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You kick off your 12-day holiday in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, where you overnight at Nairobi Tented Camp situated within the city’s oldest reserve and national park. Set against the cityscape, Nairobi National Park is one of Kenya’s principal rhino sanctuaries and a pioneering reserve. You can also decide to visit one of the world’s most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation programmes that is located nearby.

Your next stop is Porini Amboseli Camp within the exclusive Selenkay Conservancy – a traditional tented eco-camp that offers an unrivalled game-viewing experience. Big game and predators are regularly spotted while the conservancy’s birdlife will impress twitchers of all pedigrees. You will share Selenkay with a maximum of just 18 visitors per day.

You are then transferred to Orok Conservancy bordering Kenya’s flagship Masai Mara National Reserve, where you stay at traditional tented Porini Lion Camp set along the banks of the Ntiakatiak River. The Olare Orok and Motorogi Conservancies are big cat territory and there are invariably more cats than human visitors in the two combined. Orok’s close proximity to the edge of the Masai Mara makes the camp an ideal base from which to witness the Great Migration in season.

Your final destination is Funzi Island off Kenya’s southern coast where you stay at Funzi Keys – a laid-back family-run resort with no dress code or fixed meal times. Pass the time doing nothing but sun worshipping on golden sands or keep busy with the exciting range of water sports on offer in Kisite Marine Park. Indulge yourself in a heavenly massage from the resident therapist or be marooned on a deserted sandbar for the ultimate romantic picnic...

Itinerary Highlights

  • Visit a leading elephant rescue & rehabilitation programme
  • Photograph wildlife with a skyscraper horizon
  • Exclusive wildlife encounters in Selenkay Conservancy
  • Views of glacier-topped Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Big cat sightings in Olare Orok & Motorogi Conservancies
  • Witness Great Migration (May to October)
  • Island hotel accessible by boat only
  • Plenty of water sports in Kisite Marine Park

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Karibu Kenya

On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you are transferred to your overnight stay at Nairobi Tented Camp within the city’s national park. Apart from being Kenya’s oldest official reserve, this park is also the largest protected area in the world within such close proximity of a city centre. Manmade dams attract water-dependent herbivores during the dry season and the park is one of the country’s principal rhino sanctuaries. Birders also have a field day here with over 300 recorded species to be spotted in the park, including northern migrants that pass through between March and April.

Your authentic canvas tent offers luxurious comfort with an en suite bathroom where you can enjoy fire-heated showers at short notice. Sheep-skin rugs cover the floor to create a cosy atmosphere and your furnished verandah is a contemplative refuge overlooking the valley and acacia forest. Choose between low wattage LED lighting in your canvas home or the romance of candles and gas lanterns.

Choose between an expertly guided 4x4 game drive or a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage – one of the world’s most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation programmes which has been responsible for hand-raising over 150 infant elephants and reintegrating them back into the wild.

Days 2-3

The awe of Amboseli

After breakfast you are transferred to Wilson Airport where you board a flight to Amboseli National Park. On your arrival you are transported to Porini Amboseli Camp within the exclusive Selenkay Conservancy, which offers striking views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. This intimate safari retreat is designed along the lines of a traditional tented camp and offers comforts such as an en suite bathroom and solar-powered lighting. Protected since 1997 under an agreement with the local Maasai community, it is renowned for both resident and migrating animals that share the conservancy with a maximum of just 18 visitors per day.

Enjoy 4x4 game drives and Maasai-guided nature walks through both Amboseli National Park and the Selenkay Conservancy, with the opportunity to encounter nocturnal life such as serval, bat-eared foxes and anteaters on spotlit night drives. Big game and predators are regularly spotted here while the conservancy’s birdlife is prolific, with a bird-of-prey list to impress even the most seasoned twitcher. From the camp, you have the luxury of a furnished viewing platform to keep an eye on the nearby waterhole where elephant and giraffe regularly come to drink. Maasai village visits provide insight into this tribe’s unique culture and their reciprocal relationship with the natural environment. A full day's game viewing includes a packed picnic lunch to be enjoyed in the park while evening game drives conclude with a sundowner in a scenic location before storytelling around the crackling campfire and dinner under the star-studded African sky.  

