8-Day Flying Safari to Shaba, Lewa and Masai Mara
See three of the richest game reserves in Kenya on this exciting flying safari. Begin your journey in remote Shaba Nature Reserve, located in the eastern corner of the Samburu eco-system, where you can search for the “Special 5.” Next, visit Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, flanked by Mt. Kenya to the south and the arid lowlands to the north. It is here where you will have your best chance to see endangered black rhinos. Finally, you’ll revel in a “Big 5” Masai Mara safari in the heart of the African bush.
*All prices are in US Dollars per person based on double occupancy accommodations unless otherwise stated. Fuel surcharges, government taxes and departure taxes fees are included. Package is subject to availability, may change without notice, blackouts, peak period surcharges, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply. A 50% deposit due at the time of booking to confirm program. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure. Once final payment is received, the program is non-refundable. To protect your investment, trip cancellation insurance is available at an additional cost. For additional Terms & Conditions please contact one of our safari specialists on +254724245950.
1. Lewa Wilderness
Situated near the base of Mt. Kenya – Africa’s second tallest mountain – Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s oldest and most private safari ventures. The Craig family has passed down from one generation to the next a distinct passion for wildlife, conservation and tourism, and they proudly continue to run Lewa Wilderness lodge and Walking Wild camel safaris. This place is as much a home as it is a truly unique and personal safari experience.
The lodge has nine exclusive rooms: six thatched cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley, and three thatched garden cottages set in the beautiful green lawns. Each cottage is tastefully decorated with some of the Craig’s own antique and handmade furniture, giving each rustic charm and the character of a ranch homestead.
2. Elephant Pepper Camp
(Mara North Conservancy, Kenya)
Located in the Mara North Conservancy, the heart of the Masai Mara ecosystem, Elephant Pepper Camp is the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the Mara. The camp’s remote location allows the stars to shine bright at night, undimmed by harsh lighting; guests enjoy the unique experience of listening to the sounds of lion, leopard and hyena foraging and hunting, whilst being cosseted with traditional and modern comforts such as a campfire and cosy duvets.
Upon waking, tea and freshly-baked biscuits ease guests into a morning of game drives or bush walks across the conservancy in the company of highly experienced local guides and wildlife rangers. Blankets warm the guests on night game drives back to camp after sundowners in the bush. Delicious Northern Italian cuisine, fresh baking and sensational salads complete the rustic luxury sensation.
Day 1 – Arrive Nairobi/Shaba National Reserve: Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi), you will transfer to Wilson Airport to connect with your scheduled flight to Samburu. (Pre-night in Nairobi can be arranged at an additional cost). On arrival in Samburu National Park, you will be met by your guide and transferred to camp, located in Shaba National Reserve, with game viewing en route. Enjoy lunch at camp and an afternoon activity. Shaba National Reserve was made famous for its association with the world-famous conservationists Joy and George Adamson and the film “Born Free. Overnight at Joy’s Camp. (L, D)
Day 2 – Shaba National Reserve: Enjoy shared safari activities in Shaba Nature Reserve. Activities include game drives, guided walks, painting, swimming, spa treatments, and cultural visits (some at an additional cost). Overnight at Joy’s Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy: After breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Lewa Safari Camp. This is a scenic drive to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of northern Kenya. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is home to about 10% of Kenya‘s black rhino population and the largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon activity. Overnight at Lewa Safari Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy: Enjoy a full day of shared safari activities in Lewa Wilderness Conservancy. Activities include game drives, guided walks, swimming, spa treatment, horse or camel riding and cultural visits (some at an additional cost). Overnight at Lewa Safari Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 5 – Masai Mara: After breakfast, transfer to the local airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. During certain months of the year, the Masai Mara is home to the wildebeest migration. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transfer to camp with game viewing en route. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon safari activity. Overnight at Elephant Pepper Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Days 6 & 7 – Masai Mara: Enjoy two day of shared safari activities in the Masai Mara. Activities include game drives, guided walks, and cultural visits. Overnights at Elephant Pepper Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 8 – Masai Mara/Depart: After a last game drive in the Masai Mara, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Nairobi. Upon arrival, a representative will meet and transfer you to your Nairobi hotel (booked separately) or to the international airport for your journey home. (B)