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For eight exciting days, you and your family will experience some of the very best that Kenya has to offer, with plenty of thrilling activities included. Kicking off in Nairobi, you stay at the tranquil Karen Blixen Cottages, venturing out in a private vehicle to visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre, both child-friendly environments.

You then fly to Tortillis Camp on the edge of Amboseli National Park, which is known for its iconic views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. At Tortillis Camp, not only will you have your own exclusive-use 4x4 but you will be accommodated in the private house, which has a secluded swimming pool and large windows to make the most of the beautiful vistas. Your family will also appreciate a visit to the Elephant Research Centre, which is run by legendary elephant specialist Cynthia Moss.

After getting your fill in Amboseli, you once again board a chartered flight to the Masai Mara, the most legendary of all Kenya’s splendid national parks. Your home for three nights is Ol Seki Hemingways Mara where, if you have timed your safari correctly, you will be able to experience the thrills and spills of the Great Wildebeest Migration. But, even out of Migration season, the Mara offers some of the most memorable game viewing in Africa. This luxury safari is perfect for extended families, groups of friends or those travelling with teenagers or young children as all accommodation is in self-contained private villas or family suites.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Learn about elephants at a Nairobi sanctuary & Cynthia Moss Research Centre
  • Give a Rothschild’s giraffe a ‘giraffe kiss’
  • Stay in a private house in Amboseli
  • Enjoy the use of a personal 4x4 & tracker
  • Visit Kitirua Conservancy for superb game viewing 
  • See the Wildebeest Migration in season
  • Guided bush walks

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Jambo Nairobi

You jet into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be collected by your private driver and transported to the Karen Blixen Cottages in the upscale neighbourhood of Karen. Located on what once was author Karen Blixen's farm - she wrote Out of Africa - today the manicured grounds are shaded by bottlebush, jacaranda and candelabra trees, and hundreds of flowers attract myriad bird species.

Your cottage has classic design elements like high beamed ceilings, wooden floors and fireplaces for chilly winter evenings. If it is a special occasion, make a reserve at Grogan House, a romantic restaurant on the premises that is housed in a historic building.

Day 2

Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Enjoy a tasty breakfast prepared by the Cottages' expert chefs before being collected by your personal driver for the short trip to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Part of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which desnares, rehabilitates and conserves elephants and rhinos in Tsavo National Park (the largest reserve in Kenya), the elephants are cared for and protected after being separated from their family groups, often because of poaching. This is a thrilling outing for children especially, who will relish being so close to baby and juvenile elephants.

Day 3

Get ‘kisses’ at the Giraffe Centre

After a blissful night’s rest at Ngong House, you will be taken to make the acquaintance of statuesque endangered Rothschild’s giraffes at the Giraffe Centre. A major highlight and unmissable photo opportunity here is to participate in a harmless but fun ‘giraffe kiss’ – holding a food pellet in your mouth, the giraffe will bend its enormous neck to gently take it from you!

Days 3-5

Be awed in Amboseli

Say farewell to the cheerful staff at Ngong House as you board a chartered flight to Tortillis Camp on the outskirts of Amboseli National Park. Settle into the rhythms of a Big 5 safari – morning wake-up calls, game drives, brunches, high teas and sundowners – in the privacy and comfort of your own house, which has splendid views and its own swimming pool. Families or friends will love having their own ‘space’ to unwind between activities.

In addition to your own home, you will have your own 4x4 and driver-tracker team at Tortillis Camp, allowing you to spend as much time as you like at sightings without worrying about other guests. The team will take you for forays into Kitirua Private Conservancy, which has low vehicle and visitor numbers.

Amboseli is famous for its large tuskers and you have the rare privilege of learning more about elephants and their complicated family structures when you visit the Cynthia Moss Elephant Research Centre. Moss is a world expert on elephants and has devoted her life to studying these fascinating pachyderms.

Days 5-8

Into the Masai Mara

To Kenya’s most famous national park: the Masai Mara is synonymous with golden savannahs, thousands of migrating wildebeest (from about August to October although the cycle depends on the year’s rainfall) and red-cloaked Maasai villagers. It is an age-old land that is a must-see for every safari-goer.

Your home for three nights is Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, a luxurious tented camp in the exclusive Naibosho Conservancy. If you are travelling as family or with young children, you will settle into a 2-bedroom suite with a private kitchen area.

There is much to do by day and night. Wake at dawn for game drives that are topped with bush breakfasts and celebrate an afternoon drive with traditional sundowners at a scenic spot where you can witness a classic ‘blood red’ African sunset. At night, gather around the telescope to take advantage of the clear skies and lack of light pollution to see constellations in the Milky Way.

As you make your way back to Nairobi after eight days, you will remember kissing giraffes, seeing elephants who were given a second chance at life, the smell of dawn as you set out to find the Big 5 and, most importantly, how your family loved it all.

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights at Karen Blixen Cottages on Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights at Tortilis Camp's Private House on Game Package basis
  • 3 Nights accommodation at Ol Seki Hemingways Mara's Family Suite on Fully Inclusive basis
  • Visit to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage whilst in Nairobi
  • Visit to the Giraffe Centre including a Nature Walk whilst in Nairobi
  • Selected fees and taxes
  • Cynthia Moss Elephant Research Visit whilst at Tortilis Camp

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 Aug 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $11000
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $9210

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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Anza Snyman

Anza Snyman

Africa Safari Expert

"This luxury itinerary is great for families to explore Nairobi’s sights, enjoy the views of Kilimanjaro in Amboseli and enjoy great big 5 game viewing in the Masai Mara."

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