- Stay in intimate, comfortable tented camps in more secluded conservancies, rich in wildlife and with few tourist vehicles
- View lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and hippopotamus in 4-wheel drive vehicles with the camps’ own Masai guides and spot some of the thousands of migrant birds
- Join Mike on the optional extension to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, an important rhinoceros sanctuary in northern Kenya
London – Nairobi
Please make your way to London Heathrow Terminal 5 to check in by 06.30 hrs for the departure of the British Airways flight BA 065 to Nairobi at 09.30 hrs.
Arrive in Nairobi at 21.05 hrs. Transfer to the Boma Hotel where one night is spent. Dinner under own arrangements.
One night Boma Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
Kicheche Valley Camp
Morning departure to Wilson Airport for a light aircraft flight to Kicheche Valley Camp, located within the Naboisho Conservancy bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Naboisho Conservancy, through its strict limit on bed numbers, offers an incomparable game viewing experience without crowds.
The camp has six spacious well-appointed tents that provide guests with privacy and good views. Bathrooms are en-suite with a flushing toilet and a hot water shower. There are comfortable chairs and a hammock outside the tent, which are perfect for relaxing when not out on game drives. There is a spacious well-furnished lounge and dining tent, although you may dine alfresco if weather permits.
The Masai Mara is blessed with an astounding concentration of animals, and panoramic vistas across plains and dotted woodlands. Covering an area of some 1,500 square kilometres in the south-western corner of Kenya, the Masai Mara is unfenced, bordered in the west by the Oloololo escarpment and the east by the Ngama Hills. When we are there, the majority of the migration herds of wildebeest may have departed for Tanzania, though the resident herds will still be around. There will also be many newly arrived migrant birds.
At all times of the year the Masai Mara is home to an abundance of wildlife that includes lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and a variety of plains game.
Three nights at Kicheche Valley Camp on a full board basis.
Kicheche Bush Camp
Transfer by vehicle to Kicheche Bush Camp for a three night stay with game-viewing en route.
Kicheche Bush Camp is located within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy bordering the National Reserve, which is all part of the Masai Mara ecosystem. The Olare Motorogi Conservancy, through its strict limit on bed numbers, offers an incomparable game viewing experience without crowds. The camp has six spacious well-appointed tents that provide guests with privacy and good views looking out to the plains. Bathrooms are en-suite with a flushing toilet and a traditional safari bucket shower.
Three nights at Kicheche Bush Camp on a full board basis.
Kicheche Mara Camp
Transfer by vehicle to Kicheche Mara Camp for a five night stay with game-viewing en route.
Kicheche Mara Camp is located in the Mara North Conservancy of the Masai Mara, which borders the National Reserve. The camp is in a lovely location in a prime wildlife area and game viewing starts right from the camp itself. The camp only has eight tents, which therefore creates a friendly and intimate atmosphere. Each tent is comfortably furnished with an en-suite bathroom, bucket shower, flushing toilets and low wattage lighting.
The majority of the tents are in secluded positions overlooking grassland and nearby hills. The spacious Nyati tent acts as the camp lounge with comfortable seating, a library, board games, cards and local crafts.
Five nights Kicheche Mara Camp on a full-board basis.
Day 13: Fly by light aircraft to Wilson. On arrival transfer to the Boma Hotel for dinner. Transfer to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for the British Airways flight BA 64 departing to London at 23.15 hrs.
Day 14: Arrive London Heathrow Terminal 5 at 05.30 hrs.
Kicheche Laikipia Camp
Fly by charter flight from the Masai Mara to the Ol Pejeta air strip, then drive to Kicheche Laikipia Camp, located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. A former cattle ranch, the Conservancy, which extends to 90,000 acres, now combines cattle-herding with wildlife conservation and offers a blissfully un-crowded environment to enjoy quality game viewing.
The Conservancy is home to East Africa’s largest population of black rhino, so the conservancy is largely fenced for their protection. However other animals can come and go. These include elephant, cheetah, lion, leopard, wild dog and plentiful plains game. Ol Pejeta lies on the equator a short drive from Nanyuki airstrip and has wonderful views of Mt Kenya. Night drives are available to search for nocturnal species. For more information about the Ol Pejeta Conservancy go to www.olpejetaconservancy.org.
The camp consists of six luxurious tents nestled among indigenous woodland overlooking a waterhole in the centre of the Conservancy, and is hosted by Andy and Sonja Webb, a very experienced management couple, ensuring you have a wonderful stay. Andy is reckoned to be one of the finest walking guides and birders on the whole continent and Sonja is not only an outstanding cook but also a wonderful host. Mike has known Andy and Sonja for many years.
Four nights Kicheche Laikipia Camp on a full board basis.
Fly to Wilson Airport, Nairobi. On arrival transfer to Boma Hotel for day rooms. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the hotel. Evening transfer to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for the British Airways flight BA 064 departing to London at 23.15 hrs.
Day 6: London
Arrive London Heathrow Terminal 5 at 05.55 hrs.