8 days from £1875pp plus international flights.
A high quality wildlife safari experience in the Masai Mara and Amboseli, using adventure camping to get you closer to the wild and keep the costs down.
A camping safari staying in small private mobile camps is one of the best ways to experience Kenya's natural attractions. This holiday has been designed to include a variety of habitats so that the widest diversity of wildlife can be seen. The camps are sited in private conservancies so that walking and night drives may be taken but are also conveniently located for easy access to Amboseli National Park and the Masai Mara.
Our campsites are private, exclusive sites and there are camp staff who erect camp, cook, boil hot water for showers, wash up, etc., but you are asked to help put your tent up. An experienced safari cook travels with the group and the food is of a very high standard. Small, 2 person dome tents are used and all camping equipment is provided, but you should bring your own sleeping bag and towel.
Your first stop is the Selenkay Conservation Area which lies in the heart of Maasailand a few miles north of Amboseli National Park. It is an important dispersal area and rangeland for wildlife in for wildlife in the Amboseli eco-system. The local Maasai community has set aside the area of a reserve for wildlife so that the habitat can be protected and wildlife conserved. Amboseli National Park, at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, is one of Kenya's most popular national parks, it lies 150 miles south east of Nairobi, very close to the Tanzania border.
Next you travel to the Masai Mara. The campsite is located on land owned by the local Maasai people alongside the Mara Reserve in the Ol Kinyei conservancy. Day and night drives and walks with the Maasai are taken here. The conservancy holds a wide variety of the animal species for which the Mara is famous including a large resident pride of lions.
Arrive at Nairobi airport. You will be met and driven to your hotel in Nairobi, just a few minutes drive from the international airport. Eka Hotel is a modern, comfortable base where you can relax after your flight. If you have time to do any sightseeing in Nairobi today, we'll be happy to help you organise your day - perhaps visiting the giraffe centre or Dahpne Sheldrick's elephant orphanage, or simply shopping in town.
You will be driven to Wilson airport for your flight to the bush. On arrival we will take you to Selenkay Adventure Camp, an exclusive tented bush camp situated in a private conservancy bordering the northern boundary of Amboseli National Park. Accommodation is in 2-man dome tents, each with its own flush toilet and safari shower located at the back of the tent. At the camp site there are service staff who do all the work associated with camping like washing up, heating water for showers, doing the cooking and serving the food. You will have an afternoon game drive in the conservancy to start your safari experience.
A full day in Selenkay. All the big cats have been seen in the Conservancy as well as elephants and a wide range of species including large numbers of giraffes, zebra, and antelopes. This is a truly wild area of Maasailand which is only open to a limited number of visitors in order to protect the habitat and conserve the wildlife. You will have the chance to go on a guided walk and visit a local Maasai village today. Between game drive you have time to relax at the camp and enjoy freshly prepared meals. Full board
Early breakfast and then drive through the bush into Amboseli National Park for a full day there with good views of Kilimanjaro and close-up observation of elephants, as well as many other species such as wildebeest, zebra and impala and over 400 species of birds including the bee-eater, African fish eagle and pygmy falcon. Return to camp in Selenkay Conservancy later in the afternoon after a picnic lunch.
We will take you to the airstrip for the flight to Wilson, to connect with an onward flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival at the airstrip in the Mara you will be transferred to the mobile camp in Ol Kinyei Conservancy - a private reserve adjacent to the Masai Mara, with no fences between. After settling in, we head off on a game drive in the conservancy to see some of the wildlife for which the Mara is famous.
Wake up at dawn and enjoy an early game drive in the conservancy on the lookout for the big cats, returning to camp for a late breakfast. If you wish, take an escorted nature walk before lunch. In the afternoon enjoy another game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy with a night drive as you head back to camp, looking elusive nocturnal animals.
An early breakfast is followed by a full day in the Mara Reserve, taking a picnic lunch. Today you'll hope to see the Mara's many big cats as well as the diverse wildlife that inhabits the reserve. If you visit during the migration (roughly July to October) you can also expect to see vast herds of wildebeest and zebra. Even outside of migration season wildlife viewing is magnificent, with the Mara supporting substantial resident wildlife populations including the big five. A fascinating array of around 550 species of resident and migratory birds is also present in the Masai Mara.
Sadly, it's time to leave. You will be transferred to the airstrip for the flight to Wilson airport. Here we will meet you and drive you across town to the international airport for your flight home. If you are on a late flight, we can arrange for you to either sightsee in Nairobi, or go for a nice meal (perhaps in the famous restaurant, Carnivore), or you could take 'day use' of a hotel room until it's time for your flight.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1875 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2018 guide price pp sharing: £1875. However the camps are closed in April-June and November to 14th December 2018.
Accommodation on a twin share basis with 1 night in a hotel and 6 nights camping; all transfers as per the itinerary; flight from Wilson to Selenkay, from Selenkay to ths Mara (via Wilson) and the Mara to Wilson; meals as specified; daily game drives, conservancy and park fees and Masai village visit in Selenkay; day & night game drives, conservancy and park fees and guided walks in the Masai Mara.
International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; items of a personal nature; tips.
Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Nairobi. International flights from the UK start from around £695, depending on season and availability.
Departure dates: You can take this trip starting any day other than during the months of April, May, June and from November to mid-December - when the trip doesn't run due to the rains.
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