This Safari is a delightful journey for travelers with limited time away from home yet who desire an in-depth safari experience. Devoted exclusively to Kenya, in less than two weeks we touch upon nearly all of the region’s highlights, while enjoying exceptional wildlife throughout. Four flights expedite travel between locations and make the most of our time in each reserve.
Welcome to Nairobi. An awaiting guide accompanies you to Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel, an elegant blend of colonial splendor and modern luxury.
The excitement begins today with a safari briefing by our team. Then we’re off to the lovely leafy district of Karen where we pay homage to author Karen Blixen of Out of Africa acclaim by visiting her former residence, while nearby Giraffe Centre brings us face-to-face with tame Rothschild giraffes. Lunch is a delightful affair at The Boma. Dinner and overnight at the Norfolk Hotel.
Connecting flights in Nairobi, we wing north to the broad Laikipia Plateau and the private game park of Loisaba Lodge where pioneering conservation practices and ranching have yielded remarkable results. In fact, tourism profits here are dedicated to conserving the wilderness and assisting tribal communities. Loisaba is not only an indulgent paradise, but a worthy cause. We roam this protected wilderness in complete privacy, seeing an array of wildlife difficult to find elsewhere, including leopard, elephant, hippo, cheetah, beisa oryx and the ever-elusive wild dog.
There are myriad diversions available from the relaxing to the rigorous. Unwind at the spa or pool or exert yourself on the tennis courts. And should the mood strike, a range of stunning adventures awaits: camel and horseback riding, mountain biking, or spending cocktail hour peering out from a game blind, watching the elusive predators in action. Walking or running expeditions with Samburu guides are also fabulous experiences where we do not merely observe wildlife, but enter their world.
And what a world it is! The sky here is endless, the air is clear and sweet-scented, and the landscape is full of wonder. This is a place where prickly-pear cacti meet acacia trees, jutting rocky outcrops provide a resting place for klipspringer antelopes seeking refuge from predators, and the sky at night is a dazzling sheets of stars upon stars, so thick that they seem hardly real.
This morning we fly west over the dramatic Great Rift Valley to the unspoiled savannah of the Maasai Mara where magnificent events await. Here we search for great predators and perhaps even cubs during extensive game runs. On the plains are enormous herds of grazing animals plus the elusive cheetah and leopard hiding amidst acacia boughs.
We may enjoy a revitalizing bush walk at daybreak with a naturalist guide and savour the savannah from the ground up-or perhaps we’ll do just opposite and float high above it on an exhilarating hot-air balloon safari. We also visit a Maasai village and glimpse life so ancient and yet so enduring that it astonishes.
Our exquisite accommodations recall the golden age of safaris under canvas at either Kichwa Tembo Camp or Fairmont Mara Safari Club. The true pinnacle of our journey to the Mara however will be bush sundowners-a civilised cocktail party staged in the untamed wilds of Africa.
A short flight to Nairobi this morning and our adventure draws to a close. Yet our final day in Africa may be our most memorable as we spend a few hours at the Joy House Academy in Nairobi’s poignant Mukuru slum. As we tour the Centre and get to know some of the inspiring people here, we will be astonished and moved by the invaluable work taking place. It is the perfect end to our time in Africa. Back at the Norfolk Hotel, a dayroom is available until we depart for the airport tonight.