Special People, Special Places– Sweetwaters- Masai Mara- Lamu Island
Special Places, Special People
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On arrival, you will be met and transferred to House of Waine, a 11 bedroom property on 2.5 acres that blends the elegance of the gracious living with the spirit of modern Africa in an exclusive and serene setting. House of Waine’s aim is to provide guests with an experience that exceeds all their expectations of city hotels and is punctuated by personalized, friendly and excellent service and cuisine in beautiful surroundings. Overnight at HOUSE OF WAINE- (02 Nights)-Meal Plan (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast) www.houseofwaine.com
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be picked up around 9:00am as we begin a tour of Nairobi and the suburbs. Starting with the city centre, we will visit principle landmarks including the KICC- Kenyatta International Conference Centre (roof top at the 28th floor for a birds eye view of Nairobi and the surroundings), the city market and surrounding bazaars. We then proceed to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org (visiting hours are strictly between 11am-12noon), where we learn about these baby elephants. Lunch will be at our chosen restaurant www.eatout.co.ke
After lunch, we proceed to the foot of Ngong Hills to visit the home of the pioneer coffee farmer – Baroness Karen Blixen of the ‘Out of Africa’ fame. Tour the house, now a museum with exhibits of most of her personal possessions. Proceed to the Giraffe Centre (AFEW- African Foundation for the Endangered Wildlife) home to the rare Rothschild Giraffe from where you can feed these endangered species from a specially constructed platform. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight at HOUSE OF WINE –Meal Plan (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
After breakfast, we will pick you up for a transfer to the Wilson Airport to catch your scheduled 10.20 am flight to Nanyuki. On arrival at round 11am, you are met and transferred to the intimate and exclusive Ol Pe)jeta Ranch House. Lunch will be followed by an afternoon game drive in the private Ol Pajeta Conservancy. Overnight at the Ranch House- Meal Plan: Full Board Basis
Another full day at the conservancy with a choice of morning and evening game drives..or at leisure. When you stay at the Ranch House, you have chosen to retreat back into history, to the bygone traditions of Kenya’s farmhouse hospitality. The house was originally home to Lord Tom Delamare and subsequently the property of Billionaire Adnan Khashiggi, and comprises of six elegantly appointed bedrooms overlooking extensive tropical gardens to the much frequented waterhole beyond. Against the backdrop of Mt. Kenya, the house is set in a private 24,000 acres Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary in which roam elephants, buffaloes, rhino, lions and a myriad of other plains game. Here, there are no crowds, no timetables, no rush. Meals and sundowners in the bush, day and night game drives in 4×4 vehicles, escorted bird walks and game viewing drives, a ride on horseback through acacia covered plains, visits to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and a ‘Morani’ Daphne Sheldrick’s famous orphaned black rhino, or just relax besides one of the two swimming pools. Overnight at OL PEJETA RANCH HOUSE www.olpejetaconservancy.org/ol_pejeta_house – (02 Nights) – Meal Plan: Full Board Basis
After breakfast, transfer to the Nanyuki Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Masai Mara departing at around 10hr00. On arrival at the Masai Mara airstrip at around 1100hrs, you are met and transferred to your luxury camp/ lodge where you will spend the next 3 nights. The Masai Mara game reserve. A 1,500 sq. km slab of open Savannah dotted with acacia trees-the Kenyan section of the wildly beautiful Serengeti plains, teems with wildlife. Being in the Mara has been described by some authorities as ‘’ being in the New York of the natural world’’ You will spend the next 03 nights here to explore.
Late afternoon game drive in the. All meals and overnight stay at Karen Blixen Mara Camp or Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Tented Camp.
Full day in Masai Mara with morning and evening game drives.
The Masai Mara is the Jewel in the Crown of East Africa, forever to be associated with vast numbers of game – the greatest wildlife experience of all. Year round the Masai Mara Reserve is host to an enormous concentration of animals, boosted by the famous wildebeest and zebra migration during July/August/October.
All the Big Cats, Elephant, Black Rhino and thousands of plains game spread out before you – it’s better than the Discovery Channel because you are part of the spectacle. The birds are fantastic – from the giant Martial Eagle, to the ground Hornbill and a myriad of other diverse species. The Mara is undoubtedly Hollywood Africa, grass plains interspersed with Migunga and Croton thickets, rolling hills and small kopjes, islands in the sea of grass abound. Small rivers feed massive fig trees on their banks. This is the northernmost extension of the Serengeti ecosystem and is a microhabitat in its own right.
Here during the months of July to December you witness the spectacle of the migration of a million and a half Wildebeest and Zebra, with all their attendant carnivores, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena and possibly Wild Dog. The rest of the year is no less exciting as the Lion and Leopard remain resident and are commonly seen hunting plains game that include Thompson and Grants Gazelle, Coke’s Hartebeest, Topi, Eland, Waterbuck, great herds of Wildebeest and groups of the chestnut coated Impala.
All meals and overnight stay at Karen Blixen Mara Camp or Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Tented Camp.
Pre game drive balloon Safari
The feeling is indescribable, crispness of the African air, chill in the wind that hits your face as your Mara hot air balloon gradually rises, smoothness in the exhale of your breath, and the excitement to see and learn more. One’s physical presence can be felt on the plains of the Masai Mara when reading this.
