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Welcome to Africa and the start of your African adventure! Ronald, Kathleen and Erica will be met at the airport at 06:30 and transferred to your hotel. Cameron and Faye will be met at the airport at 16:00 and transferred to your hotel.
After breakfast you will be picked up and transferred to Daphne Sheldrick’s Orphanage. Daphne Sheldrick has been rearing and rehabilitating orphans of misfortune for most of her life. Widow of the late David Sheldrick, founder Warden of Kenya’s giant Tsavo East National Park, she has reared and rehabilitated most species in her time, including rhinos, most antelope species, buffalo, zebra, warthogs and many smaller animals and since 1980, for the first time ever, the milk dependant infant elephants. It took Daphne 28 years to perfect the essential hands-on husbandry and the milk formula in order to rear the infants. Those reared by the trust since are the youngest elephants to have ever been successfully reared anywhere in the world.
Our safari departs from the hotel at 7am. From Nairobi we travel north, skirting the jagged peak of Mount Kenya, en route to the dry, ochre plains of Samburuland. Green hills and fertile countryside gradually give way to more arid surroundings, as we descend into the northern frontier region. After passing Mount Kenya we veer right and continue on to Meru National Park in time for a late lunch at Murera Springs Lodge. A little later in the afternoon we set out on our first game drive. Overnight Murera Springs Eco Lodge.
Morning and afternoon game drives in the Meru National Park. Our afternoon game drive takes us into a specially designated rhino sanctuary in the swampy north-western corner of the park. Here beneath the distinctive doum palms, both white rhinos and black rhinos can be found in an area that affords them greater protection. As evening approaches we may be lucky enough to spot cheetah or leopard, both of which are common in the reserve. Overnight Murera Springs Eco Lodge.
After breakfast drive to Laikipia and on to El Karama Lodge. After arriving at El Karama Lodge we settle in as our lunch is being prepared. Later in the afternoon we embark on an afternoon game drive that extends into the night, with a break for a small sundowner in between. Overnight El Karama Eco Lodge.
Today we drive to Soysambu, the site of the first white settlement in the area when Lord Delamere set up his ranch here on the western side of Lake Elementaita - one of Kenya's great soda lakes. Lunch at Serena Elementaita Camp. We then continue to the lake itself where we look out for wildlife such as zebra, eland, gazelle and warthog, before spending our night in a cosy lodge by the lake. Many species of birds also call this lake their home, including greater flamingos and lesser flamingos.
After breakfast we head to Lake Nakuru National Park - the centrepiece of which is the lake itself. After lunch we visit the East Africa Mission Orphanage, in Nakuru. The East Africa Mission Orphanage looks after more than 100 children ranging in age from just a few days old to 15 years of age. Return back to Elementaita in the evening.
We make our way to the nearby freshwater Lake Naivasha – the second largest lake in Kenya and the highest of the lakes (1884m) in the Great Rift Valley. We stay overnight in a house that contains much history. ‘Elsamere’ is the former home of the writer, Joy Adamson. ‘Born Free’ was written in 1960 and did much to bring the issue of African wildlife conservation into the mainstream. The house is a veritable museum that dedicated to the works of Joy and George Adamson, and of course there are many photos of Elsa – the lioness that started it all! It’s also a great place to enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea, with the lake as a serene backdrop. We get to enjoy a boat trip on the lake, where we look out for some of the many resident hippos that live on the waters.
Our next destination is the world renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. Our introduction to the Masai Mara is an unforgettable stay at Maji Moto Eco Camp - located within a Masai village in the reserve. The camp is co-owned and managed by a group of Masai from the local community and blends beautifully with the natural environment. All the facilities are built using natural materials and crafted in the traditional Masai style. Lunch is served and a Masai Village and a school this afternoon. We end the day with a refreshing sundowner on a hill overlooking the beautiful views of the Masai Mara plains. Overnight Maji Moto Camp.
Driving time: approx 1 hour; game drive times variable) In the morning, we make our way into the heart of the Masai Mara - arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. During our time in Masai Mara we explore the open plains on morning, afternoon and also full-day games drives, as well as a morning walking safari. This afternoon we take a game drive ending with a sundowner before returning to camp for dinner. Overnight Base Camp Mara.
(Game drives times variable) Today we take a picnic lunch and head into Masai Mara National Reserve for a full day of game driving, before returning to camp in the late afternoon. Allowing a full day of driving enables us to access large swathes of the reserve, whilst also keeping away from the large numbers of minivans that criss-cross certain popular areas in the park. After returning to camp for lunch we enjoy another afternoon game drive before taking a short walk through the bush to where a rustic bush camp has been set up for us. Overnight Base Camp Mara.
Early morning game drive in the Mara and transfer to the Masai Mara airstrip. Flight from Masai to Nairobi booked independently. You will be met at Wilson airport and transferred to Southern Sun. Accommodation tonight for Cameron and Faye only. Kathleen, Ronald and Erica transfer to Nairobi airport booked independently.
Cameron and Faye's transfer arrangements booked independently.