacy.

Alfajiri Villas – B,D

Day 15 : Travel Homeward

After breakfast, you ever so slowly gather your things as you know you have to go home. A private transfer takes you to the closest airport where you catch a morning flight with Air Kenya back to Nairobi's Wilson Airport.

Upon arrival you'll once again be met by that familiar smiling face of James which comforted you so much with your timid entrance into this strange world. Only this time you're well experienced with Kenya's landscape, language, wildlife and people. So this time you greet James with a hearty: "Jambo. Habari Yako bwana"(Hello! How are you doing man?) And James will answer with laughter "Mzuri sana" (Very well).

Now you feel like a true Kenyan as you share your experiences with James. At this point James will drive you around so that you can do some last minute shopping. Later that evening he will drop you off at a restaurant for a final dinner. After dinner you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time to check in for you overnight flight back home. A tear comes to your eye as you give a final hug, you embrace him as if you were embracing the entire nation - its people, its wildlife, its diverse topography...

As you board the plane the culmination of events over the past thirteen days begins to settle in. You begin to reflect on the whirlwind of experiences as you settle into your seat. And suddenly you realize how overwhelming and magical your whole experience has been, but you also realize that you didn't have near enough time to discover the secrets of the Dark Continent.

As so many of our guests in the past have done, you begin to go over the plans in your head for your next trip to Africa and what you will do differently next time. And then you're eager to get back home to share your stories with your family and friends. You go home not quite the same person, as you have experienced thirteen days that have changed your life forever.

That is what we call the real African Adventure

Included in the Package
  • All accommodations
  • All meals except while in Nairobi on departure day (account direct)
  • All government and hotel taxes and service charges
  • All land travel
  • All Intra-Kenya scheduled and charter flights
  • All park, reserve, and conservation area entrance fees
  • All game-viewing activities; guided walks, horseback rides, or 4x4 game drives in open top vehicles
  • All vehicle transfers to - from Bush Homes, airports, hotels, etc.
  • Half day tour of Nairobi with a private driver - guide
  • AMREF medical evacuation coverage
Not Included in the Package
  • Some alcoholic beverages and other personal expenses
  • Lunch and dinner while in Nairobi on departure day (account direct)
  • Gratuities to drivers/guides and staff members - $7-$10 per person per day
  • Intra-Kenya Airport departure taxes ($2 per flight payable at departures
  • Kenya International departure tax ($40 payable at departure
  • Pre-trip inoculations
  • International Airfares
  • Kenya visa fees (estimate $75 per persn)
  • Travel Insurance

Please Note:

All private charter flights are subject to weight limits that can not be exceeded for safety reasons. If these weight limits are exceeded then the travelers will be held responsible for the extra costs incurred to upgrade the charter flight.

Sometimes these flights cannot be upgraded due to all charter planes being booked - this could result in a delay in travel time and pose problems for the travelers. Your luggage weight should not exceed 33 lbs. per traveler. Please advise us on the weight for your travel.

Most charter flights are booked on single engine aircraft. In the event of bad weather prevailing, it may be necessary to upgrade to a twin engine plane which is approved for instrument flight conditions. If this occurs, the extra cost of the twin engine plane will be your responsibility

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