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This luxury safari takes in Kenya’s breathtaking lakes, mountains and most iconic wildlife reserve, staying at exclusive hotels and camps along the way. After travelling to the foothills of Mount Kenya and a wildlife sanctuary on the shores of sapphire-blue Lake Elmenteita, a light aircraft flight will whisk you to a wonderful unfenced tented camp in an exceptionally wildlife-rich corner of the Maasai Mara.

• Nairobi: 1 night
• Mount Kenya: 2 nights
• Lake Elmenteita: 2 nights
• Maasai Mara: 2 nights

8nights Safari
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Stay longer

Zanzibar 3 nights Just a short flight from Nairobi, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. The historic part of its capital (Zanzibar Town) is UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town. This coastal city is a real mix of cultural influences, with labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, weathered historic buildings, intricate architectural details and vibrant markets. Stone Town is where you’ll find Zanzibar’s main cultural sightseeing, but it’s also worth taking a tour of the traditional farms, which grow cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, for an insight into the spices that have such an influence on the local cuisine. The ‘stay longer’ reason here is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, lapped by warm Indian Ocean waters. Regularly voted among the world’s best beaches, you can spend your days soaking up the sun, enjoying pampering spa treatments, trying your hand at watersports and snorkelling among the colourful corals.

Mombasa 3 nights Part of the Elewana collection, the exclusive property of AfroChic is a villa-style boutique hotel that fronts the white sands of beautiful Diani Beach. Just a short flight directly from the Mara, it's the ideal end to this luxury safari.

Day 1: UK to Nairobi Depart the UK on your flight to Nairobi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel to relax ahead of your safari adventure. The Norfolk is something of a Nairobi icon. Dating back to 1904, this secluded gem in the heart of Nairobi has played host to presidents, explorers, actors and authors and remains a celebrated landmark. Stay: Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Nairobi to Mount Kenya After breakfast, set off north towards Mount Kenya – an extinct volcano and Africa’s second highest mountain – to your accommodation for the next two nights: the Mount Kenya Safari Club. In the foothills of Mount Kenya, with the equator running through the grounds, this exclusive hotel was once the retreat of a Hollywood movie star. There’s a relaxed and refined atmosphere here, with a pool for taking it easy and afternoon tea served on the lawn terrace. Optional activities this afternoon include nature walks with a wildlife ranger and playing rounds of golf across the equator on a 9-hole golf course. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Mount Kenya After breakfast, leave with a packed lunch on an extended morning game drive to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. One of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya, the sanctuary is the only place in Kenya where the endangered chimpanzee can be seen. It also houses the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, where you can see the world’s two remaining northern white rhino. Stay: Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Mount Kenya to Lake Elmenteita This morning you’ll travel on to Lake Elmenteita, arriving in time for lunch. This sapphire-blue soda lake of is one of the Eastern Rift Valley lakes, lying between Naivasha and Nakuru. The 48,000-acre Soysambu conservancy on the west of the lake covers two thirds of its shoreline and is East Africa’s only nesting site for the great white pelican. In total, the conservancy protects over 450 bird species. Rothschild giraffe also breed here, and other wildlife includes eland, warthog and zebra. The conservancy is home to the exclusive Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp. Intimate and classic, the camp sits in gardens dotted with acacia trees that lead down to the lake. Spacious ‘tents’ are more like small houses, sitting on stone platforms with a wooden front door, glass windows and canvas roof. All are traditionally furnished with a nod to safaris of old and feature a four-poster bed. There’s the option this afternoon to take a boat ride or relax at the camp. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Lake Elmenteita Head to Lake Nakuru National Park, which offers one of the best chances to see rhino as well as migratory birds. Enjoy a game drive and take in the views from the park’s viewpoints. Stay: Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Lake Elmenteita to Maasai Mara Transfer to Loldia airstrip for your flight to the Musiara airstrip in the Maasai Mara. On landing in the Maasai Mara, you’ll spot wildlife from the outset. This corner of the reserve is so exceptionally wildlife-rich that it attracts the makers of wildlife documentaries and programmes including the BBC’s Big Cat Diary and Planet Earth Live. This is where you’ll stay for two nights, in one of the much-loved Governors’ camps. Nestled in the forest by the Mara River bank, the stunning setting was once reserved exclusively for Kenya’s colonial governors, and now plays host to three authentic tented camps. Little Governors’ Camp has just 17 deluxe tents and lies a small boat ride across the river from its sister camps. There’s no vehicle access, with safari jeeps left on the far side of the riverbank, so it remains quiet and undisturbed. In fact the most commotion you’ll witness is if an elephant decides to wander through camp at lunchtime – it’s unfenced, so grazing animals often pass through. It’s more than likely that you’ll hear hippos at night, and get up close with the resident family of warthogs. Breakfast and lunch buffets are served al fresco, there’s an open-sided bar tent and restaurant tent for candlelit dinners, and the campfire is lit at sunset. You’ll spend some unforgettable days heading out on game drives on the Mara’s famous rolling plains – which offer fantastic opportunities to see big cats and the Big Five – and memorable nights under canvas. Tents are set around a large watering hole. Each has a double or twin beds, an en-suite bathroom area, electric lamps and charge points for cameras and phones, plus a deck that provides the perfect spot for relaxed wildlife viewing. On going to bed you’ll find a hot water bottle waiting for you, and each morning before your first game drive there’ll be a welcome hot drink brought to your tent to ease you into the day. Stay: Little Governors’ Camp (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Maasai Mara This morning there’s the opportunity for a hot-air balloon ride over the plains at sunrise. Governors’ balloon safari could just be the most beautiful balloon flight in the world. And wherever you land, a Champagne breakfast will be laid out for you to enjoy. It’s one of the most iconic experiences in Kenya – we recommend pre-booking. Afterwards, head out on further game drives in the Mara, discovering more about the lives of its resident big cats and other wildlife. Stay: Little Governors’ Camp (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Maasai Mara to Nairobi Transfer back to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. Transfer to the international airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B.


