December 1 - 2
Karibu Kenya!Upon arrival at the JKIA Airport, you will be met by our Representative and have a short transfer to the Hotel. Dinner on Own arrangements.
December 2 - 6
Early morning breakfast, depart and proceed to Wilson airport for your morning flight to Masai Mara.Upon arrival at the airstrip, the driver guide will be at hand to receive and drive you to the camp, with a game drive en-route.Spend 4 nights exploring this exploring the Mara, with chances of seeing the Big Five, Plain Games and Flora.Meal plan on Game Package Basis.
December 6 - 13
Your last day of safari. After a leisurely breakfast, you will be dropped off at the Kichwa airstrip for your flight to Wilson airport. Upon arrival, you will connect to your onward flight to Zanzibar.On arrival at Zanzibar Airport, you will be met and transferred to Zuri Zanzibar; booked on fall board basis for 7 nights.The rest of the days are spent at leisure with optional activities available at an extra cost. Enjoy the beach, sand and sun and experience the Coastal culture!
Morning at leisure in Zanzibar. Later transfer to Zanzibar airport for your onward departure flight.
End of our Services
1) December 1 - 2: Giraffe Manor, Nairobi
2) December 2 - 6: Angama Mara, Maasai Mara
3) December 6 - 13: Zuri Zanzibar, Zanzibar
Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, with a vibrant population of 4.5 million. Unique to the city is the proximity of Nairobi National Park, a true wilderness area juxtaposed against the larger urban metropolis. It is the only national park like it in the world and a real embodiment of the human-wildlife conflicts that challenge many African communities who must learn to cohabitate with wildlife on their doorstep.
Nairobi National Park is one of the best places in Africa to see rhino and also has a healthy population of lion, leopard, cheetah, and plains game like giraffe and antelope. Other attractions include the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Center, Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage, a visit to a tea farm, and shopping for local crafts and trinkets. There are some great local and cross-cultural restaurants to explore, from roadside food stalls to local nyama choma (barbecue joints) to five-star dining establishments.
Located in Karen on the outskirts of Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest. This boutique hotel has twelve individually themed rooms and suites and is a memorable place to stay at the start or end of your safari. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it is like walking into the film Out of Africa.
The highlight of the manor is the resident herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes that frequently poke their long necks through the windows and join guests for breakfast! Visit the orphaned elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or the historical Karen Blixen Museum; buy beautiful local crafts from nearby galleries; or relax in the gardens as the sun sets behind the Ngong Hills.
Karen Blixen Suite
The 113 square-metre Karen Blixen room at Giraffe Manor is located on the top floor of the main manor house. Its spacious balcony enjoys lovely south-facing views and provides guests with the opportunity to feed the giraffes in the early morning hours. This two-bedroomed suite – the largest of all the rooms at the manor – was rebuilt and moved to its new location in 2019. Each bedroom has its own en-suite facilities with bathtub, shower and twin sinks. The master bedroom has a king-sized four poster bed, whilst the second bedroom has two single four poster beds and a small daybed which can accommodate a young child. The room also has a spacious lounge with a fireplace and a writing desk. This delightful suite is adorned with a little piece of history; a dressing table and wardrobe that were both from Karen Blixen’s original guest bedroom. The mother of Jock Leslie-Melville (who bought the manor in the 1970s) was a friend of Karen’s and the furniture was given to her as a parting gift when Karen returned to Denmark in 1931.
Karen Blixen came to Kenya from Denmark to marry her friend, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke, and start a dairy farm. However, when she arrived in the country she found, much to her surprise, that the Baron had invested in coffee instead. Whilst her attempts at growing coffee failed, her courage and stamina earned her enormous respect from those around her. As the area in which she once lived became more developed, the district of Karen was named after her.
The Mara (as it is affectionately known) covers 1510 km2 (583 mi2) and is widely considered to be Africa’s greatest reserve. The backdrop of the Siria escarpment in the west overlooks sweeping savannas, riverine woodlands, and forests on a deceptively flat landscape that extends eastwards towards the Sekenani Hills and northwards towards the Aitong Hills. The Mara is in essence the northern extension of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem and plays host to one of nature's greatest phenomenons, the Great Wildebeest Migration.
