9-Day Flying Safari to Lewa and Masai Mara
Between the wide open African savannah, bright red sunsets and the proud Maasai warriors, Kenya is the quintessential safari destination. Begin your Kenyan safari in Nairobi in the lush Karen neighborhood, named after Karen Blixen, whose words immortalized the Kenyan safari experience. Continue north to the Lewa Conservancy, a private wildlife reserve teeming with big game. Enjoy game drives as well as walking with armed guides or perhaps even a scenic flight over the beautiful terrain. End your safari in the famed Masai Mara, home to one of Africa’s largest Big Cat populations and the Great Wildebeest Migration.
Your Kenya safari will begin at the Hemmingways Nairobi (1 night), Lewa Conservancy Lewa Wilderness Lodge, Cottage, captures the stunning views out over the valley and the sound of the river below where elephants, giraffe, rhino, zebra and more all come to drink (3 nights), Masai Mara Game Reserve Mara Plains Camp, Luxury Tent, located on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River, with sweeping views across Kenya’s notable savannahs (4 nights).
*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. Hemmingways Nairobi
This 45-suite boutique hotel elevates the standard of luxury for travellers in the region. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Each of our 80m² suites have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills, a magical view which can also be enjoyed over sundowners at the Bar.
The service is personal and sincere, offering a luxury experience from the moment you touchdown in Kenya.
2. 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 - Nairobi, Kenya- Arrival. Upon arrival at Nairobi, you will be transferred to the Hemmingways Nairobi. Typically, flights from the U.S. to Nairobi arrive in the evening. Settle into your accommodations, followed by dinner. Prepare for an early morning departure to your first game reserve. Overnight at Hemmingways Nairobi..
Day 2 - Flight to Lewa Conservancy and Lewa Wilderness Lodge After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for a quick flight to the Lewa Conservancy and Lewa Wilderness Lodge. After settling in, lunch will be served with high tea to follow. Before the day ends, you will embark on your first game safari in open safari vehicle. Back at the lodge, enjoy a drink around the log fire as you socialize with other guests from all over the world. Gather around the long dining table for a seated and served dinner enjoying the sounds of the African night. Overnight at Lewa Wilderness.
Day 3 - Lewa Conservancy – Camel Safari & Guided Walk or Game Drive A light breakfast will be served before leaving for your morning game activity. You may choose to enjoy a camel safari, a great way to take in the scenery from a unique vantage point, or to enjoy a guided walk led by a trained Maasai guide, nothing is more thrilling than watching a rhino or elephant grazing in the morning light while you are on foot or following the tracks of a leopard. This afternoon head out on a game drive, you have a good chance to see the “Big Five.” For dinner, this evening you may wish to dine privately on the pool deck, or out in the bush on request. Overnight at Lewa Wilderness.
Day 4 - Lewa Conservancy, Horseback Safari & Local Village Days begin early in the bush on Kenya Safari, just after dawn, you head out on a game drive to experience wildlife at its most active. Following breakfast, you may head to a local village for a fantastic opportunity to interact with the life and culture of the Maasai. This afternoon, your horseback safari in Kenya allows you to enjoy wildlife in its most natural form without the sounds of a car engine or sight of a road. Another delicious meal is enjoyed with your fellow travelers, perhaps tonight you will sample some local exotic dishes. Overnight at Lewa Wilderness.
Day 5 - Kenya Safari – Lewa Conservancy, Horseback Safari & Local Village Following a pre-dawn cup of coffee and early morning game drive (when wildlife is the most active) return to camp for a full hot breakfast. This afternoon, interact with the life and culture of the local Maasai by visiting a local village or school. Head out once again in the early evening by vehicle, horseback or on foot and finish another fabulous day on Kenya safari with “sundowners” overlooking the magical terrain and dinner at camp. Overnight at Lewa Wilderness.
Day 6 - Flight to Masai Mara Game Reserve, High Tea & Game Drive After your few days in the wilderness, it’s time to move to your next location. Today you head to the most iconic wildlife destination on the planet. Time permitting you may wish to stop at the Lewa Crafts center to see the craftsmanship first hand-weaving carpets and designing and creating furniture from salvaged acacia wood. Alternatively, visit the HIV/AIDS orphanage, clinic and school en-route to the airstrip. You fly into the Masai Mara and Mara Plains Camp. Upon arrival, you are served lunch and a safety briefing. Settle into your tented room, high tea will be served and then you head out on an afternoon Kenya safari game drive before dinner. Overnight at Elephant Pepper Camp.
Day 7 - Masai Mara Game Reserve, Day & Night Game Drives Wake up early to experience the vast number of wildlife species in this exclusive Olare Motorogi Conservancy (one of only five camps that are situated on this conservancy), a low-density tourism land that borders the Masai Mara, while still having unfettered access to the Masai Mara’s additional 375,000 acres. Lunch is served on the wooden deck overlooking the plains. Siesta then high tea and head out again on an afternoon drive, return to camp for dinner enjoyed around the large table with fellow travelers. Overnight at Elephant Pepper Camp.
Day 8 - Masai Mara Game Reserve, Game Drive & Hot Air Balloon Ride Up before dawn for a spectacular balloon ride over the plains as you witness the sun rising. After landing, enjoy a full hot breakfast and champagne in the middle of the Masai Mara. This afternoon, back out on a safari game drive continuing into the night for a night drive which is particularly prolific on the private conservancy. Sightings on Kenya safari often include nocturnal mammals and even lion and hyena hunts. Overnight at Elephant Pepper Camp.
Day 9 - Masai Mara Game Reserve, Full day Game Drive No two days are the same on safari. Today spend the day with a packed breakfast and lunch deep in the reserve or Conservancy. Your four-wheel Land Cruiser is open-sided, canopied and customized for photographers with raised roofs and photographic bars. Drinks and snacks are kept cool in the fully stocked fridge. During your stay, each guest tent has a set of professional Canon camera with lenses and Swarovski binoculars which is available to you. Return to camp after dark with plenty of bush stories from the day to share. Overnight at Elephant Pepper Camp.
Day 10 - Flight to Nairobi & Departure Today you leave the Masai Mara and head back home or to other parts of Africa. If you decide to get up early you may squeeze in one last game drive. After breakfast, you will depart on your scheduled flight to Nairobi where your Kenya safari experience comes to an end. Your international flight should be booked out of Nairobi no earlier than late afternoon.