The Ultimate Kenyan Safari
Experience Kenya’s big game and get close to the rich Maasai culture and people
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Game drives lead by specialist guides on safari
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Kenya is famous for its wildlife and it is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to safari. Explore its vast national parks and get an insight into Maasai culture on this incredible 15-day adventure.
After a night in Nairobi you will swiftly make tracks to the Chyulu Hills, located between Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks. The black lava flow from the volcanic mountains has created a stunning backdrop to the game-rich plains. Flocks of birds flit through the skies and the elephants here are said to have some of the largest tusks in East Africa.
From here you will venture to the Lewa Conservancies, one of the best places to spot black rhino. Enjoy making your acquaintance with the animals on day and night game drives, and if you fancy really getting close to your surroundings, then there is the option to take part in guided bush walks.
Your next wildlife encounter will be in the Solio Reserve, exploring the vast plains, forest glades and lakes. From here you will make your way to the famous Masai Mara and the Mara Conservancies where your safari adventure continues and you’ll be exposed to an eye-opening volume of game.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Nairobi airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Nairobi
Accommodation in Nairobi
- 10 Luxury Manor Bedrooms
- Wireless Internet Access
Originally build in the 1930s, Giraffe Manor is ideally located in south west Nairobi, just 20 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Situated in one of Nairobi’s most beautiful suburbs, this beautiful Manor House is located on 140 acres of pristine sanctuary land. Perfect for a quick stopover in the capital city, with an extra quirkiness to add to the convenience. This lovely Manor is home to eight endangered Rothschild giraffes that make daily visits to the house and politely ask guests for snacks! This up-close experience is remarkably enchanting and a great way to begin or finish your safari in Kenya. The opportunity to visit a handful of local attractions such as the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Nyumbani Children’s Orphanage and the Karen Blixen museum (among others) are also available and a great way to explore Nairobi in more detail. The style of this boutique hotel is modelled on a Scottish hunting lodge with a modern touch. The main Manor house has just six en-suite luxury bedrooms, each with its own character and very tastefully decorated. Four brand new luxury bedrooms have just opened in the garden manor and allow for a different view of these pretty grounds. Each room is very comfortable, with subtle warm colours that give a very homely feel. Grand, four poster beds and large windows give an airy quality that allows you to simply relax and enjoy your time in Nairobi without the hustle and bustle of city life. Giraffe Manor is well known for the excellent cuisine offered, with meals taken in the wood panelled dining room overlooking the gardens. Breakfast is the most important part of your experience here, as this is when the Giraffe are their most inquisitive!
- Eight rooms
- Living room
Located in the peaceful Langata suburb is One Forty Eight Nairobi, a beautiful boutique hotel right next to Nairobi’s Giraffe Sanctuary. There are just eight bedrooms, split across the main house and a converted artist’s studio. Local artwork and fabrics add splashes of colour and many of the rooms feature flooring and furniture made from beautiful dark wood. For families, there is a loft room with three beds – perfect for the kids. Both the main house and the studio have a living area with a large open fireplace where guests can enjoy a morning coffee or glass of wine. Head out to the verandah and enjoy al fresco dining and enjoy the leafy green surrounds. Although you are in the city, warthogs, monkeys and peacocks roam freely through the garden and the roars of lions travel from the nearby Nairobi National Park.
- 45 Rooms
- Outdoor pool
- Health club & steam room
- Bar & lounge
Set between the Ngong Hills and Jamhuri Park, the Hemingways Nairobi is a boutique hotel far removed from the bustle of the capital. Expect excellent service and delicious food in this all-inclusive establishment. Choose from one of 45 lofty rooms furnished in a classic style; vaulted ceilings and balconies are complemented by exposed timber, cotton drapes and neutral tones. The two, 240 square metre themed-suites improve upon this with well-appointed living rooms, study and dining areas, opening to large terraces. All rooms have views either of the rolling hotel lawns or the Ngong hills in the distance. Dining at The Brasserie, you can enjoy a contemporary European menu boasting some of the best steak in Kenya and a relaxed ambiance. Head to The Dining Room for a more formal atmosphere and modern cuisine of local providence.
- 10 open plan cottages (doubles or twins)
- Swimming pool
- Open plan dining, bar and lounge
The Emakoko occupies an enviable position on the edge of Nairobi National Park on the Kitengela plains, being a 30-minute drive from both of Nairobi’s airports yet in a wild environment. There are 10 open plan cottages all with elevated views over the national park, and all with their own private outside deck, fireplace and ensuite bathrooms. A communal lounge, bar and dining area is where guests come together to eat, relax and talk about the days game drives or excursions into the city. Along with the lodge’s good service and high standard, the added allure is the lodge’s convenience to both airports which you get to and from by driving through the national park, and is a game drive in itself.
