On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by an andBeyond representative, 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 the night in a Superior Room at Giraffe Manor. Your stay includes all meals, house wines, house soft drinks, house beers, house spirits, laundry, wireless internet access and a private tour of the AFEW Giraffe Centre.
Laikipia Plateau Or Samburu National Park
Following your stay in Nairobi, you will have the opportunity to choose between an unforgettable safari in the Laikipia Plateau or in the Samburu National Park.
After a delicious breakfast you will be driven to Wilson Airport for your complimentary scheduled flight to Solio, usually via Nanyuki. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Solio Lodge.
Lying on the edge of Kenya’s Northern Frontier, the Laikipia Plateau stretches from the slopes of snow-capped Mount Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley. Laikipia boasts one of the largest elephant populations in East Africa and is one of the last strongholds of the endangered black rhino. Despite its scattered mosaic of farms and cattle ranches, it is essentially still a wilderness and a safari refuge supporting huge numbers of game. Two rivers, the Ewaso Ng’iro and Ewasa Narok, run through the area, attracting a rich variety of wildlife. Vast open plains in the shadow of Mount Kenya create a tranquil and secluded setting. A wild and romantic haven, Laikipia shelters not only the Big Five but a variety of rare and endangered species, including African wild dog, Grevy’s zebra and the semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope.
Night and day game drives offer a chance to see many species, including black and white rhino, leopard, lion, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and warthog, all from the unique rooftop seats of your private custom–built 4×4 vehicle. Step out of the vehicle and immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of the bush on guided walks. Imagine yourselves as Robert Redford and Meryl Streep riding off on safari as you step into the saddle and enjoy a leisurely horse ride around the ranching portion of the conservancy. Well worth the additional cost. The clear air and majestic scenery are the perfect backdrop for an active morning spent mountain biking in the safe ranch areas of the conservancy.
Spend 3 nights enjoying the vast array of safari experiences and the idyllic setting of Solio Ranch, one of Kenya’s top conservancies and rhino sanctuaries. All meals, house wines, house soft drinks, house beers, house spirits, laundry, bush breakfasts and sundowners are included.
Head further north, over the arid plains of central Kenya to the sweeping wilderness of Samburu. You will depart Giraffe Manor for Wilson Airport and board your complimentary scheduled flight to Samburu. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Sasaab.
Situated on the banks of the Ewaso Ngíro River, with its palm groves and dense forests, the Samburu National Reserve offers pristine wilderness and breathtaking surrounds. One of Kenya’s lesser-visited safari regions, this reserve promises exceptional game viewing in remote splendour. Sasaab Camp is situated above the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, in the arid heart of Samburu land. It’s a tranquil retreat that boasts sweeping views across the Laikipia Plateau towards Mount Kenya. The Moroccan style of the unique cottages lends itself to days spent enjoying the views and the breeze. Set on a pristine conservancy, Sasaab boasts an exceptional range of things to do, from walking with the Samburu to a romantic sundowner high above the sweeping plains. If you feel adventurous, try fly-camping on Sundowner Rock, with nothing but a sky awash with stars as your roof.
With its own resident game and the striking landscapes of the Samburu National Park nearby, game drives at Sasaab boast fantastic variety in both scenery and game viewing. Look out for the Samburu Five – gerenuk, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx and Grevy’s zebra.
With its dry climate and deep tranquillity, Sasaab is the perfect place to unwind with a soothing day in the spa, aptly named SpaSaab. The original, and still the best way to engage all your senses with the natural world, a guided safari walk brings all the wonder of the African bush home. Perch easily high on their backs of tall and stately Samburu camels, swaying with the gentle motion of their long strides during a leisurely camel walk. Take to the wild and spend a night with nothing but a mosquito net between you and a sweeping ocean of stars on a fly camping excursion out on the conservancy. Our team will gladly assist with rates and availability.
Unwind for 3 nights in a cottage at Sasaab. All meals, house wines, house soft drinks, house beers, house spirits, laundry, bush breakfasts and sundowners are included.
Masai Mara National Park
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge before heading to the airstrip. Your complimentary scheduled flight will be waiting to take you to the iconic Masai Mara.
The Masai Mara is Kenya’s most renowned game park, situated in the northern borders of the Serengeti. Its legendary seasonal 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.
During winter (June to September) and the migration months, the Mara becomes very busy and wildlife sightings become quite active, with vehicles gathering for a lion kill or potential river crossings. During the quieter summer months and the green season (when there are heavy rains, particularly between March and June), the reserve is much quieter and visitors feel as though they have the Mara to themselves. Although the big herds of the Great Migration have moved off by this time, the abundant resident game can still be seen and wildlife sightings still rival anywhere in the world.
This private section of the Mara is home to a variety of exceptional experiences, from an early morning balloon safari to a tranquil walk along the Oloololo escarpment, famously captured in Out of Africa. Follow the sweeping beam of the spotlight on a thrilling night drive or spend the day enjoying a lazy breakfast and an indulgent spa treatment or couple’s massage on the banks of the Mara River. Our team will gladly assist with rates and availability.
Spend 3 nights in a Superior View Tent at &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Camp. All of your delicious meals, tea and coffee, game drives and laundry are included. Opt for a supplement of USD35pppn to include local drinks, wines and spirits.
Today we bid you a fond farewell as you board your flight for your onward journey.