Day 1: Arrive Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya! You will be met upon arrival at Nairobi International Airport and be transferred to The Emakoko, on the edge of the Nairobi National Park, for dinner and overnight.

The Emakoko

Two nights at The Emakoko in one family suite and two suites. All meals, local drinks and laundry.

Day 2: Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Center

Enjoy breakfast at your lodge and perhaps a morning game drive if you so choose, then head out for an exceptional wildlife experience at an elephant and rhino orphanage and 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 Center, 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.

Afterwards you will be transferred to one of our favorite local restaurants for lunch and then you may choose to return to your lodge or visit the Kazuri Beading Factory for some shopping! Each bead is shaped by hand, by one of the 350 local women employed by Kazuri. The beads are then polished and kiln fired, painted and fired again before being strung into a necklace or earrings. If time permits this afternoon you can head out on a game drive in Nairobi National Park..

Day 3, 4 & 5: Ol Malo

This morning you will be picked up at The Emakoko and transferred to Wilson Airport for the flight north to Ol Malo, "the place of the greater kudu". You will be met upon arrival at the airstrip by your private guide and transferred to your exclusive house for three nights. Ol Malo is a privately-owned family ranch and game sanctuary in Kenya’s wild Northern Laikipia Province, the heartland of the Samburu tribe. The 5000-acre property of Ol Malo borders the Waso Nyiro River to the East and Africa’s savannah plains to the West. It was an overgrazed cattle ranch that was soon to become one of Kenya’s most pristine conservation areas. eing a family owned and operated ranch there is endless fun to be had from game drives and picnics to riding, walking, fishing, medicinal plant walks and learning how to survive like a Samburu…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Kick off your shoes and relax in your own personal bush home, experiencing Kenyan life as we live it at whatever pace you choose.

Walking, running, mountain biking; there are lots of ways to get some exercise and enjoy the bush. Kids can stroll on the plains and learn about spiders & stitching ants while their parents break out a sweat on an energetic walk. Or even better why not run with a Samburu warrior as you’re pace maker! For those who don’t walk, our infamous ‘roof seat’ cars are perfect for game viewing, both day and night. Enjoy horseback riding for all ages and levels from novice to advanced or see Africa from a different vantage point - on top of a camel! Spend a romantic night in the tree house under a blanket of stars; sleep in the leopard blind and listen to the noises of the night or fly camp on the river, lulled to sleep by an orchestra of frogs.

In the heart of Samburuland Ol Malo works closely with the Samburu Tribe through the Samburu Trust to ensure their traditions survive in a changing world. In return for this they invite our guests out to see some of their traditional ways. Visit a ‘manyatta,’ to see their way of life and if you’re lucky watch warriors gather to dance. The Samburu Trust beading workshop gives the Samburu Mamas a way to support their families and develop their artwork. Admire the intricate beadwork at the workshop, pull up a cow-skin and try your hand at it. Ol Malo is home to the Samburu Trusts’ first Nomad school. Take a peek at the Waldorf education system and join the kids on their walk to school.

Ol Malo House

Three nights exclusive use of Ol Malo House. All meals, local drinks, laundry and private guide included.

Day 6, 7 & 8: Masai Mara

Bid your Samburu guides and the Francombe family farewell and return to the airstrip for the flight to the heart of the famous Masai Mara. There you will be met by your private guide and transferred to Cottar's Bush Villa for the final three nights of your African adventure. The Villa and it's sister camp have their own 6,000 acre private conservancy and situated one kilometer from the Masai Mara game reserve. The location provides easy access for day and night game drives to the Masai Mara game reserve and the conservancy, game walks, and cultural interactions with the Masai community.

No other place on earth compares with the multitudes of wild animals found in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, part of the vast Serengeti eco-system spanning Kenya and Tanzania. During the summer months (approximately July–September), the Great Migration comprised of 1.5 million wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebra make the Maasai Mara their home. Here herds of zebra, wildebeest, and topi mingle on the short grass plains keeping an eye out for numerous predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. Maasai giraffe and impala graze in the woodlands and hippos and crocodiles bask along the shores of the Talek and Mara Rivers.

Cottar's Bush Villa

Three nights exclusive use of Cottar's Bush Villa. All meals, local drinks, laundry and private guide included.

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Day 9: Depart

After breakfast, enjoy a game drive on route to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi. You will be met on arrival at Wilson Airport and transferred to The Emakoko in time for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a game drive in the park, returning to your lodge for a early dinner and this evening you will be transferred to the Nairobi International airport for your departing flights home.

Rates - 2016: Group of 8 Traveling Together
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
March $7,010.00 Child Discount ages 6-15 years: save $500
January-February, June $8,320.00 Child Discount ages 6-15 years: save $500
September 16-October $8,840.00 Child Discount ages 6-15 years: save $500
July-September 15 $9,190.00 Child Discount ages 6-15 years: save $500
Please call for pricing for groups of 6-7 and 9-10 people. Ol Malo House is closed April-May and November so please call for alternative accommodations for travel during those months.
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