Stay longer

Zanzibar 3 nights Just a short flight from Nairobi, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. The historic part of its capital (Zanzibar Town) is UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town. This coastal city is a real mix of cultural influences, with labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, weathered historic buildings, intricate architectural details and vibrant markets. Stone Town is where you’ll find Zanzibar’s main cultural sightseeing, but it’s also worth taking a tour of the traditional farms, which grow cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, for an insight into the spices that have such an influence on the local cuisine. The ‘stay longer’ reason here is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, lapped by warm Indian Ocean waters. Regularly voted among the world’s best beaches, you can spend your days soaking up the sun, enjoying pampering spa treatments, trying your hand at watersports and snorkelling among the colourful corals.

Mombasa 3 nights Part of the Elewana collection, the exclusive property of AfroChic is a villa-style boutique hotel that fronts the white sands of beautiful Diani Beach. Just a short flight directly from the Mara, it's the ideal end to this luxury safari.

ABOUT THIS SAFARI

Is this for you?

This luxurious safari offers incredible wildlife viewing and a high level of comfort – both for your journeys and accommodation, with a light aircraft flight into the Mara and exclusive hotels and camps throughout. It’s a fantastic honeymoon option.

Good to know

• For guests over 7 years old
• A maximum of 6 guests per vehicle
• Luggage must be in soft bags weighing a maximum of 15kg.

What to expect

• Time to get to know your group and guide

• Journeys of between 3 and 5 hours between destinations

• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings.

Accommodation on tour

Accommodation is exclusive and elegant. The Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel sets the scene for what’s to come, with its rich history and classic charm, and The Fairmont Mount Kenya was once the retreat of a Hollywood movie star. At Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp in the Soysambu Conservancy, tents have a four-poster bed, while Little Governors’ Camp is an intimate tented camp in one of Africa’s best wildlife viewing spots.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £685

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Feb 20; Mar 06; Apr 17; Jun 26; Aug 07, 22; Sep 18; Oct 16

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local driver/guides
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• 4x4 safari vehicles exclusively for Kuoni customers, with guaranteed window seats
• Park fees
• Guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private safari Upgrade to a private safari with a driver/guide on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £665 per person

Excursions

Day 7: Balloon Safari from £381 per person

Kuoni highlights

Kuoni highlights

While the wildlife is undoubtedly the highlight of this luxury safari, the hotels and camps that we’ve chosen add a new perspective to your experience, capturing the romance of the classic safaris of old. A light aircraft flight into the heart of the Maasai Mara means following in the footsteps of the early adventurers from the golden age of African aviation, and the reduced travelling time leaves more time for you to enjoy wildlife viewing.