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Touch down Africa; The adventure begins! You will be met by a our representative who will transfer you from JKI Airport to Hemmingway’s Hotel at the lush suburbs of Karen. This 45-suite boutique hotel elevates the standard of luxury for travellers in the region. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Each of the 80m² suites have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills, a magical view which can also be enjoyed over sundowners at the Bar. Your day shall be at leisure and you can enjoy the various treatments offered at the spa. The Spa menu combines both French and custom designed treatments crafted from locally sourced ingredients and is the perfect place to rediscover your senses after a long flight
After breakfast, depart for a wonderful morning of sightseeing with your knowledgeable private guide. First stop is a visit to the Karen Blixen museum located “at the foot of the Ngong Hills”. It is the former home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her book Out of Africa which chronicles her life at the estate. Built in 1912 by a Swedish Engineer, the Bungalow-style house was bought by Karen Blixen and her then-husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke, n 1917. While she separated from her husband in 1921, Blixen still lived in the house in what was then British East Africa and ran a large coffee plantation on the grounds until she returned to Denmark in 1931.
You’ll also visit the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. Also known as the Giraffe Centre, AFEW was founded in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie-Melville, a Kenyan citizen of British descent and his wife the late Betty Leslie- Melville, an American citizen. Jock’s extraordinary vision of creating an educational institution in conjunction with rescuing the endangered Rothschild giraffes result in the present day Giraffe Centre, now a world famous nature educational centre. You have a chance to hand-feed them on a raised platform.
Highlight of your excursion shall be the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust; a small charity established in 1977 to honor famous naturalist, David Sheldrick, the founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park. The visit is strictly scheduled for 1 hour a day from 11-12 noon. You will have a chance to interact with the rescued baby elephants as they play in their mud baths and drink bottles of milk fed to them by their keepers. Until the age of three, an elephant is milk dependent, and without intervention, it would die in the wild. Most babies have had dramatic rescues, and many are traumatized from the loss of their families. But here, they attach themselves to keepers who are with them always and gain confidence and strength as they grow in the nurturing environment. The African elephant calves are hand-reared here with the intention of gradually reintroducing them into the wild once they are strong enough to survive.
You shall be transferred to one of the Nairobi restaurants for lunch before heading back to your hotel where the balance of the day is at leisure.
After your early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Wilson Airport where you will fly to Lewa Wildlife conservancy where you shall settle at Lewa Wilderness Camp. Situated near the base of Mt. Kenya – Africa’s second tallest mountain – Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s oldest and most private safari ventures. The Royal Family has made many trips to Kenya over the years — Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton while at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, one of our favourite places. The Craig family has passed down from one generation to the next a distinct passion for wildlife, conservation and tourism, and they proudly continue to run Lewa Wilderness lodge and Walking Wild camel safaris. This place is as much a home as it is a truly unique and personal safari experience.
The lodge has nine exclusive rooms: six thatched cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley, and three thatched garden cottages set in the beautiful green lawns. Each cottage is tastefully decorated with some of the Craig’s own antique and handmade furniture, giving each rustic charm and the character of a ranch homestead.
See how many activities you can fit into one day: Waco flying and horse-riding in the morning. A stop for lunch, a swim and a game of tennis. Then head out again on a game drive for sundowners with a view of Mount Kenya. Enjoy the warmth of the fire after dinner, a great atmosphere, the stories will run on long into the night. Where else can you bottle feed a baby rhino?! Make sure you visit the conservancy headquarters to learn more about the incredible conservation work.
You shall spend 3 nights here before winging your way to Maasai Mara National Reserve.
This morning after your breakfast, you will be transferred by your private guide to Lewa airstrip for your morning flight to Masai Mara National Reserve, often referred to as “the safari jewel.” Your Mara flight is scheduled to depart at 10:05 a.m and the flight duration is around 2 hour depending on bush-stop overs. Your driver guide will receive you as you disembark your flight. You will have a game drive en route to the camp where you will settle in at Richard’s River Camp.
Perfectly situated on the banks of the Njageteck River and surrounded by 70 acres of private land, the camp allows for total privacy and exclusivity. The Ngoyanai springs provide permanent water, drawing in large numbers of animals to the area around camp both day and night. This camp is also particularly known for its resident lion pride which can often been seen hunting right in front of the camp, and most always can be heard roaring during the night. The camp mess and dining area is central to its layout – with tent nos 1 & 2 & the family tent (units 3 & 4) to the left of it and tents 5,6,7 & 8 to the right. All tents and seating areas look out across the Njageteck River infront of the camp. Very close to the mess area is a guest toilet, the boutique, the dining tent and the outside seating/dining areas.
With only 6 tents and one large family tent, this camp is ideal for individuals as well as exclusive groups who wish to experience the Masai Mara in a personal intimate setting. Beautifully appointed with furnishings and fabrics collected by Liz on her travels – the result is a casually luxurious tented camp, combining exceptional wildlife with a contemporary ‘Out of Africa’ experience
On the last day, after your breakfast, you will be transferred to the Mara North airstrip for your flight to Nairobi.
This popular safari offers the traveler a superb experience of seeing the amazing wildlife and scenery of the renowned Masai Mara as well as the opportunity to learn about the customs and culture of the Masai people who have lived alongside wildlife for centuries.
After a final game drive, bid “Kwaheri” to the camp staff and fly to Nairobi. Transfer to the JKI Airport where a day room has been reserved for you at Sheraton Hotel. The hotel shall transfer you to your departure terminal.