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Private Kenya's Masai Mara

tour iconTours & Safaris|9 days

Private Kenya's Masai Mara

Highlights

  • Authentic tented camps in private riverside settings
  • Ideal for the Wildebeest Migration between about June and November
  • Excellent year-round game viewing, especially of predators like lions, leopards and spotted hyenas
  • Private vehicle and guide in the Masai Mara
  • Quick and convenient flights by light aircraft between Nairobi and the Mara
  • Activities, schedules and meals tailored to your preferences
  • Hot-air ballooning, fishing and helicopter flights available
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Overview

Beginning with a night under canvas in the unique Nairobi National Park, this 9-day safari explores some of the most productive areas of the Masai Mara from the comfort of luxurious tented camps, complete with delicious 3-course suppers under the stars. The emphasis is on exclusivity, exceptional experiences and personalised service: you have a private guide and vehicle while on safari in the Masai Mara and you can design your own timetable and menu around your preferences.

Moving between two different camps in the greater Masai Mara region gives you the advantage of covering a larger area for game sightings. Ngare Serian lies in the private Mara North Conservancy and adds spot-lit night drives and guided walks to its list of activities. Ngare Nkorombo lies on the banks of the Mara River and offers front-row seats to the most dramatic of all events in the Masai Mara when tens of thousands of wildebeest arrive to cross its crocodile-infested waters.

And although the Masai Mara is best known for the annual Wildebeest Migration, such is the depth of biodiversity here that excellent wildlife sightings are enjoyed throughout the year. The familiar heavyweights are in abundance – elephants, buffalo, hippo and giraffe – and the open wooded savannah is ideal hunting territory for lions, cheetahs and spotted hyenas. Recommended for wildlife lovers and photographers, the intimate and private nature of this tour makes it a perfect fit for an unforgettable honeymoon or extra-special journey.

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Summary

  • Tour Duration: 9 Days

  • Start: Nairobi
  • End: Nairobi

Accommodations Visited

'Within minutes of landing in the bustling capital of Nairobi, one is whisked away to safari from a bygone area. A night in a true wilderness area on the city’s doorstep is followed by a charismatic selection of exclusive and intimate safari camps in the prime wildernesses of Kenya. Whether giving yourself over to the natural charm of the exclusive Ngare Serian on the banks of the Mara River, or enjoying the tranquillity and authenticity of Serian Nkorombo’s mobile camp (a leopard's leap away from a popular wildebeest crossing point), this itinerary allows one to escape and be transported (in exclusive-use safari vehicles) to experience the ultimate in game viewing and serenity.'
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Under Canvas

Nairobi, Kenya
Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Under Canvas | 1 Night

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Nairobi, Kenya

You arrive at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport - East Africa's international flight hub - where a tour representative will meet and transfer you to Nairobi Tented Camp, a short drive from the airport. This unique stopover is tucked away in a beautiful riverside forest within in the Nairobi National Park, a protected swathe of woodland and savannah that is home to lions, zebra and giraffe. Your spacious tented suite has solar-powered lighting and battery-recharging points while the bathroom has a charming safari-style bucket shower that is filled with hot water on request. There is time for a game drive in the park or you can simply soak up the views from your outdoor deck and check up on emails, care of the complimentary Wi-Fi, before making your way to main camp for a candle-lit a la carte supper.

Day 2-5: A Private Mara Safari | 4 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

Breakfast at Nairobi Tented Camp is followed by a road transfer to Nairobi's Wilson Airport for a shared charter flight to the Masai Mara. Your guide meets you on arrival and transfers you via a game drive to the private Mara North Conservancy and Ngare Serian, your home for the next four nights. Settle into your tented suite before sitting down to a welcome lunch and a chat with your guide about the next few days' activities, perhaps starting with an afternoon game drive.

Known as the Masai Mara's most intimate camp, Ngare Serian only has four suites and is reached either via a charming roped bridge or by boat, giving it a truly adventurous air. The camp itself is stylish and contemporary: elevated decking offers superb views and its spacious tented suites feature a 4-poster bed and full bathroom with flush toilet, twin basins, a sunken bathtub and a separate shower. Each suite also comes with a private guide and vehicle, a somewhat unique advantage for game viewing, allowing you to decide when and where to go - complete with picnic breakfast or afternoon drinks.

Day 6-8: On the Banks of the Mara River | 3 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

A drive from Ngare Serian takes you to its sister camp, Serian Nkorombo, which enjoys a private riverside setting along the banks of the Mara River. Its five Meru-style tents are equipped in a traditional style with comfortable beds, plush carpets and en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and bucket showers. A mobile camp with the lightest of environmental footprints, Nkorombo offers a more rustic experience and although there is no electricity in the suites, there is a central charging area for batteries and electrical devices.

Your activities centre on morning and afternoon drives in the Masai Mara where you once again have your own vehicle, guide and tracker for personalised game drives. An area of year-round wildlife, the Mara River region is where some of the most dramatic scenes play out between June and November when migrating wildebeest herds pass through, dodging the flashing jaws of crocodiles as they cross the river. Back at camp you have star-lit suppers and fireside conversations to look forward to, complete with vintage wines and champagnes from the Serian cellar.

Day 9: Bid Kenya farewell

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After breakfast overlooking the Masai Mara you are transferred to a local airstrip for a shared charter flight back to Nairobi's Wilson Airport and a transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward travel arrangements and the end of this tour.

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Inclusions

  • Conservancy fees
  • Transfer from Musiara to Wilson
  • Transfer from Wilson to Mara North
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Exclusions

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

Rates

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DatesPrice
2018-01-06 — 2018-06-30 $5,960
2018-07-01 — 2018-09-30 $7,295
2018-10-01 — 2018-12-14 $5,960
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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