Wings Over Kenya

11 Days from US$7,995 per person

Overview

Experience Kenya’s top wildlife reserves on this 11 day flying safari. Highlights include the elephants of Amboseli, night game drives in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the famous Maasai Mara. Accommodations are in luxurious, small permanent tented camps where your wildlife activities will be led by camp guides and trackers who have intimate knowledge of the areas you are visiting.

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What's Included

Private airport transfers
All meals and accommodations as per itinerary
Shared wildlife activities in open 4WD vehicles
with professional, resident camp based safari guides and trackers
All National Park and Wildlife Reserve entrance fees
Scheduled flights: Nairobi – Amboseli, Amboseli – Nairobi – Lewa / Lewa – Maasai Mara / Maasai Mara – Nairobi
Soft drinks beer and wine, while on safari (excluding spirits and champagnes)
Membership in Flying Doctor’s service
Laundry Services (except in Nairobi)

Highlights

Amboseli  |  Lewa Wildlife Conservancy |  Maasai Mara |  Night Game Drives |  Guided Walks

Amboseli

Located in the southern reaches of Kenya, the Amboseli National Park is renowned for its excellent variety of wildlife such as Masaai giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah and not surprisingly it is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the majestic snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok. The birding is excellent, especially closer to the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to large herds of elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and soak up spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Spanning over thousands of hectares of vast open savannah grasslands in northern Kenya, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is home to the world’s largest population of Grevy’s zebra. Renowned as a pioneer and leader in responsible tourism, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy actively advances and develops community engagement and wildlife conservation. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as an important sanctuary for a large selection of wildlife including the endangered black rhino as well as the white rhino. Lewa offers visitors the opportunity to have close encounters with these prehistoric creatures against an unspoilt backdrop, making it one Kenya’s top game-viewing destinations. Boasting one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya, the park is also inhabited by elephants, lions, buffalo, wild dogs, giraffes, cheetahs, and over 400 bird species.

Maasai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

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Camps & Lodges

The Norfolk Hotel  |  Tortilis CampLewa Safari CampCottar’s 1920’s Camp

Day 1 | Nairobi

 

Arrive into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport today. After clearing customs you will be met. Dating from Kenya’s colonial days, the Norfolk is a landmark in Nairobi, rich in history and recently fully refurbished. There are several restaurants, a pool, salon, news-stand, and gift shops. Spend the rest of your day relaxing or venture into downtown Nairobi for some shopping. Dinner is on your own tonight.

     The Norfolk Hotel 

     Meals: None

 


Day 2 | Amboseli National Park

 

This morning you will be transferred to Wilson Airport for the scheduled 7:30am flight to Amboseli National Park. You will be met at the airstrip and depart on your first game drive en-route to Tortillis Camp. Tortillis is a luxury tented lodge situated on the edge of the Amboseli National Park in a 30,000 acre private reserve.. The 15 tents are large and luxurious, with king-sized beds and en-suite facilities. Each tent has a huge thatched roof that extends over a large verandah. The camp has magnificent views of Mt Kilimanjaro and is know for it wonderful food. After lunch there will be an afternoon game drive until dusk.

Amboseli National Park supports a wide range of wildlife particularly elephants roaming in large herds. With Mt Kilimanjaro in the background it is the scene of many classic African safari shots. A section of the park is a seasonal lake the remainder being swamplands, fed by melting snow from Kilimanjaro, and savannah woodland.

     Tortilis Camp 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 3 and 4 | Amboseli National Park

 

You have two more full days available for wildlife viewing. In between game drives you may wish to take a guided game walk outside the park or relax at the swimming pool.

     Tortilis Camp 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 5 | Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

 

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for the scheduled 8:30am flight to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport where you will connect with your flight to the Laikipia Plateau to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Lewa is private wildlife sanctuary, located in the Laikipia region. Here you’ll encounter the northern species as well as plenty of plains game, elephant, buffalo, and the odd predator… all against a stunning backdrop – Mt. Kenya on one side and the Matthews Range on the other.

