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For that once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list vacation or a celebratory holiday with a difference, look no further than spending 14 days at some of the most idyllic accommodation in the best locations that East Africa has to offer. Curated with discerning travellers in mind, this unique itinerary wings you from Nairobi and the Masai Mara to Mahe Island in the Seychelles.

Be welcomed to Kenya with an overnight stay at The Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, a charming boutique hotel that is also a Rothschild's giraffe sanctuary in a tranquil enclave on the outskirts of this thriving city. Then it is off to Topi Mara Bush House, a private safari villa in the midst of game-rich south-western Kenya. Spend three days recalibrating to the rhythms of the bush with dawn and dusk game drives, and front-row seats the wildebeest migration in season.

Your next four days are passed at Chief’s House at The Sanctuary, which is in Ol Lentille Conservancy, where you can enjoy mountain biking, camelback safaris, fly-camping and even archery. When you have had your fill of the bush, it is time to head out the Seychelles, a paradise archipelago in the Indian Ocean, where you spend five days ensconced in the luxurious Ephelia Resort on Mahe. It all adds up to 14 days of incredible experiences and never-to-be-forgotten moments in East Africa.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Meet Rothschild's giraffes in Nairobi
  • Private guide, butler & chef in the Mara
  • Try mountain biking, camel trekking, archery & fly-camping
  • Snorkel & dive in the Seychelles
  • Excellent game viewing in private conservancy

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Touch down in Nairobi

After jetting into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you are whisked to The Giraffe Manor to wind down and settle into the rhythm of East Africa. This boutique hotel is the perfect combination of historic elegance and never-to-be-forgotten fun; set among landscaped gardens in a tranquil enclave of Nairobi, it is also home to a herd of endangered Rothschild's giraffes who enjoy treats straight from your hand at breakfast! Take afternoon tea on the cool veranda and end the day with a nightcap.

If your schedule allows it, visit the Giraffe Centre to learn even more about the graceful, long-necked creatures – and feed them in a ticklish ‘giraffe kiss’! – and the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where little elephants are cared for in a safe environment.

Days 2-5

The magic of the Masai Mara

Leave the hustle and bustle of Nairobi behind as you fly out to one of the most famous safari destinations of all: the Masai Mara. Your final destination is Topi Mara Bush House that borders the 23 000 acre Olare Orok conservancy, a private reserve with very low visitor and vehicle numbers.

For three blissful days, you will be cocooned in this very special part of Kenya, with a private guide, chef and butler to ensure a highly personalised experience. Topi is a secluded 3-bedroom farmhouse that offers ring-side seats to the migration of thousands of wildebeest between July and October annually, with malaria-free Big 5 game viewing all year round. You have awe-inspiring views of the game-rich reserve and conservancy beyond so find a comfortable place to spend your afternoon watching giraffe and elephant wandering by, or stretch out on the rolling lawns with a book under the shade of an acacia tree.

To truly understand the intricacies of tracking and conservation, visit the Koiyaki Guiding School and learn about efforts to understand and preserve the region’s outstanding natural beauty.

Days 5-9

Try something different

Staying in Kenya, you head north to Ol Lentille, where you make yourself at home in the Chief’s House at The Sanctuary. With three double bedrooms (the main bedroom has an outdoor tub set among natural rock) and minimalist African design, Chief’s House is an ideal launch pad for all sorts of exciting bush activities. In the 25 000 acre Ol Lentille Conservancy, you can try your hand at quad biking (ATVs), archery, mountain biking, a horse- or camelback safari or even head out into a more remote area for fly camping.

Because you are here for four nights, you can truly take your time and immerse yourself in whatever you fancy. With no fixed schedule, your moods and whims can be indulged on game drives, bush walks and laidback afternoons under the African sun.

Days 9-14

An island idyll

Having made a thorough acquaintance with the African bush, it is now time to discover the splendours of the African beach. Leave the Masai Mara behind for five sun-soaked days in the Seychelles. Jet into Mahe Island for a 5-night stay at the action-packed Ephelia Resort.

Two white-sand beaches combine with warm azure waters and indigenous forests thrumming with birdlife to create a picture-perfect paradise. Your hilltop villa gives you uninterrupted ocean views and you can enjoy massages on the beach or in your room. Spend your days swimming, snorkelling and kayaking just metres from your front door, marvelling at the healthy coral reef and thousands and thousands of brightly coloured tropical fish swirl below you.

You can also hit the squash and tennis courts, try you hand at the rock-climbing wall or just unwind in the Shiseido Spa pavillion or the Spa de Constance. There are five different restaurants to choose from, each with specialist cuisines and designer interiors.

On the 14th day, it is time to return to Seychelles International Airport for your flight home.

Inclusions

  • 1 Night at The Giraffe Manor on fully inclusive basis
  • Transfers as specified in itinerary
  • Flights from Nairobi to the Seychelles
  • Giraffe centre & nature walk activity whilst staying at Ngong House
  • 3 Nights at Topi Mara Bush House on game package basis
  • 4 Nights at The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille on game package basis
  • 5 Nights at Ephelia Resort on bed and breakfast basis
  • Visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage whilst staying at Ngong House
  • Camel walking, horseback game viewing, mountain biking and more whilst staying at The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

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 $8470
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $7170

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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Rate note:

This tour rate is based on 6 travellers travelling together.

Ramona Cilliers

Ramona Cilliers

Africa Safari Expert

"Indulge in pure luxury whilst experiencing the best of Africa, with personalized service and the friendliest of staff. Magical Mara, opulent Ol Lentile and the scintillating Seychelles – together they are heaven on earth!"

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