Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by a member of the Maasai Wanderings team who will drive you into vibrant Nairobi.
Kenya’s capital is one of the largest and most influential cities in Africa, an important commercial and financial hub. It is the port of entry for most travellers to Kenya and offers bustling markets, interesting history and numerous attractions. Named after a Maasai watering hole, “enkare nyarobi”, which means “place of cool waters”, Nairobi is known for its leafy streets and parks. The skyline, with towering skyscrapers and imposing architecture also draws one’s attention soon after arriving in the city.
Not-to-be-missed are visits to the city’s beautiful Uhuru Park and an informative excursion to the Karen Blixen Museum. Spend one night at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, a chance to recharge a little before heading out on safari the next morning.
After a delicious breakfast you will be driven to Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Lewa Airstrip, followed by a road transer to Sirikoi Lodge in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Sprawling over the Laikipia plains, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a prolific wildlife conservancy that is popular with celebrities, conservationists, writers and photographers. Lewa found recent media attention with stories of a blossoming Royal romance. Underpinning the glamorous magnetism of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a serious mission: a pioneering and pragmatic approach to conservation, founded in the 1970s that has developed into a thriving and globally recognised rhino conservation habitat.
Spend two nights at Sirikoi Lodge, enjoying the vast array of safari experiences on offer in Laikipia. As the sun chases the cool of the Laikipia night from the plains, awaken to friendly call of “Jambo!” from outside your room, and find steaming coffee waiting for you outside. Listen to the quiet swish of long grass against your trousers as the expert walking guide leads you through the quiet hours of the waking wilderness. Tuck in to a delicious late breakfast and plan the day ahead. Perhaps buckle up and let the powerful rotors of a helicopter sweep you up along the picturesque slopes of Mount Kenya.
Try out the guidebook Swahili and feel the delight of your guides as they grin and offer gentle corrections. Walk through a Maasai village and touch a culture that has remained intact for hundreds of years. Start up a powerful ATV, or, quad bike, and see things from an entirely different viewpoint. Connect with the hands-on conservation ethos of the conservancies, spend afternoons with rehabilitation programs, tracking and collaring initiatives or community trusts. Bid the sun farewell from a scenic spot, with an icy drink in hand. Dine out under the stars and perhaps opt to sleep out in a private lightweight camp with nothing but the African night above and around you.
After a wholesome breakfast you will be driven back to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. From the airstrip, you’ll embark on a game drive en route to your home for the next few nights.
The Masai Mara is Kenya’s most renowned game park, situated in the northern extension of the Serengeti. Its legendary Great Migration, of over two million wildebeest and other antelope, has been described as one of nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles – and an experience every safari enthusiast should witness at least once in their lifetime. Game viewing in this celebrated park is wonderful throughout the year, with virtually guaranteed sightings of the Big Five. The park takes its name from the Mara River, which flows through the reserve, and the Maasai people, a tribe whose red dress and proud demeanour have ensured they are probably Kenya’s best-known (and most-photographed) people.
Spend three nights at Angama Mara Luxury Tented Camp in the fabled Masai Mara, where the plains are dotted with iconic umbrella thorn trees and watched over by tall Maasai in their distinctive red clothing. Perch comfortably on the high seat of the 4×4 as the guide interprets each sighting of the abundant resident game. Gape in astonishment at the endless, seething mass of the great migration and feel your pulse race during the madcap rush of a river crossing. Spend endless happy hours trying to fit it all into a photograph.
Follow an expert walking guide and listen as your footsteps rustle softly through the grass. Mumble a polite “Jambo” and shake hands with a beaming Maasai Moran before he shows you around his village. Examine the exquisite craftsmanship of a beaded necklace just perfect to take home. Savour the thrill of a unique night-drive sighting, framed in the glowing beam of the spotlight. Rise before the sun then rise to meet it on the silent, effortless ascent of a hot-air balloon. Watch as the dawn turns the plains to gold and the expert pilot drifts the balloon smoothly over inquisitive game and winding watercourses. Lift your face to the last rays of the setting sun, feel the warmth of the cooling engine at your back and sip a refreshing sundowner as the sun sets on another full day in Africa.
Enjoy an early morning game drive and breakfast before we wave a fond farewell as you make your way back to the airstrip. From here, you will board your scheduled flight to Wilson Airport, where you will be picked up by a member of Maasai Wanderings team who will drive you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, for your onward flight.