Your stay here will be at the Lewa Safari Camp, located in the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary within the conservancy. The twelve luxury guest tents with private en suite bathroom overlook a floodlit water hole where you can watch numerous wildlife come to drink. Besides day time game drives and walks, you will have the opportunity to take night game drives allowing you a chance to see bush babies, aardvarks, bat-eared foxes and several cats. For a special treat, take a morning horseback ride, or camel ride amongst the game, and get within an arm’s length of giraffe and zebra. The ambiance of the camp and the food are wonderful.

     Lewa Safari Camp
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 6 and 7 | Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

 

You have two more days to enjoy the many activities available here along with day and night game drives in open safari vehicles, you can take walking safaris accompanied by armed trackers, or try tracking rhino with the park rangers.

     Lewa Safari Camp
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 8, 9 and 10 | Maasai Mara – Cottars Reserve

 

After breakfast you will be driven to the airstrip for the scheduled flight to the Maasai Mara. The famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in all of Africa, providing for wonderful wildlife viewing year round. Known as home of the “Big Five,” with the rolling Mara grassland plains, woodlands and the Mara and other rivers, the reserve covers an area of 600 sq. miles (1,500 sq. km.) The Mara is well known for the part it plays in the “great migration”. By late July the animals begin entering from Tanzania’s Serengeti. The 200,000 Zebra, 300,000 Thomson Gazelle and 1.3 million Wildebeest following the annual rains and are in the Mara until late October when they head south again. In all 95 mammal, amphibian and reptile species plus 485 species of birds inhabit the Mara eco-system.
After landing at the air strip you will be met met by a Cottar’s 1920’s Camp vehicle and driver and transferred to Cottar’s Camp. This luxury 1920’s style Mara camp is a return to the original spirit and essence of safari. Set on an exclusive private wildlife concession in the Maasai Mara/Serengeti ecosystem it is untouched by any kind of tourism or development. The camp lies in the cusp of a cedar-covered valley beside a crystal clear spring with panoramic views of rolling hills..
Cottar’s accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 authentic white canvas tents, which are spacious and luxuriously furnished, incorporating original safari antiques from the ’20′s; They all have private en suite dressing rooms and bathrooms (with old-fashioned showers and flushing toilets), a main bedroom and an outdoor veranda.
Guest activities include game drives in modern four wheel drive safari vehicles or in their authentic 1920’s vehicle in the private reserve and the Mara proper. Guided walks and night game drives are also conducted. There is also a tented reading room with an extensive array of African and modern books. Meals are taken in the dinning mess tent or outside with silver service and candlelight, offering a unique experience as you relax after the day’s activities and become aware of the night’s sounds.

     Cottar’s 1920’s Camp
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 11 | Maasai Mara / Nairobi – Depart

 

Depart on an early morning activity, returning to camp for breakfast. Afterwards you will be driven to the airstrip to catch the scheduled 11:00am flight back to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport arriving at noon. Upon arrival you will be met and taken to the Norfolk Hotel where you will have use of a day room. The remainder of the day is yours to relax. After dinner you will be met and transferred to the airport to catch your International flight home.

     Say Room at The Norfolk Hotel

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

INCLUSIONS

Private airport transfers

All meals and accommodations as per itinerary

Shared wildlife activities in open 4WD vehicles with professional, resident camp based safari guides and trackers

All National Park and Wildlife Reserve entrance fees

Scheduled flights: Nairobi – Amboseli, Amboseli – Nairobi – Lewa / Lewa – Maasai Mara / Maasai Mara – Nairobi

Soft drinks beer and wine, while on safari (excluding spirits and champagnes)

Membership in Flying Doctor’s service

Laundry Services (except in Nairobi)

EXCLUSIONS

International airfare & flights

Spirits, premium wines and champagnes

Gratuities for guides and camp/lodges staff

Visa and visa fees

Travel Insurance

All items of a personal nature

Airport departure taxes

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