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Your 6-day adventure takes you from Nairobi National Park and the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to the wildlife spectacle of the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Masai Mara.

Begin at Nairobi Tented Camp, where you spend two nights under canvas within a unique national park on Nairobi’s doorstep. Look for endangered rhinos and pay a visit to the wonderful and moving elephant and rhino sanctuary. Next, fly to the fabled Masai Mara, where mobile Porini Bush Camp gives you a front-row seat to the teeming herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles as they migrate into the region.

Perfect for any wildlife enthusiast, this journey promises up-close and personal adventures with the wildlife of Kenya.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Witness the Great Migration
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing in conservancies
  • Visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Game drives & safari walks
  • Photograph game within sight of the city skyline
  • Mobile camp moves with the Migration
  • Dramatic river crossings & predator action

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Karibu Kenya

On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by your guide and taken to Nairobi Tented Camp. Within 10 minutes of leaving the airport, your game drive begins as you enter Nairobi National Park. Despite being close to the city, this reserve contains a multitude of big game and you keep your eyes peeled for a sighting of giraffes, buffalos or even lions lurking somewhere in the shade.

Arriving at the camp, you have time to enjoy a delicious lunch and settle into your canvas suite before your afternoon’s game drive.

In the golden light of the late afternoon, you venture out into the park, where the chance of spotting a rare rhinoceros is a very real possibility, and you have the unique opportunity to photograph African plains game with the skyscrapers of Nairobi in the background!

Returning to camp in the early evening, enjoy a scrumptious dinner by candle light before slipping off to bed, serenaded by the sounds of the African night outside.

Day 2

Baby elephant walk

Your morning game drive leads you to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where rescued orphaned elephants and rhinos from all over Kenya are cared for and rehabilitated before being released back into the wild. Arriving in time to witness feeding time, you are treated to the heart-warming sight of the tiny elephants being bottle-fed by their keepers. With only a rope separating you from them, you are able to closely observe their antics and playful behaviour. An informative talk by a staff member allows you to learn more about the plight of these amazing animals in the wild and the dangers that they face from the scourge of poaching. 

Day 3

Move with the Migration

After breakfast, depart Nairobi Tented Camp and drive to the airport for your flight to the Masai Mara. Your guide meets you at the airstrip and takes you for a game drive through the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, a private concession bordering the Mara, and soon you arrive at Porini Bush Camp. Designed on the principles of a mobile camp that moves with the herds, the camp leaves a light footprint without compromising on comfort. Open only during Migration season, Porini Bush Camp puts you in a front-row seat to witness the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth.

Between July and October, in excess of a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles gather on the plains of the Mara, having braved treacherous river crossings teeming with enormous crocodiles and a host of hungry predators that pursue them. They arrive en masse during this period to take advantage of the bounty of new grazing that the rains have stimulated in the preceding weeks, creating a scene of such wonder that few are left unmoved by the sight of rolling plains swarming with animals.

After you have settled into your suite, prepare yourself for your afternoon’s game drive into the conservancy. Your guide unlocks the secrets of this fascinating world with you, how the interconnecting web of life fits together, who depends on whom, and where the animals are to be found. Under the spell of the endless plains, you watch the herds on the move; find the lurking predators, wonder at the silent passage of a multitude of elephants. As the sun dips toward the horizon, your guide selects a scenic spot to stretch your legs, and a sundowner hamper appears. You stand gazing at an unending vista, cocktail in hand while the sun paints the sky in otherworldly colours, marvelling at the wildness and beauty of the moment.

Day 4

Explore exclusive conservancies

An early knock on your door delivers a freshly brewed hot drink. You sip it slowly, watching the light of dawn bring the world around you to life.

Setting off on your morning game drive, the pace is dictated by the sights and sounds that you encounter. The Ol Kinyei and Naibosho Conservancies are blessed with open savannah plains, riverine forests, springs, streams and rivers, rolling hills and spectacular views over the adjacent Mara. This stunning scenery forms the backdrop for encounters with the resident game that includes leopards and large lion prides. The Migration season creates a time of plenty for these predators, and the promise of sudden, thrilling action is never far away!

As the day warms up, you return to the camp to rest in the shade, not unlike the animals in the surrounding landscape.

Setting off in the coolness of the afternoon again, the palpable excitement of what you may encounter takes a hold you. Your guide’s knowledge and intuition here are key, coupled with an incredible familiarity with this environment and the animals within it. Knowing when a herd of elephants are heading for water, which mounds a cheetah may use as a lookout point or which thicket provides the leopard with a secluded den are all skills that come from a lifetime of experience, a life lived in these wide open spaces.

Day 5

Into the Mara

Sunrise sees you on your way into the Masai Mara itself, Kenya’s most famous reserve. Along with the teeming herds that cover the plains, you are also on the lookout for the Big 5 animals that are year-round residents of this ecosystem. The sheer abundance of animals is astonishing; where everywhere you look, there is life to be found. The endless struggle for survival is played out at every moment around you in sometimes graphic detail.

Selecting a tree on the horizon as a destination, your guide drives you to where you discover a picnic table set in its shade, a mouth-watering selection of dishes laid out for your enjoyment. As you take in this spectacular scene, sip on a chilled drink and indulge the appetite you have worked up in the morning’s excitement. Afterwards, relax in the shade as you daydream in the gentle breeze. Feeling refreshed, you then continue the adventure, letting nature dictate your pace as the afternoon wears on.

Exiting the Mara reserve in the late afternoon, you continue your game into the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, stopping for the now-familiar sundowner at a scenic spot. As dusk falls and the first stars appear, you begin a night drive back to camp. In the light of a spotlight, you look for nocturnal animals as they appear for an evening’s foraging and hunting: a hyena’s eyes glow red in the light as it moves in its peculiar lolloping gait across the path; a genet moves like quicksilver in the boughs of a tree, and you breathlessly wonder if you will encounter the prince of darkness: a leopard.

Day 6

Homeward bound

After a final hearty breakfast, bid Porini Bush Camp and the Mara farewell as you drive back to the airstrip. As you fly back to Nairobi, you gaze out the window at the endless and primal landscape below. Reminiscing on the adventures of the previous days, you recall the magical moments you have had- the sight of rhinos in the wild, the sunset over the Masai Mara’s magical plains... 

Inclusions

  • 2 nights accommodation at Nairobi Tented Camp on full board basis
  • 3 nights accommodation at Porini Bush Camp on full board basis
  • Day and night shared game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles with qualified guide and spotters
  • Excursion to Elephant Orphanage
  • Return airport transfers to Nairobi Tented Camp
  • Guided bush walks with Maasai warriors
  • Return airstrip transfers
  • Flights to and from Mara

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Aug 2016 - 30 Sep 2016 $3070
  • 01 Oct 2016 - 15 Oct 2016 $2850

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"This is a great safari for our adventurous travellers who want the best opportunity of seeing the migration combined with a truly authentic & uncrowded wilderness experience."

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