Because of the quality of wildlife viewing, the Mara has for generations been the setting for hundreds of wildlife documentaries, including Disney's African Cats, and the BBC’s Big Cat Diaries and Planet Earth. It is a wildlife photographer's paradise and every year visitors come to capture the spectacular wildlife. The reserve and its conservancies contain some of the highest densities of predators in Africa and this only increases as nomads and vagrants follow the huge herds back and forth through this ecosystem during the seasonal wildebeest migration.
Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara is a remarkable owner-run safari lodge overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara, considered by many as the loveliest game reserve on the continent. Here guests will find a lodge where everything is as it ought to be: two intimate camps of just fifteen tented suites each, a private airfield and access to the Mara below, tailor-made safari days and a famously warm Kenyan welcome. The lodge is perfectly complemented by Angama Safari Camp, an exclusive-use mobile tented camp sited deep in the Mara Triangle, and amidst the mega herds during the Great Migration.
Home to all of Kenya’s great mammals year-round and more than 450 bird species, it is a life-changing experience to go on safari in one of Africa’s most iconic reserves. That’s not to mention the annual spectacle of two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle braving the dramatic crossings of the Mara River as they make their way into the Mara Triangle.
Experiences & Activities
The Masai Mara combines some of the richest Big Five viewing on the planet and is home to lion prides, leopard and elephant parades. In migration season, vast herds of wildebeest stretch as far as the eye can see, and with the diverse eco-systems comes a variety of bird life. Situated on the western border of the game rich Masai Mara National Reserve, the camp is set on a private concession. In addition to the excellent year-round concentration of wildlife, access to the concession allows for bush walks, night drives and bush dining under a starry sky.
Angama Mara’s elegant tented suites have been designed to make the most of the extraordinary views of the Maasai Mara from every angle – from the bed, the bath, the sitting area, the shower and even the w/c. With the front of the tents featuring floor-to-ceiling glass, the roof and other three sides are canvas – classic safari olive on the outside and cream on the inside for romance. Spanning over 100 sqm, the tented suites all include spacious decks for in-room dining, massage treatments and red rocking chair safaris.
Just a short flight from the Tanzania mainland lies the idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar. Famous for intoxicating aromas of spices, beautiful white sand beaches, and warm turquoise waters, the heart of the island is undoubtedly Stone Town, a fascinating step back in time with narrow winding streets, Swahili traders and local fisherman, and the daily call to prayer in this predominantly muslim town.
In addition to its fascinating Swahili and Arab history, Zanzibar offers world class scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and, at certain times of year, kitesurfing. There is also endemic wildlife in the Johazi Forest.
Nicknamed “Spice Island,” Zanzibar was an important part of the slave and ivory trade as a connecting point between the mainland interior and the Middle East. This made the likes of some slave traders, like Tippu Tip, very rich men. A walk around the Sultan's Palace is reminiscent of this dark past. More recent pop culture will undoubtedly lead to the doorway of Zanzibar's most famous son, Queen's iconic frontman, Freddie Mercury.
Boasting some of the archipelago’s finest offerings, the Zuri Zanzibar hotel offers 300 meters of private, pristine beach and a lush spice garden. Guests can enjoy the region's gorgeous African sunsets due to the property’s west-facing location on the northern edge of the main island of Unguja.
Each of the 56 villas and bungalows were built separated from one another to attain absolute privacy and all of them are outfitted with outdoor showers and large terraces. Zuri Zanzibar offers a fusion of European, African, Arabic and Indian cuisine, creating a rainbow of sensational flavours and bringing the very best of the indian ocean’s cuisine.
Experience & Activities
Spend your day biking around or enjoying the many water sports on site such as: boating, fishing, kayaking, kite surfing, scuba diving or snorkeling and unwind with sunset roof deck yoga. Alternatively, relax by the poolside bar during the day, enjoy a relaxing afternoon massage followed by meditation in the zen spice garden.
Dining options include Upendo (main restaurant & bar), Maisha (pool restaurant & bar), Beach restaurant & bar and Dhow bar located on the semi-private beach for guests staying in the deluxe suites and villas.
Designed to provide the ultimate in coziness, the bungalows are equipped with a mix of contemporary and curated local furniture and decorated with a range of African artwork. The outdoor showers complement the gleaming modern bathrooms indoors and the large private terraces provide an extended area that is ideal as an outdoor living room. The bungalows can be configured with one king or two single beds, and can accommodate up to 2 adults. There is an interconnecting option available for families or close friends. Garden view & private jacuzzi.