On African Safari, a Menagerie of Wonders
Explore the African Wild and the Frontiers of Amazing Service
Our East African Safari Experience takes you to the open plains and green hills of Kenya, where you'll interact in an incredibly intimate way with the wildlife and culture of this amazing area.
Marvel at the sunlight on the snow-capped hills of Mt. Kilimanjaro and elephants ambling toward watering holes. Look for wild game such as zebras, gazelles and wildebeests on grassy plains. And keep an eye out for cheetahs and lions, too.
In these private game reserves, you can also enjoy unexpected activities like mountain biking, horseback safaris and a hot air balloon ride over the African savannah. Throughout your safari experience, you'll enjoy comfortable lodge and permanent tented accommodations with private attached baths.
You'll be amazed at how closely you can view Africa's breathtaking wildlife, and you'll also experience the lifestyle of the Maasai people. Guides will introduce you to Africa and its wildlife with bike safaris, hot air balloon rides, jeep tours, horseback rides, tracking with bloodhounds and more.
Exploring the African Countryside - A 10-day Itinerary
We've fully vetted this experience and left no detail to chance. It's easy to book, all activities and meals are pre-arranged, and your comfort and safety are accounted for at every step.
Kenya is a year-round destination and offers something different throughout the year:
January to February is hot and dry and the animals gather round the water sources making for easy game viewing.
March to May is the green season and for some, this is the best time to travel - the rain is usually in short showers with bursts of sunshine in between, making everything refreshingly beautiful and green.
July to September are the country's coolest months, and the famous wildebeest migration is traditionally present in Kenya around this time.
October to January is also a delightful time to visit Kenya and compares to springtime; the days are warm and the evenings cool.
You'll depart on an overnight flight, likely connect through Europe, and arrive in Nairobi the following evening. You'll be personally greeted just outside customs at the international airport (NBO) and transported via safari Landcruiser to your boutique hotel in Nairobi.
Your hotel, the House of Waine, sits snugly in a district known as Karen, after the famous Out of Africa author of the same name. She had her coffee farm nearby and in fact, if you fancy, there is a little museum there which is worth having a wander around. The boutique hotel has just 11 rooms and features a swimming pool that is perfect for relaxing after your flight.
A short morning flight will take you to the Chyulu Hills, a backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and your private villa suite at Ol Donyo Lodge. Your comfortable accommodations include a private plunge pool, lounge, verandah, indoor and outdoor showers, and rooftop "star bed" to gaze up at the night sky. You can enjoy coffee or tea in your room each morning, picnic or poolside lunches, and candlelit group dinners. During the days, you might explore the African savannah with expert guides by horseback, land rover, and on foot. Keep your eyes wide for oryx, gazelles, gerenuks, zebras, elands, giraffes and wildebeests, as well as cheetahs and lions.
There's also a swimming pool at the lodge if you want to take a dip. In the evening, relax with a sky full of stars and the ever-present sounds of the African night.
After breakfast, you'll take a short morning flight to Nairobi and then to the camp at Maasai Mara Game Reserve. With only seven tented rooms -- each with sweeping views -- this is a very personal and upscale camp experience. The Mara Plains Camp is located on the northern border of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in the 30,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy. Mara Plains Camp is a small, high-quality, seven-roomed camp under canvas and on raised decks with sweeping views across Kenya's notable savannahs. It is among the smallest and most personal camps in the Maasai Mara region, offering incredible wildlife viewing away from the crowds.
You'll set out on twice-daily game drives to see the wildlife that resides here, including lions, leopards, hyenas, and cheetahs, and also sunbathing crocodiles, massive hippos and elephants, and much more. Venture into the bush on foot with a tracker, spot nocturnal creatures on nighttime game drives, and get to know the local Maasai people and their rich culture.
A late morning flight to Nairobi takes you to a dayroom at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. You can relax there or explore the area for shopping and dining with a pre-arranged private guide (for a fee). You'll be transported to the airport that evening for an overnight flight, and will arrive in the U.S. the following day.