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The Great Kenyan Luxury Adventure Safari

“Simply one of the BEST and varied adventure safaris on offer in Africa”

Budget level: Mid-Range
Country
Kenya
When to Go
All year
Duration
14 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas

This is the ideal safari for couples, families or small groups looking for an under ‘private canvas’ adventure experience in the real wilderness. The trip takes you to three of Kenya’s best game parks, the Masai Mara, Samburu and Chyulu Hills, as well as magical Lamu Island for some barefoot luxury on the beach.

On arrival into Nairobi do a short transfer to Ololo Safari Lodge and Farm on the edge of the Nairobi National Park. The adventure starts right away at this wonderful farmhouse, home of an Australian farming family. This is a real ‘home away from home’ and food is prepared using the extensive range of fresh produce from the farm. With the farm bordering the National Park you are guaranteed to fall asleep with sounds of the African bush all around you all night long!

The next morning after a scrumptious farm breakfast transfer to Wilson Airport for a short flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival game drive to Saruni Wild for the start of your Mara adventure. With only 3 tents Saruni Wild offers utter seclusion and total authenticity as you are immersed in nature and have the unforgettable experience of being under canvas in the middle of the wilderness. Surrounded by tens of thousands hectares of pristine, untouched wilderness, the camp has the most classic Masai Mara setting. The wildlife thrives right next to your tent! After four action packed days of day and night game drives, bush walks and some of the best game viewing on offer in the whole of Africa, it will be time to game drive to the nearby airstrip and your flight to Sarani Rhino in Samburu, Northern Kenya.

Saruni Rhino is a three ‘banda’ (stone cottage with a thatched roof and canvas roll down windows) rustic and intimate camp located in the Sera Community Conservancy, 350 000-hectares of unspoilt wilderness. The camp is located a half hour’s drive from the community-owned and managed Sera Rhino Sanctuary, the first in East Africa where black rhino can be tracked on foot, a wonderful and exhilarating adventure! Spent the three days at Saruni Rhino immersing in the wildlife and unique culture of the Samburu people. An adventure not to be forgotten anytime soon!

The next destination is Chyulu Hills in the south of Kenya, which is reached by flying from Samburu via Nairobi and onto Amboseli. Your stay for the next 3 days is Campi ya Kanzi where owners and hosts, Luca and Antonella, will warmly welcome you to your home in the bush. Campi ya Kanzi offers what they like to call ‘appropriate luxury’, which is less about infinity and plunge pools and Wi-Fi in your tent, and more about living a real safari experience in the Maasai wilderness, 1900 square km exclusively for guests! The camp offers a truly amazing array of activities that are authentic and will immerse you in the wilderness, wildlife and culture. These include scenic flights around Kilimanjaro and over the Chyulu Hills, visits to Tsavo and the famous hippos of Mzima Springs, an old-fashioned ‘fly camping’ tented overnight safari, horse-back riding, short or day long bush walks, transcendental meditation courses, and yoga classes, visits and presentations by conservation scientists at the nearby Chyulu Conservation and Research Centre….the list of things you will find nowhere else, goes on and on! The four days at Campi ya Kanzi will be over long before you are ready to move on, but luckily you will have the adventures of Manda Bay awaiting you….

From Chyulu Hills you will fly to the Kenyan Coast and north towards the Lamu Archipelago, with Manda Bay as your destination. Manda Bay is a small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoiled, idyllic island in Lamu’s archipelago where you kick off your shoes and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm thatched cottages and open living spaces. Manda Bay is perfect for honeymooners, families and groups looking to enjoy time together. Located on the archipelago of islands that make up Manda, the lodge is a 30-minute boat ride from the stunning Swahili coastal town of Lamu. Activities at Manda Bay can keep even the most active guest busy for their whole stay. At Manda Bay, activities available include: sailing, kayaking, wind surfing, kite surfing, beach walks, guided tours around Manda island ruins, deep sea fishing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, banana boating, donating, line fishing, fly fishing, bottom fishing, snorkelling, visits to the cultural town of Lamu, Shela and Tawka ruins, swimming pool, table tennis, darts, pool table, yoga studio, gym and workout room. Get the picture?