04:30am –pick up depending on the lodge/camp location!
By 6.15 a.m. you are almost arriving at the hot air balloon site in the Masai Mara. As you approach the site, the balloon seems bigger than you expected, the experience is one that has never been visited, and you are about to have a trip of a lifetime.
Up and away we go! At 6.30 a.m., the hot air balloon safari starts. The captain asks you to relax and experience the wonders under the African sky. As you finally start to get a grip on the elevation, an inner smile that resonates on one’s face does not need an explanation. The wildebeest moving in large numbers across the Masai Mara plains, the beauty of the landscape when the rising sun’s bright orange colors are displayed, the elephants at the water pool, and the gazelles and zebras scampering away, just if it was their first time to witness an alien object in the sky.
By 7.30 a.m., one is very content with balloon safari, and it is almost touch down time. There is a celebration, and for those who prefer a toast, champagne is served, as hot breakfast in the bush is being prepared.
The direction and duration of the balloon trip is dependent on the prevailing weather conditions. Optional balloon trips take the place of the morning game drive.
Please note that ballooning is subject to weather conditions.
Morning and afternoon game drive/ full day game drive with picnic lunches, explore the reserves’ amazingly high concentration of game. This game reserve is Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary. Including migrants, well over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. Although July, August and September are the months when the Mara plains are filled with migrating wildebeest and zebra, there is also resident wildlife year round. The famous Maasai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve.
Dinner and overnight a camp- Meal Plan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Transfer to the airstrip to catch your scheduled morning 1100am flight to Nairobi, arriving around 12.45pm. Connect with your flight to Lamu, departing at 1345hrs. On arrival at Manda Airstrip, you are met and transferred to Manda Island where you will spend the next 3 nights at the Kipungani Explorer- ‘A place of fresh air and perfect peace’.
Located on the ancient Arabian Island paradise of Lamu, Kipungani is one of Africa’s most remote, relaxing and richly romantic coastal hideaways. Overlooking the tranquil waters of the sheltered Kipungani Channel, on the remote southern tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani is a dream destination for those seeking true away from- it- all desert island holiday.
All meals and overnight stay at Kipungai Explorer or the Majlis
www.heritage-eastafrica.com/beach-holiday/kipungani (03 Nights) Meal Plan: Full Board
Free day to soak up and enjoy.
The ancient Swahili town of Lamu has rich history that dates back to the time when it was established as an Arab trading port in the 16th century. Ivory, timber, spices and human slaves were amongst the various commodities that passed through here from continental Africa, and were put in boats known as Dhows and shipped to destinations in the Middle East and India. The colourful culture that developed around the Swhahili people, the result of this long and interesting history of the area, is beautifully evident in Lamu. Up until now, you find no cars in Lamu, (except for a single vehicle, reportedly belonging to the District Commissioner) and the means of transport are either by donkey or on foot. Transportation between surrounding Islands is still to a large extent by traditional sailing dhows
During your time on the island, you should head into town and lose yourself amongst the narrow streets and old Swahili buildings. You can also visit various museums, such as the Lamu Museum and the Swahili House Museum, as well as Lamu Fort, which was used as a prison for most of the 20th century. The Donkey Sanctuary is also an interesting, as these beasts of burden play such a key role in the daily life of the Islanders. For a unique experience, you may choose to join the locals at the outdoor cinema located just behind town. Lamu is Kenya’s oldest town and has managed to retain its medieval façade and more importantly, its medieval soul intact over such a long period of time. An overnight dhow sailing safari can also be arranged for your time on Lamu. Please inquire at the time of booking, for this trip extension
Breakfast and lunch at Kipungani. Transfer to the airstrip to catch your scheduled 1550hrs flight to Nairobi. On arrival at around 1800hrs, you are met and driven to the world famous Carnivore Restaurant www.tamarind.co.ke for a complementary farewell dinner. Later on, you will be transferred to the JKIA for your onward flight.
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- 02 nights in Nairobi on Half Board Basis
- All excursions in Nairobi with meals as mentioned
- Welcome flowers, fruit basket and a bottle of sparkling wine in your room on arrival
- 05 nights on full board basis while on safari- accommodation in luxury camps and lodges
- 03 nights beach add-on on full board basis
- All ground transfers, airstrip transfers as per program
- Transport and game drives in 4x4 Land Cruisers
- All scheduled local flights as per the itinerary
- Services of professional resident game drives while on safari
- Return boat transfers in Manda Island-Lamu
- Complementary bottled mineral drinking water throughout the safari
- Farewell dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant
- All Parks, Reserve and Sanctuary entry fees
- Authentically branded Vacations Quest’ Safari gifts
- International flights, visa fees, departure taxes wherever applicable
- Additional extras, personal expenses, laundry, phone bills, personal travel insurance and anything not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
- Optional extra activities like balloon flights, horse rides, visits to cultural villages
- Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
- NB/- All rates quoted are subject to change without prior notice. We reserve the right to use alternative accommodation of same standards subject to availability at the time of booking. Please visit our booking terms and conditions for additional info.