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Tour MULTI-COUNTRY: 11 Day Classic East Africa #16

11 DAY CLASSIC EAST AFRICA SAFARI

Why you'd love it!

With our two-country Classic East Africa Safari tour across the most iconic landscapes in Eastern Africa, our 11-Day Tanzania and Kenya Safari ensures that you won’t miss a thing. Your spectacular, custom African safari adventure will bring you stunning wildlife, luxury accommodation and incredible experiences to treasure forever.

Travel through the unsurpassed terrains of the astounding Serengeti, Amboseli National Park and the Mara Naboisho Conservancy! Over 11 extraordinary days filled with our handpicked selection of the best sights, experiences and accommodation in Kenya and Tanzania.

Enter classic safari country in Tanzania with endless, beautiful wild plains teeming with the Big-5, zebras, giraffe, Baobab trees, countless rare species and so much more. Spend two unforgettable days at the infamous Tarangire National Park where your luxury safari lodge, fantastic game safari, magnificent views and Amboseli’s renowned elephant herds await. See everything from Masaai warriors to the Great Migration during your two days at Tanzania’s sensational UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Crater – home to splendid wildlife, including rare black rhinos, hyenas, and lions.

Experience the unsurpassed sights and sounds of the famous Serengeti National Park during your two-day stay, where you will encounter everything from prides of lions to nocturnal animals, Thomson’s gazelles and resident tribesmen as you take game drives and nature walks through this sensational UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Revel in the diverse wild terrains of Kenya’s Mara Naboisho Conservancy, with its splendid woodlands, open savannahs and rivers inhabited by Maasai tribesmen and an enormous array of wildlife including leopards, lions, elephants and antelopes.

A glorious 11-Day Kenya and Tanzania safari tour that takes in all of the most dazzling, talked about landscapes across Southern Africa. An exceptional safari experience that you won’t want to miss!

Itinerary Details
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DAY 1: KENYA / Nairobi

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Bed & Breakfast; dinner à la Carte

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Guests are met at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and guided to their safari vehicle for the short hop to the four-star hotel in Nairobi, where guests spend their first night.

Arrive, unwind, relax, enjoy lunch/ dinner and get ready for your next adventure!

DAY 2: KENYA / Transfer to Amboseli National Park

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Light aircraft flight to Amboseli National Park. Arrive in the Amboseli National Park!

Amboseli National Park lies in the foothills of distant Kilimanjaro! It belongs in the elite of Kenya’s national parks, and it’s easy to see why. Its signature attraction is the sight of hundreds of big-tusked elephants set against the backdrop of Africa’s best views of Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m).

DAY 3: TANZANIA / Amboseli National park Safari days

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Amboseli is known for big skies, swampy springs and dry and dusty plains trampled by thousands of animals.
The park is watered by an underground water supply, from Kilimanjaro’s ice caps, filtered by volcanic rock and emerging in two springs in the heart of the park. However, this source is not guaranteed and the area swings from swamp to dust as dictated by the climate.

Set in the shadow of the majestically looming Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park in Southern Kenya combines stunning scenery with prolific game wildlife roaming its plains. Backed by the silhouette of Africa’s highest mountain, this culminates in some of Africa’s most distinctive and quintessential imagery. Excellent year-round sightings and enviable landscapes.

DAY 4: TANZANIA / Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area /

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The Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding highlands together form one of Africa’s most beautiful regions. Volcanic craters form stunning backdrops to some of the most fertile and richest grazing grounds in Africa.

The most famous such Crater is without question Ngorongoro, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and home to the highest density of big game in Africa. Ngorongoro is justifiably one of the continent’s most famous safari destinations.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtakingly beautiful setting and the best place in East Africa to see the Big Five. 

It is a great way to start your African safari adventure- one of the world’s most astonishing and renowned natural wonders!

DAY 5: TANZANIA / Ngorongoro Crater Safari Day / Safari day in Ngorongoro

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The Ngorongoro Crater is a huge volcanic caldera, covering 100 sq. mi (260 sq. km) in Northern Tanzania. Formed approximately 2.5 million years ago when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself, the Ngorongoro Crater is 2000ft (610m) deep. Endowed with an abundance of wildlife, the crater features almost every animal species present in East Africa.

Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day game drive, exploring the panoramic, short-grass prairies along the floor of this ancient volcanic caldera. Home to rare black rhinos as well as lions, hyenas and gazelles, this incredible “Lost World” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 6: TANZANIA / Transfer to Serengeti National Park

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Experience the world famous Serengeti National Park! The Serengeti ecosystem is a world-renowned natural landscape.

The Great Migration of wildebeests, zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles that takes place there is the largest ungulate migration on earth.

With resilient populations of predators and iconic wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, and rhinos, the Serengeti National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 7: TANZANIA / Serengeti Safari days

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The endless plains of the Serengeti…

Your drive will begin around 6AM in search of nocturnal predators returning from their night’s hunting and animals waking up in the early dawn. Breakfast boxes will be prepared for you to enjoy and you as soon as the sun rises. After breakfast you will go in search of prides of lions, cheetahs and leopards, just a handful of the many of animals residing in the park. Pass by the Serengeti information centre in the Seronera area for a brief look at the history of the region.

Return to the lodge for a relaxed lunch and cold drinks. Later in the afternoon, when the sun is less intense, you have the option to go on an early evening game drives or undertake a nature walk around the camp with resident tribesmen, who will be happy to share their knowledge of the surrounding plants and animals.

Alternatively, lunch can be taken as a picnic to maximize your time in the park – a long day but worth it for the experience of a lifetime.

DAY 8-10: KENYA / Naboisho Conservancy

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The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a 50,000 acre wildlife conservation area in Kenya’s Greater Mara Region. It borders the Masai Mara National Reserve to the south west, the Olare Orok Conservancy to the west and the Ol Kinyei Conservancy to the east.

The second largest Masai Mara conservancy, Mara Naboisho (Maasai for ‘coming together’), has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Masai Mara region. The conservancy’s picturesque rolling hills, riverine acacia woodlands and sprawling grasslands are home to herds of elephant, giraffe, wildebeest and many lions. With only nine safari camps in operation at the conservancy this is just the place for an exclusive safari feel.

The Conservancy is home to the big cats – in impressive numbers – and herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest. Rare species such as Aardvark, Caracal, Serval cat, Aardwolf, and Ratel are occasionally found.

With its high concentration of wildlife, and generous personal space and freedom on offer, visitors enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters. This private conservancy is a ground breaking project of tourism benefiting conservation and community.

DAY 11: RETURN BACK HOME

UNTILL NEXT TIME!

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end…! Goodbye to the safari life, feeling relaxed, mesmerizing scenery, great food, family time and romantic memories.

Morning road transfer back to the airport for your flight…dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!

Cost

2022 /  Jul-Nov: $9,980 / per person sharing /2 pax min.*

*Prices may vary slightly

Dates

Best time: March – October every year

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Amboseli Game Reserve
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Naboisho-Mara Conservancy
Price Includes
Price Excludes
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • "Inter-Africa" flight as per itinerary
  • Tour Guide (where applicable)
  • All transportation as specified on itinerary
  • Activities as specified in itinerary
  • International airfare
  • Tips & Private Expenses
  • Visa's (When applicable)
  • Additional accommodation before or after the safari
  • Park and enhance fees as indicated
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Nairobi International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Location

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KENYA

Safari in Kenya!

Kenya is the quintessential African wildlife safari destination. This is the original “Out of Africa” destination!
In almost every designated wilderness location within the country, you see plains herbivores and carnivores engaging amidst rare and endangered species. The skies, floras and lakes are abuzz with birdlife, small and large, raptors, insects, plants and fruit eaters.

Your Luxury Kenya Safari allows you to explore Kenya where the safaris there are still truly once in a lifetime experience, with arguably some of the best game viewing, culture and luxury lodges and camps in all of Africa.

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Big game safari!

