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Rugged and authentic without compromising on comfort, this 9-day safari in Kenya’s legendary Masai Mara combines two intimate and secluded camps: Ngare Serian, with four suites set in 1 500 acres of a private conservancy, and Nkorombo, a 5-tent mobile camp in the legendary national reserve.

This adventure explores one of Africa’s most popular game viewing destinations from two unique perspectives. Ngare Serian’s location within the private Mara North Conservancy gives you exclusive-access to 1 500-acres of wilderness. Nkorombo gives you front row seats to the conservancy’s neighbour, the iconic Masa Mara National Reserve.

The conservancy setting also allows Ngare Serian to offer a range of activities: in addition to game drives and hot-air ballooning, you can choose between game walks, night drives and fishing in the Mara River. Add to this the picnic stops and optional overnight stays at the snug tree house, The Nest, and you have the recipe for an exceptional safari.

In the neighbouring Masai Mara National Reserve, between June and November (depending on the rains), Nkorombo camp offers front row seats on the banks of the Mara River to see the Great Migration. Around July and August, there is the chance to witness an unforgettable spectacle: mass river crossings of wildebeest and zebra - a surge of adrenalin carries the herds into the waters where they struggle against fearsome crocodiles, the river currents and the panicking mass of their own kind.

For all the right reasons, the Mara is a firm favourite with professional photographers from around the world. And we agree: from the drama of the river crossings to the superb resident species to the unpretentious and utterly authentic camps. This is definitely one of our highly recommended East Africa itineraries.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Set in the private Mara North Conservancy 
  • Witness the Great Migration (June to November)
  • Authentic, intimate & comfortable camps
  • Guided day & night game drives
  • Private vehicles and guides in the Mara  
  • Guided nature walks with specialist guides
  • Hot-air ballooning, fishing & helicopter flights available

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Kenya!

You arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya's capital city. This is East Africa's international flight hub, where a representative will meet you and transfer you to Nairobi Tented Camp, about 30 minutes from the airport.

This unique stopover is tucked away in a beautiful riverine forest within in the Nairobi National Park - a protected reserve with resident big game on the rural edge of the city. It may be a domesticated wilderness but it is also a charming introduction to your Kenyan safari.

Day 2

Best of Nairobi

The perfect 2-night stopover, Nairobi Tented Camp offers game drives and guided nature walks in addition to optional excursions to Nairobi’s top attractions. Your stopover includes a game drive and a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. We also recommend highlights such as the Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum.

Day 3

Into the Masai Mara

A road transfer takes you to Wilson Airport for your charter flight to the Masai Mara National Park. Your guide meets you on arrival and transfers you via a game drive to Nkorombo, Serian’s tented mobile camp. Nkorombo is set on a private riverside site along the banks of the Mara River. This is an authentic safari camp with an intimate five Meru-style tents decked out in traditional style with comfortable single cots, plush carpets and en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and bucket showers.

While your activities centre exclusively on game drives in the National Park, you once again have your own vehicle, guide and tracker, which means you determine the pace and extent of your expeditions. Set out early in the morning when the game is on the move and stop off for a picnic lunch under trees or head out in the afternoon heading slowly for a superb sundowner spot on the plains – your schedule is up to you.

Days 4-5

Rhino, lion & leaping wildebeest

A salt lick next door to the camp regularly attracts an abundance of plains game. And where you find plentiful resident antelope, you find predators like lion and leopard. Birdlife is prolific with over 450 recorded species, 57 of which are magnificent birds of prey. The bird and game viewing is spectacular year-round but Nkorombo also offers front-row seats to the Great Migration’s river crossings.

Depending on the rains but generally occurring between June and November each year, thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate into the area. Between July and August, they cross the Mara River, which the camp overlooks. River crossings are an unforgettable spectacle – the herds may gather at the edge of a steep bank, hesitant, building the internal pressure to cross. Eventually, a few courageous individuals plunge into the water, often followed by a stampede that carries the whole herd across.

There are few other natural spectacles that allow you to witness such a primal fight for survival: the creatures struggle to survive the enormous, snapping jaws of crocodiles, the sweeping currents of the river and the broken limbs that accompany with panic and steep river banks. It is impossible to witness a river crossing and not be moved by what you see – to resonate with that deep instinctual urge within all mammals to intuitively fight for life.

Day 6

Your private wilderness

A game drive carries you from Masai Mara National Reserve to the Mara North Conservancy and Ngare Serian, your home for the next three nights. Settle into your tented suite before sitting down to a welcome lunch. Refreshed and recharged, you have ready for an afternoon game drive – your first expedition into the magnificent wilderness you have come to explore.

Known as the Masai Mara’s most intimate camp, Ngare Serian is reached via a charming roped bridge or by boat, giving it a truly adventurous air, but the camp itself is stylish and contemporary. The elevated decking offers superb views and each of the four luxury en suite tents comes with a private guide and vehicle, a rare and very valuable advantage. Your suite is spacious with a 4-poster bed and full bathroom - including a flush toilet, twin basins, a sunken bathtub and a separate shower.

Days 7-8

Exceptional expeditions

You are in a private conservancy, which offers distinct advantages, most especially the freedom to explore on foot. A guided nature walk is one of the most satisfying ways to discover the wilderness. Your senses become heightened, soaking up the sights, scents and sounds of Africa, opening you up to experience moments that create lifelong memories: the delicate dewy web of a spider, the story behind paw prints on a trail, the secret universe of a termite mound.

The game drives are also exceptional. Having your own vehicle, guide and tracker means exploring at your own pace and focusing on what you are most interested in – be it big game, bird life, photography or all of these! The scenery is classic African savannah – the rolling grassy plains of children’s stories beneath azure skies and populated with iconic wildlife. Make the most of your freedom: spend a day following where the tracks take you, stopping to picnic in shady spot, or spend the morning exploring and the afternoon indulging in a comfortable siesta in camp.

You have 1 500 acres to enjoy and plenty of ways to explore. In addition to guided walks and game drives, try your hand at fly-fishing on the Mara River or hop aboard a hot-air balloon for a bird’s eye view of dawn over the Masai Mara.

Day 9

Homeward bound

After a delicious breakfast, bid the Mara farewell as you head back to the airstrip for your charter flight to Wilson Airport. As you fly over the vast plains on your way back to Nairobi, you remember the adventures of the previous week, the moments you will never forget, the scent of wild basil in the evening and the cry of the African fish eagle. You have stories to tell – what it felt like to witness thousands of wildebeest charge the Mara River, how enormous an elephant is up close, or how the setting sun over the Masai Mara took your breath away, every single day…

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights at Nairobi Tented Camp on full board basis
  • Return charter flight from Nairobi to Masai Mara
  • Road transfer from Serian Nkorombo Camp to Ngare Serian Camp
  • Road transfer from Wilson to Jomo Kenyatta
  • Return road transfer from Nairobi Airport to Nairobi Tented Camp
  • 2 shared game drives or 1 game drive & visit to Elephant Orphanage
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari
  • Park fees for Nairobi Tented Camp
  • 3 Nights at Serian Nkorombo Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • 3 Nights at Ngare Serian on fully inclusive basis

Exclusions

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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 06 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017 $5040
  • 01 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017 $5040
  • 01 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 $5040
  • 01 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017 $6710
  • 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $6710
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $5040

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

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"Using owner managed & run properties, with the highest conservation standards & excellent private guiding, we recommend this adventure for abundant wildlife encounters and a range of activities."

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