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Remote and Rare

12 days from £4020pp plus international flights.

The name says it all! This holiday takes you deep into the Kenyan bush to private conservancies dedicated to the protection of some of Africa's most endangered species. This is a chance to see the rare black rhino in its natural habitat, as well as white rhino, and Grevy's zebra found only in northern Kenya and eastern Ethiopia.  

You'll be in expert hands with some of the best qualified and most experienced guides in the country. They'll take you on exciting game drives by day and night, lead you on walks in the bush for face-to-face wildlife encounters and enthuse you with their infectious love of the natural world. It's an all-embracing safari experience which no animal lover should miss.

You'll be staying in small camps where you'll soon get to know your hosts who'll regale you with tales of their bush experiences, over a drink around the campfire. You'll have a spacious en-suite tent and private viewing deck in each location. Two of the camps have pools, so you can cool off in the heat of the day, and skilled therapists to administer soothing massages. The third is a more rustic affair, but no less appealing, considered by many the epitome of 'the real Africa'.

So pack your bags - an unforgettable wildlife experience awaits!   

Itinerary
Relax at your camp

DAY 1: ARRIVE NAIROBI

Your flight arrives into Nairobi today and you'll be met by your guide who will drive you the 30 minutes to Nairobi Tented Camp in Nairobi National Park. The rest of the day is at leisure, allowing you to relax after your journey. You might choose to enjoy a game or a book from the library or you could just doze off in one of the hammocks in the gardens. Later a home-cooked dinner will be prepared for you, accompanied by a drink from the bar, all savoured beneath a starry sky. Dinner. 
The inviting pool at Joys Camp

DAY 2: FLY TO SAMBURU

After an al fresco breakfast you'll be driven to the domestic airport for the 40 minute flight to Samburu. On arrival you'll be driven to Joy's Camp. From the lounge you'll be able to see any animals at the waterhole, a foretaste of your safari. There's a lovely pool, ideal for cooling swims. After lunch you'll set on your first game drive in the Shaba Reserve. Your expert guide will make sure nothing is missed and you can expect to see elephant, zebra, giraffe and leopard. Observing animals in the wild is always thrilling and you'll return to camp exhilarated, in time for dinner. Full board.  
Examine tracks on a guided walk

DAY 3: ON SAFARI IN SHABA NATIONAL RESERVE

You'll rise early for a light breakfast before setting off on the morning game drive. Animals are more active before the full heat of the day so this is a good time to observe wildlife. Keep your camera at the ready for photos friends and family back home will envy! Alternatively you might opt to start your day with a guided walk, examining tracks, watching insects and building up an understanding of nature. Either way you'll be back in camp for lunch and a siesta. In the late afternoon you'll be back in the reserve on a game drive that will include atmospheric sundowners. Full board. 
Start the day with a bush breakfast

DAY 4-5: GAME VIEWING IN SHABA

You have two more days to spend in Shaba, selecting your preferred activities. You can start the day with breakfast in the bush, in the middle of the plains or by the river. The freshly cooked food will taste all the better in this superb setting. As well as enjoying the wildlife on game drives you'll have the chance to visit a local village for an insightful glimpse into day-to-day life. Back in camp you can pamper yourself with a trip to the spa. Later, after an early dinner, you can set off on a night drive. The bush is full of life at this time. Listen and look for lions, wild cats, hyenas and owls. Thrilling! Full board.  
See black rhinos in Ol Pejeta

DAY 6: FLY TO OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY

Following breakfast you'll bid farewell to the camp staff. Your next destination is Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, a 40-minute flight and 45-minute drive away. You'll arrive in time for a leisurely lunch before boarding your safari vehicle for a safari in the private conservancy. This is a 'big 5' reserve and is home to the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, with over 100 animals. Set up to maximise breeding potential and release surplus animals back into the wild, the sanctuary is a heartening success story. Back in camp enjoy a gorgeous meal cooked over the camp fire as you chat to fellow guests. Full board.
Get close to chimps at Sweetwaters

DAY 7: GAME VIEWING IN OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY

A full day in Ol Pejeta. As well as game drives you can take guided walks and bird watching trips, as you wish. You can also visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary founded in 1993, where rescued animals are cared for. You'll enjoy spending time with these intelligent and curious creatures. Another heart-warming experience awaits at the Morani Information Centre, where you'll meet and feed Baraka, an adult black rhino rescued after losing the sight in both eyes. Back in camp you'll feel refreshed after a bucket shower, ready for sundowners and dinner. Full board.
Spend time with rangers

