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Your 10-day African adventure kicks off in Kenya’s capital where you overnight at Hemingways Nairobi – a lavish boutique hotel with plantation-style architecture that overlooks the Ngong Hills. Contemporary-chic meets graceful elegance in this grand hotel where your lavishly appointed suite offers splendid garden views from your private balcony.

You then head to the Masai Mara, which is on the ‘must-do’ list of every safari enthusiast. Mara Plains Camp combines unspoilt wilderness with warm Kenyan hospitality and expert guiding for an unrivalled, tailor-made safari experience. Walking safaris, bush dining and hot-air ballooning are some of the highlights of this retreat among the acacia-dotted plains of the Mara.

From the bush to the coast, your next destination is Msambweni Beach House where your home is a beachside villa overlooking a pristine palm-lined beach and the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. You are looked after by a personal butler and a chef who prepares top-notch meals to be enjoyed wherever you please. Scuba dive the nearby coral reef and discover a fascinating array of marine life or snorkel straight from the beach. Pass the days with fascinating trips to Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park and glorious picnics on idyllic Wasini Island.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Personal butlers & private chef
  • Eco-friendly lodge
  • Night game drives, off road & walking safaris in private conservancy
  • Low vehicle density & unrivalled predator viewing
  • Witness the Great Migration from May to October
  • Exclusive-use villa with private beach
  • Visit Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park
  • Picnic on Wasini Island
  • Boat-based dolphin watching

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Your first taste of Africa

On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you are transferred to Hemingways Nairobi Hotel where you enjoy a night’s stayover in the vibrant capital. Overlooking the Ngong Hills in the exclusive neighbourhood of Karen, your personal butler will be at your assistance right from the moment you arrive until you say your farewells.

The lavish suites have high vaulted timber ceilings and a decorative style that resonates with the classic charm of 1920’s East Africa. Your gleaming en suite bathroom is adorned with hand-cut marble and a deep oval bathtub that invites bubbles-to-chin soaking before your silver-service dinner. Natural light floods each room through the vast windows that frame the marvellous garden views, which can also be appreciated from your private balcony. Wining and dining is done at the brasserie, main restaurant or plush bar, and you repent for your gourmet sins at the fully-equipped wellness centre, which includes a spa.

Days 2-4

The magic of the Mara

After breakfast you are transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve where you are met at the airstrip and transported by road to Mara Plains Camp. Under the shade of an acacia forest on the edge of the Ntiakatek stream, this intimate tented camp is situated within the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy on the northern border of the Masai Mara. All profits here ensure the survival of an astounding diversity of wildlife and support over a thousand Maasai families under a partnership agreement.

Combining the unspoilt wilderness with the finest in safari hospitality and guiding, this camp offers a multi-faceted Mara experience which is in no way reliant on a glossy overcoat to call itself a 5-star camp. The conservancy boasts the Masai Mara’s lowest vehicle density and a favourable ratio of guests to land that guarantees unhurried game viewing. Rarely a night passes without a lion heard roaring nearby, while leopard are regularly seen wandering through the camp and cheetah have established territories in close quarters. When visiting during the Migration months – May to October – you have front-row seats to this fascinating spectacle, which can often be observed from the comfort of your tented suite’s private verandah.

The camp’s bouquet of activities spans across the private conservancy and busier national reserve. Thrice-daily game drives are guided by passionate professionals who are permitted to drive off-road to allow unrestrained tracking and thrilling wildlife sightings. They posses the knowledgeable to adapt wildlife excursions to suit your specific wildlife interests. There is no set meal or activity schedule, so if you spot, say, cheetah tracks on a morning game drive and decide you would like to follow it into the bush, you can have your lunch delivered right to the vehicle. Similarly, if you are on a late afternoon game drive and happen to be following a hunting pride of lions, dinner will be put on hold. Walking safaris provide the opportunity to get up-close to small animals and plants while your expert guide interprets the landscape and imparts to you a wealth of interesting facts. Float high into the sky in the wicker basket of a hot air balloon for a unique bird’s-eye perspective of the Mara plains and its 4-legged inhabitants. On a visit to a Maasai village you learn about the tribe’s unique culture and their reciprocal relationship with the natural environment.

Your beautifully appointed canvas home – which resembles a 5-star hotel room more than a tent – is perched on a raised deck and open on three sides. A wrap-around verandah affords sweeping views across the captivating plains while floor-to-ceiling net walls allow the breeze inside while you watch impala traversing the plains from the comfort of your king-sized bed. Begin each morning with a soak in your deep stand-alone copper bathtub and take your first glance over the sprawling game-rich plains from your private verandah. Like your suite, the communal lounge and dining tent is completely open to the elements and offers breath-taking wilderness views. Take a leisurely walk around the camp’s vegetable and salad garden that supplements the chef’s seasonally fresh menu and nearby you will see the solar power and water treatment plant which keeps the camp’s carbon footprint to a minimum.

Days 5-9

To Kenya's most beautiful beach...

After breakfast this morning you are transferred back to the airstrip and board a flight back to Wilson Airport before flying to Diani Beach. On your arrival, you are met and transferred to Msambweni Beach House where your accommodation is an idyllic beachside villa perched high on a cliff overlooking a pristine palm-lined beach. You are looked after by a personal butler and chef who ensure that you enjoy just the hedonistic holiday you were hoping for at entirely your own pace.

The pristine private beach offers secluded sunbathing and warm-sea swimming. If you prefer fresh water, wallow in your infinity pool or Jacuzzi overlooking the big blue while you savour a rainbow-coloured cocktail. Have your dinner served on the beach under the stars or on your verandah overlooking the ocean dotted with traditional fishing boats that are only visible by their flickering hurricane lamps.

Keep yourself busy – if you feel that way inclined – by scuba diving the nearby coral reef and discover a psychedelic frenzy of colourful cichlids, or walk straight into the knee-deep water from the beach, snorkel in hand. A trip to Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park can be followed by a glorious picnic on the footprint-free beach of Wasini Island. Options to kite and wind surf keep adrenaline junkies happy, while dolphin-watching from a boat and the opportunity to swim with the graceful creatures appeals to anybody’s sense of fun. Trips to a nearby village on foot or bicycle invite cultural interaction and a small game park offers an uncrowded safari experience. Enjoy a soothing massage in the beachside parlour where you can retreat for pampering while the ocean breeze whispers through the palms and the waves sigh as they meet the shore.

Day 10

Til we meet again...

You check out this morning before your transfer back to Diani Beach where you connect with your flight back to Wilson Airport. From here you board a flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and onwards home.

Inclusions

  • 4 nights accommodation on full board basis
  • 5 nights accommodation on fully inclusive basis
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • All park and conservancy fees
  • 1 introductory 30 minute massage per person at Msambweni

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 Jul 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $8945
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 20 Dec 2014 $7425
  • 21 Dec 2014 - 01 Jan 2015 $10000

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

"Luxury and pampering from the day you set foot on African soil. The perfect blend of accommodations that guarantees a very romantic and personalise holiday."

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