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Begin your 7-day Kenyan safari in Meru National Park, which is famous as the setting of the heart-warming smash-hit movie Born Free that tells the story of Elsa the lioness who was reared by renowned conservationists Joy and George Adamson. Here you stay at Elsa’s Kopje, a safari lodge comprising open-fronted cottages situated atop Mughwango Hill. The bar, lounge and dining room afford spectacular views of Mount Kenya and the Meru plains below, which teem with wildlife. Take guided 4x4 game drives in this Big 5 reserve that is inhabited by plenty of predators and less-seen mammals such as the rare lesser kudu and sleek caracal. Cast a line from the palm-fringed riverbank and try to catch a catfish, enjoy bush breakfasts in the middle of the plains, and interact with the primarily agrarian Tharaka community who live not far from the lodge.

The next part of your Kenyan adventure takes you to Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Masai Mara bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves. This authentic colonial-style tented camp is reminiscent of a golden era when safaris were characterised by uninhibited adventure and romance. Its close proximity to the Serengeti means that you are ideally placed to witness the Great Migration between May and October. Aside from twice-daily 4x4 game drives and walking safaris, you can undertake fishing trips on the Mara River and excursions to a nearby Maasai village, which most of the lodge staff call home.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Witness the Great Migration in season
  • Spectacular views of Mount Kenya & Meru plains
  • Cultural interaction with Tharaka & Maasai people
  • Swimming, fishing & spa treatments
  • Big 5 & off-road game drives
  • Heritage camping & personal butler
  • Walking safaris

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

Atop Elsa's Kopje

On your arrival at Wilson Airport you are transferred to Meru National Park where you are met and escorted in a 4x4 to Elsa’s Kopje. Situated atop Mughwango Hill, this stunning safari lodge is built above the site where British wildlife conservationists and authors George and Joy Adamson originally camped, while raising and releasing orphaned lions into the wild – including the famous Elsa the lioness. Your open-fronted cottage features a private deck built into the rocky crags and the lodge’s award-winning eco-design allows it to blend almost invisibly into the hill. The open bar, lounge and dining room afford spectacular views of Mount Kenya and the Meru plains below, which are inhabited by an array of fascinating wildlife.

Admire the never-ending views from the private deck of your hillside cottage elevated above the reserve before setting off on your early morning 4x4 game drive. Exploring the Meru’s immense diversity of habitats with the crisp dawn air in your lungs, look out for lion, elephant and other mammals such as the rare lesser kudu. You are almost forgiven for being distracted from the chef’s delectable meals by the awe-inspiring vistas afforded from the open-fronted dining room, which extends onto the patio to allow for alfresco dining. After lunch, indulge in a heavenly massage at the lodge’s fully-equipped spa. Later you are thrilled when on the night drive your guide’s spotlight catches the reflective eyes of a bush baby, and then what appears to be a leopard or perhaps a caracal before it quickly skulks back into the bush.

Excursions to the springs and sandy beaches of the Tana River for a picnic are a romantic affair; relish being left to your own devices in the captivating wilderness for a few hours. On a guided walking safari, meet dung beetles going about their important business; stroke the bark of giant baobabs and the rare albitzia. Also learn how to use the tracks left by animals to identify and stalk them into the bush. Interact with the Tharaka community on a cultural visit, or cast a line into the water from the palm-lined riverbank and hope to reel in a wriggling catfish!

Days 4-6

Return to the 1920s

After breakfast you fly out of the lodge to Keekorok Airstrip in the Masai Mara National Reserve, where you are met on arrival and transferred to Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp. Situated in a private concession that borders the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves, this authentic colonial-style tented camp is reminiscent of a golden era when safaris were characterised by uninhibited adventure and romance. Professionally guided 4x4 game drives and walking safaris with expert guides are Cottar’s hallmark; and the camp’s close proximity to the Serengeti means that you are ideally placed to witness the Great Migration between May and October.

Year-round game viewing on this Big 5 reserve is consistent and off-road driving is permitted to ensure thrilling wildlife sightings. For a truly novel experience, the camp also offers game drives in an authentic wood-panelled car much like early generations of the Cottar family used on the reserve in the 1920s. Aside from twice-daily 4x4 game drives and walking safaris, fishing trips on the Mara River are an exciting prospect as well as guided excursions to a nearby Maasai village where most of the lodge staff are from.

Your lavish canvas home – decorated in east African style – is set under the shade of a cluster of acacia trees and adjoined by a furnished verandah with marvellous views across the Mara plains. Two mess tents feature an assortment of areas for dining, reading and relaxing and there is a crystal-clear swimming pool to cool off in the heat of the day. At mealtimes the team of chefs serve up tasty cuisine and create romantic silver-service bush dinners to celebrate something special. A personal butler will ensure you always feel comfortably ‘at home’.

Day 7

Farewell to Africa

This morning after breakfast you are transferred back to the Keekorok Airstrip where you board your flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. On arrival you are met and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you connect with your onwards flight home.

Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation on fully inclusive basis
  • Guided bush walks and game tracking
  • Shared day and night game drives
  • Park, reserve and conservancy fees
  • Scheduled flights as specified in the itinerary

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 Oct 2014 - 20 Dec 2014 $5715

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

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"Combine two of the most beautiful & wild areas of Kenyai. A 5-star experience all round from locations to guides & wildlife. This safari will impress even the most discerning traveller."

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