DAY 8: WILDLIFE SAFARIS IN OL PEJETA

If you wish you can visit the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Research and Monitoring team, who'll explain the work they're doing, or maybe you'd prefer to accompany resident rangers as they monitor elephants, giraffes and cheetahs in the conservancy. There are also opportunities to see local community projects such as schools and dispensaries in action. At any time you're welcome to rest in camp, enjoying views of the Ewaso Nyiro river and attendant wildlife. Tonight you'll have your final dinner at Ol Pejeta, a chance to reflect on all that you've seen and experienced here. Full board.
White rhino in Lewa

DAY 9: TRANSFER TO LEWA CONSERVANCY

Today you'll be transferred to the Lewa conservancy. You'll find a large, tented suite ready for you and can take time out in the lounge or enjoy a swim in the pool as you look forward to the afternoon activities. Your guide will take out on safari in the conservancy which is home to 11% of Kenya's black rhinos, a current population of about 60. These magnificent animals are subject to severe poaching wherever they are found, and their protection is helped here through funds from tourism. There are also some 60 white rhinos in Lewa and you'll soon become an expert in telling them apart! Full board.
Grevys Zebra

DAY 10: ON SAFARI IN LEWA

You have a second day in Lewa. As well as the rhinos you're likely to encounter elephant, giraffe, buffalo and antelope, all keeping a wary eye out for lion, cheetah and leopard. Look out, too, for Grevy's zebra. Lewa has the world's largest population of these endangered animals. With their dazzling narrow stripes and large ears these are beautiful creatures and it's a rare privilege to see them in such numbers. On arrival back in camp you might want to take advantage of a therapeutic massage to ease any sore muscles. Later you'll dinner by candlelight. Full board.

Take the canopy walkway

DAY 11: ACTIVITIES IN LEWA

Why not start your day with a bush breakfast in a specially chosen location, enjoying the fresh air, views and wildlife. If you want to get close to nature you can accompany a guide and on a walk in the Lewa bush, taking time to learn about the plants and small creatures and their micro-ecosystems. Alternatively you can travel to Ngare Ndare forest conservancy. See the forest from a new perspective as you follow the canopy trail and, back on the ground, enjoy sightings of elephants. On the final night of your safari sit and enjoy a cocktail and canapes on the veranda as you reflect on the adventures of the last few days. Full board.
Board your flight

DAY 12: FLY TO NAIROBI AND DEPART

All good things come to an end and today, after breakfast, you'll pack your bags and board a flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, in time to check in for your flight home. Breakfast.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £4020 (ex. international flights)

Includes: 

Twin-share accommodation; road transfers as listed; domestic flights Wilson-Samburu, Samburu-Nanyuki and Lewa-Wilson; meals as shown; local drinks throughout; game activities as described; park and concession fees.

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes; visas; vaccinations; travel insurance; meals not listed; drinks other than local drinks; optional activities and excursions; tips; items of a personal nature.

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: This is a tailor-made holiday and can begin on the day of your choice.

places you will see

places you will see

Nairobi Giraffe Centre
Nairobi
Most people don’t come to Kenya to visit Nairobi, but there are good places to see here and a night or two can be interesting.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Laikipia & Lewa and Meru Reserves
Laikipia plateau straddled the equator north west of Mount Kenya. Lewa Conservancy is one of the gems of this region. Meru N.P. was made famous by the Adamsons of Born Free fame.
Buffalo Springs & Shaba Reserves
Samburu, Buffalo, Shaba and the north
Wildlife in Kenya’s arid northern parks is not as prolific as in the south, but it’s still special, particularly with the dramatic scenery as a backdrop.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Laikipia & Lewa and Meru Reserves
Laikipia plateau straddled the equator north west of Mount Kenya. Lewa Conservancy is one of the gems of this region. Meru N.P. was made famous by the Adamsons of Born Free fame.
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How this holiday helps

If you want to see some rather precious African wildlife species on a safari which is second-to-none in terms of the amazing wildlife experience and wonderful places to stay, this is not one to miss. The three parks you’ll visit are all very special in their own right in terms of the conservation work they are doing, but together this is a wildlife trip which will be hard to beat. As well as seeing some stunning locations and great wildlife in general, you’ll get to see rare rhinos, Grevy’s zebra and even chimpanzees.

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Time: GMT +3 hours

Flight time: Flights from Europe to Nairobi take about 9 hours direct.

Language: Kiswahili and English are the official languages.

Visas: Visas are required for European passport holders.

Health: Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory, except yellow fever if coming from an infected area.

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