Set Departure Safari

Luxury Kenya – Amboseli, Meru & Masai Mara

“7 Night Luxury Flying Safari visiting the Amboseli, Meru NP & the Masai Mara!”

Price $5950 USD (See price tab)
Country
Kenya
When to Go
All Year
Duration
7 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas
Location

The allure of Kenya is legendary, and this 8-day safari captures its true essence. Marvel at Amboseli’s famed elephants under the majestic peak of Kilimanjaro; lose yourself in the Hollywood romance of Meru, and be awed by the finest wildlife viewing in the world in the Masai Mara.

A luxury flying safari visiting some of Kenya’s most scenic locations: Amboseli, Meru National Park & the famous Masai Mara! With set-departures every three days of the year, guaranteed with 2 people, this is the perfect luxury Kenya safari making use of shared rates for flights, transfers and activities!

This safari starts with a luxurious night in Nairobi to unwind and relax after those long international flights. You then fly to the scenic Amboseli National Park where you will spend two nights experiencing its wonders, including its famous Elephants! From Amboseli, another flight sees you landing in the romantic Meru National Park, one of Kenya’s hidden gems and off the normal tourist route! Here you can expect to see little other people and can explore the park in search of its resident big 5. From Meru National Park, yet another flight has you landing in the Masai Mara where you will be accommodated in a stunning setting along the Sand River. The area is much further from the rest of the hustle and bustle of the Mara so you can expect to see far fewer tourists and have outrageous wildlife sightings all to yourself! And when the wildebeest migration is in the area, its even possible to see them crossing the Sand River from your verandah! Now that’s luxury! Then a final flight to Nairobi to end your luxury Kenyan safari.

This is an old school classic East African safari from the bygone era. Each lodge is outstanding as is the standard of service, food and gameviewing.

Also see the sister safari to this one, visiting Laikipia instead of Amboseli.

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highlights

  • Luxury accommodation at some of Kenya’s finest safari lodges!
  • Explore Amboseli, Meru National Park & the Masai Mara!
  • Included are flights between all camps!
  • Great diversity of activities and experiences!
  • Outstanding wildlife viewing- bring your cameras!
  • Frequent start dates, guaranteed with 2 people – choose dates to suit you!

map and overview

1 Night Hemingways Nairobi

2 Nights Tortilis Camp

2 Nights Elsa’s Kopje

2 Nights Sand River Masai Mara

start dates

This safari starts every 3 days from Nairobi. The below chart indicates the first night at Hemingways Nairobi for each departure. Please use this chart to identify a date which suits you.

Green season: April to May

Mid season: January to March – June – November to mid December

Peak season: July to October – Mid to End December

2020 Start Date Chart:

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2021 Start Date Chart:

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The below dates are only a small number of the above dates for indicative purposes. Refer to the above chart for all dates.

3 November 2020 - 10 November 2020
19 November 2020 - 26 November 2020
1 December 2020 - 8 December 2020
17 December 2020 - 24 December 2020
10 January 2021 - 17 January 2021
18 January 2021 - 25 January 2021
7 February 2021 - 14 February 2021
15 February 2021 - 22 February 2021
7 March 2021 - 14 March 2021
15 March 2021 - 22 March 2021
4 April 2021 - 11 April 2021
12 April 2021 - 19 April 2021
2 May 2021 - 9 May 2021
10 May 2021 - 17 May 2021
5 June 2021 - 12 June 2021
7 June 2021 - 14 June 2021
11 July 2021 - 18 July 2021
19 July 2021 - 26 July 2021
8 August 2021 - 15 August 2021
16 August 2021 - 23 August 2021
5 September 2021 - 12 September 2021
13 September 2021 - 20 September 2021
3 October 2021 - 10 October 2021
11 October 2021 - 18 October 2021
14 November 2021 - 21 November 2021
22 November 2021 - 29 November 2021
4 December 2021 - 11 December 2021
20 December 2021 - 27 December 2021

detailed itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya!

You shall arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where upon arrival, you will be welcomed and met by a representative and chauffeured to your hotel in Nairobi.

Your 1 night stay at Hemingways Nairobi is on half board basis and drinks (excluding premium drinks).

Day 2: Nairobi to Amboseli

Breakfast at Hemingways Nairobi.

Check-out and transfer to Wilson Airport Nairobi, gateway to the flying safaris in Kenya.

Flight to Amboseli National Park. After a 45 minutes flight, you will land in the middle of the Park, the Tortilis Camp Team welcoming you at the airstrip.

You will board your safari vehicles to be transferred to your Camp, with your first game drive en-route.