We've selected the very best hotels and lodges in Nairobi from which you can chose. This means you'll have a very relaxing and comfortable stay in the best part of town, refreshed and ready to continue your onward journey.
Private transfer to Wilson airport
Flight from Nairobi to the Chyulu Hills
Transfer to your Chyulu Hills camp or lodge
Camps and lodges in Chyulu Hills
- Six luxury tents
- Two luxury suites
- A private exclusive house
Views over Mount Kilimanjaro. Rolling hills, and open plains. A community project with strong connections to the local Masai farmers. Campi ya Kanzi (camp of the hidden treasure) is truly a special experience. Located within the Mbirikani Group Ranch which extends over 283,000 acres of land, this lodge is a perfect complement to a Masai Mara game experience. The landscape is great for a variety of plains game and of course, is home to a whole Maasai community. There are just six en-suite luxury tented rooms in the camp, alongside two beautiful suites which are all raised up on wooden platforms with thatched roofs, keeping in line with the eco-feel of the lodge. The camp is actually centred around Tembo House which has a veranda overlooking the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro and the Tsavo Hills. Perfect for a relaxing evening, Tembo House is an open plan dining/living room constructed from local materials and is where you can enjoy your freshly prepared Italian or local cuisine. Kanzi House is an additional exclusive property which is absolutely private. With a maximum capacity of just ten per group, it is ideal for families and can cater for six adults and four children. With a large 18-metre swimming pool, Kanzi House offers an almost resort like experience that is in line with the eco-credentials that this lodge boasts. Your hosts, Antonella and Luca, are passionate about Kenya and are keen to give you a really unique experience. They have their own Cessna 206 which can be hired privately to get you to the lodge and boasts views that many scenic flights charge extra for.
- Eight luxury suites, including one two-bedroom family suite
- Private pools
- Private starbeds
- Swarovski binoculars in each suite
- Private vehicles with professional Canon camera equipment
- A Relais & Châteaux lodge
This remarkably special lodge sits in the heart of the 275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch on the slopes of Chyulu Hills National Park. No two rooms are the same, but each offers beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the waterhole. There are starbeds set up atop each suite for nights spent under the starry sky. Earthy tones characterise the interiors, with flashes of colour, wildlife photography and local craftwork adding style and personality. En-suite bathrooms feature with flush loos, indoor and outdoor showers, a deep stone tub and double basins. The main lodge features a lounge with a large stone fireplace, a small library, extensive verandah and dining room. There is also an infinity pool, perfect for sinking into at the end of the day or to cool off in the midday heat. The lodge has a strong and healthy relationship with the local Maasai population with whom they share the land. The ranch is owned by 4,000 Maasai and is leased from them, with the lease fee and the conservancy fee being fed back into the community. Due to its location, the possibilities to explore the land are endless. Guided bush walks are very popular and offer insight to the fine details of the African bush. It is also possible to venture farther afield on horseback or bike. An open-air hide enables guets to get close to the game in the area and game drives are available early morning and late afternoon.
Located right between the Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks, the Chyulu Hills are often proclaimed to be among the youngest volcanic mountains in the world. Their black lava flow has helped shape them into a stunning sight in the backdrop of a plains game paradise. Bird life here is prolific and the elephants have some of the largest tusks found in East Africa. There are also excellent community projects with the local Masaai, making 'the Chyulus' an excellent place to relax, enjoy the scenery and interact with local culture and wildlife.
Transfer to Tsavo airstrip
Flight from Tsavo to Wilson
Flight from Wilson to Lewa
Transfer from the airport to your lodge in Lewa
Lodges in Lewa
- Eight cottages
- Tennis court
- Horizon saltwater swimming pool
Family run and cared for, this lodge invites you to be a part of the lives of the Craig family who will host you during your stay here. A beautiful retreat surrounded by trees and located within the 62,000 acre Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Lewa Wilderness has just eight individually decorated cottages with private sitting areas and verandas looking over the vast landscape. The fire places in each room add to the homely feel of the place and for those who want to be outdoors more often than in, the tennis court and swimming pool are ideal ways to get some energy out. The reserve is home to some wonderful game, and helps the conservation efforts of black rhino that browse the region in larger numbers than elsewhere in East Africa. Lion, leopard and elephant can often be seen sipping from the small wooded valley river that flows past the lodge throughout the year and provides an excellent source for prime game viewing. If you are feeling more adventurous than most, ‘Walking Wild’ is an activity that lets you explore the wild and remote Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in the safety of a team of expert guides. Sleeping a maximum of eight, you head off on a genuine mobile safari lead by camels and each tent has its own private toilet and shower ‘room’ that adds a ‘glamping’ element to this remarkably wild experience. Three to five night options are available.