After an action packed 5 days at Manda Bay, it will unfortunately be time to head home, or for a lucky few onto your next adventure. What is guaranteed however, is that you will all agree this was one of the ‘BEST holidays eva’, as the saying goes!

Images of the Masai Mara and Samburu copyright Saruni.

Itinerary in Brief

1 Night Ololo Lodge and Farm
3 Nights Saruni Wild
3 Nights Saruni Rhino
3 Nights Campi Ya Kanzi
4 Nights Manda Bay

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detailed itinerary

Ololo Safari Lodge, owned and run by an Australian farming family, offers the warmth and comfort of a home with effortless style and personalized service. Originally an old Kenyan homestead and since converted to a small lodge, Ololo is perfectly situated, on the beautiful banks of the Mbagathi River which forms the southern border of the Nairobi National Park.

The lodge is a mere 45-minute drive through the park from Nairobi and both main airports, yet the lodge’s secluded location feels like a world away. Set on a productive 8 hectare working farm Ololo offers the joys of delicious ‘paddock to plate’ fresh ingredients. With the established and secluded gardens, guests are able to settle in and soak up a unique safari experience.

Wildlife is right on our doorstep and all can enjoy breathtaking views over the national park, to the famed Ngong Hills in the west, sundowner in hand. Or you may like to wile the hours away at the lodge by the pool, adventure on a safari into the park, take a tour of the Ololo Farm or perhaps an excursion with into historic Karen.

Ololo’s rooms are unique and diverse, each tastefully appointed with attention to historical detail. The accommodation at Ololo ranges from the farm’s old converted stables, tented cottages under makuti thatch and to the original suites in the main house of the lodge.

In the cooler months, guests may sit by the fire-pit in the garden or cosy up to the blazing fireplace in the inviting living room, the stone clad cellar and small library close at hand. Whatever time of the year you visit, it’s easy to enjoy the serenity and home-style comfort that Ololo offers.

Saruni Wild is a three tented camp elegantly and comfortably furnished with all the necessary luxuries of a wild yet classic safari. The camp is located in the heart of the Masai Mara plains, on the border between Lemek Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy.

Each tent is tastefully furnished and has all the essential amenities of a luxury camping experience, including en-suite bathrooms, hot showers and flushing loos, and spacious verandas with beautiful views. Surrounded by tens of thousands hectares of pristine, untouched wilderness, the camp has the most classic Masai Mara setting. The wildlife thrive right next to its tents.

Enjoy uninterrupted views, fire-lit meals under the vast African sky, guided bush walks and game drives led by experienced Maasai guides. The Maasai will host you at Saruni Wild, sharing their ancient wisdom, their local knowledge of the animals, and secret corners of the most iconic wildlife reserve in Kenya.

Set amongst teeming plains game, wildlife is found all around the camp, as the tents are situated within their natural habitat. The Mara-Serengeti eco system, of which the Mara North Conservancy and Saruni Wild is a part, has the highest density of predators and plains game of any wilderness in the world, and is home to the most thrilling, awe-inspiring natural spectacle on the planet – the Great Migration.

The camp offers day and night-time game drives, bush walks, bush meals and sundowners, stargazing, cultural visits to local village market and scenic flights or hot air ballooning. A day visit into the Masai Mara National Reserve can be arranged to experience the wildebeest river crossings. Visits to the Olchorro Rhino Sanctuary are arranged on request.

Saruni Rhino is a three-banda camp. A banda is a rustic stone cottage with a thatched roof and canvas roll down windows. All bandas have flushing toilets, hot and cold water and natural stone showers. The bandas are situated along a spectacular dry riverbed lined with doum palms in a way that ensures maximum privacy for guests. The bandas sleep between two and four people. There is also a family banda with two bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. Banda’s have a beautiful private sandy terrace with chairs and tables overlooking the ‘lugga’, the dry riverbed.

Guests can enjoy the nearby waterhole visited daily by herds of elephants, impala, kudu, monkeys and much, much more, including the famous sand grouse spectacle. All this can be enjoyed from the comfort of a guest’s veranda, the dining and lounge area, the swimming pool or the popular day bed. You are guided by Samburu warriors who are passionate about their land and their culture, learning firsthand about their fascinating customs and traditions and their ancient, local knowledge – a truly authentic experience.