Arrival at the Camp in time for your lunch.

Afternoon game drive. Sundowner before driving back to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Your stay at Tortilis Camp is for 2 nights in an en-suite Safari Tent, and is on all-inclusive basis (includes all meals, bush activities and drinks – excluding premium drinks).

Day 3: Amboseli

Full day of activities in Amboseli National Park including:

  • Early morning walking safari
  • Bush breakfast
  • Game drives

Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

ABOUT AMBOSELI

140km south of Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is the second most popular wildlife area in Kenya, famous for its large population of over 1000 resident elephants and for its scenic beauty with the backdrop of the world’s highest free-standing mountain, snow- capped Kilimanjaro.

Amboseli National Park covers 96,865 acres (392km2), which constitutes less than 5% of the entire 2 million acre ecosystem of the Amboseli basin crossing from Kenya into Tanzania. The lush green wetlands in this otherwise dry area make Amboseli National Park one of the best wildlife-viewing areas on the planet, attracting over 600 species of birds including pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops, 47 types of raptors as well as the African elephant, cape buffalo, impala, hyena, giraffe, zebra, gazelle and wildebeest with lion and cheetah among the big cats that roam the area.

Amboseli opens your eyes to Africa’s vast space: a photographer’s paradise. Famous for over 1000 elephants, also lion, cheetah, hyena and jackal hunt the prolific plains game; around camp the Acacia Tortilis forest is host to many bird species and literally thousands of weaver nests hang above the tents adding a rousing dawn chorus into the mix

Day 4: Amboseli to Meru National Park

Rise early for a game drive, back in time to the lodge for brunch.

Check out, and transfer back to the Amboseli airstrip.

The plane will now take you to Meru National Park located in the region of Mount Kenya.

Landing at the Meru airstrip, the Elsa’s Kopje Team will welcome you and you will be transferred to the Lodge, arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, guest’s will be offered a massage for pure relaxation, or alternatively, you will go on a game drive.

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Your stay at Elsa’s Kopje is for 2 nights in a Cottage Suite, and is on all-inclusive basis (includes all meals, bush activities and drinks – excluding premium drinks).

Day 5: Meru National Park

Full day of activities in Meru National Park including:

  • Bush lunch
  • Day and night game drives
  • Sundowners…

Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

ABOUT MERU NATIONAL PARK

Meru National Park, wild and remote, lies 10km north of the equator between Mount Kenya and the Nyambeni Mountains, 350km from Nairobi. Meru forms part of a larger conservation area covering 370,000 acres including the adjoining Kora, Rahole and Bisanadi Reserves. The park also incorporates an 84km2 rhino sanctuary, making Meru one of the prime destinations to see rhino in their natural habitat. The birdlife is extraordinarily colourful and abundant with over 400 species of birds.

Rugged and remote, Meru National Park was rescued from oblivion thanks to Elsa’s Kopje, an environmental award-winning, boutique lodge. Visitors get the whole place to themselves: all 870 km2 of it, including a thriving rhino sanctuary inside the Park. Famous for large elephant herds, lion and birdlife, and more diversity of animal species than any park in East Africa; Meru is also the only National Park to permit ranger-guided bush walks. Other activities include fishing in the streams, game drives to Kora and Bisanadi National Reserves, and night game drives back to camp.

Day 6: Meru National Park to Masai Mara

This morning, an early departure for a safari walk. Lunch served at the Lodge before your transfer back to the Meru airstrip.

Take off, and after flying about 90 minutes, you will land in the middle of the Masai Mara Reserve.

The Sand River Masai Mara Team will welcome you at the Keekorok airstrip. You will be transferred to the camp with a game drive en-route, and arriving in time for Sundowners. Dinner and overnight at the Camp

Your stay at Sand River Masai Mara is for 2 nights in a Luxurious Safari Tent, and is on all-inclusive basis (includes all meals, bush activities and drinks – excluding premium drinks)

Day 7: Masai Mara

Enjoy a Bush Breakfast, followed by a full day of game viewing in the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Back to the Camp for a Dinner Under the Stars.

Overnight at the Camp.

OPTIONAL BALLOON SAFARI

We suggest today you book a hot air balloon safari over the Masai Mara.  You depart the camp before sunrise and transfer in the balloon safari company’s vehicle (with other travellers) to the balloon staging site.  After a briefing from the pilot, the crew will inflate the envelope.  At sunrise you begin your ballooning adventure with flights at different levels to give you both an overview of Masai Mara National Reserve and a close look at the wildlife.  After about 50 minutes, you land and the chase crew will take you to a picnic site where you are provided a bush breakfast complete with bubbly to celebrate your successful flight in the tradition of balloonists over the centuries.  You then transfer back to the camp.