Days 4-6

Into the Masai Mara

Check out for your transfer back to the airstrip and board a flight back to Wilson Airport. From here you connect with another flight to Ol Kiombo Airstrip where you are met and transferred to Porini Lion Camp within the Olare Orok Conservancy bordering Kenya’s flagship Masai Mara National Reserve. Set along the banks of the Ntiakatiak River, this traditionally styled tented camp is designed for minimal environmental impact with no permanent structures and a solar-powered electricity supply.

Just 10 spacious tents offer authentic accommodation in the unspoilt wilderness where you enjoy highly informative 4x4 game drives and walking safaris with Maasai tribesmen. If you have not already spotted animals from your breezy en suite tent’s verandah, game viewing begins on your game drive within seconds of leaving the camp with your expert tracker-and-ranger team. The strictly limited human presence means that the animals feel far more relaxed and tend to be curious and approach the vehicles. Three established lion prides inhabit these areas and leopards are often seen close to the camp.

Between game drives, watch the Ntiakatiak River where hippos can be seen wallowing and a wealth of birdlife is spotted in the treetops. And with a bird species diversity that is unrivalled in the most of East Africa, you might like to put aside some time especially for bird watching. Walking safaris can be tailored to twitching and your knowledgeable Maasai guides are always ready to assist with species identification and can take you to hot-spots around the camp.

Days 7-11

Kenya's most beautiful beach...

After breakfast you are transferred back to Ol Kiombo Airstrip and board your flight to Wilson Airport. On arrival you are transported to Carnivore restaurant – which specialises in exotic game dishes - for an early lunch before being returned to the airport for your flight to Diani Beach. You are met at Ukunda Airport and transferred to Funzi Keys – a family-run resort set on secluded Funzi Island, just off the coast of southern Kenya.

Surrounded by mangroves and accessible only by boat, the pace at this idyllic tropical paradise is unashamedly relaxed and informal with no dress code or fixed meal times. Chill out in one of the hammocks slung alongside the vast free-form swimming pool and watch as the fishing dhows sail across the glistening waters of the Indian Ocean.

The entire resort – including your stone and thatch beachfront cottage – was built by hand using local materials, allowing the structures to blend seamlessly into the natural environment. At high tide the sea almost reaches your front door – that is if your rustic-chic abode even has one because the spaces where you would normally find windows and doors are covered instead with bug-resistant mesh. This means you wake every morning to the ocean breeze gently brushing your face with the water’s movement so perceptible it feels like you are on a boat when in actual fact you are luxuriating on a hand-carved 4-poster bed draped in white muslin. Furnished with local wooden artefacts and colourful fabrics, your cottage has a verandah with sun loungers and a Jacuzzi with spectacular sea views.
If you are keen to do more than lie on the beach and sunbathe between refreshing dips in the bright blue sea, activities such as sailing, canoeing and windsurfing are all possibilities in this tropical haven. Rewarding scuba diving and snorkelling can be enjoyed in the Kisite Marine Park just a short boat ride away and, if you want to try your hand at deep-sea fishing, the legendary Pemba Channel beckons. Boat trips to Funzi Creek are also arranged and provide the opportunity to spot kingfishers, crocodiles and sometimes dolphins.

At the heart of the resort is the Omani-influenced double-storey main building, which is open-fronted and supported by tall white arches of Arabic-Swahili design. Here you can relax in a comfortable sofa covered with brightly beaded cushions or enjoy a drink from the dhow-shaped bar. While overlooking the cerulean ocean in the upstairs restaurant, you select your pickings from a menu supplemented by freshly caught seafood and home-grown fruits and vegetables.

Day 12

Farewell Kenya...

This morning you are transferred back to Ukunda Airport where you board your flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Here you are met and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and connect with your onwards flight back home. 

Inclusions

  • 8 nights accommodation on full board basis
  • 2 nights accommodation on fully inclusive basis
  • 1 night accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Game drives
  • Scheduled flight 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 Jul 2014 - 31 Jul 2014 $6315
  • 01 Aug 2014 - 30 Sep 2014 $6815
  • 01 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $6500
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014 $5125

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

"A combination of the best eco camps and remote beach retreat, this tour is immensely popular with those seeking an authentic cultural and safari experience. Round off your holiday at the very private Funzi keys – The perfect 12 day bush & beach break in my opinion."

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