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Go on your own personal migration across Kenya, with each step of the way being an opportunity for extraordinary game viewing under expert guidance, usually by Masaai or Samburu rangers. Spotting big game on the outskirts of Nairobi, the third biggest city on the continent and the only one in the world with a reserve quite like this, is the first taste of a week’s worth of East African adventure. 

After sleeping under canvas at Nairobi Tented Camp, fly south-east to Mount Kilimanjaro and the great elephant herds of Amboseli National Park, to the true African style of spacious tents at Porini Amboseli Camp. Sleep the sleep of the enchanted after a day’s game viewing and a relaxing massage, followed by a fine meal. Sad to leave but excited to move on, you head into the dry Northern Frontier District, to the land of the enigmatic Samburu, where the Elephant Bedroom is your home. You will be forgiven for thinking you have packed up all your creature comforts and gone back into the past, so remote and unspoilt is this spectacular location.

Your last stop is Tipilikwani Mara Camp in the Masai Mara, for on the banks of the Talek River. This is the home of vast herds of plains game, followed always by hungry predators. And for you, delicious food, campfires by night and stargazing to end off perfect days.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Learn about Samburu & Masaai culture
  • Visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Feed a giraffe at the Giraffe Centre
  • Optional spa treatments, helicopter flips & hot-air balloon safaris

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Nairobi under canvas

Get into the safari spirit as soon as you touch down in Nairobi, with your first night under canvas at Nairobi Tented Camp, the earliest accommodation ever built in Nairobi National Park. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised: you may be next to Africa’s third largest city but the camp is deep in riverine forest and is surrounded by wildlife. And the tents are your first taste of traditional safari life – comfortable, en suite, with hot water heated on a log fire for your shower, and romantically lit in the evenings.

Wake to the dawn chorus on your first morning in Kenya, with a game drive and a hearty breakfast on the agenda. The southern boundary is unfenced, drawing migratory species during the dry season. Trips to other Nairobi landmarks, such as the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and AFEW Giraffe Centre, are also easy to undertake from the park. Or simply enjoy a nap under a shady tree in your hammock.

Days 2-3

Amboseli calling

Follow the herds of elephant towards Mount Kilimanjaro, the largest free-standing mountain in the world. The peak is always dusted with snow and the juxtaposition of white crowning the semi-arid grasslands is an enduring and romantic image of the continent. 

Settle in at Porini Amboseli Camp, in the private Selenkay Conservation area. From the comfort of the lodge, the Kili dominates the view. But Amboseli is also world-renowned for its elephants and its ecosystem has a population of about 1 500 pachyderms.

Porini Amboseli has all the comforts you need: six spacious tents, all en suite with revitalising outdoor showers. The focus is firmly on delivering the best possible game-viewing experience via guided nature walks and thrilling night drives in Selenkay.

Days 4-5

Samburu sojourn

Fresh from the herds of elephant roaming the fertile land around Kili, fly to Samburu National Reserve, with Elephant Bedroom your destination. The camp is set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, under the welcome shade of green riverine forest. The river cuts through the dry Samburu region with its spectacular scenery and rocky cliffs. Here you feel far from civilisation but with every possible luxury at your fingertips.

The 12 well-appointed, open-sided tents are as close to sleeping under the stars as you can get. Elephants, monkeys and antelope visit in camp; shyer animals are spotted on game drives or guided walks, under the expert guidance of Samburu warriors. Learn more about their tribal folklore and lifestyle with a village visit on day five, snooze in your hammock, sip a cocktail on the game viewing deck overlooking the waterhole, have a massage to unknot your muscles after a hard day of relaxing, and then marvel as the gods fling their stars across the vast velvet sky before retiring for another night of peaceful sleep.

Days 6-8

Mara magic

The banks of the Talek River is your next stop, where the 20 tents of Tipilikwani Mara Camp line the water’s edge. The camp looks out across the plains of the Masai Mara, where the Great Migration brings hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and other plains game from the Serengeti each year. The migration is one of the wonders of the natural world and the sheer numbers of animals heading for the rain-ripened grasslands to drop their calves will take your breath away.

With a local Masaai as your guide, take a game drive or walk. They know where the animals go, and will lead you to spectacular viewings. On a night drive, discover some of the secret stories of the reserve, when the nocturnal animals come out to forage. The warm air is thick with their sounds, punctuated by the roar of a lion or laugh of a hyena.

You wake with the sun on your last day in camp: a filling breakfast, a last game drive, a village visit to learn more about Masaai culture and life. Richer for your experiences and with many stories to tell, take a lingering look out from your deck or some quiet moments of reflection on your African safari, and then it is time to say farewell.

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Shared light aircraft flights as specified in the itinerary
  • 2 Nights at Porini Amboseli Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • 1 Night at Nairobi Tented Camp on bed and breakfast basis
  • Samburu Village Visit whilst staying at Elephant Bedroom Camp
  • Selected National Park fees
  • 2 Nights at Elephant Bedroom Camp on fully inclusive basis
  • 2 Nights at Tipilikwani Mara Camp 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
  • 01 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $6060
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $5170

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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Emma Hill

Emma Hill

Africa Safari Expert

"I love the option of experiencing a tented camp as soon as you arrive - located outside of the city centre. The private conservancy experience outside Amboseli offers more diverse activities before you head into the park for the famous Kilimanjaro view. Look out for the unique animals of the Samburu, before ending off with the Masai Mara, known for its excellent concentration of game large population of Big Cats. This is a great for a first Kenyan safari."

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