You will be met upon arrival after passing through customs and immigration at Nairobi International Airport and meet your transfer to Giraffe Manor. This evening you have dinner and overnight in a superior room in the garden wing of the manor.
On day 2, enjoy breakfast this morning, which you may share with the resident giraffes through the windows, before heading out for an exceptional wildlife experience at an elephant and rhino orphanage followed by a visit to a sanctuary for endangered giraffes. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most unique elephant & rhino relocation program in the world. Based in Nairobi, The Sheldrick Trust opens its doors to the public to view the orphans between 11 am to 12 pm. You will have lunch at the Karen Blixen Estate and visit the museum there before visiting The Giraffe Centre, home to the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe. The center gives visitors a chance to interact with the giraffes. Both the Sheldrick Trust and Giraffe center allow visitors to get up close and personal with these incredible creatures, an absolute must for anyone passing through Nairobi. Return to Giraffe Manor for the rest of the afternoon and overnight. All meals included.
This morning you will rise early for the transfer to the regional Nairobi Wilson Airport for the short light aircraft flight to Amboseli National Park. On arrival in the park, you will be picked up by your Tortilis Camp guide and head straight onto a game drive on the way to your camp: the perfect opportunity to get a taste of the safari life you will be living over the coming days. After checking in and exploring the many ‘hidden gems’ of the lodge, pre-dinner drinks at the lodge provide a welcome rest before dinner is served under the stars. Your elegant safari lodge, nestled on a hillside on its own private conservancy, offers extraordinary views across the open plains to the world’s tallest free standing mountain; Mt Kilimanjaro.
The following day you will explore on a morning game drive. The parks fragile ecosystem supports a variety of game and is famous for its large herds of elephant. Swamps and springs, fed by underground rivers from Kilimanjaro’s melting snow, offer a watering place for the wildlife and birds during the dry season.
Enjoy a relaxed afternoon and at around 3.30 PM, visit the Cynthia Moss research center (Amboseli Trust for Elephants) during the visit you are hosted by one of the researchers and are given information about the work and elephant behavior. Back at camp a piping hot shower awaits you before sitting down to dinner.
It’s an early start today as you enjoy a last breakfast before being transferred to the airstrip in time for your scheduled flight north to Laikipa (via Nairobi), which is considered the gateway to Kenya’s wild northern frontier country. You will arrive at Borana Lodge in time for lunch. The Borana Conservancy is a 35,000-acre ranch that is located in Kenya’s Northern Frontier, the Laikipia district. The non-profit conservation organization is dedicated to the sustainable conservation of critical habitat and wildlife. All profits are reinvested in the Conservancy. With the fence removed, the Lewa-Borana landscape has ensured creation of a vast private sanctuary and a connecting ecosystem which is beneficial for biological rhino management and other animal species. After a late lunch there is just enough time to escape the heat in the lodge’s pool before your evening game drive. As the sun begins to set, return to the lodge in time to watch sun set before washing off the dust followed by yet another mouth-watering meal and settling in for the night.
Borana Conservancy, Laikipia
Borana Ranch is teaming with wildlife and is used exclusively by guests staying at Borana Lodge making for an incredible safari experience. Continue game spotting from your breakfast table before enjoying a lazy afternoons by the pool. Alternatively, there are plenty of activities available including guided bush walks, horse riding, mountain biking, helping out on the ranch, accompanying the anti-poaching team on their daily rounds, spa treatments and cultural excursions (at additional cost). Late afternoon game drives leave the Lodge at around 4pm returning in time for showers and a delicious meal over which you have time to reflect on the days experiences.
Travelers are encouraged to join in for some hands-on experience with the fantastic conservation team at Borana. – Spend a couple of hours monitoring rhino and lion with the telemetry receivers – Tracking Rhino on foot with a team of scouts – Contribute to the Rhino photo portfolio – Identify lion using the whisker spot ID method – Take out the rhino ID sheets on a game drive and try to identify each rhino – Mountain bike along the fence lines checking voltages – Spend a morning or evening doing rounds to get a real insight into the working of the conservancy
Today you will return to the airstrip and fly south to the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. On landing in Africa’s most famous game reserve, you will be met by your guide and enjoy a short game drive as you make your way to Kicheche Bush Camp. Arriving at the camp, lunch will be prepared for you and hopefully there will be time for an afternoon siesta. An evening game drive is on offer, returning back at the camp for dinner. You have three days to explore.
The Olare Motorogi Conservancy is 33,000 acres of outstanding natural that directly borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The conservancy ensures a true wilderness experience with one of the lowest tourist densities in the Mara region. The area is teeming with wildebeest during the migration season and there are several prides of lions and many elephants. Endangered species such as rhino and wild dog are also evident. The conservancy applies the concept of community conservancies to enable local communities to live in harmony with the wildlife whilst also benefitting from a source of income from conservation.
Olare Motorogi, Masai Mara
The Maasai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. Acacia dotted plains, tree-lined rivers and woodlands are abundant with wildlife and an array of birdlife. Game viewing is spectacular year round; you may see a pride of lions stalking their prey, observe a herd of elephant and their fascinating social structure, or see pods of hippo wallowing in the rivers. The great wildebeest migration is one of nature’s wonders; an estimated two million animals migrate in a year-round pattern through Tanzania and Kenya, following the rain. Around July each year the huge herds begin dramatic river crossings and the grasslands of the Mara are covered by a mass of moving wildebeest, offering easy opportunity for crocodile and predators that are never far away. Explore this remarkable eco-system on daytime game drives with your camp guide.
Sadly on day 11 it’s time to depart. Bid farewell to the African wilderness as you will be transferred back to the airstrip, short game drive en route, in time for your scheduled flight back to Nairobi. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Ole Sereni Hotel, near the airport, where you have a day room until 6 PM to relax, repack and refresh before heading to the international airport to meet your departing flights. Breakfast included.