Exclusive Kenya Tour - 9 Days Meru/Samburu/Masai Mara
Day 1: Arrival - Nairobi
Upon arrival, transfer from Nairobi airport to Nairobi Serena Hotel, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World for an overnight on bed and breakfast.
Day 2: Nairobi - Meru National Park
You will be collected at 0630hrs from your hotel and transferred to Wilson Airport to catch the 0745hrs am AirKenya scheduled flight to Meru National Park. On arrival at 0845hrs, you will be met by a driver-guide and taken to the lodge. Made famous by the film “Born Free” and George Adamson’s lions, the lodge and its 9 cottages are invisible to the eye as you approach the kopje. Settle in and relax by the swimming pool before lunch. After an early afternoon siesta at the poolside or on your own panoramic verandah, enjoy an extended afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight stay at Elsa's Kopje, B,L,D
Elsa's Kopje: The 9 stone and thatch guest cottages are crafted around the natural features of the hill. Paved paths, lit by lamps at night, lead from each cottage to the comfortable open bar, lounge and dining room. There is a sense of space, style and pure relaxation. The ultimate ‘pool with a view’ looks out across the plains, perfect for chilling out after a game drive or guided walk in the bush. Every cottage is uniquely designed. The generous double or twin beds are romantically swathed in netting. The bathrooms are sumptuous: showers or baths made out of stone, modern flush toilets, bidets and double basins. One double cottage is set slightly apart from the others, ideal for families with children or a group. It has a double bedroom and a twin bedroom (bathrooms en-suite).
Elsa’s Private House was completed in June 2005. Built by the original designer of Elsa’s Kopje. Elsa’s Private House is set apart from the rest of the lodge, providing complete exclusivity and privacy. The house consists of two double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom with a large bath-tub. There is a spacious twin room, with en-suite bathroom. The living area spills into your very own private swimming pool. The pool falls neatly into the horizon beyond the Meru plains. Elsa’s Private House provides guests with their very own piece of Kopje paradise. One of Kenya’s best pools with a view!
Day 3: Meru National Park
Full days in Meru staying at Elsa's Kopje. Take an early morning guided walk in the bush to work up your appetite or take an extended game drive with picnic breakfast to explore the many rivers transecting the park. We may come across basking Hippo’s and Crocodiles. Return to the lodge for lunch. Late afternoon sundowners in the park before a dusk game drive home, Elsa's Kopje, B,L,D.
Day 4: Meru - Samburu Game Reserve
Depart on the AirKenya scheduled flight at 0845hrs. On arrival at Samburu airstrip your driver/guide will meet you and transfer you to Larsens Camp. After lunch, take a late afternoon game drive, returning to camp for dinner. The camp is set in the ravine forests on the life sustaining Ewaso Nyiro River and guests can watch the wildlife drink at dawn and dusk from their own tents, Larsens Camp, B,L,D.
Larsens Camp: With just 20 tented accommodations, all inclusive adventures offer distinct luxury African safari experiences. There are 20 free standing luxurious tented accomodations each with a private balcony.
All tents are discreetly sited along the west bank of the Uaso Nyiro River with the result that the tents are bathed with light at sunrise. Each tent stands on a plinth of natural stone and all have en suite private bathrooms stocked with a range of Molton Brown toiletries, flushing toilets, constant hot water and 24 hour electricity (240 volts). Each tent features 1 king or 2 twin beds designed in chic safari style.
Day 5: Samburu
Spend the day exploring this savagely beautiful, arid ecosystem. Famous also for its endemic species like Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Oryx and Gerenuk, the river is an arterial lifeline for the abundant wildlife, Larsens Camp, B,L,D.
Day 6: Samburu - Masai Mara
After an early breakfast transfer to the airstrip to catch the 0915hrs AirKenya flight to the Masai Mara. Your driver/guide will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you to Little Governors' Camp with game viewing enroute for lunch and afternoon leisure. Later enjoy an afternoon game viewing with a return to the camp for dinner and overnight, Little Governors' Camp, B,L,D.
