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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Kenya Luxury Safari
Duration: 12 days
Pickup location: Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]

Overview

Unique accommodation and attention to detail makes this extraordinary vacation extra special.

This journey evokes the safari of old. Stylish accommodation options offer sumptuous comfort, personal service and exquisite food, all of which enhances the original African spirit of adventure. Exceptional guides will take you to the very best spots to have a spectacular wildlife experience like no other. Full of magical moments to make special memories that will last for years, this really is the trip of a lifetime!

Itinerary

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Nairobi
DAY 2 - Ol Malo Conservancy
DAY 3 - Ol Malo Conservancy
DAY 4 - Ol Malo Conservancy
DAY 5 - Ol Malo Conservancy
DAY 6 - Masai Mara
DAY 7 - Masai Mara
DAY 8 - Masai Mara
DAY 9 - Manda Island
DAY 10 - Manda Island
DAY 11 - Manda Island
DAY 12 - Nairobi and Home
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DAY 1 - Nairobi

You will be met on arrival and transferred to Giraffe Manor on the outskirts of the city. This very special boutique hotel offers exceptional service, stunning grounds and luxury interiors, but it’s most famous for its herd of resident Rothschild's giraffe who visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat! It is the only place in the world where you can enjoy the breathtaking experience of feeding a giraffe over the breakfast table or photographing them at the front door!

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Giraffe Manor 
Optional extras: Nairobi activities such as visits to the Elephant orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum 

DAY 2 - Ol Malo Conservancy

After breakfast with the giraffes, transfer to Wilson Airport for the daily scheduled flight north to Laikipia's Loisaba airstrip. On arrival your guide will be waiting to transfer you to the Ol Malo Conservancy in a 4x4 safari vehicle.
Ol Malo is situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in Kenya's wild and beautiful North Eastern Province - 5000 acres of spectacular bush country overlooked by Mount Kenya and teeming with the elusive antelope from which the land takes its name. Situated on a rock escarpment and bordering the tribal heartlands of the nomadic Samburu people, this is a dream destination with one of Kenya’s most breathtaking views.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Ol Malo Conservancy 

DAY 3 - Ol Malo Conservancy

DAY 4 - Ol Malo Conservancy

As well as game drives, horse riding, camel riding, nature walks, night drives, picnic breakfasts, river walks, sundowners on the rocks, barbeques in the bush, star gazing, a visit to the Samburu workshop and even the use of a helicopter to get a birds eye view, are some of the many activities that give guests here an experience of a lifetime.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Ol Malo Conservancy 

DAY 5 - Ol Malo Conservancy

Spend another glorious day enjoying the stunning, unspoilt Samburu country and wildlife.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Ol Malo Conservancy 

DAY 6 - Masai Mara

Check out after an early breakfast and transfer to Loisaba airstrip for the daily scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. The flight route passes over the Great Rift Valley and on a clear day it's possible to see its famous soda water lakes. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the award-winning Cottar’s 1920s Camp. Vintage luxury at its best, this stunning tented camp exudes style of a bygone era, embodying the original spirit and essence of a ‘safari’. It has its own private conservancy just one kilometre from the Masai Mara. The camp’s professional guides are exceptional and have some of the highest qualifications in Africa making game drives here extra special.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Cottars 1920s Safari Camp 
Optional extras: Massage and spa facilities 

DAY 7 - Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is one of the world’s premier destinations for wildlife viewing. Here you can spot the Big 5, amongst stunning, iconic scenery. As well as game drives you can also learn about the history and culture of the region, go hiking, fishing or birding or simply relax in the luxurious surrounding of the camp.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Cottars 1920s Safari Camp 
Optional extras: Hot air balloon ride. Massage and spa facilities. 

DAY 8 - Masai Mara

Your days on safari can be spent as you wish and your guide will discuss each day with you as you go along. Normally there is an early game drive at dawn to try to spot the predators in action, before retiring back to the camp for a sumptuous breakfast. Then you have free time to relax or do another activity before heading out on an afternoon game drive. In the evening you can swap stories with other guests around the campfire, before a sumptuous dinner is served.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Cottars 1920s Safari Camp 
Optional extras: Hot air balloon ride. Massage and spa facilities. 

DAY 9 - Manda Island

After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for the morning flight to Nairobi. After a short layover, fly on to Lamu and then transfer by boat for 3 days of relaxation by the beautiful Indian Ocean.
Manda Bay is a small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoiled, idyllic island in Lamu’s archipelago. It offers stunning beach front accommodation with a pool, pampering and barefoot luxury. Kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, SUP boarding are all included alongside use of games and yoga rooms.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 
Accommodation: Manda Bay 
Optional extras: Deep sea fishing, motorised water sports activities, snorkelling, spa treatments, Lamu tour including archaeological site and museum visits and scenic flights 

DAY 10 - Manda Island

Calm crystal waters lap the palm-lined beaches here and it has a laid back, tropical island paradise, atmosphere. The surrounding area is renowned for excellent marlin fishing, historic towns and the ancient baobab encircled Manda Settlement. Whilst miles of soft white sand surround the lodge itself, the bush behind the lodge is home to a variety of birds and mammals including mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, genet cat, dik-dik, buffalo and bushbuck.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Manda Bay 
Optional extras: Deep sea fishing, motorised water sports activities, snorkelling, spa treatments, Lamu tour including archaeological site and museum visits and scenic flights 

DAY 11 - Manda Island

A visit to Lamu, Kenya’s oldest living town dating back to the 14th century, is highly recommended. The old town is inscribed on the World Heritage List as “the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa”. Due to the narrowness of the streets, there are few cars and the town is easily explored by foot. We can organise a local resident guide who will show you around the town, its fort, the mosques and other points of interest.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Manda Bay 
Optional extras: Deep sea fishing, motorised water sports activities, snorkelling, spa treatments, Lamu tour including archaeological site and museum visits and scenic flights 

DAY 12 - Nairobi and Home

Enjoy a leisurely last morning at Manda Bay. After lunch transfer by boat to the mainland for the flight to Nairobi. You will be met on arrival at Wilson Airport and transferred to the International airport.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Optional extras: Any excursions or shopping trips in Nairobi 

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More information

What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • Airport transfers
  • 1 night accommodation at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi
  • 4 nights accommodation at Ol Malo Lodge, Lakipia
  • 3 nights accommodation at Cottars Camp, Masai Mara
  • 4 nights accommodation at Manda Bay, Lamu
  • Schedule flights between properties
  • Park and conservancy fees
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Membership
  • All known Government taxes

What's not included

  • International flights and visas
  • Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as shopping
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any unforeseen tax increases

Important information

  • Vaccinations are recommended for Kenya. Please consult your doctor for advice.
  • US Passport holders require an e-Visa to visit Kenya.
  • Please let The Big Safari Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance payments due 14 weeks prior to departure.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Safari Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.

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