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  • Stay at Elsa’s Kopje, the site of the original camp of Born Free fame
  • Wonderful views of the Rift Valley from Loisaba Tented Camp
  • Game drives, nature walks and camel trekking in Laikipia
  • Spot rare animals like wild dog and Grevy’s zebra
  • Luxurious, eco-friendly accommodation at Sand River Masai Mara
  • Look for the Big 5 on game drives
  • Witness the Wildebeest Migration (July to November)


This 8-day tour will reveal two of Kenya’s most underrated safari destinations, before concluding in the country’s flagship conservation area.

You will kick off your East African adventure in the capital for a one-night stopover at Hemingways Nairobi, before heading into the wilderness. Hemingways is a refined contemporary hotel in Nairobi’s tranquil and upscale neighbourhood of Karen. It offers a regal and elegant atmosphere, as well as a superb spa and wellness centre. Expect award-winning cuisine from the resident Michelin-starred chef.

Then fly to an award-winning and private safari lodge situated in Meru National Park, one of the areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness of Born Free fame. Elsa’s Kopje, named after the famous lioness, is set within a rocky hillside that is decorated with beautiful palm trees, baobabs and other lush flora. You will enjoy game drives and nature walks with expert guides and unwinding beside the lodge’s pool while marvelling at the views over Meru.

Next, you will fly into the heart of Kenya and stay at one of only a handful tented camps situated in a pristine wildlife conservancy. The private Laikipia conservancy is a 56 000-acre haven for elephant, all the big cats and endangered animals like wild dog and Grevy’s zebra. You will stay at Loisaba Tented Camp, a beautiful property with stunning views of the Rift Valley landscape. Here you will go on game drives and bush walks with expert Samburu guides, and even have the chance to enjoy unique activities like exploring the Laikipia plains on camelback.

End your Kenya safari in a secluded riverside setting in the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve. Sand River Masai Mara is set in a picturesque location and designed to salute the romantic heydays of safari during the 1920s. Your elegant tented suite will have alluring views of the Sand River and deliver absolute privacy. Spot the Big 5 on twice-daily game drives and if you are visiting between July and November, you should have front-row seats to the Great Wildebeest Migration.


  • Tour Duration: 8 Days

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I love this itinerary because you are experiencing great-value luxury accommodation in two unique private concessions before ending in the prime central location of the Masai Mara for the Wildebeest Migration. If budget allows, I recommend you add on the two extra nights to really fully appreciate the spectacular game-viewing opportunities in the Mara.
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Emma Hill

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Day 1: Welcome to Kenya!

Nairobi, Kenya
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Day 1: Welcome to Kenya! | 1 Night

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Nairobi, Kenya

After arriving at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be transferred to Hemingways Nairobi, a luxurious and sprawling hotel overlooking the Ngong Hills in the tranquil enclave of Karen. Depending on your arrival schedule, there might be time to visit the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre or the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Alternatively, you can unwind in the hotel’s sauna, steam room, spa or swimming pool.

Day 2-4: Discover Meru | 2 Nights

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After breakfast at Hemingways, you will transfer to Wilson Airport for a short-haul flight into Meru National Park. Your accommodation for the next two nights is Elsa’s Kopje, an award-winning private lodge named after the famous lioness of Born Free fame. Set out on daily game drives to explore the diverse landscape and variety of wildlife in Meru.

Although one of Kenya’s more famous national parks, Meru is slightly off the beaten path. This means that you are likely to enjoy its wilderness with few other visitors in sight. Look out for African icons like elephant, hippo, rhino, leopard, cheetah and lion. Enjoy refreshing sundowner drinks in a beautiful location, followed by a special candlelit dinner served in the bush.

Days 4-6: Explore Laikipia | 2 Nights

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Laikipia, Kenya

Your flight out of Meru is not until after lunch, so there is plenty of time to relax or even go on an early morning nature walk. After lunch, a short flight awaits you to the Loisaba Conservancy, a private wildlife reserve located on the Laikipia Plateau. Your spacious and tastefully decorated suite at Loisaba Tented Camp offers panoramic views. Loisaba is home to a flourishing elephant population, all the big cats, and rare animals like wild dog, Grevy’s zebra and Beisa oryx. Go on daily game drives or join local Samburu guides and head into the Loisaba wilderness on foot, gaining expert insight of the natural environment and the Samburu way of life.

Day 6-8: Masai Mara magic | 2 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

Spend your last morning at Loisaba on a game drive or explore the reserve in a different way: by camelback, horseback or mountain bike. After lunch, you will board another short-haul flight into a remote part of the Masai Mara. Your accommodation for the next couple of nights is Sand River Masai Mara, nestled beneath a grove of shady trees in a gorgeous riverside setting. The Mara, Kenya’s flagship reserve, is most famous for the annual Wildebeest Migration and Sand River is perfectly located to witness this natural phenomenon between July and November. The herds naturally attract all the big cats, hyenas and wild dog, which makes for thrilling predator action. Nonetheless, the Mara offers excellent year-round game viewing, especially if you want to see the Big 5. A fascinating visit to a local Maasai village is also an activity not to be missed.

Day 8: Goodbye and bon voyage!

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After one last morning game drive and a breakfast picnic in the bush, you will catch a flight back to Wilson Airport, then transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward connection.

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  • AMREF Flying Doctors Membership
  • All Statutory taxes
  • Laundry
  • Nairobi airport transfers
  • Park and Conservancy Fees
  • Safari activities, including game drives (shared)
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  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature