Welcome to Africa!
Over the past year in Meru National Park, sightings of its iconic small mane lions have been particularly good, especially in the foothills of the Nyambene Mountain Range. This small group tour spends 2 days exploring Amboseli National Park with Mount Kilimanjaro at the back drop. Proceed to Meru National Park with increasingly good game including elephant, black rhino, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s and common zebra, Grant’s gazelle, lesser kudu, gerenuk and Beisa oryx with opportunity for a walking safaris. & Beyond Bateleur Camp Masai Mara will offer you day and night game drives, bush walks and hot air ballooning.
|Amboseli National Park||The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attraction of the park includes opportunities to meet the Maasai people and also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.|
|Mount Meru National Park||Brilliant on a magnificent scale, the Meru and Kora sister parks feature luxuriant jungle, coursing rivers, verdant swamp, khaki grasslands and gaunt termite cathedrals all under the sky’s great blue bowl. Little visited and utterly unspoilt, few places are comparable to the remote and rugged atmosphere found here. Visitors can see Grevy’s zebras, elephants, Bohor reedbucks, hartebeests, pythons, puff adders, cobras, buffalos and more than 427 recorded species of birds.|
|Masai Mara||Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. Add the conservancies and the area is at least twice the size. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and over 570 recorded species of birds. This is the World Cup of Wildlife, and together with the Serengeti National Park there is no better place to witness the BEST WILDLIFE VIEWING IN THE WORLD!|
Day 1: Arrival Nairobi
Jambo – Karibu!!
Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport, Inclusive Holidays Africa representatives will warmly meet you and welcome you to Kenya. We then transfer to our hotel, located in a serene environment away from the busy central business district; offering peace of heart and mind, a nice place to relax and unwind before you begin your safari. Nairobi is Kenya’s principal economic, administrative, and cultural center and is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Africa. Nairobi means ‘place of cool waters’ in the Masai language. Our representative will help you through check-in and make sure you settled in well.
Dinner and overnight at Hemingways Nairobi DBB
Day 2: Fly Nairobi | Amboseli National Park
Today we will enjoy an early breakfast check-out and transfer to Wilson airport in time for your morning scheduled flight 0730Hrs/0800Hrs. On arrival at Amboseli airstrip you will be met by the lodges’ representative and transfer you to the comfort of your lodge with en-route morning game drive. Set in rolling savannah scenery, Amboseli National Park is dwarfed by the presence of the pink-tinged, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing volcanic mountain in the world and topped by one fifth of all the ice in Africa. Against this magnificent backdrop roam vast herds of ‘giant’ elephant accompanied by a kaleidoscope of other fabulous beasts – lion, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle hippo and wildebeest. Amboseli National Park is also an ornithological paradise with over 400 species of birds, all manner of reptilian, flora and fauna and some of the most soul-searing views in Africa. Arrive at your preferred choice of accommodation for check in and some delicious lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive in search of the ‘big five’ among other animals. Her breath-taking scenery – one of the best places for a photogenic view of Mount Kilimanjaro; weather permitting is next to none.
Dinner and overnight at Tawi Lodge LDBB
Day 3 : Amboseli National Park
Full day spent in Amboseli National Park. Starting with an early morning game drive, return for breakfast at the camp, thereafter the rest of the morning is at leisure. Enjoy lunch and some leisure time, before, later in the afternoon heading out for yet another game viewing drive on this majestic backdrop to one of Kenya’s most spectacular displays of wildlife – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of plains’ game. Thereafter return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Dinner and overnight at Tawi Lodge LDBB
Day 4: Fly Amboseli National Park | Meru National Park
Today we will have an early morning breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airstrip in time for your morning scheduled flight to Amboseli/Nairobi 0810Hrs/0840Hrs and connect to Meru National Park 0915Hrs/1025Hrs. On arrival at Meru airstrip you will be met and transferred to the comfort of your lodge in time for check-in and lunch. Elsa’s Kopje – is an intimate luxury lodge built and managed to the basic principals of eco-tourism. It is named after Elsa, the orphaned lioness reared by George and Joy Adamson and returned to the wild in Meru, and Kopje (meaning hill in Dutch/Africaans) for the rocky outcropping it sits on. This afternoon we drive out for an afternoon game drive at Meru National Park and come back to the lodge before dusk.
