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Begin your 10-day Kenyan safari at Joy’s Camp in the Shaba National Reserve where you stay in a tent built on the site of conservationist and Born Free author Joy Adamson’s original camp. Aside from 4x4 game drives and intriguing walking safaris, enjoy hikes to waterfalls and along river gorges and relish in delectable bush breakfasts in the middle of the wilderness.

The next leg of your Kenyan safari takes you to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for your stayover at Lewa Safari Camp. While on safari traversing this untamed wilderness with your expert guides you have the opportunity to encounter black rhino and Grevy’s zebra. The camp’s elegantly appointed lounge overlooks a floodlit waterhole which allows armchair game viewing, while other activities include camel-riding on the plains, flying safaris over Chalbi Desert and Lake Turkana, and fly-fishing on Lake Alice.

Your last stop is Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp within the Masai Mara National Reserve bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves. The opulent east African style camp’s close proximity to the Serengeti means you are ideally placed to witness the Great Migration between May and October, when thousands of wildebeest and zebra traverse the plains in search of fresh grazing and water.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Exclusive tented camp on private wildlife conservancy
  • Sightings of Beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra & gerenuk 
  • Witness the Great Migration in season
  • Game drives in authentic wood-panelled 1920’s car
  • Off-road 4x4 game drives & camel rides
  • Big 5 game viewing on the Masai Mara

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-3

The secrets of Shaba

On your arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you are met and transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to Shaba National Reserve and your stayover at Joy’s Camp. Overlooking the captivating Shaba plains and a vast natural spring, your chic Boran-style tent is one of just 10 built on the site of conservationist and Born Free author Joy Adamson’s original camp. On this reserve – once home to world-famous Elsa the lioness – the wildlife concentrates around the lush palm-fringed springs. Your professional guides are intimately familiar with the reserve; they know the territories of predators and the elephants’ favourite watering hole. On foot, they might share their knowledge about how termites build their giant nests or how to identify the footprints of a hyena.

The rocky hills, acacias and grasslands of this landscape are guarded by the Bodich and Shaba Mountains, which glow a brilliant amber at sunset. This terrain is not Big 5 country but rather a birders’ delight, with sightings to rival any of Kenya’s larger reserves. Antelope such as the rare desert Beisa oryx and gerenuk can also be found roaming the plains. From your comfortable tent’s spacious verandah under the acacias, you are able to soak up the never-ending views over the Shaba plains, which are punctuated by a spring where reticulated giraffes and Grevy’s zebra come to drink.

Visit ‘Penny’s Drop’ waterfall and, after cooling down under the spray, enjoy a lavish bush breakfast and the full sensory experience of your seclusion in the untamed wilderness. Take a guided walk along the Ewaso Nyiro River gorge and spot sun-thirsty crocodiles bathing on its muddy banks or enjoy a hike to the natural salt pans of the Magado Crater with a packed picnic lunch. Reflect on the day’s wildlife sightings around a roaring campfire while sitting down to a splendid 3-course dinner. Retire to your suite each evening where, with nothing but the canvas of your tent separating you from the captivating wilderness, you close your eyes and continue your African dream.

Days 4-6

The grandeur of Lewa

After breakfast you are transferred by road to Lewa Safari Camp, which is situated on the Laikipia plains within the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. This unspoilt Big 5 reserve is completely secluded and inhabited by a wealth of game that includes 10 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population and the highest number of Grevy’s zebra in the world. Traverse the conservancy’s semi-desert terrain in open-sided 4x4 vehicles, which are permitted to drive off-road while the camp’s passionate guides share their knowledge of the animals and their habitats. Aside from spectacular 4x4 game drives you can also ride a camel on the plains, enjoy a flying safari over Chalbi Desert and Lake Turkana, or go fly-fishing on Lake Alice.

Set beneath a thatched roof, your extravagant abode offers complete privacy for an intimate safari escape in a dynamic location teeming with wildlife. When not exploring conservancy in search of animals, relax in the elegantly appointed lounge overlooking the floodlit waterhole or cool off in the sparkling swimming pool with a drink. Adjoining your large en suite canvas bedroom – which is equipped with electricity and hot water – is a furnished verandah affording breathtaking views over the Laikipia plains. Enjoy romantic candlelit dinners on your tent’s private verandah or in a number of other scenic locations around the camp. If you decide to stay out all day game viewing, picnic lunches out on the plains are a delight, but if you would rather come back to the lodge and dine around the pool, you will be joined by birds singing in the trees.

Days 7-9

Hark back to the 1920s

After breakfast you are transferred to the airstrip for your flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve, where you are met upon arrival and transported by road to Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp. Shaded by a canopy of acacia trees in a private concession bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves, this elegant tented camp will set your heart and imagination free in a land that can only be described as an African fairytale. The opulent camp’s close proximity to the Serengeti ideally positions you to bear witness to the Great Migration between May and October, when thousands of wildebeest and zebra traverse the plains in search of fresh grazing and water. Your lavish tent, draped in white cloth and decorated in east African style, is adjoined by a furnished verandah with breathtaking views across the Mara plains.

Year-round game viewing on this Big 5 reserve is consistent and off-road driving is permitted to ensure thrilling wildlife sightings with professional guides who are knowledgeable about the animals and plants which inhabit it. Set out on a game drive in an authentic wood-panelled car from the 1920s or while at the lodge relax with a book in the mess tent or take a dip in the crystal-clear swimming pool. Guided fishing trips on the Mara River and excursions to a nearby Maasai village can also be arranged. The camp’s team of chefs serve up delectable pan-African cuisine at mealtimes, and romantics will be pleased to know that private bush dinners are a true speciality at Cottar’s.

Day 10

Farewell Africa...

This morning after breakfast you are transported by road back to the Masai Mara airstrip for your flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi from where you catch another flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and onwards home.


  • 9 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


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

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"Remote, exclusive and very luxurious - this trip will wow you. The wildlife found in these regions is in one word – spectacular. This flying safari gets my vote for most romantic in Kenya!"

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