Discover Nairobi’s Utamaduni artisan market, Giraffe Centre and Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage before traveling into the landscapes of Kenya. Discover how sustainability practices ensure that the wilderness and wildlife thrives while earning income for the Maasai landlords from the land where they have lived for hundreds of years. This adventure also explores sustainability at solar-powered camps all through Kenya outside of Nairobi and the first electric-powered safari vehicle in the Masai Mara. Renewable resources also encompass water management, renewable energy and community engagement. Help with canine training or recording lion sightings. Savor an extraordinary experience – a sunrise balloon safari over the Maasai Mara spotting elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and more. Journey into Kenya to encounter its incredible wildlife and culture
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Price starts at $850 Land per person, per day, double occupancy.
Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
Welcome to Nairobi, home of the classic African safari. Founded in 1899, Nairobi is one of the most prominent cities in Africa and much of it harks back to its storied past. You are met and transferred to your hotel, a five-star luxury boutique hotel, Hemingways Nairobi, one of the finest hotels in Africa. The 45-suite boutique hotel elevates the standard of luxury for travelers in the region. Each room features a seating area and private terrace. Large en suite bathrooms feature walk-in closets, double vanity units and separate bath and shower.
Hemingways supports One Horizon, a humanitarian, non-profit organization focusing on poverty alleviation and the pillars of sustainable tourism. Founded in 2007, it operates over 20 child rescue centers around Nairobi that feeds more than 2,000 children a day, and supports a sustainable women’s empowerment program. Relax this evening. Hemingways Nairobi
Day 2: Nairobi
Discover Nairobi’s Utamaduni artisan market located in the leafy suburb of Langata as well as the estate of Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke, a Danish author also known under her pen name Isak Dinesen. Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, an account of her life while living in Kenya. Also take in the Giraffe Centre and the charming Giraffe Manor where you have an opportunity to interact and feed the habituated giraffes. In the late afternoon, enjoy a special visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage overlooking Nairobi National Park. Run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the orphanage operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. The trust had successfully saved and hand-reared hundreds of infant African Elephant calves, two from the day of birth. Big Five believes and champions this mission by fostering an orphan in your name when you visit the orphanage at a time when it is open only to fellow foster donors. As the expert handlers introduce the lively elephant and rhino orphans and feeding time begins, you will have a close encounter with these delightful youngsters. Hemingways Nairobi (B)
Day 3: Nairobi / Chyulu Hills
Today you fly to Campi Ya Kanzi, spread across 280,000 acres/400 square miles. The camp accommodates just 16 guests, and is centered around Tembo House, which is constructed of local materials such as lava rocks and grass for the roof, collected locally with respect for the environment. The camp was built in 1996 as a partnership with the Maasai of Kuku Group Ranch to promote environmental conservation and sustainable community development through ecotourism. The Maasai landowners benefit directly from tourism through employment and conservation fees. Enjoy real African wilderness in privacy and exclusivity, away from the bustling safari experience typical of a national park. The camp focuses on sustainability that ensures the wilderness is protected while earning income for the Maasai landlords from the land where they have lived for hundreds of years. Campi Ya Kanzi (B,L,D)
Day 4: Chyulu Hills
Explore activities offered by your camp. Campi ya Kanzi is a tribute to a bygone era, a blend of old Africa and modern comfort in a pristine, timeless landscape. This special Maasai land supports amazing wildlife, with an immense biodiversity, including zebra, giraffe, antelopes and apex predators like lions and leopards for game viewing. Imagine tracking elephants with a Maasai guide before cozying up to the fire with a glass of fine wine and a view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Savor a three-course dinner under a sprawling shroud of stars. Then retire to your tent with a kerosene lamp and a warm Maasai blanket. You can even take a hot bucket shower to keep with tradition. Campi ya Kanzi uses 100% solar power to supply both electricity and hot water and is completely carbon neutral. Campi Ya Kanzi (B,L,D)
Day 5: Chyulu Hills / Nanyuki – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Today you fly via Nairobi to your camp. Overlooked by the dramatic snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is in central Kenya’s Laikipia County. It’s home to the two remaining northern white rhinos on the planet and many other endangered animals, all protected around the clock by dedicated rangers. Staying at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp allows you to contribute to conservation. You can opt to help with canine training or recording lion sightings for the research team. Seven spacious, eco-friendly tents are positioned along the Ewaso Ngiro River. The peaceful camp is a great place for families with activities such as a Junior Ranger program.
The camp’s uses electric, solar-powered safari vehicles that enhances the game-viewing experience. They run silently, minimizing the disturbance to wildlife. In addition, these vehicles do not emit hazardous gases or substances into the atmosphere. The entire camp relies mainly on solar power, including for charging the vehicles. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp (B,L,D)
Days 6 & 7: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Savor two days on safari in search of vulnerable species such as black rhino and chimpanzees. Lions are the most numerous of the big cats, with six resident prides bringing the total lion population to about 72. The Conservancy is also home to around 30 cheetah, and 20 elusive leopard. Spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, caracal and the bat-eared fox can also be found here. Other vulnerable or endangered species include elephant, African wild dog, hippo, Grevy’s zebra and the locally threatened Jackson’s hartebeest. Ol Pejeta Bush Camp (B,L,D)
Day 8: Ol Pejeta Conservancy / Masai Mara
Today you fly to the fabled Masai Mara National Reserve and your lodge, Emboo River, a luxurious eco lodge located in a river bend within the reserve. Enjoy this retreat into nature and learn something of the lives of the traditional Maasai. You actively help conserve wildlife and empower the local community. Game drives are done in electric vehicles, improving safari encounters because the vehicles engines are silent. Emboo River is not fenced so wildlife roams freely in the area. During the migration season, the herds use a popular river crossing close to the lodge.
Emboo River is the first camp in the region to go full eco and applies a unique “Closed Loop System”. The camp uses renewable and local resources to run its operations, encompassing solar power, electric vehicles, biological filtration, water management, renewable energy, electric safari vehicles; farm-to- fork meals and community engagement. The Maasai Mara is a vitally important ecosystem of grasslands, forests and rivers. Emboo River (B,L,D)
Days 9 & 10: Masai Mara
Imagine watching the sun rise over this incredible savannah in a hot air balloon, spotting animals from the sky. A balloon safari over the Maasai Mara is an extraordinary experience, searching for the big five – elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo. Venture out on the extraordinary landscapes in search of leopard, cheetahs, the tiny dik dik and so much. You may spot the leopard Bella sleeping in a big fig tree, and see elephants visiting the camp and hippos bathing in the river in front of your room. Hyenas can be heard laughing at night as they roam around the camp. Emboo River (B,L,D)
Day 11: Masai Mara / Nairobi / Depart
Today you fly to Nairobi, where you explore the city’s street foods from fresh fruits to Kenyan-style sausage and more. You are transferred to the airport for your flight out. Dayroom Hemingways (B)
Land price, per person, double occupancy: Price starts from US$850.00 per person per day.