- Four Luxury Tents
- Sirikoi Cottage: secluded two bedroom cottage
- Sirikoi House: exclusive three bedroom private house
Sirikoi is a beautiful lodge surrounded by 7,000 acres of the private Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Conservation conscious individuals will love this place. There is a very strong theme of community and wildlife conservation and the lodge boasts claims to assisting the growth of buffalo numbers in the area. The big five roam freely and with over 100 rhino you are highly likely to tick them off on a stay here. Bird lovers can enjoy over 350 species including the Somali ostrich and the fantastic Kori bustard. Each of the four luxury tented rooms have a private veranda overlooking a waterhole that attracts a lot of game; this lodge is ideal for some relaxing game experiences. Each room has its own sitting area and provides a great space to spend an afternoon completely uninterrupted except by the creatures converging below. The Sirikoi Cottage has enough space for five to live comfortably and for true exclusive use, Sirikoi House is also on offer. This three bedroom entirely private house has a main dining and sitting room, large veranda and exclusive use of its own vehicle.
Take in Kenya’s stunning Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and some of Africa’s best rhino safaris. Your time here will be spent enjoying day and night game drives to spot the varying wildlife, horse riding, camel trekking, bush walks as well as archaeological site excursions and lectures on the history of conservancy, which this catchment is known for.
Flight to Nanyuki
Transfer to your lodge in the Solio Reserve
Lodges in the Solio Reserve
- Five luxury cottages
- Lounge and bar
- WiFi access at lodge
- Spa services available on request
The only property nestled within a 19,000 acre private wildlife sanctuary and surrounded by the 45,000 acres of the wider Solio Ranch, Solio Lodge’s location is idyllic, with sweeping views across the plains towards Mount Kenya, and when it comes to spotting rhino, you’re in prime position. The lodge features five glass-fronted cottages made from stone and thatch, each with an open fireplace and a large patio, ideal for armchair game viewing and private meals. One of the cottages has two en-suite bedrooms, making it ideal for families. There is a communal mess area where guests can relax with a glass of wine and a good book, and look out across the Solio Reserve. The grounds are home to a kitchen garden where vegetables and herbs are harvested and used in the lodge’s sophisticated menu. Of course, the big draw in Solio is the opportunity to see black and white rhino. The breeding programme here is one of the most successful of its kind and being able to witness these conservation efforts in person is a wonderful experience. As well as rhino, the reserve is home to giraffes, impalas, zebras, buffalos as well as larger predators such as lions and leopards. As well as morning and afternoon game drives, guests can enjoy horse riding, cycling, visits to the local communities and coffee farm or go trout fishing in nearby Aberdere National Park.
Set in the lush foothills of the Aberdares and close to Mount Kenya, this area is the premier place to see Black Rhino in Kenya and other types of game. Your travel designer will be able to inform you about the activities on offer in this area of Kenya.
Transfer to Nanyuki airport
Flight to Mara
Transfer to your camp in the Masai Mara
Camps in the Masai Mara
- 7 Luxury Tents
If you want to see a river crossing, Naibor Camp is strategically placed to give you one. Perched on the banks of the Talek River, this camp offers you real luxury in the heart of the Mara and is a prime location for the migration which passes through the reserve each July through to October. With only 7 large and open canvas tents, you will be perfectly placed so that you can enjoy the surrounding woodland in privacy and comfort. Day beds are neatly positioned on your own veranda, ideal for an afternoon siesta. The main ‘mess’ tent has sofas where you can simply relax in the afternoons before you embark on your game viewing activity and is great in the evenings for a post-safari chat around the fire. Game in this area is overwhelming in numbers, even when the migration is nowhere in sight. Game thrives in this lush ecosystem and draws in some really fierce predators who stay healthy on the herds of plains game that call this their home. With the Talek River on your doorstep, you will hear the sounds of the wildlife that are drawn to the waters and even be able to witness it without any effort whatsoever. Bliss.