Amboseli National Park, the second most popular animal park after Masai Mara, is located 160 miles from Nairobi, on the border with the neighbouring country of Tanzania. Amboseli National Park covers 392km² (151miles²) and has a mixed topography of plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush, swamps and marshes. Its magnificent location at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, combined with its excellent opportunities to view Kenya’s animals, make it one of the most-visited safari parks in Kenya. Amboseli belongs in the elite of Kenya’s national parks, and it’s easy to see why!

Amboseli was declared a national reserve in 1968. It became a national park in 1974. However, in 2005, President Mwai Kibaki transferred control from the Kenya Wildlife Service to the Olkejuedo County Council and its residents, the Masai tribe. This is still being contested in the courts because of its implications that could jeopardize Kenya’s other national parks.

Its signature attraction is the sight of hundreds of big-tusked elephants set against the backdrop of Africa’s best views of Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895m). Africa’s highest peak broods over the southern boundary of the park, and while cloud cover can render the mountain’s massive bulk invisible for much of the day, you’ll be rewarded with stunning vistas when the weather clears, usually at dawn and/or dusk.

Apart from guaranteed elephant sightings, you’ll also see wildebeest and zebras, and you’ve a reasonable chance of spotting lions, cheetahs and hyenas. Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African animals because its vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. Amboseli has over 80 different mammals to be found ranging from the tiny (and rarely seen) spectacled elephant shrew to the huge bulk of the African elephant. Few visitors will go home without superb elephant pictures with Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. The park is also home to over 370 bird species, both large and small, to see if you keep your eyes open and stop at every sighting.

The National Park embodies five main wildlife habitats (open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland) and covers part of a Pleistocene lake basin, now dry. Within this basin is a temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, that floods during years of heavy rainfall.

ACTIVITIES
Game drives in the Amboseli National Park!

Amboseli National Park Camp

Big game safari days!

The camp is located in a quiet, unspoiled, unique setting on a 5,000-acre private conservation area,12 kms south east of Amboseli National Park, within the Amboseli Ecosystem, right at the foot of Africa’s Largest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. Looking down onto the Amboseli National Park in one direction and up to Mt Kilimanjaro in the other direction – arguably the best location of any camp in Amboseli!

This charming camp with the choice of spacious safari tents or more structured suite options. The camp currently has 9 luxury en-suite mountain facing tents and 5 large luxurious lodge style suites.

The suites are luxury cottages with thatched roofs, deep baths and enormous, romantic beds swathed in snow-white mosquito nets, and look out onto Amboseli National Park, renowned for its elephants. The tents are canvas affairs, but the massive beds look straight out onto Mt Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania, about 20km away, and the highest mountain in Africa. Both the tents and the suites are en-suite with the suites also having luxurious baths. Facilities are supplied with hot running water provided by eco-friendly solar units.

Elephants, giraffe’s and zebra are seen most days from the comfort of your room. The camp is designed using natural rock and acacia wood, the bathrooms have their own naturally crafted bathtub and shower.
Safari chefs provide the most sumptuous selection of cuisines to satisfy every taste. The dining room looks out onto Kilimanjaro to the South and down across the resident waterhole to the plains of Amboseli to the West.

ACTIVITIES
Guided walks, night game drives and a visit to the local cultural village.

Amboseli Tented Camp

Big game safari days!

Only 10 minutes away from the Amboseli National Park gate, find this picturesque lodge. Situated within a private concession at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, this eco-friendly lodge offers magnificent views from both its main guest areas and its beautifully appointed cottages. Each cottage boasts romantic four-poster beds, a lovely en-suite bathroom with a Victorian bath and a shower, a fireplace and a personal bar. A butler service is provided for that added personal touch.

Take in the magnificent views of the surrounding wilderness as you soak in your bathtub after a successful day of game viewing adventures.

Delicious meals are enjoyed in the main guest area, with menus created from the freshest ingredients (locally sourced where possible) and served to a symphony of African sounds. A waterhole, visible from the convivial bar areas, a dining room, sitting rooms and a spa all offer a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a spot of game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. Adventures include twice-daily game drives in 4×4 safari vehicles, nature walks, camel walks and fly camping.

