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Highlights

  • See classic African animals like lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and rhino
  • Unforgettable giraffe interaction at The Giraffe Manor
  • Well-paced itinerary with easy fly-in logistics
  • Huge range of family- and child-friendly activities
  • Borana Lodge, home to the inspiration for The Lion King’s Pride Rock
  • Game drives, bush walks, biking and horse riding
  • Optional quad-biking and hot-air balloon safari available
  • Conservation and community-focussed experiences

Overview

Beginning with the embrace of curious giraffes and the original ‘Pride Rock’, this made-for-family adventure delivers the experience of the hugely popular movie, The Lion King. You will see hornbills and hyenas, lion prides and zebra herds plus warthogs and wildebeest and all in the safe hands of experienced guides and excellent safari accommodation. Flying between destinations removes the challenge of long and dusty drives with children, and our chosen lodges have plenty to keep everyone occupied – from massages and fine dining for the adults to horse riding, mountain biking and games for the younger ones.

This 8-day tour opens in Nairobi and a night at the Giraffe Manor where your family will meet some of Africa’s tallest house guests: giraffes wander the grounds freely and often poke their heads through the window to see what’s for breakfast – it’s quite a start to the safari!

Then you divide the next six nights between three of Kenya’s best wildlife destinations. In the Laikipia region you will stay on a private rhino sanctuary and visit the rock that reportedly inspired the filmmakers to create Pride Rock – in fact, you can sit and have a sundowner drink on it! Then it’s on to Samburu National Reserve where you’ll go on game drives and track lions with Samburu warriors before finishing off in style at a tented camp in the Masai Mara. Here you will enjoy a classic savannah safari experience with lion prides and hyena clans – and if in season, the spectacle of tens of thousands of migrating wildebeest.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 8 Days

Accommodations Visited

Kenya, Laikipia

Borana Ranch and Safari Lodge

2 Nights
This guided adventure of a lifetime is perfect for the whole family. Get an inside track for experiencing the locations and animals that inspired the film, as well as colourful local tribe culture. From tracking lions to enjoying sundowners on your own ‘Pride Rock’, this trip will bring The Lion King film to life!
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Itinerary

Detailed breakdown

Day 1: An African Welcome | 1 Night

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Nairobi, Kenya

Your safari begins shortly after you arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you are met and transferred to The Giraffe Manor. A quirky boutique hotel, the manor is well-named as its grounds are the home to several dozen giraffes who have earned an endearing reputation for joining guests at mealtime – or at least seeing whether there is anything to eat at the breakfast table. If there is time, fit in a visit to the nearby Elephant Sanctuary, or just enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this famous hotel as you relax after your journey. There is Wi-Fi and baby-sitting service plus a massage therapist if you’d like to book a post-flight treatment.

Day 2-4: Sunset from Pride Rock | 2 Nights

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Flying from Nairobi’s local Wilson Airport takes you to the wild Laikipia Plateau and Borana Lodge, set at the heart of a giant conservation area deeply dedicated to conservation and a haven for rhinos. Here you mix game drives with walks, horse riding and mountain biking adventures in a land ringing with the sound of banana-beaked hornbills and cackling spotted hyenas – familiar characters from the movie. You can also visit – and indeed have a sundowner drink on – another familiar image: Pride Rock, from which the lions surveyed their kingdom. For the ultimate thrill, head out with armed rangers and conservationists to track rhinos on foot. The accommodation here is well designed to the needs of different sized families with children of different ages.

Day 4-6: Land of the Samburu | 2 Nights

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Samburu, Kenya

A flight takes you from Laikipia to the Samburu National Reserve and a luxurious lodge that looks out over rolling plains towards Mount Kenya. A drier, harsher landscape than Laikipia, Samburu is nevertheless excellent for wildlife and offers a unique mix of classic savannah animals and those of the northern deserts such as unique long-necked gerenuk antelopes. You enjoy game drives before spending time with local conservationists and learning how to track creatures like lions and elephants. A family highlight is the camel safari that takes you for sundowner drinks – and quad biking is available as an optional extra. Your accommodation is the wonderful Sasaab Camp, an especially well-appointed camp with private plunge pools in each suite and comforts such as Wi-Fi, a health and beauty spa, gym, a babysitting service and free laundry. There’s also the chance to spend a night in the wilderness: ask us about the Sasaab fly-camping experience and sleeping out under the stars.

Days 6-8: Masai Mara Magic | 2 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

A morning flight gets you to the Masai Mara and your accommodation – Sala Camp – in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. This is where the ‘Circle of Life’ plays out on the open savannah, a struggle for life and death – and most obviously during the annual Wildebeest Migration when over a million animals pass through the area. But such is the nature of the Mara that the area teems with animals all year round and presents excellent game viewing regardless of whether the Migration is happening. It’s an especially good area for lions – there is a resident local pride – and the general plains game like zebra, giraffe, elephant, antelope and primates. Game drives are the focus here but there are children’s activities lined up too, including nature walks and games such as volleyball. Child minders are available at camp and each suite has its own pool.

Day 8: Farewell Kenya

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There is time for an early morning drive on the Masai Mara savannah before your late-morning flight back to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. Here you are met and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight. Note that you may like to book a day room at a hotel or go on an excursion in Nairobi depending on what time your international flight departs – ask us for more information.

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Inclusions

  • Borana Lodge: Laundry
  • Borana Lodge: Local airstrip transfers (Lewa Downs)
  • Borana Lodge: Shared Game drives, guided bush walks, horseback riding, and mountain biking
  • Giraffe Manor: Entrance to the AFEW Giraffe Centre
  • Giraffe Manor: Laundry, wireless internet access
  • Giraffe Manor: Orchid House dining, boules, and croquet
  • Giraffe Manor: VAT
  • Sala's Camp: Airstrip transfers
  • Sala's Camp: Game drives and other camp activities, bush meals, sundowners, bush volley ball, nature walks, and children's activities
  • Sala's Camp: Laundry
  • Sasaab Camp: Game drives, guided bush walks, camel walks, bush meals, school/clinic/village/market visits, and sundowners
  • Sasaab Camp: Laundry
  • Sasaab camp: Airstrip transfers
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Exclusions

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

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Dates Price
2019-10-01 — 2019-12-15 $9,505
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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