ABOUT MASAI MARA RESERVE

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is often called simply “The Mara” – a Masai word meaning “mottled” – a reference to its patchy landscape.

The Reserve covers 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. The terrain of the reserve is primarily grassland and riverine forest with clumps of distinctive acacia trees. It is about 270 km from the capital city Nairobi and takes about 5-6 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight.

The wildlife of the Masai Mara is world-renowned, with the so-called “Big Five”- buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhinoceros – evident throughout the year. The “Big Nine” – including cheetah, zebra, giraffe and hippo – extends this experience.

The Masai Mara also plays host to the ‘Annual Migration’ but whatever the time of year the resident wildlife will surely enthrall and entertain all who visit this wondrous reserve.

Finally let us not forget the colorful inhabitants of this exceptional landscape. The Masai are a proud semi-nomadic cattle-rearing people with a fascinating culture, divided into a number of sub-tribes some of which share the Mara region. The Masai are an ever-present reminder of the history and cultural heritage of this sublime and enigmatic landscape, and will surely leave a lasting

Day 8: Masai Mara to Nairobi

This morning will be your last game drive in the Masai Mara Reserve.

Back to Camp for lunch and mid-afternoon, you will be transferred back to the Keekorok airstrip for your flight to Wilson Airport Nairobi.

A Representative will welcome you upon arrival. You will be chauffeured to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport; before arriving there, we will stop at one of Nairobi’s restaurants where dinner will be served. You will arrive at the airport in time for your outbound flight.

Today your African Safari has come to an end. We trust you will take home memories to last a lifetime and hope that we are able to welcome you to Kenya again soon!

price

SEASONS: | HIGH | MID | GREEN | PARK FEES

Per person sharing a twin / double room: | $6,950 | $6,550 | $5,950 | $434

Per person in a single room: | $9,730 | $9,170 | $5,950 | $434

Child under 12 years of age sharing with 1 or 2 adults (maximum 2): | $1,780 | $1,680 | $1,530 | $290

OPTIONS & ENHANCEMENTS RATE

Exclusive use of game drive vehicle per vehicle for the entire itinerary $2800

Balloon Safari, per adult or child > 8 years $400

Children in own room (minimum 2 / maximum 3) 75% of the per person adult rate

Children under 12 sharing with 1 adult. Child(ren) are paying under 12 child rate and the adult is paying adult single room rate

COST INCLUDES

  • Meet and greet services
  • Transfers as shown
  • Shared use of 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of English speaking driver-guides
  • (Other language driver-guides are available at a supplement on request)
  • Meals and accommodation as specified
  • Laundry (except in Nairobi)
  • Soft drinks, drinking water, juice, local beer, house wine & non-premium spirits (except in Nairobi)
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • Internal flights with all fees and taxes
  • One bottle of water per day on game drives

COST EXCLUDES

  • International and regional flights
  • Airport taxes except on tickets we issue
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Driver-guide gratuities
  • Dining rooms tips and porterage
  • Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance
  • Laundry in Nairobi
  • Premium drinks, champagne, cocktails
  • Telephone bills and any items of a personal nature

additional information

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

Arrival time on day one can be any time as the overnight is in Nairobi.  However, check-in time at Hemingways is 14.00 hours and may be strictly enforced.   Guests arriving on early morning flights may not sit in the hotel lobby throughout the day.  We request people arriving on morning flights to book a room from the night before to allow them immediate access to their rooms and fully use of the facilities of the hotel.

Departure time from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport must be after 2200.  The return flight from Masai Mara National Reserve arrives to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport at 1700.  The transfer can take up to 2 hours depending on road congestion and a minimum of 3 hours is require for check-in when flying on an international flight.  We can arrange a room in Nairobi for that night if you need to fly on an earlier departure flight (on the next day).

Extra notes:

We may have to re-route the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.

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.

Passengers arriving to Kenya and Tanzania may be required to provide proof of vaccination against yellow fever.

Passenger Information

Passengers should bring only soft sided bags on safari.

All the passengers must have Identification Card/Passport with them for internal flights.

Baggage on internal flights is strictly limited to 15kgs per person (including hand luggage). Any excess baggage will be charged by the airline at check-in or may be left behind at the pilot’s discretion.

Travellers’ cheques are generally not accepted.  US Bank notes older than 2004 or notes that do not have the latest security measures (large portraits) are not accepted.

 

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