- Nine tents
Rekero is a peaceful nine-tent camp that lies in the heart of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, on the banks of the Talek River. The camp is spread down the river from a large bend in the river to an ancient wildebeest crossing point which sits in front of a large mess tent. The interiors are spacious with comfortable beds and each tent enjoys river views from the veranda. The rear of the tent leads to a tented bathroom with a flush toilet, a sink and a safari shower. A team of safari chefs prepare fresh and tasty home-style meals for guests during their stay. Meals are enjoyed out on game drives, by the water’s edge under the shade of an African Pepper tree or by candlelight in the open mess tent higher up the bank. The area plays host not only to an extraordinary concentration and diversity of wildlife but also to one of mother nature’s greatest spectacles: the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra across the Serengeti/Mara eco system. Even when the migration is not here, there is plenty of resident game to ensure that even in low season it is still one of the finest wildlife locations in Africa. Rekero’s bush guides are widely recognised to be among the best in East Africa. They undergo a long period of professional training beyond the learning of guiding skills to fully understand the complexity and demands of delivering quality service at the very highest level. Game drives in the park are all done in the company of these experts who can also share their culture in this extraordinary setting.
Spend your time exploring the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve with morning and afternoon games drives. During the Migration season you'll also be on the look out for the infamous river crossings.
Transfer to your camp in the Mara Conservancies
Camps in the Mara Conservanices
- 6 Traditional Tents
- 4 doubles/twins and 2 family tents
- Power by solar lamps and hurricane lamps in the tents. Lamps & candles in the mess tent. Approximately 4 hours per day of generator power in the office (for charging cameras and phones)
Not within the Maasai Mara Reserve itself, but just north in the North Mara Conservancy, Offbeat Mara offers you the chance to have all the game experience of the popular reserve but with less of the traffic. With 74,000 acres of excellent game sustaining land on your doorstep, you have the relatively exclusive pick of the bunch here. Not far from camp are spots where wildebeest attempt their often fatal river crossings and you will have front row seats. The wildlife around the lodge include four of the big five, and lions can be heard off in the distance as you enjoy your evening meal in the very spacious main dining area while you recount the day’s viewing. With only six safari tents to cater for, the staff here have a lot of time and attention to give you, adding detail to your safari that might otherwise go amiss. Furnished in a traditional safari fashion and with a comfort that seems so unlikely in a bush environment, you can fall peacefully into slumber while you are taken care of in all aspects of your safari. When you aren’t making the most of the spectacular game drives, you can visit a rhino sanctuary to tick off the final of the big five or have a cultural experience by visiting a genuine Maasai village.
- 6 Safari Tents
- 2 Guide Tents
- Solar Power
Richard’s Forest Camp is an excellent safari under canvas experience. Located in the Northern Area of the Greater Masai Mara, Richard’s Forest Camp started out as a family home for the Robert’s Family, and Richard himself was brought up in camp. Today, the comfortable tents offer a traditional safari experience with excellent guiding from the local Masai. Positioned on the edge of a forest overlooking the open plains of the Maasai Mara, Richard’s Forest Camp is a secluded and intimate tented camp. There are seven spacious tents furnished in a comfortable safari style in a pleasant wooded area. Tents have 24-hour solar lighting and en-suite bathrooms with flushing loos. After a day of game viewing with the camp’s exceptional guides, enjoy hot showers and cocktails around the open camp fire, followed by a delicious three course dinner under a canopy of stars. If the evening is a little chillier than normal, curl up in the cosy sitting room with a roaring log fire.
- 14 canvas pavilions
- Swimming pool
- Organic gardens
- Mini spa
- Kids club
Olonana is located on a private section of the Mara River, offering you spectacular views of the animals as they wander down the banks each day. Fourteen canvas pavilions are dotted along the river, each one extremely spacious with parquet flooring and four poster beds. With a modern spin this lodge has a library that you can enjoy and it even has a pool for an afternoon dip. And, if you feel like you need some extra pampering, you could wander down to the mini spa for some traditional African treatments with the bush as your soundtrack. Besides the usual fantastic game drives where you can see the big five and more than 300 bird species, you will also have the chance to enjoy a nature work outside the reserve. These are hugely educational and your guides will point out the most remarkable things, from animal tracks and spoor to sights where lions have marked their territory. As the lands are not only home to game, you can also visit a Maasai village for some cultural insight into the traditional lives that these remarkable people lead. This is a fabulous camp for families as there is a kids club and a range of special activities. Expert guides will take children out on game drives and accompany them to the nearby Maasai village where they will learn how to make and shoot a traditional bow and arrow, make a fire, build a hut, herding cattle to name a few. Kids will also be able to interact with the local children while playing football together, learn Maasai songs and traditional dances. Other activities include going out on a nature trail where they will learn about animal footprint identification or enjoy a bush treasure hunt followed by planting their own tree.
