This 11-day Kenyan safari begins East Africa’s gateway city, Nairobi. Acclimatize overnight at the charming, family-owned House of Waine. This colonial era boutique hotel is set in 2½ glorious acres of lush landscaped gardens close to the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre.
The next morning, transfer to Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park. This lodges is built into the rocky crags above the George and Joy Adamson’s original campsite, the setting of the book and film “Born Free”. Its open-fronted cottages offer exquisite views and rhino are the main wildlife attraction. In addition to day and night drives, you can enjoy guided nature walks and rafting on the Tana River.
Your next stop is Joy’s Camp, named after Joy Adamson, and set in one of Kenya’s lesser known wilderness gems, Shaba National Reserve. This area was once home to Elsa, the lioness made famous in Joy’s novel. A lavish tented camp, Joy’s Camp overlooks natural springs that attract a steady flow of game, allowing for some superb armchair game viewing. Wildlife highlights include large lion prides and rare species like Grevy’s zebra and Somali ostrich.
The final chapter of your Kenyan adventure takes you to the heart of the Mara North Conservancy, bordering the legendary Masai Mara reserve. Elephant Pepper Camp is an eco-traveller’s dream retreat with every comfort you expect from an authentic safari camp. From the deep shade of mature ebony trees, the camp boasts superb views over the vast Mara plains and is an excellent base for witness the Great Migration spectacle between July and October.