This itinerary follows a high/low concept where you’ll experience the best of both luxury and more down-to-earth accommodation, all full of character and highly personable.
If you visualize safari camps overlooking waterholes and rivers, surrounded by wildlife, this itinerary will deliver. The safari camps are varied in aesthetic, with both brick and mortar cottages and traditional canvas tented rooms offering a pleasant blend of accommodation options and vantage points. This safari allows you to find three species of giraffe (Rothschilds, Reticulated & Maasai) as well as big prides of lions and numerous other game species.
For your first mornings in Africa, you will wake up at Giraffe Manor, the most iconic hotel in Nairobi. You’ll have breakfast with the giraffes and visit Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage nearby. The Netflix show “Amazing Hotels” featured this hotel, and Ellen Degeneres and Colin Firth recently stayed here. The kids will love it!
You’ll then continue to the incredible Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, home to more than 100 rhinos and your charming family-owned hilltop lodge with stunning views of Mount Kenya in the distance.
Enjoy 3 nights exploring a diverse set of safari experiences hosted by your guide as well as the owners (and their kids) who live at the lodge. The area is known for its unique wildlife species, large cats, conservation practices, and family fun.
Next, you’ll fly to northern Kenya, where you’ll enjoy 4 nights exploring a privately-owned game reserve on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau. It borders the tribal heartlands of the nomadic Samburu people. There are five thousand acres of spectacular bush overlooked by Mount Kenya and teeming with wildlife. Guided walks, game drives, horse and camel riding, fishing, and river tubing will keep you busy and provide unique safari experiences for the whole family. You’ll also get to enjoy a helicopter excursion – one of the best places in all of Africa to experience this activity.
Finally, end your trip in Kenya’s most famous national park, the world-renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve. Home to sweeping grass plains and high densities of wildlife, where you’ll experience where the inspiration for countless films like Out of Africa and the Lion King comes from.
Enjoy 4 nights here, based on your private camp on the plains. This area is open to the Serengeti, meaning you get resident wildlife in addition to transiting wildlife, making this area one of the most exciting on the planet.
The location of your camp is in the Mara Triangle, known for abundant large cats and some of the biggest prides of lions in Africa. Many nature documentaries are filmed here, get your camera ready!