Our 11-day Kenya Luxury Safari offers some of the finest experiences this amazing country has available. It encompasses three stunning wildlife areas, including Meru National Park, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the world famous Maasai Mara. Accommodation is in luxury, boutique lodges and camps throughout - with the emphasis on quiet exclusivity - so you can experience Kenya at its absolute best.
We will meet you at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, where you begin your Kenya safari.
In the afternoon, we will visit the neighbouring David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and enjoy a tour of the elephant orphanage. As part of our conservation efforts, we include an elephant foster experience at DSWT for all our guests, as long as their time in Nairobi allows it. This allows you to learn about their important conservation work and watch the baby elephants at the orphanage, as well as contribute directly to their survival and rehabilitation.
After breakfast we transfer you to Wilson Airport in Nairobi for a scheduled flight to Meru National Park. On arrival at the airstrip in Meru, we will be met and transferred to the lodge.
After a delicious lunch at the camp, relax before departing on an afternoon game drive. Meru consists of a mixture of open grasslands, interspersed with woodland and palm-fringed waterways. The park offers a sound chance of sighting the Big 5 African safari animals, but is particularly unique in presenting an opportunity to see both black and white rhino in the wild – an increasingly rare occurrence. It is also known for its ‘dry-country’ specials such as the reticulated giraffe, lesser kudu, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx and the elegant, long-necked gerenuk.
Enjoy more game drives exploring the park on day 3, in the morning and afternoon. Take time to enjoy one of the many optional activities included in your stay here. Spend some time fishing in one of the park’s many rivers, armed with afternoon refreshments, with the chance of catching catfish and barbel and being surrounded by herons, monitor lizards and spectacular kingfishers. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bush walk to learn how to appreciate the finer details of the African wilderness; or dine in the bush for a romantic dinner with a difference, surrounded by glowing lanterns, as night falls across the landscape.
Day 4 constitutes another day of adventure and activity in Meru. The park is located in northern Kenya and covers an area of 870 square kilometres. Thirteen permanent rivers originate from the high hills which fringe the western boundary of the park, creating a mosaic of different habitats. Birdlife is abundant, with more than 400 species resident in the area.
On our morning game drive, we will look to find some of the park’s predators – the elusive lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah. After spotting wildlife, we can enjoy breakfast served in the bush – an excellent way to appreciate the sights and sounds of the African wilderness – before heading back to the lodge for rest and relaxation.
After breakfast we drive 3 hours around the north of Mt Kenya.
Lewa re-invests all the profits generated from tourism (including profits from Lewa Safari Camp) into its core programmes. By visiting Lewa, you help thousands of people from different cultures improve their lives, and give their children a future, at the same time as ensuring Africa’s wildlife has a stable home.
After lunch, we enjoy the facilities at camp before our afternoon game drive.
We spend the day exploring Lewa and enjoying its wildlife and landscapes.
Lewa is especially good for spotting rare desert-adapted species such as oryx, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and Somali ostrich. Lion and elephant are also prevalent, as are special bird species such as vulturine guinea fowl.
We spend another day exploring Lewa. Lewa re-invests all the profits generated from tourism (including profits from Lewa Safari Camp) into its core programmes. By visiting Lewa, you help thousands of people from different cultures improve their lives, and give their children a future, at the same time as ensuring Africa’s wildlife has a stable home.
After breakfast we depart for the airstrip for a scheduled departure to the legendary Maasai Mara National Reserve. Upon arrival in the Mara, we will be met and transferred to the camp.
After lunch overlooking the river, enjoy the facilities at camp before our afternoon game drive.
Today we will explore with morning and afternoon game drives.
If you are travelling between July and October, the annual migration of an estimated two million animals will be passing through the Mara. Witnessing the migratory herds is one of life’s greatest wildlife experiences, as the plains of the Maasai Mara are covered with a mass of moving wildebeest and zebra, offering easy opportunities to predators that are never far away.
We enjoy a second day exploring the conservancy or the game reserve. The reserve is known for its beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife – acacia dotted plains, tree-lined rivers and woodlands are filled with an array of game and bird species. Game viewing is spectacular year-round – we may see a pride of lions stalking their prey, or observe a herd of elephants and the fascinating social infrastructure of their family life.
This morning, after breakfast at camp, transfer to the nearby airstrip for a scheduled flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international departure flight.
This elegant boutique safari lodge is located in the uncrowded Meru National Park – far from the bustle of Kenya’s package tour industry.
The lodge is named for the orphaned lioness reared by Joy and George Adamson, pioneering conservationists who lived in this area of northern Kenya in the 1950s and 60s. Meru is the place the Adamsons chose to release Elsa, which Joy recounted in her best-selling book, Born Free, and is where the lioness successfully raised three cubs. The book was later turned into an award-winning film of the same name – a must see for anyone planning to visit this captivating area. The lodge was opened in 1999 by Dr Richard Leakey and Virginia McKenna, the latter the star of the film and founder of the Born Free Foundation.
Considered one of the most accomplished and environmentally sensitive lodge designs in Africa, Elsa’s comprises nine en-suite cottages around a granite hill. Each cottage delivers the most incredible views, and blends seamlessly with the natural topography and vegetation of the hillside. Each open-fronted cottage includes a spacious main bedroom, en-suite bathroom (some have outdoor baths) and private deck or sitting room. The public areas of the lodge include an infinity rock pool, comfortable lounge and sumptuous dining area. Meals are taken beneath the stars, with a fusion of north Italian recipes and more unusual dishes as well as fresh salads and herbs from the lodge garden.
Hemingways Nairobi is just 40 minutes from the international airport, and is the very last word in opulence and detailed in-depth service.
Hemingways is truly a magnificent place to begin your Kenya safari. The 80 square metre bedrooms face the iconic Ngong Hills, and each has a personal butler and a private balcony. The extensive grounds further add to the hotel’s charm and ensure it sets the new standard for luxury accommodation in Nairobi.
Hemingways aspires to be the first Michelin starred location on the continent, outside of South Africa. With superb nouveau cuisine, cutting edge food preparation methods and the very finest ingredients, it looks well on its way achieving its goal. there are a number of ways to sample the delights of the kitchen, including the hotel’s increasingly famous champagne afternoon teas.
Lewa Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp located on the 65,000 acres of the private protected Lewa Conservancy
This camp offers a harmonious blend of elegance, style and comfort. Occupying a stunning location within the Lewa Conservancy, with views across the plains to Mount Kenya, the area is steeped in history and culture.
The camp’s communal areas are perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a long day, with a swimming pool for a refreshing dip during the afternoon and cosy fires in the lounge area to keep the evening chill at bay.
Wildlife on the Lewa conservancy is abundant and rather special. Part of the Lewa Wilderness Trust, the area is home to approximately 10% of Kenya’s black rhino population, as well as the single largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world. The 12 safari tents with thatched roofs, wooden floors, en-suite bathroom and private veranda provide a perfect base from which to go exploring.
Elephant Pepper Camp is situated in the core of the Mara North Conservancy, just north of the main Masai Mara reserve. The camp is small and exclusive and the spacious canvas tents are comfortably furnished, featuring en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and traditional safari showers. The offers accommodation in 6 tents that are completely unfenced. Each tent boasts spectacular views of the bush with a private verandah that is perfect for relaxation whether before or after your safari.
The camp provides an excellent base for private game drives in a less crowded environment. Meals are taken al fresco beneath the shady acacia trees whilst game viewing; granting one the opportunity to enjoy a memorable and personal wildlife experience and explore the African wilderness in one of Kenya’s finest conservancies.