THE GREAT KENYA MIGRATION SAFARI
Isak Dinesen, better known as Karen Blixen, wrote in her memoir of early 20th-century Kenya, Out of Africa, that it was a “landscape that had not its like in all the world,” with “crooked bare old thorn trees scattered upon the great plains” and air that was “alive over the land, like a flame burning.” Then, as today, that was the natural backdrop for Kenya’s greatest spectacle. Herds of elephants, prides of lions, the stripes and spots of zebras and giraffes and cheetahs – these are the icons of Africa, still thriving here in Kenya, Africa’s most celebrated safari destination.
Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to the cottages at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden on the site of Isak Dinesen’s original hunting lodge and estate. The historic home is a fine example of early colonial architecture in Kenya, while the cottages are set amongst some of the country’s oldest colonial gardens, shaded by jacaranda, candelabra and bottlebrush. Each cottage has beamed ceilings and an inviting veranda, evoking the character of Kenya in the early 1900s.
Days 2 - 4: Masai Mara, NHA Luxury Mobile Camp Fly
This morning to the Masai Mara. The fabled Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most acclaimed game reserves, renowned for its annual wildebeest migration. The Mara is the northern portion of the Serengeti Plains, and we find excellent wildlife viewing all year long in these grasslands on the Tanzania border. The reserve is named for the Masai tribespeople, the traditional inhabitants of the area who still graze cattle here, and the Mara River that runs through it. We stay at the NHA Luxury Mobile Camp, which allows access to extraordinary campsites near the wildebeest crossing during the migration. Our deluxe camp sits right on the river, overlooking a large pool popular with hippos and crocodiles and some of the best cat viewing in Africa.
Game drives take us among myriad plains animals – not only the thundering herds of thousands of wildebeest and their zebra companions, but also gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi and giraffe. Predators follow in close pursuit, and the Mara is especially famed for its lions – we may see them hunting in the early morning or evening, or resting beneath acacia trees in the heat of the day. Hyenas also patrol the plains in some of the largest numbers in Africa.
Days 5 - 7: Olare Orok Conservancy, Kicheche Bush Camp
We transfer today via a game drive to Kicheche Bush Camp, still in the Mara but a completely different experience. The intimate tented camp is set just outside the park’s boundaries on a private conservancy, with strict limits on guest numbers. This translates into unprecedented game viewing without crowds, especially of the wildebeest migration that occurs in close proximity.
In addition to daily game drives, we are also permitted to get outside the vehicles for escorted walking safaris and enjoy night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife. Kicheche is a permanent camp, allowing for a level of luxury in the wilderness that any authentic safari aficionado will covet. Unfenced and secluded in a thicket of euclea and African olive trees, the camp impinges so little on the natural inhabitants of this prolific reserve that our safari experience is enhanced by the animals that wander unperturbed through the grounds at any time.
Optional hot air balloon safaris with a champagne breakfast upon landing are available upon request at an extra cost during our stay at Kicheche.
Day 8: Nairobi / Home
Fly back to Nairobi today, where day rooms await at the Fairview Hotel for relaxing prior to a group farewell meal and standard evening departures for international destinations.
Dates and Costs
8 Day Tour
Jul 28 - Aug 02
Aug 06 - 14 (Special photo tour)
Aug 14 - 21
Sept 05 - 12
Sept 24 - Oct 02 (Special photo tour)
Custom private departures can be arranged to this destination. Please contact us for more information and we will be happy to assist.
Single Supp.: $895
Deposit: $500 (nonrefundable)
Special photo tours
Single Supp.: $995
Deposit: $500 (nonrefundable)
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars.
2014 dates and fees may change slightly.
Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
Approximately 10 Travellers
A very important feature of our trips is the limited group size as nature expeditions are best experienced with smaller sized groups of travellers.
Scheduled light aircraft flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi, accommodations, meals from dinner on Day 1 to dinner on final day (except lunch final day), non-alcoholic drinks at camps, with meals, and in vehicles, services of Safari Leader, local guides and lodge staff, some gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, permits and entrance fees, and all taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, alcoholic beverages, lunch final day, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.
There is no strenuous activity involved while on safari; however, a safari vehicle sometimes offers a bumpy ride. We recommend that travelers have an adventurous spirit, as they will often enjoy the closest animal encounters.
Kenya, teeming with wildlife, is among the original safari destinations, and rightly so. This itinerary takes advantage of the movements of one of our planet’s most astonishing wildlife events: the Great Wildebeest Migration as it crosses from Tanzania.
Getting There & Getting Home
You must arrive in Nairobi, Kenya before 6:30pm on Day 1 and you may depart Nairobi after 7pm on the final day.
We can best serve you if The Independent Traveller makes these reservations for you as they are intimately familiar with the special requirements of these programs and can arrange the most efficient and cost-effective travel.