12-day Classic Kenya Wilderness Safari

Our 12-day Classic Kenya Wilderness Safari (a longer version of our 9-day Classic Kenya Wilderness Safari) provides an authentic safari experience. Staying in small exclusive camps with spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished with private bathrooms, solar lights and located in attractive un-spoilt natural settings, At the camps all meals, drinks (wine, gin and tonic, beer, sodas, mineral water), game drives, walks, night drives and sundowners are included in the price. Staying first at Amboseli Camp in the Selenkay Conservancy, then Rhino Camp in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, followed by Lion Camp in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy adjacent to the Mara Reserve. These safari camps are small and exclusive and run on the same environmentally sound principles – working closely with the local communities.  All camps are specially designed to have minimum impact with no permanent structures.

  • Amboseli National Park – the best place in Kenya to see elephants at close range and wonderful views of Kilimanjaro.
  • Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli – walk with Masai warriors, night game drive, exclusive wilderness area with no other tourist vehicles.
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lakipia – the largest rhino conservancy in East Africa in a vast tract of wilderness within the Laikipia area, overlooking snow-capped Mount Kenya. Elephant, rhino, lion and leopard all present.
  • Masai Mara National Reserve – famous for the spectacular wildebeest migration between the end of June and early October every year and excellent for lion and cheetah.
  • Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Mara – This large area borders the Masai Mara National Reserve and is home to an abundance of animals including the Mara’s renowned Big Cats.

The beauty of being in a private conservancy is that the camps are not governed by the national park/game reserve rules, which are quite restrictive. Hence, our guides can drive off road, do night drives and you can also walk with your Masai guides – which you cannot do in the national parks/game reserves. The private conservancies border the national parks/game reserves’ so the animals can roam freely between the two, however the public cannot, thus creating a more private safari experience away from the sometimes maddening crowds. Have a look at this video which give a little insight into the private conservancies – https://vimeo.com/131957383

Highlights

  • Kenya
  • Nairobi
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • Olare Motorogi Conservancy
  • Selenkay Conservancy
  • Kenya
  • Kenya
  • Kenya

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Nairobi

On arrival into Nairobi International Airport, you will be met by a representative holding a sign-board with your name on it.  You will then be transferred to your hotel.

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Day 2 : Nairobi

Nairobi Full Day Tour
Nairobi is home to dozens of incredible sites and this full-day tour showcases some of the best of this East African city. You will visit the Giraffe Centre where you will have a chance to learn about the endangered Rothschild giraffe and see how major conservation efforts are being made to protect this graceful animal. From there you visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage which is only open for a short period each day. Here you will learn more about the baby elephants and what led them to be orphans. You will get more information on raising them and the efforts being made to re-introduce them back to the wilderness. After lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden you will then visit Karen Blixen Museum, which was once the centre piece of a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke. The farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s an autobiography by the same title.

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Day 3 : Selenkay Conservancy

You will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 06:00 hours and transferred to Wilson Airport for your light aircraft to Amboseli Camp, arriving at camp before lunch.  Following afternoon tea, you will either be escorted on a walk by Maasai warriors to a village to get an insight into their fascinating culture and way of life or take a game drive in the conservancy stopping for a sundowner at a scenic spot overlooking Kilimanjaro, followed by a night game drive to look for nocturnal animals such as aardvarks, serval cats, caracals, bat-eared foxes, African wild cats, and other species.  Return to camp for dinner.

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Day 4 : Selenkay Conservancy

Awake to a dawn chorus of birds.  After an early breakfast, we depart for a full day of game-viewing in Amboseli National Park.  We drive through the bush on our private track into Amboseli National Park, for a full morning of game viewing.  Following a picnic lunch in the park, we return to camp later in the afternoon.  In the evening we have a sundowner, and return to camp for dinner, after which there is the option of a night game drive using a spotlight to seek out some of the nocturnal animals such as aardvarks, serval cats, bat-eared foxes among others.

 

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Day 5 : Selenkay Conservancy

Morning and afternoon game-drives in Selenkay Conservation Area.   The vehicles used are specially designed to be open-sided, for a proper safari experience. Masai warriors escort guests on a guided walk throughout the conservancy, where they can learn about the indigenous animals and flora which are used by the community. You will also have the opportunity to visit a local Masai village where you can experience local life in the community.  Sundowners are available with views of Mt Kilimanjaro too.

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Day 6 : Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Early breakfast and then drive through Amboseli National Park to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight at 09:00 hours to Wilson Airport, arriving at 09:50 hours.  On arrival, you will be assisted to connect to another scheduled flight departing at 10.20 hours to arrive at Nanyuki Airstrip at 11:00 hours. You will then be transferred by 4WD safari vehicle to Rhino Camp for check-in and a chance to relax, with a later lunch. The afternoon can be spent taking in the beautiful surrounding views, or on a short game-drive, then dinner and an overnight at the camp.

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Day 7 – 8 : Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Morning and afternoon game-drives in Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  Other optional activities include the below. These can be discussed with your guide at the camp and payable locally.

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Day 9 : Olare Motorogi Conservancy

After breakfast, depart Rhino Camp for Nanyuki Airport for your light aircraft flight departing at 09.45 hours to the Masai Mara.  On arrival at 11.00 hours. You will be met at the Naboisho airstrip and transferred to camp.  Settle into your tent and enjoy lunch prepared by the camp chef.  Afternoon game drive in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, with a sundowner at a scenic spot followed by a night game drive with spotlights to search for nocturnal animals, including the elusive leopards which are resident in Olare Motorogi Conservancy, before heading back to camp for dinner.

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Day 10 : Olare Motorogi Conservancy

A full day spent on a game drive into the famous Masai Mara National Reserve with a picnic lunch in the reserve.  Return to Olare Motorogi Conservancy late afternoon, sundowner and dinner in camp.

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Day 11 : Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Morning and afternoon game drives in Olare Motorogi Conservancy,  with an excellent chance of sighting lions, cheetahs and leopards all of which are found in the conservancy.  Sundowner and night game drive.

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Day 12 : Departure

Early morning game drive in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy returning for breakfast.  Mid-morning  you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi’s Wilson airport. You will then be transferred to Nairobi International Airport for your onward international flight.

Included

All meet and greets, and airport transfers
Transportation in a 4WD vehicle
Light aircraft flights between camps Professional, English-speaking guide
Walks with Maasai warriors and Masai village visit
Guaranteed window seat
All accommodation and meals as specified
Local non-alcoholic and alcoholic
All park fees and government taxes

Excluded

Travel Insurance
Visa Fees
International flights
Gratuities
Drinks, meals and other activities not mentioned
Travel Insurance
Laundry – due to eco-rating of these camps, laundry service is not provided