Kenya Northern Frontier Safari
14 Days, from £6,245pp excl. flights This exhilarating safari offers you a truly amazing wildlife experience with unsurpassed game viewing and breath taking scenery, with many different activities as well as pure relaxation.
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The Northern Frontier 14-day flying safari takes you to the wonderful Meru National Park where you will stay at Elsa’s Kopje Lodge, made famous by the film ‘Born Free’ and George Adamsons’ lions. The highlight of this trip has to be the Masai Mara, offering a true wildlife experience, one that is hard to duplicate anywhere else in the world.
Day 1: Arrive Nairobi
You will be met on arrival in Nairobi and transferred to the forested Karen suburbs of Nairobi for your overnight stay at the House of Waine.
Day 2: Nairobi (B,L)
This morning, you will be collected for a morning of sightseeing. Visit the nearby Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Sanctuary and Marula Studios before having lunch. Later return to the haven of your hotel - The House of Waine.
Day 3: Meru National Park, Elsa's Kopje Lodge (B/L/D)
An early start this morning, you will be collected at 06:30 from your hotel and transferred to Wilson Airport to catch the 07:45 Air Kenya scheduled flight to Meru National Park. On arrival you will be met by a driver-guide and taken to Elsa’s Kopje Lodge. Made famous by the film ‘Born Free’ and George Adamson’s lions, the lodge and its 9 cottages are invisible to the eye as you approach the kopje. Settle in and relax by the swimming pool before lunch. After an early afternoon siesta at the poolside or on your own panoramic veranda, enjoy an extended afternoon game drive.
Days 4-5: Meru National Park, Elsa's Kopje Lodge (B/L/D)
Take an early morning guided walk in the bush to work up your appetite or an extended game drive with picnic breakfast to explore the many rivers transecting the park. You may come across basking hippos and crocodiles. Return to the lodge for lunch. Late afternoon sundowners in the park before a dusk game drive home.
Day 6: Loisaba Lodge (B/L/D)
Depart Elsa’s Kopje for the pleasant drive to Loisaba and the beautiful Loisaba Lodge in time for lunch. Set in 60,000 acres of wilderness within a private conservancy area, this stunning lodge clings to the edge of a 500 foot escarpment with unsurpassed views which defy description. After lunch you could spend the afternoon at leisure or perhaps a gentle bush walk followed by a late afternoon game drive with sundowners.
Day 7: Loisaba Lodge (B/L/D)
Early morning breakfast followed by a game drive searching for lions, perhaps you may encounter elephants, Greater Kudu, Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx to name but a few. Alternatively you may wish to take a gentle horse ride along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Return for lunch by the swimming pool. Choose from a host of activities for the afternoon including tennis, mountain biking, walking, game driving or simply relaxing and being pampered in the lodge’s own spa.
You have the option to sleep in Starbeds - raised wooden platforms with 4-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms and dining room, fully hosted by the Samburu, overlooking the river or the elephant bathing waterhole - can be arranged. The Starbed platforms have no walls or ceilings and provide blissful sleep under the huge celestial African sky.
Day 8: Sabuk Lodge, Laikipia (B/L/D)
After breakfast, a short transfer by road to Sabuk overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River below. Traditionally a base for camel safaris, owners and Professional Safari Guides, Simon and Mel Evans have transformed their beautiful home into a luxurious retreat overlooking the wild rocky terrain of the Northern Frontier District. A cool refreshing dip in the effervescent river right below the lodge is encouraged.
Day 9: Sabuk Lodge, Laikipia (B/L/D)
Set off in the cool early morning for a walk or ride with camels. Led by a professional safari guide and his team of trained Masai trekkers, the walk takes you across the hills with glimpses of the winding river below. Brunch is taken under the acacia trees. Take an afternoon swim in a natural rock pool. Return to Sabuk Lodge for campfire sundowners and dinner.
Day 10: Sabuk Fly Camp, Laikipia (B/L/D)
The day will be spent walking with and/or riding camel on an assisted safari. Your guide and professional crew of Samburu warriors will accompany you and set up a fly camp for 1 night along the dramatic gorges of the rumbing Ewaso Nyiro River. The trek is easy and great for inquisitive family groups wishing to learn more about bushcraft and its natural inhabitants at close quarters. Enjoy the night at Sabuk Fly Camp.
Days 11-13: Masai Mara (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast transfer to the airstrip for your private charter to Nanyuki, you will connect with the scheduled Safari Link at 10:00 to the Masai Mara - one of Kenya’s most famous wildlife havens.
On arrival check into Elephant Pepper Camp - Small and exclusive with just 9 luxury tents, this luxury lodge takes guests back to the traditional bush safari experience of starlit nights, campfire tales and hurricane lamps. No traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of the African Bush. The Masai Mara offers a true wildlife experience, one that is hard to duplicate anywhere else in the world. Each lodge is part of a particular conservation project or concession area. In order for the Masai Mara to remain the sensational game reserve that is, the future lies in conservation. Game drives, bush breakfasts, sundowners and bush walks make this an unforgettable safari experience. The Mara is famous for its prolific big game, predatory cats and vast antelope herds.
Day 14: Masai Mara to Nairobi (B)
After a final game drive in the Masai Mara, catch the Air Kenya flight back to Nairobi. A driver will transfer you to your Nairobi hotel or to the international airport for your journey home.
• Domestic flights
• Accommodation as specified
• Private or shared transfers throughout
• Meals and touring as specified in the itinerary
• B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Prices vary according to season and are per person based on two adults sharing twin/double room. Please ask us for a full itinerary.