Little Governors' Camp: Intimate in character, there are just 17 tents tucked around a large watering-hole that teems with animal and bird life. From every veranda the view changes daily: Giraffe and Lion, Elephant and Warthog.
Getting here is an adventure in itself, you first have to cross the Mara River by boat, then walk a short distance, escorted by armed guards, through the forest. All the tents are comfortable and tasteful. Each has en-suite bathroom, hot water, even bidets. In keeping with safari tradition lighting is by gas and kerosene lantern or candlelight. As dusk falls the flickering lights in the forest make the camp a uniquely peaceful and atmospheric place. Guests seem to enjoy mingling with the staff and each other, and because of the smallness of the camp, you really feel special. Meals are the camp's usual superlative standards, served, as is our style, outdoors during the day or in our candlelit dining tent. Come the evening it’s time for chilled drinks and tall tales around the blazing campfire. Then, finally, a delicious dinner and a hot-water bottle to keep you warm in bed.
Day 7 & 8: Masai Mara
Enjoy two full days in Masai Mara with two game drives daily - morning and afternoon in this natural wonder of Masai Mara is to be explored now which includes the extensive plains which include not only the well known predatory animals but also with Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Hippo and the dangerous Crocodiles. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Little Governors' Camp, B,L,D.
1. Hot air balloon Safari: US$ 425 per person
2. Day fishing expedition to Lake Victoria: US$ 475 per person
Day 9: Masai Mara - Nairobi
After a last game drive in the Masai Mara, catch the 1100hrs AirKenya flight back to Nairobi. Our driver will transfer you to The Carnivore Restaurant for lunch. Continue to your Nairobi hotel for the night on half board, Ngong House, B,L,D.
Ngong House: Located on ten acres in the outskirts of Nairobi near the coffee farm of Karen Blixen, author of “Out of Africa,” this hotel is run by a former Belgian diplomat. Accommodations are in treehouses, a private cottage and log cabin; elevated 15 feet off the ground, the treehouses offer gorgeous views of the bush and Ngong Hills. Breakfast and lunch are served under acacia trees in the garden, while dinner is served in a candle-lit, thatched rondaval with a grand fireplace.
Day 10: Departure
Transfer to the international airport for your journey home, B.
Tour Cost for 2008: US$ 5890 per person sharing
Tour Cost Includes:
.Guarantee price/guarantee safari upon trip confirmation
.Ground transport all through the tour
.Full board accommodation whilst on safari except in Nairobi where it is on bed and breakfast
.Meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
.Accommodation in double/twin/triple room.
.All park entrance fees to include government taxes
.Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
.All game drives as detailed in the itinerary using the lodges/camps vehicles
.Arrival and departure airport transfers
.Bottled mineral water whilst on safari
.Local scheduled AirKenya flights, Nairobi - Meru - Samburu - Masai Mara - Nairobi
.All local airstrip transfers in parks
Extras included at Elsa's Kopje:
.Guided nature walks
.Night game drive
.Soft drinks, beers, house wine & non-luxury spirits
Tour Cost Excludes:
.Visas to Kenya
.Optional extras and items of a personal nature
.Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
1. We may have to reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.
2. We advise early booking to ensure accommodation is available as the specialist properties used are small with limited availability. When a property is not available we will be pleased to tailor-make a similar standard itinerary to suit your clients needs and will advise costs at that time.
3. Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.
4. All clients are limited to 15kg’s in a soft back for internal flights in Kenya.
The advantages of using our services:
^Peace of mind with our on-site Nairobi office providing you with support 24/7
^Use of our custom-built 4WD safari vehicles offer added space and comfort, with better sightlines and a guaranteed window seat!
^At ease with our well trained drivers/professional safari guides
^A classic and concise itinerary that focuses on your trip's primary landmarks
^For additional cultural insight, enjoy a guided visit to Samburu and Maasai villages
^Small group size of not more than 12 allowing more personal service and flexibility to customize individual activities
^Out of Africa experience!
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