A totally unique and intimate tradition, the singing wells of Samburu remain an exclusive experience for guests at the camp. Home to The Fifty Wells, ‘Kisima Hamsini’, a series of fifty springs where local pastoralists take their livestock to water, digging deep in the barren and filling up wells to in-turn fill up holders and troughs, whilst singing a unique melody.

The Sera Community Conservancy is home to one of the most fascinating ecosystems and guests have the opportunity to explore unique experiences, such as the ‘Samburu Five’. The ‘Samburu Five’ are rare and endemic to the Samburu ecosystem. These consist of the Gerenuk, the Reticulated giraffe, the Somali ostrich, the Grevy’s zebra and the Beisa oryx. In addition there is an abundance of other rare species such as the leopard, striped hyena, Civet cat and wild dog, not forgetting a plethora of birdlife.

Campi Ya Kanzi is situated at the foot of the legendary Chyulu Hills, this luxury safari camp offers an incomparable combination of 5-star luxury & rustic comfort, first class wilderness adventure, amazing wildlife, and authentic immersion in Maasai culture.

The Chyulu Hills are one of the most iconic landscapes on the continent: the “Green Hills of Africa” that Ernest Hemingway came to again and again and that inspired him to write “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” while camping in the hills and plains, where the view of that famous mountain is supremely beautiful. With wildlife roaming in abundance, massive granite outcroppings rising over rivers and lava flows that cut across the plains and a deep and mysterious cloud forest on the crest of the green hills, this landscape is truly one of the great wilderness experiences anywhere.

The 5-star luxury African safari includes beautiful accommodation in your choice of suites, tented cottages or a private villa. Each room is decorated with a delicate touch of African themed and rustic elegance.

Your personal Maasai tracker and guide will take you through an endless array of beautiful landscapes and sundowner spots that will surely leave you breathless. The camp is limited to 16 guests at a time, to ensure that you always feel like you are exploring the wilderness exclusively. The camp caters for children of any age and there are two rooms close together ideal for families.

The camp offers a truly amazing array of activities that are authentic and will immerse you in the wilderness, wildlife and culture.

The camp offers scenic flights around Kilimanjaro and over the Chyulu Hills, visits to Tsavo and the famous hippos of Mzima Springs, an old-fashioned ‘fly camping’ tented overnight safari, horse-back riding, short or day long bush walks, transcendental meditation courses, and yoga classes, visits and presentations by conservation scientists at the nearby Chyulu Conservation and Research Centre….the list of things you will find nowhere else, goes on and on!

Campi ya Kanzi is truly the ultimate African safari holiday, a thrilling outdoor adventure of memorable wildlife encounters and authentic connection to the Maasai people.

“Barefoot luxury at its very best at this romantic lodge, arguably one of the best beach experiences in the whole of Africa!”

Manda Bay is a small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoiled, idyllic island in Lamu’s archipelago where you kick off your shoes and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm thatched cottages and open living spaces. Manda Bay is perfect for honeymooners, families and groups looking to enjoy time together. Whilst Manda Bay is unpretentious and perfect for those looking for a quiet getaway, many of the world’s rich, famous and star studded have often spent may days enjoying this small haven.

The rooms at Manda Bay are simple, comfortable and beautiful; each room personifies the concept of ‘barefoot luxury’, interiors are simple, cool and quiet. Each of the boutique rooms is handmade with local palm thatch, allowing the noise of the sea to send you to sleep. The bar, set on the beachfront allows for stunning views over the Indian ocean, and the barman is ready and waiting to make you the classic Kenyan drink, a Dawa (or in English, a ‘medicine’!) Escape the mid-day sun in the lodge’s library or games room, where guests can spend hours reading.

Activities at Manda Bay can keep even the most active guest busy for their whole stay. At Manda Bay, activities available include: sailing, kayaking, wind surfing, kite surfing, beach walks, guided tours around Manda island ruins, deep sea fishing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, banana boating, donating, line fishing, fly fishing, bottom fishing, snorkelling, visits to the cultural town of Lamu, Shela and Tawka ruins, swimming pool, table tennis, darts, pool table, yoga studio, gym and workout room. Get the picture?

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