Day 1 Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi
5-Star Luxury – Private Nairobi Tour – Uhuru Park
Days 2 – 4 Lewa Wilderness, Lewa Conservancy
Big 5 Safari – Camel Safari – Helicopter Flight
Days 5 – 7 Cottars 1920, Masai Mara
Night Game Drive – Masai Walking Safari – Vintage Safari
Days 8 – 9 Finch Hatton’s Camp, Tsavo National Park
Private Safaris – Tented Luxury – Spa & Wellness
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Lewa Conservancy is a rhino sanctuary that spans 61,000 hectares and is home to over 11% of Kenya’s black rhinos and 14% of Kenya’s white rhino population. It is also home to the world’s largest population of Grevy’s zebra. Lewa Conservancy forms part of the Mount Kenya World Heritage Site and is at the forefront of community-based conservation in Kenya. The Laikipia Plateau region boasts one of the largest elephant populations in East Africa.
The Masai Mara together with the Serengeti in bordering Tanzania, forms Africa’s most famous wildlife park. Here you can witness more than a million animals in the annual wildebeest migration as the animals follow the seasonal rains.
The Masai Mara however offers more than just the Great Migration, the area is home to large prides of lions, giraffes, elephants, eland and gazelles to mention a few. A hot-air balloon safari over the Mara plains is an essential activity and horseback safaris have become ever popular.
TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
Tsavo is Kenya’s biggest park and one of the world’s largest wildlife sanctuaries. Tsavo is divided into East and West with the west covered in thick bush with spectacular natural scenery which includes volcanic cones, lava flows and rocky outcrops. Natural attractions include the Chaimu Crater, Mzima Springs and Roaring Rocks with their panoramic views.
The game in Tsavo West is not as easy to spot as in the East but it is all here. The West is thus the perfect destination for those wanting to skip the tourist buses and enjoy a pristine wildlife experience.
Kenya, Lewa Conservancy
Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s oldest private safari experiences. This family operated lodge is one of the original family homes where Will and Emma Craig still reside. The lodge comprises 10 spacious luxuriously appointed cottages with large en-suite bathrooms, fireplaces in the sitting areas and verandahs.
Natural springs, home-raised livestock and a 5-acre organic garden are transformed by skilled chefs into healthy and delicious cuisine. Lewa is one of the only areas where guests are almost guaranteed to see white and black rhinos.
Kenya, Masai Mara
Cottars 1920’s Safari Camp comprises 11 luxurious tents situated in an unspoiled setting with breathtaking sunset views stretching to distant horizons over the Masai Mara and Serengeti, with plains covered in boundless wildlife. All tents feature en-suite bathrooms while the camps two main mess tent areas are perfect for fine dining, drinking and socializing. The sparkling pool and tranquil spa areas are ideal for relaxing after a game drive over the plains.
FINCH HATTON’S CAMP
Kenya, Tsavo West National Park
Finch Hatton’s Camp is a luxury Safari Camp rich in history and committed to wildlife conservation. The camp comprises 17 luxury-tented suites with a wellness centre, spa, 2 infinity pools, yoga pavilion and gym at the main camp.
Relax in your private suite at Hattons or by the pool as you watch the resident Hippo pods wallow in the natural spring-pools that flow through the camp. Finch Hatton’s camp offers many activities and is renowned for the bird spotting experiences.
You will be driven around Nairobi on a vintage International SS Motor Truck, as driven by Robert Redford in the iconic film Out of Africa. Nairobi is known for its leafy streets and parks and features the not-to-be-missed Uhuru Park.
The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel is located minutes from Nairobi’s most popular attractions. The hotel was built in 1904 but has been fully refurbished to include a heated outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam rooms, health club and massage facilities, all within the tropical landscaped grounds.
The Norfolk Hotel has been featured in films such as White Mischief and Out Of Africa, and hosted celebrities such as Hemingway, Baden-Powell, Finch Hatton and Theodore Roosevelt.
On your arrival at Nairobi’s International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by a safari representative and escorted through passport control and baggage claim before being driven to the histories Fairmont Norfolk Hotel.
After checking in to the hotel you will be driven around Nairobi in the very same 1928 International SS Motor Truck driven by Robert Redford in the film Out of Africa. This is a unique way to explore the best parts of the city during your one day in Nairobi. Once done you will return to the hotel for drinks and an informal talk on the hotels recent and past history. You will also be taken on a tour of the grounds before settling in for a sumptuous dinner.
After a wholesome breakfast at the hotel you‘ll be collected for your flight to the Laikipia Plateau, which stretches from the slopes of snow-capped Mt Kenya to the Great Rift Valley. Laikipia is an area renowned for one of the largest elephant populations in all of Africa as well as a strong population of the endangered black rhino. The Laikipia area is essentially an untamed wilderness area supporting an abundance of wildlife.
Here you will enjoy 3 nights at one of Kenya’s oldest private safari lodges, Lewa Wilderness, where you will experience one of the few family operated luxury lodges in Kenya.
Game drives at Lewa Wilderness typically depart twice daily, once in the early morning and once in the late afternoon or evening.
On day 3 of your tour you will enjoy a memorable helicopter flight to Lake Rutundu for a champagne breakfast where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton. Rutundu is a beautiful farm on Mt Kenya which offers world-class trout fishing.
During your stay you will also experience a tailor-made safari to showcase the areas flora, fauna, conservation and unique history. Avid bird watchers can join an experienced guide for an early morning walk around the lodge garden to find resident birds, as well as a nature walk on the river bed or for the more adventurous, the nearby hills.
A safari in this region almost guarantees the chance of seeing all the Big Five as well as the endangered black and white rhinos, one of the only game parks to boast this unique experience in Kenya.
On day 5 of your luxury Kenya safari tour you’ll depart for Cottars 1920’s Safari Camp in the Masai Mara, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views stretching to distant horizons over the Masai Mara and neighbouring Serengeti, covered in boundless wildlife.
Cottars is an exclusive camp set on it’s own 6,000 acre private conservancy and comprises 11 luxury tents in total. Here you will take advantage of your own private vehicle, dedicated guide and tracker, and set the pace for your safari adventure.
The experiences at Cottars include the wonders of the Masai Mara under the guidance of Calvin Cottar, a Masai guided walk to introduce you to the culture of the local tribes dating back centuries, visit the famed hill from the Out of Africa film, sip sundowners and marvel at the African sunset in one of the most glamorous settings on earth and enjoy private night game drives in the private concession.
On day 8 you will be collected for your short flight to the Tsavo National Park, where you will enjoy two nights at the opulent Finch Hatton’s Camp, rich in history and committed to conservation.
Here you can experience the bush as the earliest safari goers and pioneers would have, on foot surrounded by tranquility and mystery. You will also have the chance to visit the Tsavo man-eating lions on a full day game drive with picnic lunch in the bush.
Imagine yourself in the shoes of the legendary Lieutenant Colonel Patterson as your guide thrills you with tales of the lions terrifying exploits.
Finch Hatton’s is inspired by its namesake’s taste for the finer things and the luxury accommodation at the camp features 17 tented suites, as well as 2 infinity pools, a wellness centre, spa, gym, yoga pavilion and more in the main camp.
Accommodation is of course fully inclusive and you will have access to your own private safari vehicle, dedicated guide and tracker team.
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