Kenya: A Classic Safari Adventure

Discover a legendary wilderness of roaming warriors and formidable predators…

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7 days for £2,695 pp sharing

We offer dates throughout the year. Please contact us for more information.

  • Includes accommodation in 2 different camps, unlimited game drives, full board, and all internal flights
  • Deposit £650 pp. Single supplement £325 pp
  • Maximum group size 8 people
  • Excludes international flights

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Your luxury camp in the Masai Mara

Combining open plains in the shadows of Mount Kenya and the Acacia valleys of the Olare Orok stream, our classic safari adventure offers you the chance to experience two very different yet equally fascinating eco-systems.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is located at the foot of Mount Kenya, and this is where we begin our adventure. With over 90,000 acres of blissfully uncrowded wilderness to enjoy, the game viewing in the conservancy is always exceptional. This area holds East Africa’s largest population of Black Rhino along with Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Cheetah and many more wildlife species, including northern range species such as Reticulated Giraffe, Oryx, Grevy’s Zebra and Jackson’s Hartebeest. In addition to the impressive game viewing opportunities, there are a wide range of activities on offer which will guarantee a wildlife experience that will live long in the memory.

Our safari then flies down the Rift Valley to the famous Mara Camp in one of the exclusive conservancies in the Masai Mara. The Mara conservancies offer incomparable wildlife viewing, with few vehicles permitted access to the region where we operate. Boundless rolling grass plains and rocky escarpments are the backdrop to heart thumping wildlife encounters.

  • Experience the epic Blue Wildebeest migration across the Masai Mara (July to September).
  • Track Lions with resident Lion researchers and learn about the prides that rule the savannah.
  • Spot rare nocturnal animals during a thrilling night drive.
  • Visit the Northern White Rhino breeding programme and see the crucial conservation work first-hand.
  • Take a walking safari through the savannah with an expert Masai guide.
  • Stay at one of the most remote and luxurious tented camps, far from the main tourist areas.
  • Take an early morning hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara.
  • Visit a local Masai village or school and learn how your visit contributes to the local communities.
  • Watch wildlife at a watering hole in the shadows of Mount Kenya.
  • Enjoy the tranquillity at one of Kenya’s most environmentally aware bush camps.
  • Visit the Turtle conservation projects and the stunning paradise beaches on the Indian Ocean.
  • Benefit from the best safari vehicles in the park, specially adapted for game viewing and photography.

Day 1
This morning you will be met at Nairobi JKIA airport or your Nairobi hotel and transferred to Wilson airport for a morning flight to Nanyuki airstrip. Upon arrival your guide will transfer you to the camp in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, journey time is approximately one hour. Lunch at camp then relax until afternoon tea is served. Venture out onto the rolling plains on a game drive to enjoy the wonderful array of game on offer. Game driving in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a rare pleasure with few vehicles in the wilderness zone. It is East Africa’s Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees and holds some of the highest predator densities in Kenya. Upon returning to camp join other guests for a drink around the campfire or in the cosy lounge tent where you will join your hosts for dinner.

Day 2
An early start to the day with piping hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate brought to your tent. This morning you will take a longer game drive and enjoy a sumptuous picnic breakfast out on the plains. Your guide will search for small and large mammals, a variety of birds, and the large Lion prides that inhabit the conservancy. Return to camp for an al-fresco lunch and relax, viewing the game and birdlife around the waterhole. In the afternoon you will have the option of visiting the Chimpanzee Sanctuary prior to continuing on your evening game drive until dusk. Your evening drive will focus on rare and specialist mammals, such as Genets, Aardvark, Porcupine, and Honey Badger. We also offer night drives if you would like to view an array of nocturnal species with the aid of a filtered spotlight.

Day 3
There are a range of activities to choose from today including lion tracking, mountain biking, canoeing, and game driving. We also offer a walking excursion with one of our guides and a ranger. Walks range from 2-3 hours and can be adapted to suit your preference. Enjoy a picnic breakfast out on the plains before returning to camp. This afternoon you can explore the wilderness again on a game drive, visit the ranching programme or the Wildlife Centre. Drinks tonight will be around the campfire or in our cosy lounge, whilst dinner will be served in the adjacent dining tent.

Day 4
Following a leisurely al fresco breakfast, depart for Nanyuki airstrip for your morning flight to the Masai Mara. Your guide will be there upon arrival at the airstrip to welcome you and drive you to Kicheche Mara Camp. Mara Camp is based in the Mara North Conservancy. This is a beautiful private wilderness area of more than 30,000 hectares (~74,000 acres). It is a vital part of the Masai Mara ecosystem as it forms the north-western zone, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve in the south of Kenya. This region holds one of the highest lion densities in world and is where over two million Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Its hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. Once you have met your guide and set off for Mara Camp, you will be able to enjoy a game drive en route to the camp. At the camp you will have some time for leisure, lunch and afternoon tea. Then you will set off on your afternoon game drive followed by evening sundowner drinks overlooking the plains. You then arrive back in camp in time for a shower, followed by drinks around the camp fire.

Day 5
Rise early with tea or coffee brought to your tent. Enjoy a full breakfast at camp before setting off on a full day game drive to the reserve, or another conservancy. You will see differing terrain along with plenty of animal and bird species on the extended game drive. Take a break in one of the many scenic viewpoints where your picnic lunch will be set out. After lunching, continue exploring until you arrive back at camp late in the afternoon. Wind down at camp after an exhilarating day in the bush, and gather at the campfire for an aperitif before dinner is served later in the evening.

Day 6
This morning, you will take an escorted game walk, which will last for approximately 2 hours. A different perspective is gained through escorted walks on the savannah. Safety is paramount when leaving camp on foot so all walks are escorted by an armed ranger. Our interpretive guides will point out the spoor of a leopard, the nest of a rare bird or signs of recent migration activity that would pass unnoticed by the eyes of a stranger. In the afternoon, you can choose between a visit to a traditional Maasai manyatta (village) or another evening game drive and sundowner.

Day 7
Take an early morning game drive followed by breakfast, and then we will transfer you back to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi. Meet at Wilson airport and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta international airport for your outbound flight back home, or your Nairobi hotel.

Just some of the Kenyan wildlife you may encounter:

  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Cheetah
  • African Wild Cat
  • Elephant
  • Giraffe
  • Spotted Hyena
  • Striped Hyena
  • Aardwolf
  • Eland
  • African Wild Dog
  • Greater Kudu
  • Blue Wildebeest
  • Jackson’s Hartebeest
  • Civet
  • Genet
  • Serval
  • Caracal
  • Bat-eared Fox
  • Grevy’s Zebra
  • Northern White Rhino
  • Black Rhino
  • Striped Polecat
  • Honey Badger

Many of the photos you see on this site were taken by amateur photographers on our tours.

 

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Encounter the wild are privileged to work with and support the Kicheche Community Trust.

Their numerous community programmes in and around the conservancy are an inspirational model for involving communities with the wildlife tourism industry. Please read our tour brochure for more information on how your participation can make a difference.