Day 1: Nairobi
You will be met upon arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transferred to an area hotel.
1 Night in Nairobi
Day 2: Lewa Conservancy
Fly to the Lewa Conservancy, well-known as one of the leading models for conservation on private land, providing benefits to local communities.The 65,000-acre conservancy is home to about 10 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population and the single largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world. There are good elephant numbers and regular sightings of the illusive African wild dogs, as well as all your favorite predators. Go out for day and night game drives and explore the area on foot with your experienced guide and host, Calum to discover the little things you often miss from the vehicle. Horseback and camel safari activities are also on offer. We suggest an afternoon to visit a school and a few inspiring community projects. You will be hosted by Sophie and Calum Macfarlane whose connections to Lewa go back five generations. Cottage style rooms are spread out along the hillside and breakfast and lunch are served in the garden. The swimming pool overlooks a waterhole where animals come to drink.
3 Nights at Lewa House
Day 5: Laikipia
This morning you will say goodbye to Sophie and Calum and head to the airstrip to board your private charter and wing your way to Ol Malo.
Ol Malo is a privately owned game sanctuary bordering the tribal heartlands of the nomadic Samburu people. Built in rock and olive wood with a thatched roof, Ol Malo House was inspired by the area’s wild landscape, local flora and the Samburu culture. The house features spacious, en-suite accommodations, large sitting and dining area, infinity pool and al fresco dining area. You will be hosted by the Francombe family and their Samburu neighbors giving you a rare opportunity for an authentic Kenya experience. You will see a wide range of wildlife on game drives in open vehicles, and learn about the "little five" on guided walking safaris. You will have the opportunity for horse or camel riding on the plains, a wonderful way to get close to game. We suggest an afternoon to visit the local nursery school and the women's beading workshop. And bring your bathing suit for tire-tubing down the river rapids which is quite popular here!
3 Nights at Ol Malo House
Day 8: Masai Mara
This morning you will fly to the Masai Mara. Rekero Camp is where old-time hospitality, a diverse concentration of game and unsurpassed guiding come together to provide an authentic East African safari experience. This seasonal tented camp on the Talek River is ideally situated for the annual migration, which is the movement of over one million wildebeest and two hundred thousand zebra from the Serengeti through the Mara in Kenya. Disney’s wildlife movie, “African Cats” was filmed in this area.
The Beaton family, owners of Rekero, settled in Kenya more than a century ago and helped pioneer the country's conservation movement. Today, Rekero is managed by experienced second generation Kenyans and continues to be overseen by Gerard Beaton, ensuring the legacy of the family founders. The expert guiding team was recently recognized as one of the best in Africa by the Good Safari Guide.
The spacious tents have en-suite bathrooms, a large verandah with a day bed for relaxing and each tent is attended by a personal butler. Days here will be spent exploring the area on game drives, enjoying picnics in the bush, with some walking and a cultural visit to round out our time here.
3 Nights at Rekero Camp
Day 11: Nairobi
Bid farewell to the Mara and fly back to Nairobi. You will be met on arrival at Wilson Airport and transferred to The Emakoko.
The Emakoko is a twenty-bed luxury lodge artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River, which borders the Nairobi National Park. All the rooms look straight over the river and into the Park. All rooms feature bath tubs and showers with views and an outside deck and fireplace. The Emakoko is a family owned and run lodge. Emma and Anthony Childs have run lodges in some of the wildest and most beautiful parts of Kenya.
1 Night at Emakoko
Day 12: Nairobi
Today you can visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Center, the Karen Blixen Museum and visit various shops and craft markets. Your guides here are wildlife specialists who understand shopping behavior as well as animal behavior! Later you'll have dinner before departing for the airport to check in for your evening international flight.
1 Day Room at Emakoko