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

Safari in the Ngorongoro!

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area holds the status of a National Park. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans 8,300 square kilometres, stretching from the Rift Valley to the Serengeti. About 2.5 million years ago the young Ngorongoro Volcano became filled with molten rock that then solidified into a crust or roof. As the lava chamber emptied, the solid dome collapsed and from this was formed the largest caldera in the world. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) offers one of the richest wildlife viewing experiences on the African continent.

Approximately 25 000 large animals live in the natural enclosure formed by the 300km² crater, while the greater conservancy surroundings are home to wildebeest and zebra migratory movement in the wet season. It is undoubtedly the best place in Africa to see the Big Five, and photo opportunities are superb. The mineral-rich floor of the crater is covered in nutritious grasses, attracting great herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle that can even be seen from the crater rim, swarming across the landscape in great columns. Populations of predators are extraordinarily high and lion and cheetah roam freely, and elusive leopard can often be spotted darting in and out of the Lerai forest.

It was recently voted one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the last remaining areas in Tanzania where you can see the endangered Black Rhino. A small population is thriving in this idyllic environment, and it remains one of the few wild places where they continue to breed.

In the conservation area lives 56,000 Masai in harmony with the East African Wildlife. Seeing the Masai let their herds share the grazing areas with thousands of Wildebeests and Zebras is unique phenomenon. The encircled grasslands of the crater floor offer excellent game viewing year-round with 25,000 large mammals, including black rhino, zebra and eland, and Africa’s densest population of lion. The rainforests of the crater walls are home to elephant, buffalo, leopard and cheetah, making for spectacular game viewing.

As well as the spectacular wildlife viewing, the NCA is also renowned for its extraordinary flora and fauna. The region is a botanist’s dream, showcasing a landscape of mountain forests, open grass plains and swampy marshland, each with a splendid variety of vegetation and fern species.

At Ngorongoro Crater, you will see dormant and active volcanoes, archaeological treasures, rivers, forests, lakes, grass and sand dunes. A Ngorongoro safari is one for the books!.

Ngorongoro Crater Area Guest Farm

Ngorongoro Crater safari days!

The guest farm is located immediately adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and shares a mile-long boundary with it. It is surrounded by tropical gardens and has great views over a coffee-plantation.

The original 1929 farmhouse is a lovely old building still retains its colonial feel with low, beamed ceilings and polished-stone floors dotted with rugs. A couple of separate lounges with sofas, armchairs and coffee tables – some with a wood-burning stove or an open fire – create cozy areas to unwind after a busy day on safari.

The outside areas are extensive. There are various well-tended gardens, including a herb garden, a cactus garden, a rose garden, a medicine garden and an enormous vegetable garden, birdlife is abundant as a result. Expect to see (or hear) tropical boubous, African pygmy kingfishers and golden-winged sunbirds to name a few.

Stone pathways lead from the main house, through the gardens, to the 21 cottages. The cottages are spacious and bright and fitted with high-quality furniture. They have been designed to reflect the history of the farm, with polished eucalyptus-wood floors, tongue-and-groove boarding painted a pale green, beamed ceilings and stone walls.
The bathroom, separated by a sliding door, has green polished cement floors, a large indoor shower, a separate bath, double basins and an enclosed toilet. A huge carved stone bath sits in front of a large window with lush planting outside. Double doors lead from the bathroom to a private outdoor shower.

ACTIVITIES
A great base from which to take part in various activities. The main reason for staying here is to visit Ngorongoro Crater and/or Lake Manyara National Park, both of which are about a two-hour drive away. However, there are plenty of local activities in the immediate vicinity of the farm too. There are walks and mountain biking, as well as evening talks by their resident naturalist. Spa treatments are also currently available within the comfort of your own room. You can choose to take part in as much or as little as you like.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Safari in the iconic Serengeti!

Serengeti National Park is located in Northern Tanzania and covers an area of about 14.670 km². The park was founded in 1920 and became a National Park in 1951. The Park is especially famous for it’s immense Wildebeest and Zebra herds, but it is not without reason that it is also known as the best place for observation wildlife in general.

The Serengeti is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. The Serengeti migration is as remarkable as it is impressive. This migration takes place twice a year within Kenya and Tanzania and is considered one of the greatest migrations of wildlife on the planet. Its ecosystem is spread across 60,000 square kilometres and is home to the largest diverse concentration of wildlife and famous for infamous for the migration of nearly two million Wildebeests, Zebras, and Antelopes.

The Great Migration is as old as human history. Fossils that were found in the Olduvai canyon, prove that Wildebeests have already been using the planes of the Serengeti for their migration over a million years ago. Already to those times, they were following the rains through the Serengeti.

The yearly cycle begins in the south of the park, where half a million calves are born between January and March. But when the rains end in May the land dries fast and the grazing animals must move on, heading for their dry season refuge in the Masai Mara. The key players in this 1,200-mile odyssey are the wildebeest – 1.5 million of them – accompanied by 200,000 zebras, 350,000 Thompson’s’ impala and Grant’s gazelles. For them, every year is an endless journey, chasing the rains in a race for life.

The action takes place across 150,000 square miles of woodlands, hills and open plains, a wilderness that includes not only the Serengeti national park and Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve but also the dispersal areas beyond. With the beginning of the short rains in late October the migration makes its way back into the Serengeti, so this a good time to be anywhere in the north of the park. By December, having emerged from the northern woodlands, the herds return past Seronera to mass on their calving grounds again and the circle is complete. But as soon as the rains return the wildebeest head back to the Serengeti, drawn towards their calving grounds in the park’s deep south. Between January and March, when the calves are born, there is nowhere on Earth so vibrantly alive.

When the rains end in May the wildebeest make tracks for the Masai Mara. Some take Route One – north across the Seronera Valley. Others swing through the Western Corridor, but for all of them the journey is beset with danger. For a start there are the famous Serengeti lions – about 3,000 at the last count – to which can be added leopards and cheetahs, hungry hyena clans and monster crocodiles. The river crossing is most likely one on the most dramatic events in the Serengeti!
The exact dates of the actual river crossing is always a mystery but it is usually around the end of July through mid-August.

THE CENTRAL SERENGETI
This area is the vibrant, beating heart of the Serengeti. The Central Serengeti sees high volumes of visitors due to the large amounts of resident wildlife. This gives travellers a high chance of seeing wildlife in the least amount of time. The central Serengeti is the quintessential image of a Serengeti safari; stretches of savanna grassland dotted with acacia and baobab trees. The Seronera River Valley is beautiful and the year-round water supply keeps the area rich in predator and prey. The Central Serengeti is a year-round destination thanks to the resident wildlife and reaches its peak in the dry season from June to November.

WESTERN CORRIDOR and GRUMETI
The Western Corridor is a remote section of the Serengeti which stretches to Lake Victoria. This area is well known for the Grumeti River which is the scene of treacherous river crossings that form part of the Great Migration. Thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their way across the crocodile infested waters en-route to the lush plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya. The best time to witness these crossings is from late May to mid-July.

NORTHERN SERENGETI
The Northern Serengeti is a quiet area of the Serengeti thanks to its remote and secluded location. Expect far fewer crowds here as it requires long travel times to get to the northern area. The trip is worth it as the Northern Serengeti’s landscapes are varied and beautiful and it is home to exciting wildlife. It is also where travellers can watch the dramatic Mara River crossings. Herds that are thousands strong make the dangerous crossing, attempting to avoid the crocodiles as they do so. The best time to visit with a high chance of seeing the river crossings is from July to September.

SOUTHERN SERENGETI
Serengeti translates loosely to “endless plains” in the local Masai language. It could be argued that the seemingly never ending, short grass plains of the Southern Serengeti were the inspiration for the name. This seasonal safari destination is the most accessible area of the Serengeti and stretches from the Central Serengeti and the Seronera to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Lake Ndutu region is dotted with alkaline lakes home to flocks of pink flamingos. This area is great for game viewing during the Great Migration from December to March. Most excitingly, the lush plains are the perfect destination and backdrop for the calving season during February when about half a million calves are born over a 2-3-week period and join the ranks of the huge herds.

EASTERN SERENGETI
The Eastern Serengeti is definitely ‘off the beaten path’ and is one of the most starkly beautiful sections of the Serengeti. Made up of grass plains, rivers and rocky outcrops, this area does not see many tourists but is an exciting safari destination. It is home to all three species of big cat (leopard, lion and cheetah) with a noticeably high concentration of cheetah. The wildlife viewing in the eastern Serengeti is at its best during the dry season and reaches its pinnacle in November when the Great Migration passes through.

Northern Serengeti Tented Camp

Serengeti safari days!

Experience Africa’s great Serengeti and its incredible wildlife on a tented safari near the game-rich Mara River! With the Mara river close by, it’s not uncommon to hear the Blue Wildebeest splashing and snuffling as they run along the riverside.

These northern reaches of Tanzania are where the annual Wildebeest Migration crosses from the depleted plains of Serengeti National Park to the lush grasslands of the Masai Mara. In season, you can witness this grand spectacle as hundreds, if not thousands, of wildebeest, zebra and other ungulates brave the Mara River in search of greener pastures beyond. Resident big game can be sighted throughout the year including iconic species like lion, rhino, wild dog, elephant, hippo and crocodile.

The perfect pairing to your authentic Serengeti safari, lavishly-furnished tented suites are generously sized with roll-up canvas sides that showcase the beautiful surrounds. The camp is comprised of eight large, luxurious tents, all with their own en-suite facilities consisting of a flush toilet, double basins and a shower. The oversized double bed and luxurious lounge area provide a soothing place to rest your head after long days of safaris.

Each room has a desk to record your adventures and the veranda offers a hammock, table, and cushioned seating for you to comfortably view the rolling plains of the Serengeti.

ACTIVITIES
Game drives are available twice a day and invite adventurers to seek and watch the wildlife as they live in their natural habitat. Experienced guides join you on your journey, sharing a world of small and large wonders that they truly know and understand

Hot air balloon safaris and walking safaris are all options available and all allow you to experience the extensive wildlife of the Serengeti first hand. From giraffes to zebras and pangolins to porcupines, you’re never far from the next beautiful creature roaming the wild. Balloon safaris begin at 6am and take you silently above the plains teeming with herds of wildlife. After adventuring for 1-2 hours, balloon safaris are followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush.

Exploring the exciting wilderness on foot brings you closer to nature and ensures the safari is personal and immersive in every way possible. Follow the tracks, smell the herds on the breeze and hear the crunch of fauna underfoot. Led by a bush guide, you will be given bush-wise facts, wildlife know-how and incredible stories of life in the wilderness.
In addition to game drives, nature walks allow you to appreciate the beauty of smaller wildlife or the thrill of tracking big game on foot, and hot-air balloon rides are an extraordinary way of viewing the great plains of East Africa. While days are spent exploring golden savannahs, evenings are reserved for tranquil sunset drinks, candlelit dining, sharing ‘bush stories’ around the fire and listening to the quiet sounds of the African night.

NABOISHO CONSERVANCY

Safari in the Naboisho!

Comprising 50,000 acres northeast of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara Naboisho Conservancy provides an exclusive safari experience. The conservancy has been formed by putting together parcels of land owned by over 500 Maasai landowner families and conservancy fees are directed back to these landowners, providing them with a sustainable livelihood in return for setting aside their land as a wildlife reserve.
This private conservancy is a ground-breaking project of tourism benefiting conservation and community. With its high concentration of wildlife, and generous personal space and freedom on offer, visitors enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters.

