Kenya’s Timeless Beauty
- Iconic views of Mount Kilimanjaro
- Great elephant herds of Amboseli
- Expertly guided walking safaris under endless skies
- The timeless beauty of Laikipia
- Chances to discover the Big Five and the Great Wildebeest Migration
- Otherworldly Maasai Village visit
- Options for hot air balloon, horseback, bush dinners, and more
- Lodging in optimal and secluded locations brimming with romantic charm
“There is language going on out there—the language of the wild. Roars, snorts, trumpets, squeals, whoops, and chirps all have meaning derived over eons of expression… We have yet to become fluent in the language—and music—of the wild.”
Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi
Days 2-3: Amboseli
Amboseli is quintessential Africa, with its large elephant herds and views of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, looming in the distance. It is also the home of the legendary Maasai Tribe who tend their cattle and live in villages just on the outskirts of Amboseli’s boundaries. Game is easy to spot and the large tuskers are so accustomed to vehicles that you can come quite close! You may see herds of up to 100 elephants who can be found drinking in one of the permanent springs in the swampland. Keep your eyes trained and you might see lions, cheetahs, warthogs, baboons, jackals, hyenas, and flamingos, among others. Amboseli is the second most visited park in Kenya only after Maasai Mara and it is small enough and flat enough that you will get to explore most of the park. Mostly open country, there is good visibility over the plains although Kilimanjaro—with its base at the Tanzanian border—is often shrouded in clouds. Dawn and dusk are the best times to see the mountain looming in the distance and, with some luck, elephants will pass by at just the right time for you to photograph them with colossal Kilimanjaro as the backdrop. The marshes in Amboseli are permanent and allow for hippos to remain all year. There is prolific birdlife in Amboseli with over 400 species identified.
Days 4-6: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Laikipia Plateau
Located on the vast Laikipia plateau, one of Kenya’s biggest stretches of wilderness and Africa’s most successful wildlife conservation area, Laikipia has more endangered species than anywhere else in all of East Africa. Ten percent of the entire endangered black rhino population and fourteen percent of the white rhino population in Kenya live in Lewa because of its unprecedented conservation efforts. You have the chance to see the Big Five during your time at Lewa in addition to many unique animals seldom found elsewhere, including the endangered Grevy’s zebra, blue-legged Solami ostrich, reticulated giraffe, giraffe-necked gerenuk, and the elusive wild dog. There are few things quite as thrilling as tracking lions or leopards with your expert safari guide and seeing elephants drinking at a watering hole or a tower of giraffes meandering by. You can opt to go on a camelback safari, which is another way to have an exciting experience up close and personal. Lewa Conservancy was transformed from a sprawling cattle ranch into a conservation area by conscientious landowners who believed in working closely with the region’s communities. During your time at Lewa, you will gain insight into the conservancy’s efforts and enjoy an abundance of exciting activities.
Days 7-9: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
“The Mara” is known for its great herds of plains game, like black-maned lions, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants, as well as virtually every other kind of animal found in Kenya. Highlights during our time here include phenomenal game viewing, a walk along the banks of The Mara River—where hippos and crocodiles are often seen in great numbers—and exploring the optional activities in The Mara, which include bush dinners and sundowners, visits to a local school and other cultural experiences, and of course the legendary early morning hot air balloon safaris over The Mara, among others. Culturally, the reserve is extraordinary because of the proud and colorful Maasai who inhabit the area who cover themselves with their red cloaks, a sharp contrast to the earth tones all around you. The park is without a doubt one of the greatest safari destinations in Africa and you will have the best seats in the house. There is really no predicting what will happen next while on safari you are on safari nor what mind-blowing stories and photographs you will bring home with you. Maasai Mara—a vast savanna grassland, dotted with acacia trees, with rolling hills and breathtaking panoramas in every direction—is one of the best places in all of Africa to spot the Big Five.
Day 10: International flight onward
- All airport arrival welcomes and departure farewells with private transfers
- Double occupancy accommodations
- All meals
- Wildlife safari game-viewing drives
- Services of English-speaking guides and drivers
- All park and conservancy fees
- Membership in Flying Doctors Society
- All internal flights
- Customary tipping of guides
- Gratuities to lodge staff
- Bottled water while on safari
- Storage and organization of gear, baggage, and personal affects
- Services of our management team in the USA and Africa
- Guaranteed departures with just two guests
January 20 – January 29
February 17 – February 26
June 22 – July 1
July 18 – July 27
August 4 – August 13
August 18 – August 27
September 16 – September 25
October 3 – October 12
January 20 – January 29
February 16 – February 25
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