- 7 Luxury Safari Tents
- Private vehicles with professional Canon camera equipment
- Swarovski binoculars and Canon camera equipment in each tent
- Relais & Châteaux member
Just north of the Maasai Mara Reserve, in the 30,000 acre private Olare Motorogi Conservancy, this Relais & Châteaux camp offers you outstanding game experiences without the restrictions that the reserve itself imposes on other lodges. This conservancy adds a huge plus factor due to the privacy and minimal vehicle traffic within it. You can easily access the Maasai Mara Reserve, but the game in the conservation area is just as excellent. Leopard are regularly spotted passing through the camp and lions can often be heard in the distance. The camp only has 7 canvas tents, each raised up on decks to improve the views over the stretch of land before you. The canvas tents all open to three sides giving an airy feel to your bush experience and are luxuriously and tastefully decorated. Private verandas are ideal for that ice cold gin and tonic while you relax with beautiful views. Two of the tents are on a common raised deck, which is perfect for families. The game drive vehicles are all completely open which helps you get some phenomenal photographs. In addition to the game, you mustn’t forget that you also have a community nearby that you can visit and witness a genuine working village. A truly marvellous experience.
- Six luxury safari tents, all ensuite
- One honeymoon tent, very spacious and with a large private verandah
- Four family safari tents, each with two ensuite bedrooms and a shared living area
- Swimming pool and spa
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is located within a beautiful community owned concession close to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and the Kenyan border, a timeless setting with incredible views over the game covered plains that surround it. The camp itself, unashamedly colonial in style with dark woods, swathes of canvas and antique pieces, is made up of ten tents, spaced out to ensure privacy. Of the ten, four are family suites with their own living rooms and fireplaces and there also a unique honeymoon suite. All have en suite showers and safari baths and showers can be set up in the savannah for unforgettable ablutions. Two main mess tents sit at the heart of Cottar’s with areas for fine dining, drinking, reading and relaxing. There’s also a swimming pool and spa. The Cottar family have decades of experience here and they count the highest number of Gold (the highest professional level) Safari Guides within one camp in Kenya, each chosen for their unique skill set and personalities, meaning a safari here, whether on foot or game drives, is always a fantastic. Cultural interaction with the local Maasai community, with whom the Cottars have worked in partnership with for years, is authentic and not at all touristy. The award-winning camp also has some of the highest ecotourism ratings going.
- Four tents
- Private guiding and vehicle
One of our favourite camps in Africa. Alex Walker’s Serian in the North Mara Conservancy is beautifully perched on the Mara River. Ngare Camp is made up of just four traditional style but luxurious tents set on wooden decks. What makes Serian stand out is that you will have a private guide and vehicle for the duration of your stay, this coupled with the quality of the local Masaai guides means that you are set for a truly exclusive experience in the Mara North Conservancy. Guests are able to take bush walks and night drives in the private area near the camp, allowing for a more ‘involved’ and exciting trip to the Mara. Alex has been guiding and organising expert safaris throughout East Africa for over 25 years and his keen enthusiasm for this wonderful land is reflected in his camps. Serian Mara’s tents have a comforting colonial feel to them, with furniture that depict that historical time. Spacious and airy with verandas to enjoy the passing wildlife drawn to the river, you have a really lovely area to simply relax in a stunning setting. Ideally situated in a high density game area, this camp is a luxurious way to spend your time in the Mara. With over 450 bird species that flock here year round, it will be difficult for you to ever be without some sort of wildlife in your immediate sights. Lion, leopard and cheetah are resident even when the migration have moved on, and provide some awesome photographic opportunities. Guests at Serian will receive exclusive use of a private safari vehicle and guide at no extra cost.
The Mara Conservancies surrounding the Masai Mara National Reserve offer visitors the ultimate safari: the lowest tourist densities; incredible day and night game viewing; walking safaris; and authentic cultural interactions. But above all, these Conservancies are managed according to a model that protects the delicate eco-system and benefits the landowners themselves – the Maasai people.
Transfer from your lodge to the airstrip in the Mara Conservancies
Light aircraft flight from Mara to Nairobi
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