NAIROBI - AMBOSELI - SAMBURU - MASAI MARA - NAIROBI
Day 1: Nairobi
Arrive at Nairobi International Airport where you are met and transferred to your hotel for overnight. The Norfolk Hotel or equivalent on bed and breakfast basis
Day 2: Amboseli National Park
Fly from Nairobi's private internal airport (Wilson Airport) to Tortilis airstrip in Amboseli National Park where you will be met by camp representative. Check into the ultra-luxurious Tortilis Tented Camp, which enjoys soaring views of the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro and has its own waterhole, which attracts large amounts of animals, particularly elephant. After lunch enjoy your first safari game drive in Amboseli with the chance of spotting large herds of elephant and plentiful plains game against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. On arrival back in camp, you may like to take a swim or visit the camp's ‘Bush Spa'. As the sun sets, enjoy exclusive sundowners overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro, followed by dinner. Overnight at Tortilis Camp on full board basis.
Day 3: Amboseli
Perhaps take an early morning Maasai-guided nature walk before or after breakfast. Alternatively take a morning game-drive in the park, which is an International Biosphere Reserve featuring the dried-out lake bed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah and lush green swamps. The plains offer numerous antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and the chance of spotting a lion, leopard or cheetah. Observation Hill, a conical peak, which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. After lunch (which can be taken as a picnic lunch on safari should you prefer), take another game-drive or a guided nature walk - or both - all are inclusive. Alternatively, visit an authentic Maasai village with displays of dance, song and cultural pursuits. Sundowners, which can be taken on safari or in the camp's Rondavel Bar, are followed by dinner. Overnight at Tortilis Camp on full board basis.
Day 4: Samburu/Shaba Game Reserve
After breakfast, fly from Amboseli to Nairobi Wilson Airport and connect with a flight to the Samburu National Reserve, where you will be met by your driver and safari vehicle. Take a brief game drive to arrive at Joy's Camp, named after Joy Adamson, author of ‘Born Free'. An elegant oasis in this wildly beautiful landscape, this exclusive 10-tent luxury camp is built on the site of Joy's own camp, where she raised the leopard ‘penny', the heroine of her last book. The camp overlooks a large natural spring, which attracts elephant, lion, buffalo, the rare desert species of Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and Grevy's zebra.
After lunch at the camp, enjoy an exclusive game drive in the Shaba Reserve. Vast, magnificent and still largely unexplored, Shaba offers an evocative cocktail of uniquely contrasting habitats, veering from stark cliffs and boulder-strewn scarps to lush swamps and muddy sandbanks. It is also famous for its large prides of lion and herds of elephant. Return to camp in time for a swim in the camp's luxury pool or ‘sundowner' cocktails, which can either be taken on your private veranda, in the camp's panoramic bar, or in a scenic location in the bush. Return to the camp for dinner.Overnight at Joy's Camp on full board basis.
Day 5: Samburu / Shaba Game reserve
With a whole day in Shaba, your options are wide; the camp offers morning, afternoon and night game drives; guided nature walks and cultural visits. Shaba itself is physically dramatic featuring rocky battlements, dry river beds, extensive thorn shrub and the backdrop of the distant hills of the Northern Frontier District. As for wildlife, the area provides one of the few sanctuaries in Kenya for the endangered Grevy's zebra, the rare Beisa oryx and the blue-shanked Somali ostrich, whilst large herds of elephant roam the hills. All meals are provided in camp, or you can choose to take a picnic lunch or breakfast. Sundowner cocktails are offered in a scenic ‘bush' location, arriving back in camp in time for dinner. Night game drives can be taken after dinner should you wish. Overnight at Joy's Camp on full board basis.
Day 6: Masai Mara
After breakfast the safari continues with transfer to the airstrip for your flight direct to the Masai Mara National Reserve where you will be met by your camp representative, who will take you to Saruni Mara Camp.
After lunch, relax, take a guided nature walk, or take a game-drive in this world-famous reserve. Offering an abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya's famous ‘big cats' and hosts her largest population of lions. It also offers the best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena. Sundowners can be taken in camp or in a scenic location and are followed by dinner.
Overnight at Saruni Camp on full board basis.
Day 7: Masai Mara
With a full day in the Mara, your options are wide. Morning and afternoon game drives are offered as are guided nature walks or ornithological tours. Lunch can be taken ‘on safari' if you wish, as can sundowners. Dinner is served in camp.
Historically teaming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander the plains; also for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-colored topi, Coke's hartebeest, Grant's and Thomson's gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk's dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck and red duiker. The Reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. There are over 550 resident and migratory species of birds. Overnight at Saruni Camp on full board basis.
Day 8: Masai Mara to Nairobi
After breakfast in camp, transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi's Wilson Airport, where you will be met and escorted either to a city hotel or direct to the international airport (depending on your flight schedule). An optional day room can be reserved for you to relax and freshen up before you are transferred to the airport.