The Initial research indicates that Mara Naboisho Conservancy has one of the highest densities of lions in Africa. One of the major prides, comprised of 22 lions, makes its home near Encounter Mara. The conservancy also has impressive numbers of elephant, giraffe, and other plains animals, in addition to hosting endangered species like Cheetahs and some of the rarest animals in Kenya, such as Wild Dog which have been sighted recently in the conservancy.

The Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya is home to the big cats – in impressive numbers – and herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest. Rare species such as Aardvark, Caracal, Serval cat, Aardwolf, and Ratel are occasionally found. Naboisho is a bird watcher’s paradise with several bird species rarely seen elsewhere in the Mara such as White-Headed Buffalo-Weavers, Northern White-Crowned Shrike, Pigmy Falcon, Von Der Deckens Hornbills, Bush Pipits. Unlike its neighbour, the Masai Mara National Reserve, this private conservancy strictly monitors the number of tourists who enter the area, reducing the number of vehicles and the human impact on the environment and wildlife

While the charm of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is its exclusivity, the philosophy of the conservancy is refreshingly inclusive. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy also limits the number of tourists who may enter the area, thereby reducing the crowds of vehicles. Guests often find themselves the only vehicle around, giving spectacular, unspoiled views of exciting wildlife.

The conservancy was established not only to conserve the environment and wildlife, but also to protect and empower the local Masai community. By visiting the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, you will be playing a part in protecting the cultural heritage of the local Masai and improving their access to vital services. When you stay at Naboisho, a large part of the conservancy fee is channelled back into the community, making the project more sustainable.

In addition to this, there are also a number of community empowerment projects run by the Basecamp Foundation Kenya, a non-profit organization. These projects – which include training locals to become guides, supporting local schools, improving access to healthcare and clean water, and empowering women – help to strengthen and uplift the community.

Naboisho Luxury Tented Camp

Tented safari camp

The camp is a high-end permanent camp located in the 50,000-acre Mara Naboisho Conservancy in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. The private conservancy protects wildlife and supports local communities whilst ensuring that visitors get a superior safari experience in tented luxury in pristine wilderness. Mara Naboisho Conservancy is renowned for its broad range of game viewing activities and excellent array of wildlife.

“Naboisho” means ‘harmony’, and there is an ethos throughout the camp of a harmony with nature from the low-impact canvas suites to the organic construction of the main lodge.
The eight luxurious tented suites offer private facilities and king-size beds, with large screen windows to let the sights and sounds of the Kenyan wilderness astound you at every turn.

The spacious tents have been designed combining the traditional bush style with a fresh modern feel focusing on attention to detail. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and indoor and outdoor showers. Each luxury safari tent also has a large veranda with a day bed for relaxing after game drives and is attended by a personal butler. For A family tent is also available, comprising of two separate bedrooms and one shared bathroom.
The lounge are is thatched and has wooden decks providing a great vantage point out onto a watering hole.

ACTIVITIES
Guests have unparalleled access to one of the most remarkable natural areas on the planet and they are accompanied by expert guides on day and night game drives, bush walks and wilderness excursions.

WALKING SAFARIS
Talk to any old Africa hand and they’ll likely tell you that the best way of experiencing the African bush is on foot. Walking through the grasslands at this pace allows you to really see, hear, smell, touch and feel the environment. On a walking safari you’ll see creatures that you’d otherwise miss if you were in a jeep: the ants and the beetles, the lizards and the tortoises, the birds and the butterflies. Your senses are heightened when you know that at any moment a buffalo or elephant could emerge from behind that tree just up ahead.

Walking guides are among the best trained in the business. Before they’re allowed to take guests out on a walking safari they have to undergo much rigorous testing and many hours of experience as an assistant walking guide. Walking guides always carry a rifle with them but are trained not to get themselves or their clients in a situation where they might have to use it (and it’s an extremely rare day when a walking guide has had to resort to firing a rifle).

Before the walk begins…The lead guide gives a briefing during which safety rules are explained and guests are told what to do in the case of an encounter with a potentially dangerous animal. The guide is also likely to explain to guests that walking safaris are more about looking for footprints and other clues as to an animal passing rather than finding the animal itself.