Dinner and overnight at Elsa’s Kopje LDBB
Day 5 : Meru National Park
Early morning and late afternoon game drives. Elsa’s Kopje is in the heart of the park, on small rocky Mughwango hill that affords 360 degree views that stretch from the 17,000 foot peak of Mt Kenya to the east, to virtually infinity to the east. Below the hill is the site of George Adamson’s camp, and the hill was the playground of Elsa the lion. There is a fertile spring to the east of the hill and guests can watch vast herds of elephant, buffalo and giraffe make their way across the plains below. Elsa’s Kopje is the only operational lodge in the park, and so guests have this vast wilderness to themselves.The landscape and vegetation is fascinating, tracing the lines of ancient landforms created by the series of lava flows off the Nyambeni Hills towards the Tana River many millions of years ago. The park has enormous diversity of habitat and wildlife, from cool forests at 3400 ft to the west, dropping down to 1000 ft semi-desert plains with giant baobab and commiphora trees. It has thirteen clear spring fed rivers lined with palms and riverine forest, and home to basking hippo. This is lion and elephant country, but also Meru has many rare species including caracal, the beautiful Lesser Kudu, aardwolf, and over 400 species of birds. The park also has an 84 sq km rhino sanctuary housing over 60 black and white rhino. The area is so large that finding the rhino can still be a game driving challenge.
All meals and overnight at Elsa’s Kopje LDBB
Day 6 : Fly Meru National Park | Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today we will enjoy an early breakfast check-out and transfer to the airstrip for your morning scheduled flight Meru/Masai Mara 0830Hrs/1015Hrs. On arrival at Kichwa Tembo airstrip you will be met and transferred to the comfort of you camp in time for lunch. Later embark on an afternoon game viewing drive in this vast and expansive reserve teaming with game. Be on the look-out for the ‘big five’ Mara is famous for and the most sought after in the early 20th century when Kenya was a hunters’ paradise. Killing any of them game one some class, pride, heroism. These include the lion, Cape buffalo, the savanna elephant, black rhino and the elusive leopard. The vast savannah grasslands as far as the eye can see is home to impalas, Maasai giraffes, waterbucks, wart hogs, Thompson & grand gazelles, topis, the resident wildebeests among many others.
Dinner and overnight at &Beyond Bateleur Camp LDBB
Day 7 - 8 : Masai Mara Game Reserve
Full day in Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game viewing drives in search of the ‘big five’. Masai Mara is the northern most extension of the Serengeti Plains and one of the richest wildlife Game Reserves. It is home to the awesome black-manned lion, the elusive leopard, stately giraffes, and vast herds of elephants, rhino, thundering herds of zebra, migrating wildebeest and numerous other plains game.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Today’s adventure begins just before dawn. Flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crew inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies and the hot air balloon fills then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you’re off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. Apart from the occasional hiss of the burners, a lion’s roar, elephants crashing through the bush, baboons perched in the tips of the trees startled and screeching to see something above them, the flight above the Masai Mara plains is magically silent. At the end of the flight, the passengers are treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush, complete with flowers. China and crystal are set out on the table that is placed under a convenient acacia tree. The finishing touch to the flight is a game drive back to the camp, and the possibility of seeing the same pride of lions, or herd of elephants that had been viewed while ballooning. A flight certificate is issued on completion of the balloon safari.
Back at Camp enjoy a sumptuous lunch and a well-deserved rest.
Dinner and overnight at &Beyond Bateleur Camp LDBB
Day 9 : Masai Mara Game Reserve | Nairobi & Depart
Amka! Wake up early with coffee/tea and head off on your last trail of the African savannah – hopefully, you’ll see some big game. Return at the Camp for breakfast. Unfortunately all good experiences must come to an end and sadly you must say Kwaheri to your wonderful camp Manager and his team, Check-out and transfer to Kichwa Tembo airstrip for your morning scheduled flight 1100Hrs/1215Hrs. On arrival at Wilson airport Inclusive Holidays Africa team will be waiting to meet you and proceed to Karen Blixen restaurant for your farewell lunch. After lunch you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International airport in time for your onward international flight.
Hemingways Nairobi – beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Fly to Amboseli Tawi Lodge with the majestuous Mount Kilimanjaro together with the countless elephants at the backdrop. Proceed to the Unashamedly romantic and beautifully styled, Elsa’s Kopje and enjoy inimitable seclusion in the vast expanse of Meru National Park. In Masai Mara experience classic safari style – Bateleur Camp, where wildlife adventures by day blend with elegant panache under canvas at night. Commanding sweeping views over some of the premier game viewing regions in the world, this intimate camp reflects the ambiance of the Kenyan explorers of the 20’s and 30’s.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Wilson Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 30 mins before the flight.|